Why? Because I’ve made contact after a long, long hiatus, with some old friends. And because I can!

Funny, sometimes, how one name or sound can conjure another and your past suddenly spills into the here and now.

I heard a young kid scraping a violin at the mall. A notice propped up on his fiddle case read: foR music lesSon. (I was tempted to toss in an extra coin for signage!)

But my mind had one of those dazzling flash-backs and I was sitting in an art class with the new art teacher. He also played violin and, I think as an ice-breaker, had brought his instrument to class.

He played a few notes then passed the violin to the nearest girl. “Have a try,” he invited. She scraped the bow across the strings. Yep, that’s the sound you’re all thinking! The violin went around the class and no one mentioned Jim.

My turn. More finger nails on a blackboard. I passed it to Jim and whispered “Play ‘Cindy.’ ”

He adjusted the strings, drew the bow across (for effect) and launched into a current hit tune. We all sang. Not sure that there was any drawing done that day…

And the song? Well, it was quite a hit for Eddie Fisher and it survives on Youtube.


For an embarrassingly long time I drove past these, thinking they were propellers. Ignoramus! They are, in fact, giant-sized “fish bones.”

By Fiona Foley, who also created the  Pod (below) further along the Trail.

Mangrove Pod, Mackay Bluewater Quay, Fiona Foley

Image from here Have I mentioned before that I love public art?

We haven’t had a “mystery pic” for a while, have we? Let’s see what’s in the junk folder that I can tease you with…

OK…you know the drill. Tell us in comments what you think it is. I’ll let this run til Monday.

And do scoot across to the cats’ blog to see a rather lovely little video.


    • No, that’s not what the mystery is. But you have given me an idea! 🙂
      And in an exchange of art 2 years ago, I got a print of this pod. Quite funny that, in a global exchange, I got something by a friend who lives across town!


  1. Fiona Foley is one of my favorite Australian artists. As for learner violinists? Well they are rivaled only by learners of the bag pipes, IMHO.
    The mystery item? It looks like the edge of an invoice/receipt book to me.


    • A few years ago, a friend’s 2 teenagers were novice musicians. Trumpet and violin. Imagine! (One went on to play with the Youth Orchestra.)

      Invoice book margin? Hmmm…it does look like that. But it’s not.


  2. That post brought back schooldays!
    We had to ‘choose’ to learn to play either the violin or the recorder.
    Father was clear on the matter. If he had to pay money for an instrument then it was the recorder.


    • I had a half-hearted brush with a recorder. Never cared for the sound, so never pursued it. By the time I heard a friend’s gorgeous bass instrument, it was a bit late. God! The sound that wooden tube could produce-almost like an oboe.
      I think a lot of our generation were “guided” by pocket depth. 😦


  3. love the fish bones and the pod! and i have absolutely no idea what that image is…. so here’s a guess. either the edge of a cutting board, or an apron. i seem to think this is somehow associated with a kitchen…


  4. Hmm, fishbones. Now that would work, I think, down at the beach, perhaps Carolina Beach where there are a lot of funky little places.

    Now the mystery item reminds me of Letraset that we used to use back in the days before computer graphic design. You would burnish the lettering sheet onto a piece of paper. There were not only letters, but wing dings and glyphs, and all sorts of decorative things. Is this a bunch of dots from a lettering sheet?


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