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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
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
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
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
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
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
Yep, I decided that even I would get far too twitterpated and woollyheaded so I have paid for yet more cyberspace on TypePad and am blogging about woolly topics over here. Well, I'm excited. Busy. And excited. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Of course, by now, you know we reversed our sea change. We changed the tree change for the sea change back to a tree change, and with fresh eyes embraced our old community. I fell in love with the Central Tablelands all over again. And this Colour City has never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
I am manning (sic!) no barricades for (wom)an this morning. Putting the woman in semi-punctuated handcuffs is just typical of what I meant in my Facebook Status Lament today. I am even given to speaking in cliches, alas. Our language is a patriarchal conspiracy! And of course those of you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Thank you Sue. Have been so busy needle felting bears instead. So much to love in the craft world. Hand crafting is just so satisfying.
I have found yet another delightful textile challenge to amuse myself with! This is a linen supper cloth that my aunt gave me years ago. The pattern is stamped on a beautiful linen cloth. One of the motifs is a wheat ear design that requires six strands of embroidery cotton... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Magpie's Nest
It has been really quiet all year in the "Magpie's Nest", at a virtual standstill while I struggled with the enervating effects of chemotherapy. After months of inactivity I feel maddingly impatient. My brain is starting to tug at the bit, after four doses of the poison that is chemo,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Magpie's Nest
At the moment it's a blah grey ;)
Thanks Sue.i It's interesting conundrum looking at the business model success of various charities. And I have wonderful support, as you know.x
This is my second encounter with cancer. I can now list thyroid cancer, and now a combined gynaecological uterine cancer and ovarian cancer as part of my life history. Fair enough. I've been referred for genetic counselling and testing. I'm currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapies. Fair enough. So why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Magpie's Nest
Bloody bad luck is all I can think, Loani!!! Some PNG Bad Fairy must have spat in my cradle at birth, but my father denies all knowledge! Many thanks for sprinkling some Good Fairy magic on me.xxxxx
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on "It is What It is" at Magpie's Nest