Today in Melbourne the mercury is set to rise to 40 degrees. I guess my brother will have to chill in his air-conditioned office and apartment between cycles to and from. I trust the pavements and cycle paths remain melt-free! Here of course, we’ve just exited a week of freezing temperatures accompanied by heavy snowfalls, […]Read More Extremes
1st December 2017 When I was teaching, I used to love December. Children make Christmas. Their enthusiasm and excitement is ever present as the days count down towards the big day. In my classes we always had our room decorated for the first day of December and followed through the month with projects, crafty, musical […]Read More Now where did I stash those decorations?
Over the last three weeks, given that my attentions have been elsewhere, I haven’t watched a news broadcast on TV. I haven’t missed it, not one bit. All news is fed in so many ways, through Facebook and twitter, and that has kept me up to date to an extent. The horror of terrorist attacks […]Read More No news is good news
Marshall has been with us over the last week and a bit, and what a tonic he is especially if he serves gin with it!! He has struck up a friendship with our neighbour Hamish who is more of a comic than a tonic, but nevertheless, the pair have got on like a house on […]Read More Generations apart
Buying and selling has never been easier. Post a picture, name a price and someone somewhere will give you a call and come and collect if it is what they are looking for. We got Sasha and Sugar through gumtree, and they have so far proved to be our very best buys, although we often […]Read More The magic of gumtree
Maggie and I have been friends for decades. We first met on Colonsay, where she was headteacher the next but one after me. We immediately became firm friends, sharing many similar interests including music and art. Many a time we got together over the years with guitars, accordions and banjos, to entertain ourselves and others […]Read More Master Class with my guru
A line from a song by John Denver which is one of my favourites to listen to and sing. Haven’t picked up a guitar in ages, so perhaps now is the time to WD40 the fingers and get strumming. Given my interest in all things wood and my recent introduction to pyrography, I am wondering […]Read More Sunshine on my shoulder