Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I found out tonight that my apartment building is going to be auctioned next month. I know that doesn't sound like good news, but it is!
You see, the building was sold to developers last year and they were granted planning approval to redevelop the site in June. I was expecting to be turfed out on the street before the end of this year.
But no! They are offloading the property, which means there is a possibility I will get to stay here indefinitely. I have all my digits crossed. It's uncomfortable not knowing for certain what will happen, but it's such a relief to know that maybe, just maybe, I could get to stay.
This is the best place that I have ever lived - and quite possibly will ever live. It's my haven, my own little nest, with awesome views of the city skyline and the sun rising over the hills. It has free central heating and is always warm and cosy. It is full of light and I love to lie on the couch in the sun and read the weekend papers. I'm next door to the river and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens (above). I'm walking distance to the city, to Melbourne's major sports and entertainment venues, to great shops and bars and restaurants.
Living here contributes immensely to my happiness. But you know what? Finding out I might have to move out has made me appreciate living here even more. When you start to take something for granted, you don't get the same amount of pleasure from it. Knowing something could be taken from you soon makes you want to revel in it while you can.
I plan to keep revelling.
21 degrees in Melbourne tonight
I correctly guessed the temperature on the Nylex clock (below) tonight. I always have a guess at what the temperature is before the clock comes into view around the bend of the river as I walk home. I get a silly little buzz out of it when I get it right. Tonight is the first time I've got it right for a while.
I also like it when the temperature is 11 degrees, because it matches the lyrics of Leaps and Bounds by renowned Aussie singer/songwriter Paul Kelly -
I'm high on the hill,
Looking over the bridge
To the MCG.
And way up on high,
The clock on the silo
Says eleven degrees.
What things give you a silly little buzz?