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As much as I have enjoyed blogging here I have now moved. I can now be found at Cathy @ Still Waters -
http://cranethie.wordpress.com/. Living, loving,
Laughing and Travelling as much as possible. Come along and join in my life and travels - I'll be happy to have you there with me. I can now be found at Cathy @ Still Waters - http://cranethie.wordpress.com/
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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.
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?
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.
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
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?