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Monday, November 30, 2009

Come see the Golf Course

The golf club Dh belongs to gives memebrs a special birthday lunch each year
so as he'd been away at that particular time
we popped over there this past Saturday

Its about a 20 min drive from our place
out through Lilydale on the Maroondah Highway
to Healesville

Wasn't looking too good a day - lots of cloud with the hint of rain
so I didn't put on the summer dress
Did put the brolly in the car
in case he wanted to stroll around and the rain came down lol

Took this shot as we left Lilydale
some blue sky there amongst the cloud
The roadside stalls were there on the right
Stallholders all rugged up and expecting the worse

I hadn't been along this road for a while
so was quite suprised when we arrived at the Melba Highway turn off

The road works promised for many years are well in progress

Who can forget trying to turn right onto the Maroondah Highway
impossible when its busy
If we are coming home through Yarra Glen we turn at Victoria Road
and miss this turmoil

Very soon it will be controlled by traffic lights
Bit of a shame really 'cose once you leave Lilydale
you tend to think you are out in the country
These photos are best viewed when you click and enlarge them

These are not far from that intersection
where it turns into arable farm land

Seeing as we are here I thought you'd like to see the Course lol

This one I took from the back of the club house
Thats Mt Riddell in the foreground

And the next two are my favourite way to come home
Driving up a road close to home

I love the way the trees at the side have always grown
towering over the top of the road
giving the impression of driving in a tunnel

Oh by the way lunch was delicious
they even gave him a teeny tiny birthday cake lol

I need a laugh

This arrived in our inbox this morning - gave me a laugh
Hope it does the same for you


A woman stopped by, unannounced, at her son's house.

She knocked on the door then immediately walked in.

She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked.

Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room.

'What are you doing?' she asked.

'I'm waiting for Justin to come home from work.' the daughter-in-law answered.

'But you're naked!' the mother-in-law exclaimed.

'This is my love dress,' the daughter-in-law explained.

'Love dress?

But you're naked!'

'Justin loves me to wear this dress,' she explained.

'Every time he sees me in this dress, he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours.'

The mother-in-law left.

When she got home she undressed, showered, put on her best perfume

Dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD,

Then lay on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive.

Finally, her husband came home.

He walked in and saw her lying there so provocatively.

'What are you doing?' he asked.

'This is my love dress,' she whispered, sensually.

Always Remember This:

You don't stop laughing because you grow old,

You grow old because you stop laughing
'Needs ironing,' he said, 'what's for dinner?'

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Heres some more of the story

So what went wrong?

Well I don’t really know
– maybe we all expected too much –
it was obvious things weren’t the same with our friends as soon as they walked in the door.
They certainly weren’t the same couple we said goodbye to only a few weeks ago
so the week was a bit strained at times
and it was a blessing the men played golf several days
as I’m sure if they had been together all the time
there would have been a public slanging match.

The changeable weather didn’t help
one day pouring the next dry but cold
another hot and then back to cool and wet again.

When the men were at golf
we also went out and about
I drove so my mind was thinking about other things
beside the nasty comments that had been flying around the  unit
Unfortunately my dear friend didn't open up to me
so we are none the wiser as to what the problem is

Sadly I admit some days I was glad to get back
as she was starting to annoy me with all her whining

Don't anyone mention flies
I heard enough about flies and how bad they were
and how she felt about them
last week
to last me a lifetime lol

Thursday we all drove down to Shepparton for a visit to the SPC-Ardmona cannery place
which is now in the centre of town
and not out at Mooroopna
We wandered round the Chinese Garden and looked at the Mooving Art (painted cows)
While we were at lunch we were entertained
(looking out the windows)
thunder lightning and flash flooding – the lot
At one point the rain was coming down so heavily
we couldn't see across the street.

They talk about a band of weather going through 
Back in Numurkah 20 mins up the road
they only had a little bit of rain hardly enough to wet the ground lol

Anyway would you like to see what I picked up for the grand sum of $10??

All from a fabulous place in Cobram called Anthony’s Place.
Last year they were calling themselves the biggest Op Shop in Victoria
but that seemed to be missing from the door the day we drove up there.

The lovely cane basket in fabulous condition
is to put near my chair
It can join all the others
that hold stuff on the go

Several books at 10c each
– some I've been meaning to reread for a while-
the crafty hardbacks were 20c

I nearly went wild with joy when I saw a bag with
200grams of some white Bendigo Mills 2ply pure wool.
The whole skein for only $1

I found some lovely tweedy balls of Paton’s Jet, a chunky yarn
(70% wool and 30% alpaca mix)
at just $1 a ball
I'll use it for slippers and mittens next year
As well as several balls of green 5ply pure wool
–McMahon’s Farm a NZ brand –
they will also come in handy when I’m knitting mittens next year
$1 the lot

And for 20c the sweetest little ribbon rose hanging
that looked too good to have been given away.
Certainly much better than I could do

A brand new plunger coffee pot (Bodum brand)
a much better size for 2 than the big one I have,
a steal at $1
Small glass jug and sugar bowl to replace the ones I broke not long ago
Another glass decanter same size as the one we use
A nice large glass jar with a sealed airtight lid
There isn't marks on the glassware
its the light in the kitchen
making it look that way

I don't often talk about my shopping hauls
But I was pleased with these and wanted to share

Saturday, November 28, 2009

How did it go

Family were on the phone late last night after we got home
asking how we enjoyed the week away

Well says I
- we had a bit of this and a bit of that -
certainly not a repeat of  last year
by any stretch of the imagination

Driving up in 40c heat was a nightmare
the aircon in the car wasn't too happy
After the very high winds all the way from Melbourne
we encountered this dust storm in Shepparton

Kept the visibility down for a fair way on the last 20mins to Numurkah

Next morning after storms during the night
we had rain for the best part of the day

The men endured it on the golf course
and came back to the unit miserable
we ladies went into town and did a bit of shopping
Then stayed home

Sunday we went up to Yarrawonga
Wandered round their fabulous Farmers market
In the rain lol
Then drove over to Mulwala to look at the lake

Very dark in one direction

Not too bad in the other

Had lunch at the Services Club
let the men check out the Airyplane in the carpark 
(being ex aairforce they knew what it was)
they had no idea what the tank was tho lol

Unfortunately the rainy days had no effect on the Lake at the resort
The years of drought have really taken their toll
and its nearly dry

One evening we had a fabulous sunset
Thought the sky was on fire

Dh and I had a drive to Benalla one day
It was so good to be driving
on small country roads
and not the big main highways

Sky was still cloudy
No rain that day tho.

Had to have a day away from the other couple
I'll tell you more another day

Camera Critters

Theres nothing like the thrill of seeing something unexpected

On the way home to Victoria
from our big trip up north to Queensland last September
Right in the middle of nowhere on the road from Charleville and Cunnamulla
Not far from the Queensland / New South Wales border
we suddenly came upon this flock of Emus

They were just sauntering along inside the fencliine
moving at what seemed a gentle trot - if thats what Emus do lol

Never having seen a wild Emu we didn't know what to expect
We slowed the car down when they sort of came to a stop
but once I stepped out to try and get  better shot
they took off again

So these are not the best
But seeing as how I'll most likely never see wild ones again

I'm happy with them

Hope you are too

I've actually cropped them to try and get a closer look
I did have the zoom on but they were quite a way a way
and also on the other side of the road 
behind a fence

But if you click the photos
you'll get a much better look

If you are interested here are some links with information on Emus

to see more Camera Critters from around the world

Friday, November 20, 2009

On the road again

Yes, that means dh and I are about to take the car on a road trip.

Not too far from home this time.  About 2 hours from here, up the road to Numurkah.   which is a relatively small town - possible 4000 pop.  

Going to take advantage of a birthday present - we gave to each other lol - a week at the lovely resort we visited this time last year.  Called the Lakeside Country Club its just the place for a fairly quiet time just before the heoliday season starts.

Our friends from Adelaide will be joining us again this year, we had a fun time last year and I know you can never relive fun times as its all in the spontaneity of the moment but we hope it turns out the same if you follow my thinking.

Even tho Numurkah is a small place the drawcard for the men is the Golf Club next door and for the girls - trips to local towns to see what treasures we can find in their opportunity /charity /thrift shops.  We can take a short drive south to 'the big town' Shepparton or a short drive north to Cobram and other places on the magnificent River Murray.   Theres an indoor pool as well as an outdoor one, walking tracks along the river bank, tennis courts, mini golf and loads of other things for the times we don't go out.  And of course there's my knitting and some reading. 

Another hot day here in Melbourne and more to come.  Next week will hopefully be cooler - and possibly wet.  Both here at home and further up the Guolburn Valley Highway which is where we are heading today about lunchtime.

Bye for now, off to take the cats to the boarding cattery.  See you soon

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Watery Wednesday

North Rustico
PEI Canada

Talking to a cousin the other day he said 'Do you remember'
How could we forget
We have visited them in Nova Scotia many times and
on our last trip in 2006 we spent a few days on the island
on the other side of the very long bridge
where they don't charge coming from the mainland
but do so going back from the island lol

Believe it or not it's in this photo - way in the distance

click and the photos will enlarge

During our time there we did the obligatory Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables thing
and then we droppped in to this little fishing village
to stretch our legs
Unfortunately camera batteries played up
so we only managed a few snaps

Not the best photo of me and the cousins wife but I love the lighthouse in the background
Its set almost in the village
and has actually been moved
from its original position closer to the shoreline
They had some wet days while we were there
but that didn't deter the lighthouse visits

Here on a rainy day is West Point Light
Not a working light but used as a guest house
Has a lovely gift shop!!

to see more Watery Wednesday post from around the world

Monday, November 16, 2009

Now you didn't hear me say this.......

But today has been lovely.

Nice and cool - so much better than the heatwave we have endured this past week.  November is supposed to be in the 20s/ low 70s - not scorching hot.  That can come later - like in the New Year - February sounds about right lol

Right now we should be having pleasant days, great to be in ths garden days, lovely to take a walk days, sit outside and read days.  Not hide in the house days, run to the line with washing - turn around and its dry 2 seconds later days.

I must say that the extra insulation (courtesy of the Federal Government - thank you Mr Rudd) seems to have made a fabulous difference in the house temperature. 

I had the cooling on for a short time on Monday, that was the day they installed the insulation, and it hasn't been on since.  Its been fine to just have the fans on - the small breeze they make as they move the air round has been enough to keep us comfortable.

Now we all like bargains - don't we!!

I have a sleeping partner going cheap if anyone wants him. 

Just one drawback - he snores. 

Not all the time - just some of the time. 

He also is oblivious to kicking, shoving, pushing, being rolled over, being shouted at and many other things I might happen to do.

I had enough of it last night and decided I'd go into the other bedroom.

Big sob story coming up now lol

Bugger - I forgot to take all the stuff off the bed that was put there when I vacuumed the other day.  Made a mental reminder to self to take it all to the op shop soon.

Stood in the hallway and felt so angry at myself I had tears in my eyes. 

Too tired to even start taking it off so I moved on (in the dark) to the back bedroom - laughingly called the Computer Room. 

Thankful it was turned off and not downloading something, means there would be lights flashing on the modem and a hum in the air - too tired to unfold the sofa bed, it would make a noise and he'd come down the hall all umpety about being woken up. 

I'd go back to bed and then lie there trying to get to sleep and he'd be playing nasal steam trains in 2 seconds flat - been there done that!!

So I pulled a blanket and pillow out of the cupboard and lay there on the couch wondering why its always the other person who has to move and not the noisy one lol 

Finally slept most of the remainder of the night - he was unaware I'd gone till he woke.

'Was I that loud, why didn't you wake me.  Oh I need a drink of water, I've got such a dry nose and throat'

Hopefully there won't be a repeat performance tonight.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Todays Flowers - Nov 09 - 3

which believe it or not belongs to the
Buttercup - Ranunculaceae family

The other weekend we went to visit friends in Clombinane
They have a beautiful garden
- very old -
their house is reputed to be one of the oldest in the district
It suffered a lot during the ghastly hot summer we had earlier this year
As well as nearly coming to grief when those awful bushfires in February came right up to the back fence

They didn't think this old clematis (of unknown origin) would survive
But it did
and is slowly growing back up an archway
She tried to explain to me what were the petals
and what were the sepals
but all I could see
was that what I thought were the petals on the flowers
were spaced quite widely
And were in various shades of lavender.
I'd like to share them with you

Here are some gardening links

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from around the world

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nice suprises are there to be found

When we went to visit friends who live in Clombinane
the other weekend
I managed to see a tiny bird that for some reason doesn't visit us

This little black and white Willy Wagtail
(I love birds that have white on them)
was flitting around a tree close to their fenceline
but do you think he'd sit still for long

In and out of the tree
Up and down the branch he went
chirping all the time

The sun was behind him so I couldn't get a clear facial shot
but his whole 'catch me if you can' attitude
 made me smile as I looked at him

He reminded me of another (new to me) tiny bird
we saw in Charters Towers Queensland
when we were up there in September this year

This little one was flitting around this fence
and didn't seem to know how to sit still either lol

I had to ask what it was
and was told
A Grey Crowned Babbler

There were others around about but none of them stood still for long either:)

That little pointy beak of his
looks as tho' it could do some damage

Like lots of our birdlife
'cose of tree felling and the clearing of bushland
they are becoming threatened species in some of the states

Here are some links for information on these birds

To see more Camera Critters from around the world