Being Still

I love getting out in the garden and tending to my plants.  There’s a simple joy that goes hand in hand with watering them and watching them grow, and it is amazing how they respond to a little fertiliser.

My frangipani – still blooming

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A Quick Catch Up

I have just 30 minutes before I have to head off to ride the train.  Plenty of time for a quick catch up.

It’s hard to believe the last time I posted was September 9.  Wow!  At least it was September 2017 (ha, ha), but still, that was 23 days ago and so much has happened since.

Work is (well) work, and each Monday I jump on the train and enjoy the trip down to Brisbane, sleeping each weeknight at my girlfriend’s place.  At least the days fly by and before I know it, it’s Friday and I’m riding the train home to spend the weekend with Dean.
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Making Spaghetti

The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club.  Yes, writing speeches takes me away from writing blog posts, but I have a place for both and enjoy juggling the two.  The project this speech was written for is Speaking After Dinner from the advanced manual The Entertaining Speaker and while reading I ask that you imagine you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful meal at my place.

Ladies and gentlemen.  With a room full of meat-eating wheat-consuming friends such as yourselves, it was a pleasure to prepare dinner this evening and I’m sure you will all agree that I make mean spaghetti.  I admit it doesn’t hold a candle to authentic Italian Bolognese, but it’s a good old-fashioned Aussie spag bol, the perfect blend of various meats and vegetables, lovingly infused with an assortment of herbs and spices, then carefully blended with a little parmesan cheese and loads of al dente pasta.  The perfect fuel for our bodies.
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Photo of the Week

This week’s Photo of the Week was not taken by me.

It was taken by my dear friend Denise.
(Saturday, October 15, 2016)

Look at the size of that trophy!

Look at the size of that trophy!

(Apologies to my Facebook friends who’ve already seen this, but I’m sure you’ll understand the repeat.)

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Not So Rusty After All

Last night I attended a meeting of the Rockingham Toastmasters Club.  My first Toastmasters meeting in over a year.

Yes you read that correctly – My first Toastmasters meeting in over a year!

The last time I attended a meeting was 13½ months ago when we were at Grafton in the northern rivers region of New South Wales.  I was fortunate enough then to attend the last meeting of 2014 at the Grafton Toastmasters Club, so I guess it was fitting that last night was the first meeting of a new year.
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