March 8th, 2012

rain dance

Project 365 - Day 17

Some 20 people turned up for their very first (and free) tai chi lesson last night, me among them. As far as I can make out at this early stage, we'll be taught the so-called Yang-style tai chi (chuan) in which we'll learn a set of 108 movements, of which in this first lesson we were taught just 2. I can't say too much about it at this early stage, except that I think my previous experience with yoga may come in handy in keeping my balance; and that I enjoyed the exercise.

There's a number of pools and ponds in the woods around the corner from where I live, and I expect that I will visit them often in the course of this photo project. There's always something going on there:

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Project 365 - Day 18

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I sometimes wonder why we've never thought of fish & chip shops. We have chippies, and we have fish stalls where we can buy fish in batter (like this one), but no one's ever thought to combine the two; and if we want a fish supper, we'll either have to make it ourselves or find an English or Irish pub somewhere.

I've been called up for a clinical breast examination later this month as part of the on-going national screening programme, and I'm a little apprehensive about it. Mum reckons it's easily one of the most unpleasant exams she's ever gone for; and I can't help remembering that 2 years ago, when I got called up for a cervical smear test, I spotted for 3 days and hurt for a week. But what's a little discomfort if it can help detect cancer in the early stages, eh?