Autumn in Sydney, 2018
Autumn in Sydney, 2018
Every seven or eight years something major seems to happen in my life. I have reached that point again. The choices are to take voluntary redundancy or stay in the place I have worked in since 2010 and try for a new role.
The first option is nicely summed up by the the number zero tarot card, the Fool. I would somewhat blindly be taking a leap of faith. The latter is reflected by the fifteenth major arcana card, the Fool. In many ways my go to position where I feel trapped by the material world. A bird in a gilded cage of my own making.
One is much more riskier than the other and has the benefit of potential growth. The other offers some new challenges in a familiar environment.
I have been wrestling with this conundrum for the last two years. It has taken until now for the workplace change to be officially announced. I have just over one week to decide. What makes it more challenging is that I enjoy working here.
Why the picture of kitchen tools, you ask? This is a black and white decision. It needs to be made for balance and harmony to be restored; peace of mind.
Power lines are part of Sydney’s scenery, running alongside and crisscrossing roads and streets.
The humble timber power pole plays an important role in supporting the cables that connect homes and businesses to the grid.
In the picture above, it also provides lighting.
A new building arises behind Melbourne’s South Bank, adding to the urban growth.
A delay of two hours due to an inbound passenger’s illness and the need for a forensic clean. I suspect Virgin Australia assigned us a different plane.
The later flight awarded a view of the setting sun; clouds looking like a bushfire, blazing in the distance.
This week, I visited 720 Bourke Street, Docklands, Melbourne; headquarters of Medibank Health Insurance. Outside, the building looks like others on the street: dark glass, towering, nothing special.
Inside is a different story. On the ground floor, an area, containing forest floor coloured furniture and a muted green rug provides sanctuary for those waiting for transportation. Arriving about fifteen minutes ahead of schedule, I took the blue ramp up three floors to reception, on the Park level, rather than using a lift.
Wandering up the winding walkway, I wondered how the offices would be arranged. The view up through the middle of the atrium hinted at other colours.
Level six provides a view of a structure of waves and curves. Each floor has a theme colour. Members of staff work in neighbourhoods; housing their locker. They work from home or hot desk.
Each floor provides a kitchen and eating area, a quiet library room, informal meeting areas and rooms, and various styles and configurations of workspaces. There is even an ideation box/cloud on level seven.
The building has been designed to facilitate exercise and maximise healthy choices. A herb garden, outside spaces with seating and barbecues, complete the picture.
One of those moments on the journey to work:
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One of many, Stan interludes, between courses.
A sunny Saturday afternoon in Autumn, perfect for sitting out front of Capriccio Osteria and Bar, Leichhardt (http://capriccio.sydney). As the sun moved around, there was no hesitation from the owner, Michele, bringing out an umbrella to provide shade.
We enjoyed antipasto of saffron arancini, green bean salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella, prosciutto – all beautifully fresh. The frangipane and fig tart was divine, and the cheeses, delicious.
The star of our meal, for me, was the squid ink pasta with the most tender crab, I have ever eaten. The light sauce was a perfect balance of chilli and garlic.
Despite the light pollution of cities, the moon peeping from behind the Autumn lacework clouds, enthrals.
Dark chocolate marquise with raspberry sorbet, raspberry coulis, vanilla sponge and meringue. Thank you, Monté Restaurant, Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, Australia; absolutely delicious.