Goodbye stranger

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Devonport ferry, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2018

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Devonport ferry, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2018

 

Ragtag Daily Prompt | goodbye

Stationary, and not

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Gulls, Muriwai, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2020

Although the weather’s turned a bit meh, our craving for fish and chips got the better of us last night. And the fact that the best place to buy them is two thirds of the way between our house and Muriwai Beach meant that a picnic was in order.

As usual, within about three seconds of us opening the wrapping, the birds arrived. First the sparrows, then the gulls. And while the sparrows just hop up as close as they dare and look pleadingly, these gulls tried the alternate approaches of dive-bombing and studied nonchalance.

Neither worked. And the food was delicious.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | stationary

Grounds for hope

New growth on the smaller of my road-trip hydrangeas. Image: Su Leslie 2020

The hydrangea bushes (well, full-sized plant and little stem) brought back from Whanganui are both looking healthy and have new growth.

New flowers on the larger road-trip hydrangea. Image: Su Leslie 2020

Not quite knowing how to care for my gifted plants, I’ve read and tried to follow advice both online and in print. For now, it seems that lavish amounts of attention and water have been enough.

A belated contribution to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | hope

Monday Macro

#proactivehopefulness

The advent of the advent calendar-free Xmas

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The Boy-child’s Advent Calendar 2017. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Image: Su Leslie 2017

Advent Calendars weren’t part of my Presbyterian upbringing; so I was largely unaware of them until the boy-child was little and he began to receive as gifts the kind with little chocolates behind each window. Then a cousin sent him a lovely quilted version with numbered pockets to be filled with goodies.

Despite its Winnie the Pooh fabric, the Calendar remained in use until my son left home, and probably would still be pressed into service except that I can’t find it.

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The boy-child’s advent calendar; made by a cousin and given to him when he was four. Image: Su Leslie

For the last couple of years I sought alternative solutions; the row of goodie bags that could be hung in a flat bedroom, a box with numbered envelopes.

I’m not sure whether it’s a lack of imagination or a general ambivalence towards Christmas, but this year we’re going calendar-free and I wonder if he will even notice.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | calendar

Note to self …

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” –– Tecumseh

And perhaps more importantly I guess, is giving thanks that I have those things to be thankful for.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | light