This was about 5pm yesterday. Taken straight after stepping out of the car at the local shopping centre. Pity about the football stadium lights ruining the view!
Thursday evening in Canberra.
Weird week. I actually got my days all mixed up and forgot it was Sunday!
I’ve been doing a lot of rereading, and am falling so far behind with my review books. If you’re seeing fewer reviews on here, that is the reason. However, I have a bunch of books I could read a thousand times and still love, and sometimes – especially when I’m too busy to invest in a new story – it’s a comfort to read those.
What have I been rereading? Anne Gracie, Lisa Kleypas… favourite historical romances mostly.
I have not been *sick* this week, but I’ve been something strange. In the past, back in my ballet days, I was so anaemic (or “anemic” in America) that when they did the tests I’d dropped off the bottom of the chart. In high school there were days I was more or less unconscious at my desk, so I got sent home to pass out in bed! And imagine trying to do professional ballet training when you have NO energy whatsoever. None!
I’ve been a bit like that in recent days.
Basically, I’ve been almost fainting when I stand up, and I nearly passed out when walking to lunch with my brother and parents yesterday afternoon. Also – just now – twice I fell asleep at the computer and woke myself up when I dropped forwards and bashed my head on the keyboard (someone should probably film me doing that, because I’m sure it looks hilarious!!).
It’s a good thing my brother’s partner runs a number of pharmacies, so I get information on the super-duper iron supplements that help me a bit!
However, I’m dropping a bit behind on everything at the moment.
Floriade all sunny and hot last year.
We’ve had some pretty weird weather in the past few days. Some days are gorgeous, and then others are weirdly cool and rainy – it doesn’t usually rain much in Canberra, so it’s a real shock. As Floriade – our massive flower festival near the lake – is on now, it’s not ideal. The last time I went to it there was a serious heatwave, I got sunburnt, and I was dressed for the tropics!
Apparently today is World Cat Day – whatever that means!
Here are some of the cats I’ve had in my life in the past couple of years (no, I’m not an insane pet-collector; most of them are strays we cared for!)
We all got super excited about the possibility of snow on Wednesday. It’s not something we ever see! However, despite being able to see some on the mountains in and around Canberra, this was the best effort nature made at our house, early in the morning (it was gone soon after).
The same day, we had lunch for my cousin’s eighteenth birthday – Catholic families – the youngest and eldest first cousins on my father’s side vary in age nearly thirty years! We were all laughing at ourselves for the excitement over all our pictures of the “snow”. The one above was ten times more snow than anybody else saw.
Other than the snow thing, we’ve had some gorgeous weather! This was Friday afternoon.
I could talk about Nice. I could talk about Turkey. I could talk about the fact Russian gangs are again going around desecrating Ukrainian graves OUTSIDE Eastern Europe… But you can look that up on your own. On the other hand:
I love you, Canada. This story went a teeny way to relieve my anger about some other things…
Canada’s leader was in Kyiv, Ukraine and visited the genocide memorial, and also the memorial where Ukrainians were killed by pro-Russian and actual Russian snipers on the 20th of February, 2014 (above and below). Many of those shots were fired by snipers in the hotel in the background. I was there a few weeks ago, when they were setting it up:
Rex the cat left on Thursday. I will miss him so much. Here he is having one final sleep on my bed (maybe now I will be able to make it before the sun sets!):
…But will probably end up buying anyway!
I saw A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice at a bookshop recently, when I was shopping for actual, sane books. I almost bought it, but I restrained myself! It’s cheaper at The Book Depository anyway.
I went home with sensible things: two guidebooks for Italy and a paperback copy of Persuasion (as in the real Jane Austen book, not a book with guinea pigs!).
Tower Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge, with free shipping, from DesignAtelierArticle.
From William Shakespeare to Jane Austen to everyone in between, BoeTech makes cookie cutters so you can – er – eat your favourite writers!
These glowing bookmarks are made by Canadian creator Papillon9, and can be shipped to various countries.
Rex’s tough week!
I’m lazy this week, (and it’s my birthday – after my mother’s, and ANOTHER lunch with Ukrainian embassy staff on Wednesday), so here are some links instead:
(This makes me very happy, because Natalie Portman’s husband was given the job, and he was totally wrong for it! He lasted fifteen months!)