365 Unusual Things: 134-140

134. Voted early in our federal election today at a voting place indicated by a sign: ‘Pre-pole voting’. 135. Forty years ago, just before I got married, I tore up photos of a former boyfriend. Today my husband was looking at some old negatives and found the photos I thought I’d destroyed for ever. 136.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 134-140”

365 Unusual Things: 127-133

127. Saw two black moorhens and two white seagulls standing together on the stone wall beside the pond. 128. To get a flu vaccination I had to answer 18 yes/no questions, one of which was ‘Do you not have a functioning spleen?’ Both yes and no give the same answer. 129. On a chemist counterContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 127-133”

365 Unusual Things: 120-126

120. Walked on a path damaged by tree roots and graffitied by frustrated cyclists wishing it was as smooth as the main road on the other side of the trees. 121. My red anthurium terrarium is turning moss-green, but only half. The other half is grey. 122. Found a sneaky one-hour parking spot outside aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 120-126”

365 Unusual Things: 113-119

113. Sitting writing this blog when a bride in a long white gown, holding its train bunched up in her arms, walks past my window with her groom. 114. Forced to stay home for 7 days because of Covid. To fill my days  I took back a jigsaw Christmas present I’d given my son. 115.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 113-119”

365 Unusual Things: 106-112

106. Made an Osterlamm, an Easter lamb cake. In Europe it’s not unusual, but no one in my circle of Australian friends and family has ever heard of it. 107. My week-old grandson (my only grandchild so that’s unusual on its own) was crying until my son started playing piano, quite loudly, and the babyContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 106-112”

365 Unusual Things: 99-105

99. At Lake Burley Griffin today I saw 2 unusual things: this man and his children rowing a wooden boat, and the Beijing Garden across the water. I’d be the only person in this city who hasn’t ever been to it. 100. Today is the 100th day of this year. 101. Asked my Chinese studentContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 99-105”

365 Unusual Things: 78-84

78. This Indian bike was parked beside a snake warning sign outside a café where I had lunch today. 79. Saw Crushed Snow White in the hardware store and felt a twinge of sadness. 80. Saw a police car today with the registration plate NO RUSH. 81. Stepped onto a small beach used as aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 78-84”

365 Unusual Things: 71-77

71. A barista in a café decorated each of my family’s coffees with a different pattern on its froth, a Pegasus, a seahorse, and a swan. 72. I went out into my front yard tonight and discovered a small, brightly lit, Persian grocery store has opened directly opposite my house and I didn’t know it.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 71-77”

365 Unusual Things: 64-70

64. Went to the Arboretum in Canberra today and thought about the pine forests on this hill that were totally destroyed by fire in 2003. Now we have this beautiful place with baby forests of different tree species slowly but surely growing. Sometimes something good can come from something very bad. 65. An aunty turnedContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 64-70”