- This photo in, or near Bright, Victoria....it came up on my desktop a while ago, and I thought a sweet intro' to my very first, 5-random-thoughts post. Archival photos such as this take me back to stop-overs in special places.. this one in, 2007. I can picture myself being right there, about 780 kms. away, in an instant, collecting fallen Liquidamber leaves nearby.
- I've come to realize that having eyes pressed hard to the viewfinder in our camera, really does wonders for the soul. I'm sure it takes us places, in our head-space, ironing out any complexities there; rather akin to de-fragging a computer I'm thinking!!
- My friends will vouch for the fact that I make few phone-calls! I really can't explain, but I've never been one to pick up the phone as first choice. Writing letters yes, writing emails yes, meeting for coffee, yes again...........but the phone-call will always come last in the queue.
- Catching up/coffee, chat..sometimes that means a two-hour trip by train to Sydney, and same again back. It's not a chore; meeting with friends is a special event. Very recently this journey had me meeting up with Laura and Don (Illinois, U.S.A.), for the first time ever. Laura and I had started writing online some years ago, through our interaction then with Michael Strong's stamping/card-making group. Laura's hubby had planned a busy tour about Australia, and while in Sydney, finally we could meet up. We chatted over coffee, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, right by Sydney Harbour, at Circular Quay. That was only a couple weeks back now.
- This morning I commented on a blog post, about calligraphy, and zentangles. A few years back I was sent some wonderful books on Zentangles. They came after a stressful period when losing my husband Des, from melanoma, after 43 years marriage; he was 65 then. I tried my hand at penning fine lines, often into the early hours of the morning. The thought process involved gave me a wonderful 'out' and I'm sure was somewhat meditative. It is interesting to see how Zentangle-Inspired-Art (Z.I.A.) evolves in your own hand. Something I had never expected I would do --- now that's another random thought really, and I've already done five now.
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