Summer’s breath

The delayed onset was appreciated but inevitably, and suddenly, the weather report predicted heatwaves. I had a mandatory two-week vacation, starting at Christmas and rolling into the beginning of January. It’s called the Closedown. My plans for the Closedown melted away. In the first few years after moving back to the Central West, I foundContinue reading “Summer’s breath”

One row at a time

It requires a different strategy. Gone is the idea of building the frame and filling in the middle. The edge is black, all the way round, with the barest of subtle variations. Only one side can be built with any confidence. This jigsaw was intended as a treat once the last uni assignment had beenContinue reading “One row at a time”

A useful distraction?

Where does nostalgia fit when there are so many things clamouring for our attention? Knowing and understanding history has its benefits, but at what point do the costs (time, resources, opportunities) outweigh the benefits, particularly when talking about the personal (as distinct from the institutional) collection, maintenance and presentation of family history? The washing upContinue reading “A useful distraction?”

Toil and trouble; or cold and tired

It was a terrible night’s sleep because I couldn’t breath through my nose. Generally, the first thought is to ask whether this is the start of a cold or the flu. (And why is it A cold and THE flu, as if it’s any old cold but it’s the actual flu?) However, the reason couldContinue reading “Toil and trouble; or cold and tired”

By way of efficiency comes decline

There are a few more jigsaws on tables around the world than might normally be the case. Some people are rediscovering why they gave them up in the first place. Some people might be realising there’s more to this than meets the eye. Visual acuity is a term for clarity of vision. For clarity, weContinue reading “By way of efficiency comes decline”