around the grounds

August has been a huge month! I’ve been away from Royal North Shore Hospital doing a stint at Cumberland (mental health) over at Westmead, which has been humbling and fantastically stimulating. I hope to share some of my reflections soon, but I’m still processing a lot of it.

Cumberland_Hospital

Cumberland Hospital, poised over the Parramatta River

An added bonus of travelling out to Westmead twice a week has been what Natalie calls the ‘guilt free reading time’ of the train journey — I’ve knocked over Dave Eggers’s moving new book Zeitoun, puzzled my way through Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘story suite’ Nocturnes, and finally finished Difficult Conversations.

Natalie’s had her head down completing her first scholarship application for next year. And even though our next step probably still won’t be obvious for a while yet, it’s great to have cleared this hurdle.

Elsewhere, we’ve been following some interesting stuff:

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