My Year so far:
- Lots of lovely weekends at our home in the mountains during January with various friends and family coming to stay and DIY projects galore.
- Our first (small) dinner party at home since Covid.
- February is my birthday month, so plenty of dinners, lunches and coffee dates have been had!
- B24 & GF are about to move to Brisbane for 12 months. Will miss them both horribly, but already planning our Easter break…with fingers crossed for open state borders!
What I’m Reading:
- Matrix | Lauren Groff
- Collected Stories | Shirley Hazzard
- Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens | Shankari Chandran
- Mauritius Command | Patrick O’Brian
- Orwell’s Roses | Rebecca Solnit
- Last Letter to a Reader | Gerald Murnane
- Fishing For Lightning: The Spark of Poetry | Sarah Holland-Batt
- Signs and Wonders | Delia Falconer
Read But Not Reviewed:
- House of Asterion | Jorge Luis Borges (short story)
- These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
- Wasn’t working for me after a few religion based essays in a row. Then I read Pam @Travelling Penguin’s post where she said “A series of vignettes about her life, well written but I must admit I got weary of repetition in this book.” For Pam it was the number of times she talked about not wanting to have children. And I realised I was weary already at only the one third mark.
New to the Pile:
This Blogging Life:
- You may have already noticed that this year I have moved from posting something every 2-3 days, to posting something every 3-4 days instead. It has freed up some much needed time for other things. Although that does not seem to include visiting or commenting on other blogs at this point. I apologise. Once the birthday extravaganza month is over, more time will hopefully reappear!
- I have been slowing adding my collection of Australian writer anthologies to the Australiana tag at the top of this blog.
- The battery on my old laptop gave up the ghost last week, and I now have shiny, new one to play with. Still coming to terms with Windows 11.
- Previously, I used Buffer to create twitter posts from my blog. With the new laptop, that feature seems to have disappeared. I used to be able to right click on an image and the Buffer option would be in the drop down menu. Is it Windows 11? Have I missed a step in setting it up?
Ongoing DIY Home Project:
- Our microbat relocation projecvt began with numerous conversations between us and WIRES volunteers and local residents who’ve been through a similar process.
- After the big fires of 2019/2020 many microbats decided to relocate to human homes out of safety and necessity.
- Our FIRST funnel was very successful as we watched over 50 microbats leave our roof, slide down the funnel and fly off into the night.
- The next morning they could not return and were forced to find somewhere else to make home (we live in a natural bush setting surrounded by trees, bush and a golf course – plenty of possible microbat habitats).
- We left the funnel in place for four nights to make sure there were no stragglers left behind.
- We then plugged up all the gaps with rubber strips.
- Turns out this was not enough.
- About a dozen intrepid microbats found their way back in by squeezing through the tiniest gap between the rubber and the wooden beam.
- Funnel the SECOND was then constructed and hung.
- This one was not as neatly built as the first, but it did the job.
- They left and have not returned.
- This time we will plug the gaps with steel wool and use expanding foam to seal the gap properly (thank you Youtube).
- Naturally, the microbats have chosen the highest point on the roof to make their home.
- We humans have therefore been contending with a 6.5m drop with each step of this project (which is partly why it has been such a slow and cautious one).
- My friends & colleagues are now joking that our microbat experience could be turned into a Gardening Australia segment!
On the Screen:
- Ted Lasso: Season One – the perfect antidote to pretty much everything. I hope Season Two is just as delightful, heartwarming and kind.
Readalong: Change of dates. With so many reading plans for the first half of this year already, #TheEdithReadalong2022 has been pushed back a few months.
- The Edith Trilogy Readalong
- Grand Days – June 2022
- Dark Palace – July 2022
- Cold Light – August 2022
- Reading Ireland Month with Cathy @746 Books #TheBegorrathon – MARCH
- I hope to read another one of my Niall Williams books – LOVE him to pieces.
- Reading Wales Month with Paula @Book Jotter #Dewithon2022 – MARCH
- Plan to read On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. It has been on my TBR for a long, long time.
- #Zoladdiction2022 with Fanda @ClassicLit – APRIL
- I’m up to book 6 in publication order – Son Excellence Eugène Rougon (1876) His Excellency Eugene Rougon
- Kim @ReadingMatters has just started a new Reading First Nations Writers challenge that will run for the rest of 2022.
Until next time, stay safe, and happy reading!
- This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.