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This week, my Thursday was triply special. It began walking with a friend on her beach. She warbled to magpies on the rocks, and they warbled back: it really was a conversation.

As I drove the Potato Point circuit to look at the beach, as I always do, a ritual of homecoming, a python made its elegant and unhurried way across the road and into the grass.

And when I stalked my Australian daughter on her Facebook page, I discovered there were new additions to her family.

Stolen from my daughter’s Facebook page

Thank you Paula for giving me a chance to assemble the delights of the day.