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Saturday, March 3, 2012

I have moved

Its been a while since I posted to this blog - I have moved to another place.

I keep it open because
 there are times when I have to use this blog to be able to make comments.

So please just take one more step and ...........

You will be able to find me HERE

Cathy @ Still Waters - WordPress blog

Pop over and say hello!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Block Arcade

I was on my hands and knees cleaning the floor tiles in our laundry the other week and remembered a day Dh and I had in the city shortly after the New Year in 2010.  
After we finshed our business we wandered around going nowhere in particular
and found ourselves in the Block Arcade

We have lots of these really quaint little shopping arcades in the city centre.
Built in the 1890s - supposedly so ladies could shop in comfort (and safety) away from the extremes of weather we tend to get in Melbourne. 
Very hot in summer and quite cold in winter.

Here you will find lots of little coffee shops and and rather expensive boutique type shops 
All very nice to look at - enter if you dare lol

Haighs Chocolates have a fabulous shop at one end of the Arcade
where they sell their very exclusive hand made chocolates 
(just for the looking at in my case lol)
Look at the price of these Quondong filled choccies
$109.00 a kilo (2.2lbs)!!

Look at the beautiful tiled floor below
How would you like to be the nightime cleaner here
Imagine having to keep that floor shiny and clean

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in Melbourne Victoria.
Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade
It forms a short, narrow laneway, connecting Collins Street  to Little Collins Street in the central business district of Melbourne.
It is also connected to Elizabeth Street in the west, thus, forming a L-shaped arcade and connecting to Block Place through to the Royal Arcade

To see more of Our World on a Tuesday

Monday, February 20, 2012


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Have a look at this site - answer the questions - and see what is in store for you


I'm thinking mine could be just about spot on - see what it comes up with for you

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Window Dressing #4 Todays Flowers

This week I picked some unamed Roses 
and the easy to grow Buddleja which have decided to rebloom

Now our weather has been so strange this year -
torrential rain storms some weeks - dry heatwave conditions other weeks
its a wonder anything has grown let alone flower again lol

So I tried photographing them this way - but the vases didn't look right
The colours look too dark yet the camera flash 'said' there was enough light'
Trouble is if I 'alter' them they take on a very pale look
so here they are 'as is'
  Tried the vases this way - still don't look right
Maybe the stems are too long ? 
Anyway my smiling curly tailed friend is happy with his new equally rotund friends 
Did you know
Most flowers are lavender or purple, but they can vary in colour from white to pink to mauve.
The name Buddleia commemorates a botanist Adam Buddle,
 an early 18th century clergyman born in Lincolnshire.

Learn more here

And to see more lovely Flowers from around the World

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Horseshoe Bay near Bowen, Far North Queensland

Its become a tradition now we have finally retired that while we are physically able and also finacially able we spend the winter somewhere other than in the cold of Melbourne.  Not that there is anything wrong with Victoria in the cold of Winter - we just prefer to spend it somewhere else a little bit warmer:))

So we are just beginning to plan this year's Winter trip.  All being well we are going back 'up north' to the warm and sunny climes of Far North Queensland, which is where you will find this tiny beach at Horseshoe Bay about 5 kms from the centre of Bowen which is the most northerly town in the Whitsunday region and where we make our base.                                

This is a special little beach that seems far away from it all yet is just a short drive from suburbia
From the carpark
This particular day we drove down there one afternon and were surprised to see no one there
Too hot, and I think they'd all gone back to their 'vans to have a little snooze:))
 Looking to the left
And to the right
Below you will see what look like another rare view of the beach - almost empty lol
Taken on a cooler day when we took the walking track to the Rotary Lookout.
A good view of the safe shallow beach and the rocky area which is good for snorkelling.

Also a deceiving view as there were loads of people there -
'cept they were all sensibly sitting under the overhang of the trees in the shade!!

Do you have any special memories of Watery Places with Watery Views?

There are more wonderful watery views to be seen at Watery Wednesday

Monday, February 13, 2012

Letter B revisited

Quite a while ago I began to embroider a gift for my dear friend Bonnie who lives in Canada.

I don't know if anyone remembers me telling you all all about it
If not have a read here and reminisce with me 

Now even after I spent time sorting it out that day I still got annoyed and as often happens in my house
once things get put to one side and covered up - as in put away in a knitting bag
- yes I keep all my sewing in a knitting bag, doesn't everyone?? -
 they are not seen again for a while.
That was back in Nov 2010 as I mentioned above - quite a while ago lol

This recent sorting out of cupboards has almost turned into a game of lucky dip 'cose guess what I found!!
All I had to do was unpick one or two wayward stitches and give it a couple of hours attention
And guess what - it is now what they call a FO - a finished object.

It may not have got to her as a Christmas gift
but the card and matching paper are sitting there 
so it is almost ready to send off for her birthday in April
Have you any long lost and found projects on the go?
Or do you start and finish things without a hitch?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Window dressing #3 Todays Flowers

Tiny little daisies fill the vase this week
 mainly Erigeron (Seaside Daisy) and also some Brachyscome (break o'day)

Do you know the origin of the word daisy?
The origin of the word Daisy is the Anglo Saxon “daes eage” which literally mean “day’s eye”. It was called this because daisies open at dawn as the day just starts to begin.

A Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity. It can also symbolize new beginnings.
Did you notice Smiley with the curly tail has been joined by some new friends
The little one painted in black enamel is covered with daisies:))
Cats among the daisies lol

And here's a closer look at these many petalled flowers
(Photos can be enlarged with a click)
I'll give you a daisy a day dear,
I'll give you a daisy a day,
I'll love you until the rivers run still,
And the four winds we know blow a-way
1936 - 1981

Even more Flowers for Today can be found here

Friday, February 10, 2012

Where have you been all the day?

Well, that song is about a boy called Billy and his quest for a wife
I remember my Dad used to sing it when we were young
but it was never the same - it always seemed to have different verses 
some involved tickling and others asking could the girl do this and that around the home

Sometimes he was just Billy Boy other times Charming Billy
So after a little digging I found out there are different versions 

This one is more like Dad's version

but there are others

Whats this all about you ask?
Where've I been and what have I been doing?
I've been at home concentrating on 'wifely duties'  bringing things back to normal again
which has involved taking advantage of sunny weather and doing some ironing
Ably assisted - not - by Kiera
These are my summer uniform - shorts and tshirts!
Getting in the swing of all the declutter and tidy the cupboards challenges
going on in blogland
Gill at That British Woman is particularly keen on this one.

The kitchen was my choice this week
These two cupboards in particular
They weren't that bad just a case of rearranging
and returning so I could see where things were

One of Dh's good friends harvested some of his lemon for me
They are all sqeezed and now I have a good stock of my depleted ice cube size blocks 
in the freezer for my morning drink
A lot of time has been spent on making gifts for later in the year

Two sets of dishcloths knitted for a special friend who appreciates them
Some little beaded angels and also some 'thong' type bookmarks
and I've also started on fingerless mittens for friends overseas
'Cose when Christmas comes around it's cold wherre they live.
After all that I spent some time outside eating and reading and taking it easy lol
Now this room (which has totally got out of hand ) is on the list for next week
We lifted the bed for a reason and it just became a dumping ground
Its been so convenient to open the door and store things on the floor instead of putting them awaye

Think I'm going to need a few tea breaks while I'm doing it lol

Edited to add:
Good on ya Mum - you're the only one
that noticed my unintentional mistake
Yes, photo no. 3 is an 'after' shot.

I'd loaded them all on the blog and even published before I realised what I had done.
And of course by then I'd deleted the 'before' one both from the camera and the computer:((  

Friday, February 3, 2012

Do you see what I see

Just sitting casually waiting for the lights to turn at an intersection close to home
- I'd missed the green arrow so knew I'd be a while -

When I looked across the way to the service station and nearly had a fit
You may have to enlarge the photo to see what I mean
The top number is the one I usually look for
I've cropped this as far as I can for a better look

Isn't that a lovley thing to see - I don't think so:))

Even with discount its waaay too high!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Up and Over

Sometimes when you travel it’s often the little rather than the big places that leave a mark in your memory. 
The first port of call on our New Zealand cruise last year
was Oban on Stewart Island right at the tip of the South Island. 
 Tiny little island – tiny little ‘town’ and set on a beautiful bay – Halfmoon Bay.
This is a view of part of the town from the wharf
Being just a little spot on the map with no huge great port
And with cruise ships being so big
it meant the ship had to moor away from the island

And visitng guests had to be tendered from ship to shore
On the other side of the hill in town is Golden Bay
where the ship's tenders dropped us at a really tiny wooden wharf
We were told the 'town' was just a short walk up and over the hill
what they didn't say was it was about a 1:4 gradient
- well thats what it felt like lol -
up and over the hill to the other side!!
Being there at low tide
meant we could see all the weird and wonderful things
that end up in and around the wharf over the course of time
Plus some wonderful reflections

Oban New Zealand November 2011

All photos open with a click

Monday, January 30, 2012

Can there be too many characters in a book

I'm not sure if you remember the book I was going to start reading the other week
Deborah Crombie - Water like a Stone

Some warm days recently - just right for doing nothing - meant I could settle down and do just that.
To tell you the truth
even tho it was an easy to read novel there was something about it that kept confusing me.

So many characters arrived in such a short time that by page 48 I had to start a list so I could keep up with them and keep tabs on who was who.  They all seemed to have had 'doings' with each other lol
Heres the proof!!
A policeman and his 'partner' (also in the police force) take his son and her son (oh and their two dogs) to spend Christmas with his parents in Cheshire and thats where the story begins. Two 'murders' or rather deaths did keep things moving along - as well as the descriptions of life on the canals and the narrowboats - sometimes called barges but I believe there is a difference - as well as all the intricacies of families and how they relate to each other.  Teenage fears and worries, marriage breakdowns, corporate crime, social work - all that and more in 500 pages lol

Even tho it had lots of what I call side roads (some people call them red herrings) and there was flashbacks in italics that were supposed to give an insight into one of the characters (unidentified so you had to try and work out who they were) which to me were a pain in the ......... I did enjoy reading the book and might even look for more of what I believe is a series about the two main characters (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James) at the local library.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Window Dressing # 2 Todays Flowers

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
and so are you
see here for the origin

This week I found some small isolated rose buds on the nearly empty bushes
 Just the right size for dressing my kitchen window sill
(Mid season its hard to find many - hopefully the bushes will be covered in a few weeks)

The cluster of pink blooms is from a bush called 'The Fairy'
unfortunately the white one is called 'unknown'
This label as well as lots of others seems to have gone walkabout over the years!
There were also some slightly larger lone blooms
they made it to a little Mikasa vase which sits nicely beside the tiny one
My smiling curly tailed friend is there as well lol

Those are the last of a cherry tomato crop - no matter  how long they sit there they don't seem to go red.  I did wonder if thats the colour they should be 'cept the picture on the label is red.
Have to say not many of them have actually made it on to a plate either
as they are in a handy snack position lol
Now here's a quote that to make you think!

Life is a rose - Beware of the thorns

More beautiful flowers can be seen here

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My word for 2012

I know for many others these things seem to be decided early in the New Year
so it would appear I'm late to the party here.

I've decided my Word for the Year 2012 will be ‘communicate'

Not because of any fears or worries I may have had recently
Thank you for all your kind words and emails on that prickly subject
I have resolved not to let it bother again.
If it rears its head again I'll just knock it down with my party shoes lol

Last week I was in a large shopping centre and sat down to rearrange my bag – another lady sat down and started talking.  Well, I don’t think she speaks to many others as by the time she ‘stopped for breath’ I’m sure I had been filled in on all her worries and woes as well as what she was having for dinner that night!  She did say she lived alone and really enjoyed ‘our chat’ which would explain a lot. 

Then just the other day as I finished talking to a very old friend and was saying said goodbye, I happen to say 'I'll talk to you another day' which is what I often do when saying goodbye.  Her reply to me was ' please do Cathy as I talk to so few people these days'

Her family is busy - she has many friends (widowed like her) but they all seem to be busy - some don't like to talk on the phone others can't get out - she does drive and visits them but says its always her that makes the effort - is happy with her own company yet she doesn't want to end up closeted in her house lonely

So the one objective I have this year is to communicate in as many ways as I can.
Not only with friends and family and not only with words
I'll be going back to Wednesday Warblers - the community singing group I attend where we get together and 'just sing'  There are some mentally challenged men who come along with their carers and it gives them the opportunity to recall some of the songs they knew years ago.  With a song sheet projected on the wall they can follow along and even if they can't actually sing the words its often obvious at times from the humming or hand movements they are having some memory recall. 

I have some charity knitting planned as well as Aged Care visits
to the nursing home where Aunty Pam lived.  
Touching is communicating:)
As for what else, well my thinking cap is going on!!

So what are they dogs doing here?
(Seen in our caravan park - Bowen Far North Qld - August last year)

These beautiful black labradors waited patiently by the 'van door while the owners did last minute packing chores
But it all got too much for them - not a word was spoken (woofed)
One just stood up and as if by magic silently 'communicated' they wanted to be on their way lol

Not two minutes later the doormat, the chair and the dog's bowl had vanished
the 'van was hitched, dogs and owners secured in the car
and they were all on their way     
I'm sure Lois will know exactly what was going on there lol
Lois has two labs living in her home -
She also write a blog about life on land as well as at sea

Curser Catcher

Now here for your amusement I present something time wasting and useless

It is merely something to have fun with
Click on the link

When the man stops running hover your curser close to the top of his head

Then watch what happens lol

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harbour Views

Having a little look at the photos from our cruise last November and I remembered what we saw as we waited for sailaway at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.  The miserable wet weather gave the water in the harbour a cold univiting appearance also a very grey look to the Harbour Bridge

Compare this to the view 14days later on our return from New Zealand.  Sunny blue skies and clear horizon gave the harbour and the Harbour Bridge a very different appearance   I wonder how many people form their memories on the look of water?

Watery Wednesday can be found here