ipe Daily Bliss: September 2006

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Quiet Times during Spring Break

The last few weeks have been very quiet, literally & figuratively. That Influenza A bug is a nasty beastie, let me tell you! I don't think that I've ever been so sick in my life.

Now that I'm on the mend, my kids find my almost non-existent voice rather fun. They've been merciless with laughter every time I open my mouth and nothing comes out. LOL

Unfortunately, being unwell meant that I missed out on a trip to Sydney with Paul. I was oh so looking forward to catching up with my sister from Canberra, Aldith, and my mother's sister, Genevieve. Visits to both women are few and far between. But this time couldn't be helped.

It's Spring break from school at the moment, so I am taking the two weeks extra time for recovery very gently. To all those other people who feel somewhat neglected, I offer you my apologies. We'll have coffee soon, I promise.

An up side to a quiet life is that I have had time to write a few personal letters. This is something I used to do a lot of when the sprogs were small. I'd get up in the middle of the night and write to my parents, siblings and friends who all lived so far away at that time. It's good to get back into it.

More news soon.

Happiness & laughter always,


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Notre Dame de Paris

Paul & I have just booked to go & see Notre Dame de Paris the comédie musicale in November. I'm so excited! Based on Victor Hugo's tale of Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Notre Dame de Paris has been a phenomenal success since it was unleashed in the French-speaking world in 1998. It attracted over 7.5 million spectators, breaking box-office records in France, Canada, Spain, Italy, Russia, Belgium and Switzerland. The musical is the creation of lyricist Luc Plamondon and composer Richard Cocciante, who have both won numerous awards for their works. The music has sold over 11 million copies so far - one copy to me when it was released in 1999.

There are probably people out there who read my blog who are now shaking their heads and wondering if the fever has finally fried my brain. No folks, not at all - well, not on this issue anyway. I spent four years at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, studying French language and literature and the final piece of work was an honours thesis based on the Victor Hugo novel Notre Dame de Paris and its various adaptations into films, ballet and musical. You could say that I'm an expert on the subject.

I spent the Winter 1996/7 in Paris when Disney had a huge exhibitionof The Hunchback of Notre Dame children's film at the Maison de Victor Hugo . Then in 1998/9, the comédie musicale was released in Paris and I was living, working and researchng in Limoges in France. There was stuff about the musicale on television, in magazines and on the radio all the time. I collected everything!

So folks, I'm going to be the one in the second row singing along to every tune! LOL. I can't wait!

Only question to ask is: what am I going to wear???

Happiness & laughter always,


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Hit by a Bus & Kicked by a Camel Whilst Down

What good thing can I say about having the Influenza Virus A bug that has kept me more miserable than the wet outside?


My elderly doctor has recommended rest in bed (hard to take after a week when you are me); drugs (anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-emetic, anti-pyretic), chicken noodle soup (it's a fluid and doesn't taste too bad coming back) & lemsip with honey and whiskey (at least 4 times a day).

Needless to say nothing hurts any more. LOL - Hiccough!

Hopefully, more bliss than this next week. Happiness & laughter always,


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Happy Fathers' Day

Stanley Graves (25th April 1928 - 5th January 2002)
Janet Graves, née Duffy (27th June 1930 - 6th June 1993)

Dear Mum & Dad,

It's a long time since you have had contact from me but rest assured that you are often in my thoughts and memories. I also see you in my own actions and in members of the family - in their mannerisms, their facial expressions and in the sounds of their voices. While physically you have gone from our lives you are not forgotten.

As I sit here and type, I'd like to think that you would be proud of me and the life I am living. I know that I am thankful to have had you as my parents. I believe it's thanks to your cultural beliefs, mentoring, sometimes downright bullying and, most of all, your belief in and love of me that I have turned out so well

Thanks to secure beginnings & the encouraging lessons about change being an adventure to embrace rather than a peril to be avoided or endured, I achieved my childhood dreams of going to uni, playing piano well and travelling to Europe. In fact, I have surpassed all those dreams and gone further than I ever thought possible. I have lived in varied and interesting places and have met a wide variety of fascinating people. I have managed the good and the bad that life has offered and I'm still planning projects and new beginnings well into my 40s. I am also well loved by my husband, family and friends, liked by colleagues and associates and respected by students.

Thank you for letting me get on with my own life as an adult. Healthy neglect and a blind eye was really good for letting me learn by my mistakes. I was an independent miss from an early age and therefore don't pretend that all of our interactions were smooth sailing. I never realised until I had children of my own how difficult it must have been to stand on the sidelines and watch me bumble my way through my teens and twenties to find my own place in the world. I hope that I manage to be as wise as you in that respect.

Thank you for showing love and genuine liking for each so often in front of us kids, Mum and Dad. Having 7 children in 8 years must have been difficult, especially during our teenage years when we were 'expressing ourselves'. There were times in my idealistic youth when I could not see what you two saw in each other. What kid does? It's funny the things you remember. There was a day in my mid-thirties when it struck me that it didn't really matter what you saw in each other from my perspective, the point was that it must have been something really good for two super intelligent people to still agree about it nearly 40 years after you were married. I remember at the time thinking that that was pretty cool. I always loved you as my parents but that day I realised how much I liked you as people in your own right not my parents.

I miss you, Mum & Dad.

Lots of love to you wherever you are,

Felicity xoxo

Friday, September 01, 2006

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung &

We've had some rain!

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