Outdoors + exercise + peace = garden

Some of you know that I’ve recently moved in to a new home. One of the things the sellers established there is a beautiful garden. It’s small, but is dense with flowering vines, flowers, an archway, herbs, potted flowering plants, and two frangipani trees, which are hopefully set to flower in summer.



My emotional groundhog day

When people have asked me how I am — especially in the last few months — I’ve described some days as ‘emotional groundhog day’.



The beauty of a handwritten letter

Today I had the joy of receiving something I hadn’t in a long, long time — a handwritten letter.


Watch the birdie(s) — a welcome distraction during lockdown

If you’re a bird lover like I am (or even if you’re not and you’d like a lockdown distraction), there are live streams available of birds' nests around the country and around the world that you can watch to take your mind off any worries you may have.


My go-to moving tips

Having rented at least nine apartments over the past 16 years, I’ve had a bit (!) of experience moving house.


Darkle or sparkle?

Did you know that the opposite of sparkle is 'darkle’?


Grieving during a pandemic

I've lost count of how many times I have thought or said, 'These are strange times' during this pandemic...Never more so than when we are separated from a loved one before or after their passing.


Why stress?

Recently — and for the first time in my life — I was involved in a legal dispute. I can’t and won’t go into the details as it’s now settled, but it got me thinking about a few things.

Mary Sayed

Writer | Egyptian Australian | Indophile | Word nerd | Bird nerd

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