Sundown, Sunset Crescent
We closed the door today on our place. Our 60s dream house, ranch style, for a family with mod cons and little quirks - arguments and a laundry chute,
Poppy’s Post Pandemic Inclusion Anxiety
It’s 4.30 am…again. I don’t know what it is about the now, but I seem not to be able to sleep for longer than a few hours at a time.
A wicked tale of how the girls escaped the land of Bad Hairy Scary Men
Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a beautiful country full of deserts and rivers and wild, wild mountains and villages and cities and families and all kinds of people just going about their business.
No sex please, I am playing scrabble
We’ve been sold a pup! The wonderful world of social media offers so many extraordinary opportunities to connect with other humans, a godsend in these times of no travel, work from home and social lockdown. But there is a dark side.
Flattened streets and yellowed curbs in dry heat that only you possess, that bakes your skin before it sweats, I feel the endless drift of years, spent here.
Some families are sedate and harmonious and others are more discordant. We were a passionately argumentative lot. Looking back it would be easy to focus on the quarrels - but underneath it all, something I understood less as a child than I do now, there was an abiding love underlining all the squalls in our family voyages.
Sometimes it is the little things you notice when you are out there in the hustle and bustle of life that are the most memorable. They can pierce through the drear of everyday life - often that feeling that you are just enduring everyday life - and surprise you with an unexpected sense of joy and happiness.
Remembering those you love
These two poems memorialise two much loved family members, my grandmother - nonna - who lived an amazing and long life. Leaving Italy to arrive in Australia in the 1920s, she was one of 13 children. Surviving the privations of WWI and then separation from family she and her husband created a world of friends, family, and success in a new country. She was brave, kind, community-focused and incredibly hardworking and astute well into her 90s.