Writing news first: Sent off one BIG "assignment" this afternoon. I am relieved, exhausted, happy, dying for a LARGE moscato and a night in front of Sir David Attenborough on the telly: Kingdom of Plants. Then it's a week off from writing to READ The Lazarus Club by Dr Tony Pollard.
Yes, this week the storms by-passed us. Huh? How will I know it's Thursday without a storm? I know never to wish it would "stop raining" - we've had drought for too many years to even think that one. A few "wet" years are a welcome change, and put water into the river and groundwater systems.
This week I joined with the Writers Group students (at school) for a visit to the ABC Adelaide building at Collinswood (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). What a blast! We were guided through the TV and radio areas, met up with the Behind the News team, David Bevan from the 891 Breakfast Show, and Ian Henschke from the morning program, sat at the news desk and watched how "green screens" work. Strangely, we were running over half an hour late by the time we left. So much to see! And the students behaved!
I must've been brain-dead last week. I forgot to mention the superb workshop with Carol Lefevre (www.carollevfre.com) at the Crime Writers of SA meeting (held at the SA Writers Centre) - inspiring, great advice, fun, and learned heaps! Thanks Carol!
Bird news: the kookaburras and ravens were flying circuits of the summmit, so the little birds kept low. Result: a bloody lousy bird list - even the regulars were missing, although I did hear and-almost-see a bird that's either a RBF or a white-browed scrub-wren (I really hope it's a scrubbie - I miss them). Did hear wrens, thornies, spiney, shrikey (who almost flew into me), pardies, and the kookas and ravens (visible and vocal). The flowers are amazing - including a few landscape/flower pics this week. The grasses are beginning to flower/seed - a magical time. And I spent a bit of time removing weeds while I was there - when the mountain provides such beauty and tranquility, you just have to give something back to her.
Okay, the video's a few weeks away. Getting help with that one in case I stuff it up.
And 70 years since El Alamein. To our diggers: You gave your lives to save us. Thank you is never enough.