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Melbourne Cat Café

Today my daughter and I spent an hour or so at the Cat Café in Melbourne’s CBD.
Hidden away in Guildford Lane, it has two stories of cats roaming as they like.
It’s a charming place. Caringly run, the feline residents (all re-homed from refuge situations) are well cared for and unstressed by the 18 or so strangers who visit each hour.
Drinks and snacks are basic, but you’re there for the cats.
Fellow visitors ran the range from a couple very, very emotional cat enthusiasts to one younger lady who had never petted a cat before.
My daughter commented there wouldn’t be any need to visit a cat café in our home town because we already have a cat.
But when you’re away from home and miss some feline company it hits the spot.

How many cats?

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I always enjoy encountering a word that I’ve never read or heard before.
Susurration. provides this meaning:
Whispering or rustling.
‘the susurration of the river’
‘It settled to the ground with a soft susurration like stirring leaves.’
‘Something beautiful but so far away-like the music of a faraway violin or the susurration of a distant wave.’
Late Middle English from late Latin susurratio(n-), from Latin susurrare ‘to murmur, hum’, from susurrus ‘whisper’.

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We’re Gonna Have A Cat (Café) Party

Maybe I knew Melbourne had a Cat Café.
Maybe I didn’t.
Anyway, daughter and I are visiting tomorrow.
Apparently someone will have trouble sleeping tonight.
(And it won’t be me.)

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Behold The Mountain Of The Lord – Sunday Songs

Behold The Mountain Of The Lord is what was known as a paraphrase, a portion of scripture that was not a Psalm but was versified so as to be sung.
It was part of the service at Scots’ Church in Melbourne this morning.
The lyrics are based on Isaiah 2:2-6.
Mount Gambier has a monument to its European settlers which features a plough in reference to these verses.

This version differs from the lyrics below a little bit, more towards the end.

This is a more contemporary sounding rendition. The phrasing is very challenging.

The lyrics:
Behold! the mountain of the Lord
in latter days shall rise
on mountain tops above the hills,
and draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
all tribes and tongues, shall flow;
up to the hill of God, they’ll say,
and to his house we’ll go.
The beam that shines from Zion hill
shall lighten every land;
the King who reigns in Salem’s towers
shall all the world command.
Among the nations he shall judge;
his judgements truth shall guide;
his sceptre shall protect the just,
and quell the sinner’s pride.
No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
disturb those peaceful years;
to ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.
No longer hosts, encountering hosts,
shall crowds of slain deplore:
they hang the trumpet in the hall,
and study war no more.
Come then, O house of Jacob! come
to worship at his shrine;
and, walking in the light of God,
with holy beauties shine.

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 41

Question 41
What is the Lord’s Prayer?

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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Saw this in Costco today.
Did not purchase.
I was looking for something that I could have more than one tiny glass of at a time.

But it is endorsed by King David, so I think it’s legit.

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The Tan Track In Melbourne

At Margaret’s suggestion we walked around The Tan Track in Melbourne today.
The path goes around the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.
It was particularly tiring watching the people run past us heading up the hill on Anderson Street.