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Susanna Duffy

Updated on March 15, 2014

Talk about a long romance!

My love affair with the Web began in the Southern Spring of 1997. Our romance is still hot!

When I can be dragged away from my computer I'm a Funeral Celebrant, produce a syndicated talkback radio programme, direct and perform in community theatrical productions and blog a lot. The rest of the time I run a small business from home, Smooth Stuff

I enjoy the company of animals and grandchildren, traditional Irish music and walking along the river each evening. to greet the bats

Please allow me to show you the lenses I have so thoroughly enjoyed creating..

My hometown, Melbourne

On Port Phillip Bay

I live in Melbourne, an immensely livable city with two rivers running through to the beautiful Port Phillip Bay a huge shallow body of water with an extremely dangerous entrance to its placid waters.

One river is the Maribyrnong, 'Mirring-gnai-birr-nong' - meaning 'I can hear a ringtail possum'. You can still hear the ringtail possums along the Maribyrnong, they're incredibly noisy creatures.

The other river is the Yarra, once called Birrarung in the Woiwurrung language meaning 'The River of Mists'.

The word, Yarra Yarra, just means "waterfall" and is descriptive of any river or creek. The early European settlers misunderstood what the Aboriginal people were telling them.

Perhaps the noise of the local possums deafened them.

Living on the Merri

Where the Merri Creek meets the River Yarra

I live alongside the Merri Creek in Clifton Hill, on a jointed basalt column formed by cooling lava, just where the creek meets the Yarra River. A few steps out my back door and I'm on the creek, looking over to where the creek tumbles into the river. It's very hard to be depressed when you live in a spot like this.

The Aboriginal name is Merri Merri meaning "very rocky" and rocky it certainly is! The back of my house overlooks the area where the Wurundjeri people held their large gatherings - the location for one of the earliest land treaties in Australia between Indigenous Australians and Europeans.

My great grandmother, Mary Humphries, was the first white child born here.

I knew her well, she lived a long life and I spent a lot of time with her. She told me wonderful stories about the early days of her childhood and of her father, a miner from Ballarat.

After the Eureka Rebellion he came down to Melbourne and was one of the quarry workers who achieved the Eight Hour day in 1856.

You can see by the photo how the 13 long years of drought have affected the creek. Yes, that's Melbourne on the close horizon, I'm within walking distance of the CBD.

"Looking out my Back Door"

"Looking out my Back Door"
"Looking out my Back Door"

I have the best of two worlds, the capital city is just the kick of a football away (an Aussie Rules torpedo punt) and the creek is home to echidnas, kookaburras, black cockatoos, rakali (native water rats), diving egrets (there must be plenty of fish in there) tawny frogmouths, lots and lots of flying foxes and a thriving population of possums!

Every evening, just on dusk, the fruitbats come up in a rustling cloud from the other side of the river, pause to nibble a little on my quince tree or bush lemons, then continue to fly northwest to some unknown fruitbat destination. I love to see them. They mark the end of the day, every day.

I love Arthur - The Once and Future King

I've been enamoured with Arthur of Britain since I was 9 years old and the magical world of fantasy is still very close. There are quite a few lenses on Arthur, and on magical creatures.

Mythology

Mythology is very real in my life. My Great Aunt Nell gave me Bullfinch : The Age of Fable for my 9th birthday and I hurried home from school every day for weeks to finish reading it all before Mum called me to set the table for tea.

Those fantastical stories of fabulous gods and fearsome monsters stirred my imagination and summoned me to discover more. Bullfinch also blessed me with a deep love of beautiful language, a love which still thrills me today.

Years later, when I began to study Behavioural Sciences, I discovered Jung.

Myths are public dreams. Dreams are private myths : Joseph Campbell

Jung constructed his concepts linking the world of outer events and the inner realm of fantasies, dreams, and symbols - symbols which appear again and again throughout history in mythology, religion, fairy tales, alchemical texts, and other forms of creative expression.

The source, he said, of this symbolic material was the collective unconscious, a pool of experience accessible to all humans through history.

So when I first found Joseph Campbell I swooned! The journey of the hero is the one we all make, and I make mine accompanied by the faces of the Goddess I found in Bullfinch.

G'day there, leave me a comment

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I would be interested to learn more about your work as a Funeral Celebrant, as I think this sounds both emotionally challenging and creative. Have you written about it?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Well I learned something new again this morning. I had no idea that you were from Melbourne Australia. Here I thought you were a US citizen. The Squidoo lensmasters sure come from all around the globe. Loved my little journey into your part of the world.

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      magicgeniewishl 6 years ago

      Well done, this is a great about me lens!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      You are one busy lady. Wow! I'll need more time to explore your lenses. Found you on RocketMom and clicked on over to learn more. Great introduction to you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have so many interests...cooking, mythology, history. Once I went to a Murder Mystery Party...it was a lot of fun, and I know they have/had murder mystery trains that I used to want to go on. Now, not so much. Anyway, looks like you have a ton of lenses that I would like to read,

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      iluvroy 6 years ago

      how i wish, i could have as many lenses as you have. hehe... love reading all your lenses.

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      Jenny Campbell 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Having produced so many lens, this is a terrific way to summarise them and why you wrote them. A rich imagination.

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      agnes2603 lm 7 years ago

      great work, have a nice day

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      Awesome, as usual!

      michelle (monarch13)

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      Great lensography. Thank you for sharing these nice lenses!

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      jmorgan17 lm 7 years ago

      Hola! Top of the Morning to Downunder Susanna Duffy. I LUV your avatar in the forums, made me really laugh and almost did a perfect spit-take with a mouthful of coffee. After reviewing this sight I realized just how much I need to ramp up and learn about Squidoo! Thanks for setting the benchmark so high. Can't wait to check out your other lenses. Make it a super day! Jan :-)

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing your helpful advice. It is very appreciated.

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      I forgot you were in Melbourne too! Thanks for your input on my question :-)

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this inspirational webpage - I will come back again!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would love to see your creek, it looks so peaceful. Love Jung too! Gonna have to check out more of your lenses ;)

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      liswilliams 7 years ago

      fantastic, thanks for the word of advice

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      divacratus 2 8 years ago

      You're an inspiration! So many lenses of different topics. Keep squidoo'ing! :)

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      My what a diverse set of topics, an impressive collection of lenses. Australia, and Melbourne of course, sound wonderful.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi there, what a joyful commentary, a pleasure to come across, as if I were witness to a proud tigress pouncing between the lines. With great love, Darcie

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Wow! this is great! I still want you to show me around on Second Life one day. I enjoyed it, but pretty much stayed in the same places and did not explore much. Super lensography!

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      alghaz01 8 years ago

      I wish I can go to Australia..

      I want to buy Brady drums, which made from Jarrah wood..

      Hmmm...wait me Australia

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This lensography is like a scrapbook and I am very impressed. Oh, to walk by the river every night or other nights be on the stage. If that is not enough, well you make sure people are talking on the radio. Thanks for stopping by and visitng the compost lens. Are Funeral Celebrants just inclined to compose? What? there is time to garden too.

      LOL I enjoyed are lens and the look into you and Australia.

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      leahthemoose 8 years ago

      Hey there, I love this lens, it has inspired me to write a biography! And Melbourne looks GORGEOUS!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Susanna, Nice to get to know you a bit through this lens. Maybe one day I will cross the ditch and get a closer look at you homeland.

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Hi Susanna! You sound like a very interesting lady. I must return to check out some of your other works.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      After seeing your photo at Rocket Moms I just had to come here to get to know you! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and plan to visit more of your lenses too!

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      Tuula Olin 8 years ago

      Hi there fellow Australian! Haven't seen many here yet, but I am quite new with Squidoo.

      This is a great lens and how you've done many lenses about Skandinavian mythology. I come from Finland and I have a lens about my journey from Finland to Australia if you like to read.

      Great to meet you,

      Tuula

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I enjoyed this and learned some things I didn't know about you. Just wandering around Squidoo this evening and thought to myself, I'm gonna drop by Susanna's place to see what I've missed.

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      You are an amazing woman, Susanna, with great style and a wonderful cat who forced me to come find this lens to learn more about you. Beautiful collection. :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Loved your lensography!A great picture of where you live near the Merri Creek with all your possum friends and all the lenses you have written! Love your work!

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      Wow! You live in a beautiful place and have some very interesting interests:) Great lens!

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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Quite the lens, and the life. It covers so much area, and yet there is a comfortable focus to it. Thanks for sharing.

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Fantastic lensography. Congratulations on getting your Angel wings. :) Happy to bless a wonderful lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Blessings on a wonderful lensography, and congratulations on your new angel status.

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Great to meet you, Susanna. We're practically neighbours. Thank you for teaching me what Merri Merri means. I never knew all these years! Love this lens. Best regards, P. :)

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      zhante 8 years ago

      nice story of yours

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm so glad that you found one of my lenses and left comments in the guest book, so that I could find out about you. - This is a great lenses, and thank you for sharing about you. - I became an internet addict when I joined Squidoo in June of '08, and find myself doing it in my sleep. I had a computer crash on me in Dec. and that was a hard week to do - until I got a new computer. - My best wishes to you! :) - Susie

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens.

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      cjsysreform 8 years ago

      your pages are all WP (wicked pissah... no we don't actually say this in boston but we let people from elsewhere think we do, because they are so entertained by it... wtf is the go with that?!)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      That looks like an amazing place to live. It was good to learn something more about you - and you certainly have a lot of great lenses.

      Angel Blessings to you.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Welcome to the Senior Geek Squids group! I love your lens "Menopause Matters" - please add it to the group and I'll feature it in the humor section.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      How I missed this? Hmmm... have a lot to read! Off to check out few of them right now! See you around till I'm done with most of them! ;)

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      What a cool view from your back door. A serene setting along the creek with a 'city' on the horizon. So many interesting things to look at and read in this lens. I will be back to follow some of your links, especially about Australia. I almost immigrated there in 1971 and still love learning about Australia. 5* & fanned/faved.

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      cheaptoys 8 years ago

      cool intro about urself...5 stars!

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Just so you know....thanks for being a true gem ;)

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      TheSilurian 8 years ago

      Hi Susanna; I'm back with all my books updated now, hopefully, save for book eight, which I'm in the process of editing right now. I've also put your Best Books of the Legend of King Arthur as my featured lens on every lens of my Silurian series.

      I still love all your lens the best, your work and research is inspiring. Hope you didn't suffer too much in the recent heatwave and bushfires. I was down in Batlow in the Snowy at the time, not too far from the Vic border and as we were smothered in smoke, I can only imagine how bad it was for you.

      keep up the great work, best

      L.A.

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      speakersecourse 8 years ago

      Hi Susanna,

      I'm also from Melbourne and I agree it is a beautiful city.

      Your sense of fun shines through and I loved reading this.

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      kellywissink lm 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Squidoo 100 Lens Club.-Kelly

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      kellywissink lm 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Squidoo 100 Lens Club.-Kelly

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for the visits to my "royal" lenses, despite the fact you cant stand the family! This is a great lensography and it is good to get to know you just that bit better.

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      Spitfire70 8 years ago

      I loved reading about you and your life! You seem quite the interesting lady!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Welcome to the Top 100 Club!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great lensography. I enjoyed reading about all you have done on Squidoo.

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      seedplanter 9 years ago

      Susan, your kind comment on my Antarctica lens led me here. What a great lensography! I look forward to exploring your 74 lenses. You've been one busy lady!

      How fun to fly over Antarctica and view all that beauty from above. I imagine you were a bit warmer than the people down below, too!

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      Rob Hemphill 9 years ago from Ireland

      I love this lensography. Have only visited Melbourne once, and really loved it. Thanks for visiting my Wine and Irish Coffee lenses. Cheers to you!

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      tplus 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Lensography-ography Group!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on becoming a Giant!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a wonderful lensography! I absolutely love your gorgeous picture out your back door. Great job putting this together, worthy of a SquidAngel blessing and five shiny stars!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I arrived from your blog too. I listen to you on radio but never knew this page was here, you should tell listeners

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I came here from a link on your blog. Glad I did because I now have lots more to read

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Looking out your door is very cool - the pic you have. Great lensography! Thanks for stopping by the farm. 5*

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      I certainly have enjoyed reading this page. Your lenses all look as though I'd love them and I look forward to reading as many as possible. Just looked at your blog...it's great...I agree about the grandchildren!