This is not Basil

Ugh! About pages! Such an untamed beast. Much too hard to write. But I really enjoy reading others’. So I thought I should have one too. To balance the universe or something.

It starts with an old friend who thought I should do something about my neglected “creative” tendencies.

I don’t know if he really meant it now, after a few follow up conversations, and maybe one of us was drinking then, who knows, but it was enough to get me thinking. And I am pretty sure this roo was trying to tell me something about it…in advance…this is an old photo…

And then, late one night, I found another old picture, of Basil. Maybe it was the way he was looking at me, but somehow a blog materialised.  basil is no clown

So this is a creative outlet.

Hey, maybe I’ll throw in some dot points. Bonus if you find them helpful:

  • I am an Australian married to an American Post Vocalic Stress Disorder
  • My husband is a pastor to five rural churches
  • One of my life philosophies is not to be busy just for the sake of being busy. Forget that. I’m not competing with you. So don’t even start. 🙂
  • Nope, I don’t play the organ
  • Nope, I don’t do crafts. Trust me, you don’t want me to. Unless, it’s with play dough or something.
  • I hated clowns as a child…the painted ones…I mean, why? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD…
  • but, you are seriously still welcome here if you do…
  • also, because, this might be about dealing with the clown in myself…
  • And there’s photography. Something else I have neglected and want to spend more time with.
  • Why has no one invented caffeinated toothpaste? But I digress…

I have been truly moved by the ocean of talent on WP. The support, connection and inspiration that it offers has also been a beautiful and humbling surprise.

Thanks to Basil for posing so beautifully for me, and to his gorgeous owner. RIP Basil.
And thanks for taking the time. I so appreciate you even looking at this, it was not my intent to get ‘followers’.


(PS unless otherwise stated, all photos are my own, except this anonymous one I used here: through the timing glass and some random WP offerings, oh and maybe a cute one of a kitten that made the rounds on the internet a long time ago. And there are some stills from videos I have used…and my husband took the one on here of the roo. I was, obviously, too busy being hypnotised by its gaze…)

email: vanessa_flower@yahoo.com


    1. Thank you! It’s very interesting isn’t it? I’ve so enjoyed the connections I’ve made, and the extraordinary talent more than anything. Definitely a whole new world, absolutely wonderful! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  1. Hi, I am so glad to meet you! Loved your About Statement. Night Owl? Loved the way you came into blogging. My daughter started my blog, unbeknownst to me and said, “here. I’m going to help you face your fears, so I push you so you can fly”. I’m in the air but still taking flight training. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and following. I am pleased to be able to know and follow you now too!

    Loved your lines – “Have been truly moved by the ocean of talent on WP. The support and connection that it offers has also been a beautiful and humbling surprise”. There is an ocean of talent here and I’m loving it too. And just like you I find the interest, support and community a “beautiful and humbling experience” also. Thanks for sharing. You probably shouldn’t encourage banter from me. LOL! I might get carried away.

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      1. No, My pleasure and so glad to meet you! I have been converted into getting up about 4 a.m. instead of the night owl thing. So, how many hours are you ahead of Central time US? Yes, I am blessed with a wonderful daughter! Yes, she was great growing up too, lucky for me, she was a straight arrow. I realize how lucky I am when I listen to other parents horror stories. Thank you, Lord! LOL!!


        1. 4am. Wow. I have another writer friend who does that. I’m normally awake then, after just a few hours of sleep, so I’d be turning over hoping for a couple more!
          Let’s see, I normally judge by Colorado time, we lived there for ten years, 11 years ago. It’s 6.40pm here on the 15th, must be 1.10am in Colorado, if I have that right still.
          I am happy for you that things have gone well with your daughter! We don’t have kids, but I love them, and can only imagine the challenges these days.
          It’s lovely to meet you too.


    1. Yes, bless those people in our lives!
      The clown thing is interesting isn’t it? I honestly never really understood them.
      Anyway, it is late here, so I will say good night. But thank you so much for visiting! 🙂

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  2. I agree. Your blog IS quite intriguing. Interesting also, that you are married to a pastor. Such a unique challenge. Oy. Keep up the great writing, dear.

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  3. Your blog title intrigued me enough to visit and the first post I read — bizarre enough to make me laugh out loud and one of the most “casually eloquent” blogs I’ve yet come across — will make me a follower! What is it about you folk from down under and the English language?! I mean none of you can speak well enough to be understood by the rest of your fellows in the English-speaking world (or your accent obscures this fact) yet so many of you write like there is no tomorrow and today you must leave your Shakespearean imprint. As we like to say here in the States, with equal eloquence: it don’t make no sense!

    Thank gosh above for clowns or your dislike for them might never have inspired this amazing blog!

    Take care.

    From a blogger who tends to write from a less humorous and likely less engaging viewpoint.


    Pamela Spiro Wagner

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    1. What a very intriguing comment, Pamela. Thank you so much for visiting, and reading, and commenting 🙂 And I really do thank you for your compliments, it’s an honour you think it’s amazing.
      What you said about language made me laugh out loud! My husband is American and we lived in Colorado for 10 years, and what I have found is that Americans don’t have an ear for our accent. Just as I didn’t for Spanish. Before then, it was so out of my experience.
      But the whole incongruence between the casual talking and the more articulate writing, that’s definitely a cultural difference I think. That could be a long, and interesting conversation 🙂

      haha the whole clown thing…I don’t have time now to explain, but I really do appreciate you visiting. Thank you!


  4. I have read your ‘about’ bit for the first time today and found it interesting. Also, I didn’t know that people liked an ‘about’ page and it has prompted me to follow suit. I think I have got the hang of it but if you get chance would you have a look? Any feedback would be good (although I’m pretty sure it needs no amendments). Thank you in advance. Yours, no.43

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      1. I published it as a new page yesterday but it isn’t in my menu? I’m confused. I’ve had 20 minutes trying to work it out but maybe I’ll have a cup of tea and come back to it later.

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    1. Hi Miriam. I’m sorry I missed your comment for some reason.
      haha about clowns…I never liked the painted clowns as a child, I never understood them, or why they had masks. But I have never been a fan of makeup generally.
      But I also have a tendency to clown around instead of dealing with things that need to be dealt with, so this is about finding balance, really. I don’t take myself too seriously, normally…sounds like you and your clowns might know exactly what I mean 🙂
      But there are some things that demand more serious attention from me. So I am working on what I think of it all.

      Thanks for the visit, and for commenting ☺

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hi. friendly banter is always welcome.

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