friday five: looking for my mojo

birdcages in Angel Place
birdcages in Angel Place

Just lately I’ve been a bit disheartened. I’ve been trying to fake it- no one likes a pity party.

I had a rejection from a publisher, and even though I know it’s part of the deal, it gets you down, well, it gets me down.

Anyways, my mojo had disappeared and I figured I wasn’t going to find it sitting in front of my laptop, so this morning I hopped the bus into the city.

Which leads me neatly into todays Friday five- five things that cheered me up today…


Dumplings sound happy, they look happy and they taste happy. I had some for lunch today at Opera Kitchen. Opera Kitchen is a great new-ish addition to the eateries around the Opera House.  I love the Opera Bar, but today I felt like something a little more casual.

Opera Kitchen has brought together a number of great food providers in one magic view. The dumplings were from my favourite Bondi place- Miss Chu. Sort of like Miss Chu with a view.

Opera Kitchen
Opera Kitchen


alley off Angel Place
alley off Angel Place

One thing I love about Melbourne is the alleys, and the surprises up the alleys. It’s something that gives that city soul. Sydney alleys have always seemed a little unappreciated.

Anyways, things seem to be on the improve.

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I love these empty bird cages in Angel Place. It’s part of an installation named Forgotten Song, and represents the birds that have disappeared since colonisation. The tweets piped through the alley are from those birds…well, not those ones specifically, but…well, you know.

Forgotten Song
Forgotten Song

The Disc Thing

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I love this.

It’s an installation out the front of the MCA- or Museum of Contemporary Art. The reflections are different all the time- depending on the time of day, weather etc.

I love it…I already said that, didn’t I?

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Rainbow Warrior

Seeing this moored outside Cruise bar today cheered me up. Loitering around to hear a speech by the CEO Greenpeace Australia cheered me up more. Actually not cheered me up so much as energised me. It got me thinking- and on low mojo days anything that gets me thinking also gets the creative juices flowing. It also tugged at my social conscience. Where did I put that old soap box of mine?


The windy part at the end of the Opera House

One of my absolute favourite places for head clearing is the end of St Kilda Pier. I stand on the end and let the wind blow the cobwebs out to sea with the container vessels that glide slowly out of Port Phillip Bay.

Given that I’m not in Melbourne, I had to make do with the windy part on the concourse at the end of the Opera House. Today was hot and humid, but just here, right here was very pleasant…and the wind blew straight through my ears and took all the fog away.




7 comments on “friday five: looking for my mojo”
  1. Sorry to hear about your publisher woes. That sucks for sure. I’m with you about the loss of mojo. I have no idea where mine has run off to but I’m in desperate need of it back in my head, heart and fingertips. I’ve draped a red blanket over me while I work today. It’s helping…a little. Good on ya for getting out and about in the city.

  2. Zohra Aly says:

    A trip into the city sounds like a good way to clear the fog! I love the bus ride to start with, it reminds me of a younger me, travelling on buses in London.
    Keep at it, Jo!

  3. Debbish says:

    Sorry also re the publisher. I gather that we (if I ever write anything) should expect a lot of rejection but it’s hard not to hope!

    I know I’ve said this before, but I love your pics. The content is always great, but it’s what you see (that others – such as I) wouldn’t see that makes them so beautiful. You have such an amazingly creative eye!

    1. jo says:

      Thanks so much Deb…

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