January 23rd, 2016

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I've had a half day off. I need a nap before my day's work, however. This is because I only had a couple of hours sleep last night. It was stormy til 2 am and I woke up at 4.30 am, had a shower, sorted out a litre of Middle Eastern style coffee (with extra cardamom, because it felt right) and was picked up by a friend about 5 am. We then picked up another friend and drove to Mt Ainslie where we admired the aligned planets, watched dawn, drank coffee, went for a stroll, and met much wildlife. I took some pictures (not of the alignment - they would not have come out, alas) and am tempted to put a couple on my other blog for people to admire.

Just before 7 we wandered off and went to the markets. I bought apricots and blackberries and the last of the season's cherries and some of the best creme fraiche I've had in almost forever. We ate breakfast there and wandered and chatted to everyone.

I've just been dropped off, and am so very tired. We did a lot of walking (and I managed it all, which means the problem with the me the day before yesterday was purely weather-induced) and met kangaroos and rabbits and crows, and rosellas, and magpies, and parakeets and cockatoos and a single stray pigeon. "What is that exotic bird?" we asked each other in the half-dark and then it cocked its head and its inherent pigeonness became apparent.

Seeing Canberra at dawn is amazing, especially when one looks across from a mountain top. It rally is a beautiful city. I used to see it a lot when I had friends who were early birds and who liked to explore with me, but then I returned to my natural night owl self and I mostly see 2 am rather than 5.30 am and all the friends who like to explore do it with other friends. There's a wonder in seeing this beauty. Today had many moments of exquisite beauty and much friendship. All before 9 am...