A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Friday, March 09, 2007

Miss Eagle's book addiction

Over at Photo Friday the subject this week is addiction. So Miss Eagle had tidied up the bedside table just last week so the site of her addiction is fit to be on view. Miss Eagle is a reader: of jam tin labels, histories, novels, blogs, websites, email. She has this premonition that she will found dead and buried - buried under a pile of books and papers.
The pile of books has decreased. It gets much higher than this. The pens and yellow marker are there for taking notes, underlining, asterisking. That's the one thing wrong with library books. Ya just can't do that! The scented candles are a Chrissy present that is getting put to use and the picture at the back is of Miss Eagle's dear departed Dearly Beloved and Miss E herself in better years two and a half decades ago. The lamp is a combination of a stand which was part of a job lot at an auction and the shade from a second hand shop, The Lion Bazaar, in Townsville's West End.

Miss E would never be caught turning down corners of books, so she has bookmarks. The book marks come in great variety from sterling silver to the Leunig ones advertising Readings (Miss E loves that Carlton shop!). But this bookmark is special. It is a work of art and it is from Miss E's Tennant Creek days. In those days, Judith Church was TC's artist in permanent residence. Judith would do these wonderfully colourful bookmarks (signed in gold) in the shape of gumleaves with a piece chomped out of it by a koala or a possum. You will note, dear Reader the prominence of the Sturt's Desert Pea and, of course, no bookmark is really complete without a tassel.

And just in case you are wondering what the books are - they are precious little books. Miss Eagle loves this size book - just feels so right in the hand. The dark red one on the bottom is the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. The blue one is The Little Flowers of St Francis: stories about Il Povero, that beautiful man who was so kind, loving, and generous to people and to animals.

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