The Police Officer and The Driver’s Wife……………

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After my police connection a few months ago that dented a big hole in my bank balance I’ve really kept an eye on speed signs and my speedometer vowing never to be caught again.   So I’m wondering if the couple mentioned below would need a bank loan or marriage counselling after this connection with a police officer ??

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The Tale of The Police Officer and The Driver’s Wife

A police officer pulls over a speeding car.

The officer says, ‘ I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir.’

The driver says,
‘Officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating.’

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says,
‘Now don’t be silly dear, you know that this car doesn’t have cruise control.’

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls,
‘Can’t you please keep your mouth shut for once?’

The wife smiles demurely and says,
‘You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did.’

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth,
‘Woman, why can’t you keep your mouth shut?’

The officer frowns and says,
‘And I notice that you’re not wearing your seat belt, sir. That’s an automatic 75 dollar fine.’

The driver says,
‘Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my licence out of my back pocket.’

The wife then said,
‘Now, dear, you know very well that you didn’t have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you’re driving.’

So as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks,
‘WHY don’t you just shut your flaming mouth up ??’

The officer looks over at the woman and asks,
‘Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma’am?’

‘No officer’ she replied,

Only when he’s pissed!!!

I won’t be long…..

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You know straight away when it happens
It’s that awful feeling that comes when you’ve
done something to my back
I bent to pick something up and ‘knew’

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I’ve been visiting my local pool a lot over the past week
(photography is not allowed so these are from their web site.
They look good when enlarged)

 I haven’t been in the water up this end where the littlie’s pools are
– or even further down where the big pool is –
but right down the other end by that blue sign
where the warm water therapy pool is.

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Oh the joy of moving about in the warm water or sitting in the spa area with the jets directed onto ‘that’ spot and then walking back up the ramp and marvelling at not having an aching back

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I seem to have been doing this a lot to ease the pain

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But none of this – because sitting is a pain

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I’ll be back as soon as I’m pain free and comfortable
and capable of holding a sensible conversation

I’m sure it won’t be long
So be good while I’m away :)

The Policeman and The Wet Floor

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I wonder if there are many these days who get down on their hands and knees and actually scrub the floor.  We might bob down to clean up a spill or dirty mark but I think the days of heavy scrubbing have long gone.

Years ago when I first met her (and also for many years after) my mother in law would do just that.  She would get down with a bucket of hot soapy water beside her and using a flat brush (like the one above) dip it in the water and then scrub an area of the floor.  Then she’d take a rag kept just for that purpose and with a wiping motion move it over the floor where she’d scrubbed and gather all the wet water together, then wring the rag out over her bucket.  ‘Rinse’ the rag and rub it over the floor again.  And so on until she’d washed all the floor.

Then she’d lay newspaper all over the clean wet kitchen floor to allow my father in law (but nobody else) to walk to his favourite chair without taking off his shoes/boots.  Everyone else had to be inside the house before the floor washing began or find something to do outside until it was dry.

Me, well I wasn’t what you would call a floor scrubber, more a mopper lol  So old fashioned I used to say; no way was I getting on my hands and knees for anyone, with all our children in their younger days coming and going in and out of the kitchen I was an everyday mopper.

Then they found out that if they did as they were told and took their shoes off at the door Mum wasn’t yelling at them all the time and needing to wash the floor everyday.  Mum also discovered that all she needed to do was to clean under the kitchen table everyday – for dropped food etc – as the rest of the floor stayed cleaner than before.  So out would come the mop and bucket and I’d swish away after each meal.

I bet you  know where I’m going now – yes after a while I discovered it a lot easier and a lot less troublesome to get down on my hands and knees and just clear up under the table with a wet cloth.

Nowadays, with no messy footprints and no food drops under the table, all the floor needs after a sweeping is a weekly clean over with a wet mop.  But there are times when I would love to be able to get down (and then get back up again without grunting and groaning ) and give the floor a good old scrub on a regular basis.

For all those who need to know – How to mop a floor: 12 step (with pictures) 

Oh yes, and here is the purpose of this little bit of reminiscing.
It’s Friday and we need some fun
And have I got the joke for you :)

A policeman call the station on the two way radio

‘Hello, Is that the Sarge?’

‘Yes’

‘We have a case here.
A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just washed.’

‘Have you arrested the woman?’

‘No Sarge’

‘The floor’s still wet’

Hope this Friday is a fun day for you – with no need to wash the floor!

Signs of life……….

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Once again we are planning our trip up north to Bowen (on the Whitsunday coast) for when the winter cold arrives in Melbourne and these signs (taken from the car last time we were up there) are a reminder of the 4 long days of driving ahead of us to get to where we are going.  Close to Rockhampton on day 3 these fun signs pop up on the roadside.  There are usually big smiles each time we see them :) 2 1 3

And of course with the long distances to be travelled there are signs like these to make you aware of what could happen.

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 so these are there to get the brain working

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 Then of course there are the important ones you don’t want to miss This is one of the wizz bang new digital road information signs we saw when driving south from Tully. Bowen is 2 hours north of Mackay and 2 hours south of Townsville

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Whether they are new or old style When you are out in the back of beyond these are important

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and even more important if the wording changes to alert you to what could be problems on the road ahead.

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There are all sorts of signs to be seen at Lesley’s blog Signs Signs

Do you have to count them all……..

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It seems that unknowingly ageing has been the subject of choice in my life this week.

The Golfer had me in stitches the other week describing how he felt when a young man offered him a seat on the tram – well that was nothing to how I felt at the gym the other day when a young thing at the desk asked me if I had booked into the right class (body’pump) ‘don’t you mean the seniors low impact class’ she said.  A mistake on her part that made me wonder just how old I did look lol

Reading matter this week included Last Chance Cafe by Liz Byrski.

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where the author ‘assembles a fallible cast of characters who are asking the questions we ask ourselves. What does it mean to grow older? Are we brave enough to free ourselves from the pressure to stay young? And is there ever a stage in life when we can just be ourselves?’  source    An easy read, a fun read as well as being a good read for those of us who are wondering these same things.

Now when you turn up to watch a film and there are only half a dozen other people there you begin to wonder firstly how good the film is and then how on earth can cinema chains can make a profit with so few patrons.  The Golfer and I saw the film I spoke about last week and did indeed spend the time in a theatrette with 12 others – most of whom were what could be described as mature.  I suppose that’s what happens when the subject of the film is the lives of some senior citizen who have chosen to live in India.  We both enjoyed The Second Best Marigold Hotel which was similar but slightly different to the first film.  Great cast, lots of laughs made even better by having the dishy now rather mature Richard Gere to look at :)

Then there was Ronni’s ‘interesting stuff‘ post the other day when she mentioned a site called ‘How many days old are you’ and provided the link.  A fun site – until you actually see the ‘truth’!! I’m sure the number it provided for me was wrong – surely I haven’t been here that long.

Have a look, see how you feel about the answer you get and I bet you ask the same questions Are you really sure that’s the right answer? Do I really have to count them all? Even the ones I can’t remember? Where did they all go??

 Linking to MicroBlog Mondays

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Brotherly love …………..

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Newly built house – unfinished garden – two small boys – one swing

It’s my turn – It’s my turn – I want a go!!

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I thought I was back in those days listening to my small sons bickering when I heard these two Cockatoos having ‘words with each other’ on the power lines the other day

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They were going at it hammer and tongs – squawking, nipping, using all the standover tactics they (and lots of brothers) knew

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Then just like that it went quiet
I could almost hear this one saying ‘I won, I won’ as he continued to hang there
No 2 moved along the wire spreading his wings (almost in disgust) as he went.

Kids – who’d have ‘em :)

So I did find a bit of Fun for Friday after all :)

What is happening in your house on this Friday
Whatever it is I hope it made you smile

If you click the photos they will enlarge and give a better view

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Sharing this with Nature Notes
Which can be found at Michelle’s blog Rambling Woods 

Small windows to see life through………………

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Is there anything more quintessentially British than the tiny small square and diamond shaped paned windows that were used many many years ago.

The big laboratory building at Wisley Gardens shows them off to perfection.
Always a great place for a photo

(imagine being the window cleaner there’ lol)

Tiny windows at Wisley Gardens

Tiny windows at Wisley Gardens

The old historic pubs had a similar but slightly different look

The Red Lion Colchester

The Red Lion Colchester

The Old Courthouse Inn Colchester

The Old Courthouse Inn Colchester

The George Colchester

The George Colchester

It’s a look that is replicated these days for its olde worlde charm
as in the Little Flower Shoppe close to where I live.

The Little Flower Shoppe Montrose Vic.

The Little Flower Shoppe Montrose Vic.

The small paned windowed look went overseas to new countries with the early settlers
A look that had familiarity and purpose in harsh climates…..

Green Gables at Cavendish PEI
the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Built between 1830 – 1870
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Green Gables, Anne's home in Cavendish PEI

Green Gables, Anne’s home in Cavendish PEI

 Baker House Cottage at Coffee Cove Newfoundland

1890s salt box home now used for B&B

Baker House Cottage Coffee Creek Nfld

Baker House Cottage Coffee Creek Nfld

On the shore of Coffee Cove Nfld

On the shore of Coffee Cove Nfld

 

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……..But which are very hard to see anything from :)

 

For a better look of all these photos – click to open 

Travel broadens the mind, they say
I find it also allows me to see many things more clearly
like how window styles flowed around the world at the same time as people.

My look at windows took place in:
England 2004 + 2010
Prince Edward Island – 2006
Newfoundland – 2010
Montrose Victoria – 2014

A Lingering Look at Windows can be found at The Lingering Lounge at The Day After blog
and is hosted by Dawn

A Lingering look at Windows – March

 

Fancy a round of Golf……

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Everything is out of whack here at home this week
So just for fun here is Friday’s post on Wednesday

(Thank goodness for the email funnies that arrive in our inbox!)

This one is for all the Golfers out there :)

50 Shades of Golf

Four fellas, long time mates had been going on the same golfing trip to St. Andrews for many years.

A couple of days before the group was to leave Jack’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he is not going.

Jack’s buddies are very upset that he can’t go, but what can they do?

Two days later the three get to St. Andrews only to find Jack sitting at the bar with four drinks set up!

‘Wow, Jack, how long you been here, and how did you talk your old lady into letting you go?’

I’ve been here since last night!  Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my living room chair and my wife comes up behind me, puts her hands over my eyes and says ‘Guess who?’

I pulled her hands off and there she was wearing a nothing but a see-through nightie.

She took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom.

There were candles and rose petals all over the place.

Well turns out she had been reading 50 Shades of Grey and lying there on the bed were handcuffs, a blindfold, and ropes!

She told me to put the blindfold on her them tie her up and cuff her to the bed.

So I did.

Then she said ‘Do whatever you want.’

So…..here I am!

:) :) :) :)

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Thank you so much for all the comments and email message you leave – not only have I been lax in replying to them but I have also have been very lax in visiting you all.  I certainly hope to get back on top of it very soon.
Take care
Cathy

Monday Musings…

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Christmas comes but once a year
And when it does it brings
Gifts
Like this :)

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Which means I’ll have time in the cinema
in a comfortable seat
food and drinks included
with a handsome fella beside me :)

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Enjoying the make believe storyline
and the colour of India
Leaving all my troubles and cares outside

Perfect :)2nd best marigold hotel

Thank you to the giver
Your gift was well received.

Now we will enjoy the pleasure of using it.

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Sumtumn anyone??

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March has arrived and down here in Victoria which has a temperate climate, there is the thought (and knowledge) that even though we are still having some really nice sunny warm days gradually those days will get shorter and even though we won’t like it, become cooler :(

It means that we are in a season I like to call it Sumtumn.
Summer days plus the changes that come along with Autumn
The autumn equinox will be along in a couple weeks
‘equal day and night’

On the day of the Autumn Equinox, the Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun. The Sun rises due east, sets due west and reaches 52° above the horizon at noon. There are roughly 12 hrs of day and 12 hrs of night.
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The Sun in autumn

The Sun in autumn
Artist: Frey Micklethwait. Source: Museum Victoria

And along with this promise of shorter days and cooler nights and a general slowing down, for some reason each year I often have a desperate need of a sugar fix.   Unfortunately this year there isn’t much in the sugar line available – there’s nothing sweet in the house – ‘cept me of course lol

So to keep my spirits up, and have my sugar fix at the same time I thought you’d like to hear this Fun Friday joke :(

Why did the Jellybean go to school?

Because it wanted to be a Smartie !

A few years ago Hilary Harper who used to be the presenter of the Saturday Morning show (on the old 3LO now referred to as 774 ABC Melbourne), asked children to ring in with their favourite joke.  That was one of them. :)

Makes me smile every time I think of it
Hope it did the same for you today.

Here today, gone tomorrow……………

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Well it was here one minute and in the twinkle of an eye it was gone.  Never mind this past week flying by quickly, it would appear I didn’t even notice the month of February as it also passed by LOL

There were days of sickness (yuk) and days of lunches (yum) – days of crafting and days of reading (both yum :) )

Days of heat (yum) and days of storm (yuk)
Our local streets are still littered with all the debris from the storms that passed through Victoria the other day.  I can still hear chainsaws cutting up all the large trees that came down, some with terrible effect

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-thunderstorms-toddler-killed-20150301-13roej.htm
http://www.accuweather.com/en/au/melbourne/26216/february-weather/26216

And days of wonder – I’ll get to that later.

My days of reading didn’t number many as I was determined to get as much charity knitting organised and started; I’m a bit ‘naughty’ in that once those ideas are in my head everything else goes out the window and it’s full steam ahead to sort out patterns needles and wool. So to make sure I use up more of that never decreasing stash of wool I’ve accumulated there are several projects on the go.  A little bit done here and a little bit done there means they will all come together at the same time and I don’t get bored working on the same garment all the time.

I read the grand total of one book – and that kept me so engrossed it was finished in a couple of days :(

In the Woods by Tana French – was a really good read.

In the woods (Dublin Murder Squad 1)

 

Set in present day Ireland it covers a police murder investigation with a twist in that as a child the investigating officer (Rob Ryan) was involved in an unsolved mystery that took place in the same village many years earlier.  He is loathe (unable) to reveal that fact because he’ll be off the case straight away, so as well as his thoughts on this case and his co-workers (one of whom he becomes quite attached to) he has to deal with the fact that he has no memory of the disappearance of his friends all those years ago.

Lots of twists and turns along with dead leads as they try to find the murderer of the little girl, there is also some fun, some ‘love’ (not sex) and also some sadness there as well.  There was a twist to the ending and also twists in the lives of the main characters that I didn’t see coming and which left me feeing a bit sad.  A good read!

My days of wonder concern a friend of The Golfer.  We have a system of honours and awards here in Australia – one of which is The Order of Australia

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

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.’
http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/medals/order_of_australia.cfm

My thinking on these awards is that someone nominates you mentioning all the good works you have done – and a committee decides ‘yes or no’ as to whether it will honour you or not.

A little while ago The Golfer (TG) had contact with a person from an association he and others are involved with.  This concerned another member – one who as well as doing all the organising for the Melbourne group is very involved with the community in his area.  Seems the above AOM committee was asking for details (recommendations) on the work the third person actually did for the organisation.  This came via an email so the person talking to TG was wondering if it would be genuine (coming out of the blue like that) so sounded out TG.  Knowing if it is legit it is supposed to be kept secret TG had a word with the third person’s son rather that the person in question.

Well the answer he was given has us all floored.  Yes, it most likely is a legitimate request for a referees recommendation, his father (the third person) had mentioned to him he wanted one (AOM) and was going to nominate himself so would he (the son) sign the forms and make the nomination for him.  This had been done and the form had been lodged a while ago.

All I can say is I’m gobsmacked!

I realise I’m a bit naive sometimes and also realise others have this desire to be noticed (and rewarded) but this just doesn’t seem right.  Not sure how I’ll feel when I next see this person – and if he does actually get the award next January I’ll be even more gobsmacked!!

A Place to Sit and Watch……

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Now that the daily half hour minimum exercise has become well and truly entrenched into my lifestyle it means that between the pool, the gym and the outdoors I have a range of ways to achieve that target.  The pool is an organised class, at the gym I can follow a tailored programme using the machines or free weights or even attend a ‘class'; the walking is self motivated and if I had to be honest at the moment I would say I definitely prefer the outdoor walking.

On the days I don’t feel like pounding the beat on the footpaths I go to our local park/reserve where the paths/trails are not on the level but up hill and down dale as they meander round the lake/duckpond/wetlands,

Yes I know I have had different ideas/attitudes on these choices over the years but ‘at the moment’ this is the exercise I’m enjoying more that the others.  Come back and ask me about it in the winter time and you’ll probably get an entirely different answer :)

Now there can be times during these walks (especially if it’s warm) when I’m feeling out of sorts (also referred to as being a bit puffed and out of breath:)) so I use this bench to gather my thoughts.  It’s just a simple wooden bench placed very conveniently beside one of the pathways in a park, it’s a place for me to sit and watch and wonder.  Nestled just off the path – close to a small stand of established trees and in front of what were new plantings – it is the bench I featured earlier this month in a black and white bench post.

Looking more weathered than everIf you look up at the header you will see how much they have grown in the past years.  You can also see from the photo below ‘ The ‘Friends of the Reserve’ are still working away re-greening areas.

Tucked in under the shade

 A glance to the left and I see a winding path
– Going up? Coming down?

Looking to the left

A glance to the right and there’s another winding path.
(These photos need to be enlarged for better viewing)

A place to sit and wonder

I see a glimpse of the Community House and the Bridge
And looking across the wetland – The Dandenongs

Community House and Bridge

Across the wetlands

The lake/wetlands has the usual company of ducks and other water birds so it is sort of a ‘come back again’ place because you never know what you are going to see next time

Hopefully you’ll come back again to see :)

This plain simple wooden bench is linked to Jude’s Bench Series.
March – Wooden benches

Also Our World Tuesday where places from all over the world are on show.

And for a real treat do visit Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at her blog Rambling Woods

Oldies but Goodies

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Take
One 40 year old 10 inch heavy 1/4 inch based fry pan
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one 30 year old Margaret Fulton Bessemer Cookware stove top casserole

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Then some Old Fashioned ingredients

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Result ~ One Old Fashioned Comfort Meal
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Perfect for the day the cool change came through
and the temperature dropped dramatically

Just a couple of the Kitchen Cast at Still Waters
Oldies but Goodies

I wouldn’t get rid of them for all the tea in China :)

What else did you look at?

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Once I recovered from the tiring effects of the recent virus I succumbed to and the spells of vertigo lessened (plus the sweats, the shivers and the shakes) I had quiet times on the iPad.  I wasn’t in the mood for blog visiting or answering comments so had a go at adding a Twitter and Facebook page to Still Waters which as I haven’t previously been a user of either media was quite a learning experience!  They are there on the sidebar now so I guess I just need to work at getting some followers :)

My friend Bonnie had sent me this picture of the front of her house on the day she forwarded the funny cartoon about not wanting to make a snowman so as I was travelling the world via webcams (mentioned in this post) I decided to drop in on Nova Scotia courtesy of this set of webcams:-  – http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/en/webcams – and see what else was happening near to where The Golfer’s rellies live.  I do know they had more snow as B tells me that she has to look out the upstairs windows if she wants to see down the street!!

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There are two places on our ‘must visit’ list each time we visit NS – they are Peggy’s Cove with it’s lighthouse and Halls Harbour with it’s tides that can see the little fishing boats up alongside the wharf or lying flat on the bottom of the sea bed.  It was only after several years of visiting I finally got to see the harbour with water in it lol

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 This is the big roundabout (which they call a traffic circle) in Halifax that has a knack of confusing certain of TG’s cousins so we rarely go that way.  The resort at Ski Martock offers night skiing with trails lit for the purpose (looks like a popular pastime) and the view from the Harbour’s Edge B&B in Yarmouth was definitely chilly for this warm weather sunshine lover.  You can see the same view minus snow here  

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So that was my international travel for one of my ‘off’ days – this would have to be one webcam site that has the most amount of information about the areas covered.  Have a look and visit one of the beautiful Canadian provinces.

http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/en/regions.

And of course all those little screen shots will open with a click

Nature Notes – seeing is believing……

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This is a post for Michelle who hosts Nature Notes at Rambling Woods
I’m hoping some of my other readers will find it interesting

 Last week (not this one just gone, the one before) I was a bit under the weather so spent quite a bit of ‘alone’ time pottering around just ‘looking’ at things on the net.  The Golfer and I enjoy webcams – looking at and seeing what is going on (in real time) in other parts of the world so I was viewing some of our favourites when I discovered a ‘new one’.  The company that operates this new webcam also has others located in cruise ship ports – we often turn these on at the weekends to get our cruise fix which keeps us going until the time of our next sailing :)

Anyway this is the one I found:-

Welcome to the NEW JERSEY WILDLIFE CAM

http://www.njwildlifecam.com/

A 24/7 live streaming HD-quality Internet video broadcast produced by PTZtv.
Take a virtual field trip on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone and join us for some great views of the local wildlife in the State of New Jersey, USA.
You will see many deer — bucks, does, fawns — plus an assortment of squirrels, birds, raccoons, foxes and more.
Whatever your wildlife interests, we hope you find something interesting to watch.

Now these photos are screen shots from my iPad so not exactly the best, however they do give you an idea of what can be seen.  The advertising (a necessary evil) on the side bars is relevant to Australia (blame it on those cookies)  I suppose others would get some relevant to their own country – there is a little spot with the current temperature in the park which can be interesting at times!  Our day time is their night time so when we have been sweltering it has been rather cool there to say the least :)

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Oh, and don’t let the times on these s/shots confuse you – the time at the top was our local time and that on the black border the local time in New Jersey; we are 16 hours in front so have to either tune in really early or really late to see daytime vision.

It does give you an idea of how many deer drop by for something to eat – is the young one in the first picture a bit wary of the squirrel? (who seems to want its fair share of the feed) or is it just the way it is standing?

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The camera is one of those ‘wizz bang see in the dark type’ so you are able to see whoever comes to the feeding place during the night.

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I have no idea what that little animal is on the ground
But I do know one of my North American readers will :)

If you are interested there is also a F/book page
where readers discuss all the wildlife they have seen on the screen.

https://www.facebook.com/NJ.Wildlife.Cam

It’s possible many of you are already aware of this little spot in a nature reserve where some feed is left for animals to graze on – now I’ve discovered it I’m hoping it’s not going to be one of those ‘time wasters’ we all talk about.  So far it hasn’t been – it has been calming.  A chance to sit with a drink and just be, not do.

Do have a look and see how you feel
You’ll get a better idea watching it in real time than from my s/shots lol

http://njwildlifecam.com/

Linking to Nature Notes at Rambling Woods

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Monday Musings….

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personality-adjectives

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My lifelong desire has been to be tidy – my ‘house’ has always been a home and I think that’s the problem. Somewhere along the way after our first child was born I think I gave myself permission to be untidy.

If there were toys around during the day it seemed fruitless to clear them up as the kids would only tip them out again. I did get them to help pick up before they tootled off to bed but clearly remember the day they were being obnoxious and I lost my cool and came into the room with the broom – no, not to threaten them with – just to sweep it all into one corner for the night :)

Much to my annoyance it was still there the next morning lol

Ironing seemed to grow like topsy out of the basket and up the wall. Shoes multiplied outside the back door, in the hallway, in bedrooms but never in the boxes provided or on the racks.  I think you get the idea.

Books seemed to say to one another ‘come along to our house, its cosy and comfortable and you’ll have a spot here for life’ I have always thought having books around would enrich their lives and encourage learning so scoured second hand bookshops for ones for them to read; as well as children’s reading books I would bring home all sorts of weird ones about snakes and animals from other continents or volcanoes and natural disasters.  Only problem was there weren’t enough shelves and they spread out over and under the beds and floors.  All stayed here on the bookshelves for years and finally found new homes when I passed them on to other families during some of my had de-cluttering spurts.

So once our children grew up and started to leave home and go their own way in the world I thought things would be better.  Except I didn’t bank on the craft supplies multiplying and spilling out of cupboards and drawers and on to spare beds :(

So it looked like I was the culprit and would have to change my ways.

I seem to have the books under control now – big donations to second hand shops and friends and anyone else who looked interested has cleared the big pile both myself and The Golfer (courtesy of a book discount warehouse) accumulated.   Not a lover of electronic reading the library has become my new best friend – well it always was, except the pile of books by my bedside seemed to deter me from going there.  These days I definitely do read and return though – not returning the books on time means fines and having to pay fines means there is less cash in the kitty for the other thing I love – Travel.

The shoes still seem to be everywhere but on the rack or in the cupboard, the ironing is still – well lets just say that as The Golfer takes charge of his own it is my ironing that is still there – and knitting wool (not craft supplies) still appears to expand in any spot it can (luckily out in the garage)

Seems like for all those years so long ago my children might have been taking their lead from me.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit – wonder one of my ‘bad’ habits I need to work on first lol

Is it a Goat or a Sheep or a Ram…….

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Is It the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram?

Actually, Chinese people are also not quite sure about that. In Chinese the word 羊 (yáng) is a generic term, and can refer to a sheep (绵羊), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊 male sheep or goat), 羚羊 (antelope), etc. There is a lack of clear definition on the zodiac “Goat” in Chinese history.

However, most Chinese people and experts on folklore believe that the Chinese zodiac animal is the Goat, not the Sheep, and they have some evidence to support their idea…
Find out more here

So it seems all three are OK but lets say that The Year of the Goat has just begun.  In Chinese astrology people born in this year are described as serene, calm, gentle and mild mannered.  It is suggested they should get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will do wonders for their health.

Well, ‘some’ of that could describe the lifestyle of these goats we saw last year when visiting my sister in Cyprus.  Arriving back at her complex just a short distance from the local village we almost bumped into this little herd who were making their way very determinedly across the road.

Looks like jaywalkers ahead!

Looks like jaywalkers ahead!

It seems they are used to the traffic on the road but we drove past very slowly because they were certainly not going to give way to the car lol  Which was great because it gave me a chance to have an up close and personal look at their lovely long brown coat :)

Not going to stop for anyone!

Not going to stop for anyone!

According to my sister they are called Damascus goats, although she had heard the word Shami used as well.  I must say it was quite calming to watch as they made their way across the scrub land behind the complex with the goatherd walking along with them.

The local goatherd and his flock.  Anarita 2014The local goatherd and his flock. Anarita 2014

Brown long haired Damascus goats

Brown long haired Damascus goats

When he stopped and pulled down a branch she said he was picking off juicy bits for some of the young ones.  I stood there for quite a while almost mesmerised as they made their way off to my right – answering his call as they moved off together all of them knowing where they were going.

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Out in the Bondhu

Out in the Bondhu

The shadows were getting longer and as I slowly came back from my day dreaming I realised it was time for tea and a little bit of contemplation.     Haloumi cheese from goats milk is delicious – goat meat is a favourite meat of many Cypriots.  Were they milkers or were they being fattened for meat?

Linked to Nature Notes hosted by Michelle of Rambling Woods

A sign of things to come……….

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With all the Hot Hot days last week – all I could think of was cold food, cooling drinks and air conditioning :)

Unfortunately a random thought did pass through my mind that it could be in as short a time as 4 months that these words on a sign just an hour from home could be very important to passing motorists :(

Near Lake Mountain Victoria

Near Lake Mountain Victoria

Click here to see more signs at Lesley’s blog aptly named
Signs Signs

The Victoria Ski Season starts on The Queen’s Birthday Weekend
(6 – 8 June 2015)
and even tho’ there may not be snow at that spot it’s possible there will be traffic on that road

I’m sure there are times when thinking is not good for the soul lol

http://www.marysvilletourism.com/lakemountain.html
http://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/

Monday Musings…….

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This time of the year I tend to be a bit quieter than usual
It’s about this time 12 years ago I became an orphan.
It was funny but that was the first thing I thought about when I heard the news of my mother’s death.

February 2003 Mum decided she’d had enough and
in her words spoken the week before she died
‘wanted to see what Dad had been up to since she last saw him’

They’d been apart for nearly 13 years
and this is the little graveyard on the hill where the meeting took place

Mum and my sisters chose wisely all those years beforehand
knowing there was room for the two of them in the plot

Church Graveyard

She also wanted to know what he thought about them placing him on the hill that overlooked the pub.
The white building on the right of the photo is the pub :)

Church graveyard and PubThey were known for enjoying a little drink together now and again.
If the truth be told they enjoyed a little drink far more than now and again :)

Mum Dad Happy Pub

Being Irish they loved to sing and loved to dance
Dad did have quiet seriousness about him at times so
My sisters chose the haunting melody of Crimond for Dad’s funeral.

(Please be patient with this video – it’s one that needs to be listened to – with eyes closed – rather than watched)

 And this rollicking number for Mum’s

After leaving home at 18, I met and married The Golfer
and with him being in the armed forces never ever lived near to them at all.

It was the way things were and I accepted that
Yet, it’s funny
but the older I get the more I miss them

Headstone Mum Dad

(The first two photos look much better when enlarged)

What does Maxine think about Valentine’s Day…

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We all know Maxine, the lady with the ‘attitude’ – I’m sure her outspoken opinions on just about anything and everything, particularly on ageing and men are well known to most of us.

Well, after a ‘fun chat’ with friends at the gym about Valentine’s Day I looked around the internet and discovered Maxine’s thoughts on Valentine’s Day almost mimicked those of some of my friends who are disillusioned with life,  love and commercial holidays.

 Now to begin with who doesn’t love chocolates
And – who needs a holiday to have chocolates :)

Maxine Valentine Chocolates

He Better Remember Day
This is Maxine’s new name for the day when many are hoping the suggestions they’ve been planting for weeks actually materialize.  Also the day when many lovers’ expectations are not met :(

Maxine valentine remember

I wonder what Valentine would think if he could see this??

Saint Valentine is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.

Would he be saddened by Maxine’s lack of enthusiasm – who knows what she’s been through to display it so openly.  Would he attempt to reassure her that even though he died because of his belief in marriage this was not a day to be scorned but one to be enjoyed by those in love?

Somehow I don’t think she would be easily swayed.  She has never mentioned the cad who broke her heart – just shown a general contempt of men – and a love of chocolate :)

maxineMaxine romance chocolate

 

Her dislike of the day has sent to her to try other treats – is this emotional eating or a way of stating her disdain for contrived holidays?

Maxine valentine ice creamMaxine other good things

 Now we begin to see how her opinion of men compares with that of her love of chocolate.

Maxine guy chocolate

Her attitude towards men does make you wonder is/was she a feminist and believes (as many of us older ones who ‘fought the good fight’ do) that women are equal to (if not better than) men – or am I perhaps reading too much into this lol

Maxine with chocolate

She can however see the good side of this commercial holiday that was originally based on love and with her tongue in cheek humour is ever hopeful of receiving a gift.

Maxine valentine something wonderful

 

 

Maxine valentine

And here for your enjoyment you can watch Maxine as she ‘sings’ her true feelings about the day.  Do you think that somewhere along the way something happened – was she rejected by a ‘suitor’ ?

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How did Valentine’s Day become a holiday?  Try these links and see what think

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/st-valentine-beheaded

http://www.isabelperez.com/St%20ValentineStory.htm

http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/ChurchandMinistry/churchhistory/st_valentine_the_real_story.aspx

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