Feb. 26th, 2014 11:08 pm
shapeofthings: (Macchu Pichu)
The world is beautiful/horrifying/amazing/appalling/inspiring.

Doors are closing/opening. Brain is ticking, ticking, ticking...

So much to take in/dispose/hold on to/let go of.

I need to sleep more. I need to visit the mountains.

For now... For now there is sweetness to be wrung from Lima.

So many lessons, if I can stay open to them.

Good things: kayaking in a green oasis in the middle of Lima, roseate spoonbills, cycling, the real world of Chorrillos, friends (Isotta, Daniel, Yeselia, Peter, Ruben...), teaching myself the quena, important lessons, planning big adventures (Amazon in May, Patagonia in November), kitting myself out with gear, learning to let go and move on, Neruda, love in all it's crazy forms, running English conversation classes at work, sowing seeds that change the way people think, presenting new possibilities, valerian root tisane (take that, insomnia!), lucuma season, china-town missions, skim-reading in Spanish, home-made pad thai, endless cups of tea, seeing parrots from my window, art that eloquently captures my thoughts, hummingbirds, learning to imagine a life outside of the system, serendipity...
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Lima... How will I survive 8 more months of you?

I am not a city person. Never have been, never will be. My joy lies in the wild places, so close and yet so hard to get to from here.

Oh to have wings.

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Just a quick note to say that I never have enough time to write down everything I should, but I'm still blogging away over at http://shapeofthingstocome.org

Stop by some time, ok?


Oct. 1st, 2013 02:38 pm
shapeofthings: (rumblefish)
"You are so young… and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

- Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet.

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I am dreaming of the River.

The rains have come at last and I long to hear its song.

Carpet River Love

Cathedral Rock Trail (8) Cathedral Rock Trail (5)

River5 River4

Litchen Mist
shapeofthings: (Wandering)
Peru 2.0

Wellington Somewhere

Two worlds, one heart.


Jun. 3rd, 2013 08:31 pm
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Taking a walk through the parks of central Hobart as the seasons slide from Autumn into winter...

Cusp Cusp

Cusp Cusp

Cusp Cusp

Cusp Cusp


May. 28th, 2013 10:27 am
shapeofthings: (rumblefish)

Feeling the urge to be moving, wandering.

To be stretched and challenged.

Change is calling.

Hoy dia


May. 18th, 2013 04:45 pm
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Fall Triptych

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I am sitting in my house, with the strongest feeling of wanting to go home.

...I don't even know where that is any more.



May. 7th, 2013 08:56 pm
shapeofthings: (Wandering)
Does anyone actually read this little blog any more, or is it just me and the crickets?

Regardless, I want to say that I'm happy. Future plans are forming and the present is being enjoyed. The adventure continues.

What more could I ask for?

Peru 2.0
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Lots of love,

shapeofthings: (Wandering)
Cool and rainy after weeks and weeks of blue skies and fierce heat. What better way to celebrate than take a 5 hour walk in the gentle misting rain? Then home to a mug of hot chocolate and to watch the garden breathe.

Cape Raoul trail, Tasman Peninsula


Walk on... )


Happiness is a forest in the mist...


Mar. 9th, 2013 08:38 pm
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I have been doing my head in for the last few days, so today I've been largely clearing my head out.




Mar. 3rd, 2013 09:49 pm
shapeofthings: (Wandering)
Mt. Connection trail, Wellington Park

Sunday bushwalks

Sunday bushwalks

Sunday bushwalks

Sunday bushwalks

Sunday bushwalks

Taken with the pocket Point&Shoot.
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Because I should keep a record of such things, last weekend was lovely.


Friday night:
* dinner for one @ Ethos, but not dining alone because I know a couple of the staff and they kept me company. Also, amazingly good pork belly.
* Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Friend P, free thanks to werk! Brilliant performance (Dvorack 8th, digeridoo-based pieces by Edwards & Stravinsky's Firebird Suite)


* Epic garden harvest - so many beans!
* Pottering about the house getting on top of things, making stock and putting life to rights
* Sprints session at the pool
* Foraging mission with P resulting in a great haul of blackberries, followed by shared garden harvest dinner


* Hartz Peak (with an early start to avoid the worst of the heat)
* Evening catch-up with Kat
* really good sleep

shapeofthings: (bloop!)
So, this happened:

Let there be doof

Taiko Drum goes doofing... )

drum (1)
My taiko family <3


  • Hanging with my wonderful taiko friends, from ages 16 to 66

  • Nailing Matsuri after being moved onto one of the really loud drums at the last minute

  • The crowd loving both our performances

  • The live music & performances in the Velveteen Lounge

  • Carving up the dance floor with Lynden (age 66)

  • Jamming @ Camp Taikoville

  • All-in musician's jam with Em-Dee (amazing range of noises can be got out of a Japanese hand drum!


  • Hitting a festival already tired after a week-long audit (no personal space for 6 days!)

  • No sleep on night 1

  • High-speed yatai & my dodgy performance

  • Hitting the exhausted, hungry and over-it wall with 3 hours to go until my lift home

  • Doof-doof music is noisy and boooooring



Feb. 7th, 2013 04:45 pm
shapeofthings: (Hug?)
Ah shit...

Everything smells of smoke again.

This one's about a half hour drive from my house, in a pretty place I like to go walking.

I've been on the road for the last couple of days. It's so dry out there. So dry. I've never seen fire weather this bad.

I've driven through 2 of the last fire zones recently. I'm used to bushfire, but I've never seen anything like this before. I've never seen a fire burn so hot. In places there's just nothing left.

How long until it finally starts to rain again?

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