#51 – Sleep Under the Stars

by Elizabeth on January 29, 2008 · 3 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

Yesterday I managed to complete two tasks from my 101 List in one day! This one was done fairly spontaneously, and was a really easy one to complete.

The Divine Miss J loaned me her inflatable air mattress last week so that Sally had a place to sleep for the weekend. We said goodbye to Sally yesterday, so last night I swiped the mattress for myself and dragged it out onto my back deck. It was a beautiful night, and even quite chilly, so it was perfect for snuggling up and watching the sky.

This was my view:

A 25 second exposure of the sky above my deck, and my neighbour’s TV antenna

The silhouette of the trees in my backyard, with a couple of stars shining through

Tim tucked me in before going to bed, and then – like the massive nerds we are – we played a crossword game on our Nintendo DS’ from opposite ends of the house until we both fell asleep. Harry’s brain was in complete turmoil by this strange sleeping arrangement, and although he began the night sleeping in his bed beside me, Tim woke up this morning to find that he’d spent the night in the spare room – roughly halfway between our beds! He has been neurotic all day, it’s like we turned his entire world upside down.

Anyway, sleeping under the stars was wonderful and I’m sorry that I have no really good excuse to do it again. It was quiet and peaceful without the background of fans, computers and dishwashers, and from where I lay I could see the possums running around in the trees. I’m lucky that there are so many stars visible from my dark backyard, even though we live so close to the city. It was a beautiful night, and although this is one of the worst cliches of all time, it really did put into perspective how insignificant we are against that huge expanse of sky.

Everybody should try this. Tents are for babies – all you need is a warm bed and a clear sky!

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Sal January 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I wished you told me this BEFORE I let the air out of the mattress…


David January 29, 2008 at 10:22 pm

You’re making excellent progress in completing tasks on your list. Congratulations.

You should take up hiking and backpacking. I have been hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail and love it. If nothing else, it will give you a reason to sleep under the stars again.

“A bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river –
There’s the life for a man like me,
There’s the life forever.”

Robert Louis Stevenson “The Vagabond”


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