What would spending the summer with Draco at Malfoy Manor be like?

  • It’s sweltering, beads of sweat that trickle down spinal cords and congeal in the hollow dips of your collarbones, as you sprawl across Draco’s lap in a daisy sprigged meadow
  • It’s chilled glasses of too-sweet ice tea on the back porch while a breeze rustles the leaves of the trees
  • It’s Draco picking freshly bloomed roses from his mother’s garden and pressing the wilted petals into your diary pages
  • It’s stolen kisses in the dusty corners of the manor, hidden away from the curious gazes of the pale faced portraits and suffocated by the thick drapes lined from the windows
  • It’s sweat slicked clothing falling to the floor in a disentangled heap, legs sliding and skin catching against the silk sheets
  • It’s staring up at the sky on a startlingly clear night, tracing pictures in the constellations and whispering love stories in each others ears
  • It’s dancing to the whir, scratch, hum of the antique record player in the parlour with the windows wide open, bare feet slipping against the wood floor
  • It’s catching fireflies in mason jars, making wishes and making promises
  • It’s a contained eternity; moments suspended in time; a sun faded Polaroid that you tuck under your pillow once summer fades to fall

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Tuesday 11th December 2012

Tree- sitter stops logging in far East Gippsland.

About 20 conservationists in Victoria’s far east have stopped logging for the second consecutive day, erecting a tree-sit tied to logging machinery. This area of forest, on Mt Jersey near Goongerah, had previously been zoned as a reserve for the endangered Spot-Tailed Quoll.

“The re-shuffle this year, of areas reserved or protected from logging, has opened up significant tracts of high conservation value forest and critical endangered species habitat to the chainsaw, and to a government that seems hell-bent on environmental vandalism”, said spokes person for the Goongerah Environment Centre, Mr David Caldwell.

“The wet forests of far East Gippsland represent one of the last areas of Victoria to remain unburnt by large fires in the recent past. As such they are essential habitat for endangered species of all kinds, and a repository of some of the last Old Growth forests on the Australian mainland. With the shocking decline and destruction of large old trees worldwide, it is vital that areas with Old Growth value are preserved for their diversity, and for the health of the planet”, he continued.

“A succession of State Governments have failed dismally to manage Victoria’s forests and timber resources in a sustainable way. There is no excuse for the further destruction of such valuable areas simply to have the woodchips pile up on the wharf at Eden with nowhere to go due to lack of demand. These protesters remain committed to this issue. Can the same be said of the State Government?”, Mr Caldwell said.

Today I thought I’d share a little Christmas playlist, it’s mostly bits and pieces of previous years Christmas compilations. Indie, alt rock, folk, some Celtic.

  1. Gingerbread - Moonlight Breakfast
  2. Love Came Down At Christmas - Jars of Clay
  3. It’s Christmas (Close Your Eyes) - SHY NATURE
  4. Circle of Joy - Lisa Lynne
  5. Silver Bells - Adam and Darcie
  6. Hurry Up Children Santa’s Coming - The Gorgeous Colours
  7. I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
  8. No Better Time - Natalie Prass
  9. The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
  10. Not On Christmas Eve- Boca Chica
  11. Holly Jolly Christmas - Sufjan Stevens
  12. I Hear (Click, Click, Click) - The Rosebuds
  13. All That I Want - The Weepies
  14. St.Stephen’s Day Murders (ft. Elvis Costello) - The Chieftans
  15. Sweet Winter Rain (Live piano vr.) - SHY NATURE
  16. Your Holiday Song - Indigo Girls
  17. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Dikembe
  18. Round Christmas Time - The Smoking Trees
  19. It’s Christmas! Let’s Be Glad! - Sufjan Stevens
  20. It Really Is A Wonder Life - Mindy Smith
  21. Winter, You Tease - LAYLA
  22. Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie

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