Woah, we are in July already and where have I been? Enjoying the two week long pyjama party that is Winter School Holidays, that’s where. Those 2 months I spent in and out of hospital really took the wind out of my sails, I guess, and just before that saga finished my father passed away from a heart attack. Altogether a pretty crap time! I’ve mainly been sleeping, and trying to eat well and start exercising again; so far it is working and I’m slowly getting my groove back.

A running theme has been to enjoy every moment, because it really is these moments that add up to something greater than their parts. Is there a quote about ‘A string of moments adds up to a life well lived?’ Something like that. I’ve been seeking the amazing in as many moments as I can.

Walking every day by the ocean is an absolute delight. I bang on all the time about how soothing I find the ocean, how much of a spiritual thing it is for me to be near it, so if you are tired of hearing that, move along. If you are still with me, please follow my instagram feed for several ocean images like this every week! The sea in all her many moods is the perfect allegory for seasons of the soul, and every time I share her salty breath it is like looking at her with fresh eyes. Are you wishing you moved along before that florid piece of hyperbole? Well, go and see the sea for yourself, they say that salt water is the cure for everything, and they are right!

In the holidays we visited Brisbane’s Planetarium, and like a child who has watched too much South Park I cannot pronounce Planetarium with the t, even in my head. Plan-e-arium. Regardless, it was truly amazing. The theatre seats are arranged around the circle of the dome, and are angled back so that everyone has a perfect view when the large domed ceiling turns into a theatre screen. There was a stomach churning 3D animation of our solar system, that was both fun and educational, and the Astronomer that discussed the night sky afterwards had a passion for the stars that was contagious. 
Monkey boy is a man of many talents. Here he is proud as punch that his self portrait was selected to be in the local agricultural show. He is also interested in becoming a magician, and recently shared his favourite magic trick with me. 
Monkey boy holds two crayons, tan and blue. He hands me the blue crayon and says hold this. I hold it.
He places two fingers on my forehead and stares intently and seriously into my eyes for an extended moment, maybe 10 seconds. I try not to laugh. 
Is it blue? He asks. 

Not to be outdone, The Gentleman has amazing talents of his own. He is learning to cook (here we have pasta, tuna and corn salad) but I think his most amazing feat lately has been a massive growth spurt! Shirts I bought 2 months ago barely reach his waist, jeans that where bought in the same shopping spree wont button up, and most startling of all, he lost four teeth over the holidays! Four teeth in less than two weeks, and another two are wobbly! At $5 per tooth he is cleaning up, and I hope he uses this windfall to go and buy food, or at least new school shoes.

When I was growing up, we grew Chokos on the shed roof. We had the ordinary green ones, but also a coveted white variety. We ate them steamed with butter and black pepper, and years later I learnt to roast them, saute them with tomatoes, onions and zucchini; and use them in apple pies (like McD’s, but far better). One terrible day our neighbour killed the root of the White Choko, and that was the end of that. There where no White Chokos to be found,  apparently White Chokos are very rare, and many people had never heard of them. A lot of people even argued their existence, and said they must have been immature Green Chokos. Fools! I thought they where extinct, until I found them at the local agricultural show. Talk about amazing! I bought the last available one for $1, and hopefully it will grow happily in my garden. I told the lady who sold me the choko my saga, and how lots of people didn’t believe they existed.

Well they do exist, she said. My Grandma had one growing on her chook shed! 
I know they exist, I smiled, because I have one in my hand right now, you’ve just sold it to me!

It’s all about living in the moment.

xx

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12 thoughts on “Amazing Things

  • 07/15/2014 at 8:43 AM
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    Oh lovely I'm sorry to hear you've had such a rough few months… here's hoping things pick up for you for the rest of 2014! I agree the ocean fills my soul! Lovely photos of your boys – take care of yourself x

    • 07/15/2014 at 12:11 PM
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      Thanks, Lovely and you too. The rest of the year is going to be amazing, I can just tell!
      xx

  • 07/15/2014 at 9:34 AM
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    I love the beach too, but live so far away it's hard to get there very often. We always try to go on at least one holiday to the beach every year though. I must say I love going bush for the same reason. When I'm in the bush, just sitting, soaking it in, it makes me feel so peaceful. It's why I'll be so sad once Dave's parents sell their property, over half of it was just pure bush and Dave and I used to love going for bushwalks and just hanging out on the cliff at the bottom and looking out over the valley. So peaceful and beautiful.
    #teamIBOT

    • 07/15/2014 at 12:13 PM
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      I love the bush too! I've tried living further inland but as peaceful and beautiful as the bush is, I can't go without the ocean for too long. I think I need a large bush block near the ocean, it will be fantastic. You'll have to come visit me!
      xx

  • 07/15/2014 at 10:22 AM
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    I haven't been to the Planetarium since I was a kid – must do that again soon! Love choko – mind you I'm the only one in my family that does.

    • 07/15/2014 at 12:16 PM
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      Yay, more chokos for us then! I really enjoyed our visit to the Planetarium! Not just for kids, and you have the beautiful botanic gardens to explore afterwards.
      xx

  • 07/15/2014 at 10:23 AM
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    Awesome beach photo! We loved the Planetarium too 🙂 Hope you have lots more amazing ordinary moments 🙂

    • 07/15/2014 at 12:16 PM
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      Thank you! Wishing you amazing moments galore!
      xx

  • 07/15/2014 at 1:00 PM
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    Hi, I'm really sorry to hear about your dad! My sympathies to you and your family, such a sad time for you all!
    Thank you for the great beach photo it's beautiful and looks so calm and relaxing. Love the self portrait he looks very proud it's wonderful his portrait was chosen for the ag show. What a huge growth spurt! So many teeth to fall out over two weeks too. Must be the great healthy food you all eat! The planetarium looks great we love that sort of thing. Not sure about the chokos but…I don't think I cook them right.
    Thanks for the great blogs I LOVE reading them!!!

    • 07/16/2014 at 6:45 AM
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      You know what Lovely? Thank YOU. Thank you for all of your beautiful comments, I can't tell you what they mean to me.
      xxx

  • 07/17/2014 at 4:56 AM
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    Wow didn't realise you had had such a crapy time of late. I'm so sorry for your loss. xx
    Glad you had a lovely relaxing school holidays though. We go back next week and I'm dreading having to get up early again!

    • 07/18/2014 at 1:24 AM
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      Jess, thank you so much for your kind words. These early mornings are a shocker! It is so tempting to do the school run in my PJ's, but at this stage I am still parking the car and walking the boys in, so it might be a bit embarrassing for them. Don't wan't to scar them for life!
      xx

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