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Well it’s been a couple of the coldest weeks of the winter so far – nights that had me cuddled up to The Golfer – and days that were almost like summer.  Freezing overnight and up to 17c/ 62f some afternoons!
http://www.farmonlineweather.com.au/news/melbourne-struggling-to-stay-warm/24827

One of the day started with one person leading the country (Julia Gillard) and finished with another – not a brand new one but a recycled one (Kevin Rudd) – all done legally and with no blood letting either (well that we could see that is!). 
http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/recycled_rudd_kevin_about_back_now_TC18yB432psJtBmhjrAyhK

All is square in the Rugby League scene after the second State of Origin match – this time round Queensland beat NSW so the decider will be played in Sydney on July 17.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_State_of_Origin_series

Rugby Union has been in the limelight with the Wallabies (Australia) taking on The British and Irish Lions.  It was even stevens after two tests and the series went to the Lions after the Sydney game – The Lions only tour Australia every 12 years so there is a bit of a wait for those who can’t get overseas to see them play before then. 
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jul/05/lions-2013-union-australia 
http://www.rugby.com.au/lions2013/

Now we all know the population is getting top heavy with more older people than younger – lots of government services are starting to feel the demand – it seems that demands are also going to be felt in other parts of our community.  Lots of our ‘prison community’ will be elderly and last week this idea of ‘Prisons for the Elderly’ was suggested.  How do you feel about that??
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ararat-mooted-as-twilight-jail-for-elderly-offenders-20130623-2oqrf.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-24/ararat-council-wants-to-build-prison-for-elderly/4775082

With all the high winds we’ve had over the past week or two next door’s old oak tree had finally lost all its leaves – and I’ve discovered that there is one messy part of the garden near the side fence to be dealt with.  That fence line looks so bare yet when the tree is in full leaf you hardly notice it.  We need some dry days so I can finish raking all the leaves and moving the bits and pieces back to where they normally live.
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I had started the clean up this morning and look what I saw – spring bulbs are on their way up.  There are heads on some and I even picked one bloom that had flowered. 

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Not much else in the garden except my trusty helper – and she tends to ignore me half the time lol

 

Thanks for all your recent comments – hope life has been good for you this past couple of weeks!

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