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Australia » Life @ Number 8
Jul 262011

First Thing:

I woke to a golden morning.  Remember, if you are in the northern hemisphere, I am in Australia, so it’s morning here. This is how we do mornings in Queensland. That was about 6:30/7am and since I was up…

I hit the ground running & was online early for a fantastic Webinar with Chris Brogan from Copyblogger.

The 30 second power out was unexpected, thanks goodness for laptop batteries. I work with the power connected, & my iPhone plugged in & charging also.  At a moment’s notice I’m good to go. I made a complete page of notes. Thanks Chris.

A Little Later

I had a vacc-attack, breezed through the kitchen, added to today’s To Do List- have you discovered Workflowy (here’s my tip: watch the video before you start creating)

Regarding Excel

Later today I will be completing the 4 Excel tests I need to have done before class tomorrow. It’s a whole lot easier than I expected. I discovered when I let go of the associated fears the windows fell open. Or my mind cleared…..insert own metaphor here. When I was about 7ish my dad used to get really cross, angry & generally frustrated with me as I struggled to learn my ‘times tables’. Now, there are 2 things important to know: 1st my father read physics books for relaxation so I was up against it from the get go; 2nd I loved my father all my life as well as now, even though he isn’t here with me. We didn’t always agree, but we were father & daughter & we loved each other in our own ways.

How I changed

After some thought I decided I could let GO of the fear of  all things numerical. After all those struggles were from decades ago. So I did. And I have. And now Excel is do-able for me. Yes it sounds simple doesn’t it. But that is how it works for me. A whole lot of thought, then a decision. Then action, or inaction as the case may be. Not fair I hear you cry…sorry for me it is that way. Figure out how it is for you. Don’t deny me this one easy, for I am confident in telling you that the list of things easy to you, is way longer than mine.

Also today:

I will be collecting some homemade marmalade. Buying some Milo & doing my usual getting ready for 2 days of class things. This is week 3.

What are you doing today?

Apr 142011




after the floods – 3 whole months ago Brisbane is open for business….come on down or up and visit. Yesterday I took a friend from Melbourne to the Eumundi Market, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

we arrived to a warm Wednesday, there are large shady trees,

a place to sit and watch art happen.








Dec 092010


Oprah looked cool & classy on Hamilton Island yesterday. Hamilton Island is a fantastic resort island in the Whitsunday’s, near The Great Barrier Reef (see maps below)  Along with 100 fans that travelled downunder, she and BFF Gayle had a great time. Prawns, Koalas you name it.

(bet it wasn’t a $10 lunch!)
where is it?

more images here


information here

see more Oprah here & plan your holiday

Nov 032010


When I was younger, oh so much younger than today…yes the Beatles sang it.

One grey August Saturday  (it was rainy & cold – hey, it was in Melbourne) I read in the newspaper about Arthur Boyd’s (Australian of the Year 1995) struggle to donate his property Bundanon to the Nation of Australia.

The article (I still have it) showed a picture of the artist sitting under a tree in the grounds of his Shoalhaven home. If I can find it, I will scan it.

It made me consider: what might my gift to this nation be?

Would it be the collective works of me, Jane the writer; and would my children be the price I would pay?


Would I raise great kids, never taking up my creative pen again for the duration of my life?

Does that seem extreme? At the time of these thoughts I did not know how long I might live. (I write about all that here)

Back to August, I hauled out some A3 sized paper (that’s large) and in purple inked calligraphy I wrote a poem.

Then I wrote a letter to Arthur Boyd, about the impact the photograph had upon me.

I went to the library and sat on the floor  in the resource section. I looked through an Atlas to find the nearest town to Shoalhaven. Then I searched for an address, almost at the point of giving up I thought this though: Arthur Boyd is such a down to earth person why would he have some fancy named address.

Sure enough I found him listed in the local town: Arthur Boyd.

I photocopied the purple prose & then sent it all off.

I don’t recall how much time passed. Or even if I wondered what happened to my letter etc

But one day a letter arrived from Arthur Boyd himself. Handwritten.

He encouraged me. (I feel all teary recalling it) He said he had placed my poem in the archives of Bundanon. I was stunned by that.

He invited me to apply for a residency/retreat to the Property.

I never have. I was busy being a mother. (That was the choice I made, back then) . Busy trying to be alive, to be well. years went by.

So many years. Yes, so many years. When I relocated to Queensland (Beautiful one day, perfect the next) I made sure we stopped in the town closest to Bundanon. After breakfast we set off to the Arthur Boyd’s property. Along a road, off a road, up and down & through the bush, all in a city car. Finally we reached the gate.

A sign confirmed we were in the right place. The also indicated the Property was closed to the public, except on the 1st Sunday of the month.  We had arrived in the wrong day. I had not known.

All these memories have been stirred up by reading this post over at JUICY LIFE. Written by Anne & Tweeted by Sandi. On her blog Devacoach Sandi regularly inspires me.

A few years ago, I felt my season-to-write had arrived. 11th January found me writing…I wrote 10,000 words. I was astounded. I kept writing. I have about 110,000 words now. I had a couple or 3 readers, a volunteer editor. I wrote a chapter from a male perspective; I submitted it to a writer’s forum. They said I had it right. *Gasp*

My mother became old & ill. By choice I set my writing aside to be a good daughter. Nothing I ever ever write will be of a worth greater than those months; weeks. And last minutes.  n o t h i n g.

Now I am eager to get a desk in place, to settle down & complete what is in my head.

ps. my children grew up fine. so i might get to leave both, my writing & my children.

and their children….

What do you dream of doing one day?

and now for the Bealtes:

Fast Tube by Casper

Oct 182010


more MMs here


The Jacarandas are in bloom. We are well into spring, but locally we have had enough of the spring rains. The dams have over-flowed; ironic when not so very long ago they were down to below 15%.

(I have added below  a couple of images of the floods & a link to more)

all flood images & see more news.com.au

Oct 072010

the commonwealth games

Australia, & other countries of the Commonwealth are participating in the 19th Games

learn the aussie chant

Fast Tube by Casper

(actually it’s not just used for sports) & we don’t actually sing it. If you shout out the 1st part, you better be ready that someone will answer you.

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