Life, lately

Things have been pretty rosy over here recently. I’ve been basking in the warm, sunny days that are our winter days in Brisbane. I’m quite smitten with them, really. Every day, at least once and often more, I remember winter in the US. The snow, the chill, the winter boots. And I smile at how lucky we are, over here. Picnics and beach days in winter? Don’t mind if I do. I’m a girl of the tropics, truly.

south bank sky

South Bank sky

I’ve been working hard every day, from my home office, turning my face to the sun whenever I remember, feeling the breeze drift in through the open window, smelling the smells that only balmy days have. It lends a peacefulness to the day and makes it so much easier to do my work. I have a lot of work right now.

And here is where I must ask something of you, my lovely readers. I must ask for your patience over the next 12 months. This is the last year of my PhD, and I have a lot of writing to do. An awful lot of writing. I spend my days now drawing words together, formulating arguments, citing references, chapter by chapter by chapter. It is time consuming and it is wearying. It means I have less capacity than before to update this blog regularly (not that I’ve ever been exceptionally consistent, I admit). I don’t want to close off this blog completely – I love it, and I think it will prove a good outlet for me on those days when I just can’t face the academic writing. But my posts are likely to slow to a trickle. That’s the truth.

I know what a pain it is to check back into blogs where not much is going on for long stretches of time. I know you have better things to do. So I’ve installed a plug-in in the right sidebar where you can subscribe to my posts my email, if you are so inclined. That way I can say a little “hello!” from time to time, and a big “thank you!” for bearing with me.


Life has not been all work and no play. Also lately:

Gardening collage

Days in the garden with friends, growing our own leafy greens and organic herbs….

long walks

…. Long walks…

back from the vet

… And cuddles with one very sick little kitty, who’s now on the mend, slowly but surely. (You can see in this photo where she had IV drips in her front legs)

Until next time (hopefully sooner rather than later!)…

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8 Responses to Life, lately

  1. BIG LOVE TO YOU. And my email subscription works! xx

  2. lozza says:

    Great photos dear. Like you, I love the feeling of the cool wind caressing me and the warm rays of the sunlight dancing across a shadowy room. I love the peacefulness of nature’s silence, which isn’t really a silence at all. I think all the answers are hidden in that silence, if only we’d listen hard enoughh and for long enough… xox

    • Kylie says:

      What a beautiful thought! (And I’m sure you are absolutely correct. There’s so much wisdom in nature). Your comment is so poetic, I keep re-reading it and smiling x

  3. Sarah says:

    Youe winter days sound so wonderful, I would love to experience a winter like that too! Good luck with your PHD . Glad you still can find so time for play. Hope your cat makes a good recovery.
    Sarah x

    • Kylie says:

      Thank you, Sarah! Maybe you can visit Australia in winter one year :p (It’s so much more bearable than summer, for overseas visitors)

  4. Hope Johnson says:

    I’m going to go all fangirl all over you. Love your writing because it is clear and lyrical and draws you in. Am taken with this post because of how you describe Brisbane’s winter. “I’m a girl of the tropics, truly”- couldn’t agree more. Something in the heat says possibilities. Maybe this has got to do with how easy it is to get outside. Don’t worry too much about the blog, the true die-hard fans will still be hanging around! I’ve subscribed now so that makes it official!

    • Kylie says:

      Was just having this conversation with Liz on Friday – how warm weather smells of freedom. I think I will forever associate warm weather with holidays, and so I feel lighter when the weather is warm.

      Thanks dearest x

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