list 1: suburbs I have lived in

  • Northcote
  • Glenroy
  • Collingwood
  • Burnley
  • Abbotsford
  • Brunswick
  • Albert Park
  • East St Kilda
  • Prahran
  • Elsternwick
  • Port Melbourne
  • Thornbury
  • Forest Hill

Apart from a short stint in Sydney for work 20 years ago, I have always lived in Melbourne.  Every suburb has a story, but, for here, some highlights:

  1. Prettiest: Albert Park.  Every morning I delighted in the changing colours and mood of Port Philip Bay as I walked to the No. 1 tram.
  2. Worst: Albert Park.  Share house from hell.
  3. Lived alone in: East St Kilda, Elsternwick, Port Melbourne, Thornbury…13 years all together.  See No. 2!
  4. Grew up in: Glenroy, Northcote before that.
  5. Best: Prahran.  I loved Prahran. I was unemployed for 3 years, but I had some of the best times there.  I walked everywhere: the Prahran market (where I bought and cooked beautiful fresh food every day), the Astor Cinema, Chapel Street, St Kilda beach.  I miss the inner city terribly now.

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A brand new year. Usually the thought of the whole span of 365 days sitting unwritten in front of me in my new diary and calendar fills me with a mixture of panic and fear, not knowing what is ahead. Loss? Sickness? Huge changes to work or home or relationships?

But yesterday was just one day and it wasn’t a bad day, and tomorrow, God willing, there will be another day for me to live. As for today, I just lived it without really thinking too much. I slept late, did some housework and tried a new recipe for pancakes.

So, perhaps that’s my one resolution for this year: just live in bite-sized pieces. Day by day.