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.
I wonder what Jane Austen would have thought of this scene she never wrote becoming so iconic in relation to Pride and Prejudice! (Don’t shoot me, I don’t find Colin Firth even remotely attractive!).
You can buy Darcy in poster form or a set of Darcy at Pemberley postcards from Pemberley Pond.