What you see above are two shots driving home – Jugiong to Canberra – from the book festival yesterday evening (obviously the second picture was taken before the first one – the sun was setting as we drove). This whole section of Australia looks like this: dry, yellow, bright light.
So, I spent Saturday afternoon moderating at the wonderful, friendly Jugiong Writers Festival. I was stunned that a book festival in a country town could pull in both so many celebrities, and SUCH big crowds. It was a little bit intimidating!
The wonderful book launch at the end of the day (with essential, free sparkling wine!) was a nice bonus.
Also – they have a GREAT pub! I’ve already planned a weekend trip back with my brother and his partner.
I stole a couple of pictures from Sulari Gentill’s Facebook page.
Here is the worst photograph ever, of me (and also Margareta Osborn), looking like we want to murder each other. It was put online by ABC reporter Pip Courtney. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it!
(That weird stripe across my face is actually the pot plant next to me!)
Autumn light on Friday evening in Canberra.
Finnish Ski Troops in 1940
Monday was the anniversary of the end of the Winter War, when Moscow decided to randomly invade Finland and steal regions of their country while the world was distracted by Hitler. (Anything about this situation seem relevant to 2017 – just change Finland to Ukraine and Hitler to Trump!). The Kremlin’s hybrid warfare tactics then are near-identical to what they are currently doing to their neighbours.
History is constantly running on repeat.