channelling words
Tuesday 12 February, 2008, 9:21 pm
Filed under: contemplation

Yep, that’s what I’ve been doing… Channelling my words and thoughts and time into other spheres. Not intentionally so, it’s just happened with the life shifts I’ve been experiencing. I don’t think it’s a long term thing, this online place is great for throwing up my thinking when I’m in the place that makes me a more insular and keep-to-myself being. But these last few months I’ve been thinking aloud to an audience (for want of a much better word here) of tangible beings, instead of writing on this keyboard of mine.

Anyway, it’s been good and because of that I think I may just give notafigment a break for a little while. Not sure how long, but might as well make it official.

Peace reader friend xx

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spacefill
Sunday 20 January, 2008, 11:21 pm
Filed under: contemplation, life

I’ve been thinking about the stars. I’d not paid much attention to these sparkly night time lights until recently. Sure I found them astounding, perhaps even overwhelming, but I’d never really pondered them. And then I went on a night walk with friends whilst away earlier this month and the stars were so brilliant in the inky night sky. And there were lots of them. It’s only when you get away from the artificial lights that you can really get a true picture of the massive span of these natural luminosities. A bit like life.

So my friend informed me that each star, everyone one of these brilliant little lights, is actually a similar body to our sun. A big ball of hot hot heat. That’s probably old time news for the most of you, but I’d never realised this. That the sun that warms us, the sun that allows us to eat, that provides us with a healthy balance, that also allows us to make earthly rotations and upholds our very planet is a star. Wow.

The same night my friend revealed to me another little bit of astronomical trivia. We were watching for shooting stars when what I initially thought was a shooting star caught my eye. This was in fact not a piece of meteor entering our atmosphere, leaving a burning trail in its wake, but a satellite on its course of orbit. In the time we sat there I noticed lots of these lit up machines on their geometrical course. Apparently there are a hell of a lot of them put up by governments and phone companies, etc. Again, this is probably nothing new to you. But it surprised me that the clear night sky is actually littered with our technological rubbish (be it currently in use or not). Anyway, I’m not sure of the long term affects of our galactic spacefill, but I am sure that someone will find out sooner or later and we’ll be sad because the damage will be irreparable.



this summer
Thursday 17 January, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: art, contemplation

This summer has been good to me. Good for me. It’s been a time of resting, a time for clearing out the cobwebs and a time of preparation. I’m feeling rejuvenated, more myself. I’ve enjoyed the company of many beautiful individuals and seen some very moving things.

One of the small pleasures I have in life is to journal my innermost thoughts, my sketches and my songs. Things that move me get written down in some form or another. It’s messy at times (I have many an active book lying around) and doesn’t always make perfect sense, but it can also be quite surprising and productive… particularly in hindsight.

I captured my friend Von, also a wild journalist, in the midst of one of her entries here:

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soak
Wednesday 9 January, 2008, 6:40 pm
Filed under: art, contemplation

Sometimes it’s good to just sit and take in one’s surrounds. I’ve done a lot of this over the last few weeks. Drawing this is also good because it tunes me in to the details I might not otherwise pay much attention to. My time in the Grampians involved soaking in the surrounds of two places in particular.

The first was the natural rock pools, the Venus Baths, which provided a well-needed retreat from the soaring mercury levels. Here we sat, sometimes moving from one pool to the next, gazing at the darting dragonflies, the overhead formations of cloud and the brilliant reflections. We even found a beautiful blue freshwater yabby in our favourite sitting spot on one day.

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The other place that beckoned us to sit and just be was the back porch of the old house we use whilst visiting. It was also a place to chat and to eat but we often found ourselves quietly sitting and taking it in. After resting there so many times a day I began to see new things – such as the random flight paths of the passing butterflies and the changing colour of the overhanging eucalypts. Apart from the obvious visits of emus and deer, the smaller, more humble, but equally beautiful occurrences slowly came to the light.

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Gariwerd
Sunday 6 January, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: art, stuff

I’ve just spent a week in a favourite place of mine, the Gariwerd. This is the Aboriginal name for the mountain ranges also named the Grampians National Park in Western Victoria. I’ve been fortunate enough to call this place my second home ever since I can remember and have experienced multiple treasures of the Australian bushland throughout my visits. In the last week alone I have seen countless Kangaroos, Lizards and Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos whilst also spotting a rare Powerful Owl and its mate on a hike up the Chautauqua Peak. These owls are AMAZING. They grow to about 60cm and can catch and eat up an adult possum (not a trivial task). The one I found was sitting at head level and wasn’t phased in the slightest with our staring and pointing. After searching for the partner we found it high up in a nearby tree feasting on one of the big cockatoos I mentioned previously. Uggh. But amazing.

So I’m feeling quite refreshed and ready to take on this new year. I’m excited about 2008 and how it will pan out. Hope is a good thing.

I also had the time and headspace to do a little sketching in my brand-spanking-new sketchbook (a well thought out Chrissy present) in this holiday time and will probably post a couple of them over the next few days. This one is a view I saw a lot of as I rested on the porch of the house we stay at when visiting.

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A happy and hopeful new year to you blogger friends.



ho ho ho
Tuesday 25 December, 2007, 1:58 pm
Filed under: stuff

Merry Christmas to my blogging friends on this fine day. I know my posting hasn’t really been a reality the past couple of months, but writing on this page has played a big role in my thinking and being this year. So a big fat thanks to those of you who have been a part of that. I love each of your contributions very much. Blessings to my blogging pals, anna xx

ps – this is my dog billy. i took this shot a couple of years back and it still makes me laugh 🙂

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the rocks
Friday 14 December, 2007, 11:39 am
Filed under: contemplation, God, stuff

I live on a little mountain. The terrain surrounding my house is quite steep and I enjoy walking down and up its slopes every once in a while. Because my place sits on the crest of the mountain I can wander over either side. The face travailing down from my place offers a dry expanse of gums and low-lying scrub. I frequent this route more regularly than the other. At certain times of the year the air teams with butterflies feeding from the nectar of the mountain. The earth on this side is home to echidnas that scoop up the earth in search of ant mounds. The trees here sometimes sound like they’re screaming out as their trunks come together and come apart. It is a land with a history.

On the opposite side the bush takes on a smoother decline and the mountain rain is preserved from the harsh sun by a deeper, denser rainforest habitat where tree ferns and mosses play around the Olinda Creek. I enjoy visiting this side, particularly in the wet when the forest breathes a freshness, its fragrant offering to this carbon polluted atmosphere.

There’s a face up on my mountain that has some very nice viewing spots. One of these areas is a commercialised viewing place that has been recently updated to include a multi-million dollar restaurant/conference/reception building, landscaped gardens and a nice big fat gate with tolls for parking. As you can probably guess, that spot’s pretty popular with the locals. A little up the road one can find the more natural lookout, known locally as The Rocks and renowned by many young Melbournites for its late night romanticism and dazzling city light scenery. I got up to this spot early in the morning last week to think and bring things before God. Questions. Things that sat deep on my heart. Questions.

It’s good to be here. Sometimes I need to be woken up to the rich earthy palate of colours and the graceful gum trees. Woken up from a state of introspective dwelling. I need to be here more often.