Saturday, 15 January 2011


“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.” - D.H. Lawrence

A routine Saturday at home – and how much I appreciated that! The ordinary things in life, the routine, the tiresome little nothings, the chores, the things that we do many times grudgingly, we tend to brush under the carpet and we so often bemoan them. However, it is only in adversity, when we lose them that we really appreciate them. All of these sweet little nothings make our everyday life what it is and it is those little routines, which can irritate us, that are the richness of which we are robbed when disaster strikes.

As Brisbane and Queensland take stock of the damage and clean up, I am sure they would rather have had a routine Saturday like me, full its little annoying chores and everyday tasks, the nothings that make us feel at home.

Here is a beautiful Adagio by Greek Composer Eleni Karaïndrou, well known for many of the wonderful film scores she has composed.


  1. Yes, we're all reading of Australia's flooding. Living below sea level in soggy, boggy Cloggyland I thank God for our powerful sluice gates as well as hope to God they keep doing the trick!

  2. This is so sad, Nic.....
    I've been seeing it on the news and it is just so upsetting!!! Especially the stories of bravery and self-sacrifice, like the 13 year old boy who saved his brother and died....

  3. Interesting how it often takes a tragedy of others to make us truly appreciate the mundane little things in our lives.

  4. What beautiful, sad and absolutely wonderful music!
    I love it!
    Counting our blessings is not something that we often do, and we all should invest time as you do, Nicholas to do so!