Monday, February 28, 2011

I did promise I'd try....!

Jane does this count?????

I have a secret to confess
but before I tell
Jane you must promise you will still speak to me



I have terrible trouble picking flowers or pruning shrubs
the reason I have trouble is...

I am not totally convinced that it is painless
to the said shrub or flower!!!!!

What if the plant is soundlessly screaming
 as I have at it with the secateurs?

Dumb...I know....really dumb!

but every time I go to cut
I get this terrible picture in my head and just can't do it.


that is the reason for my dashing pink paper roses!
and why I enjoy this in my garden 

Now to see really beautiful floral arrangements in the home
go to

and just enjoy her utterly charming blog


Sunday, February 27, 2011

shades of green....!

Petty jealousy is really very boring!!!!
and not something I normally suffer from
...thank goodness!


a wonderfully eccentric friend 

rang tonight for a chat

and half way through the conversation said

go and check out where I have been staying!

so I did

and I could so see myself lying by the pool

enjoying a wee pre dinner drink

then settling in for the night

perhaps grabbing a good read of the shelves

and day dreaming

after lunch in the shade before another dip

or wandering through the beautiful gardens

so I suggested next time she went she had better take me!!!

                                                                                                                                                        all images from here

Alas....too late
 as it will probably be sold
she replied

 just slightly
 tinged green am I!!!!!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We will survive this disastrous summer......!

It started at the beginning of our summer
with our  little flood
that we thought such a disaster

ruined crops, roads and fences

Little did we realise what was in store for
Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich
 and Brisbane
as the rain continued to fall and fall

                                                                               St Lucia shopping centre photo courtesy The News

As we were recovering from this
 the news that Victoria was suffering it's own destructive flooding
 and more and more people were losing their life's belongings

then Western Australia was fighting
out of control fires

toodyay fires wide
                                                                                                     image from here

But Queensland was still in the line of fire as Cyclone Yasi
came hurtling towards the coast

                                                                                                                                            for more photos go here

and cyclone Carlos drowned Darwin with
26 inches of rain in four hours

                                                                                                                                                                         from here

and, as all across Australia,
 we struggled to cope with the aftermath
of so many major disasters

we were not prepared for the news
out of New Zealand at lunchtime today

[Christchurch earthquake]
                                                                                                                                                                        from here

as an earthquake again hit Christchurch
the damage is horrific

and as I write this,  search and rescue teams
from Queensland (and the rest of Australia)  are on
their way to help.

We are two strong nations and with each others help
we will survive

My prayers are with the people of Christchurch tonight


Sunday, February 13, 2011

up and running again...!

Thanks to our local computer shop
we are back!
The computer has survived
the modem has not
(It fried in the heat!!!!)

I have so much to catch up on
 and it has only been 10 days!

withdrawal was the pits!!!!!!!


they came early to look at the house
so  they saw it warts and all!!

they say they are coming back

but do I really want them to?

how mixed up is that
I really, really, really 
want to move into something
much smaller and newer
but I love this house with a passion!

The little bedroom, as we call this one,
has pink days as above

or blue days
and it holds a lot of my favourite treasures

The fourth bedroom has two 
French pine beds I found at a swap meet

and the desk is early Australian

absolutely useless for anything
 other than old fashioned letter writing

Oh dear when I look at these photos it is
really hard to believe that once, I was
a photographic stylist!
Apparently it only works when I am not holding
the camera!!!!

If we move where am I going to put all these things
and how am I going to decide what goes and what stays?!!!!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Crash and burn....!

In spectacular circumstances
would be a good way to go


first the modem...
then the computer
gave a last heaving gasp
and quietlycollapsed

our computer just could not cope
with the weather
we are currently having here

We have dropped it into
computer hospital but they are not

Alas, a new computer is not high on our
priority list just at present
so I may be missing for a while.
I guess that means I will have lots to catch up with
when we are back on air.

Depending on how long I will continue to drop in here
at the local library on a Saturday morning

Kerry keep knitting,
Jane keep the flowers coming,
Tina, I will miss your next great thing
Sharyne I hope everything is OK
Renee, what will I do without you!

I will miss you all but be back eventually


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