The Sit Spot

Maggie Mackellar
A weekly newsletter of observations, field notes, ruminations and recommendations from writer Maggie MacKellar.
Created 19 May 2021
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  • Where do the gone things go
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Some of my poddies in the ever deepening green here. Photo from one of our lovely Airbnb guests. I did not know what I wanted to write to you about this week. Oh I had collected some moments, stacked ...
  • This Short Life
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Swamp Harrier, male, image from Wikipedia, JJ Harrison taken at Peter Murrel Reserve Kingston, Tas. I’m watching a Swamp Harrier through binoculars. It lands on the island in the middle of the irrigat...
  • A Horse called Frank
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The rain came and it was perfect. Everything is now full. Even the air is tight with frog song. When I walk across to the stable to feed Maxie Gawn, or Maxie Moonboot as J calls him (who is miraculous...
  • A very bad day:
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Life’s good when you’ve got a good mum. Spring takes its time in Tassie, but at last the willows and poplars are fuzzed in florescent green. Out in the bush the native clematis is transformed from a d...
  • Dazzled
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Life is messy right from the start! The multiplicity of forms! The hummingbird, the fox, the raven, the sparrow hawk, the otter, the dragonfly, the water lily! And on and on. It must be a great disapp...
  • Matrescence: or becoming a mother
    13 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    When sheep see or hear a threat they will snort. It’s a violent shock of air against closed nostrils. A slap of sound. I’ve seen a lamb drop instantly to the ground at its mother’s snort. I’ve seen a ...
  • Good news Tuesday:
    06 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Black Swan, Cygnus atratus, 1200-1300cm, span 1.6 to 2m. Have you ever held a cygnet? It’s a delicate, fragile thing. Its wings, (wings that will grow to give it a span of up to 2 metres!) are like ti...
  • Box Up
    30 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    Don’t worry, says the poet Mary Oliver, things take the time they take. Then she says How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine? And that’s it. She leaves it there, it’s f...
  • Pay Attention to the Weather
    23 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    Moonrise over the bay where the Great Egret fishes. Read on and you’ll understand. On a grubby post it note, clinging grimly to my computer, is a sentence I’ve scrawled from an essay I read in 2019 wh...
  • Spotted Pardolotes & the Art of Seeing
    16 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Hello dear readers, it’s such a privilege to be appearing in your inbox. I’m imagining you popping the kettle on, pouring a tea or coffee and taking your device of choice and steaming mug to a sunny s...
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