This tiny little spider caught the light and my attention as it diligently spun her thread while dangling from the kitchen lamp. Such an elegant creature, dancing on a string, with her long legs moving with precision and grace. Up and down, round and round she worked on a thread so light it almost wasn’t there at all.
I rescued a tiny succulent from a crack in the concrete on a street in Parramatta several years ago. I brought it home, found it a pot, and it keeps growing towards the light. Its curious leaves hold so many happy memories from that weekend – of strolling the streets and op-shops with a kindred spirit, sharing a house with friends who are dear to my heart, participating in a wonderfully inspiring and interesting gastronomy conference, connecting with a beautiful man, eating, drinking, talking, singing, walking and savouring. Every day this little plant gives me a wave and sends some happy memories my way.
Turns out there are several rampant grape vines in my neighbourhood. I spotted this beauty in its takeover bid on my evening walk. The setting sun lit it up like a stage light in all its conquering glory.
The soft green of eucalypts is a particularly Australian colour and one that warms my heart. Over my back fence, near the creek is a big space of young native trees, all growing like mad. I’m particularly fond of the leaves with wobbly edges resplendent in the late afternoon sun.
What on earth is a carved rug, I hear you ask. It’s exactly as the name suggests – a rug that has some lines carved out to create more definition. I love my lounge-room rug with its big floral pattern on a background of navy blue. It’s bold and warm and pure wool. I picked it up for a song one day in Ikea in the ex-display section. It is particularly inviting when the sun streams through the north window.
This glorious autumn weather and the new slow pace of life is certainly good for one’s health. Lounging in the sun like a lizard on a rock has become a part of my daily routine. Sunshine, fresh air, feet up.
Early spring brings with it such joy and hope, particularly when the sun comes out after a few chilly days. Everyone seems to be smiling and taking their time as they stroll down the street, hearts brightened by the bright blue sky and verdant green growth. I tried to be virtuous and go to Modern Art Musuem, but I couldn’t bring myself to stay indoors. My camera and I wandered the streets instead.