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AQUARIUS "THE WAVERING CURRENT" JANUARY 2018

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CURRARONG 

CURRARONG 

I spent last week in seaside Currarong, a beauty tucked off the beaten path, on the south coast of NSW. More village than town, a “suburb” perhaps- a word that offers no sense of its picturesque nature, where housing prices have gone through the roof and most of the locals sold out to us holiday makers.The cute shops are gone and the fresh veggie garden too but the Arts and Craft store survives with its multicolored tea cosies and toilet roll covers: handmade by a wonderful gaggle of lady knitters stationed round the communal table in the back.My sisters and I have met here every January for the past decade; honoring the community that is family.

ARTS AND CRAFTS 

ARTS AND CRAFTS 

In the dusky evening light we are having dinner on the deck and my niece eyes a fin in the water by the jetty; a good 150 yards away.We venture down to sight an 8 foot grey nurse shark, right up in the shallows where you’d think it too big to swim- but it can and does.It’s the jetty that the fisherman use so there’s often the gutted remains of their catch on the rocks.My sister, Philippa, starts throwing these into the water to feed this creature.Keeping it within view somehow feels safe.The light fades and the water becomes murky… rather more unsettling…

SUNRISE

SUNRISE

I get caught up in all the chaos of making life happen which keeps my faith in astrology strong — for me it's a solid structure.Not that I am anything but an amature sleuth in my astral imaginings but it's a tool that certainly helps make sense of it all— “all” being "life” that is. I see my destiny as a prescribed set of possibilitites— or “potentialities” if you like — which I find is very helpful as it puts a boundary on things… like what one might imagine one might do—for instance—I could be a teacher but its unlikely I'll be a CEO.

AQUARIUS

AQUARIUS

It is my birthday — I’m lounging on my bed in in the Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Melbourne.It’s a real B and B with totally fab, big, old rooms—boho style-— a bit like the old pensione in Italy I remember from my early 20’s.—— its really hot and my gift to myself is to do as little as possible… I’m reading through the typical Aquarian traits ... truthful, just, curious… which I'm certainly agreeing with and on the flip side …..unpredictable, with a tendency to go off track… which I can't really deny.…Aquarians see the big picture— but what if you don't like the big picture at the moment?

SUMMER SHADOWS

SUMMER SHADOWS

Sometimes I love to lie and listen to just the sound of life happening….last week I slept to the soft repetition of the waves on the beach and woke to a strange chorus of birds - slowly replaced with laughter and children, dog noises and boats, as the day progressed. Now I’m hearing church bells and the passing traffic outside— someone’s talking on their phone in the hallway… a piano is being played…the front door opens and closes…like a beautiful shadow it’s a simplification of things…and all that is needed at this moment….very peaceful.

 

BROOKLYN ARTS HOTEL

BROOKLYN ARTS HOTEL

happy 2018

xm

 

SAGITTARIUS - TIME TRAVELLER - DECEMBER 2017

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EXOTIC BIRD..... a self portrait - Martyn Thompson.

EXOTIC BIRD..... a self portrait - Martyn Thompson.

I remember a time in my teenage years when our entire household was obsessed with Twinings Tea — this arrived either in the 'packet of 10' tea bag format or the large and lovely tin of loose tea. I had already travelled quite a lot for someone of my age yet there was somethig entirely transporting about these teas… My favored blends gave weight to the notion that I was quite the exotic creature myself— Lapsang Souchong, Russian Caravan and Lady Grey —- the lesser known wife of Earl Grey I assumed.I always liked the lesser known— never one to get caught up in what was popular— quite the opposite —I prided myself on my outsider choices.

TEATIME at 1882 LTD - Martyn Thompson.

TEATIME at 1882 LTD - Martyn Thompson.

At school I had firmly established my exotic nature with my undying admiration for David Bowie.It seems hard to believe now but at the time his fans were few and far between— we stuck together, like wierdo freemasons, nodding allegiance when we passed in the corridors… homo superior beings. I was 12 when I first discovered Bowie and a disciple by 13 — he ousted Marc Bolan as main man. Once you were into Bowie a door opened into an entire subculture. When I went to the movies it wasn't to see Star Wars — it was the John Waters’ Pink Flamingos/ Female Trouble double bill at the Paris Theatre—the Sydney centre of subversive.Just being there made me feel nervous and important all at the same time.

BOWIE 1971 - Bryan Ward

BOWIE 1971 - Bryan Ward

I was so self conscious…I guess this haunts us all. I wanted to be a singer and was great in rehearsal but the thought of getting on stage invariably made me sick.I loved dressing up but then also  worried so much about what people thought of me.There’s that phrase ”uncomfortable in your own skin” and I was that.Its no surprise I ended up behind the camera— seen but not seen.Although its all turned out rather well, I did harbor a nagging regret up into my late 40’s and finally did get on stage and sang "The Prettiest Star".It was cathartic. I had practiced and felt confident and have'nt since had any desire to perform.I got it out of my system..

SAGITTARIUS sculpture by Dove Drury Hornbuckle

SAGITTARIUS sculpture by Dove Drury Hornbuckle

 I do love a Sagittarian….Curious and energetic...the happy wanderer. An open minded philosopher,keen for knowledge,searching the earth for some answers in life.Extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and sometimes just a tad clumsy with their all too blunt opinions.

IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS from AUGUST JOURNAL-Martyn Thompson

IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS from AUGUST JOURNAL-Martyn Thompson

Travels in time— the passages we move through.Funnily now, I recognize how much I appreciate the “normal” .... eating bacon and eggs....watching TV.... well Scandinavian TV that is....Revelling in the familiar.Most mornings I eat breakfast at the same place— a cafe on Sullivan st in Soho— where I've sat in pretty much the same seat for years though both  owner and menu have changed entirely.Currently called BANTER, it's run by some young Australians whose great enthusiasm for NYC is all I need to feed on.

WINTER TREATS from GATHER JORNAL - Martyn Thompson.

WINTER TREATS from GATHER JORNAL - Martyn Thompson.

Gosh…I'm rambling…it's the end of another year and I'm looking forward to my Xmas treat…binge watching The Crown season 2 with my best friend PG.

happy holidays

XM