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Category: Slices of Life

Eating together

I shared this on my FaceBook pages but thought I’d like to post it here as well. In my shared household days we often combined with neighbors to share food and company. It’s a good reminder to us all.

And after so many attempts to make a video show up on the blog page, I finally seem to have cracked it. 
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Annual Rituals

Every year friends of mine have a party on AFL Grand Final day (That’s Australian Rules football, by the way). It starts with a barbecue and then everyone who’s interested crowds into the lounge to watch the footie. I’m not so interested in the footie, so I only watch if it promises to be a particularly good match, and even then I enjoy watching the spectators as much as the game. Though there is something appealing about watching a fast-paced, gladiator style match between teams of fit men dressed in small right shorts and sleeveless tops. Compared with US football, there’s a lot of skin showing.

To get an idea of the game, here’s a video of the greatest moments of last year’s footie season.

But for me, it’s about the company and catching up with old friends — some of whom I only ever see at this party. Kids  are born, kids grow up, people get new jobs or new partners — it’s a bit like an annual stocktake.

And there’s always a big fire. In the daytime it works as a barbecue and in the evening it becomes a place where people gather and make music. As it’s spring here, it can still get pretty chilly at night, so the fire is very welcome. But for me the magic is in staring into the flames and watching the glowing goals. I love a good fire.







Speaking of spring, here is my friends’ spring garden in all its glory.  Isn’t it gorgeous?


A smile of lorikeets

Every morning I wake to the sound of  birds in the big gum trees outside my window. Mostly they’re rainbow lorikeets, but sometimes there’s also a few magpies carolling joyfully away, or the mournful sound of currawongs who sing in the minor key,  occasionally a crow, cawing grimly, and pigeons and doves coo-cooing quietly.  The photo below is from Sue from My Wild Australia

But the rainbow lorikeets are both the noisiest and the happiest morning sound, to me (though a joyfully warbling magpie is a wonder and a delight.) You can see why they’re called rainbow lorikeets, can’t you? That rainbow of colours is gorgeous. But they’re also happy, cheerful birds and I love them.

Here’s a video that Sue from My Wild Australia recorded of a couple of lorikeets hanging from a branch, playing, flirting and squabbling. And when they’re upside down with their wings spread out, you can see more colours. Here’s another little video of them bathing in a pot plant saucer on a hot day, and having such fun.  And if you watch this video, you’ll hear the sound I wake up to most morning. Who needs an alarm clock?