FEATURED: Wolves

The misty window of spring

opens to summers heat.

I am sleeping less, roused by

wingbeats of Boreal Owls

circling ancient Cypress,

their clutch a tangle of talons

over the branches edge.

When I sleep fists of gusts

erupt through unbound curtains

breeching my seclusion with

dark recollections that vibrate

my hemispheres.

A soft breeze eases across the

valley past a hillside where the

lea is sweet and filled with moonlight.

Lying down beneath spangled skies

the gray wolf lies beside me.

He is the scent of golden wheat

and the eastern sky is crimson.

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FEATURED: The Things We Do For Love

Amelie kept a secret
She never revealed in poems
against her doctor’s orders
love grew inside her womb
Hidden from the world
An illness beyond words
She penned a fatal sacrifice
her masterpiece to the world
nine months her secret grew
until she birthed a little girl
breathtaking beyond her prose
Amelie drew her final breathe

Some surrender their heart
Others relinquish their soul
Amelie chose to give herself
The things we do for love

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FEATURED Where’s #Fluidicthought News is back … 😀

We have moved and it seems every sentence starts with the word “Where’s

Where’s my brush, where’s my deodorant, where’s my knickers. My toothbrush ran out of juice and for the life of me I could not find the damn charger.

I thought I had everything sorted well enough for easy access. I packed in 3 categories. Long term storage (longer than 6 months) Short term storage (Items we could get by without for a short period, up to 2 months) and items we needed for day-to-day living.

We are still a few months away from competing the renovations at Burpengary so have stored everything except for our bed, the fridge, microwave, electric hot plate, a few plates cups ect and washing machine. I’m living out of a suitcase on the floor.

Renovation update

The tiler completed waterproofing and tiling the main bathroom, toilet and laundry. MM will put the bathroom vanity unit in and the toilet. We have decided that rather than installing a free-standing laundry tub, we’ll use a cabinet-maker to build a cabinet which will incorporate the tub, space for a front loading washing machine, large draws and a bench-top which can be either removed or put on hinges or rollers to enable use of a top loading washing machine. Then it’s on to the ensuite which we will completely gut.

The kitchen is almost finished. I’ve stalled on the bench-top, still not deciding if I want the splash-back to be the same as the bench-top which will be stone or to introduce a third element and have a glass splash-back. I will spend some time over the Easter long weekend looking on-line and bouncing ideas around. I have to make a choice and sourced a couple of suppliers by Tuesday morning. I’ll arrange some quotes on Tuesday and book the supply and install as soon as I get the quotes in.

We have power but waiting for Telstra to connect the phone, internet and (yay) Foxtel. We initially phoned Optus to have the phone and internet connected at Burpengary a month ago. They checked their computer and said that would be fine and booked the job in, giving us a works order number and date of installation and advising us the tech would arrive between 8am and 12pm. At 1pm MM called Optus asking where the tech was. “Oh, there are no more free ports in that area, we can’t supply you a service” was the reply. Nice one Optus… your service is extraordinary. MM blasted the Optus “customer service operator” (cough) and phoned Telstra who checked their system and assured him connection was not an issue for them. They also have a great deal bundle for Phone/Broadband and Foxtel so we have them coming next week to hook us up. In the meantime, I’m using an old Vodafone pocket WiFi we keep as a back up and use when we travel within Australia to access the internet.

Chi has settled in nicely and she is enjoying having some juicy, meaty bones to gnaw on. I couldn’t give her bones in the apartment because she would go and bury them under a cushion. Now she can have it outside and bury it in the garden, which she has done and now guarding day and night.

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Can You Feel the Music by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

Happy Easter .. Ian

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This is Easter Monday and it is time to get up and dance for joy. Inspite of all the terrible things that happen it is still a beautiful world and if this music gives you a moment of joy then I’ve done my job. 3:42 min 2MB

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The Lonely Heron by L. Martel

Really nice Leslie .. Ian 👌

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This is a little break from the music today. Often an artist will do a preliminary drawing before they do another rendition in another medium. This is the preliminary drawing along side the oil painting.

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FEATURED: Imágenes.3 – ElRincónInhóspito

La Semana Santa es una festividad nacida de la tradición religiosa. Como tal, y dado que en en este país lleva cierto tiempo instalándose una corriente “anti” -“anti” cualquier cosa, lo que sea que no se corresponda al modo de opinar de algunos-, se está acrecentando el número de detractores de esta festividad; todo lo que tiene que ver con la religión tiene muchos “antis” -con la religión Católica, claro está, porque no les veo yo protestando a la puerta de las mezquitas, quizá porque sepan que si protestan a la puerta de las mezquitas el Imán y sus secuaces les cortarán los cojones y se los comerán para cenar; bueno, comérselos no, que los musulmanes no comen cerdo, mucho menos cerdo cobarde-.

A mí la Iglesia Católica me importa un pito. Sí, es verdad, la Iglesia Católica, como institución, no me produce ningún afecto, y soy muy crítico con ella, pero no así con las personas que profesan fervor por las creencias que ella representa. Las creencias de la gente son sagradas, nunca mejor dicho, intocables.

Ayer por la noche… ¡sí!… ¡ayer por la noche!… poco más de doce horas después de lo ocurrido en Bruselas, salí a la calle y me encontré con más de un millar de personas, padres con sus niños, madres, parejas, ancianos, familias enteras, todos juntos demostrando que el miedo no es una opción. Podrían haberse quedado en su casa, acojonados como los anti-religiosos ante una mezquita, pero no, allí estaban, bajo la luz de la luna, sonriendo y disfrutando, pegándole una metafórica patada en los cojones a todos los tontos de capirote que hay por ahí. Y eso, como dice el anuncio, no tiene precio…

Escribiría más cosas, porque sobre este tema habría mucho que escribir. No obstante, dejaré el resto en un breve resumen:

¡Qué asco me dan los “antis“! ¡Incluso los antibarcelonistas!…

Fdo: Un madridista.

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FEATURED: Easter In Croatia

Croatian Giant Easter Eggs Have made a home throughout Europe

Croatian Giant Easter Eggs
Have made a home
throughout Europe

For me, Easter means the time of the greatest of joys, the time of new life and new hopes, the time of (nature) awakening, possibly new decisions, positive thinking and beautiful traditions that confirm where I come from and who I am. It is like that for most people in Croatia; an opportunity to gather the family and remember that love keeps us together. It is like that in every country celebrating Christianity and every country has its own special “little” things of culture and tradition that make is distinct.

Home dyed Easter Eggs

Home dyed Easter Eggs

One of the things that mark Croatian Easter tradition is definitely home made dyed eggs. In Croatia, they are called pisanice (literally translated into English: written upon). This Slavic egg decorating custom dates back to pagan times. Almost every home has their own home-dyed eggs and when visiting your friend’s or family house during Easter time, it’s tradition to bring some of your home made dyed eggs. Then they are exchanged and brought home as a souvenir from every visit.

tapping Easter eggs CroatiaOn Easter day, a traditional game is played in which at least two people choose eggs and hold them vertically while one person lightly taps the end of the other egg with their end, to see whose will crack. Anyone whose egg cracks must choose another and then tap the other person’s egg, and they continue until all the eggs have been used and cracked but the last one. Whoever holds the strongest egg in the end, which has not been cracked, wins.

Croatian Easter Eggs "PISANICE" Designs with hot wax drawing

Croatian Easter Eggs
“PISANICE”
Designs with hot wax drawing

Eggs are a symbol of spring awakening and new beginnings, new life. The most popular “old-fashioned” way to dye eggs is to boil a pot of water together with a lot of red onion skins, which will give the eggs orange/red colour. The next step is to take each egg and put a clover or parsley leaf on its surface. Here’s where it gets interesting: you secure the leaf not by gluing it to the egg, but by putting everything into nylon tights. You put everything into a pot of boiling water with onion skins and cook. The tights not only secure leaves, but also let the water colour the eggs. Or, if you want striations on eggs then wrap onion skins around the raw egg held by elastic band or kitchen twine before dropping the room-temperature raw egg into boiling water. When they’re done, let them cool, remove the tights and leaves and you’ll get a red egg with leaf print on it; or striations if you boiled them with onion skins tied to them. It’s quite decorative and the process is fun. Another traditional way of decorating Easter eggs is to use hot liquid wax and pencil-like instruments. You need to make sure that eggs are clean and dry. You take wax and melt it, dip your pen into the melted wax and draw different patterns on eggshells. Then you cook them in coloured water- the wax will melt and leave beautiful designs, while the rest of eggs will be coloured. In the end, polish it with some vegetable oil, the colour will be nice and shiny.

Giant Croatian Easter Egg at the Maison de l’Europe in rue des Francs Bourgeois (2014)

Giant Croatian Easter Egg
at the Maison de l’Europe
in rue des Francs Bourgeois
(2014)

And then, of course, there are those absolutely beautiful Croatian giant Easter eggs that adorn city squares in Croatia and museums throughout Europe – these works of art are always the product of groups of Croatian naïve artists and usually depict cultural, environmental and religious parts of local life.

One of the joyous Easter traditions (especially for children) is egg hunt on the Easter morning. Parents tell the children a rabbit tale: the story of the Easter rabbit who leaves eggs in the garden and chocolates for children. Every Easter morning, they search for eggs and chocolate presents, all excited.

Croatian Easter Cake/Bread

Croatian Easter Cake/Bread

Traditional Croatian Easter Breakfast Blessed at church before eating

Traditional Croatian
Easter Breakfast
Blessed at church before eating

As far as the food is concerned, traditionally ham and eggs are eaten, with radishes, spring onions and horseradish sauce. The day before Easter, Roman Christians go to a late night mass carrying a basket of traditional food (bread, ham, eggs). During the mass, priests bless the food, which are kept for the next morning to eat. An Easter Sunday would not be complete in Croatia without the special, exquisitely tasting Easter cake or Easter bread – a tasty reward after the season of Lent, penance and going without ones favourite or chosen treats as form of fasting. Happy Easter Everyone! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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