Odd holiday moments

I had an odd holiday, from other people’s point of view, perhaps. But I like odd things. I suppose that’s part of the creative life.

An odd Christmas tree without people. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I never show recognisable people on my blog without permission. So while I did have a lovely summer holiday surrounded by people I love, those photos are generally private. But to give you a taste of the atmosphere, here’s a photo of possibly the oddest Christmas tree I have seen, and a glimpse of the deck and view.

Photo of a very unshapely Xmas tree, while we can see through huge glass doors a a deck with table and benches, and lush New Zealand plants
A pretty nice place to relax in the summer holidays
photo of a small broken pottery dish holding a large peach
Farewell, little dish from a famous potter in Kyoto. I have loved you for yourself, not for your provenance.

I broke a favourite dish, bought in Kyoto in 1995. Above is a farewell portrait. If only that was my worst problem.

An odd conversation with a train conductor:

We must follow the rules assiduously. Is assiduously the right word? and I’ve been thinking about another word: wheedling. It sounds good in a song, but only for a line or two.

A delightful train conductor on the Kapiti line

An oddity of English grammar. When a singular noun (New Zealand) refers to a team acting as individuals rather than a group acting as a group, a plural verb is appropriate.

New Zealand are ageing fast, so who are the rising stars to replace them?

Stuff 8/1

I like the odd. Perhaps I am odd myself, because in January—while most people are relishing a holiday away from work—I love to write. And write I did, in between swims and the odd coffee with friends.

My holiday was a social media holiday. No Facebook, no blogging. Now my nose is to the grindstone again… and it’s all about 90 plus: theatre challenging ageism.

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22 thoughts on “Odd holiday moments

  1. josaiawrites says:

    You, as always, continue to delight and inspire me. That play sounds like it will be wonderful!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      This is the encouragement I need 🙂

  2. Myra Kitchenman says:

    Oh maybe it’s time for you to consider a fabulous on line one on one lesson for mending that piece. You know,…the famous gold Japanese technique. I’m going to email you some photos of a 34 year old bowl recently broken by a friend and mended by another. Mxhugx

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Lovely idea. Kinretsu?

  3. alison41 says:

    Glad you enjoyed your holiday, surroundings look lovely. And Ursula? did she hold the fort back home? or … oh horrors, the Cats’ Holiday Camp i.e. the dreaded cattery ?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Lucky Ursula has a friend who visits in the holiday. She stressed him mightily with her disappearing trick this time.

  4. Kintsugi – and it looks fabulous!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Watch this space.

  5. I was delighted to find your post this morning. The holidays were busy for me, so I didn’t miss bloggers until they suddenly reappeared. I’m happy you are back.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      And it’s delightful to hear from you, Anne.

  6. LA says:

    Isn’t there a Japanese thing about repairing broken crockery and it becomes more beautiful?…I think it’s kintsugi

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes, i got that wrong: kitsugi. Janis Freegard wrote a fabulous poem about that. I will ask her if i may share it on the blog.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Long or short, I love your blogs..the marvellous everyday moments 🙏

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s very pleasing to me — thank you.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    It’s my belief that all interesting bloggers are a bit odd, and that is why we blog. Happy January!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Happy January to you too!

  9. In the spirit of Sashiko – I’m thinking the Japanese have a crockery equivalent? Your little bowl is a delight, plus I love peaches.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Janis Freegard’s poem speaks to this theme https://nzpoetryshelf.com/2021/03/18/poetry-shelf-review-janis-freegards-reading-the-signs/

    Happy Korean (Lunar) New Year to you. xx

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s thevery poem I meant: I love it. Thanks for the link.

  11. Rachel McAlpine says:

    A precious thought 🙂

  12. Rachel McAlpine says:

    Indeed, that’s a lovely thought.

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