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Archive for October, 2013

Seemed like a good idea at the time!


Took this photo of a toilet block just outside Geelong last week. Definitely not my style of architecture but I’m sure there are others who think it looks great! Personally, I rather see more public conveniences, in a simpler (more affordable) design and CLEAN! Not that it is always the fault of councils – there seems to be a lot of people who treat public toilets very differently to the way they treat their own. (Or, if I’m wrong, I’d hate to see their bathrooms at home!) I’ve lost count of the number of immaculately dressed people I’ve seen drop paper on the floor or leave cubicles in a disgusting state – why not leave toilets as you’d like to find them?

In this block there two of the stainless steel doors had been removed from their hinges, I imagine someone got a few $s for scrap metal 😦  How does a council fight against that?

But . . . the real reason for today’s heading is that today is the First of November. The first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I completed the challenge last year (wrote over 50,000 words in thirty days) and felt very pleased even though I still haven’t finished the manuscript 😦

I enjoyed it so much I wanted to try again this year, despite the huge chunk of time it takes every day, but there are so many other things I want/need to do. A lovely email from a subscriber and writing buddy tipped the scales on my list of pros and I’ve decided to do it again this year. I don’t know if I’ll make it to 50,000 words but we’ll see . . .

The idea/plot/storyline I had seemed so exciting a week ago but nowhere near as good now 😦

Are you participating?

Reminder :)

Don’t forget -today is the last day for posting entries for the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition 2013.

Entries need to be posted by midnight tonight 🙂

Thank you everyone for the support – I really appreciate it.

Burning Off


I was up before daylight this morning to burn off dead branches and scrub, tidying up and, hopefully, making the area a little safer as the fire season looms. I meant to do it a few weeks ago but we’ve had lots of wind and it didn’t seem safe. It’s windy again now but earlier it was still and calm, and the ground damp, so I’m glad I made the effort.

Spring Beauty


Beautiful red Bottlebrush (Callistemon) are blooming everywhere 🙂

Just Fifteen Minutes


It sounds so simple . . . just fifteen minutes a day adds up to more than 91 hours in a year.

If I wrote for fifteen minutes a day it would add up to a lot of words. Novel? Short stories? Poems?

If I exercised for fifteen minutes a day it could decrease my waistline by several centimetres.

There are a 96 blocks of fifteen minutes in each day . . .

It sounds sooooooooooooooo simple!

PS – In just fifteen minutes you could print out a story or poem for the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition, fill in an entry form (or write a cover sheet), add the entry fee ($3.60 per entry), put it in an envelope and post it 🙂

Entries need to be posted by 31October 2013.



These cheeky Sparrows kept me amused as I waited in the car while Rod went into a ‘boys’ shop 🙂


Visiting Geelong


We had a great day yesterday – Rod had to pick up something he’d bought just out of Geelong and we spent the rest of the day shopping & browsing before meeting Elijah & Eilidh after work. Pizza and catch-up – Perfect 🙂


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