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Magpie's Nest
Central West Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Leading a Fast Life in the Slow Lane & Ageing with Grace under Fire.
Interests: Healthy Ageing + Blogging + Writing + Reading + Researching + Knitting + Gardening + Travelling + Hobby ceramics.
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Margaret Drabble's authorial voice in this novel is that of one of the Wise Old Women of the Tribe that I love so well. It is full of insight, warmth and compassion for the lives that women lead whilst 'mother-henning' their children, pursuing a career, relating to various adult men... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at madmagpielitcrit
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Preamble Somewhere in the last seven years I lost my way as a Reader. Yes, I belong to a book group and I dutifully manage to read the book each month, but I have had lost my passion. That is, until Margaret Drabble's 'The Pure Gold Baby'. I confess to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at madmagpielitcrit
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Introducing the 'Beach Fisherman'. You can see all the clay marks in the close-up of this greenware button. My pencil marks will burn off in the kiln, the colours will pop after the bisque firing, and after the glaze firing the magic really does manifest itself. I also completed 'Steincat'... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at BijouxCeramicButtons
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'The Apple Thief' - in production. Since I photographed it on the magazine lying around on the table - Issue 01 Semester One 2015 of The University of Sydney's Alumni Magazine and realized that the fab pic of the architect on the cover featured by the photographer made an almost... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at BijouxCeramicButtons
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Clement was a school teacher when Grandma married him. He was from Cudal, a little NSW country town. It is still a little country NSW town. Only fifteen minutes from where I have lived twenty three years of my adult life. She was from the country as well. Her folks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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Houston, we have had a BIG problem! I should have guessed that with the central heating turned on the rapid heating and cooling in the dining room in cold Orange would be far too much for the thinner clay buttons. I'll be able to rescue some buttons, but it will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at BijouxCeramicButtons
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Wellllllll, hello again. Yes, it's been a very long time since we last communicated. Almost a year I note. I've been working on my Hobby Ceramics painting work and I'll create some albums to show you my work in the side bar, but I had neglected my Bijoux Ceramic Buttons.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at BijouxCeramicButtons
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I'd never ever thought of the concept of 'visual noise' before until I excitedly accompanied a small 4 year old boy and his grandma to the NSW Art Gallery for his very first art gallery visit ever! Now I have a long list of 'shoulds' for Under Five Art Gallery... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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The best children's books of ALL time are THOSE ones shared with the loving adults in the children's lives who genuinely love passing on a shared love of literature. If the adults in the house are not seen to be reading books and enjoying reading books, then how can they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at madmagpielitcrit
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"They steal things," our little Magpie said as she sobbed recently and demanded 'her' own money back so that she could escape and get a taxi back home. Through our own tears as we sobbed, we couldn't help but note that half the belongings she had packed did not show... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
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Adult women are mysterious shape-shifters: they invariably chop and change their names throughout their lives so that tracing them at times is an impossible challenge! It's fifty years this year since my cohort traipsed through the gates of our girls' high school, across the asphalt, kitted out with our regulation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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Why is it that people are always trying to helpfully teach me a faster technique to work my needle? I'm running out of tactful ways to bat them away. Very soon I might just roar at them. VERY LOUDLY. Then quietly resume my very satisfying slow hand stitching that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
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Is bed size a barometer of emotional intimacy for you? Would you feel that your other half was having an affair if they suddenly raised the topic of buying a larger bed? Would the best Valentine's Day present ever be a double bed wrapped up in red ribbon and covered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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This photobook was supposed to be mailed off to our 40th wedding anniversary music composer a month ago, but then I decided that it badly needed a slip cover. The truth is that somewhere along the line with my 88 year old father moving in with us and my mum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
Today I had my husband driving all around the backblocks of Mandurama looking for the Millamalong Polo Carnival. I was appalled at the lack of advertising for such an exciting prestigious event. It turns out we were only a month early! No wonder it was so deathly quiet. It was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
Dad showed me his weekly letter to the extended family last night and this sentence was prominent. And of course, it's a sentiment that he has expressed frequently over the last month. I've been wondering whether to talk to his GP to refer him to counselling, although in discussions with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
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It's not only coming, it's up and running with the first blog Post hot off the press right here. You can see that I was into my usual mad creative challenge trying out various blog banners and spending hours at the desktop in a mad post-migraine haze. Which one is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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Yesterday, I entered The Magpie's Attic with a big smile of warmth and greeting on my face for my mother's three other roomies. I had seen Mum in the common room and I had just slipped down to her room with two large boxes of brightly patterned tissue boxes in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
Gentle Reader, You're Forgiven if you've in subscribed from my RSS feed. Entirely understandable. My Posts have become so infrequent that my Blog Report Card would receive a 'D' for Effort. My darling mother had the inevitable very bad fall , two weeks after Christmas, and we had to quickly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
Thanks so much Sue. As you know, I'm up and down, all over the place, but mostly trying to get it together.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on So Many Things To Tell You ... at Magpie's Nest
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Who lost the historical plot in Sydney? I'm in utter shock. We're playing tourist in our city of Sydney and we strayed away from the Quay precinct. I had a sentimental longing to return to the Rocks historical locale of my regular excursions as a Sydney resident ever since St.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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'The Secret Garden' fabric series first caught my eye because of my love of the children's classic novel. I think it's because I was an English teacher and because I love reading novels myself, but as a beginning quilter I see myself telling stories through the design and composition of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
Thank you for your encouraging comments Bernie. I shall hold them tight to me as I perform on Friday night.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2014 on So Many Things To Tell You ... at Magpie's Nest
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If you're new to my Magpie's Nest, I'm a middled-aged retiree trying to jam-pack three life-times into whatever time I have left. I'm nudging 62. My friend Helve says I'm "living a fast life in the slow lane". I like to add "with dodgy health". At the moment it's just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Beware the hubris of age! Adult-Onset Musicians can be a know-it-all bunch, every bit as recalcitrant and stubborn as teenagers. And I know whereof I speak. Ageing bodies need to be looked after carefully. I awoke with a massive migraine this morning. I agonised in bed all morning until it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus