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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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Why didn't you STOP me? Surely you saw it and were too polite to say. Carefully examine the photograph below and see what I mean/ One hexagon is pierced and the other is merely hemmed. Believe me, there is a world of difference in technique! WHAT was I thinking you... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at MyFabricatedNest
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I'm worn out! Buoyed by friendly faces and divinely skilled and creative quilts at a recent local quilt exhibition, today I fronted up to a quilter's monthly meeting and joined up with a warm and knowledgeable set of very accomplished women. Their work boxes and reference books are encased in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at MyFabricatedNest
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I'm the only minion in this atelier. Other people would just get in my way and I work best alone. I like the background noise of radio or podcasts or music or tv or just silence, although 'silence' per se is a profound illusion in our world, natural or built... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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Ouch! I've been away for a whole week. Heaven only knows what my musical life would be like at this stage if I'd been away for any longer? I've been out in Western NSW and looking at rustic shearing sheds amongst other wonderful sights. I ddn't take my flute. Next... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
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'TechnoChickHenOldBoiler' was the wonderfully evocative category I invented for this categeory of blog discussion way back before I ever imagined that I'd be enrolled in an online course at FutureLearn called 'Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World'. Prescient perhaps, and very glad to be! As part of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Hi Skye, pleased to hear from you. You can probably see from my post dates that I have been a bit inactive of late. Not dead. Just inactive/busy with other things. I'm currently on holidays but my little kiln is called 'The Little Red Hot'. It can fire up to 12-1400 degrees centigrade. I usually crank it up to 1230. I live in Australia in NSW and get my clays from Keanes mail order. I'm currently trying a porcelain ice cold something or other but I haven't fired it yet. It is much wetter than the other clay I've bought. Have a go is all I can say! Experiment and good luck! Talk to the suppliers - they are usually very helpful. Cheers.
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I do love that illusion of extra sunlight in my day, although I was enjoying wakening earlier with the sun streaming in through every crack in our bedroom curtains. That biological relationship between light and energy seems to work better for me. No more time in my day, alack and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
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Everything in our present life has a back story. 27 years ago I hand pieced and hand quilted a cot quilt and two tiny doll's quilts. I was living in Bogor, Indonesia at the time. I went to the pasar to source cotton fabric, the local covered market with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
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