This week

By Vita Forest


This week I have been

WRITING

READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

WATCHING Dance Academy Season 3 (Aaah!)

WALKING with Saskia and Rowdy from Neutral Bay to Mosman Bay around the headlands and

SEEING this sign at Kurraba St Wharf and


VISITING the pool at Cremorne Point (alas not for a swim) and

ADMIRING the banksia flowers along the path and


SEEING this winsome little creature in the Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens at Cremorne


PICNICKING at Clive Park in Northbridge with some bookish friends and

ADMIRING the view (friends, food, books and beautiful places!) and


CELEBRATING the good life.


 

This week

By Vita Forest

Clifftop walk at South Curl Curl


This week I have been

WRITING

READING About Grace by Anthony Doerr (Man oh man, I nearly stopped reading and skim-read the last part.  The main character really irritated me…)

VISITING

  • a cafe by the river with some teaching buddies.
  • the Northern Beaches for a walk and then a swim in the pool at South Curl Curl.  I enjoyed it, the kids not so much…

North Curl Curl

  • the harbour for a picnic afternoon tea with Lucy.
  • Lane Cove River Park for a walk with Briony and my parents.
  • Barangaroo for some sketching and where I was

LISTENING to Alice Chance’s Aurora Eora in The Cutaway – a sublime soundtrack which turned the empty space into a cathedral.

Barangaroo


WATCHING Hidden Figures with my friend Diana.

She should be

By Vita Forest

You sat grim-faced in the sunshine

Facing away from the view.

You gave updates on

Your friend’s illness,

Her husband’s wavering mind,

Their fragile son,

Their absent daughter.

 

Your voice rose in indignation

Your neighbour’s arthritis,

The manager’s incompetence,

The man who talks too loud,

The woman who is so fussy,

The friend who is always stopping by

Right on dinner.

 

Look at the boats on the river

The white triangles of the sails – see how they shine!

Sammie turning cartwheels on the grass

The dog snuffling at our feet.

 

Rosa says she couldn’t go away, you say

Too many bookings to look after the grandkids

Couldn’t possibly manage it,

Couldn’t possibly.

 

She could just say No!

Does she even want to go?

 

And Thea in that big house

can’t manage

will have to sell.

If she isn’t stressed now

She should be.

 

But you are healthy and Rosa too

and Rosa’s husband

You can still do what you like.

 

Yes my foot is better

Yes I saw the sails

And the rain has stopped falling, But

Did you know?  Did I tell you?

Your childhood friend

That laughing boy

Dead.  Dead now.

Terribly sad.

Alcohol.  Drugs.  Divorce.  Hadn’t seen his kids in

Years.

Moved back in with his Mum – no friends

Dead.

 

No I hadn’t heard.

A glint of triumph

I am silenced remembering that freckled boy.

 

Then Sammie comes and leans against me

slings her arm across my shoulder

blows a butterfly-kiss on my earlobe

and the sails still shine in the sun

and the wind breathes its warm breath on my cheek.

This week

By Vita Forest

 

This week I have been

WRITING School saga

READING Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (I haven’t seen the mini-series yet, any good?  I will write more about this one soon).

WATCHING

  • Beginners (a gorgeous movie by Mike Mills)
  • Beauty and the Beast with Lucy and her friend (which other “Disney princess” could Emma Watson play but the book-reading Belle?)

HOLDING a class-worth of parent-teacher interviews (see School saga) phew!

MISSING my usual classes at the gym to hold the parent-teacher interviews and therefore

FEELING stiff and stressed.

PICNICKING near the river on Saturday on a rare sunny day.  We have had an extremely wet March, may April be drier…

 

This week

By Vita Forest

This week I have been

 

READING

  • Island Home by Tim Winton
  • A Field Guide to getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

WRITING Gargoyle

VISITING

  • Barangaroo for The Beach at The Sydney Festival
  • Real harbour and surf beaches to cool off as Sydney’s temperatures got ridiculously high
  • The Domain for Symphony under the Stars with Max and Lucy and school friends Gemma and Ursula and Gemma’s kids Ava and Jasper where we were

LISTENING to the Enigma Variations by Elgar and most especially Nimrod (one of my favourites) and of course the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky as we were

WATCHING

  • fireworks (some people had sparklers and Gemma brought glow sticks)
  • the bats fly over the Domain
  • Lucy turn over and over doing forward walkovers in any spare patch of grass wearing glowsticks at her wrists

HEARING about Max’s adventures travelling around town by public transport to visit numerous skateparks with his “squad”

STRUGGLING to sleep as the temperatures stay high through the nights

This week

By Vita Forest

Christmas Day at Manly

This week I have been

FINISHING school for the year!

MOVING classrooms

SORTING through a lot of stuff and chucking some of it out.

WRITING

READING

  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (the first of her books I’ve read.  Beautiful!  I am hungry for more).
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (compelling but manipulative.  Left me with a nasty taste in my mouth).
  • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith (always lovely to spend time in the company of Isabel Dalhousie).

RESTING after feeling shattered at the end of Term 4.

TAKING various Harry Potter quizzes at the behest of Lucy.

SWIMMING in the ocean on Christmas day with Vastra and the kids.

LYING on a picnic rug under a Frangipani tree with my nephew for a “little rest” before all the kids got wet in the paddling pool at our family Christmas lunch.

PLAYING Speed and Bananagrams with Max as we watched a documentary on Queen.

 

This week

By Vita Forest

 

This week I have been

READING

  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
  • School reports!

CELEBRATING Max’s birthday!

WATCHING

  • Woman in Gold with the kids
  • The Killing without them.  (Finished Series 1…)
  • Lucy create an amazing Pac Man picnic rug for her Year 6 picnic (her group are doing an 80s and 90s theme).

    SKETCHING in the peaceful surrounds of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens

    PICNICKING at Sawmiller’s Reserve (for lunch with Lucy and Briony) and Kirribilli (for dinner with Saskia).

    SPOTTING a seahorse detach itself from a clump of seaweed, swim up to a passing jellyfish, give it a kiss then swim back to the seaweed to disappear into the camoflauge of its branches!  In the clear waters of Berry’s Bay, North Sydney.