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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hello again

Thought I'd let you know all is well in our household
Melbourne had the most horrendous weather during the past week
Hot humid and revolting, culminating in the most horrific storm on Christmas Day afternoon/evening
So apart from that it was a quiet Christmas - we saw most of our children and their children

And I realised this person and my family mean the world to me
(Me and The Man Christmas Day 2011)

This week coming will be taken at a slow pace as we watch the cricket on the TV
This week will be quiet but thats the way I like it.
I'm weary of the year 2011
I know they say 'you get what you deserve'
but I'm sure I didn't deserve the pain (physical and emotional) that this past year gave to me
I'm looking forward with an open heart and mind to 2012

How about you
What are your thoughts on the year just gone - and your hopes for the coming year?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

International Benches of the Week - Calgary

Calgary Alberta Canada is one of my favourite places in North America
I thought I'd show you some of the benches that caught my eye during our stay there last October

There were lots of them so I've picked out some of the stunners (well in my eyes)

As it is nearly Remembrance Day - November 11th
heres a very special bench from a special park in Calgary
This stunning carved bench is in Central Memorial Park

May we live as nobly as they died
Now don't you think this is a picture of ingenuity and simplicity
I'm not sure who placed it there but you can see weary commuters sqatting there waiting for the bus
Nice and dry up off the concrete (and snow) in more comfort than the man further down the bus queue

There were several of these very fanciful lounge benches in a place called Olympic Plaza
Its where all the medal presentations took place for the 1988 Winter Olympics but now its a fabulous water park - a little haven in the middle of a busy city
Very basic but also very 'modern' looking
Space for more than one and flowers on the table as well lol
Outside what I think was a downtown - wonder if any deals are done there

And to finish off heres another with a military theme
These were in the grounds of the Aereo Space Museum
The flags are part of a memorial to pilots who were trained in Canada during WW2
They are all very normal and serve a purpose yet they are all very different

Monday, November 7, 2011

Polar Bears

When we go overseas with airfares being what they are - expensive - I usually try to pack as much into the trip as I can -  so last year knowing we were going to Canada to see rellies in Nova Scotia I worked out we had enough in the kitty to do another Alaskan cruise and also go with friends to Newfoundland.  We aren't that well off and it does take some planning for these things to happen but it is achievable

Anyway as I was watching David Attenborough's Frozen Planet last night
oohing and ahing over the polar bear cubs
I remembered the ones we saw last year

We were in Ketchikan when we came across this huge great brute
Not sure which store it was in but look at the size of it - take it down to ground level and it would still tower over Dh
You wouldn't stand a chance if that caught you by surprise and as cuddly as he looks you certainly wouldn't want to shake him by the hand

This one which looked more like the size of a cub than an adult was reclining on the floor of the Grenfell House Museum in St Anthonys Newfoundland
Peolpe were saying how lovely and soft and cozy it looked till they actually had a proper look at the head
  Even as tiny as it was I still thought those teeth were a bit on the large size lol
Another little beauty lives in The Durrell Museum at Twillingate 
This really does give you an idea of what it's like to be up close and personal with a polar bear
Look at the size of those claws - anyone do manicures??

We did see them live once before - it would have to have been in the late 1990's not long after they arrived at San Diego Zoo.  No photos tho' - I spent the whole time engrossed in looking at them and watching them through the glass window of their swimming pool. 

Has anyone had dealings with Polar Bears? 
Nice ones or scary ones - I'd love to hear about them

Friday, November 4, 2011

The house on the corner - update

Being as it was a nice sunny afternoon I took Leilani's from Ozark Oddments suggestion on board and walked up the main road to see if anyone was in at the House on the Corner.

The side gate was open so I waved to the the woman in the garden and when she came over - she'd been hanging out her washing - I started to speak to her.  I was telling her how inviting the house and garden looked from outside BUT a short while later I began to wish I hadn't. 

She was not a happy camper when I mentioned having taken the photos - 'You can see my house from the main road.  I'll have a load of weirdo's coming round here'  and on and on it went.  I agreed with her on it being close to the road and told her I definitely hadn't identified the street or the suburb but she seemed to think I had hundreds of readers and all of them lived in the local area as well  lol 

Anyway no amount of apologies seemed to calm her - so I said goodbye and left - quickly.  Just hope she's not around next time I walk past!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What to say

I have no idea

What do you thnk I shoud be posting about - I could do with your ideas please

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The house in the park

Some of you may remember the park I walk in occasionally
The one with the wetlands and the bridge
The one I mentioned here earlier in October and also in April of this year
Its the one that has lovely benches - some new and some old like this one
The land was owned by a family with the surname Bridge
hence the featured bridge in what is now a council owned reserve

Well, if you stand at the bridge and look back you will see a fenced in area
 with some brightly coloured buildings

The house was part of the sale when the council bought the land and is now the home of the local Neighbourhood House and Garden Centre as well as a Community Playgroup

It is a beautifully calm place - full of lots of arts and crafts and other goodies
So from the front driveway
right through to the back entrance
you never know what is going to pop up
Mosaics are a popular class as is evident here at the front door 

There are lots of windy interesting paths that make the small block seem so much bigger

I'll tell you more about it next week

See more of Our World on a Tuesday at this link

Monday, October 31, 2011

We're in the money

Well thats what Dh thought when I brought the shopping in the other day

You see there are pears and oranges and apples and kiwi fruit on the bench
and look at what else I produced from the bag

To put it mildly I've really missed my bananas
Entire plantations were wiped out early this year thanks to Cyclone Yasi

I needed something to celebrate the fact that my aches and pains seem to have subsided
and as the price had dropped
a little bit
Down to $5 a kilo from the $13 they were priced at not that long ago
I treated us to a couple each lol
Oh that one tasted so good with my porridge this morning lol

And talking of produce
take a look at this
One container garden in full swing

Tomatoes and Beans have taken and seem to be flourishing
And I've even managed to clear most of the mess from down the side
Will try gravel on top of the weed mat  

Some growing Toms and more to come

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What do you see?

These came via our inbox
'Looks can be deceiving '
'Can you see'

They quite took my fancy so if you look hard you might see

A Baby
Ten faces in the tree

A Kissing Couple

Another face

and lastly
Three women

How did you do?
I can see them all 'cept for a third woman in the last one

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Never too young to learn - Wordless Wednesday

Children's Corner at the library
This little one was going great guns on the computer
His mum said he had just turned - 2 years old

Monday, October 24, 2011

House on the other corner

What with one thing and another I haven't had time to even think about
approaching the people in the house I spoke about last week 

But I thought you might like to see another photo from the set I took that day
It was taken as I approached from across the road 

What I was actually interested in was the wavy shape of the low picket fence on this block 
not realising the other house was there as well
Most of the homes in this area are timber/weatherboards on 1/4 acre blocks and have been there well over 50 years
so consequently many of them are in need of renovation.
Which is what's happening as more and more of the original owners are moving on and younger ones are moving in

The house with the wavy fence (across the road from last weeks one) has just had a facelift  
I took these as I walked past on a sunny day this week
I know they have been working inside for a while but the exterior is now looking quite fresh with its new roof.  The coat of paint on the boards and the chimney breast along with a new front deck/porch arrangement really make it a worthwhile investment.  
The curved pathway across the front of the house is new as well and shouldn't be quite so noticeable when the lavender grows taller and fills out.   With the grass and gazanias and what look like olive trees along the fence line, its certainly not a fussy front garden, just neat and tidy, which means it should be easy to look after

And here's another shot of the short wavy
- or should that be undulating -
as in having a wave like appearance -
picket fence. 
 Look at those lovely patterns on the ground from the top of the pickets
Oh and look, theres that other house again

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not always sweetness and light

'You can't always have what you want'
That's something my Mother impressed on my from a young age
Oh, and another saying of hers was
'You have to take the good along with the bad'

Some winter days in Far North Queensland are great
Like this day in Queen's Beach, Bowen
July 25th 2011

Sunny skies with a hint of cloud reflected in the watery sand as the waves rolled in and out
And then there are others that are not so great
Like this day walking along the same beach
August 4th 2011

Very grey skies with lots of dark clouds
Definitely not reflected in the cold looking sand as the waves thundered in and out

As you can see the weather had a mind of its own on this trip
We didn't always get what we wanted
and certainly had to be content with the bad along with the good

Watery Wednesday can be found here

Monday, October 17, 2011

The house on the corner

Have you ever wondered what's on the other side of a fence?
This lovely old picket fence surrounds a corner block
just up the road from my home
I pass it on one of my walks yet have never seen anyone out there
Maybe they are at work during the day 

for a better view click to enlarge the photos
Because of the hedge on one side and the Jasmine creeper on the other
its hard to see inside
(the garden that is, not the actual house)
Now I realise that's the intention - to stop prying eyes
but I tend to be a bit nosy sometimes so got a bit closer this time
Not game enough to get really close I could see the suggestion of a lovely cottage type garden
Yes I know chicken is my name:))
I live in hope of seeing someone I could talk to
maybe I'll walk past one weekend just to see lol

Our World Tuesday can be found here

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Blondes are back in town

The Blonde Hostie

An airline captain was helping a new blonde flight attendant prepare for her first overnight trip.

Upon their arrival the captain showed the flight attendant the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop, and stay overnight.

The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day's route he noticed the new stewardess was missing.

He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up to ask what happened to her.

She answered the phone crying, and said, "I can't get out of the room!" 

"You can't get out of your room?"; the captain asked. "Why not?"

She replied, "There are only three doors in here," she sobbed

"one is the bathroom - one is the closet

And one has a sign on it that says 'Do Not Disturb'!"

The Power Efficient Blonde
Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind.

Today I got a call from the contractor who installed them.

He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Hellloooo............just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid.

So, I told him just what his fast-talking sales guy told me last year...... that these windows would pay for themselves in a year,,, 
Hellloooo............It's been a year, so they're paid for, I told him..

There was only silence at the other end of the line ............so I finally hung up.

He never called back.

I bet he felt like an idiot!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Memories are made of this

These have to be two of my favourite pictures of my children
from when they were young
They are certainly not pretty pretty posed ones
But to me are full of fun and emotion

August 1972
Taken in Hyde Park on the day we went to Australia House in London
to finalise arrangements for our migration to Australia

The oldest two children had come with me
to the Mr Whippy Ice Cream Van
(not the one in the picture)
to help collect the ice creams.
Of course, once we were served they didn't wait for me
but walked on ahead

Dad (who just happened to have the camera in his hand)
was standing behind them and watched
as they showed the others what they had

'Wheres mine?'
is a good title for the first one

This one I call 
'Boys will be Boys'
'OK, Which one of you did it' 

The look on the girls' faces tells it all
We are not amused lol
(I wasn't amused when I realised Dh had captured the man walking by
but then if he'd waited the moment would've been gone)

Now here's the pretty posed one taken the same month
I had a series taken as a gift for their Grandparents 
A reminder of how they were 

Pretty Pretty Posed Photo
yet full of fun and emotion
What do you see when you look at old photos?

We flew out of Heathrow in November 1972

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My bench of the week

I saw a lot of this very nondecript wooden bench
whilst we were in Bowen during the winter
Its up on the foreshore of Queens Beach

A great spot to sit and watch the world go by 
Always in the shade
No chance of being burnt to a cinder

to really enjoy these photos - click and enlarge 
This couple obviously thought the same way I did
A perfect place for looking out to sea
For enjoying the peace and quiet
For watching the waves roll in
And having a cup of tea 
accompained by some rather nice looking cake
Theres a car park near the LS Club
so they'd taken a bag of goodies with them for a midmorning snack 
They agreed to photos as long as they couldn't be identified

Is there a special place close to home you enjoy ?

Monday, October 10, 2011

They came bearing gifts

Well girls he got away again

 Former Beatle Paul McCartney married for the third time yesterday
Sunday October 9th 2011

Ringo Starr and wife Babara Bach
Is Ringo going bald?

Maybe I'm too hard on myself as far as image is concerned

Musings on a Monday

So what are you thinking about today??