Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas episode 2


I was lucky enough to have capable people for guests for little did they know that they would have to cook the dinner, me being so ill. They younger brigade set the table while the older ones cooked. They had travelled from all over Australia to spend Christmas Day with us. They came from Darwin, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Canberra and Adelaide.

All seated and ready to hop into a good lunch, the table groaning with food.

But not before a check that every thing is OK by "Olive & Popeye"

Time to pop the bon-bons open (made from scratch by me) which I think were the "hit" of the day, with most people that is, you can't please everyone all of the time. Ha-ha

It seems like it was pretty good, not much left behind. Personally, I had only a bite of potato and a sniff of chicken. The day finished for me by being admitted to hospital with pnuemonia and a kidney infection that caused my heart beat to elevate to an alarming speed. I'm home again now, but not much better, at least the Pnuemonia has been laid to rest.

Tummies full and time for a rest, these two newlyweds find acomfy spot.
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Christmas. episode One


Our Christmas started out badly, with me feeling very ill. Like a trooper I tried to "battle on" but it just became worse and it was evident that that I'd need some medical help. But me, being me, I refused to give in. The day started with having to help with the dressing, no...not the husband !! ha-ha

Some time ago I purchased an icecream churn and now seemed the perfect time to try it out. My DIL, Jen, helped me out by making the icecream and once we had all the parts in the right way it worked perfectly. I must say it was the smoothest and creamiest icecream that I've ever tasted ( believe me,, I've eaten lots of different icecreams in my lifetime) This pic shows the "old boy" offering advice.

Amy, one of my grandchildren had a doll when she was young and named it Doll-doll. now to cut a long story short, when she was 16 yo it was thrown out in the trash and (she says) it caused her emotional trauma. Well then it was found (born again) and sitting large as life in Target. For a joke her parents gave the born again version. Look at the face, see how delighted this now 23yo is to have found her baby again ..... Ha-ha

They also bought their 2 dogs on holiday all the way from Canberra, this one is named Scooter.

And here is his friend Millie.
That's it for now, story to be continued (maybe tomorrow)
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree !!


I felt the urge to resurrect my old "tree" this year, mostly because the dear family members will be spending the day with us. There are a couple that will be absent, it would have been great to have them all together once more, but sadly it can not be. The first picture was taken just after I finished erecting it (it took me 2 days) and the other just as dark set in. This is only an ornamental thing, no presents under our tree, this is a time to enjoy the company of our loved ones, not to engage in the "commercial hype" that the stores have turned Christmas into.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

In the eye of the beholder.

Just take a look at these lovelies, all blooming beautifully in my garden


This one looks better in real life, such soft lavender and pink.


Then, last but not least this magnificent blue with a dash of lemon. Sounds a bit like a drink that you'd order on a hot thirsty day (lol)


Don't forget to click on each picture to get the true beauty of these blooms
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Rats tail cacti


This delightful plant in my sun room has put on a gorgeous display this year. Like Jack's beanstalk, it has grown and grown but in the opposite direction, lol
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I just went out and measured it and its about 6 foot long !!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Perfect day in Paradise

Today..the weather is PERFECT. The sun is warm, the bees are buzzing and the seeds are popping their heads through the soil.

This is my favourite iris, I know I've posted this one before but I just love it !!

New to my garden is this purple Pacific Coast iris, isn't she lovely? Do you get the impression that my favourite colour is purple? Well just to trick you here is another the wonderful plants growing in my garden. (I wont bore you with my veggies, but they are doing well too [lol])

This is Echium "Tower of Jewels" 2 metres high. I couldn't put a stake in to support her because she is right on top of the water pipe supplying water to the house. I've done that before and it wasn't a happy household, so I tied her in the middle to the shrub behind.
And just to show that I meant it when I said the bees are buzzing, here is a close up of the flowers.

Don't you think its a beautiful sight?
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fountain is working by solar power !

The fountain has been placed ih the fish pond, the leak has been fixed, now all is "hunky-dory" in my opinion. What a clever fellow he is !! He has been saving an old solar panel that he salvaged from the dump many years ago because he knew that one day the pond water would need re-circulating.


All I want now is for the water lillies to grow and flower, it should look BEAUTIFUL.


The most important thing left for me is, get those darned weeds off the cliff face. Looks as if I'll have to get the ladder as some of them are just too high for me to reach.


Then there is this delightful bush (a native) planted last autumn that has come out in bloom, just to the right of the pond, so delicate and a lovely colour.




I like this plant so much that I decided to add a few more pics. (lol)
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Christnas is coming

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man's hat,
if you have no penny,
then a ha'penny will do,
but if you have no ha'penny,
then, God Bless You.

This little rhyme we used to recite as children....long, long ago. It's been stuck in my head all day as I baked the fruit cake for Christmas. It is now out of the oven and it smells delicious, spicy and with loads of mixed fruit soused in brandy. When I removed it from the oven I poured a quarter of a cup of orange liquer brandy over it. Now to wait until it is completely cold so I can wrap it in several layers of foil, after which I shall place it in a cool spot to "ripen"



I've been threatened not to go near it with a knife.....he knows me too well
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Its surprising what you find when you clear an overgrown garden


Look what popped its head out of the undergrowth. These pretty daffodils haven't been seen for quite a few years and lo and behold, 12 beautiful soft apricot shaded flowers said "thank you" Unfortunately the wind and rain has all but destroyed the blooms and this was the only flower head remaining without too much damage.

Prime of Madiera, Echium, it always puts on a great show and hasn't disappointed again this season. The honey eating birds enjoy a drink of its nectar.

Last, but not least the dainty little flowers on this shrub (cant think of its name, but I will remember it as soon as I hit the "publish post button") lol
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Christmas Dinner.

What's on the menu at your place this coming Christmas? Meet Mary Christmas.....she is coming to our dinner table.


All we have to do in the mean while is to feed her well, give her a nice cosy bed to sleep on and she will join us on Christmas day.
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Never smile.......... a crocodile !! Just a little kitsch for the pond. I've been waiting for years to fill up the pond with water and today, after 1 and a half days (daylight hours) with 2 hoses running the job is complete. Plants are in pots and placed where I think they will look good when they eventually take off. The crocs head is tethered to the pot containing Lousianna Irises which look a little droopy because they have only today been dug from wher they have grown. We bought the crocodile in Darwin when we were there recently for Sarah and Stephen's wedding.



These other pics are some "pretties growing in my garden at the side of the pond. Just thought I'd add them for good measure.



Now all that is left to do is clean up the mess.

PS. We put 7 goldfish in the water and haven't seen them since. I expect them to grow to an enormous size in this large expanse of water.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Small things.......

..........amuse small minds, or so they say. A year or so ago I posted an article on some interesting buildings around the district, here is an up-date on one of them.


The old shed that was ALMOST fallind down, one more puff of wind DID eventually bring her down. The only thing holding her up now is the items being "stored" inside (lol)


Poor old shed, I've been watching and waiting for nearly 25 years to see if any one would come to her rescue. R.I.P.
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