Thursday, January 28, 2010

on a more positive note

I've been writing very grumpy posts on my various blogs today so thought I'd end the day on a positive note before the laptop is put to bed for the night.

Counting my blessings:

1. Thanks to Mondo Beyondo I'm getting my mojo back.

2. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the botanical gardens this week soaking up the glorious weather, sprawled on a rug under the branches of a beautiful old tree.

3. I hugged an even bigger older tree while I was there. I'd forgotten how good that feels!

4. On Australia day night there was some noise outside and I finally put two and two together and realised was it was. I wandered out the front door and to find a dozen or so neighbours gathering. We stood in the middle of the road looking at the delightful fireworks display over the city. We were like a bunch of kids overcome with glee. How neat is that, fireworks at the end of the street!

5. The self-seeded tomatoes are flourishing and yesterday while picking them I looked up and realised almost over night the grapes had ripened. There's nothing like standing under the vine and picking plump, purple grapes and popping them straight into your mouth.

Yes, blessed indeed!

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What me? One dimensional?

I've tried to ignore the latest media flurry created by our leader of the opposition, well known for his devout Catholicism and equally well known for his own sexual romps before the sanctity of marriage (due to a very public paternity test), regarding the sanctity of virginity. In 2010 I find it frankly ludicrous that any want-to-be Prime Minister is playing the girls-should-be-virgins-til-they-marry card. I mean, marriage? In 2010? Surely we've entered the age when the State or church having any rightful place in an intimate relationship is irrelevant?

Obviously (and sadly) not.

But now the whole parliament has gotten in on the act and as Our Julia (Patron Saint of the Deliberately Barren) has been attacked once more for her child-free status - I have to cough up the old fur ball.

Senator Brandis (The Hon George Brandis, Liberal Senator for Queensland) is all his wisdom has denounced Julia for being "one dimensional" by not being a mother.

Senator Brandis said: ''Julia Gillard, who … has chosen not to be a parent - and everybody respects her right - in the vehemence of her reaction in fact shows that she just doesn't understand the way parents think about their children when they reach a particular age.

''Although Julia Gillard is a very clever politician, she is very much a one-dimensional person and I do think her reaction, her overreaction to the quite unexceptional remarks Tony Abbott made as the father of daughters, is not something she would have said if she were herself the mother of teenage daughters.''
Source The Age

Almost every friend I know with a teenage daughter has not expressed any desire for their offspring to remain an eternal virgin, til kissed like sleeping beauty and awoken by a husband. Most have bought them a double bed, given a pep talk about choice versus social coercion, discussed safe sex and said - if its going to happen its better here where we know she is safe.

It's Tony Abbott who resides in a single, out dated dimension. It's Abbott whose shown himself unfit to lead a progressive country.

And Julia whose shown wisdom and multi-dimensionality by not taking the barren bait and spitting it back in the oppositions face.

Who'd you prefer to lead the country?

Originally posted at Deliberately Barren

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

free stuff

January seems to be the month of moving or decluttering around these parts. In the last two weeks I've scored as many plastic/wooden coat hangers as I needed from a box of at least 50 just off Brunswick St (I took only 6) but the real bonus came this week when I saw a rather good looking bbq (a beefmaster) - 4 burner, hood and wok burner needing a new home. I alerted the NB, who talks wistfully of cooking a leg of lamb (hood required) and other such things that my basic model can't do. He gave it the thumbs up, trundled it the short distance home and got working with his trusty Mr Buzzy and the thing is as good as new (or will be with a decent clean).

Good non-meat eating, not girlfriend aint I!

I love road-side recycling. My last big find was an orange wing chair, not that old but the fabric was a bit worn. A cotton throw covers it for now (sadly til the demise of the Siamese cat, the little darling has wrecked every soft furnishing in the house) until the opportunity arises to recover it.

It's a case of everything that comes around, goes around. I've passed on all sorts of goods from a shopping trolley to a washing machine.

Have you scored any free stuff lately?

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Monday, January 18, 2010

you wouldn't adam and eve it

A chuckle to start the day.

Though of course, its just another evil capitalist plot to get you to use a product and be slapped a charge for the privilege.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

message of the day

Discuss the sentiment expressed in the image below:

North Carlton, Melbourne December 2009

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

yeah... that did a lot of good.

Photo: Collins St, Melbourne. December 2009.

After a searing day, Melbourne is set to record its hottest-ever night, with daily minimum temperatures hovering well above 30 degrees across the metropolitan area.

Melbourne's CBD recorded an overnight low of 32.3 degrees at 5.57am, while Essendon reached 31.4 at 12.45am, Moorabbin fell to 31.8 at 5.11am, and Viewbank recorded 31.6 at 6.18am.

Some parts of the city experienced cooler conditions, but not by much. The mercury dipped to 28.3 in Frankston, Avalon recorded 25.8 degrees and on Mount Dandenong fell to 27.6.
Taking a dip at Brighton.

Taking a dip at Brighton. Photo: Penny Stephens

Elsewhere in the state, Airey’s Inlet fell to only 27.6, Ballarat hit 25, Portland enjoyed a comparatively cool 21.4, but Mildura fell to only 30.7 at 6.08am.

The oppressive overnight heat means Melbourne could have a new weather record on the books by 9am, when the Bureau of Meteorology will announce the official daily minimum.

Senior forecaster Peter Blake said the city's current highest recorded daily minimum temperature of 30.6 was set in February 1902.

But with the mercury dipping to only 32.3 at 5:57am, and rising to 32.6 by 7.50am, Mr Blake said a new record was on the card.

Full report in The Age

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Thursday, January 07, 2010


Colour me blue.

Fitzroy, Nth Fitzroy, Jan 2010

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