Blotted my copybook……


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Yes, I most certainly did – here’s me normally being so good and controlled

Having learnt my lesson many years ago – these days I am so so careful

‘Cept yesterday I slipped up

Resulting in a very nice chat with a ‘very young’ gentleman of authority

and taking home one of these :(

infringement notice

 $295 fine and a loss of 3 demerit points
for driving over 40kmh in a school zone.

Not good at all – in fact quite embarrassing.

There is a set of traffic lights at an intersection (not just a school crossing) right in the middle of the zone – not far from that roundabout I wrote about last week.  I saw the school zone light flashing so checked my speed, traffic lights changed so I stopped at the lights, watched traffic come and go, got the green and totally forgot the time.

Not 4pm so the speed on the other side was still 40kmh :(

I had moved off and was going on my merry way at 56kmh – so the nice policeman who was standing further down the road said – which was under the usual limit of 60kmh for that place.

What was funny (to me anyway) was that I was on my home from a lovely lunch and unlike some of my lady friends who like to lunch had stuck with water because I was driving.  Even so I was shaking in my shoes when the other ‘very young’ man breathalyzed me lol

 I’ll certainly remember the next time I drive that way again!

Same as I can remember the spots the only ever 2 times I was pinged before
In 1997 and 2000 lol

Round and Round and Round we go……


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We call the place where roads meet and cross an intersection.  Some are simple like T junctions or Y junctions/Forks or busy like some Crossroads.  Lots of busy intersections are controlled by traffic lights but there are others that require a Roundabout which is sort of like a circular intersection where all the traffic in one direction round a central island.

As you can see in this moving diagram (below) we drive on the left here in Australia so following the road rules means we give way to all traffic on the roundabout coming from our right.


This (below) is a diagram of a busy intersection close to where I live – it’s a series of roundabouts – in fact it’s three roundabouts – put there to supposedly allow traffic on five roads to merge without any problems or hassles for the drivers!  I would pass through/go round this intersection about twice a week – in both directions.

five ways

So giving way to traffic on my right means that some of the times I use this ***** intersection it is so **** busy it’s often nigh on impossible :(

On my way out I’m usually driving down Cambridge Road (bottom right) needing to go round the big circle in front of me, then skirt the smaller one across the way to make my way down Manchester Road.  That means I would look to my right to see what’s coming down Hull Road and also what’s approaching the smaller ‘circle’ at Manchester Road.

That traffic could be turning left into Hull Road or left into Cambridge Road (where I’m waiting) or even carrying on past me.

Until I see their indicators I have no idea about where they intend to go or even if they know where they are going.

That’s if they have their indicators on at all lol

When it’s busy I sit and wait and also look across the roundabout to see if anything is making it’s way round it – any traffic at the roads on my right will have to give way and wait until it’s passed, in which case I have time to get onto the roundabout and make my way to my exit.

But wait – even tho’ I’m off and running and on my way round to Manchester Road I still have to keep an eye on traffic coming down Hull Road in the right hand lane because it could be turning right to go round the ‘little’ circle and into Manchester Road as well.  In which case I’ll have to stop at the road markings and give way to them.

However on those days when it all seems to be too much I’ve turned left and driven ‘back’ to the first roundabout (the one on my left) taken the right hand lane at the bottom of the Croydon end of Hull Road, driven past Lincoln Road which is on my left then sailed on past my usual ‘big one’ and taken the left exit into Manchester Road.

Only thing is that this method can have it drawbacks as I can get held up giving way to traffic coming round from Cambridge Road (the place I’ve just given up on because I couldn’t find a break in the traffic) and also got caught up in Hull Road traffic turning right.

I almost give a sigh of relief if I can see no other cars as I make my way down Cambridge Road – with several schools in Hull Road I try very hard to avoid the kiss and ride parent times before 9am and after 3pm!

The thing is you can’t win with this intersection – and there’s no point in chucking a wobbly and chancing your luck as right there on the corner of Hull and Cambridge Road (the building with the light coloured roof in the picture below) is the
Mooroolbark Police Station! :)

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Five Ways
One of Melbourne’s unusual roundabouts – located between Hull Road, Lincoln Road, Manchester Road and Cambridge Road.  It consists of three consecutive roundabouts which if used according to road rules works well but can be quite daunting to those who do not know the area.  It was designed to eliminate accidents caused by drivers failing to give way to those coming from adjoining streets.

Just for fun…..


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Sometimes we just need a bit of free time fun in our lives
Time when we can mess about on the computor and have fun
Some might call it time wasting
Not me!

 Do you remember those Interactive Videos made by Olivier Otten
where we had fun using our cursors?

(Click the links to take part in the fun)

The original one had him batting the cursor
when it was put over his face
don’t put that cursor near my face


Then the Cursor Eater turned up


While number 3 had him running away from the cursor.


When he had stopped running in number 4
and the cursor was passed over his head
blow me down if he didn’t grab the cursor and run a way with it.


Well now, over the years he made lots more  – they can be found on the
SelfcontrolFreak website

Time on your hands – use it for fun!

Maybe I need to heed warnings …..

With just over five weeks to go until we take off on our latest jaunt I’m mindful of having to watch how I go – never know what could happen between now and then.  Because we booked and paid for everything so long ago I’ve been almost paranoid recently about things going wrong and having to go through kerfuffle of claiming on insurance.

I had my ‘flu jab’ a while ago and have been making sure I clean off all gym equipment before I’ve used it (not just after) – hands cleaned as I leave the Leisure Centre as well.  Eating properly as well as trying to be as fit as possible and steering clear of people with coughs and colds.  Those long haul flights can be a killer on your body – and mine isn’t getting any younger lol

Stayed off the roads in busy times – I don’t normally leave home really early in the morning however with several schools close by it’s chaotic near here between 3 and 4 pm when the kiss and drive lines are bumper to bumper and all the families try to get out on the main roads as fast as they can.  For some reason oodles of them feel the need to shop before going home so shopping centre car parks are chockers.  So along with the ghastly weather we’ve had there have been days when it’s been safer to be at home and not taking your life in your hands on the roads.

Of course the wet weather has meant I’ve mainly kept myself busy indoors with the charity knitting (ongoing year round) lots of reading matter and some much needed ‘clutter clearing'; there hasn’t been a great deal of gardening  done – that was until yesterday.  We had one of those glorious sunny days where the temperature surprised us, enticing me outdoors to revel in the warmth.  So warm in fact mid afternoon I needed to take my windcheater off and potter around in a shirt.

Knowing what I wanted to do and cautious about overdoing it I used the barrow to move tools and mulch round the garden and took lots of breaks – I certainly didn’t want a reccurence of the ‘back problem’ pain and suffering I ended up with  because of not accepting limitations on time and effort one gardening day in the not too distant past –  (even if it did produce a definitive diagnosis )

Ooh I’m a bit stiff, says I about 4pm, I’ll call it a day – 6pm I’m hobbling around clutching my lower back – tightened up good and proper lol  So down on the floor to do some of the back exercises I hadn’t had to do for the past year and a half.

Pleasantly surprised and heaved a sigh of relief this morning when there was no discomfort – only thing was I did have a bit of discomfort somewhere else.  I sneezed a few times and felt a tingling in my lip – a look in the mirror confirmed I had the beginning of a cold sore!

So it was out with the lemons and honey, find the Echinacea and after it warmed up from the overnight 2c/35f and the fog had burnt off quietly enjoy another one of those fantabulous days.  Right this moment I’m not tempting fate by doing any more gardening or going to the shops to pick up more germs lol

Eyes down and looking…..


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Andrew High Riser featured the Block Arcade in one of his recent posts which reminded me of how long it was since we’d actually slowed down and taken in the sights of Melbourne.
January 2010 to be precise!

After finishing off some business in the city The Golfer and I had some time to spare before heading home and found ourselves following the crowd into the Block Arcade.  Here in Melbourne we have several of these little quaint arcades in the city centre and this one has to be the best.

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in Melbourne Victoria.
Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade
It forms a short, narrow laneway, connecting Collins Street to Little Collins Street in the central business district of Melbourne.
It is also connected to Elizabeth Street in the west, thus, forming a L-shaped arcade and connecting to Block Place through to the Royal Arcade,_Melbourne

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Built in the 1890s – supposedly so ladies could shop in comfort (and safety) away from extremes of weather we get here in Melbourne.  Seemingly it was the meeting place of Melbourne with a reputation as the most popular place to been seen and shop.

“The arcade was a new shopping phenomenon – the arcade. Modelled on those developed in great European cities such as Milan, Paris and London, arcades were clean and modern, and protected the shopper from the heat, dust, rain and mud of the city streets.  Their architectural design facilitated new ways to display and purchase fancy goods. At this time, changes in manufacturing and higher wages made luxury more accessible than ever.  The modern shopping arcade enabled the buyer to indulge in the pleasures of looking, touching and contemplating goods without any pressure to make a purchase. Browsing became an accepted and expected pastime, and evolved into new leisure behaviour. A commodity that was no longer just a necessity but a thing of beauty, something to ponder and desire.”

Nowadays you will find lots of little coffee shops (one of the originals, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is still there) and other rather expensive exclusive boutique type shops.

All very nice to look at – Enter if you dare lol

We were there at a busy time and there always seemed to be someone in the way so I couldn’t get any photos of the shop windows but look at the beautiful glass canopy up top (being early January the decorations were still there).
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What did catch my eye was the flooring – Look at the beautiful tiled floor- Seemingly the largest area in Australia – Imagine being part of the staff trying to keep it shiny and clean lol


and this huge circular piece is at one end under the glass dome.


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Haigh’s Chocolates have a fabulous shop at one end of the arcade where they sell their very exclusive hand made chocolates – the sort of shop I’ll never pass by.    Glancing in the window, the sprig of Wattle that caught my eye then the display above it.

For sale – Quandong filled choccies – $109.00 per kilo (2.2lbs!)

That was when I remembered the saying:
A moment on the lips – a lifetime on your hips
and walked away :)

Links with loads of historical information and more beautiful photos:





I don’t think so…..


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Wouldn’t this be lovely?

At the beach – Vickie Wade

At the beach Vickie WadeAt the beach 2 Vickie Wade

Weather at Frankston beach at the moment is 7c/44f
High of 10c/51f and a chance of a shower or two

It’s even colder at our place plus
there’s an awful icy southerly wind blowing out there

Shall we go to the beach – no, I don’t think so.
Not just yet :)

You learn something new everyday…..



For the past 15 months I’ve had a gift card lurking in the bedroom just itching to be spent – trouble was I kept forgetting to take it out with me.  That was until the other day.

I found myself in one of our clothing stores – the one with the red and white circle – and browsing their new season stock I saw some 3/4 sleeved t-shirt type tops that would be handy for those in between days.  You know, not really cold but cool enough for longish sleeves.

Not in their sale, a bit more than I’d usually pay for that sort of top but nice enough to pay full price for (a weird statement I know) and the best thing was the gift card would pay for two.  In different colours!

Made my way up to the checkout and that’s when I saw the 25% off the last price sign on more sale racks.  Consequently another little very nicely priced top I could wear in Greece next month was coming home with me.

Chatted to the young girl and paid the extra for the top (on my cc) but it all went on the same receipt. There was just one thing I didn’t do and that was try it on.  I did try the others on but as it was cold and I was rugged up I didn’t fancy going through the strip routine again :)

Don’t know about where you live but clothes sizes can vary so much, even with the same label and as most of our shops have good return policies it’s often a lot easier to buy, try on at home and return for a refund if not quite right.

So when I lined up at the T*arget store this morning to obtain a refund (for the shirt that didn’t fit lol)  I wasn’t quite prepared for what transpired.

They wouldn’t put my refund back onto my credit card because I’d used a gift card for part of the purchase.  Pardon, says I.  Company policy, my refund had to come in the form of a gift card – which meant my money would have to be spent in one of the stores in the group and not go back onto my card.  Was i ropable!

On reflection it was better than a credit voucher I could only spend in that store but it was such a small amount that if I did happen to see something else I’d need to add extra cash to the gift card to pay for it.

The young girl said, You could always spend it in the supermarket – if you shopped in that one I said!

i did find something to use it on in one of the groups other stores but I’m still annoyed.  I don’t mind being penalised for making a return when I don’t have a receipt with me and must accept a credit voucher in place of a cash refund but this just took the cake.

As I said you learn something new every day – lesson today is to be well aware of terms and conditions however involved or unusual they are!

We are one……



national day of mourning MH17

“I Am Australian”

I came from the dreamtime
From the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart
The keeper of the flames
I Stood upon the rocky shore
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I’ve been the first Australian

I came upon the prison ships
Bound down by iron chains
I cured the land
Endured the lash
And waited for the rains
I’m a settler
I’m a farmers wife
On a dry and barren run
A convict and a free man
I became Australian

I’m a daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother load
The girl became a women
On the long and dusty road
I’m a child of the depression
I saw the good time come
I’m a bushy I’m a battler
I am Australian

We are one
But we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We’ll share a dream
And sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m a teller of stories
I’m a singer of songs
I am Albert Namatjira
And I paint the ghostly gums
I’m Clancy on his horse
I’m Ned Kelly on the run
I’m the one who waltzed matilda
I am Australian

I’m the hot wind from the desert
I’m the black soil of the plain
I’m the mountains and the valleys
I’m the drowned and flooding rains
I am the rock
I am the sky
The rivers when they run
The spirit of this great land
I am Australian

We are one
But we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We’ll share a dream
And sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian


These are the lyrics to a well known song called “I am Australian” (also known as We are Australian) which was written in 1987 by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and Dobe Newton of The Bushwackers.

A very patriotic song – often taught in primary schools and has even been one of the songs considered to replace our National Anthem

A very haunting version of this was sung today by Katie Noonan at the Australian National Day Of Mourning Service for the MH17 victims at St Patricks Cathedral, in Melbourne, Victoria.

There were 38 people onboard who called Australia home
16 of them were from Victoria
Today we are especially remembering them

(but also thinking about the other 260 who were onboard and their families)

Are you a hibernator or an insulator?…..


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Are you a hibernator or an insulator?

A question asked of me the other day to which I replied – it depends on the day.
Cold wet and miserable – I’m certainly a hibernator
staying inside with the fire going to keep me warm.
Cold sunny and dry – I try to be an isulator
outside enjoying the day, wrapped up to keep warm!

Sunday morning was cold and frosty but oh so sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky – not a chance of showers anywhere in the state.
Looks like it’s an insulator day :)

Such a shame to miss one of those glorious precious Winter’s days so what do we do but pop out to Healesville to see how much water was in the Maroondah Dam.  Yes, such is the way of we older ones who look for ‘thrills’ on the cheap lol

Two minutes out of Lilydale and onto the Maroondah Highway
for a short half hour drive.  Trivia fact here – MH was originally called Three Chain Road because it was 66 yards (60 m) wide!

Photos were taken out of what turned out to be a grubby windscreen – they do look much better if you enlarge them.  With all this on my doorstep you’ll get the idea of why I love living out here in the eastern suburbs

Maroondah Highway

We pass lots of Yarra Valley Vineyards
Some with home paddock sheep to keep the grass down – some bigger establishments without!

Some with a few home paddocks sheep

Some without

There are definite signs of Winter along the way when you look at some of the big deciduous trees favoured in this area

Leafless trees signs of winter

Through the busy little town of Healesville, set in the foothille of the Great Dividing Range, busy on a Sunday same as any day, but see the trees are bare on one side of the street but not the other – must have a different micro climate. More sun more shade??

Healesville trafficHealesville Grand Hotel

Loads of cars in the car park
Looks like the cold 5c/41f weather hasn’t deterred too many.Dam car parkand this is what we have come to see

Maroondah Dam Aug 2014

I’ll leave it there and come back another day

I just couldn’t help myself………



It was a bit chilly this morning when I had to nip down to the library at Montrose this morning – it’s the one that sits at the bottom of the Dandenongs.  Chilly wasn’t the word for it – the wind blowing along Mt Dandenong Road was freezing.  We’d been warned about the cold blustery day that was forecast and bless their little hearts for once ‘they’ got it right lol.  It snowed all over the state, even up in those hills I was standing at the bottom of. lol

I’d finished doing the other bits and pieces on my list (yes, a list is needed in the cold, the wind gives me brain freeze – well that’s my excuse!) and making my way back to the car I had to walk past the bakery and what do I see but one of the girls filling the pie warmer.

pie warmer

Now meat pies are not normally found on our diet – they are what we call footy food.  Small not family sized, fits in the palm of your hand, eaten still in a paper bag, – comfort food best eaten when the weather is cold and you’re at the footy oval.


These were not commercial factory made pies – oh no, these were freshly baked there on the premises, just out of the oven and looking so good.  So, as it was nearly 12 noon in I went and bought one.

‘Home is just a couple of kilometers away, if I don’t get caught at the lights it’ll still be nice and hot when I get home so I can have it for lunch’.

Thats what was being said in my head as I paid for it.

Reality set in when I got to the car, I was cold, I was hungry, I just couldn’t help myself – this hot pie didn’t stand a chance.  I sat there watching the traffic go by and ate it, savouring every morsel.  Delicious!!

A is for ………………..



Well none other than Alphabet Blogging

It’s been like a Friday Date this past 26 weeks
People were dropping by on Friday to see what the I thought
about the letters of the alphabet.

Mum who blogs at Mum’s Simply Living Blog wondered what we could come up with if we blogged about the letters of the alphabet.

The catch was they all come in reverse order.

We are up to A this week
so it looks like we are now at the end of the Fun Fridays
with Mum and her Alphabet Blogging that is

I’m hoping you enjoyed the fun
I’m all done – all finished
for the moment
I’m must away and see what I can come up with for next Friday lol

that’s a fun word if ever there was one
Look here at this link to see all the ways it can used

There were others who took the challenge
Read all about it here

Not a chocolate to be seen ……………..


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Life and Chocolates

That quote about life being like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’ll get, always makes me think of Winter in Melbourne.
You never quite know what you’ll get – this morning certainly proved it.

Looking out the window first thing I couldn’t see the end of my nose through the dense fog  – two hours later it was entirely different. Blue skies with not a cloud in sight.  If it hadn’t been so cold (1c/33f, yes, a bit nippy) I might have gardened in a tshirt lol

Winter sunshine at its best!

Not a cloud in the skyBathed in winter sunshineNot to be though – things to do, places to go.
As I left Kiera enjoying the fresh air and sunshine on the back deck.

StretchContentmentSleep in the sun
I drove off down the road with this tune running through my mind


It’ll cheer you up ………………..



Come on let’s go down to Frankston
a walk on the beach always cheers you up, he said!

The beach in winter – Mmmm….maybe.

Why would you go though – there won’t be a soul there
It’ll be blowing a gale – the beach will be empty
and the water too cold to paddle

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Empty beach on a cold day Frankston

You can walk along the pier
and possibly see the cars in the distance going up Oliver’s Hill
Mmm…. maybe

Oliver's Hill from Frankston Pier

 Not a soul over there either
the sky looks so heavy I think it could fall down to earth any minute
and that water definitely looks cold:),_Victoria

Oh look there’s the footbridge over the Kananook Creek
With some very hardy fools folk all rugged up, battling the gale
to be able to ‘take in the rather cold sea air’

Foot bridge over Kananook Creek

Not a soul to be seen in the foreshore park
and certainly nobody sitting on the rather nifty bench
complete with what looks like a boat hull underneath

bench with metal hull underneath Frankston

Why on earth would I leave my lovely warm home and drive for an hour
just to go to the beach in winter?


To see my baby brother’s boy – aka my nephew Lee
He lives interstate and was visiting Victoria for the first time so ‘our little girl’ arranged a super surprise for us by arranging to meet up with him.

There was a lovely meal, a long chat
and then (as the wind had died down)a short walk
Complete with coat, scarf and hat. On the sandy beach of course :)

Such a pleasant way to end a yucky week
I did draw the line at paddling in the cold water though lol,_Victoria

linking with Our World Tuesday

Our World

My wife told me …………….


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When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise God appeared and said, ‘I want the men to make two lines’

‘One line for the men who were the true heads of their households – and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.’

Then he said, ‘I want the women to report to St Peter’.

Soon the women were gone and there were two lines of men waiting in front of God.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was thousands of miles long – in the other line of men (those who were truly heads of their households) there was only one man.

God said to the long line,

‘You men should be ashamed of yourselves – I created you to be the head of your household.  You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose.’

‘Of all of you before me only one obeyed.  You should learn from him.’

God then turned to the one man and asked,

‘How did you manage to be the only one in this line?’

The man replied,

‘My wife told me to stand here !!’

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B is for………………..



Mum’s Aphabet Blogging challenge has been and gone

It’s been a week of blah weather

Beastly phone line causing bad internet connections

A bu*gger of funeral that had me blubbering

 Words are not coming easily so I’d best be off

Because all I will do is blather and babble

Pop over to Mum’s to see other contributions to Alphabet Blogging


C is for………………

 The letter C is what it’s all about over at Mum’s today
Alphabet Blogging Challenge is on a Friday and today I chose Clouds
Which are a collection of tiny drop of water or ice crystals so light they can float in the air!

I found these clouds in Far North Queensland – in Glacier Bay Alaska -
and close to home in Victoria
Fascinating to look at – hard to capture – do you look at the land or the sky?

(photos are much easier to see if you click and enlarge)

clouds and water  Queens Beach

Clouds and Water Glacier Bay

Clouds and Land - Towers Hill Lookout Charters Towers Sept 2009

Clouds over The Dandenongs 2010

There is loads of information out there on the W.W.W.
The Cloud Appreciation Society looks interesting


There are several basic sites geared for children
with easy understandable information

As well as:

 pop over to Mum’s and see what the others are talking about
Next week we look at the letter B – Why don’t you join us?

Life’s a party………


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Life’s a party – live it to the full and enjoy it!

That’s definitely the view our water aerobics instructor has and she certainly lives up to it.  We never know what she has in store for us on a Tuesday morning but you can be sure it will be accompanied by disco/party type music.

Let me set the scene for you:
Towards the end of the evening at many wedding receptions here in Australia the band seems to know when it’s time to play those fun ‘everyone on the floor’ numbers.  Getting everyone in the mood usually takes place to a version of the Village People’s hit YMCA – even grannies have been known to get up and make the letters with their arms above their head

And of course the one that really gets them going is The Nutbush - ‘danced’ to a version of Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits. It’s ‘danced’ across the floor line dance style – some say it’s similar to a dance from the 1950s called The Madison.

the madisonMadison – photo source

Fabulous ‘original’ version in french film Bande a part (Band of Outsiders)

And this will give you an idea of how simple (and maybe similar) the Aussie Nutbush is – you tube video taken at someones party!
Yes, it took a little while before the recorder realised his camera was facing the wrong way lol


Anyway what this is leading up to is ‘pool time’ this morning (aka ‘water aerobics with the groovy grannies’) was fun time as we all sang and warmed up to YMCA complete with arm actions and then showed all those young mums whose little ones were having their swimming lessons how to overcome land mobility difficulties by dancing the Nutbush – in the pool :)
We did our own (well Brenda the instructor’s) version, similar but slightly different to the ‘official’ one – it was quite a workout using the legs to move against the water and also bringing the core muscles into play when trying not to flay around turning to face the other way.

Maxine is right :)

Maxine and Weightmaxine aging

Monday memories


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Poolside chatter last Tuesday about old television series and the news of another grandchild for one of the girls reminded us of this scene from an old Cosby Show episode.

It is a cold wet Monday morning here so I need something to make me smile – remembering this made me smile, hope it does the same for you

Olivia’s take on How mothers deliver babies 
(Raven-Symone with Bill Cosby) 

Oh dear, if only it had been that simple!


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