Perfectly clear bright days in winter are one of the reasons to live in Canberra. There’s so much light and for a little while in the afternoon such wonderful, radiating warmth. If you get the chance to sit outside and bask, you can see Canberra daylight at its best.
When I’d run all my errands at lunch time today, I took a seat outside and then some pictures.
Sean jokes that whatever the maximum temperature for the day will be, it’ll be reached at around 2pm and then gone by 2:15pm. I’d say today it hung around from about 1pm for an hour or two, a sure sign that spring is around the corner.
The sky was brilliantly clear and bright. I watched people milling about under the still bare branches in Garema Place.
A girl wearing an absurdly long feathers scarf walked by. It reached well beyond her knees and was wide and not at all attractively variegated. I thought to myself, she won’t need that for too much longer.
I admired my shoes. Campers I picked up on ebay a while back and haven’t much worn. The little pictures of clothes on a line make me smile.
To pass the time, I called my sister. Adele and I talk several times a day. I talk with both my sisters a lot and oftentimes the phone calls begin like this.
‘Got anything to say?’
And then someone remembers something they meant to tell or relates a funny story about a child or a husband and we’re off. Adele and I often talk about what’s for dinner, what we ate last night, what we’ll eat tonight. We inspire each other with ways to keep weeknight meals interesting, and are relentless in our pursuit of vegetable side dishes that go beyond the plain and repetitive.
It’s the little moments in life that make up our stories and these are the things I love most to write about. It’s a small canvas but it’s everyone’s canvas. Your small daily stories are my daily stories. They’re different but the same.
And I loved sitting in the sun, in cute shoes, swapping insignificant stories with my sister for a little while today. When I want to think happy thoughts, those are the kinds of moments I’ll recall.