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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Anenomes for Joanne

This post is for Joanne, who has had (to put it mildly) a cow of a year and loves anenomies.  Ours are starting to come out in profusion and I think of her each time I see their smiling faces.














Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Selections #345

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  We (even the slowest of us) finished the Out of the Shadows walk last week before six am.  Our public transport on the weekends is woeful and I knew there wouldn't be a bus operating in the suburbs for hours.  There was a breakfast after the walk, and I am certain that I could have got a lift home with one of the other walkers after it.  However, I was peopled out and decided to walk into town.


There was still frost and a little mist about...  And a kangaroo.  


 




So come walk with me, and enjoy the very different things I saw.  The suburbs I wandered through are older ones, and (mostly) fairly affluent.  Some of the older homes remain, and some have been replaced.  And there were strong hints of Spring to enjoy too.








I loved the look of the house and garden above.





This was parked outside a fairly upmarket motel.




I said it was still frosty, didn't I?


Loved those roof tiles.









I am not certain what the building above is.  It is on the outskirts of town, but I could see no signs.  Trendy apartments?

When I did reach town, I had a twenty minute wait before the first bus of the day headed to my suburb.  I was very glad to see it when it arrived.  Mind you, I cursed the weekend timetable again.  The stop closest to home doesn't operate on weekends, so I had a further walk.  And a lot of it is up-hill.





I was a tired puppy by the time I got home.  I am still glad I did the walk though - both walks.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Selections #344: Out of the Shadows, Into the Lights 2017

Each Sunday I post photos under the title Sunday Selections. This meme was originally brought to us by  Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme. 
This week I am stretching the meme a little and posting (at some length) about a cause which is very dear to me.  Today, September 10th, is World Sucide Prevention Day, and the start of World Suicide Prevention Week.  I spend time in the dark places myself and know both how fast and easy the plummet to the bottom can be and how hard it is to climb out again. 


Most of you know I do voluntary work with Lifeline Australia, a telephone crisis line.  Almost everyone who rings those lines with thoughts of suicide has at least a degree of ambivalence.  I, and all the other volunteers, will work on that ambivalence to keep the caller safe for the moment/the day and to help them see and consider other options.   Lifeline believes that suicide is often preventable and that the start of the journey to safety can be only a phone call away.  It is often a long and painful journey but should never ever be one that people feel condemned to walk alone.

Here in Australia suicide is still the leading cause of death for people aged under 44.  More people die from suicide each year than are killed on the roads.  Sadly the numbers of people we lose to suicide are rising again.  Which, given that I suspect suicide is under reported, is scary.

Not only does suicide take its toll on our young, there are other groups who are over-represented in its tragic ranks including (but not limited to) our indigenous population, people with mental health issues, farmers, tradesmen, and the military.  We lose more of our veterans (and those still serving) to suicide than we do in combat. 

In 2011 Lifeline began  national suicide prevention walks - 'Out of the Shadows and into the Light'. The walks begin before dawn and continue into the growing light.  It remembers those lost and those bereaved by suicide, with an additional focus on raising awareness.  The symbolism of starting the walk in the dark and progressing into the light of a new day means a lot to me.  Some centres start their walk later (ten or eleven) to attract more people and publicity.  I can see why, but am glad that our walks start in the dark.

I don't think that all suicide is wrong, particularly given our euthanasia laws.  However, it is such a final decision that I hope it is not the first option considered or tried.  And, as a solution to a temporary problem, I do think it is wrong.  Right or wrong it is always a tragedy.  A tragedy for the person who had, or believed they had, no other options and a tragedy for those they leave behind.  And the ripples from that tragedy encompass a lot of people.  Research shows that each time someone suicides, there are up to 135 people affected.  In addition there is strong evidence that if someone close to you dies by suicide your own chances of taking that path are increased.  

I couldn't attend the first walk, but have gone on the subsequent walks. Which saw me heading off again before dawn this morning.  The dread disease slows me down, ensures my gait is uneven and is painful.  The issue is much more important than I am.    So I walked.  Slowly, at the back of the pack just as I did last year.  Stopping to take photos.

There were brief speeches.  Some of the names of those lost were read out - which I find moving.  No longer nameless, but identified and missed...  And an acknowledgement that there are names we do not know, which doesn't diminish their loss.

It was a chilly morning and there was frost and a little fog.   Come walk with me, through the cool dawn, into the hopeful light of a new day.

















RU OK day (September 14) is also celebrated in World Suicide Prevention Week.  A question we should be asking family, friends and colleagues every day.




Some services and links which may be useful for Australian readers include:
Lifeline 1311 14
Suicide Call Back Service