Thursday, February 23, 2006


There is this bank of clouds almost meeting the horizon, but for these few moments the sun is setting between the mountains and the clouds, clear and beautiful.. at this moment it starts to rain, a soft gentle rain and the sun so bright and the air so wet, it is beautiful. I am sitting at the kitchen table considering doing some work, but now I am caught absolutely transfixed as the sun slowly sinks behind the mountains and the soft pink cloud colour dissipates and it is left with fields of green and grey and little threads of rain.

I also realised in these moments of contemplation that I have made it through the student years... though I am still a student it is really only in all the good ways and none of the struggles of share housing and stingy government support ( yes I am grateful i had it at all!). I live in the lap of luxury - I have the beautiful paintings of the walls I bought in Ngukurr, rugs from Mexico, cloths from Senegal, my own muddy boots outside, my own car in the shed, I can listen to whatever music I want whenever, eat whenever, sleep whenever.... you get the picture. I appreciate it so much after the last few years of living out of a suitcase.. knowing I will have to pack up in a few months, never really settling down... ( ok, well actually i will be packing up in a few months), but these few months are heavenly! Thankyou everyone whose couches, verandas spare beds I have slept on over the last while I really appreciate it and I hope if you ever want to come to Armidale (in the next few months that is) I can offer you everything you could ever want... the supermarket so close I can eat fresh food everyday.. ( sorry Wamut I cant help it). life is peaceful. People are such relative creatures, just keep them at home for a few years and they will adore a holiday, keep them moving for a few years and they will fall in love with suburbia (!!). I am partly writing this because I want to be able to re read it in the coming months and find this space of calm again. remember the days when I had my own water filter, a bath and clean towels abound. hehehe.

The sun is well behind the hills now so I am going do some work.


Blogger Wamut said...

Hello Jopi,

Thanks for acknowledging that it is possible to fall in love with suburbia. That's what's happened to me. The suburbs are the antithesis of community life in a lot of ways and I really enjoy being in the suburbs - the monoculture of the burbs is comforting when it's novel, and there's the creature comforts too. And the shops too... bring on the Westfield!

2:29 pm  
Anonymous bulanjdjan said...

Hey baba,

Looking forward to seeing you at Blackwood!

12:07 pm  

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