jane_gray_lookingatyourself.jpgI discourteously did Onno Knuvers the dishonor of not linking to his website (Due to my use of an image of his in the previous post). So I must do that now.

He is – from my reading – a Dutchy (a very good start!) turned New Zealander. And by a further glance he has some very cute and clever little illustrations. Not meaning to suck-up to nullify my ‘crime’, but I did really rather appreciate this one. (And I can hear Geoff saying in my head, ‘No you’re not sucking up at all!’, in his amused/sarcastic way – scary that!)

So there’s the first New Zealander – at my online front door.

The second lot are at my actual front door. In fact they’ve been living in our rather minute lounge room the past two nights. My lovely housemate’s doing (Who, quite realistically and honestly is a much nicer person than I am). Our lounge room, as tight as it is, is a fraction more comfortable than this couple’s car.

Isobelle (housemate) met them at the free meal my church puts on a couple of weeks in a row. Very nice couple. They’ve fairly recently moved across and yesterday fantastically both managed to score full-time jobs which was fairly important. They are now living in a tent in our front-yard.

Why am I sharing this some what more personal-to-them thing? A couple of reasons.

a) So I can ridiculously claim I’ve got New Zealanders at both my online and offline front doors and that collates into a nice easy blog title.

but more seriously,

b) So that I can remind myself of the crap that’s been sifting through my head and some less than perfect attitudes I have towards these kinds of things.

Conversations of late at: Vocare, Young Adults and with those around me etc. have been quite centered around money. This situation in it’s own way has allowed it to hit home.

I have so much freaking stuff.

image by Jane Gray

Blogging Church Design Life Out of Home Social Justice

illustration-by-onno-knuvers.jpgMy good friend Jess has trotted off to Bali for a little while before she makes her leap to India at the end of the year on student exchange – she is a film and television student.

This is the same friend who took me ‘new face shopping‘. Bali really has nothing to do with her going to India and more to do with her Grandparents being involved over there with orphanages, and a family holiday. She has just entered the blogging world – officially or not, and I am going to link to her.

Exchange Me

I will re-link to her again once her India adventures start.

Blogging Relationships

bike.jpgPerhaps a little harsh a title, but in the disurbingly common thread of things my tram took a slightly earlier stop because of, ‘something up ahead’. There at my usual tram stop was a police car and someone lying on the ground. I am unaware as to whether the guy was hit by a tram, a car or simply collapsed in the middle of the intersection (younger people don’t usually do that). There was the usual Australian, ‘slow down and gawk’ thing happening from the people around. It also reminds me now of the time a tram nearly squashed me between itself and rail.

Take care. Obey the green walking man!

Life On The Train

This is worth watching!


dscn3039.JPGAnne Jackson has pointed out the curiously odd, ‘The Ten Commandments of Driving‘.

Trust me, they should have been applicable yesterday.

Walking along Bride Rd, we watched as an old woman drove too far to make a right hand turn and then in correction, reversed into a car while, the person behind them leant  continuously on their horn.

…and then there was the guy on Swanston St that slipped on the road came off his motorbike right next to me.

A tad strange.