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I came home alone

on my own (again)

in the rain.

The room was cold

and bare – empty

without you there.

Mind dull with pain,

face wet and stained,

full of mascara and grief.

Of goodbye – disbelief!

Morning holds

nothing new.

The usual chaos

and boredom.

No you…

Frances Macaulay Forde @ 1972

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No-one else has that tender breath… thanks for reminding me. ‘Stranger on the Shore’ from the soundtrack of my youth.

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Christmas is coming.

I know that for certain because following much deliberation and discussion my son has composed his 2014 letter to Santa Claus. We sealed the envelope with due ceremony and in his best handwriting addressed it to Santa’s North Pole headquarters. We cycled down to the local postbox/mailbox and very carefully sent the vital message on its way.

What he wants, and what we are all sure he will receive curtesy of the elves and Santa’s crack reindeer delivery team (led by Rudolph) is a clarinet.

Why a clarinet? Because over the last year listening to CDs in the car Tom has become a fanatical fan of British ‘Trad Jazz’ from the 1950s and 1960s. This was led by young men aflame with passion who had discovered in the shiny shellac of imported American Jazz records a doorway to a new world of rhythmic joy and wonder…

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On Drums: Charlie Watts !!

My brother was a rock drummer, so I absolutely understand what you’re talking about. And this song “Hey you get off of my cloud!” takes me waaaaaaaaaaaay back! Thanks.

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Charlie Watts, gentleman, scholar and drummer at large was 73 this year. Here’s a short tribute.


Famously, at the live show captured on Get Your Ya Yas Out Mick Jagger informs the patrons that,’Charlie’s good tonight ain’t he!’. Well yes Mick he certainly was and then some. Charlie Watts has been the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones for half a century and more providing calm craft in the midst of all the hoopla and madness.

While he has surely seen about everything a man can see he has remained steadfastly and stoically himself – a wry, unimpressable observer who loves to listen to his beloved jazz and play the drums with the scratchy rhythm and blues band who somewhat to his amazement transformed themselves into the greatest rock and roll band the planet has ever produced.

Charlie’s role in the band is crucial to the DNA of the band’s…

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Blue Duck, Cottesloe Beach, 2004

The Blue Duck

3…   container ships queue on Fremantle’s

horizon – Gage roads.

2…   life guards in red and yellow patrol

Cottesloe Beach.

1…    blue writer drinks inspiration from

a white cup and rolling surf.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2004


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Our Hibiscus is flowering again – don’t know how many times a year it does, but it does with no attention from me.  Except to snip some of her beautiful blooms so I can paint them…


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Jewel Drool…


Do you spend hours trawling through other people’s Pinterest boards?  I’m absolutely hooked!

I’ve now made specific boards to house what I find – my own stash and it’s like jewel porn.

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I found myself literally spending hours today, peaking at the boards of so many like-minded others and grabbing their finds to add to mine, so I can drool over them later.  I got absolutely nothing done, except a Cinquain.

Legally ‘stealing’ magnificent tiaras and priceless gems made me so happy and very relaxed – perhaps it should be a recommended therapy.



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I don’t shine until

I’m pulled into the light.



Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014


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There’s something about Perth people.  Although our beautiful sprawling city feels like a small town, our people think internationally.

So I wasn’t at all surprised to see my sister-in-law had unearthed another ‘treasure’  here in Perth – one I was familiar with through the romcom (one of my all-time favourites)  “Notting Hill” and that garden scene.

Like my sister-in-law, I am also intrigued to find out who ‘Rodd and Nicole 2002′  are or were.   So, I let my imagination fill in words:

Bench space…

Rodney. What makes you think I’d want a rotten wooden bench with tombstone writing on it?  Ewwww.  A scabby reminder of old people who sat together in some cold and miserable place in England, years ago?  And it must have cost thousands to get over here…. why didn’t you just go to Tiffany’s in King St?  You know I like new stuff… not crappy used things that no-one else wants anymore.  Really Rodney – get a life!

Where’s the romance in that, Nicole?

Who wants romance – bling’s the thing Rod.  I love it when you introduce me to your friends, like at ‘Muse’ the other night.  Everyone loved my outfit – I’m a Perry girl through and through!

I thought we had a ‘life’, together or were at least were building one.  You’re not just – and why were you smoking again?  Who was that bloke outside?  You could be pregnant…

Roddy, Roddy, Roddy, chill already.   Speaking of Alex – do you want to come watch me try on my Perth Cup outfit?  I have to order early… he’s making it in blue, to match my eyes.  Perhaps we could visit Tiffany’s again, something Sapphire-ish?

Nicole, we don’t seem to be on the same page – if we ever were.  Did I tell you, I bumped into an old friend?  Her name is Alex too…

About the preggers thing, Roddy… I got the injection when I went to the doc about a boob job.

You don’t need one!

It’s my body! Just increase my card limit and I’ll surprise you one day, hey?

Yes, about the card.  I’ve cancelled it.

What?  Did you get me another one?  American Express is better, I’ve heard.

Alex is a lawyer.  We met at UWA.  Did I tell you…

My bum’s numb from this friggin’ bench.  Can we go back to the hotel now? 

I wanted you to see what I’d done with it – wanted to let other people enjoy it, feel the romance, like I did.

Great idea, Roddy.  Can we go now?

Go where, Nicole?  You won’t even give me bench space…

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014 

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Raincheck Exhibition Jessica McCallum© 2010



Like tears,

rain hits my umbrella.

Bouncing, bursting

droplets scattering,

spreading my pain.

Shimmering images.

Reflections of you.


Love like rain,

showers me

with tears.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2010

written to the artwork of Jessica McCallum  ‘Raincheck Exhibition’, 2010.

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