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Right now, I’m experiencing a surge of energy. Whilst walking to the train station this morning, I realised it would probably be a good idea to try and categorise the various topics I want to share here.

Otherwise, each and every post I write might become needlessly prodigious. Trust me, I’m not kidding. So forgive me if I take a pause in sharing for a few more days whilst I get my stories planned out a little bit.

In the meanwhile I thought it might be of interest to talk about the imagery I’ve used on this site.

Entrance to the Yin Yuan Chinese GardensThe main header and the sweet little goldfish on the “About” page are from a trip I took to the Yin Yuan Chinese Gardens, Bendigo, in January 2006. The story of that trip will be told here too, because how it came about and some of the outcomes have been important. But for now let’s just say that it was a meeting with a new friend who was very supportive to a stranger (me) in a time of need.

The dragon comes from a bigger picture of the main entrance to the gardens.

It has several poetic associations for me. Including that the dragon and the firey ball thing are actually one, but just seperated. And the dragon is in the process of assimilating the fire. Fire ofcourse, is something that has been missing in my life for some time. Or… it’s been misdirected, subverted, supressed.

Goldfish swimmingThe little goldfish is from one of the many ponds within the gardens.

I guess for me, this lil guy represented some peace and balance that was sorely missing from my life at the time.

I recall that this day was really hot. Severley hot in the shade kind of hot. The sort of hot where your bare feet could easily burn on the concrete. The sky was intensely cerulean blue, and the only way not to sweat was to be inside next to an air conditioner.

But the beauty of these gardens enticed me, whispering sweet soothing assurances that I was in the right place. These gardens are wonderous. And tucked away in a big country town a couple of hours drive from Melbourne. The tile work, the intricate paintings, sculptures, pagodas and greenery… all add up to a spectacular sanctuary.

All I can say is, if you ever get a chance – go visit.

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