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My Writing Journey

I have had a good writing week. I now have twelve chapters and it feels right. The writing is good in some chapters in other chapters I need to make them sing. I had advice from a writer I met recently and it has helped to make the story flow.
Needless to say I worked hard for most days.
Last night I went to the city of Melbourne with a new friend, she is an art curator and
explained  the history of White Night. It started in Paris, which is my
favourite city, and France of course is which is a country I love, well perhaps Egypt comes first! We parked near The Willows a restaurant in St Kilda Road and caught a tram to the city. We saw
wonderful light shows and our beautiful buildings were lit up and magical.
There were about half a million people and the going was tough to get through the crowds.
But the feeling and togetherness of the crowds of people made up for this. I spoke to my
daughter this morning, told her I didn’t get home until after three this morning, and
she too had been at White Night with her family, although I didn’t know they had
decided to go. Her comments were exactly how I felt about a wonderful community event.
I was very lucky to be with someone who knows so much about art and is an artist
and sculptor and a teacher and curator of art. A good night but I’m sorry,
because of the crowds (well-behaved and friendly) we didn’t get to see as many
of the art exhibits as we wished.
My son is off to Paris in June, to Spain and other climes! My small granddaughter’s
favourite place (although she has never visited) is Paris, she tells me she feels a connection.
Perhaps her uncle will bring her home a gift from Paris, and also something
for her brothers. My oldest grandchild is now taller than his mother, a handsome
and engaging young man, and his brother is the light of everyone’s life! How blessed
we are with family and good friends. Remember, today tell someone you love them,
and friends of the heart are family too!
Enjoy your writing week, best, Elise.

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Beauty and the Beast

I love fairytales (I do not split the word fairytale in two). On my bookshelf, from my childhood library, is a first edition (1949) copy of The Little Good People, Folk Tales of Ireland, by Kathleen Foyle, with illustrations by Peter Fraser. An excerpt from the preface:

‘You come on it in the cool of dawning, or at nightfall when the bats are flying and the old cummers lay by their knitting – Tir nan Og, fair land of promise and gathered dreams. For some it lied no farther than the bend of the road; and there are others who must retrace their steps to glimpse it with longing through a weariness of years. But all travel by way of a sleeping wood.’

‘It is but a step from the Sleeping Wood to the magic glades of Tir nan Og, the Irish fairyland, where glad hearts find eternal youth, and where the Little Good People stay safe and sheltered.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=knOJffdGDdg         (copy and paste the link to your search engine)

This is the trailer for  Beauty and the Beast a film on my ’to see list’. I love the richness of the story and the visual images of glowing costumes and scenery. I want my blog to be rich and colourful and filled with all things French. With Paris and Gothic and mystery and literature and the 19th century; this video is all these things. I have always felt a connection to France. Of course, my own wonderful homeland of Australia: the bush and the  Indian Ocean coastline where I have a house in Western Australia (Tim Winton country)  is the true country of my heart.

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief Stole My Heart

I was fortunate to be invited by a friend to see The Book Thief a film based on the beloved international bestseller by Markus Zusak.  I was enthralled by  every minute of this film;  a world at war as seen through the eyes of a child.  The story is of a spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, a book that a minister has dropped in the snow when her little brother is being buried and she picks up, she begins collecting books as she finds them. A child who wants to learn to read and creates a magical world. The film was shown at the Rivoli  a beautiful old theatre in Camberwell, Victoria. This is the suburb where Geoffrey Rush lives (or nearby) and he came along. He introduced the film and was interviewed when the film finished. He then answered questions from the audience about the film and the actors and his role in it. Our own local boy made good. I wish he would swap acting for politics and become Prime Minister! He  told the audience his next role is the Sun God, Ra, so I guess I’d rather see him acting than anything else. There are actors, who even when not acting, your eyes follow, Geoffrey is one such actor. The film is one not to miss.  It portrays the power of goodness and determination and how one young girl’s overpowering love and magical thinking can overcome death, who in this movie, was a rather intriguing character. I loved this movie and out of ten stars I would give it ten.

Have you read the short story by Somerset Maugham about a person who meets Death in the market place? One to check out and read.

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Bushfire Country

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Photograph: Bianca Washington. My friend Bianca lives in bushfire country, NSW. Her home was saved. Sadly other homes nearby were destroyed.

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In Bianca’s Garden

Sunset in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

Photography: Bianca Washington

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South Pacific-Australia

A brilliant Australian premiere production of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific. This production directed by Bartlett Sher played on Broadway for 1000 performances. It is a musical masterpiece presented in Australia by Opera Australia.

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Photograph: Lee Miller. Nusch, Paul Eluard, Man Ray and Others, Cannes, 1937

I live in Melbourne, Australia. It is cold here in winter, I’d love to be in Cannes having a picnic today.

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Autumn in Australia

Autumn in Australia.
Photography by Bianca Washington

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