We are expecting storms this afternoon. Rain. We had a small teaser last night. I can hardly remember what it feels like. Decided to take Juno for a short morning walk so he could check his pee-mails and I would have an excuse to try out a local coffee shop that has recently opened. Lil Milk Bar is a small cafe located at Mawson shops. … Continue reading lil milk bar. Canberra.
This morning I have a dentist appointment and I set out a little early to grab a coffee down at the Kingston foreshore. Indulging in a croissant or toasted banana bread seemed a little hypocritical seeing I was about to get a filling. So I settled for a plain old pre-drill coffee and a glass of water. Disappointed a little, as the croissants looked delicious. … Continue reading Local Press Cafe. Canberra.
Scrunched up against one side of an otherwise open public space near our house is a small dense stand of birch trees. There is a dirt trail running beside it that is heavily trafficked by people like me walking their dogs or, jogging, or taking a shortcut across to the local shopping centre. The trees are also just across the main road from our local … Continue reading High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.
With the end of the year looming, I thought I would take a moment of self-indulgent introspection to ponder the substance of this blog and think about what I should do with it….moving forwards as they say. Right now shojiwax.com is kinda drifting around in a sort of journal format.It covers my travel experiences, my interest in the practice of Zen and it provides a place … Continue reading What the heck do I do with this blog?
Kelly and I spent a magnificent spring afternoon strolling around the flowers of Floriade. Floriade is the annual flower festival that has been held in Canberra since 1988. It is now marketed as the largest flower festival in the southern hemisphere attracting over 300,000 visitors to the bush capital. I prefer my flowers wild and unrepentant, and I find Floriade’s cultivated geometrics of tulips and … Continue reading Floriade 2019
Here is a site worth checking out. Remember the Wild is an online community reconnecting Australians and their local environments with storytelling, science, projects and initiatives. The site also includes educational stories and practical posts on topics such as attracting birds to your garden, creating a bee sanctuary in 4 easy steps, building a forest compost in your garden. “In our modern lives we are … Continue reading Remember the Wild
I shave my head. A lot. Every second or third day usually.Because when you have a head as anatomically good looking as mine, you shouldn’t hide it under a hairy distraction. No? But personal grooming narcissism has a cost. Recently Kelly and I have been taking inventory of all our plastic waste generation in an attempt to change over to less polluting alternatives. One thing … Continue reading Clean Shave, Dirty Planet
I just love these spaces. Forget expensive Instagram worthy post-industrial chic. A simple trailer converted into a coffee shop. An eclectic bunch of rescued chairs. A couple of milk crates with cushions. Some old teapots planted out with succulents. A sunny spot. Perfect. Kelly chose a chai tea. I had an Earl Grey. We sat and chatted as groups of people came and went. A … Continue reading Beardhawk Coffee.
One of my jobs today was to bring in the washing. Simple. Since retiring I have totally rebelled against unnecessary ironing (which I hate). So I like to get my T-shirts fresh off the washing line and fold & stack them neatly. In my opinion, this leaves them totally un-crumpled enough for wearing proudly without so much as a twinge of ironing shame. Ditto most … Continue reading How to fold your stuff.