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Some walks

For a number of years, walking loomed large for me. I went on bushwalks with a bushwalking club, which meant single-day walks ranging from 10 kms to 20 kms or further, or “base camps” where we, and others, traveled somewhere to do a series of day walks. I hiked, by which I meant I carried a larger pack with tent, stovetop, and food for days in wilderness (sometimes benign wilderness…

Pillow thought

This might happen to you a lot, but to me, nearly never. Last night, tossing and turning with a Covid blocked nose, a thought came to me utterly unbidden: here’s how you should write that tricky bit in Chapter 15 that you’ve been puzzling about for a fortnight. Yikes! Silly me, I didn’t even think of leaping from bed to record this inspiration, but luckily, when I arose, the…

Indoor exercise

Daily exercise, be it jog or gym, accompanied by daily stretching (I’m trying a month of doing all of my stretches rather than alternating halves, even though this is a huge time impost) are part of my day. When I’m being good, that is, and lately good is what I’ve been. After starting Covid iso on Friday, that’s now two days of no jogging, plus not being able to venture…

Election day

I’m meant to be on a plane to Darwin today and one of the anticipated pleasures of that flight was being in the air on this big day. Too much emotional strain. But Covid means I’m here in Melbourne. I keep fantasizing the crushing ouster of the climate-wrecking Liberal Party but such thoughts are dangerous. Even the experts have trouble calling modern Australian elections and…

Dog outside cafe

I took this photo while sitting at the bench running across the window of my cafe. An ordinary scene, mundane really. But on the second day of Covid iso, what I wouldn’t give to be back there tomorrow morning, eh? To sit enfolded by the sounds of voices, cutlery, the hiss of the coffee machine. It feels like a dream.

Covid

This morning, two days before we were to fly off to Darwin, we both tested positive. Symptoms, mild as yet, have surfaced since. As a practical matter, our planned four-wheel bus tour from Darwin to Broome leaves in eleven days and the tour company offers no refunds or credits, so we have assumed we’ll exit isolation in a week’s time and have rebooked the flight for that day (at great…

Closing up shop

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Off to Darwin for ten days, then a camping/walking tour to Broome, so now I’m scrambling to get Chapter 15 under control. I’ve already agreed with myself that I won’t quite get it finished (it’s too, too hard, I moan) but some bits need to be written up now, otherwise the hardship in getting back to speed on my return will be…

Stark choices

I’m attempting to ignore the Australian election, climaxing this Saturday, at the same time as keeping track of every damned wrinkle in it. It’s driving me crazy. In a sane world, I would be voting on the basis of each party’s/candidates policies across a wide rang of important issues, but in this world of climate crisis, just thinking of my grandchildren reminds me that right…

Spiraling mind

Five days to go before heading to Darwin, where I’ll seek to work but undoubtedly poorly, because I can only take soft-copy material along with me. Then we’ll be off the grid for nine days on a tour to Broome. All that means is that I’m anxious about completing a chapter this week, hemmed in by other requirements. Nothing new, just a mind tense and fretful. Hopefully tomorrow…

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