Sickle moon


It was a sickle moon last night. Did you see it? Wavering and watery, paper thin, I stopped to greet it on my way back across the road, with a $12 bottle of rosé in my hand. “Good night moon,” I said (good night stars, good night air*). That was a little bit embarrassing because it turned out I said it out loud without realising, and two people coming out of the bottle shop with wine that probably cost a lot more than $12 looked at me kind of funny.

Anyway I have been absent from this little blog for the past few weeks, while I finished the photography for my book (eek!) and the illustrations for Wendy’s book (woot!) and another big pile of letters to send to you folks (coming soon!). I always miss this space when I am away, but I have learned to (try to) be more realistic with my time and with what I can and cannot do.

But then I saw the moon last night and I thought of you.

I thought about how strange and magical it always feels to learn that people are reading my blog, reading it from all over the world… Melbourne and Bendigo, New York and Illinois, Russia, the Ukraine, France, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Mexico, Argentina, and so many other places. Last night, when I looked up at that sickle moon, I thought about how maybe you were looking up at that same sickle moon (or that you would, in just half a world’s rotation’s time), and I felt strangely close to you.

(*Good night noises everywhere)

Image credit: sickle moon by Nousnou Iwasaki, licensed for unlimited use under Creative Commons


  • Sandra F

    I absolutely DID look at that moon last night. I said to the kids, that’s the sort of perfect moon you see in storybooks. And I also wondered who else was looking at it, admiring it, and thinking the same thing. x

  • Mairead

    What a lovely post! Thanks for writing it. I’m reading from Northern California now and in a few months will be reading from Ireland :-)

  • Emily

    I did see the moon last night, in all it’s thin, crescent-y glory. We were driving home and stopped to admire it.

  • Jenny Jones

    I too am a great fan of the moon and last night’s was rather wonderful. Yes I too talk out loud to things that don’t answer back-with words anyway. Your book sounds just awesome and you must be so excited x

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