Bandstand, Petersham Park, Sydney, Australia. It was built to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas and Emporer of India. 

Restored in 1993, the building consists of a timber and iron structure on a sandstone platform with a slate roof. 

On Saturday, 20 September 1902, in the presence of 10,000 spectators, the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Harry Rawson, officially opened this bandstand. 

1902 ‘The Sydney Morning Herald.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 22 September, p. 6, viewed 21 March, 2015,



Rusted barrel still safely locked,

Marker on way or where we‘ve been.

Trusted path, a familiar scene.  

Starker truth, bike’s long since been hocked. 

Taken just off Parramatta Road, Sydney, Australia. 


Recharging the Empath


Sound advice on self care

Originally posted on YesRising:

self-careRecharging the Empath

Years ago I read a book titled “Are you Really Too Sensitive” by Marcy Calhoun. That was the beginning of my understanding through someone else’s words, what an empath is, why I felt that way I did, and how to take better care of myself. The dictionary describes empath as “a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.” I will add “whose world is bombarded with feelings and thoughts, oversaturated with internal and external data, that which then, becomes understatedly overwhelming.” Am I speaking your language?

Having heightened senses and feeling thoughts and emotions around us can be confusing and draining. Empath’s can be viewed and labeled as over sensitive, reactionary, delusional, depressed, neurotic, paranoid, crazy, you get the point – and those labels become part of the arduous demands we face. Bottom line – there is nothing wrong…

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Feeling happy


One of my favourite morning experiences is listening to my husband reading snippets from the news. Today the Daily Mail featured an article entitled “Declutter, hang washing outdoors and practice good posture: The eight steps to feeling happier immediately revealed“. 

Read as a whole the suggestions make sense. Listening to the headings being read out led me to create an alternate reality in my head. When I heard “Invite a lonely person for tea”, I immediately thought where did I put that list of lonely people, I knew they would come in handy one day. Oh, there’s not many on the list, time to start recruiting!

Last roses


The autumn chill creeps 

Slowly into shadows 

And evenings come earlier.

Bright daytime stars

Remind me of what was

And is to come.


Miniature roses, Sydney, Australia