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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.
Recent Activity
It's true. You know as a Retiree when it really irritates you to give your Occupation, especially on Facebook, and Facebook is reluctant to accept your creativity? Just because I've retired I haven't suddenly lost my identity and then you have that sudden realisation that identity is emotionally charged with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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We were at afternoon tea yesterday afternoon, discussing my challenges in learning the fingering of piano scales - two octaves one hand; finger patterns, or notes - and my friend said "we were just told what to do and we did it!" She is 72 and was recalling her practice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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Ironically, this is a review of a review; an enthusiastic review of a review; an enchanted review of a review. It is an instinctive recognition that gardens are at once intimate and public spaces, and as such, have immense personal appeal. Whether you have a pot plant or two, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Serendipity - both of them! However it is significant to note that I have had an education and career such that I could afford these instruments myself and gift them to myself as an adult, unlike my own childhood situation. This is why I constantly maintain that it is never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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Why on earth would anyone start to learn ONE musical instrument over the age of 60, let alone TWO? Actually one instrument has a faux beginning, but let's not get ahead of ourselves shall we? I think I've read somewhere that's it's always wise to begin at the beginning, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
Adrienne! Where have I been???? Missing in action that's for sure!!! Thank you for your lovely supportive message here and for your virtual friendship!! Just taking a wee break between flute scales and exam pieces and looking at my blog work and realising how disorganised I've been of late. Life after 60 CAN be very purposeful, but you do have to think hard about it all. Give yourself time to kick back and reflect. All the very best!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2014 on A VERY,VERY Convenient Truth at Magpie's Nest
Oh Loani, I must have been much distracted of late, not to have noticed your always kind, always thoughtfully supportive message. Mother in hospital at the moment after a fall backwards into the train carriage when trying to alight much to slowly to catch the eye of the train guards, alas. She's 'okay', but taking a long time to rehab. Never let anyone tell you that having four aged parents over the age of 87 is a great thing unless they are all in excellent health for their age and able to communicate fully with you, whatever that means to yours and their mutually loving satisfaction!!!
That dreaded word 'maths'!!! Yet I can see it. Another school friend uses it to do the most beautiful knitting and crochet work. Not sure how far I will venture yet. Just appliqued baby kick mats for the floor maybe??? Not sure. But hopefully I will catch up with Margaret next year and have a good chat.
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Blogging is an act of creativity for me in itself. The composing of written text. The inclusion of visual images. The addition of links and other multi-media. The decisions of layout and colour choices. I love it all. It soothes an itch in my soul. What is creativity in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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I don't normally read science fiction by choice. I have enough trouble coping with the present let alone crossing any imaginative bridges. I bought this novel without a clue as to what it was about. At book club this year I was asked what I was reading. Having just come... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at madmagpielitcrit
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A couple of years ago my ceramics' design obsession was cicadas and lavender. Now it's beach huts. I have no real explanation other than some aspect captivates me and I just want to keep drawing the same thing over and over and over and over again. I spend months and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at BijouxCeramicButtons
Love the hat decor!
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Ageing takes us hostage, resist it as we will. We become hostages to our grief, our guilt, our anger, our helplessness, our sense of being in a foreign land with no guide and no inkling of the language or the rules with which to negotiate it all. It doesn't matter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Loved this memoir with a passion! And perhaps I should be blogging about it on my Late Adulthood Music Education Blog In The Key of Sixty Plus, but it's a book so it's staying here. Took it everywhere with me while I read it. It helped me while away drug-addled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at madmagpielitcrit
Most Retirees I observe are loving retirement and pottering along, working on their general health a bit, grey nomading the whole way or caravanning around Australia in short sections, taking a longer overseas holiday there, doing a bit of family history research, loving the cafe life, getting into golf, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
End Cancer. End Women's Cancers. Headlines like that; organisations with names like that irritate me so much that I just want to scream and rage in frustration! The concepts just make despair and leave me feeling sad and frustrated. I am NOT against fundraising for research. I am against the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Here on the NSW Central Tablelands, the winter weather has finally relented and in the midst of maximum 4 and 5 degree centigrade days we finally have glorious sunshine and a totally blue sky. It's warm. I've taken off my jacket and the sun is so soporific if I am... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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OR, Setting the CAT amongst the MAGPIES! How to launch a book blog into a morass of book blogs and jostle for a space in an overcrowded online cacophony of competing voices? I'll let a cat speak for me first!!! A few years ago I bravely set forth and travelled... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at madmagpielitcrit
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Greetings Peeps! I'm back in my study and using some residual energy from hiding from the carpet cleaners where they were attempting to remove the stains from the number of spills caused by my ageing mum when she stayed with us recently. Not sure about you, but my head is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
The older I become, the more I fervently believe in the power of emotional literacy, and in the need for we Older Women of the Tribe who are perhaps a little more emotionally literate than some, to spread the Word. This means being willing to intervene and speak up, risking... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Thank you Lyn. I love that phrase of yours - " on the park bench of novel writing". I shall have to share it with him.
Sometimes I have so much energy, I feel that I am jumping out of my skin!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on One Woolly Arsenal at Magpie's Nest
Shall try Sue! Gearing up again. It has taken a long time to get in that mental head space, but I am getting there. Thank you so much for your loyalty.
Thank you Adrienne and Sue, very much renewed energy happening here. Orange has been so reinvigorating for us, and particularly for me. Glad to see that I can be a positive role model Adrienne. There are so many of us out of the work force and trying to make a positive contribution in so many ways. Your support and encouragement is so welcome. Thank you!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on A VERY,VERY Convenient Truth at Magpie's Nest
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I swear I thought we'd lost our back garden. The weather people said we'd had the hottest summer in 20 years and even though I had tried to water during the regulation times and in the regulation manner, things looked dire. Very. It hadn't helped that we'd moved away seawards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Magpie's Nest