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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Joke time - Its an aging thing

Some of us may need to enlarge these pictures:))

Off to see an eye specialist on Monday
Hope all goes well

Friday, January 29, 2010

And life goes on

Its been a really lazy week here - sitting about knitting and either enjoying some of the cooler weather outside or sitting about watching the tennis inside.   I did discover that trying out a new lace pattern and watching tennis do not mix - especially when you are trying to 'set the pattern' in your head and keep putting the wool forward in the wrong place lol

I'm sure that from next week my life won't go along at such a slow pace - all the regular weekly commitments begin again and I'll be wondering why there aren't enough hours in the day to do it all. We are only into the fourth week of this year and our calender already has days marked in most of the months - and I heard mention yesterday that the footy (aussie rules that is) begins soon lol 

So with the Australia Day Long Weekend out of the way, and school resuming it seems as tho' Summer is winding down which is a bit of a furphy as there are still two months of summer left and February is often the hottest month of the year  - the Ash Wednesday fires in '83 and the Black Saturday fires last year both took place in February

Anyway its another six weeks till the next one Long Weekend which is Labour Day or better known as Moomba Weekend here in Victoria.  And from the amount of caravans and boats I saw being towed down the Maroondah Highway the other day I think every van park has been emptied out and it would seem all the travellers are back home.  Till that weekend in March when some - not all - will pack up and drive out of town for a few days. 

If the weathers not too good then, there's always Easter after that in early April and then its on to Anzac Day which is on a Sunday (April 25th) when there'll be a good many people decide its too good an opportunity to miss and will make it a very Long Weekend as the Monday has been declared a public holiday here in Victoria.  Bet there'll be more take the Tuesday off as well.  Yes we Australians do like our Long Weekends lol

Most of the vans I saw were a fairly normal family size like these ones that were opposite us in the van park at Bowen.  The lifestyle appeals to me but dh won't tow and we seem to get just as much enjoyment from being in cabins without all those problems so I keep mum and don't carry on about it.

Click on the photos to enlarge

However up in Queensland we did notice a lot of these larger type home from home - room for a swimming pool and a pony carrying the car and sometimes a boat on top of the trailer at the back - custom made (sell your home in the suburbs to buy it) Winnebago motor homes on the road.   Not sure I could do that tho'

Last year we went to a camping and caravan exhibition in Adelaide and saw all manner of tents, trailer tents, 5th wheelers, motor homes and caravans but didn't see one like this
Imagine that parked in your driveway at home
I reckon it would turn a few heads as you drove down the higway as well

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bits and pieces

We have loads of vistors in Melbourne at the moment
'cose the Australian Open is being played at The Tennis Centre
Being a Grand Slam Event all the big stars are here

After knocking Lleyton Hewitt out of the tournament
Mr Cool - Roger Federer
has just survived another long game
four sets this time to defeat Nicolay Davydenko

Venus Williams lost her game today but sister Serena is still in there

The major sponsor of this tournament is a car company with a 3 lettered name
In one of its ads at the moment Todd Woodbridge
a really nice former Australian tennis player
is sitting in an umpires chair

Each time I see this ad
I keep thinking about this fabulous 'one of a kind' Umpires Chair
that we saw at the Warburton Tennis Club
on one of those days we drove out there

Look at it - isn't it special
I have no idea who made or when but I'm sure its special to the club
and they'd be sad to lose it

Todays been one of those tidy up the corners days
Australia Day has been and gone
which means the year now starts proper

Most schools goes back next week after the summer holidays
I tried to get into the hairdressers today but no luck
So many girls getting  their hair tidied up before next week
that there were no spaces for the regulars lol

With the school year starting it means the youngest member of the family
will be moving on - to 'big school' aka Primary School

This is Daniel - our youngest grandson
and also the youngest member of the family
He turns 5 early in February

And this is his 'graduation photo'

I don't know whether to laugh or be annoyed at what they are doing these days
but this was taken on his last day at Kinder/Preschool

I was told this ceremony is not just for those graduating at the end of their education
but can be used for anyone.
It seems that as Daniel and his friends were graduating
from their first educational level
it was a time for celebration
and this is the way this establishment did it.
It still looks over the top to me
but maybe not all of you will agree

Monday, January 25, 2010

Just one of those moments

Have you ever had one of those 'Oh Dear' moments.  My most recent one was today.

But I need to go back a bit..............about 3 years when Dh decided he would buy one of those big TV/monitors.  A television that could be used as a computer monitor.

Moved the resident whopper of a monitor that took up so much room on the desk out to the garage and put the new one in its place. 

He thought it great - as there is a sofa bed/couch there he could watch tv or dvds in the back bedroom (laughing called the office 'cose thats where the computer is) in comfort.  Meant he didn't have to sit on the bed in our bedroom trying to see the tiny portable one on the other side of the room - my usual hidy hole when he watches soccer or a crime series. 

Then early last year he was down at 'his man's place' and for some reason came home with a flat screen monitor which was put in place where the tv/monitor was - so that was moved to the bedroom and the tiny portable found its way into the garage - to join all the other surplus electronic stuff out there.

Last week he decides he's fed up having to sit at the desk to watch all the series he downloads on the lcd monitor - 'cose he can't see the screen from the couch - so the tv/monitor comes out of the bedroom and moves back down the hall to the 'office'.

Recently neither of us have been sleeping well so I knew it was time for the bed routine - strip it all off and vacuum - then turn over and redress - the mattress that is. 

With having the windows open a lot of the time everything gets dusty and needs a deep clean so with fine warm weather forecast thats what happened on Saturday, with sheets blankets and underblanket on the line I took the nets down and washed them and cleaned the windows as well.

Both of us slept like a baby that night, woke feeling great so attacked the kitchen and laundry windows yesterday and did the same to the lounge room ones today.  Our windows don't really get dirty but my goodness it certainly made a difference when they were sparkly clean - I've always used mum's old recipe of hot water plus a splash of vinegar and a drop of liquid detergent to wash windows using newspaper to dry and it always works for me. Luckily we have a single story house so I can easily (with the help of a small ladder) manage the outside as well as the inside.

Late this afternoon I decided to bring the portable TV in from the garage and place it back in our bedroom.  I was eager to see whether the picture would be any better as we had a new digital rooftop aerial put up last year with points in most rooms and it would mean there wouldn't be any need the rabbits ears sticking out the top - plugged the aerial in the hole in the back, plugged the power cord into the socket in the wall and then looked for the remote control.

Not in the box in the garage with all the other miscellaneous cords and other stuff that doesn't have a home or a gadget to turn on.  Looked on all the shelves and rummaged through Dh tools and jars of nails and screws and then stopped - in my minds eye I replayed a scene from after we got home last September and gave the garage a clean up.

Whats this remote for?
Don't know - is there brand name on it?
Must be for something we've got rid of  - chuck it then

And into the bin it went.

OH DEAR - deary deary me what ever did I do

It won't be of any use up at the landfill in Coldstream but it certainly could be of some use in my bedroom if I'm watching TV on a cold night and have to get out of bed as in days of old to turn the b..........thing off lol

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I have this thing about straight lines
I see patterns in lines
Like these wooden posts I snapped the other day
outside one of the local schools

Did you ever play the game
'Don't step on the lines'

I couldn't walk past this shot
of all these rows of tomatoes
lined up in a paddock
in Bowen, Qld

well, I was in the car when I took it
so it might look a bit fuzzy

Heres another crop nearby

Had to take a picture of this
Look at the stinger net near Dingo Beach, Qld
all those lovely lines of posts

And this beauty 
The Burdekin Bridge at Ayr, Qld
I love it

And what about this
I found these wooden posts along a water bank
at the side of Lake Mulwala, Victoria
when we were up there last November

I know - I'm daft
But thats just me
I have rounded garden beds not many straight edged borders
and can't stand to see furniture
placed flat up against a wall army fashion

What do you see

click on the photos for better views

Friday, January 22, 2010

TGIF - Joke time

Remember - if I offend use the remote

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar....

After awhile, one looks at the other and says, 'I can't help but think, from listening to you, that you're from Ireland '

The other responds proudly, 'Yes, that I am!'

The first one says, 'so am I!

And where about from Ireland might you be'?

The other answers, 'I'm from Dublin, I am.'

The first one responds, 'So am I!'

'Sure and begorrah. And what street did you live on in Dublin?

The other says, 'A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.'

The first one says, 'Faith and it's a small world. So did I! So did I!

And to what school would you have been going'?

The other answers, 'Well now, I went to St. Mary's, of course.'

The first one gets really excited and says, 'and so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate'?

The other answers, 'Well, now, let's see. I graduated in 1964.'

The first one exclaims, 'The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight.

Can you believe it? I graduated from St. Mary's in 1964 my own self!'

About this time, Vicky walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.

Brian, the bartender, walks over to Vicky, shaking his head and mutters; 'It's going to be a long night tonight.'

Vicky asks, 'Why do you say that, Brian'?
'The Murphy twins are p………..again.'

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The nun teaching Sunday School was speaking to her class one morning
and she asked the question,

'When you die and go to Heaven...which part of your body goes first?'

Suzy raised her hand and said, 'I think it's your hands.'

'Why do you think it's your hands, Suzy?'

Suzy replied, 'Because when you pray, you hold your hands together in front of you
and God just takes your hands first.'

'What a wonderful answer!' the nun said.

Little Johnny raised his hand and said, 'Sister, I think it's your feet.'
The nun looked at him with the strangest look on her face.

 'Now, Little Johnny, why do you think it would be your feet?'

Little Johnny said,
'Well, when I walked into Mummy and Daddy's bedroom the other night
Mummy had her legs straight up in the air and she was saying,
Oh God, I'm coming!'

If Dad hadn't pinned her down, we'd have lost her.'

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Last year we visited the
in Longreach, Queensland

In the grounds beside the building
Is a huge statue commemorating
'The Ringer'
the human workhorse on the properties
(called cowboys in other countries)

 a click on the photos will enlarge them

It wasn't till we had a good look at these photos later
we saw how different the sky looked
depending on which way we turned

Within half an hour what looked like a rain laden sky
was clear again
not a cloud to be seen

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The page 56 meme - having another go

It looks like the page 56, 5th sentence meme is still alive and well. 

I had a go last year when I was reading Pride and Prejudice and now this machine is back in business I've been having a look around other bloggers blog lists and found it popping up all over the place.
It seems to have found its way on to Facebook and theres one version you must see, click over to Stonehead's blog and see his different take on it.  

Actually his blog is one of my must reads when he posts - life on a croft (small farm) in rural Scotland rearing specialised breeds of pigs can be tough. 
Have a look and see the fun time he had recently with the winter weather and how he coped in his own special way.
But back to the business in hand - the page 56, 5th sentence meme - this is how the usual method goes:
  • Pick up the nearest book to you - beside the bed or computer - wherever
  • Turn to page 56
  • Post the text of the 5th sentence
  • Then pass this on to who ever you like. 
  • But if you like you could blog and leave a comment so others can come over and see

For some reason I haven't done a lot of reading this summer, haven't been able to settle so found it easier to knit 'cose I could pick it up and put it down at will without 'losing my place'

However there is a book beside the bed at the moment that I've just started reading ...

  Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

I like a mystery/thriller now and again and this was on Dd's shelf  (well not this version but a Readers Digest condensed version - but I'm sure most of the storyline will be there) when I slept over the other night so gave up my knitting for a look see. 

What with one thing and another I haven't made much progress, I've read some of the Jack Reacher books before so its not a hard read,  I just don't seem to be able to concentrate.


In the RD version page 56 is part of Chapter 4 and the plot is becoming even more interesting.

5th sentence is very short so I'm bending the rules and giving you 4th, 5th and 6th lol

'Duration isn't significant.  He doesn't live at home.  And who is to say he's missing?'

So there you make what you will of that - I won't know till I read a bit further on

Hope to hear from you, it would be good if you played along

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Watery Wednesday - Jan 2010

Mission Beach
Far North Queensland

Last year during our trip to Queensland
we spent a couple of days at Mission Beach

The unit we stayed in was right on the beach front
couldn't have got any closer if we'd tried

The weather could have been a bit better
There was a fair wind blowing the whole time we were there
and for me the water wasn't very inviting at all

We were only there a couple of nights
catching up with my brother who was visiting Cairns
so didn't really do much

It is such a beautiful place (in the right weather)
and the rainforest close by (world heritage listed)
is a haven for the Cassowary
If you do happen to be in Queensland please go and visit
I will be returning for a longer stay next time we are up that way

Here are a couple of links you might enjoy

'Mission Beach is a small village along the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. The popular tourist destination of Dunk Island lies 4 km offshore'.

'Mission Beach has some of the most picturesque beaches along the east coast of Australia, stretching fourteen kilometres in all. It is the closest mainland access to the Great Barrier Reef with world famous Dunk and Bedarra Islands just several minutes offshore.'

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Can't stay long

Oh the joys of a tempermental computer - we are finally online again.
Meant a trip to 'his man' and an open wallet - also involved purchasing a new modem as well 'sigh'
Will be back another day
ps this time last week we were sweltering, today has been quite cold with torrential rain.  Only reached 19c/66f with hail mixed in with the pouring rain.  Melbourne is renowned for its ability to have four seasons in one day - today I think it forgot which season it actually is lol

My washing over the years

With the hot weather recently I've been doing some extra washing - winter blankets and clothing that may have seemed clean when put away but so I know it IS clean if I need it in a hurry have been given another wash.

Hanging it all out reminded me of a post I wrote a couple of years ago about washing

Hope you don't mins if I repost it today - the first three comments are from the original posting

Washing over the years

Not sure what made me think about it but bringing in the clothes this afternoon I thought of all the different places I’d hung our washing.

As a child we had the long line from one end of the garden to the other.

Before Mum got a machine the clothes were wrung by hand and weighed a ton so there was the big pole with a bit cut out to hold up the line and stop it sagging.

My granny in Belfast as well as other relations had long lines but also had one of these fabulous contraptions to help take most of the water out of the clothing.

When we visited I would watch them put sheets through and hope the cousin who had to feed them in didn’t get their fingers caught. Scared the daylights out of me and I couldn’t wait to go home as I thought I’d be asked to do it as well. Of course being a visitor that never happened lol

She also had one of these lovely things hanging up on the ceiling of her kitchen. Mum thought they were common and said we’d never have one in our house lol

I did get one for a house we had in England and it was marvellous in the winter. I'd hang children's clothes there overnight and most would be dry in the morning. Really economical as the heating would do all the work. I believe they are making a come back as people ar turning away from tumble driers.

I’ve had long lines in a lots of houses and have walked the length of many a garden.

I love it when we visit rellies in Nova Scotia as they have their long lines attached to a pulley system so that they don't even have to leave the comfort of the house to hang their washing out.

One cousin has a window opening that the line goes through and just opens it, hangs the washing on the line moving it along as she needs more space and then closes the window when its all hung. sorry no picture but how neat is that!!

But to me the most novel way I have had to hang my washing out was when we lived in Singapore.

This was about 1964 and we lived in a block of flats and like everyone else there our washing hung on long bamboo poles out over the street just like these.

Don’t believe me – then look at this photo.

On the Amah's day off - with 3 young children it was me who threaded the washing on to the pole and leant over the edge to poke it in the hole on the other side of those iron bars :))
Nowadays I have a rotary clothes line, but we did have a metal Hills Hoist strong enough for the kids to hang on and pull each other round, unfortunately it came to grief when a tree fell on to it in a storm so we put up a newer version.
These photos were taken a few years ago when I was rearranging some of the garden beds.

As well as washing other things like to perch on the wires - heres a couple of visitors we had one day.
Yes the infamous Kookaburra came to visit ...................they stayed there for ages and I managed to get right underneath them to take pictures:))

Its been raining again this evening but not very heavy, we live in hope. At least the washings up to date so it can rain as much as it likes :)))

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Things are going strange here
Hope the bug gets moving soon

Friday, January 15, 2010

Another old-timer

The other day I mentioned that Leroy
our chocolate Burmese is nearly 18yrs old

Just by coincidence I came across this photo yesterday
Taken in 1984
- its me in a dress -
don't wear them very often these days
(lack of a waist is a terrible thing)
with my lucky black cat called Kitchy

Kitchy had the softest fur coat
and the most gorgeous tail
long and fluffy

His mother was a brown Burmese who escaped while on call
- and his father -
only his mum knew who that was lol

Supposedly a pet of one of our girls
He was my shadow
He would sit on the side of the bath, keeping me company
splashing away with his paw
fun till the day he thought he'd try to sit on my boobs
and promptly slipped and fell in the water

He was one of those cats who would sit outside the toilet door
waiting for me to finish
even scratched on said door wanting to be let in
and would even try to jump onto my lap whilst I was 'doing my business' lol
Sang along with me - had a very good range of miaows

He was the apple of my eye for many years
and finally left us in December 1989
aged 16yrs

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Here are a collection of skies from
the past 2 weeks

December 31st 2009
The last day of the year was warm with the
threat of thunderstorms
Strange patterns in the clouds 6.30pm
Light and dark
Hints of the rain that would teem down later in the evening

January 1st 2010
A very strange looking sky at 7.30pm
I walked out to see what was going on
as the light had changed
and yes
the sky really was that colour
and there at the back of the house
almost filling the sky was
a huge great beautiful rainbow

Looking more clearly I saw
a double rainbow
It poured a little later on

We tried to 'stitch' a couple of photos
didn't quite work out tho'

January 10th 2010
About the same time in the evening 7.50pm
we had this fabulous sunset

And then this past Wednesday
January 13th 2010
after several scorching hot days (43c/109f)
the skies clouded over

Visitng a friend in Launching Place
this was the view from her lounge room window
at lunch time
Misty and grey - cool enough to give you goosebumps lol
Only went up to about 22c/71f

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