I got a laptop for my birthday and this is my first post from it. I chose this sparrow from my library of pics because last night after googling my name (yes! I do!) I found that someone had swiped this photo for (of all things) a fencing website in order to demonstrate how a fence-post was made, which I think is very funny.
The photo is fitting because it reminds me of the weekend we spent last year at my brother's farm in winter with feeding out, a walk in the turnips to shift a mob of sheep ... and mud! A taste of country in winter is always a bracing experience.
Snow is all around the city on the hill suburbs, but nowhere near us in our sea-level suburb. The other day I heard someone say proudly, "We're 400," meaning that where they live is 400 meters above sea level (which is usually as far down as the snow lies.) I wasn't aware until then that your height above sea-level is actually a bit of a status symbol! (I guess sea-level is way down in the stakes ... well, when it comes to snowfalls anyway.)
In between the sleety showers, we scampered into a curtain shop and bought some new curtains for the spare room
that I have now finished painting (apart from one more coat on the wardrobe doors.) And for my office.
She texts my sister, the youngest
and the one she's always been
the most free with, 'I'm naked
and happy what r u going to do about it.'
To which my sister between gasps
could only reply, 'bad mother'
and with some glee, spread the word
among the family who are aghast
and stunned and can't help but wonder
if this means a Bowling Ladies calendar
is in the offing or if at 77
she's simply just finally gone
mad and free?
Kay McKenzie Cooke