Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Taste and See, Reflections of 2008

Red Letter Believers has a group writing project.

"This is an open invitation to everyone to reflect on this past year.

Listen to the news or read the papers, and it hasn’t been such a hot 12 months on a number of fronts. But we know that our God isn’t one constrained by the latest economic or political news. He’s not one to wait till consumer confidence picks up. He’s the same today, yesterday and forever.

So, in what ways has God blessed you this year? Perhaps this year has been one of loss for you: a home, a job, or a loved one. How have you found blessings in your brokenness?"
I found it at the wonderful wordpress blog Desperate for More of Him that I have been enjoying, that started to follow my blog.

"We’ll post your reflections beginning January 1."
I was writing on my Simply Kind Tuesdays about the book I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sellew. I found this study some kids did in school. It follow along with what I was going to say today.

Early this year we set a goal to be in our new house by the start of school in late January. We had set this up with the new school and everything. I remember thinking it would be the last time I did things in my town I am living in now. Obviously we didn't move. I am still here. The jobs that had to be done before we could move it beat us by a few days. No we are not very slow, but they are still to be done and hopefully will be finished very soon.

That is the long story for the fact that I had all the emotions of shifting. People had asked me rude questions I thought about why we were moving, when we were moving etc. I was quite stressed and found it hard to forgot the pre-Christmas activity. I settled down back into school and our activities, though I forget the details now. What I did notice is that my attitude to how I handled people here had changed. I knew that I had an out, so nothing bothered me. Strange isn't it? Maybe I was so thankful to still be in my house that I enjoyed it.

I did have a lot of things to cope with this year, but really I can't remember much now, that is how it is by the time to get to the New Year I suppose. You get to start again fresh. So I don't think my original idea of speaking of my Dad's death is relevant. My blessings don't come from brokenness I don't think.

We got a new puppy this year. I am so humbled by this bestowing of such a intelligent dog on me. I know we won't probably take him hunting, but he could be taught so much. He is like a dog equivalent of an engineer. Always trying out ways to get things to work or do what he wants. He is often seen with pots on his nose!

At one stage our job was under a cloud because of an excess, but we continue to have employment for my husband.

I was blessed by the Skywatch Friday meme that had me photographing plane trails, moons, sunsets in the colder months of the year. I have been here five years in January but still adjusting to the cooler weather.

My son (our eldest) was blessed with his own flat so he was able to get out of a group share situation. Lots of good things happened to him, so as he nears his 21st birthday he is pretty much on his own two feet and doing well.

God has been good to all of my children. It would take a whole post to list the blessings they have had.

The most noted thing for me is that I didn't move house before or during my Dad's battle with cancer. I try to avoid overloading my coping mechanisms. I have had the year to digest this new stage of my life. Hopefully this year the house situation will sort itself out. We are working hard to get it ready for us or someone else to live in.

I am extremely grateful our builder finished the back of the house, builders are hard to come by. We got a lovely glassed area and door, where there was shade cloth and lattice and a normal door previously. Yes, the back section had lots of fresh air. He also lined a ceiling in pine. It should be very cosy in there now. I am also grateful for our plumber and electrician, and for the builder putting back our kitchen floor which was damaged from white ants, and to our pest man.

I am extremely grateful that the passing of our old dog from cancer was not tramatic. That we have had money to fix our car, not once, but twice. That it happened while in the driveway not had me stuck out in the remote country that I live in. I am grateful for all my monetary blessings, to keep us going. We were able to do all we had to do.

I was very blessed that we were able to take our preserves to the local Agricultural Show or County Fair.

I got to know my son's girlfriend during this time and the whole generational cycle starts again. She has been very generous to his siblings as he calls them lol.

We were very blessed that wood kept appearing and we didn't have to go searching for it to heat our house, which worried us.

I got to go to the city twice, once to visit the zoo and another time I was well enough to still go. I was also well this week (when I wrote this) when I had to be. We had lots of things we had to do at the regional centre. So much can happen in one year.

I was able to buy a few novels here or there, and some CDs, and start this blog and meet new friends.

I was happy also that red leaves stayed on my tree outside my window all the way until the new ones came at spring time. Yes, less and less each time, but still some to look at.

So I guess this year has been a year of change for me. My other son was meant to start uni but is going to go this time next year, or rather February. I guess it was enough change for one year. Hopefully we can concentrate on helping him as much as we can this coming year and still find time to devote to our houses and our future, whatever it is.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


That's My World Tuesday

These photos were taken on Christmas Day. Unlike the previous time I had been to Tallangatta the town was deserted. It didn't take long for the ibis to make itself at home. The poor thing just wanted to cross the road. I had watched him for quite awhile and he must have got tired of "window shopping"!

Monday, December 29, 2008

After Christmas

The Woman of Notes has a post called The Days After Christmas. I thought I would so a similar post. Be sure to visit Fiona and read her list.

some linen washing ...
some cooler weather ...
some kite watching ...
some laughing ...
some shopping for bread and milk ...
some renovating ...
some weaving ...
some making the cat a handmade bowl ...
some swimming ...
some watching the dog play ...
some hugs ...

This is my fourth day after Christmas.

Windswept Traveler by Peggy Abrams
Windswept Traveler

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 29

Monday ~ Creamy Bacon Spaghetti with Poached Eggs &/or Spaghetti Carbonara
Tuesday ~ Pumpkin & Bacon Pasta
Wednesday ~ Essential Chow Mein
Thursday ~ Vegetable and Risoni Bake
Friday ~ Ham, boiled potatoes, beans and carrots & jam melon pickles
Saturday ~ Ham Salad with broad beans
Sunday ~ Pork Chow Mein

When I started this fortnight's (two weeks) menu plan I found there were three things I hadn't made yet let over, and so I put three things we had instead in there place. This was this plan and the last one.

Somehow I have found myself four meals short with still plenty of food around. So I will have these things:

Sunday: Spaghetti Bolognaise
Monday: Sausages, green vegetable & potatoes
Tuesday: Left over chow mein
Wednesday: Spaghetti with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Vegetables left over from the failed recipes because some of the ingredients are no longer here or for whatever reason:

mushrooms, bok choy, small amount of cabbage, zucchini, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, I have used up the tomatoes and zucchini in the above recipe.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christian Readers Challenge 2009

I am going to join this challenge at MizB Challenges You. It will give me a chance to put my unread novels from Fall Into Reading into a new list to be read during the challenge, New Year until April 30. By then it will be time for the Spring Challenge. Thanks to Book Critiques for leaving a comment on my blog, I went over there and found a great list of books and this new challenge. From memory I think I am half way through checking the list of books against the catalogue at my local library online.

Here is my list which happens to be all novels:

Amethyst, Lauraine Snelling
A Touch of Grace, Lauraine Snelling
Sophie's Dilema, Lauraine Snelling
The Parting, Beverly Lewis
The Forbidden, Beverly Lewis
October Song, Beverly Lewis
Anne of Green Gables
Believing The Dream, Lauraine Snelling
More Than A Dream, Lauraine Snelling
A Dream To Follow, Lauraine Snelling
What Once We Loved, Jane Kirkpatrick
Endless Chain, Emilie Richards

Since this goes over 4 months, and last time, I think in three months I read 14 books; maybe I am a bit light. However, it is hot here at least for a couple of months and this house isn't airconditioned and I am going to be looking after the kids on my own mostly until February when they resume school for first term. I have added the last Emilie Richards novel I want to read in the series, so I think I have an achievable list, but not too generous on myself either. Emilie Richards may not meet the criteria, I'm not sure about it, but enjoyed reading the others even though there is a slight cloud over them possibly. This challenge is great because it helps things settle back into a normal pattern after Christmas.

Historic Reading Posters - January, A Year of Good Reading Ahead

Back To Basics Challenge

Sowing seed or Planting

Hubby brought home some large garlic from our new house.

Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars

I have been looking at hundreds of wild plums laden with fruit. So thinking if we could wildcraft some plums near our new house.

I was studying my Indian Cooking Class book by AWW. Ages ago I wanted to get my eldest to buy some Indian ingredients for me. I didn't know what they were off hand. It must have been asafoetida powder and some jaggery. Of course, you don't need jaggery as you can use palm sugar. I bought some asafoetida powder from Herbies spices, so look forward to making some more recipes from my book. It is the site's fourth selling item.

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc

I didn't realise, but our son found some scooters at the tip. They are electric. One has the parts that the other one needs. So our middle daughter and her Dad have been working on them to see if they can get a scooter to work!

Unfortunately our freezer constantly needs defrosting as we probably need a new one. Hubby defrosted it on Boxing Day to keep our food from getting any softer.

Hubby apparently found some stove elements at the tip. When we bought this house that we live in, the stove looked new and white in my memory. On settlement day we found an old stove. One element was raised up and therefore the pots slightly on an angle. Friday night I saw the top of the stove lifted up. Had no idea what hubby was doing (usually I know but these days it seems no one tells me of their finds etc.) but it turns out I have a new element and hopefully it makes for a much better cooking experience. It saved buying a whole new stove.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc

I helped my daughter's friend's parents get their Christmas shopping done by having their daughter over for a sleep-over. They like us live a long way from decent shops.

Learn a new Skill

Well, this week I am going to mention a skill that my husband taught our son. Our son was using the shovel, and I assume too much pressure was put on it and it broke. On Wednesday, he taught him how to replace a shovel handle.

On Tuesday I saw our middle daughter manually hedge trimming, and our little girl who is seven sitting up sewing around some material for a sachet for her Nana. Her Dad taught her a stitch she could use and helped her when she ran out of thread. The stitches were quite nice. She had gone around once herself and had decided her stitches were right, that is when she learnt the new ones. Now we are hoping to continue and do a nine patch. So far I have found some instructions. The squares have been chosen, cut out and attached to each other. My Mum gave the girls some material remnants on Christmas Day.

She also gave our little girl some money for her present. On Saturday she took her money to the shop and bought a kit to make a scarf. It is like a basic loom.

I saw in the November issue of the Australian Better Homes & Gardens a pattern for crochet on the tops of towels to hang on the stove, and some washcloths. If I can get my hands on a copy I would like to learn how to make towel toppers.

Click on the photo for more of this photostream.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... a windsock floating in the breeze

I am thinking... I think I am just flat from the heat and recovering, just pottering along

I am thankful for...
having the chance to get better from complications of the flu I had months ago

From the kitchen... Roast Pumpkin & Pesto Risotto

I am wearing... a new orange t-shirt from My Size and older BigW capris, and these nice but eventually uncomfortable scuffs

I am creating... a second blog, trying my hand at writing a blog that is meme free, because I am addicted to them! I am trying to do simple living more justice

I am going... nowhere I imagine, I am holding the fort while some serious building/handyman work is done at our new house

I am reading...
just starting a book, but basically nothing until I feel like reading again

I am hoping... very blank, I suppose I will get a clearer direction once we get out of Christmas mode

I am hearing...
my eldest daughters music coming from the TV

Around the house... a plum pudding waiting to be heated up

One of my favorite things... no particular things grabs my attention at the moment, maybe the Christmas trees

A few plans for the rest of the week:
getting the routine back to somewhere near normal

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
you can see what jobs we need to continue on with at our new to us house. Another row of tiling, painting windows, putting skirting boards back.

The Simple Woman's Daybook blog. The Daybook is actually on vacation this week.

Reflection Saturday

Hosted by Doodles of Life.

I had a little ramble on on Christmas Eve. So much seems to happen in a short time. Twenty four hours later, my little girl who is seven has been asking me questions.

She wants to know how to stitch material together to make a blanket. I tell it it is called quilting. So I offered to find instructions for a child on how to make it. So we find this to start with, but will only make one side. She has always had a great aptitude for learning. I am so rapted. I know we probably won't make the perfect opportunities but we will try something and I think it is lovely.

We saw some interesting things on our drive on Christmas Day. Early on, well we left early, we saw a bird, probably a jay or a crow, chase a medium sized bunny onto the road with the wish to kill him! They saw the car and basically went back where they came from, bunny unharmed, or bird for that matter.

On the way home we saw a very small water bird on the side of the road. A minature of what I expected to see, and it disappeared into the grass. I think it was last Thursday, I saw movement in the grass halfway to grocery shopping. I wondered if it was a snake and the the bottom half of a tortoise disappearing into the grass also.

Speaking of snakes we did see a presumably dead one upside down, it had a white tummy. A couple of days ago I saw a blue-tongued lizard on the road.

We did get to look at the Christmas lights. We drove around last night. There were less than we expected. We were a little distracted though. Just after we started out hubby was tailed for ages, then pulled over by the police with lights everywhere. The first time for me I think. He was breathalised, and no harm done, but it wasn't the experience we were looking for exactly!

To make my fellow light watchers not worry about me, I did enjoy very much looking at the planets in the quieter area of town over the mountain and the first stars to come out. It reminded me of rabbit hunting at night, and hubby and I enjoyed talking about that. Apparently once probably this or last year, he picked our eldest up from the railway station, which last time came in something like 10pm. Add 1 1/2 hours to drive home. He said the stars were so amazing, there wasn't a blank part of the sky to be seen anywhere. He says our backyard can be amazing. He gets the prize for all the late night jobs.

On a more annoying note, it has been warmer, more like summer the past few days, today, Christmas Day the hottest. Sometimes late at night the spider start crawling around. I just found one, which I didn't identify, but usually the white tipped ones come out at this time on a warm night. So sorry it was crawling very fast, and it is now dead.

My Christmas included talking about engines and motorbikes. I couldn't convince hubby to take a ride around the block on the bike. He didn't even start it. It was started, but he didn't start it. In our hometown at one time people knew him by his bike.

Well I finally saw my Dad's headstone. It was very hot at the cemetery. You could feel yourself burning. I was able to show the girls his parents and Grandparents burial place as well. As you know I get to my hometown only a few times a year.

We limited our stops or I would have taken photos of the beautiful scuptures in the middle of the roundabouts there. The one I liked the best were three angels. They are make of a framework, outlines of angels, beautiful. I was very proud of my hometown.

That was my Christmas. Lots of driving, but nice in places as there were few people and we could make ourselves at home, like opening the car doors near the park, taking photos and eating some biscuits our of the tin we were given as a present. A drink of water and a play in the park and then onto the last leg of our journey. Some photos posted in Skywatch and some for That's My World Tuesday.

As you can see from the photo, my middle daughter made a good job of painting my clock, for my present for Christmas.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Skywatch Friday ~ Boxing Day

This week's Skywatch Friday is a follow on from last week. The photos are new though, it was a much hotter day. The place was deserted as it was Christmas Day. The town is called Tallangatta.

Tallangatta was a town that moved in the 1950s. The shops are so much alike, maybe they were replacement shops from the government?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thankful Thursday ~ December 25

Iris has a special Thankful Thursday this week.

"I will be hosting Thankful Thursday on Christmas Day.

Lets do something special for Christmas Day. I would like you to think back (way back for some of us). I would love for you to share with us a Christmas from your childhood – what stayed in your mind all these years…what you are thankful for…"

Merry Heart by Jo Moulton
Merry Heart

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Merry Christmas to all my blog visitors!

I have been thinking about my Christmases past. Not much came to mind that wasn't captured in a photograph. What I did remember today on Christmas Eve that nearly made me cry, was something Mum did for me, that I am pretty sure became a Christmas present.

My Mum when I was a girl, not a little girl, or a big girl, just a girl, worked at the Post Office. On weekends I think, or school holidays we stayed at her work quietly either in the lady's lounge, her Mum's place, in the yard, or hanging around with her son who was a teenager. The son was practising becoming a DJ in the old Post Office. Sometimes I picked jonquils.

This lady who owned the Post Office, her Mum lived next door. I do remember a Santa she had in her lounge, that spoke I think. In 2000 I got my own talking Santa and he is wired to my screen door as I type. The kids have turned him off so he only speaks when asked.

One year Mum was knitting for quite awhile at work. She was the switchboard operator. So she sat on the chair during her shift. So she got to knit my present. Mum doesn't strike me as a expert knitter as her boss was. However, she must be because she knitted in fine blue wool a whole outfit for my doll in very fine detail. I still have the outfit. My doll's name is Suzy. She is a 60s doll and I was happy lately that our local Show or Fair had a section for exhibition only where you could display your doll.

I was also blessed by two other people regarding my doll. I will never forget. My Mum's friend had a room that you came into from outside. She had material all over the place, and sat in there to sew. One day even though she has six children, I was the same age as her fourth child, she sat in there while we played outside. She made small dresses for my doll and even put her initial in ric rac on one of them.

My Nana worked in a hotel making lunches. It was a very old-fashioned place. The teenage daughter of the boss lady one day gave me her dolls clothes. One dress was a sheer brides dress with a covered bead in decoration on it. I felt very special to have that dress. The girl had a room amongst the motel rooms like a boarding house and I got to visit her room sometimes in the courtyard with the lovely hyacinths in wheelbarrows.

So my memory has lots of oldfashioned touches.

First Ones There by Jack Terry
First Ones There

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Need A Silent Night ~ Amy Grant

A great song for today. A simplicity message. I remember Mum bought me things like a tape player/recorder. A bike. All things that enriched my life. I later used the tape recorder to play my tapes as I learnt shorthand.

A real blessing for me today was to see my eleven year old daughter text her twenty year old brother. They have always been close, but as you know my son has been away at university for three years. My daughter bought a pink Virgin phone while we were shopping in Target, I think on the way home from our hometown. She had sold her DS to her friend, and we used the money to buy the phone. She doesn't have any phone credit left, but Virgin to Virgin text I believe is free.

She told him about our Christmas Eve, and he asked what they got. Sweet. I hope it only brings good things in the future. A very cute phone, and helps me with the aftermath of these buying decisions I have to make, alot.

This post was inspired indirectly by a post at the MaryJane'sFarm blog, a post called Christmas to Me. I found Amy Grant while looking for Christmas To Me. We have a nativity scene around the corner from us. While my daughter was texting and I was driving I was admiring it. I hope to get a photo. And a fried green tomato and bacon and lettuce sandwich! I can't wait to try one. My husband loved my experiment with fried green tomatoes. I wish I had a bush outside right now! Check this out.

Some interesting Christmas movies have been on TV. I haven't sat down to watch myself. At the moment my eldest daughter is watching Santa Baby.

Today I called my Mum. We discussed Christmas. I also told her about the November issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Australia and about crochet and knitting cotton. Apparently when cotton first came to Australia to knit with my Nana tried making cloths, which I thought was interesting.

I am starting to feel more Christmasy. I have been to the hospital where our doctors are twice this week, so now I am on antibiotics and extra asthma medicine. It has been ages since I have needed any. A winter flu and associated problems I had in the winter flared up again. I am still taking it reasonably slowly though.

Christmas Eve

Sewing Kit of Tin at Rancho De Las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial Homestead Near Santa Fe
Sewing Kit of Tin at Rancho De Las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial Homestead Near Santa Fe

Well here we are at Christmas Eve. Our kids got their presents this morning. We have to get up early and travel tomorrow. They missed the Christmas event on Animal Crossing which was yesterday here. For any with the Animal Crossing game be sure to check it out.

Last night my seven year old daughter was sitting on the verandah sewing a lavender pouch for her Nana. Hubby taught her a basic stitch and then hers were very neat I thought. It was lovely seeing her sitting with a needle.

We have been seeing a monarch butterfly in the front garden. There is no swan plant for it to lay its eggs on this year. There is on at our other house (see lily post pic) but that is no help to this particular butterly. Last night I was sitting on the lawn looking at the misty look on the hills, looking at the view.

A couple of days ago our middle daughter, was painting and said I couldn't look. My Mum when she moved last gave us all of her folk art things. Daughter painted up the clock face and put on the hands and we got it this morning. My Mum is a sewer, so the clock is a beautiful patchwork at the bottom, with a picture of notions and tape measure and A Stitch in Time at the top in country colours with a girl like Raggedy. I am so humbled by this gift. I worried about that clock in the past, isn't it lovely how clever kids can grow up to be and that you don't have to be responsible for everything yourself.

I am extremely humbled by the help our eldest and his girlfriend with the presents. They thoughtfully put in some gift tags of Santas etc. on springs, second son adored his. Everything was wrapped simply and they had thought of everything.

Eldest daughter knew her sister needed and wanted a calendar and she bought her one and she loved it. The lavender pouch was finished just minutes ago.

In Stitches by Susan Eby Glass
In Stitches

Lilies & Lavender

About a week ago my husband was out pruning our lavender. Yesterday he said my beautiful unnamed lily that I inherited from the previous owner of our new house had been stripped by hail. So even though we have weeded, I can't show you an after photo. Besides which my daughter borrowed my expensive camera batteries.

Well actually I can, you can see the stalks but no flowers. We borrowed a camera. It is to the left of the bed.

So I am happy that Christian talked about these two plants on his latest videos. Now I know I have a lilium, well I think so anyway. What do you think? It is quite stunning with the yellow and white roses.

I saw a white lily in a pot at the supermarket, at $21 I didn't buy it, and I am always unsure if they are genuine Christmas lilies.

I saw an arrangement of lilies like either mine or Christians at the hospital today, a lady grows them in her garden. What a lovely garden it must be to walk through.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Simply Kind Tuesdays

"Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own." ~Adam Lindsay Gordon

What a lovely quote.

It reminds me of a quote "there but for the grace of God go I".

Who knows where I first heard all these quotes, but I am glad I know them.

The meaning according to Wiki is: "from a mid-sixteenth-century statement by John Bradford, "There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford", in reference to a group of prisoners being led to be execution", nice. (not.)

"A recognition that others' misfortune could be one's own, if it weren't for the blessing/kindness/luck bestowed by fate or the Divine."

I suppose courage in your own trouble results in kindness to other while you are being courageous. Someone suggested Dr. Seuss as a source of inspiration in courage, I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew.

"There's a faraway land,
So the stories all tell
Somewhere beyond the horizon
If we can find it
Then all will be well
Troubles there are few,
Someday we'll go to

Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew

They say breezes are warm
There and people are kind
Maybe it's something
Like heaven
I close my eyes
And I see in my mind
Skies of bluest blue
And I'm sure it's true

Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew

I've had so much trouble
Finding my way there
When I get close,
It disappears
If I can get there,
I'm gonna stay there
If it takes me miles,
If it takes me years

High on a mountain
Or lost on the sea
Sooner or later
I'll find it,
I have a picture
Of how it will be
On the day I do,
Troubles will be through
But I'll be home with you

Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew

Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew, Solla Sollew
Solla Sollew"

by Donny Osmond.

Wow, I didn't know such things existed, songs about Dr. Seuss, by Donny Osmond! I am writing a little about this, attitudes in places where we live, in a post called Taste and See, Reflections of 2008. Apparently the video is of a game called Kingdom of Hearts for Playstation and includes Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Thanks for hosting Claudia, I have learnt a lot today!

Did you know Donny Osmond sings "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" on the movie Mulan? No wonder I like it!

That's My World Tuesday ~ December 23

These photos were taken in last Wednesday. The first photo was taken (last) at Beechworth and the other photos were taken at Yackandandah. I was so taken with Yackandandah, Victoria. It has changed so much. I don't know if I wasn't taking much notice last time we were there or not.

They even had an atm, and we enjoyed our salad rolls. The shop with alternative things was a secondhand shop once. It was interesting for the girls. I liked the secondhand shop as well though.

When I was a little girl I stayed for about a week in Yackandandah. While I was in Wangaratta I noticed that the main park that is a garden has two Cedars of Lebanon. I didn't know this before. In the town we live in now, they have several. The ones in the park had underplantings, including Angel Trumpets.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Today's Flowers

Well today's flowers are a mixed success. Most of the weeding is done, but in the meantime the hail has damaged some plants. Some of the flowers are still nice, but a little bent over. The most damage seems to to have been done to the sedum, which is not flowering yet, same with the tiger lily. The sedum is to the right of the birdbath.

This bed was a mass on blue and purple just last Monday. What a storm we must have had.

The bush in the middle is a hebe. The cornflowers were very beautiful, I can't see any evidence left of my lupins that were with them.

My herb garden, which Christian (on my coming Lilies & Lavender post) would suggest I put the mint into pots. Hubby finds the cotton lavender the most frustrating though. There is also camomile flowering along the bed from the hail bent I think feverfew. All the plants grow very tall at this garden, we are amazed, though it takes on a wild look.

The unweeded garden is at the back and has a very large catmint to the left there. I love this Veronica.

Poor sedum. Apparently my red poppy will still set seed. These last photos show that the house is still a work in progress but looks reasonably neat and homely and hopefully will improve over the next few months.

Music Monday

Please visit Music Monday at Dancing with Daisy. This is this week's version.

My kids are were watching I'll Be Home For Christmas on TV when I wrote this. I was hearing Hear Comes Santa Claus by Elvis Presley. So that is the start of my Music Monday.

I was so surprised to see Martina McBride singing with Elvis on Blue Christmas.

I have only known Martina McBride for a year or so. What a legend, singing with Elvis. If you think you are over Elvis, watch the first part of that video!

Here is one with LeeAnn Rimes. I assume it is not made live.

Aussie Jinglebells written by Colin Buchanan sung by the Sunny Cowgirls.

The same song sung by some Aussie children:

This next song is what sold me on the Sunny Cowgirls, that and hearing how well they sell albums for their record label.

Wow, I found the Sunny Cowgirls with Adam Brand!

That is my Youtube hop for today.

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 22

Monday ~ Macaroni & Zucchini Pasta Bake
Tuesday ~ Potato, Pea & Cauliflower Curry
Wednesday ~Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
Thursday ~ Fish Nachos after Christmas dinner at Mum's
Friday ~ Fish with Lemon Vegetable Toss
Saturday ~ Lemon Crumbed Fish with Butter Bean Salad
Sunday ~ Fish with Cheese Topping