just practicing the craft, anonymously, as I make sense of my world


My writing is pretty much journalistic. I’d like to think that I could write fiction based on experience. Make up stuff from the real..

I started blogging, keeping my writing in a confined space, because some day I want my children to really know Me. But as I get older that’s perhaps not so relevant. They know me the way they do and that’s enough.

You’ll find lots of posts of thoughts, stream of consciousness, some poetry (my brand of), some stories, vague family references (keeping it anonymous), Buddhist concepts, and, what I didn’t expect when I started – lots of photos!

Am I a writer or a photographer? Or am I arrogant to even consider I’m either 🙂

I live in the inner city, with dreams of a tree change or sea change. My children are young adults and the nest is almost empty…stay tuned.



197 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for the like on my blog! Be sure to visit back to see the male! He is incredible too!

  2. Hey, and thanks for liking my blog – I will take a look at yours. 🙂

    Eirene Pax

  3. Thank you for liking a post on one of my blogs – I appreciate it!

  4. Your words speak deeply…as I have visited some of your writings. I hope that as you journey you continue to discover whatever it is that you search for or need to give meaning to. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

  5. wisdomatwork

    Thanks for liking my blog. Hope the content was helpful to you.

  6. I like your writing. Nice mood, reflection.

  7. Thank you for stopping by on my blog!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Strolling through your posts, I have taken up permanent residence as a new follower. Look forward to reading more!

  9. Hey There, Thanks for liking my post ‘My Tree’ .. I appreciate the traffic. I like the couple of posts of yours I have read so far. I will be popping by tomorrow, when my kids are in school, and I have more time to really dive into what you’ve written.

  10. reneeboomer

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  11. summerhousesoaps

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s good to hear from another untamed mind.

  12. Thank you for stopping by our blog and liking a post! 🙂

  13. Love your blog, and have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Congratulations! What to do? Check: http://colourtheday.wordpress.com/awardsinspiration/

  14. Hi,
    I figured since you will soon know everything about me, I’d try to find out a little about you…
    (“cute guy” lol, I love it!)

  15. Great Blog! I’ll follow you. Thanks for liking mine!

  16. AgrippingLife

    I like your “about” page. Very concise and to the point. Sounds good to me. Thanks for dropping by!

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog. Enjoy your moments! 🙂

  18. thank you for stopping by. and keep practicing your craft

  19. Thank you for visiting and subscribing to my blog!

  20. Peace love and masny blessings! Hahaa I’m turning into a hippy as I get older.. 🙂 Thank you liking my stuff! I’ll check you out too :))

  21. *many errrrrrr typpos. lol

  22. foroneplease

    thanks for joining me 🙂 tagging along while you practice your craft!

  23. Thank you stopping by, your blog is great – following.

  24. Thanks for liking my “solid” post.

  25. That’s for sure in this day and age. I just celebrated my 30th anniversary. Hard to imagine where the time has gone.

  26. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts.

    All the Best!

  27. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog entries. I’ve been remiss in reaching out and will do better. T.

  28. Karma Rinchen Tashi

    Thank you for stopping by and reading 🙂

  29. Thanks for the visit over at CTB 😀

  30. thanks for the like

  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed browsing around yours. 🙂

  32. Hi! I really enjoy you writing, especially your little narratives. Your other posts are more stream of consciousness and then these solid, abstract ideas flitter around on your page.

    You’re in New Zealand? It’s probably just my foreignness, but the birdlife in your area looks absolutely beautiful compared to the birds I’m accustomed to in the eastern US.

    The first post of yours I read was “This is how I see you. I wonder if you’ll ever know it.” from 19 May. The big, personal post I want to get on my blog is a story of how I “quit love” by first studying Buddhism and then attending a meditation retreat. I must get that post finished!

    • Thanks so much for the feedback Timm.

      I’m in Australia (close enough to New Zealand 🙂 )

      And yes finish it, I’d love to read that post..have come close to that feeling at times but damn hormones drag me back to the misery of unrequited lust. I know a Buddhist nun who told me just that though – through her studies she came to a point where she knew she didn’t want another relationship. Sometime later she ordained and has never looked back.

  33. Thanks so much for the like!

  34. Thanks for visiting and liking my recent post ‘trees on rocks’

  35. Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you will follow me. I will follow your blog as well and look forward to reading more. beebeesworld

  36. Thank you for stopping by, will be back to read more soon.

  37. Thanks for the follow on my blog. I appreciate the affirmation. My turn to take a look around yours. Thanks again.

  38. Just wanted you to know that I like the update on your ‘about’. Really don’t know much about you at all.

  39. Nice! I need to revisit mine, too.

  40. Love it! Warm and inviting – even though I already knew you possessed those qualities. 🙂 Writer *and* photographer – yes! Keep writing for your children, even though they know you as they do. They will enjoy it immensely in years to come.

  41. Here I feel at home. My children are on their way out too, and I…well, where am I going? From what I have read so far, you make me feel good. You also live down under – Australia I have understood. We went to New Zeeland last Christmas and stayed for a month. Wonderful. Nature, people, everything. The way they feel about their nature, preserving and loving it. my daughter stayed another mont, working on a nature preserving program.

    As soon as I can, I will be back! Keep writing and photographing and I will go on exploring…

    • A month in New Zealand – what a wonderful gift…and then your daughter’s program sounds like a lovely thing to do!
      I hope, in the next few years, I can do something similar…take off for an extended time away 🙂
      Thanks for your lovely comment..

  42. Hello there. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a full pledged empty-nester, who gets visited by our offspring once in a while, when there’s time. We sometimes meet for lunch or dinner. Or we watch her play sports. But, we’re pretty much on our own now. It took a while, but we have discovered a new life for ourselves.

    I hope we can share experiences along the way.

  43. Thanks for the like today on ‘Wielding…’ I appreciate it much! I look forward to digging into your blog…my kids are on their way out too…time for more adventures…!! Glad you popped in to my blog world!!!

  44. Hello. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

  45. Thanks so much for stopping by Gallivance to read Those Bodacious Baltic Beasties. We really enjoyed the Art Nouveau animals and are happy that you did too. And I really like your post on Insomnia – it’s my constant companion.
    All the Best, Terri and James Vance

  46. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking a post. Best wishes and regards to you!

  47. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, much appreciated. Great pics in your blog.

  48. Thank you for stopping by my blog – time is so precious so I appreciate the time you spent 🙂

  49. I began writing as a way to help my sons get to know me, but I love how you say that in time they know you in the sense they want to know you. I find I am writing for so many reasons–I am grateful to have such an outlet, and to meet creative minds like you. By the way, you are BOTH a writer and a photographer.

  50. Thanks for dropping by and that comment Michael – I love your blog/writing!

    For a couple of years I was part of a writing group, an amazing bunch which included many already published authors. One day a woman asked me why I wrote and I said I didn’t feel anyone really knew me, I have not been heard, I wanted my children to know, to understand me…she (a psychologist it turned out) very quietly replied something like – they aren’t your friends, that’s not the relationship they have with you, they know you in their own way .. it was like walking in to a wall really! Oh I don’t have to write for that then!! 🙂

  51. Hey thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog here.

  52. Wishing you a very happy new year, and lots and lots of good things in 2013! xxx

  53. I’ve added your blog to my Liebster Award nominees. Please take it or leave it, but it’s given with the intent to say I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and comments. See: http://thegreenstudy.com/2013/01/10/the-awards-show-part-4/

  54. What The Green Study said! Only it’s the Shine On Award and The Versatile Blogger Award.

  55. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog

  56. Hello! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please follow the link below for the rules http://leazengage.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ All the best to you!

  57. Thanks for the like, and for visiting my blog! All the best:)

  58. Now that is an ABOUT I like… must follow you just to see your growth… watch out for empty nest syndrome….

  59. I love the idea behind your blog. It really strikes a chord. I’m currently blogging anonymously. I haven’t decided whether or not I will stop being anonymous, but your words certainly have given me another motivation to keep on blogging – lovely to meet you. Diana sent me 🙂

  60. Thank you so much for following purelysubjective! Every day is its own adventure, as it seems you know. Thanks for sharing your world of writing, musing, and walking the path.

  61. Hello anonymous! Just popped over here after your visit. I too like to use the real – sometimes straight up memoir, or essay (as you’ve seen) and sometimes turning it into fiction. I liked that comment on the photos as when I started blogging I didn’t put in pictures and then after a few weeks someone said: hey, you need to put pictures in this. Then I started taking them, then I found I loved taking them.

  62. I’ve come here on my own, not because you found me first… and have enjoyed every post I read. Beautiful writing, about powerful life issues. I’m hooked.

  63. Thanxxx for the like. Couldn’t find a ‘Like’ button to like you back on this page (apologies if I am being obtuse – a reasonably common occurrence!). So, here it is: I like what you are about.

  64. Thanks for liking my blog post! 🙂 S x

  65. I love this! Your blog looks awesome! 🙂

  66. I take a lot of photographs too, and while I’m strictly an amateur, I just love capturing where I am, even if I’ve been there many times before.

    My kids are also young adults, a couple still with a foot in the door. Thankfully they are much nicer people now that the teen years are past. 🙂

    Thanks for following my blog; I’m looking forward to coming back here!

  67. Thanks for stopping by!

    • best wishes with your training – impressed by your work 🙂

      • That makes two of us! If you’re looking to get active, I recommend finding a program and running for a cause. I’ve never been more excited to get out and exercise, but it’s a really great thing! Thank you again!

        • My daughter has UC (recently diagnosed) so that’s cause enough – but I have lower back issues that prevent running..I’m impressed though 🙂

          • Oh wow.. Now I think I have an idea of how you found me. 🙂 I just went back to find your posts, it looks like her diagnosis was pretty recent. I’m glad to see that she’s accepting it and coping, and even writing letters! I’m really impressed! As you probably read, for me it was a long road before I really accepted my colitis, in some ways I think I’m still working on it. Your daughter’s letter was really powerful, I bet you’re very proud of her.

            I was also very touched by your post about her diagnosis. I’ll have a post coming up about my mother and the role she played for me, but it was interesting to hear your perspective. I was so young and embarrassed, I don’t think I ever stopped to think about how it affected her. I bet it was hard for her. I will ask her sometime soon. As for you, it’s ok for you to find ways to cope too. I know I probably don’t have to say it, but your daughter will want that for you.

            What I’ve learned (and also will post about at some point) is how important “being selfish” can be. My colitis taught me that. Looking back after 11 years, while I’d prefer not to have to see multiple specialists regularly and have a handful of colonsocopies under my belt at 27, I’m more grateful for the lessons I’ve learned. I mean, I guess in some ways I have to be because the colitis certainly isn’t going anywhere. But I understand life now in a way that others my age don’t. In a way I’m not sure some people ever do. I guess you could call it a blessing in disguise (and a pretty good disguise at that!).

            Sorry for the ramble, I just really wanted to share how much I am touched by your posts. I hope you’ll keep us posted on your daughter’s progress. I know a lot of people with a positive remicade experience and it worked for me for a good two years. I wish the best for her and you. I may be half a world away, but do let me know if I can help in any way. 🙂

        • Hi Meghan
          Yes I am so proud of her – she’s dealing with so much, so well and without having ever heard of it when it started.
          You were so much younger still when you were diagnosed! It’s understandable that you were embarrassed at that age and I’m sure your mother went through her own pain as well.
          I know you’re right – we all have to be selfish and put ourselves ‘equal first’ as a wise old man said to me once. As a mother of three who was left to bring them up alone I’ve always found that hard though..
          It is some kind of blessing isn’t it ! I’ve met so many strong young woman since she was diagnosed. Strong in spite of it, or because of it, but really proactive and compassionate..
          I loved and really appreciate your ramble, don’t ever apologise for writing me 🙂 Thanks so much for your positive words – I went back and re-read some old posts after reading your comments and had a bit of a cry…but we’ve come a long way in a few short months!
          GO GIRL

  68. fancy being so close to you this week … maybe next time we could try to meet up for a warm drink and a chat? now that our friends have moved to Paddington (from Mosman) we are likely to be there again ….

  69. Hello! Thanks for signing on…….really though, you already are a bodhisattva….maybe just forgot! in peace….kai

  70. I nominated you for a bunch of awards because you’re awesome!
    Check out my post: Awards! Awards! Awards!

  71. Thanks for the follow and like! I look forward to reading your posts over the weekend.
    Have a good one.

  72. I’m thinking we have much in common. I reckon some of the reasons you blog are what still keeps me going. When I started it was to promote awareness of an unpublished novel… now it’s a open diary… FUN!! 😉

    Thanks for stopping by OMBH… hopefully I’ll be able to swing by your spot occasionally, time permitting…

  73. Thank you for liking my photo challenge. I am enjoying visiting your blog.

  74. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post.

  75. If you have time for a little distraction, I nominated you for a Sweet Blogger Award: http://stephaniemartinglennon.com/2013/05/17/supremely-sweet/

    • Stephanie, I love that you added a few words about the blogs you mentioned..it’s so nice seeing what someone else sees in my writing 🙂

      Good for the confidence, really touching x annie

  76. I come by way of WPC:escape pingback. Selected your ping because I was curious of your name.

    Here is my entry for this WPC:

  77. like the word play there “sea change”….im not sure where or why but i often find myself using sea or water themed word play.
    i also share your spiritual views….looking forward to reading more.
    so happy to bumped into my blog 🙂

  78. Kia Ora Annie 🙂

    I have awarded you and your peaceful blog for the Sunshine Award….


    Until tomorrow ~ Live Life, Love Life

  79. Enjoying you work; well done.

  80. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it! I’ll read some more of your posts. I like your open hearted style!

  81. Thanks – we’ll see what happens on Sept 7. Even if my prediction is wrong, it was fun doing it because it was the first time I have attempted to predict an election. I’ll be back to yours soon too. All the best.

  82. What if you’re a writer and a blogger and a photographer? But more importantly, what if you’re SO many more things that can’t be captured in words? I don’t find it arrogant in thinking you are those things, but I think you should come up with a million more!

  83. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad to have found yours.

  84. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. 😀

  85. I knew we had a lot in common… but I’ve just read yesterdays post about being a year since your daughter’s diagnosis… It’s about a year ago my youngest son was also diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and it has certainly been a hard road. Hopefully, they’ll both keep improving.. It’s so hard watching them go through such a hard thing..

  86. He’s still going through some tough times but most of the time he’s pretty good.. He doesn’t sound like he has it quite as severe as your daughter.. so he’s lucky.. No damage here after the fires though its hot again up here today.. We were very lucky in Katoomba 🙂

    • I’m on the northern beaches again for a few days and the sky is full of smoke from Hawkesbury today..

      So glad your son’s case isn’t as severe..my heart breaks for them both, and all who deal with this condition 😦

  87. Thanks for the follow- looking forward to reading yours as well!

  88. Your blog title tugged. Curiosity has me following. 🙂

    • I’m touched by that Eric. Will enjoy exploring yours too…a bit quiet just now as quite a busy couple of weeks ahead and trying to quieten the anxiety monster at the same time !! grr

  89. Thank you so much for following my blog. i hope you come back soon for another visit. 🙂

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