10 March 2008

gathering speed

St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

We're in the middle of another heatwave, and as I sip tea and eat lemon myrtle shortbread in the cool morning light of my study, I watch the rosellas and lorikeets nibble on the seed bells strung in the trees outside my window. They arrive in pairs and chatter gently to each other until our resident family of seven currawongs arrive and flap their wings menacingly.

Block Arcade, Melbourne

The currawongs are gentle really, despite their mournful cries and funereal appearance. Several of them are babies, albeit as large as the adults, and they, together with the mischievous magpies, have a wonderful time flinging the peastraw mulch around the place, burying my tender seedlings and making a mess on the brick path.

Block Arcade, Melbourne

A pigeon lands on the roof of the birdfeeder, swinging it wildly and unnerving the bird inside.

Block Arcade, Melbourne

It's a public holiday here although Mr Soup has headed off to work as per usual. The children are playing Monopoly (again) and I am uploading photos, musing, planning, making mental checklists for both Craft Retreat this coming weekend and Easter camping shortly after. Food to organise, equipment to check, lists to tick off. It overwhelms me.

Block Arcade, Melbourne

Tonight I'm off to the Australian Chamber Orchestra with L.

spiral staircase, Carlton

Thank you for all your birthday wishes; I felt very spoilt indeed. It was a quietish birthday weekend with lunch at a local riverside cafe and not much else. Both the washing machine and the toaster broke but I tried not to take it personally. Mr Soup pulled the washing machine apart and put it back together saying he couldn't find anything blocked or kinked or wrong with it, but it's somehow working again so in between lying in the hammock with a book and demanding tea and chocolate be brought to me at regular intervals, I did massive amounts of laundry. The cake I baked was excellent, if I say so myself.

birthday morning

I am missing Sueeeus' quiet presence about the house; the sound of her filling the kettle for more tea, her gentle voice as she tells the children about some snippet of life on the other side of the globe.

It feels as though I stood outside my real life for a couple of weeks - stepped sideways and experienced a brief reprieve. The juggernaut is fast gathering speed however; when I arrived at the office after a tearful airport farewell to Sue, I found there had been a tragedy at work and I will be working an extra day for a few months to help cover for an absent colleague. Together with my other little one day a week "play" job and one day a week at Uni, I'll be fulltime for a while. Blogging may well take a backseat.

evening light in a lemon scented gum, Carlton

Tomorrow I will buy a new toaster, kiss my babes and try not to clench my insides every time they cross the road.

28 comments:

Ashley said...

Your photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing! Always such a joy to follow your blog :)

MsCellania said...

BEAUTIFUL!
I will miss your bloggy goodness but have fallen on sparse times myself. I read others and comment, but my writing is all in my head and doesn't travel to my fingers.
SO nice to have a dear friend from the past come visit, isn't it? You turn back into the Girls You Were. Lovely!

peppermintpatcher said...

It sounds like you will need to make regular use of the hammock in those 'spare' moments over the next few weeks.

PS once when my washing machine broke it turned out to be an underwire from a bra trapped somewhere inside the machine. Are you missing any?

Stomper Girl said...

This is going to be a looong heat wave and I am Not Happy about it.

Your poor colleague.

artemisiarants said...

Beautiful photos, I love the moaic floor..especially with your feet, nice shoes by the way!

bluemountainsmary said...

I will miss your gentle voice and look forward to reading whatever you write whenever you do.

There's serenity in those photos even though your life is gathering speed.

fifi said...

I am sorry you will be fulltime...I hope it's not for too long. What about the wool? The little knittedly fruits?

I love equally that eucalypt, that MOSAIC, and your matching shoeys to mine.

May the force be with ye. I'm off to flickr. The to the camera shop. I must have a camera like yours....

Kim said...

A belated happy birthday to you - I said it in my head on the day but realise that perhaps you didn't hear that.

So sorry to hear about the colleague and thinking of you as you do the full time dance.

Anonymous said...

Hrllo i just discovered your blog as I was trawling through stuff as I sometimes do.my name is also sue.But I am often called Suez.I also have a blog you might care to look at if you have spare time,which mightent be that often ....Sewing Suez.blogspot.com should get you there.It is funny how some paths must come so close to crossing without us realising.I feel you must be a neighbour or at least have similar interests. thankyou for an inspiring blog ....Sewing Suez xX

herhimnbryn said...

I know that feeling when you have to leave your good friend.

Thankyou muchly for your kind comment on my last post Pea Lady.

Ps LOVE the Mosaic banner, but then I would wouldn't I/

Joke said...

Love the photos. You came across a touch melancholy, but that was to be expected after Sueeeus left, leaving you to be [insert age here] all by yourself.

-J.

BabelBabe said...

nice banner, and nice shoes. thinking of you these days...

blackbird said...

You do sound like someone whose good friend has just left. Seeing your life from that outside perspective, having a dear one close for a short while, watching the world move around you - I can feel it all. And the tragedy at work, I can feel my throat get tight.
In mere moments you will be swept up again and it will all, good and bad, have passed.

Elizabeth said...

Love the mosaic photos but that's predictable coming from me.
It is hard a hard place to sit, between the special and the ordinary of life.
I'd better go post something myself, before I am de-blogged or something.

Di said...

ooh, yes, lovely new banner. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! lovely photos. Good luck with the new workload and looking forward to seeing you on the weekend with whatever paraphernalia you end up packing (and your high heels).

sueeeus said...

Oh dearest, I just love you to bits!

A happy happy belated birthday to you!

Hey, I recognize ALL of those pictures!! The banner is swish!

I'm so sorry to hear about your colleague. :(

And, finally, I'm home, safe and sound, and had the best of times with you. THANK YOU SO!!!!

Blossom said...

ahhh yes..the day after holiday/visitor blues..it happens to all of us......
gentle hugs my dear......

your pictures are just lovely.
Sounds like your life IS gathering speed.......
just do what is right for YOU....
We will be here to welcome you anytime you want to pop in...

hugs

meggie said...

Beautiful, all just beautiful.
Words, pictures.

fiveandtwo said...

Ahh, good times, splendid memories and catching of stuff. I love this kind of blogging: about from a while ago.
We've all got the childhood interpretations.
The teenage interpretations.
Immense stuff from the recent past.

Fioleta said...

Belated Happy Birthday.

And thank you for the beautiful photos of Melbourne.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Your pictures are lovely, but I'm just the teeniest worried about the birthday felted pumpin, it looks a bit... dare I say it... pornographic?
Maybe it's just my mind. Oh dear.

crafty said...

Oh dear, that felted pumpkin. I hadn't noticed it until I read the previous comment.

Really lovely pics of you and Sue, happy birthday.

shula said...

Exactly what Stomper said.

Suse said...

Oh God. It's just a pumpkin, I swear. Maybe it's just the way it catches the light ...?

It was from my nine year old ...

fiveandtwo said...

Now I am enamoured by the pictures not matching the words. Yes, I know I'm slow.
It's excellent. Do it again. For me?

Victoria said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (I've been missing everything..)
I love your writings and your photos. I WANT that last photo of the tree. (But I promise not to steal it, ok!)

My float said...

Gorgeous photos.

I can't bear to think what that tragedy was. Am going to hug mine now.

Kate said...

That photo of the door totally made my day...