Well, hello! Long time no speak. Sorry I’ve been AWOL. I’ve been recovering my energy after the launch of The Ark, hanging out with my son on school holidays, and turning 40!
I celebrated my birthday with an Alice in Wonderland party. We drank Mad Hatter’s Punch out of tea cups, ate jam tarts, played croquet and even smoked a hookah. It was a marvellous party if I do say so myself and I felt blessed to share it with family and many crazily-attired friends.
My very dear friend Kathryn flew from Melbourne to spend my birthday weekend with us. We first met fifteen years ago when we spent a weekend together with our ex-boyfriends at a crummy holiday house in beautiful Apollo Bay, Victoria. In the holiday house was a copy of The Picador Book of the Beach – a fantastic short story collection I had lent to someone and never got back. I announced my intention to take the abandoned copy with me upon our departure. My boyfriend said it was not the done thing (he had never stayed in youth hostels and did not understand how books flow through such places). Regretfully, I left it behind. An hour after we left Apollo Bay to return to Melbourne, Kathryn pulled the book out of her bag and presented it to me. I knew then that she was a keeper!
Though it is more than a year since I last saw her, when I picked her up from the airport, we began to talk as though we’d seen each other the day before and we spent a wonderful weekend decorating for the party, eating, shopping and working on a 500 piece puzzle! There is no pleasure quite like the company of an old and dear friend, is there?
This week my son is back to school, Kathryn is back in Melbourne and my life is back to normal. My brilliant husband, who always chooses the most thoughtful and apt gifts, bought me a beautiful new desk for my birthday.
So here I sit, writing, tweeting and catching up on emails. What have you been up to?