(Post from Friday night):
I was going to start this post with some flippant comment, but instead, I left Canberra for Sydney this morning, only to discover that a massive bushfire is about to hit my part of town (much like in 2003), along with a severe heatwave and huge winds. After I arrived in Sydney I heard from my father that houses in my own suburb have had trees fall on and crush them. Other – massive – trees have fallen and blocked major roads. The fire is still out of control, and getting closer.
It’s raining in Sydney. I wish they’d send some of their rain to us.
I am flying to China in a few hours, so I guess I just hope for the best…
But – hey – climate change doesn’t exist, right?
Halloween indoors because it was too hot outside!
On Wednesday we booked tickets to travel to a few countries next year. I’m going back to Ukraine for several weeks, and then on to Romania (I’ve been to the border on the Ukrainian side before, but never actually to Romania!), and to Georgia. So: to two of the countries currently being invaded by Russia, and one neighbour!
Our version of being ready for Halloween: limoncello and wine!
Saturday sunset in Canberra.
What a week in the news (don’t even get me started on Australia), but it was significant (for me) for another reason: Halloween was the 30th anniversary of my father’s father’s death, and the next day was the 40th anniversary of my mother’s father’s death (he suffered badly resisting the Nazis and the Russians in World War Two, and his health never really recovered).
Yesterday I saw that some neighbours already have their Christmas lights up, and… what??
I’ll just say this: Ukraine bloody well told and told and TOLD America about Russian lies, propaganda and online trolling from at least 2013 (you know, from around when RT News – the Kremlin’s worldwide “news” channel – was reporting that Ukrainians were making mothers watch as they crucified Russian babies).
Nobody in the West cared until it affected them because they see Eastern Europeans as nothing more than a punchline to a joke.
Now, look at the mess that ignorance has created. Trump. Brexit. Cataluña. Neo-Nazis. Bernie or Bust. Violent riots in the streets of a number of countries. And on and on and on.
On the terror attack in New York, and Trump cancelling the Green Card Lottery: does he (or anyone?) realise that the “diversity” visa is the way people like Australians are legally able to move to America? You won’t be keeping “yucky terrorists” out of the country; you’ll be keeping all of us out! Maybe he should just build his wall the whole way around, seeing as he hates all of us…
Other than that, I’m so far behind with my reading. This isn’t helped by the fact NetGalley (review book site) is chock-full of glitches, and half the books aren’t accessible for some reason. They’re aware of the problem, but weeks later still haven’t fixed it.
This week has been stressful and upsetting as I spent it trying – and succeeding – to keep the neighbour’s cat alive after she had a stroke while visiting us on Sunday night.
What we didn’t initially know was that the neighbour was in Queensland for the better part of a fortnight (the son of another neighbour was being paid to feed her). We went to his door with her just after 2am, and then tried again at 6:30am.
When we found out where he was I spent Sunday night to Friday morning with her, sleeping on the couch while she slept on the rug (because she kept falling off everything), giving her water through a dropper thingy, trying to get her to move again…
She improved a lot, but now – and she is back visiting for hours a day instead of living here full-time – she has lost her purr. She used to purr more loudly than any cat I’ve ever met before, and now she is eerily silent. She also sleeps a lot more.
The picture above was from Thursday, when we got her outside for a few minutes.
She is already so old she has gone blind and deaf, and I was given permission to have her put down, but there’s no way I could have done that unless she was really suffering. There I was, on the floor with her, crying buckets on Sunday and Monday…!!
She spends so much time here I sort of feel she is as much my cat these days (as I type this she is back here, napping next to me).
Also: another possum has moved into the tree just over a metre from my bedroom window. Hearing Exorcist screams all night (possums are cute, but terrifying!) is not much fun…
This week Lonely Planet named Canberra the third best place in the world to visit in 2018. I agree – I love this city. However, the nasty newspapers in other cities here will be churning out editorials insulting us (it’s a favourite Australian pastime to insult the national capital). Australians are weird like that. It’s like each state and territory is a different country instead of being part of the same one.
They also named Seville #1 – and I also agree. It is my favourite city in the entire world, and I’ve spent anything from a week to a month there at a time on many visits over the years, including a ten-day visit only a couple of months ago. I hope it doesn’t now get totally ruined by touts and illegal traders and tour groups like Barcelona etc.
With one week to go until Halloween, here’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer adult colouring book!
I don’t know if the colouring craze has died out yet or not, but as Buffy turns twenty this year, it seems appropriate.
It’s available in heaps of shops around the world, but here’s a link that’s good for most countries.
Le squelette joyeux – 1890s
Only a few days to go until Halloween, so here is a “spooky” British movie from 1901: The Haunted Curiosity Shop.
Only a few days until Halloween. 🙂
These pumpkins are made out of old books, and can be bought HERE.