We love Saturdays…

coffee shop penguinI know it is a holdover from working so many years but Saturday always feels good. There are choices of things to do and often never enough time to do them. The International Photo Walk is happening today. I might join in at the Hobart wharf and participate in that for a couple of hours. The Penguin enjoys travelling around Hobart also. I need a way to attach him to my camera strap or backpack.


I had one of those nights where one goes to bed early, being very tired and wakes at three am ready to start the day.  After rearranging two dogs and two cats on the bed, straightening the covers, and getting a glass of milk; I propped myself up and walked the El Camino trail for a couple of hours with W. Lee Nichols, Walking With Cats. It is one of those books where you read a couple of chapters at a time. One needs to absorb the villages, history of each town he explores and the landscape. I have yet to meet one of the cats the title refers to but feel I am getting close.


Snip20170930_3The thought of walking this trail is very appealing but some of the crowded accommodation not so. Up to 250,000 people a year are now doing this pilgrimage and the thought of that sounds soul destroying. I know though that people do walk in various spots where they find fewer people. I think living in Tasmania, (Australia really) one gets spoiled to enjoying nature without hordes of people at every turn.

Snip20171007_3I also listened to some of the ABC Radio National’s program (repeat of the day) Books and Arts. It comes on week mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 but I often catch the repeat later in the night. I listened to an interview with author Michelle de Kretser about her latest book A Life to Come. The book description really appealed to me and I will be interested to hear what others who read it think of it.  I tried to get into her earlier book A Question of Travel twice but couldn’t swing it. My mood though has shifted a bit towards various authors and I may give both of these a try again but the latest one sounds the most interesting. (At least at this hour in time.)

Today is Snip20171007_2the weekly  Salamanca Market in Hobart. It is a very large market with upscale crafts amongst Asian made trinkets, jewellery, food stores and areas of fresh vegetables from the Hmong people that remain here. Those that didn’t relocate to Queensland. I may have a walk around it today.  I have been in a cooking mood. Something about spring cleaning cabinets, getting rid of old glasses and finally our old set of cheap dishes. I treated us to something nicer and also bought a pressure cooker. I remember the days when pressure cookers exploded and yesterday when it released its steam at the end of cooking the pumpkin, potatoes and leeks for a soup I was making, I jumped three feet across the kitchen.

Snip20171007_6There is a new film at the State Cinema in North Hobart (our local Art theatre that now has seven separate cinemas in it) I would like to see. The description states “At an intimate and sumptuous celebration of her husband’s latest business venture, Beatriz is introduced to Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), a ruthless billionaire real-estate developer. She listens uncomfortably while Doug brags about his aggressive business tactics, but when he boasts about shooting a rhino in Africa, she can no longer hold her tongue. As opposing worldviews collide over a dinner table, Beatriz’s pent up outrage spills out in a way that surprises even herself. The Doug Strutt character is based on Donald Trump, as some believe and current political arguments are infused throughout this film.
Patrons are allowed wine, coffee, tea and ice cream cones but no popcorn is sold). It has a lovely cafe too with a small menu of small meals and wonderful sweets.

It is now time to decide what to do with the day. The sun is up and it is supposed to rise to a spring like 18C (    ) degrees.

12 thoughts on “We love Saturdays…

  1. Isn’t it strange how ingrained habits are for some of us? My husband and I have been self-employed for over 30 years, yet Fridays are still a time to celebrate and weekends are still a time to relax, when clients won’t call. I still dread Mondays. In the fall, a holdover from school, I get excited about new notebooks and pencils and new reading projects.

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  2. My daughter had lunch at that cafe yesterday! She’s in Hobart for a wedding. I have been to the State Theatre but before it’s most recent changes. It sounds good. And that film sounds fascinating! I too am a non-popcorn person. I don’t usually eat or drink at all in the cinema, but I have been known to have a wine if my companions do, and sometimes when I go to a morning screening (which I do once a month with a friend) I’ll have a coffee as I don’t usually have a hot drink when I get up.


  3. it sounds like you’re feeling better… and the book,”Cats” sounds interesting… i think you in the southern hemisphere have access to different books than we get in the usa… it’s been bike riding weather here in Oregon, but all that’s about too change as we slosh into the fall season… i fellow i worked with said there are two seasons in Oregon; mud season and dust season… with some accuracy, i might say…

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  4. It’s Mondays I love. After decades of rising at 6 every day I can revert to my nature: I’m an owl not a lark!
    PS Am with you on the popcorn. Why anyone would think it was ok to crunch on that stuff with its nauseating odour in a confined space, I do not know…

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    1. Yes, Mondays are good too!! The State Cinema won’t sell popcorn. Think it has more to do with cleaning than anything else. Though they do bag up those plastic baggies of lollies and the sound of those in a film can be quite annoying at times. 🙂


        1. I shook someone once who kept using their mobile phone during a play at the Theatre Royal and told her to put the damn thing away. Grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her I was so cross. hahaha. Can’t believe I did that. Getting old has its benefits.


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