Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bin liner

Sunday: a trot to the playground in the morning. A section of it taped off and a film crew at work. A little girl in a yellow dress with bare shoulders is coming down a slide over and over. The weather … Continue reading

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Didn’t make it

Saturday: picnic in Bute Park under an overcast though not dark sky. Distracted by the unpleasant antics of drunk delinquents sitting within the stone circle nearby. This at midday. They were tormenting a comrade who was laid out on the … Continue reading

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Snowpeas

Yeye and Nainai arrive in the afternoon. Homecooked dinner of sauce-stewed pork, egg and tomato stir-up and flash-fried snowpeas. Wrestle the futon down from the attic with associated pillows and duvet. The children delighted with it all.   July’s last … Continue reading

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Airborne ants

Walloped twice in the eye by creatures winged and weighty. Left eyeball on the trail into work, right eyeball on the way home.  Airborne ants. They’ve descended on the city environs like a plague.   The seagull flies to an … Continue reading

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Shake hands

She never was one for the firm handshake. There was no grip as such, no attempt to shake. Only the sensation of limp weight in your hand.  She wasn’t going to fake sincerity. There was no formula greeting, no meaningful … Continue reading

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July sunshine

So you cycle to work, you do your work, you cycle home. Sometimes during the day you gaze for a few seconds out of the window at a recumbent slab of hillside and wonder what your family are doing. You … Continue reading

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Black soil

Home from work in time for 45 mins weeding the yard with N and I. Together you tore away a tendrilous blanket of ground cover. Beneath it: black soil, juicy worms, Jurassic slugs. The sky overcast. Not the least bit hot, not … Continue reading

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