[I'm not sure if this is number 4, as it's so long since the last one. Observant readers will have noticed that my 'weekly' series hasn't appeared in at least three weeks. So much for having a series to keep me regular.]
This postcard arrived last week, sent by my brother to co-parent.
The thing I really like about his piano teacher (who has four sons herself) is that she asks him about music he wants to learn to play and then finds the sheet music - so not only is he now proficient in a number of 'Star Wars' pieces, but he's playing songs like this, which he associates with Robin Hood. (He also wants to learn the theme from the latest TV 'Robin Hood'.)
I've been able to forget about worrying about whether he'll practice. He plays several times a day, every day, for a few minutes at a time. The other day he told me, "I don't play the piano because I want to be famous, I play for joy". (He really did say that.)
I was talking to two women at university last week - one aged 40, the other 20 - and was surprised to learn that both of them still write their essays by hand. Sure, they both have computers, use email and the Internet, but they said they couldn't "think" and edit via the keyboard.
It's not raining today - yet. It is forecast to. It rained a lot yesterday. I went for a walk with Mr V (sorry to relate that I do sometimes call the female dog "Madam" and the male dog "Mister"). When it was just fine drizzle, he was in good spirits, but after it started bucketing down, he became very dejected. A few hours later when I left the house to collect Olle from school, V refused to come anywhere near the front door - he wasn't going to get wet again.
Christopher Hitchens has a new book out, subtitled The Case Against Religion. Here's a very funny precis.
[I haven't read The God Delusion but coincidentally, spent a long time yesterday playing online video of Richard Hawkins reading from and talking about his book and it made me keen to read it. I was more impressed than I expected to be though science isn't the angle I come from when it comes to atheism.]
On Saturday morning I had an appointment at the osteopath's - in the waiting room was a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald and on the top banner was a photo of a face with the subhead I'm not gay but my four mums are. It said this was in the Insight section but there was no page number. I turned to the index on page 2 - no Insight section listed. I looked through all the vast bulk of the weekend paper and couldn't find Insight. Then I had to go in to my appointment.
The wild wet weather continues in Sydney. I took my camera to the park this morning and took some photos of fallen trees and of these incredible funghi, a type I've literally never seen before. They were growing only under casuarinas - I don't know if that has any significance. (My Olympus camera is so small and light it can be hard not to wobble when taking close-ups - so I often get blurry pictures. If I were to buy another camera tomorrow, I'd get something heavier.)