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Bagpiper at Bungaree

It was a cold and misty start to the ANZAC Day commemoration at Bungaree but that didn’t stop over 300 locals gathering to pause from their busy farming lives and remember the fallen. 104 years to the day of the first landings of the ANZANC force at Gallipoli  and 80 years sins the start of World War 2. 

Toddlers - and for them  it will be many years before any of this has any meaning - energised  the elderly  for whom today is a reminder of past horrors and just how near we are to another wave of mass slaughter. 

The sustained trench warfare of 1915 has today been replaced with surprise  attacks on non-combatants: women  and children number higher than men  in the list of dead and injured. 

Just as the young men who formed the first ANZAC response were ill prepared for what was to await them, we are equally unprepared for the horrors  of Christchurch and Sri Lanka.


Busy start to the year

It has been a very busy start to 2019, mainly brought on by some changes in the Autumn Festival committee which has seen me wearing a few extra hats.

Gordon Bleu is still in recess which has freed up time for Autumn Festival and Hospice matters.  Today is my first half-Friday that I have been at home and working in my Study before a meeting in Ballarat this evening. 

As I worked this morning, with Brexit and the Australian Federal election dominating all news services, I looked back with to the days of gentler politics and political  respect - now so sadly missing from the world stage. 

A true example of this is the election of the first lady Speaker to the British House of Commons.  The link via YouTube is HERE


Achievable Goals

I am pleased that I made the decision to publish 'Lord, Only Say the Word and I Shall Be Healed' as a series of booklets rather than wait until I had completed the book. 

Being able to see something completed, be it a simple painting or part of a book, is more healing than having to leave work unfinshed or hurridly-finished. 

The Tristan Shout Murder Mysteries are being uploaded onto this site under the tab SDHP Audio Books & Podcasts . This is more of a technical challenge than an intertlectual one, but still requires time sitting at the desk which necessitates short bursts and much standing inbetween. Hence the brevity of this blog.

Take home message today: If it looks like too big a task - break it up into manageble segments. Dont give up completely.