Saturday, October 31, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... it is dark

I am thinking... how it has been a hot day

I am thankful for... my daughter is going to church tomorrow

I am wearing... capris and a t-shirt

I am remembering... the kids that came to our door for Halloween, possibly the first we have ever had

I am going... it is debatable. I have to be decisive about my budget and well decide! Maybe I will get more things for the formal high school graduation at the regional centre

I am reading... Sandra Dallas. Quite mild, but the book seems to be leading up to something

I am hoping... I do a good job with the budget

On my mind... how I missed a couple of days at the end of Blogtoberfest

Noticing that... my daughter is playing guitar

From the kitchen... curried tuna

Around the house... windows open at night for the first time this year (apart from last summer)

One of my favourite things... Josh Turner's music

From my picture journal... he's not impressed but he was relocated to the horse paddock (blue tongued skink)

Simple Woman's Daybook blog

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Watery Wednesday

This photo was taken by my daughter on her recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A. W. Pink

I haven't heard of A. W. Pink, until I came across this post on Jesus loves mums called Are You Content. The writing seemed to get to a point and I liked it very much.


Here is an example of another piece of A. W. Pink's work from Grace Gems. (I typed A. W. Pink in the search box at the bottom.) Have you heard of him? Thanks Collette!


by A. W. PINK

Love is the Queen of the Christian graces.

It is a holy disposition given to us when we are born again by God.
It is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
True spiritual love is characterized by meekness and gentleness,
yet it is vastly superior to the courtesies and kindnesses of
the flesh.

We must be careful not to confuse human sentimentality,
carnal pleasantries, human amiability and affability with
true spiritual love.

The love God commands, first to Himself and then to others, is
not human love. It is not the indulgent, self-seeking love which is
in us by nature. If we indulgently allow our children to grow up
with little or, no Scriptural discipline, Proverbs plainly says
we do not love them, regardless of the human sentimentality and
affection we may feel for them.

Love is not a sentimental pampering of one another with a loose
indifference as to our walk and obedience before the Lord.

Glossing over one another's faults to ingratiate ourselves
in their esteem is not spiritual love.

The true nature of Christian love is a righteous principle
which seeks the highest good of others.

It is a powerful desire to promote their welfare.

The exercise of love is to be in strict conformity
to the revealed will of God.

We must love in the truth.

Love among the brethren is far more than an agreeable
society where views are the same. It is loving them for what
we see of Christ in them, loving them for Christ's sake.

The Lord Jesus Himself is our example.

He was not only thoughtful, gentle, self-sacrificing and patient,
but He also corrected His mother, used a whip in the Temple,
severely scolded His doubting disciples, and denounced hypocrites.

True spiritual love is above all faithful to God
and uncompromising towards all that is evil.

We cannot declare, 'Peace and Safety' when in reality
there is spiritual decay and ruin!

True spiritual love is very difficult to exercise
because it is not our natural love. By nature we would
rather love sentimentally and engender good feelings.
Also many times true spiritual love is not received
in love, but is hated as the Pharisees hated it.

We must pray that God will fill us with His love and
enable us to exercise it without dissimulation toward all.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


I started this post 20 days ago!

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Very pleasant, cool to cold in the morning and mild days

One of my simple pleasures:
bearded irises and grannies bonnets

On my bedside table:
Hopefully something tomorrow

On my TV:
Good Chef, Bad Chef, Kirstie's Homemade Home, Location Location Location

On the menu for tonight:
A soup with prosciutto in it

On my To Do list:
To work out how to make my daughter's birthday special, I accidently booked a day out that day for her sisters and brother, maybe we could make that work

New Recipe I tried last week:
Chinese Cabbage & Lamb Stir-fry

In the craft basket:
Nothing that I know of

Looking forward to:
Things falling into place for next year, even the end of this year, a busy time in Australia

Homemaking Tip for this week:
If you have a child going overseas, create a Facebook account for yourself

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
"All I will ask you to do is to try and enjoy these times that you get to be a full-time homemaker, serving your husband as you serve the Lord, for whenever the Lord decides to take your husband to heaven, you won't have that opportunity anymore . . . it's a sobering thought, but it's a thought I think about when I feel that I am "going crazy" without "more to do." It also makes me feel more grateful and content to the Lord for my current blessings."

From Civillas Cyber Cafe

Favorite photo from last week: another photo my daughter took in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Lesson learned the past few days:
Tender Graces are a very sweet thought, it comes from the novel below and is about John 1:16 "From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another." and

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me. ~ Tennyson

On my Prayer List:
I can't remember

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
John as written in Jackina Stark's Tender Grace.
Learning about A W Pink, any thoughts?

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... Sunday

Outside my window... it is dark and a little chilly

I am thinking... about Facebook, and the things people have put on it today

I am thankful for... the tender graces of today, an echidna walking out to the edge of the road, same with a fox

I am wearing... my usual jeans, and a skivvy

I am remembering... nothing I don't think, perhaps I am winding down for the day

I am going... no where that I know of

I am reading... nothing, suggestions welcome

I am hoping... to get a new library book?

On my mind... still winding down

Noticing that... it is breezy, our irises are better than last year, and sorry I forgot to take a pic, still working on the door photo for Gill

From the kitchen... a lamb dish that was OK, but I think we thought we had capsicums and things and we didn't, they must have been popular with the kids this week

Around the house... my daughter's chef's uniform for her course at school

One of my favourite things... the fact that my fire is still on and it is not too hot

From my picture journal... can you tell which is fog and which is snow? My husband took this photo today. I don't think I have seen it like that before.

If you haven't visited Peggy yet, please do.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Life as I See It

I've forgotten where I was going to start, they say to write first and set it up later, that is a good idea.

Today I found that my blog's search function is back to normal as far as I can tell. It wasn't pulling up things like meals I make or plan with particular ingredients, that I find really useful. The writing at the top of the blog is different, so I figure Blogger has stopped working on it, and all is well. That is great because it was affecting one of the joys I get out of my blog, a use in everyday life.

I haven't gotten any more involved in Facebook. I find from one end it is similar to blogging. I will be so glad tomorrow when my speed is back up. Not sure if we will be better with it next month or not. With three computers liked up to it now it makes it harder. My blog is faster to load now I took out my bundles I featured on the page. If you are on reader and search for things you will find if any of your friends have made a bundle.

Readingwise I am bored. I have a book by Janette Oke that I can't get into, and that is all the library has brought for me this week. I am finding perhaps that the Christian fiction part of my library I may have gone over everything already, I hope a time doesn't come where I can find nothing to read.

I was going to buy a new CD of Josh Turner. I have one album, and very hard to buy one. I was going to look in a CD shop that is not a chain, a local chain actually, but I had spend so much money I couldn't justify it (there were sales on the shoes and I had a $100 gift voucher). I have the album Everything is Fine, and I was saying to my husband I don't find all the tracks easy to listen to with children in the car. So we hope to get another one and merge the two. I was listening to the lyrics to the Trailerhood just before my meme on Rednecks the other day. It will probably be one of the songs left off. I'm thinking I may like Your Man because I like the first song. The lady at the shop asked me which one I may like and I didn't really know. I can't research it much at this internet speed.

That one album though, I have been listening to for hours and it still isn't stale. The music is very nice, even if I skip the odd one or two. My favourite is the sailor one (The Longer The Waiting?) in some ways, in a recent post I mentioned my brief sign up in the Navy, pending a medical thing. Yes, I had a friend or two in the Navy and went to one Navy party, many years ago.

Everything looked nice on the day we went shopping. We were out from 10 ish to around 5.30. I got in a trip to Medicare. I rang my husband at lunchtime to ask where it was. He said 500 and something, then I promptly forgot. I haven't had to go to Medicare more than once since I have lived here. I went to a chemist one once with my eldest, to ask something then I passed the information on to him. Anyway, I have my second son signed up for a card so if he goes to live somewhere outside our home soon either when he goes to uni or before, he has something. I don't have to go to Medicare because there is bulk billing here, and no office for 1 1/2 hours. They gave me a form for a work around if I do have to use doctors far from home that don't bulk bill. Most doctors in the North East apart from ours bulk bill that I know of, I should qualify that, our hometown didn't.

Anyway, our town on the way home looked stunning. There are the odd wildflowers out at the moment. Has anyone seem some? There is a yellow one in the grass that is nice. One paddock has them all over it like Cape Weed, but it is a wildflower. One would assume that is because they don't use fertiliser or spray, maybe haven't plowed or sown it down?

I wasn't that positive about the trip this morning. Sure it was nice at the time, but the next morning, I always seem not too impressed. They are big days out. I feel that they are risks that I wish weren't necessary. I loved my hometown, except for wanting to go to Captain Snooze to buy a bed, we pretty much only had to go around town. But, that is getting a long time ago now.

There is still snow around, and they are letting a large amount of water down the Murray after the Hume.

I don't know what we did to our roses here, but they look much stronger and happier. The normal roses are not out yet.

This is a Wednesday meme that you can join into anyday, click to go to the host blog.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Skywatch Friday

These photos were taken by my 16 year old daughter who recently came home from Kuala Lumpur where she went to school and stayed with a family. The flight etc. she won in a scholarship. Does she want to go back, yes! She stays in touch with the foster family, I think new school friends both from the Malaysian school and from her home state via Facebook.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


No, this isn't a gripe about recknecks. It is a meme, a very interesting one too, though I am not sure I am qualified to answer any questions about them. In Australia you have rednecks, yobbos, and bogans. The last one I had only heard of recently. To me rednecks and yobbos are different. But it is not a subject people talk about, or I haven't brought it up outside my own home, tried it out with my Mum recently and didn't get much response that she even knew what I was talking about or if she did she wasn't telling. I think my husband and son were the ones that introduced the terms to me anyway.

1. It is a common myth that anyone who lives in a trailer is a redneck. Do think this myth is true?

Apparently according to my husband our trailer parks are mostly in capital cities where people live in them permanently. My Aussie friends may be able to shed some light on that. We don't have many cities either really.

2. Have you ever been to a redneck wedding and if so describe it?
Again Aussie's is this like Muriel's Wedding the movie?

3. What makes a person a redneck?
Someone with very rigid rules about who they hang around with, you know all the things.

4. Do you know any rednecks or have any in the family? Just because your family tree branches doesn't mean you don't have a redneck or two in it. It makes it a bit difficult doesn't it to have an opinion of your own in a redneck family? Obvious bogans, maybe not.

5. Say you had to enter a Redneck Games competition. Which event do you think you'd win the gold medal in?
I suppose I have had a lot of practise with watermelon seeds. I grew up on a tobacco farm. Oops, does that make me a redneck automatically. Oh no!

6. Does a mullet make a man sexy or skanky?
I'd say I wouldn't like it.

7. Do you keep your Christmas lights on your front porch all year long?
I have just started this because others who seem quite old and straight have been doing it and I copied.

8. What do you think of when you hear the term muddin'?
Don't know. All I have heard about in Australia is stuff like Lee Kernaghan's Baptise the Ute.

9. Can duck tape really fix anything?
I only heard of this fairly recently, I thought it was a neat idea.

10. Know any redneck words?
Apparently in Australia Kylie Mole is a bogan or something. All I remember about her is her chewing gum.

11. Why is it that if aliens are looking for intelligent life they always seem to abduct the biggest rednecks?
I didn't know all those stories came from rednecks. However, even in our hometown, the stories like that were in the back blocks, yes with white poorish inhabitants.

12. Famous last words of a redneck: I don't know. Whatya doin tomorra

13. Finish this sentence: You might be a redneck if... you have a pig dog.

WTH Wednesday Meme headquarters. (Redneck picture warning.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Random Dozen

1. Candy corn: Your thoughts?
I have had two lots of candy corn. The first I think it a bag of Halloween lollies/candy that my husband brought back from the States, pretty sure there was candy corn in there. A bit heavy for the plane, and he went OS two springs (read autumn there) so we got two bags I think. My daughter went in October to Malaysia, I think it is nice to have someone go overseas in early October.

The second candy corn was from a store that sells US Candy and groceries. I didn't like those so much. My favourite US candy was from Walgreen's.

I tried buying Halloween candy in Target here one year, nothing. But The Warehouse turned out to be a good idea another year.

2. Briefly, what was the first conversation you ever had with your spouse? (or best friend, if you're not married.) (Or someone significant, like your librarian.)
I don't know. I remember him sitting behind me in church. I heard his little boy call him Dad, and I remember someone asked me to his place for lunch after church possibly.

3. Could you ever become a vegetarian?
I vegetarian food, what I have tasted of it. Watching Good Chef, Bad Chef is an eye opener, all the things I haven't tried yet. Like a mixture of oils instead of margarine, anyone know where to get it? Janella recommends it. Also agave syrup and spelt flour instead of white flour, what a good idea.

My uncle used to eat macrobiotics many years ago, and I loved the taste of whatever he made. I can eat Brewer's Yeast. I love roasts, but having said that we hardly cook them. Any lots of recipes we try that have vegetables now have roast pumpkin in them. What I propose is that pumpkins go back to tasting like pumpkins not what Australians call squash. I think I should be a heirloom seed collector and vegetable grower.

4. Have you ever dressed up your pet in a costume?
No, it is slowly growing on me.

5. Name something about childhood that you miss (like Clark Bars, Teaberry Gum, Malibu Barbie, cracking fake eggs on people's heads with your fist and "It's the Great Pumpkin" airing only once a year).
Fake eggs, it has crossed my mind lately. It is fun. Riding a horse of course. Does that count? Christmas school concerts with a Christmas tree and Santa. But now my kids are older, maybe swimming in the river. I have the opportunity, so maybe the food, though I had a Golden Gaytime yesterday, and usually I don't bother. Now we have ebay and Austar (satellite) what else is there? Cracking fake eggs you can do anytime on your kids. I'm not the same person, on Facebook you notice people I knew pretty much still do the same things they used to. I used to want to see those heart lollies again, and I have, maybe they don't have as many messages on them? OK, toys in the cereal?

6. Have you ever won a trophy? If not, what do you deserve a trophy for?
I don't think I have a trophy. Maybe I'd like to be called a trophy wife, ha ha.

7. When do you think is the appropriate time to begin playing Christmas music each year?
Since we don't have Thanksgiving or Halloween usually, anytime we feel like it, perhaps when it is warmer. Think gardenias and callistemon.

8. What's your favorite board game?
I don't play board games anymore. I got interested in memories of Chinese checkers and things, my seven year old likes playing games. I bought her a card game Old Maid. My Nana had interesting sets, and I liked my friend's Mah Jong.

9. How do you feel about surprises (receiving, not giving)?
I would not like a surpise party. Is that like tempting fate?

10. Is it easy for you to say, "I'm sorry?"
I have no idea. People would say I like asking my family to say sorry lol.

11. What is your favorite candle scent?
Not sure I have one. I'd say it is not as popular in Australia, but I don't think that is right anymore since my daughter likes those things and she learnt it from others.

12. October is traditionally "open house" time in public schools. If you had a literal open house in your home (like a reception) what light snacks would you serve visitors and what would you show them (as in art projects, graded papers) that would uniquely represent you?
Something on savoys? Well we don't have too much school stuff says she who's husband's laptop bag is probably full of it.

Watery Wednesday

This photo was kindly given to me by our eldest son and his girlfriend, it was taken on the 21st September, on their trip to the zoo. Of course it is in Sydney, it is hard to believe they went there.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The ABC's of Meme

I started this meme yesterday, and didn't quite get it finished.

A- Advocate for:

B- Best Feature:
don't know, this week I'll try my ankles

C- Could do without:
VCE exams etc. (Year 12)

D- Dreams and desires:
P&Q (peace & quiet)

E- Essential items:
Tea, runners

F- Favorite past time:

G- Good at:

H- Have never tried:
driving a truck

I- If I had a million dollars:
In Australia that is one good house, and one good car, nothing extravagant, for the first half million. I suppose it would enable me to move if I wanted to if my husband could get a job. Half of the remainder for retirement & clothes.

J- Junkie for:
Whatever the library gives me

K- Kindred spirit:
my husband? At least he can put up with my spirit ha ha

L- Little known fact:
I can sleep on the edge of the bed without falling off, something I thought I would never do

M- Memorable moment:
Nothing stands out, they are all faded which is a good thing I think

N- Never again will I:
I would be hard to tell, you never know, I suppose you can't have your tonsils out twice!

O- Occasional indulgence:

P- Profession:

Q- Quote:
"You'll grow into it Titch" and other kids tv quotes

R- Reason to smile:
Our dog being nice and we got to hang washing on the line today

S- Sorry about:
What comes to mind is the Prime Ministers speech. I am working through my sorry's and nothing has stuck yet

T- Things you are worrying about right now:
being patient, it feels like winter here, then bang it will be Christmas (Christmas is summer)

U- Uninterested in:
School notices, too too many have gone past my eyes

V- Very scared of:
Every Australian perhaps thinks summer atm

W- Worst habits:
My just do it attititude?

Y- Yummiest dessert:
Stewed apples, weatharts & runny cream

X- X marks my ideal vacation spot:
somewhere with a nice garden

Z- Zodiac sign:
I like being a Scorpio, but I don't read my stars

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back To Basics Challenge

Sowing seed or Planting

  • We have done some weeding, and used the heavy winter grass to reuse as mulch around the standard roses.
  • Fine tuned out mint, took out pieces that weren't where they were supposed to me, mulched the chives. It is exciting they have flowers coming.

Planning for The Future

  • I found out on the Taubmans site that rooms in all different colours is a new trend. That means I won't have to paint out some rooms in our newer house. It was a concern to me.

Working for the Future

  • I was at a shop buying clothes for my daughter and had a look at the second hand goods there. I found a fly screen door. We went to our new house to mow lawns and my husband measured up our three outside doors. Ideally we would buy security doors. But for $15 we now have an old-fashioned 1920s? styled door with cute door handle. We have a 60s duck styled fly screen and we can use the door closer and hinges from that. It is the better door as far as the wood surround goes though. It was cheap because it is twisted but with a bit more work it will do the job. Anything to keep the doors closed and hopefully the snakes out. The wood goes halfway up the door, country board style then flyscreen, so it keeps out heat too. I have one similar in our main house and having the bottom half dark does help in summer time.

  • We continued on with collecting firewood. Any we don't use can be used for a cold snap or for a start next year.
  • We found that we still have some papyrus that came back up in the backyard. We need to put it in the pond to make the water healthy. We have one plant but need more. We brought home a pot and two rocks and are going to plant it up and take it back to the pond asap. It may not be good for snakes, but great for algae control. I saw it on a great site.
Building Community

  • I joined Facebook.

Learn a new Skill

  • I learnt how to pay someone by Paypal. If they have an account and you know their email, you can give them money.
  • My husband bought one of those 60s biscuit piping tubes. We are making genuine 60s chocolate biscuits, well the girls are. My little girl said they didn't say how much vanilla, I said put 6 drops into the lid and then pour it in. That is what I was taught, though six drops may be too much.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday 9

1. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

There were two things. I can't remember the second one right now. When I was still in primary school I wanted to be a primary school teacher. When you think about it it is logical I suppose. Just as I left high school I joined the Navy.

2. Did you ever pursue that career?

I was accepted into the Navy, but I said I had ezcema and they sent me to a specialist and I was not invited to continue on with the Navy. There was no Austudy then so I didn't go to Uni. Besides which our school didn't help too much with advice on applying for Uni. I in a rush applied for Psychology at La Trobe even though I wasn't studying science and didn't get in. I didn't put down any other course. My teachers did discuss it, mostly the fors and againsts of that particular course. Some were for and some against. In my case the againsts would have been the sound advice.

Same teacher caught up with me at about aged 27 and suggested accounting at TAFE which would have been a good idea actually. I had already done lots in that area at school. I actually had applied for a job in a bank at 18? and was doing all the tests over a period of a few days. Just before the last step I was offered a typing job. As I was supporting myself I took it rather than wait around. The bank guy asked me why I was doing it, but he didn't say to hang on for another day for a positive result. There was high employment (Howard was treasurer) and 60 people applied for that job.

3. If you are not in that field, what changed?

I could do that perhaps, I am a long way from Uni geographically, but standing in front of a concert or something may be OK, but maybe not. I'd say if you worked up to that point it would be OK. Maybe I need to work on communication skills, maybe they even teach it?

4. What is your current job?
As we call it in Australia, Home Duties.

5. What's the best part of what you do?
I don't annoy anyone at work.

6. Do you have plans to do something else down the road?
Can I justify educating myself and the kids. Perhaps. Maybe when a have less kids at home to supervise.

7. How did you get your present job? If you are a stay at home mom, how long did you need to plan that move?
My husband said to me if I stayed at home there would be less money, and I had to understand that, and he said yes. I am understanding it more now when I see what people have.

8. Did your parents influence your choices of jobs over the years?
I had a lot of trouble when I first stayed at home. The last conversation was that I was using my step-children as an excuse not to work, and I said I didn't need an excuse.

9. What advice would you give your children on careers?
When we moved here we enrolled the kids at the end of the year at school and there was only Accounting left as a subject choice in one of the timetable blocks for my eldest. He wouldn't have chosen it otherwise, but then you don't know. It turned out to be his career choice.

Second son, he always liked science and that turned out to be the case, and I am not imagining it. We are always the last parents and kids to work out the MIPs, or Managed Individual Pathway. With my fourth child I would never have guessed one of my kids would be good at sports. Not sure if she will do that or not.

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... my husband's car backed up the driveway unloading wood

I am thinking... about Facebook, I am new to it

I am thankful for... my son who had a hard time of VCE but is doing much better now, he is fine with marks, not sure exactly what had him beat

I am wearing... a down under t-shirt, the fact that it also says New Zealand, I ignore

I am remembering... some of the things I enjoyed about my old friends or old times

I am going... food shopping as usual

I am reading... The Bluebird and the Sparrow by Janette Oke

I am hoping... Facebook continues to be a positive experience

On my mind... Josh Turner, slow internet speed, Facebook

Noticing that... it is warmer today and the fire is nearly out

From the kitchen... chocolate piped biscuits, salmon pasta

Around the house... my mystery blue bulbs are flowering, plus pretty ranuculus

One of my favourite things... real vanilla essence, the good stuff

From my picture journal... a statue of Ned Kelly I found in Beechworth

Friday, October 16, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Around Lake Hume on the 24th September. The weed is cape weed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Random Dozen Meme

Hmm I wonder why I forget where all the great memes are? I think it is still OK to do this one.

1. I've always wondered why we were taught both printing and cursive. Do you prefer to print or write cursive? (Keyboard is not a choice.)
I learnt cursive and print.

2. Are you a dreamer or a realist?
I am now a realist, sort of.

3. Billy Joel or Elton John?
I always get them mixed up. I love Crocodile Rock.

4. What is the scariest movie you've ever seen? Not just horror flicks but also ones where the tension or suspense is killer, for example, Flightplan (2005)...
Not my cup of tea.

5. Now what is the scariest real-life moment you've had?
Don't ask, they are too scarey. Who would want to try to find their child etc.

6. What word do you misspell without fail?

7. Name something you like to do but are not really talented or good at?
Does it matter? I'm wondering.

8. Do you get your emotional/mental batteries recharged by being around people or by having alone time?
Alone time.

9. Have you ever been on TV?
I avoid cameras so it is a bit hard, cameras from the News people.

10. Apple or pumpkin pie? (Don't be greedy.)
We don't have pumpkin pie, but I think I'd prefer it I did make one from a recipe from a friend in MN. Actually I like making apple pies, so I'll say that.

11. How many magazine subscriptions do you have?
None unfortunately.

12. What lesson do you have to keep re-learning?
Anything I forget.

What's Hot + What's Not

I found this great Wednesday meme at Loobylu. If you haven't been to Loobylu before "Do Yourself a Favour" as Molly Meldrum would say. What's Hot + What's Not meme started here.


The Japanese garden at the Melbourne Zoo. Those clipped azaleas are kirins, my favourite. It is a great place to go for practical gardening ideas.


I'm afraid the weather leaves me cold, no pun intended. I am glad it is not hot in some ways, but still.

Watery Wednesday

The Murray River with Mt. Kosciosko behind, taken last Thursday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

That's My World Tuesday

Here are some photos my husband took at the Melbourne Zoo on Saturday. It was a really nice day weather wise. We drove down so didn't have a lot of time there. It was well worth catching up with what is going on at the zoo. Since my daughter was still in Kuala Lumpur at the time, it was nice seeing some of these signs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Biographical Videos

I mentioned the first video in my last post. These give you an idea about life as a farm child in the 1960s in Australia and were pretty much my experience. The mail lady didn't stop at our house as such, we had a mail man. Our horses didn't get rugged up.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Magical Mystery Tour

1. Is there anybody you just wish would fall off the planet?
I usually point out their good points to myself just after I think it.

2. How do you flush the toilet in public?
Huh. Same as at home?

3. Do you wear your seatbelt in the car?

4. Do you have a crush on someone?
Still trying to work out if I have the right meaning for "crush".

5. Name one thing you worry about running out of.
I am always working on not running out of things

6. What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble?
Today I got asked if I was waiting for a flight from New Zealand.

7. What is your favourite pizza topping?
Anchovies with either cappricosa or super supreme

8. Do you crack your knuckles?
No, but I think I did as a child

9. What song do you hate the most?
The frog one?

10. Did just mentioning that song make it get stuck in your head?

11. What are your super powers?
Kidding along children, I don't know

12. Peppermint or spearmint?

13. Where are your car keys?
Where they usually are

14. Last song you listened to?
The song sang by Toby on Idol tonight

15. What's your most annoying habit?
Fixing people with stares

16. Where did you last go on vacation?
If you count this weekend, to a caravan park unit to go to the zoo

17. What is your best physical feature?
Either shoulders, hair or height or none of all three

18. What CD is closest to you right now?
I have heaps of CDs equally as close

19. What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator?
Milk, hot English mustard, maybe carrots

20. What superstition do you believe/practice?
I have kept some locks of my babies first haircut

21. What colour are your bed sheets?
At the moment old fashioned white sheets

22. Would you rather be a fish or a bird?
I like swimming

23. Last thing you broke?
I don't remember, but I am sure I would have been embarassed

24. What are you having to eat tonight?
Soup like minestrone, homemade

25. What colour shirt are you wearing?

26. If you could be doing anything else today, what would you rather be doing?
A version of today would be fine

27. Do security cameras make you nervous?
I think so

28. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
I have thought about it and my childhood is where the title should come from, and the last few days I have remembered that one of my favourite childhood memories was sitting in spring grass or clover. I would name it something like James Blundell's Higher Than Heaven

29. Last time you went to a cemetery?
Today actually and have a photo to show you.

30. Last concert you went to?
It was a Christmas Concert at primary school and my daughter was in it

31. Favourite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert?
John Paul Young, the rest I can't work out if I actually saw them or made the whole thing up lol

32. Next concert you're planning to attend?
Another Christmas concert?

33. Do you talk to yourself?

34. Have you ever adopted or purchased a pet?
Both, plus a free one.

35. Have you ever been present when an animal is being born?
Yes, our foal, I think it was Bonnie