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 I am no longer active in organisations.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, June 25, 2010

Julia Gilliard, Prime Minister of Australia - where she lives

Picture from here.

Dear Trad Padders, I hesitate to bring politics over here.  I keep that to The Network.  But I ask your indulgence because Australia has just elected its first woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard ,and you will find quite a bit of rejoicing  over at The Network about this.  

There is a little post at The Network - written before the sudden events which have thrust Julia into this most senior position in national affairs  - which suggests a place for Julia in a revised factional order of things.  Please go and have a look.

But over here at the The Trad Pad where we are interested in houses and gardens and the domestic,  I am so pleased that The Age has decided to keep us updated on the Prime Minister's domestic arrangements.  

But Julia is not Everywoman - except perhaps in terms of a certain generation, a certain demographic.  She has a male partner but is not married.  She has chosen not to have children - and, if a woman wishes to dedicate herself to a political life, this may not be a negative choice.  And Julia has announced that she will not move to The Lodge until she has been elected to office by the Australian people.  Five stars for this, Julia.  She says she is quite happy with her house In Altona and her flat in Canberra, our national capital.  The Age has given us some insight into the domestic arrangements of our new Prime Minister