But on Sunday afternoon I decided I’d rather tame the local magpies (Australian magpies are a different breed to Northern Hemisphere magpies, and are very violent right now, in spring), than be attacked by them.
It took one time giving them a little snack, and then they started coming to our door a few times a day. I tried not to get too close, because that’s probably a terrible thing, but they’re acting like pet dogs or cats, the stupid idiots!
As we’ve decided it’s totally impractical to keep the best cat ever:
Instead, now we have The Three Stooges. Instead of attacking us, they follow us around and sing like buskers.
I HAVE pointed out that magpies live even longer than cats! We should have kept the cat!
Friday sunset in Canberra.
The gorgeous lilac is coming out in the garden. It smells so nice!
Sixteen years ago this week since I danced the full-length version of Giselle for the first time. Wow, that’s a long time! The picture is from the dress rehearsal the night before, and the one the newspapers ran with in the end.
I guess you could say I like serious books now because I always preferred ballets where my character faced a tragic end!
We had lunch with Ukrainian embassy staff on Thursday, at Hotel Hotel. Got news on the war everyone has forgotten about…
Russian propaganda in an occupied region of Ukraine this week, explaining why Russia should be fighting and killing in Syria.
On Friday morning, Canberra-based surf lifesavers rescued a drowning kangaroo that had been swimming in the lake in the city centre. I have no idea why the kangaroo was in the water!
This looks like a lot of work!
Halloween Book Sculpture by Malena Valcarcel
Vintage book page Christmas trees, using Soviet books in Estonia (the best thing to do with Soviet books is turn them into Christian decorations!). By Butterflea Market.
A Christmas tree for a book-lover! Made and sold by The Gift Library.
It’s SO HOT in Canberra.
This week marked a year since the beginning of the revolution in Ukraine. Thirteen Ukrainians a day are still being killed by Russians, despite there supposedly being a ceasefire.
This week the Russian government also announced they’re worried Ukraine is going to “invade” eastern Ukraine. The fact that Ukraine is Ukraine – not Russia – seems to be beyond comprehension for their small, stupid minds.
On Saturday we said goodbye to the first of our kittens, Socks. I didn’t want to see him go. That came after a pretty crazy trip to the vet with three kittens. That was an interesting experience!
What a waste of a week! The heat probably didn’t help with my lack of motivation! This weekend is all about our trip to Sydney to see The Australian Ballet perform La Bayadère.
There was a big anti-Putin protest in Brisbane, but unfortunately it’s a protest I had to miss.
A discussion on the Word Wenches blog this week, about places people want to set more romances, constantly turned up one place: Russia. I do find it really upsetting that no matter what Russia does to its neighbouring countries, and no matter how many thousands (millions!) of their neighbours they slaughter, they always seem to get a free pass because they’re “exotic”. Nobody affords that same kind of love to – say – Nazi Germany. I bet authors in 1939 weren’t rushing to write more romances set in Germany! It makes me sick how little people care about Eastern Europeans.
Another week of pretty Canberra skies.
A stupid court summons (don’t worry, I’m not a murderer!) came in the mail, so there goes my Christmas season and my family trip to the Gold Coast. Sooooo annoyed about that! I can’t even begin to explain how mad I am… This is more than likely the last chance I have to travel with my grandmother (who is in her nineties and struggling both with mobility issues and dementia) and because of the stupid court, it isn’t going to happen.
Something that did occupy quite a bit of my time this week was our shed full of stray cats! Gradually things are being sorted out with them. The kittens are learning to eat (notice the one hiding in the back corner!), and have started venturing out. There’re privately-run charities that are willing to help with everything from vet’s fees to placement for them when they’re old enough to be on their own.
I’ve not had that much to do with pets for years and years, so it’s been nice to learn so much and come across such helpful people in the region.
Canberra sunsets in spring = fantastic!
It has been a lesson in the unexpected this week.
A family lunch turned into the discovery of these gorgeous little babies in the shed:
We have a home for the one at the back definitely, the one on the left probably, but the little one at the front on the right is still on the lookout for someone! If you’re in Queanbeyan or Canberra and want a sweet little cat… They’re about six weeks old, so it will be a few more weeks before they can go.
A lunch date during the week was cancelled because two people were sick.
And then my aunt was at work, had a fall, and needed surgery.
Meanwhile, in Moscow this week…
Ridiculous Russian propaganda is appearing in invaded parts of Ukraine.
Don’ even get me started on Australian politicians and their wilful ignorance! *cough*Tony Abbott*cough*…
As for books? I accidentally scheduled only historical romance reviews this week! It was a big release week for books in that genre.