Archive | September, 2011

What Makes a Collector?

18 Sep

Doubtless, collecting, and therefore collectors, goes back a long way.

When I was a child, my fascination with both postage stamps and coins compelled me to collect.

Gleefully, I’d soak (or steam) used stamps off any envelopes that arrived at my address.  What a joy it was when overseas specimens arrived!  My delight at the stamps far outweighed any considerations at hearing from far-away relatives and friends!

One of my high-school teachers learned of my collection, and rewarded each of my assignments with two or three foreign postage stamps.  Doubtless, this carried with it a positive influence on my opinion of school-work.

Coins, on the other hand, were easy to come by, if you had some spare pocket-money.  Pennies and half-pennies were in circulation, and eagerly I checked the dates on each.  Like many others, I searched unsuccessfully for the rare,  elusive 1930 penny: worth a small fortune, the newspapers reported.

In time, I grew up, and all but forgot about my once-loved interests.

Friends have shown me their various collections: dolls, figurines, shells, toys, books: you name it.  No matter what they chose, collectors all seem to have one thing in common: an overwhelming fascination for their subject that often transcends the bounds of moderation.

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In Praise of Perfumed Gardens

15 Sep

Spring is really here, and I cannot resist strolling around the streets, looking at the gardens.

Amongst the most beautiful colours are the lilac shades of wisteria. Moments ago, I passed an old-fashioned house, resplendent with all the favourite blooms of yesteryear, but dominated by one: wistaria.

As if its heady perfume was not enough, interspersed amongst its tendrils were clusters of fragrant jasmine: announcing Spring so vividly that I defy anyone with a sense of time, place and charm to ignore it.

In the lawn, old-world freesias bloomed, strewn around as if by nature.

Ah, Spring: the season of the senses!

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Our Pet Budgies

7 Sep

We share our home with two blue budgies, Albert and Victoria.

Albert is a very sweet little bird, with pale grey wings and bright blue face and body.  Incidentally, she’s a female; we misinterpreted her pale blue cere! Her favourite pastime is lifting the gate of his water-container, and letting it drop. Is she amused by the noise it makes?

The other bird, Victoria, is a large, sky-blue variety with a dominant streak a mile wide! As the second introduced into the cage, she’s asserted her position in the pecking order, and kept it!

They both love capsicum, celery, apple and lettuce as treats, but dislike going outdoors. Are they afraid of their wild relations?

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Book Five on the Way!

7 Sep

I’ll let you in on a secret: I’ve started my fifth book!

Is writing addictive? The ink had scarcely had time to dry when I was overcome with the urge to start again! Not with Short Stories, but with something quite different.

I’m actually enjoying this project a great deal: more than my previous books, which started off as fun but became a Herculean task towards the end of the series. At least, people tell me that they have enjoyed what they’ve read.

I’ll let you know how my latest challenge goes. Fingers crossed!

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Here’s to Libraries!

6 Sep

Where would we be without public libraries?

With all their books,both fiction and non-fiction, their magazines, audio tapes and so on, they cater for all ages and tastes.  What a stunning community resource! Does today’s society take them for granted?

They now hold an even greater degree of pleasure for me, since I now know that our local library will soon have access to all my books published to date! Who knows: I might even make some new friends!

So here’s to public libraries, a storehouse of knowledge and interest!

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Happy Father’s Day!

3 Sep

In Australia, tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I thought I’d get in early and wish all fathers a happy day.

Has the status of fathers changed since I was a child? In those days, Dad was the head of the house: the sole breadwinner, the one who controls the purse-strings for all the major purchase decisions.

Nowadays, with so many Mums working, perhaps these decisions are now made with equal input from each partner.  And why not?

At any rate, fathers seem to still occupy a unique position in modern households: their storehouse of masculine wisdom, strength , and love is surely worth saluting!

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The Goal’s in Sight!

2 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book will be off to the publisher. What a weight off my mind!

With over a hundred Short Stories under my belt in the last twelve months, it’s time to take a break from this genre.  Already, I have in mind a new idea for a different type of book, but for now, I’m keeping it under my hat!

Ron’s editing is progressing well.  I overheard him tell a friend today that, “Once you’ve read the first line, you can’t put it down!”

Believe me, I can take plenty of these comments!

Those who are keen to know the title of book four will have to test their patience a little longer.  Just watch this blog, and soon it’ll be revealed!

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