A young magpie crossed my path in the Alstonville Showgrounds camping ground. It was unafraid of me so I saw it up close and personal. I marvelled at its perfect little shape, how each feather did what it had to do and was perfectly placed for the task. This fragile existence strutted and moved with confidence that it was good in its world. That is how birds are – perfect in their worlds and so able to survive normal weather, barking dogs and human invasions (to some extent). I envy them.
Much happened before I met the magpie, we spent time at Goolawah beach again https://picasaweb.google.com/105183160149035139526/Walkabout37ToGoolawahBeachFebruary2014- lovely time again, then up to Moonee Beach, again a lovely time, celebrated my 68th birthday pleasantly and generally did lots of sorting out of stock, the caravan, our heads! rested well and built up strength for the next phase which is underway. Coffs Market was kind to us to our surprise, an example of things that have changed! New management it seems. Lismore delivered as usual but the Workies will not see us for dinner again, new management it seems has put a noodle bar in place and while one can get normal food it was dreadful! So we will do something different, we cooked at home last time but were too tired to go out to watch the rugby! That is also a change. Must be getting old!
Writing now from Alstonville where we have been for a few days we are looking forward to time on the old stamping grounds in Ipswich etc… and oddly enough looking forward to it. Must have grown up I think, no longer anti the idea of visiting Springfield campus in fact looking forward to it. Peace with the past is a big and welcome change. Time in Brisbane, Toowoomba and hopefully the Sunshine Coast before an antique fair at Yamba, a new experience, and then the train to Sydney and plane to Johannesburg. The miracle of flight takes over again and I return to my contemplation of the bird and how Leonardo da Vinci thought about emulating them not to mention Daedalus! But MH370 is an ever present monster in my thoughts. And we thought air travel was perfectly safe!