I'm a very visual person and I actively seek out images of beauty, interest and delight. Such things captivate my imagination and can literally turn an ordinary day into something with a lovely twist.
Since losing my favourite blogger,Theresa Duncan, to her suicide last July, I've been scouring the net for blogs to help satisfy that need for visual romancing. (Theresa was a genius at this art, as well as an intellectual giant).
In my hunting process, I've come across a blog called dear ada, the author of which always features beautiful pieces of art that fill in my day very happily thank you.
Today, still being on holidays, I found myself with time to languish around the dear ada site and find that the author "birdie"has been struggling with diabetes for 20 years. She speaks about this disease with eloquence and indeed grace in her other site.
I really loved reading birdie's posts about her life with diabetes. Having had gestational diabetes when pregnant with Ben, I know something of it, but certainly not what it's like for 20 years on end. The theme of these posts can be summed up in one word - inspiration.
This is the beauty of blogging I think, a person's world can become known, even accessible and in birdie's case, the beauty and struggle of that world is intertwined in a fabulous way.
I have been lounging on the lounge and eating well. I've taken solitary walks on my deserted local beach. I've not talked to a great deal of people. The cats have been good company.
The sky when viewed for long pauses, speaks very quietly I noticed.
My kids are back from their father's home today. My mother and sister arrived as well. It's been a great day. Full of showers and blue skies, warm moments then chills through cracks in the garage. Home cooked soup and hearty appetites.
"If you want something, you really have to fight for it. I don't think anything should be easy. If you're determined, you will become the writer or the musician or the dancer. If you want to do anything, you will do it."
This is a picture of my kids, Anna and Ben, taken at a photobooth that's part of the Warhol exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane until 30 March.
They became bored with the main rooms (filled with Andy's paintings, films, and collections that he'd made - Oh I so could have spent another hour there) but they adored the kid's section.
Apart from this photo experience, there was a chance to have their "15 seconds of fame". You can sit down in front of a camera and then 15 seconds later see yourself on the wall in beautiful black and white film, slowed down.
There was also a drawing spot where you could display your own art.
And of course, Andy's "Silver Clouds" - a room full of silver balloons.
High quality children's experience that I loved as well.