RDP: Languor

A Lazy Post

n.Lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness: synonymlethargy.

n.A dreamy, lazy, or sensual quality, as of expression.

n.Oppressive stillness, especially of the air.

I can relate to all three of these definitions of the word languor.

The first one is how I’ve been feeling a lot lately. I want to write but don’t have the mental energy to write to a prompt let alone write a post about anything else. I’m often physically tired after working at the Op Shop and winter has left me rather lethargic and listless. I’m hoping spring will snap me out of it.

The second definition is a pleasanter sensation. I sometimes feel languorous on a sunny afternoon in my garden. I listen to the birds and the wind chimes that I hung in the apple tree and it is lovely and dreamy and peaceful. Until the next-door neighbours get home and start revving up cars or swearing and arguing, then it’s time to go back inside.

A place to relax.

The last definition, for me, is a hot summer’s day, the kind we had way too many of in Adelaide. The air is hot and still and nobody has the energy to do much of anything. The sort of weather when you start to worry about bushfires and in Adelaide, dust storms.

CSIRO ScienceImage 4343 Dust storm over paddocks on the outskirts of Adelaide SA 1994


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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