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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Words and Pictures - Rainy Day

Who says you can't have fun on a rainy day in Melbourne LOL

Back in 1996 Alli and Tom thought they'd make use of the raincoats and hats their Grandma (that'd be me) found for them in an op shop
We all benefit from rainy days - for some reason they seem to have a way of calming me down
Doesn't matter if its pouring or just drizzley and dripping, I can sense the relief my garden is feeling, theres a happy feeling knowing water tanks around the neighbourhood will be filling and hopefully the catchment areas getting a share of it.
Rainy Days needn't be miserable or cause problems in the household
They can mean a day of crafting, reading, weeding or digging in the softened earth, clearing out clutter, cooking or even doing housework
For more Rainy Day Words and Pictures visit Pip at Meet Me at Mikes

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Will be away

Will be away for a few days - we are going to Adelaide so Dh can catch up with service friends and take part in the Anzac Day March this weekend
So to keep you laughing while I'm away here are a few funnies

My Mum sent this first over to me years ago when she was having a hard time with Dad
His sense of humour was not appreciated lol


Dh has some 'funny' mates who love to pass on Typical Men jokes
some of which are actually funny - the jokes that is:)


Some more Maxines



Heres a couple for those of us who have been with our partners for many a year








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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Words and Pictures - Catching Up

This weeks theme for Words and Pictures is Catching Up
In the hectic life we live these days it often seems as tho' theres always something we need to catch up on
We get behind in our work in the home or in our work place, we say we need to catch up with craft items that are only half finished and for some there are bills that have caught them unawares and need to be caught up on
BUT
Generations need to catch up

Sisters need to catch up

Friends need to catch up




When you can’t do it physically there are always other ways
We can use the modern way

For special occasions these could be used


If you are lucky these will arrive at your letterbox


Sometimes this lost art is resurrected


However if it can’t done in person this is my favourite way of catching up


Unfortunately there are those times when it can’t be done in person


click on the pictures to enlarge for a clearer view

For more Catching Up pop over and see Pip at Meet me at Mikes

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Words and Picures - Collecting

The Words and Pictures theme this week at Hello meet me At Mikes is Collecting
COLLECTING

don't forget to click for a larger image
Wikipedia says that collecting is a hobby
The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector.

My Mum used to use the word 'collecting' in relation to the first three words of that sentence.


Collecting the post, collecting eggs, collecting something from the chemist, collecting her thoughts, collecting children from school.

She was never one to have 'things' around the house so my collecting gene ceertainly doesn't come from her

Much to my Mother's annoyance I think I've been collecting all my life - bits and pieces always seemed to come home with me.

I'd collect stuff in my pockets and school bag and it always seemed a mystery to me as to how they got there.

When I married we collected children and all the paraphenalia that goes along with them - then I found I could go to work and that meant I had money to buy things and start other collections - linen, vases, glasses, candle sticks (why I wanted to collect them I'll never know) tea pots and coffe pots in all shapes and sizes, dinner sets, all those things I thought were so nice and necessary and looked good displayed about the house

I'm not going to say anything about the craft 'stuff' that has been collected over the years as thats not really a collection - its a necessity isn't it ??

Aren't we are really talking about stuff that isn't a matter of life and death LOL

So of course there were the cats that made it into the house - they came in all shapes and sizes

I must have spent a small fortune in cat figurines over the years
but it was always the fun ones that took my fancy
like these rotund ones, some of the few I still have

Then there were the thinbles - racks and racks of them.
Like the Quilters I thought He Who Had The Most Won
These are the few I have kept

And the Owls - any sort of Owl that caught my fancy came home
There are only a few in the house now - Owl Thimbles


Times have changed and these days I tend to look at things that will amuse the Grandchildren we seem to have collected recently.
Shells from Queensland collected on the beach at Bowen
I'd never seen Sand Dollars before and wanted to show them to the little ones


See what one did with them the other week - sorted them into sizes to compare.

Found the largest and the smallest specimen and fun at the same time


I've been out in the garden and had fun rounding up the collection of Faeires that live down at the bottom, battered and discoloured from years of being in the Grandhildren's Fairy Garden, they are resting before being allocated new spot


Its mainly frugal thrifty types of collecting that goes on these days
Like
Spare small change towards this years sojourn in the Winter Sun up North

Free papers collected from whoever wanted to give them away to cover the weeds and then be covered with mulch
That was my Easter Weekend activity


To go along with that work I've been collecting bricks from generous friends for garden edges
This load arrived Easter Saturday from a lovely SiL

So what do I think of collecting these days
As my Mother would say
'Leave me be for a while so I can take my time at collecting my thoughts'
For more Words and Pictures visit here

The barman and the Rabbit

The Barman and the Rabbit

A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman,

'Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?'

The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese toastie.

The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the Toastie.

He then leaves.

The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie.

The barman, who is now intrigued by the rabbit, gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie.

The rabbit consumes them and leaves.

The next night, the pub is packed.

In walks the rabbit and says, 'A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.'

The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and Toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down

The next night there is standing room only in the pub; coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending.

The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year

In walks the rabbit and says, 'A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman,

The barman says, 'I'm sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties

The rabbit looks aghast.

The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says, 'We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.'

The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, 'Are you sure I will like it.

The masses bated breath is ear shatteringly silent.

The barman, with a roguish smile says,

'Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you'll love it.'

'Ok', says the rabbit, 'I'll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.'

The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie.

He then waves to the crowd and leaves.... ...NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!!

One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his) calls time.

When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar.

The barman says, 'Who are you?'

To which he is answered,

'I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.'

The barman says, 'I remember you. You made me famous.

You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.'

The rabbit says, 'Yes I know.'

The barman said, 'I remember, on your last night we didn't have any Ham and Cheese Toasties.

You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.'

The rabbit said, 'Yes, you promised me that I would love it.

The barman said, 'You never came back, what happened?'

'I DIED’ said the rabbit.

'NO!' said the barman. 'What from?'

After a short pause the rabbit replied.
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.
.
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.
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’Mixin-me-toasties.'

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The blonde and the snowploug

After the winter all of you in the Northern Hemisphere have just had I'm sure you will have a smile at this

The Blonde and The Snowplough

One winter morning a husband and wife in Denver were listening to the radio during breakfast.

They heard the announcer say,

We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today.

You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.

So the good wife went out and moved her car.

A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said,

We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today.

You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.

The good wife went out and moved her car again.

The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says,

We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today.

You must park....

Then the electric power went out.

The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said,

Honey, I don't know what to do.

Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowploughs can get through?

With the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied,

Why don't you just leave it in the garage this time

How they relate to the roses

Yesterday I mentioned a couple of plants that survived the long very hot summer
They grow beneath some roses in a long narrow bed near the washing line
Looking at the bed today I realised someof the roses has actually bloomed again but I'd been too busy to notice lol
Society Garlic has thin strappy leaves and grows in a clump - these clumps are quite easy to split up and replant so you can have extra plants in no time
Click photo to enlarge and get a better view


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The clumps of thick strappy leaves are Agapanthus which is also called Lily of the Nile


Now they have finished flowering I've cut all the dead blooms off, firstly to make the clumps look tidy and secondly to stop the seeds going everywhere

Unfortunately they have been declared a noxious weed by many councils so this is my way of having a clear conscience


There are a few bare patches in the bed - even tho they are an Australian native some of the Brachyscome didn't survive the hot weather so I'll plant more in the spring



Saturday, April 11, 2009

Whats alive in my garden

Plodding round the garden the other day I actually spied some colour.
After all that horrible weather nothing has been blooming so I was surpised to see the flowers
Looks like extreme heat and no water doesn't kill this plant

Sometimes called Society Garlic its real name is Tulbaghia violaceae


Some will say the leaves are edible but I wouldn't like to risk it
I started out with one plant from the nursery a few years ago and divided it into little ones and then divided them again for a few more years.

Its always grown like crazy in my garden
Now its every where which is good as it doesn't take up much space and has the prettiest mauve flowers on a little spiky stem

Looks nice beside the Brachyscome which has similar coloured flowers
They are under some roses that also have lavender flowers (Blue Moon is one of them)

Unfortunately it has a very strong smell and if I'm silly enough to pick some and bring indoors for a vase I regret it quite quickly as it stinks the house out within a short time lol

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sport and a question

We have some new TV channels coming alive at the moment

If your TV is ok for digital reception or you have the back set top box you can view ONEHD (part of channel 10 network), which is a dedicated 24-hour sports channel.

http://ten.com.au/one-hd.htm

Lots of new sports available for us to watch – well I’ll rephrase that – lots of new sports for Dh to watch, especially in the afternoon when some of the international sport is available.

When the channel was ‘testing’ he was watching American Football (Gridiron), now the Masters Golf from Augusta, Basketball and Baseball are all keeping him happy, as well as Soccer with English and European match highlights.

Its been a real plus for him, some afternoons recently have been a bit too chilly to sit outside as he normally does for an hours read so he’s parked himself in the lounge room with a coffee and his book and has been very quiet for an hour or two – with the TV on. LOL

Possibly makes him sound like a bit of a Norm - who remembers him from the 1970’s Life Be In It Campaign -

…………….The central character in the 'Life. Be in it' commercials became a cult figure. The obese, middle-aged man, Norm, was an anti-hero who needed to stop being a couch potato and become 'more active'. That Norm has become an Australian icon is evidenced by the inclusion of a gigantic, couch-bound Norm (dressed, of all things, in gold lame and sequins) in Sydney's Centenary of Federation parade in 2001. The term 'Norm' has been adopted into the Australian vernacular to describe, according to the Macquarie Dictionary Book of Slang, an average citizen viewed as a non-participant in any kind of physical exercise while addicted to watching spectator sports on television………

but it gives him (and me) the chance to view sports we wouldn’t see otherwise.

For me when I have a minute to sit down it has been great to see Netball being given an airing on a different station other than the ABC. And I even saw some indoor athletics the other day.

http://ten.com.au/one-hd-sports-on-one.htm

There are many times I don’t want to see all the grief that’s happening in the world at the present time – not saying I am ignoring it - its just some days I’d rather not be depressed and sad so not having it uppermost in my mind is one way of relieving all that tension I feel whilst watching the news.

So, if you’ve read this far you might be able to answer my question –

Remembering that even tho’ Baseball does have a following here in Melbourne and there is a league as such, I’m familiar with the game but I don’t know that much about it -

my question is -

We see some of the baseball players who look lean and fit but I see others who actually look chubby (won’t say fat ‘cose they wouldn’t like that) they are really on the large side – especially in one of the teams playing this afternoon – Thursday evening in the states (Milwaukee) and we wondered why.

It seems quite strange as they definitely have a different stature to the rest of the team especially the younger looking ones.

So would they be an older player who’s put on (rather a lot of) weight or is there another reason?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Words and Pictures - Cold Feet

If you pop over to Meet Me At Mikes you can read all about this weeks Words and Pictures meme - Cold Feet

COLD FEET

One thing in my life that is consistent is the fact that I always have cold feet.

I always seem to get cold feet – no matter where I am or what I’m doing and its nothing to do with not liking what I’m doing or being worried about what I’m supposed to be doing - its just that for all her life Catherine has suffered from cold feet.

Why, I used to ask when all my family had warm blooded feet were mine always cold, and what could I do to warm them up.

I used to blame my Dad’s side of the family ‘cose they all suffered from heart disease but my GP seems to think my circulation is fine so what else could I blame? When the thyroid gland packed up I thought, great that can make you feel the cold.

It had made me suffer all sorts of other symptoms so as well as the weight gain, the bloating, the grotty hair, the general aches and pains, the memory loss and miserable feelings maybe I could blame that on it as well – only thing is now I’m on medication and the levels are ok the feet are still cold lol

I’ve tried all sorts of things; seriously toasting feet in front of an open fire or a heating duct just results in a red face and scorched soles and those horrors called chilblains.

Likewise soaking in a bowl of hot water leaves them wet and soggy and cold again within a short while. There are creams that will make your feet warm, slippers you can put in the microwave, herbs that will assist with circulation and of course wearing woollen socks does seem to help.

There is however one remedy I had recommended recently that I have yet to try.

It would appear that if you wear a hat your feet stay warm.

Now that would be a lovely sight – many years back people wore a hat (Wee Willie Winkie comes to mind) to bed - There is always a hot water bottle and extra blanket at the foot of the bed and occasionally bed socks ready to put on but I’m sure if I turned in one evening with a beanie on my head Dh would laugh his cotton socks off.

But there again maybe not ‘cose if it cured the bane of his life
– me getting into bed with cold feet –
I'm sure he would be pleased.

He might even give it go himself ‘cose recently I’ve noticed him with his feet tucked up in a blanket and stretching them over to my side of the bed once I’ve got comfortable.

Guess what – they were freezing – yes he’s started to suffer from cold feet as well:))

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Goodbye Granddad

This has something for everyone

If you know the bush, it will appeal to you
If you work in the oil industry, there is something in it for you too
If you have a sense of humour - well, it might test it a little
And if you are not an Australian, then it won't help your knowledge of Australian life one bit.......................

Goodbye Granddad

Poor old Granddad's passed away, cut off in his prime
He never had a day off crook - gone before his time
We found him in the dunny, collapsed there on the seat
A startled look upon his face, his trousers around his feet
The doctor said his heart was good - fit as any trout
The Constable he had his say, 'foul play' was not ruled out.

There were theories at the inquest of snakebite without trace
Of redbacks quietly creeping and death from outer space
No-one had a clue at all - the judge was in some doubt
When Dad was called to have his say as to how it came about
'I reckon I can clear it up,' said Dad with trembling breath
'You see it's quite a story - but it could explain his death.

'This here exploration mob had been looking at our soil
And they reckoned that our farm was just the place for oil
So they came and put a bore down and said they'd make some trials
They drilled a hole as deep as hell, they said about three miles.
Well, they never found a trace of oil and off they went, post haste
And I couldn't see a hole like that go to flamin' waste

So I moved the dunny over it - real smart move I thought
I'd never have to dig again - I'd never be 'caught short'
The day I moved the dunny, it looked a proper sight
But I didn't dream poor Granddad would pass away that night.
Now I reckon what has happened - poor Granddad didn't know
The dunny was re-located when that night he had to go

And you'll probably be wondering how poor Granddad did his dash
.
Well, he always used to hold his breath

Until he heard the splash!!


Dunny - Outhouse - Long Drop

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunny

http://www.upfromaustralia.com/takepeebreak.html

http://www.warrenfahey.com/articles/dunny.html

Not my normal self

Well, I have to admit I've gone and done something - and I can't remember where I did it. LOL

I have left a comment on someones blog about Agapanthus...........................only it was on the wrong blog:(

And for the life of me I can't remember whose blog it was...............yes I know ...............how could I do such a thing.

Believe me it is quite easy some days :)

So if I left a weird comment not relating to the post you wrote - just think she's having a bad day and ignore it

The correct person will be hearing from me soon

Friday, April 3, 2009

What is a road train

A friend asked me today what I actually knew about Road Trains
- had to admit not much -
I do know that they are very long - can be 53 metres/173 feet in length
Remember I'm a townie so don't have contact with these every day like those who live out in the bush so here is some information I gleaned from the Internet.
They are more common in South Australia, Western Australia, parts of Queensland and New South Wales and of course in
The Northern Territory
where they were developed through necessity
Not allowed within a certain of distance of towns and cities there are trailer parks where the prime mover can move on from and take one or two trailers to wherever and the others are picked up individually
For Gill the answer is that legally they are restricted to 3 trailers - but I have seen some on mining sites that are longer but they are not the same as those used on the open road for freight or livestock.

Kurt Johannsen's Diamond T - an early road train


A road train or roadtrain is a trucking concept used in remote areas of Australia, Mexico, the United States, and Western Canada to move bulky loads efficiently.
The term "road train" is most often used in Australia.
In the U.S. and Canada the terms "triples," "Turnpike doubles" and "Rocky Mountain doubles" are commonly used for longer combination vehicles (LCVs).[1]
A road train consists of a relatively conventional tractor unit, but instead of pulling one trailer or semi-trailer, the road train pulls two or more of them.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Words and Pictures - A Long Drive

Pip over at Meet Me At Mikes has a weekly meme called words and Pictures .

This month is entitled A Long Drive

Heres my contribution

A LONG DRIVE

It’ll be fun they said. It was quite a while ago.

They were friends who wanted to go but not on their own and now were suggesting a very long drive. Two couples together for a few weeks – it’ll be fun.

I’d grown accustomed to the thought and was planning likewise, we’d all use their car and they would do most of the driving.

Then they pulled out; we could do it another time they said but our leave was arranged and we needed a break.

We’ll do it ourselves he said, but we only have a six cylinder sedan not a 4wheel drive, don’t worry he said most roads are sealed these days.

What about petrol and water, no worries he said, roadhouses and homesteads about every 200kms, fill up car and us there. Have cans in the car and carry spare fuel, food and water.

So off we went, us who’d never been further than Adelaide or Sydney (and we thought they were a long drive away) we were going to be more than a month away from home by ourselves, heading north to the Territory.

Took the easy way to begin, put the car and us on that fabulous train The Ghan to The Alice and then began The Long Drive - Up the Track – Alice Springs to Darwin and lots of other points along the road on the way down again.

We moteled, we caravanned, we tented, we cabined, slept in rooms tunnelled into the ground and I even got one day and a night (my birthday in a flash very expensive hotel at Uluru where I was able to lounge in a bath for the first time in four weeks.

We sat in the car for hours between places, saw nobody on the road for hours, waved at passing motorists when we did see them, took turns at driving, listened to many books on tape, stretched and ran about when we stopped, saw wildlife galore, viewed paintings on rocks by people who were in those places so many years ago, climbed that big thing in the middle of the country (that’s what you did then), were wary of road trains (even saw the Beer Ones), watched beautiful sunrises and even more fabulous sunsets and experienced so many other things in a part of Australia I knew existed but never thought I’d see.

Came home exhausted but so fulfilled and wanting to do it again.

Can’t remember the exact length of the drive -it was a Very Very Long Drive.

As well as the enlightening moments there were the lighthearted moments - I’d do it all again in a flash - Just to see a petrol/gas station like this

Or drive on roads like this.

or be scared s...........less by things like this coming up behind you and actually overtaking you lol


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Long Run

Well as I set off a a 'short' 5km walk yesterday I thought about what one of my Dds had done over the weekend.
Remember I mentioned she and 3 others were going to attempt the Oxfam 100km/60 mile Trailwalker event
This is the four of them not long into the run/walk and they were full of the joys of Spring or Autumn in our case lol
Half way and still with smiles on their faces - they left Jells Park at 7am so this would have been mid afternoon. They had come along the Dandy Creek Trail up to Churchill Park, through Lysterfiield Park to the lake, then on up through the Dandenongs via Belgrave to Sherbrooke. Up to Ferny Creek and Olinda and then down to Silvan and Mt. Evelyn.

We (as in Me, Dh and DGd) met up with them at Mt. Evelyn just after 5pm and they were getting a bit weary.
Leg sore and foot sore it was time for a shoe and sock change with foot massage thrown in by one of their support crew - also time for a 'proper' meal break and not a quick check in and out of the required check points. Food and water and a good laugh was what they needed more than anything else.

So 63 km down and less than 40 to go but all of sudden that reluctance to move appeared out of nowhere. This was how they started that next leg, water camel packs on their backs but shoulders down and walking. It seems that as they had arrived at that check point they'd all thought about throwing it in but wouldn't let the team down.

And they didn't - the enthusiasm came back and they moved on along the Warby Trail to Woori Yallock and Milgrove and finally after 19hours arrived at Wesburn Park to finish at 2.20am

They have all agreed that to do it 2 years in a row and improve their overall time taken was great - at the final tally on a time taken basis they finished 68th out of 714 teams - but next year they are going to volunteer and help others achieve their goal.