Friday, April 30, 2010
Realistic expectations only
2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.
Save some time for yourself.
3. Thou shalt leave leave things undone sometimes.
4. Thou shalt not spread yourself too thin.
5. Thou shalt learn to say "no".
You can say "no" gently and with respect.
6. Thou shalt make time for yourself and your support network.
Supported people live longer and happier lives.
7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing.
Yes, nothing! - regularly.
8. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times - it is okay.
9. Thou shalt not feel guilty.
10. Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy - be gentle, kind and loving to yourself.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The photo on the left is Daddy Possum.
Every night Ivan leaves out a couple of pieces of fruit for them and we watched them climb out of the palm trees and into the Jacarranda tree before heading off down the garden for a feed.
What a priveledge to live in Australia.
Monday, April 19, 2010
The University of Queensland celebrated its 100th birthday this weekend and on Sunday I had the pleasure of attending 'The Writer's Hub'
The Keynote Speaker was David Malouf author of many Australian novels and one of the authors I am studying in my Australian Literature course. He spoke really well in his Keynote address and on the discussion panel.
John Hay welcoming David Malouf (seated) to the celebrations.
The most entertaining and enlightening talks were Kim Wilkins and Kate Moreton (Australian fantasy writers) both graduates of the UQ English Literature dept and course.
I also enjoyed listening to my Poetry tutor Ross Clark, present some of his poetry. (He is the scary looking man on the right) He was so lovely and came over to chat to me before his presentation; asking me if I was still writing poetry.
All day I kept bumping into authors/writers and lecturers who I knew, but who also seemed to know me (well the lecturers - anyway). A wonderful day.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This is 'Belinda' - Well not really my Belinda, but she looks just like her.
As a young girl I ownded the most beautiful baby doll in the world. Her name was Belinda. Belinda was my child. I spent all my pocket money on real baby clothes for her and she was the love of my life.
What happened to Belinda? I don't know!
Today Sarah invited me to join Granny and her in visitng the Ipswich Doll & Bear show. There were so many dolls, it was lovely. And then I spotted her. I was transfixed. It was Belinda. The lady offered her to me to hold and she felt just like her. I have no photos of Belinda, only my memories, but I once more held in my arms my perfect baby doll.
Before I could get out my purse, Mum paid for her and I just burst into tears. (I am a little emotional at the moment), but some special magic, special joy of my childhood, was back in my arms. I cried, Mum cried and the lovely couple at the craft table smiled. Belinda is a Berenguer Collectors Doll and is very beautiful.
Sarah also found a Berenguer doll that she fell in love with, so we walked out of the show, with two special treasures.
Mine the most special of all.