Good intentions……

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We started the day (last Tuesday) with the intention of it being a ‘no spend day’ as lots of bloggers call themno spend – a day when we would try not to use any money.

Not too far from us (about a half hour drive) is a very (very) large shopping centre/mall filled with all the regular stores and lots of new very exclusive (read expensive) ones that are added each time the centre is updated and consequently enlarged.  It was one of the first ‘big’ ones here in the eastern suburbs and even though more and more of the smaller ones are being ‘revitalised’ with just about the same tenants (which as you see in this recent link – as in past 12 months – is causing a bit of concern to the management) it does hold it’s own in the popularity stakes.  Westfield Doncaster, originally known (and still is to me and my friends ) as Doncaster Shoppingtown. it always seems to be the ‘classiest’ of them all.  You feel you have to dress properly when you go there to shop lol

And joy of joys, they have red and green lights in their huge carpark to tell if there is a space available.  Drive in and the little overhead light goes red – reverse out and it turns green.  No driving round and round with a crook neck looking up and down the rows for empty spots – these can be seen quite clearly from the end of the rows as you drive past.

Anyway this is one to the few places you’ll find an Apple store in Victoria so when we heard about the recall on the thingy that plugs in the wall and charges your iPad chargerThe Golfer and I planned a quiet morning exchanging our chargers and maybe doing a bit of window shopping at the same time.

Beautiful window displays means lots of thinking and talking about clothes and discussing whether to or not and usually deciding we have enough to keep us going and if it really was a ‘nice frock/blouse/shirt/pair of trousers etc ‘ possibly we could find the same style garment at a slightly less extravagant price elsewhere

Key points:

  • Australia included in mass Apple adaptor recall
  • Adaptors with four or five characters or no characters on inside slot should not be used
  • Adaptor can break and may cause electric shock
  • Customers can take faulty AC wall adaptors to Apple store or authorised supplier

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-29/apple-issues-worldwide-charger-recall-amid-electric-shock-fears/7123946

Apple stores are so bright and airy and yet so basic I always feel a bit disoriented when I go in the big wide doors.  appleOf course you don’t get far because there is usually a young earnest staff member there armed with iPad on arm to greet you.

I was surprised when the actual part was just exchanged without even a glance to see if the ‘characters’ tallied with the ones mentioned above, ours did or we wouldn’t have even have been there – a young girl stood at a counter with a box of new parts and a bag for the discarded ones.  Hand over old one, accept new one and be on your way – except we lingered a while and checked out the new editions of our tablets.  All I can say is that the new ones are expensive :)

Up and around we wandered, (this is one shopping centre that seems to have mountains for walkways and you certainly get that missed workout as you walk around) and then I spied it – a chinese bread and cake shop called Breadtop.  ‘Thought you said ‘no spending’ was what The Golfer said.  ‘But I only want to ‘look in the window’ is what I said.  It’s no surprise I’m sure if I tell you I’ve looked in their window before and come home with all sorts of goodies.

Breadtop1Good intentions ignored I picked up a pair of tongs and a tray to load my ‘stash’ onto and started out.  You know (if you were a lucky child) when you saw a pick ‘n mix display of sweets sometimes your mind went blank not knowing which to choose – Breadtop2well, moving along in front of that nice clean looking display behind those sliding glass doors my mind did exactly that.

Although not for long tho’ :)

Looking at the business link Breadtop you will see their bread goods are all chinese favourites but they do sell other products as well and, don’t laugh, but  like chinese food (and I don’t know about you) but to me it always seems like I will eat one of their buns and not long after I’m ‘hungry again’ and feel like another. :)

http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/entrepreneur/from-100-in-his-pocket-to-a-sprawling-bun-empire-20120529-1zgm1.html

Nearly mid morning when we arrive at the food hall and I wasn’t going to say no when The Golfer suggested a coffee.  Now this is a very upmarket food court – not the usual run of the mill food outlets, lots of comfortable seats, huge high backed chairs to lose yourself in.  Which is exactly where I enjoyed my coffee and chocolate waffle from Planet Chocolate, tucked down away from the noise and goings on around me.

Home by lunchtime wondering where the morning went.  It had turned out to be not quite the thrifty outing we planned but so what if our good intentions went by the wayside and we spent on a ‘non spending’ day – we can make another day for that – it’s good to have an unplanned treat now and again :)

Now to start the year proper…….

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February 1st 2016 – our Big Girl’s birthday. Happy Birthday J.   Born (at home) during one of the worst winter England had experienced.  Know as The Big Freeze of 1963 all I can say is central heating was still a luxury – we had poky little coal fires in the big old house we lived in and it was cold!  But we survived lol

So here we are at the start of the second month of this year – time to start the year proper.  All the Christmas and New Year festivities are definitely over and done with, people are back at work, business’ are trading again, our dollar is still sinking, the school bus is going past a 8am which means the schools are back after the long summer break.  That fact was reinforced last week by the the usual tv coverage of 5yr olds, some putting on a very brave face as well as many sets of twins, making their way into class rooms for the first time.  Oh and Federal MPs returned to Canberra today after their long summer break – wonder what unknown surprises they have in store for us there ??  Raising the GST ??

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The Australian Open tennis tournament finished yesterday, no surprises in that Novac Djokovic beat Andy Murray (who might get more support if he spent more time thinking about his game and less mouthing off at all and sundry) and a big surprise win for Angelique Kerber over Serina Williams (who was very gracious in defeat).

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Cricket seemed to come good towards the end of the season – there were many visiting overseas teams (West Indies, India, Pakistan,New Zealand), there were Test matches which included a first ever day/night Test and also some very ho hum matches which seemed to go on for ever, followed by some very good T20 against India who proved they certainly could hit that ball for a six and succeeded in beating Australia in all three games.

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And of course there was the entertaining Big Bash league – all good fun, which isn’t how I viewed it when it first to began – ‘loud noisy bash and crash, no proper thought to how they played the game’ – until I came to understand it isn’t the same sort of ‘pure’ game like in Test matches or even the shortened day nighter T20 (20/20) games but is a form of its own.  And like it or not it appears to be here to stay.

‘The Big Bash not only attracts the best players in Australia, although many will be on Test match duty, but the best players from around the world. That includes some of the West Indies best players who have decided to forgo the Test series against Australia to play in the Big Bash’
http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/12/15/who-are-the-big-names-in-your-team-for-the-2015-2016-big-bash-league/

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With all that cricket and tennis, oh, and the cycling road racing that was on in South Australia (which I forgot to mention) looking back over the past two weeks it seems like I watched a lot of sport on tv lol but I wasn’t just sitting there oggled eyed, I did do (what else??) a lot of knitting at the same time.

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I know I have them (and I’m sure most knitters do as well) those favourite simple, ‘could almost do it blindfold’ knitting patterns.  The one above I found quite a few years ago and the v neck style is my ‘go to’ for a lot of the under 12 months charity cardigans I make.  Knitters know once the basic size is there the world is your oyster and with the aid of pen and paper for ‘workings out’ my oysters come in all colours and designs.  These coloured ones below are some from last year – and yes, I know I made a mistake in the yellow one (Only I didn’t discover it until after I’d delivered the big box and decided to look at the photos I had taken :( )

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KOGO has a ‘Give a baby a warm start’ programme where struggling new mums are given baby packs containing knitted items, so as well as coloured cardigans, I knit lots of new born baby sizes in white which can be used for either boys or girls.  A couple of weeks ago armed with a huge 200gm ball of 8ply I made a start.  It’s surprising how quickly it knits up and as these are only the 3-6 month size they are finished in no time.

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So at the moment it’s 2 down and another half finished.  I’ve read a bit of the book I mentioned previously but even tho’ I’m good at doing some things at the same time, I don’t seem to have mastered the art of knitting watching tv and reading at the same time :)

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The sun is shining today and it’s not raining, we had oodles this past week but scratch below the surface of the ground and you wouldn’t know.  Still it’s soft enough to do a bit of weeding so that’s where I’m off to now – maybe I’ll have a cup of coffee and read for a while later.  It would seem my tv binge watching is over for a while and it’s Hello to the Year Proper :)

Friday Fun…….

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks musically in one way or another so when I saw this joke yesterday I knew I’d have to share it with you for Friday Fun today :)

A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears music.
No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: “Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770- 1827”.

Then he realizes that the music is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward!

Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed.
This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backwards.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar.
When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backwards.

The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed,
The 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day the word has spread, and a crowd has gathered around the grave.
They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backward.
Just then the graveyard’s caretaker ambles up to the group.

Someone in the group asks him if he has an explanation for the music.
“I would have thought it was obvious,” the caretaker says.

“He’s decomposing.”

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Interesting Link – Ludwig van Beethoven

http://lordsofthedrinks.com/2014/10/14/ludwig-van-beethoven-a-brilliant-composer-and-an-antisocial-drunk/

 

Busy doing nothing…..

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Trying to stay out of trouble by not doing much  – that’s what I told a friend when she rang to see where I was and what I’d been up to :)

After the tooth removal the dentist suggested walking rather than going to the pool for a couple of weeks – ‘no idea what’s in the water’ he said.  So I’ve done a bit of walking and one day had a chat with one of the local cockies.  You’d never believe what he told me – I’ll let you in on that another day lol(

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And to make a change The Golfer and I walked round the lake at Lilydale (2.5km) where we saw all these little sail boats in the water.  They say keeping active and having a hobby helps in retirement, well the ‘older men’ and their remote controlled yachts were having a whale of a time.

 

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imageThen we welcomed another granddaughter into ‘true adulthood’ – keep it low key was her wish and an ice cream cake with a 21 candle lol   She’s off on a cruise next week – girl after my own heart lol

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Then we enjoyed (read that as really enjoyed) a chrissy present in a theatre with a very bare set complete with moveable furniture (four rows from the front). spending the night in a room with a view :)

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imageIt was waiting for the tram after dinner at the club up at the other end of Bourke Street I realised the month was half way over.  See the moon reflected in the building?  New Year’s Eve there was a full moon – this one was just a half !

 

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imageSo that’s it – life in retirement is like this.

We’re busy doing nothin, working the whole day through, trying to find lots of things not to do!

We’re busy going nowhere, isn’t it just a crime, we’d like to be unhappy but never do have the time!

(Jimmy Van Heusen + Johnny Burke)

It’ll come together in the end – just you wait and see……

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At the end of 2014 I showed you some of the knitting I was doing for KOGO
– Fair isle jumpers for little lads.

Bear and Lion KOGO

Well, like with most things that have mundane tasks associated with interesting ones (like plain knitting and fair isle) I’m full of good intentions but sometimes fall short of producing the goods.

As you no doubt have guessed knitting the backs and sleeves became a bit of a chore, so these were put to one side and promptly forgotten :(

But look here – guess what happened over the past few weeks when I was having a bloggy break.   All the pieces came out and were stitched together, necks were added and hey presto!  These will be going to the charity come the cooler weather :)

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And so I really don’t look like a loser I found enough browny coloured wool to do another along the same lines.  No actual pattern as size was from one set of instructions and the Koala chart from something else.  Just required a pencil and paper to do a bit of working out first and then some dedicated needle time.  Front and two sleeves finished now just the back to tackle.

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And the book – looks like my reading mojo might have returned as well.  

First one for the year, Breath written by Tim Winton (Australian author).

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is going to be hot so I might be turning page 1 sometime during the day.  Glass of cool (anything) close by.

Come, sit and rest awhile…. Sunday Selections

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 Benches I have seen – a Selection on Sunday

from a Canadian trip in 2010.

Benches built to last – controlled by the climate

(made of metal – think ‘snow)

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‘Just right for a sit down’ seen in Calgary, Alberta

A lovely table and bench arrangement ( complete with flowers) seen on one of the main streets.  Each time we passed by it was empty, not a soul to be seen.

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‘Circle for friends’ seen in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actually, half a circle by the walking path of a park whose name escapes me.

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‘Cold hard facts’ on the ferry to Newfoundland

These were on the deck of the car ferry we took from Sydney Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland.  It was a first time crossing for my friend Bonnie as well as me so she wanted a day sailing, ‘so I can see where I’m going’ she said!  Once you leave port it’s about 6-8 hours in the Atlantic Ocean so there was a lot of sea to be seen :)

Ferry to Newfoundland 2010

‘A real circle for friends’ in Vancouver

I was going round and round in circles when I saw these outside the Pan Pacific hotel near Canada Place.  It was a bit cool that day and there were no sitters watching the world go by.

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‘Inside or out – decision time at the bus stop in Calgary

‘Seize an opportunity’ seemed to be the idea in mind with these advertising boards on the back of the bus stop benches near the train station.  Not sure the reason for the temp guage, not a nice reminder during winter lol

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River at Drifting through Life is the keeper of the Sunday Selections meme.  No real rules – post some photos on a Sunday – link back to River.  Try to visit some of the other participants.

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Andrew

Elephant’s Child

Snoskred

Having to use the iPad this week so spacing and layout may be a bit wonky. Fingers crossed :)

 

 

Feline Fun on Friday……

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The past week has gone in a sort of haze – a painful haze at that.  The Dentist – a lovely man but not my favourite person played a large part in it.  Kiera – who is one of my favourite ‘people’ also played a large part in it.

Soft and warm and comforting she kept me company as I ‘recovered’ from a tooth extraction.  Yes, I’m a big sook and my jaw was sore and tender and I needed something to cuddle, although she did get a bit annoyed at times when I seemed to prefer using the iPad rather than playing and giving her attention.

Now that Friday has arrived it’s time for fun and here by special request (well I’m sure that’s what she whispered in my ear in loud vibrating sounds) are some Feline Funnies For you to enjoy :)

 

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And to finish something I wonder if all of us wonder about at times

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And Kiera – what of her now she’s no longer needed for pain relief therapy.
Looks like she’s back on duty in her favourite spot on the back deck.

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Here’s hoping your Friday is Full of Fun :)

cartoon source – Andertoons

To Mum, with love……

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So I have spent many hours over the past few years going through cupboards, drawers, shelves, boxes, you name it – if it’s capable of holding ‘things’ it’s able to be surveyed for reduction. These days I’m even more decisive than ever when it comes to decluttering/tossing/recycling.  Anything and everything comes under scrutiny – if it’s sitting still long enough I give it the once over :)

My mother was not the best cook and certainly didn’t encourage us in the kitchen so I had nothing to build my cookery skills on, which meant when I married I had to learn to cook pretty quickly.  I used to copy recipes out of the paper, then later pick up used cookery books from the op shop.  Once I was back at work the buying progressed to big glossy ones about all sorts of ways and means of turning raw ingredients into delicious looking meals.  It sort of got out of hand and like Topsy the piles of them grew.

About this time in 2011 things came to a head the day this happened and I had to turn my eye to decluttering even my cookery books.  Even now I grimace/laugh when I look at the pictures in that post :)

https://cranethie.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/cookery-books-anyone/

Move on to this past Sunday and we were enjoying a visit to a son we didn’t get to see at Christmas when he asked me if I could use various things as he was having a clear out – ‘oh no, thank you very much says I, but I’ll put them in the op shop for you”

Then he turned around and presented me with these.  Five basic 500 recipe books (circa 1960s) I gave him (from my shelves) when he moved out many years ago.

“Oh, he said, and I found these in the clear out.  I certainly don’t need them anymore so I thought you’d like them back.’

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Simple Family Meals but full of ingredients we don’t seem to use these days – like proper butter, tinned potatoes, tongue, haddock, belly pork, pigeon??

Does anyone anywhere cook tongue these days?

Believable or not……

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There are all sorts of little sayings, quotes, and blessings (often attributed to the Irish) to be found in print and on the internet.  I’m sure lots of them have been around in some form or another for many years but quite a few seem to have been recent modern versions. In fact some websites seem to come out with more and more of them each year – interesting and fun reading (true or otherwise)

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/irish-sayings-proverbs-and-prayers-for-st-patricks-day-117923469-237375661.html

This is a well known one – a traditional Irish blessing.  I have never seen or heard anyone dispute its origin (unknown)

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I came across one on a fellow bloggers site the other day – the words are very similar to each other except in this case they are noted as an Apache blessing.

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I had never seen or heard the words before (which do have a nice pleasant feel to them) so had a little time with Mr G and found a person (well, I did actually find more than one) who actually debunked the idea of any native Indian having spoken the words at all.  Seems it originated in a 1950’s movie.  Wikipedia suggests the same as well.

http://ianchadwick.com/blog/its-not-an-apache-blessing-its-just-a-hollywood-script/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Wedding_Blessing

Surprise Surprise, just by coincidence while I was searching for something unrelated yesterday  I found this tucked away in a box of ‘treasures.  An old touristy handkerchief highlighting that same Irish blessing, given to me by my Dad at the time we emigrated (1972).  Obviously used at some time, bit of stain on it but laundered and stashed away as a keepsake.  Corny or otherwise, a gift from my Irish dad, it brought a smile to my face.  Will have to wash and iron it again, this time rather than toss it in the box I’ll find something else to contain it (and then pop it in the big box)

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“May The Road rise up to meet you” is about God’s blessing for your journey – may your walk be an easy one – with no huge mountains to climb or obstacles to overcome.
It alludes to three images from nature – the wind, sun and rain – as pictures of God’s care and provision. The “wind” can be likened to the Spirit of God, who came as a “mighty wind” at Pentecost.  The suns warmth in the prayer reminds us of the tender mercies of God, “by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven” (Luke 1:78, NIV), whilst the soft falling rain speaks of God’s provision and sustenance. Finally, we are reminded that we are held safe in God’s loving hands as we travel on our journey through life. As such this prayer is a good blessing for wedding ceremonies.

http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/may_the_road_rise_up_to_meet_you.html

What are your thoughts on this Monday?

Here I am….

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Having spent the past few weeks resting up, thinking about life and enjoying the ‘season’ I’m back to say ‘Hello, how are you, how’s things, how ya going?’

Thank you for all your kind thoughts on my last post – I had a couple more little hiccups during my time away, all is well now, and that means there’s only one place for me to go from down there and that’s where I’m off to :)

See you on the other side (of the New Year that is)

 

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Happy New Year to you all

Just not up to it…..

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There was a time when I could have done it

in fact I’ve done it several times before in various forms

however this time I just wasn’t up to it :(

Mage has been blogging every day this month and I was going to do the same but it all came to a crashing halt towards the end of last week.  First there was the headaches and the sore itchy eyes, I began to think I had a case of this

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 But then the  fatigue set in as well as – well you name it I felt it lol.

Feeling really out of sorts all I craved were quiet days minus anything remotely like thinking of subjects to blog about so I went into hibernation.  Minimal screen time!  And even though (just now and again) I did take very quick sneak peaks at various places  I didn’t think about Still Waters once over that time.  That certainly doesn’t sound like a dedicated blogger does it lol

My GP is of the old fashioned sort – he sent a swab from my eye to the lab.  Nothing unusual so suggested rinsing in warm salt water which does seem to be helping.  I’ll stay away from here for the rest of the week and come back with an every other day routine unless there’s something I ‘just have to’ show or talk about :)

As for today – feeling lots better

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 Bye for now
Cathy

Local knowledge……

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It certainly took a bit of local knowledge to get me to a Probus event yesterday morning.  A small snippet about a motor accident heard on the radio at 6.30am had me trying to visualise which route to take because the traffic management place only gave the names of two streets but no details about how far down those roads the road block had been put in place.

‘Should I go the back way and hope I can get across the main road and then take a shortcut through a side street half way up the hill because the main road will be blocked at the roundabout’ or ‘Should I go straight down the other main road and hope I can get round the roundabout’ or ‘Should I go straight ahead at the traffic lights then weave my way through local streets and then cut back to arrive at where I want to be?’ Decisions Decisions.  All the time thinking of those involved in what by 7.30am was actually being called ‘a serious collision’

Good job I went directly to the roundabout because The Golfer went the back way and discovered the traffic was being diverted further down the hill than I anticipated and would have had to have done a Uturn to find another way LOL

Waiting in line for a cuppa at the morning tea break when someone asked me if I had daughters who played netball when they were much younger.  Oh my, it’s got to have been 25 years at least since I’d seen this lady (she along with her husband used to run the local newsagency) and yes, one of my girls played sport with one of hers.  With there being more than 70 members I don’t always notice faces and I certainly hadn’t seen hers before so it was a lovely surprise when she recognised me (but then she could have just seen my name badge lol)

Now each month I usually sit with a person who has only been living in the area for a short time so she was full of questions about what changes had taken place over the years, we talked and reminisced for a while and you should have seen my companions face when we got to the time of the protest meeting.  After a noisy protest meeting the council turned up at 6am the next day to cut down a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig – well before anyone realised what was going on – which they had said was in the line of a road widening scheme and down it must come.  Residents protested but down it came :(

I smiled when my friend said ‘how lovely it was to hear all this from locals, they have so much knowledge tucked away’ I smiled because even tho’ I’ve lived here for over 40 years it was the first time anyone had referred to me as ‘a local’ :)

 

 

Sunday Selections – take two!

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(A little late in the day – this is take two.  I’ve had to work on my iPad today and when I hit publish nothing was the way it was supposed to be.)

Here is Big and Wide along with High and Mighty :)

3 yrs ago (back in 2012) during our winter trip ‘up north’ we visited a spot not far (150kms) from Cairns, Far North Queensland.  Close to Ravenshoe we found Millstream Falls.  These are some photos I never got round to showing on the blog.

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Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow ‘Big Millstream Falls’ is reputedly the widest single drop waterfall in Australia.  A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls.  Here in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range, the dry open woodland vegetation is predominately Eucalyptus.

http://www.weekendnotes.com/millstream-falls/

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/millstream-falls/about.html

Yes it was a bit of a walk from the car park – every now and again you’d see and hear the  falls in the distance.  Definitely worth it in the end :)

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Standing there looking at all that water tumbling over the edge reminded me of another set of falls we have visited several Times before. I haven’t shown these photos either lol

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Sunday Selections is a weekly meme hosted by River at Drifting through Life as a means of showing photos that have not already featured on the blog.

Here are some contributors to Sunday Selections

Andrew

http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/sunday-selections_15.html

River

http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/sunday-selections-250.html

Elephants Child

http://myjustsostory.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/sunday-selections-250.html

Snoskred

http://www.snoskred.org/2015/11/sunday-selections-week-46.html

Not a good day…..

Published 2pm Melbourne – 4am Paris

No post today

Nothing going on in my life could be anything like life in Paris today

Nothing could match the horror of the past few hours in Paris

For good reasons and for bad

this will be the number one news item on every media platform

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3317776/Machine-gun-fire-heard-central-Paris-police-flood-scene-not-far-Charlie-Hebdo-shootings.html

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Feline Fun on a Friday

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Friday is here again – time for some Fun
Gosh I seem to say that every week :)

Kiera snuck her way into a couple of posts earlier this week so I thought you’d like a bit more Feline Fun just for this Friday

Groaning is allowed lol

Cat Joke 1Q: How is cat food sold?
A: So much purr can.

Q: What is a cat’s favourite dessert?
A: Mice pudding.

Q: Why did the Mama cat put stamps on her kittens?
A: She wanted to mail a litter.

Q: How do you mail a cat?
A: Use fur-class mail

Cats at Work

Q: Why did the silly boy try to feed pennies to the cat?
A: Because his mother told him to put money in the kitty.

Q: What kind of work does a weak cat do?
A: Light mouse work.

Q: How do you call a barber cat?
A: Yell…”Hair Kitty”

Q: Why did everyone like Tom Cat?
A: He was very purrsonable.

Q: When does the weather go splash! splash! meow! woof?
A: When it’s raining cats and dogs.

Q: Why did the cat like to go bowling?
A: He was an alley cat.

And to finish

Cat Joke 2

I do hope your Friday is full of Fun

A Day to Remember…..

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Yesterday was Remembrance Day once called Armistice Day – known by various names in other countries – a day for paying respect, always held on November 11th no matter what day of the week that falls on.  It is a day to ponder about and acknowledge times gone by – a day to remember past wars and conflict – a day to remember lives lost –  – a day to recognise and honour those who served as well as those who died.  A day symbolised by the wearing of a red poppy.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was my day in the op shop and when we heard the sound of  the pips for the hour (11am) along with the bugle playing The Last Post on the radio people in the shop (both staff and customers) stopped what they were doing and observed the minutes silence.  It was such an eerie feeling being there with some who were strangers all thinking about the same thing.  Does anyone remember like I do that many years ago (when I was little) even the traffic stopped?

As we began to go about our business again there was one older lady who seemed quite agititated and when approached became visibly upset.  There was lots of muttering about ‘her Bert and coming home’ so it took a bit of TLC from one of the other girls to calm her down and reassure her all was well now.

This older lady then became upset again, raising her voice saying ‘They tell you these days to forget and to forgive’  well no it won’t happen where I’m concerned.  No-one knows how my Bert was when he came home after all those years away.  I will never forgive them for what they did to him in those camps.  I’ll never Forget  – and I’ll never Forgive!’.

She was known to one of the volunteers who rang her daughter – who was unaware ‘Mum was out shopping’ because she has become more and more agitated each year when she realises what the date is. Their Dad was captured/ taken prisoner in the Pacific and was away from home for a lot longer than many other Australian soldiers so they try to ‘keep her busy’ both on Anzac Day and Rememberance Day.

It is very hard for those who remember all that their loved ones did for the safety of the world – they suffer in a different way

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day

Lest we forget

Untangling things………..

Even though this looks very much like her, this is not our Kiera.   It’s not the sort of activities our very mature 15yr Brown Burmese gets up to nowadays however a much younger Kiera was known for performing tricks just like this :)

imageNo tangled knitting wool here at the moment but I do seem to have spent the past few days untangling lots of other little niggly things that have been going on around here.
Such as:-

I’m still having problems commenting on blogger blogs.  some of the WVerification seems to hate me – I write a comment, go through the WV hoop, press publish and my words disappear.  So if anyone wonders why they don’t hear from me – thats most likely the reason why.

Our internet seems to have been ‘fixed’ – more peak and off peak for less cash, not sure how that happens but The Golfer assures me it will.  Hopefully I will be able to visit others more often and also publish more ‘photo’ posts.

Monday I ‘updated’ my mobile phone handset from a little Samsung flip type to one of those new fangled Android type thingys.  It is great for texting because it has a ‘proper’ keyboard and I’m not spending time picking out the letters on a tiny key pad (that has letters and numbers combined) one at a time and then getting the numbers mixed up with the letters and having trouble with capitals even tho’ I know no-one uses capitals in texts lol

The Golfer had a ‘little play’ with it last night – seeing if it would connect to our home wifi.  Bad move because even tho’ he turned things off when he finished, from then on I kept losing money from my balance.  Still happened even when turned off overnight so off to the Telstra shop I go today.  Seems there was one more setting that should have been turned to off.  Hopefully all is untangled now.

There is no oomph in this post is there – lets hope things are more satisfying from now on – and I don’t have anything to grizzle about

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