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 I am no longer active in organisations.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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

High Tea at St Stephen's

 Last Sunday afternoon, a gracious friend of mine took me to a High Tea 
 The afternoon was organised by an NGO called
As the name implies, the organisation works to assist
AIDS victims in South Africa.
 The hall at Stephen's was packed.
There was wonderful music from talented local people.
As well as my friend and her lovely family,
I also enjoyed the presence at our table of
St Stephen's vicar, Father David.
Each table had its own host.
The host (or hostess if you prefer) provided all the beautiful
napery and tableware.
I thought this was a great idea -
since it split so much of the organisation, responsibility and work.
Beverages, it should be noted, were not limited to coffee and tea!
I did enjoy the champers in beautiful fluted glasses -
and the flowers and chocolates, too.
I think the afternoon was a marvellous social success.
I am sure the hard work was rewarded, as well, with financial success.
Thank you, Australia Aids South Africa.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Every year, Voiceless holds law lectures across Australia's capital cities on Animal Law.  Voicless brings to Australia significant legal practitioners from overseas who have impacted greatly on the practice and development of animal law.  Animal law in Australia has a long way to go to provide adequate protection for all animals - in particular, industrial animals. 

Voiceless - with its marvellous commitment of resources to this cause - gives invaluable service in this regard. 

The information in the graphic above is for one event in Melbourne.  To find out about all events across Australia please go here.


I have discovered this most wonderful site.  It is an adventure, a trip down memory lane (although some of the memories are much older than those reading this), a wonderful resource. Come be a Retronaut.

Monday, July 25, 2011