April 13, 2016
In memory of Diana Gribble, on her birthday.
January 15, 2016
Encountering Bowie for the first time as children.
September 26, 2012
Lake Mungo and the Walls of China. An exotic, ineffable landscape of prehistory: here was Mungo Man, here was Mungo Lady. The endless plains of Mallee scrub. The glistening banks of the Darling. It called; we drove.
August 24, 2012
Diagnosis: Infected right eye (Vet: “Puppies can pick up anything.”) FILE UNDER: picture album / new dog / oddities Toy poodle, black 14 weeks old 2.4 kg Name: Mighty Baxter (aka Houdini, aka Antoine Batiste, terms of endearment: Poveretto, Piccirillo) Traits: Cheerful, playful, willful, needy, grubby, but not greedy Loves: Chewing/nibbling/tearing — paper, cardboard, cloth; […]
May 14, 2012
Constant Gardener wasn’t feeling so wonderful from the previous night out — an old-fashioned bring a plate dinner — but was very keen to see the last opening of the season for Open Gardens. (The next one in this fantastic local treasure hunt is in August at Cruden Farm, ie Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s hangout. She’s […]
April 2, 2012
The writer Robert Dessaix (on whom I’ll post tomorrow) says that mindfulness is a kind of attentive tranquillity. Like a dog [has]. (But not a cat.) In that spirit these tiny scraps of driftwood on the shore of dailyness. The phone rings. Hello. Do you sell the calendula? (It’s an old woman. How can I […]
February 21, 2012
I’ve been seeing this go past for ages and finally the subliminal penny drops. What do the Quitline folk have against Noel Pearson?
February 6, 2012
Paris, 5 February 2012, -6C, en blanc.
February 2, 2012
Observations and not very high ku from the streets of Paris 2. Waiting for Dogot 2.1) All over Paris, signs of dog lovers getting away with merde. 2.2) Scene 1: Stylish young woman, her black jacket projecting a half-metre prow: a baby, rugged and tucked. Scene 2: Stylish young man, stubble, swoosh of big hair, hipster […]
January 23, 2012 1
Early one morning, a neighbour who has been summering down the coast was telling Constant Gardener — the dog leash community — the news about her labrador. She’d been walking on the beach and pooch had gone exploring. She found it further on, chewing on something near what had been obviously been a bbq site […]