Another year, no, another decade passes. Be gone '09 (turn your sound up) (click here)
Took a trip into Perth today instead of going for a swim. I only needed to get some sunflower seeds from Kakulas - came back with *Dutch Cocoa Powder (just because it looked & smelt so good), *Blue Mountian Coffee beans, (same reason) *Nettle Leaves (for herb tea), *Alfalfa seeds (same reason) *Carraway seeds (for cake), *Amaranth (for some reason that I can't recall), *Sesame seeds ('cause I might run out soon), *Poppy seeds (for bread), *Linseed whole (same reason), *Fruit medley (for muesli), *Pepitas (for bread & muesli), *Dried Raspberries (for muesli) * Dates (to give me energy), * Black Beans (they did look nice!)and I did remember *Sunflower seeds (for bread & muesli).
Later - while the last day of 2009 disappears into the Lagoon,
the full moon (the big one, the others are lights )rises up the road.
and the answer to yesterdays photo is a simple case of Rocket, hanging up ready to gather all those seeds (to sow).
Very sad news - a devastating fire that destroyed more than 30 homes near the pretty West Australian wheatbelt town of Toodyay has been declared a state natural disaster. Thank goodness today was so much cooler.
Underneath all that green stuff in B&Bs garden I found this, a Butternut Pumkin.(Should that thumb be green or what?!!)
Finished romping through 'Appassionata' by Jilly Cooper. I caught a brief glance of Andre Rieu as I was changing channels on TV. Oh yes can well imagine what might go on in that Orchestra!!! Lots to read in the next few weeks & here is a book that could be interesting 'The Very Bloody History of Britain' by John Farman. As for blogs have found some that I will return to Gardening You Grow Girl Victorias Backyard Down on the Allotment Veg Plotting
It's 8am on Christmas morning & I had a Silent Night untill 5am when Ebony wanted to go out, she cried for about five minutes before I got up & let her out. Then it was back to bed for an interupted couple of hours.
The Twelve days of Christmas start today - here are a few versions...
Who ever in the whole world would dream of getting a real Partridge in a Pear Tree? How can I ever express my pleasure. Thank you a hundred times for thinking of me this way.
My love always, Agnes ================================================ December 15, 1972 Dearest John: Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine two turtle doves. I'm just delighted at your very thoughtful gift. They are just adorable. All my love, Agnes ================================================ December 16, 1972 Dear John: Oh! Aren't you the extravagant one. Now I must protest. I don't deserve such generosity, three French hens. They are just darling but I must insist, you've been too kind. All my love, Agnes ================================================ December 17, 1972 Dear John: Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really, they are beautiful, but don't you think enough is enough. You are being too romantic. Affectionately, Agnes ================================================ December 18, 1972 Dearest John: What a surprise. Today the postman delivered five golden rings, one for every finger. You're just impossible, but I love it. Frankly, all those birds squawking were beginning to get on my nerves. All my love, Agnes ================================================= December 19, 1972 Dear John: When I opened the door today there were actually six geese laying on my front steps. So you're back to the birds again huh? These geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors are complaining and I can't sleep through the racket. Please stop. Cordially, Agnes ================================================ December 20, 1972 John: What's with you and those freaking birds?? Seven swans a swimming. What kind of joke is this? There's bird poop all over the house and they never stop the racket. I can't sleep at night and I'm a nervous wreck. It's not funny. So stop those freaking birds. Sincerely, Agnes ================================================ December 21, 1972 O.K. Buster: I think I prefer the birds. What the heck am I going to do with 8 maids a milking? It's not enough with all those birds and 8 maids a milking, but they had to bring their darn cows. There is manure all over the lawn and I can't move in my own house. You must think you're really cute...please cut it out. Agnes ================================================ December 22, 1972 Hey Bonehead: What are you.....some kind of sadist? Now there's nine pipers playing. And let me tell you, do they play. They've never stopped chasing those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are getting upset and they're stepping all over those screeching birds. What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me. You'll get yours ! Agnes ================================================ December 23, 1972 You rotten jerk: Now there's ten ladies dancing. I don't know why I call those sluts ladies. They've been playing around with those pipers all night long. Now the cows can't sleep and they've got diarrhea. My living room is a river of crap. The Commissioner of Buildings has subpoenaed me to give cause why the building shouldn't be condemned. I'm calling the police on you ! Agnes ================================================ December 24, 1972 Listen you "#$%*_" What's with those eleven lords a leaping on those maid and ladies? You've turned my home into a brothel. Those pipers got incredibly drunk on the egg nog, ran through the maids. All twenty-three of the birds are dead. They've been trampled to death in all the ruckus. I hope you're satisfied, you rotten vicious swine. You're sworn enemy, Agnes ================================================ December 25, 1972 Dear Sir: This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McHolstein. The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss McHolstein at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have been instructed to shoot you on sight. With this letter please find attached a warrant for your arrest. Happy Holidays, Law Offices
and with that out of the way I'm going for a swim. Later (still Christmas Day) 10am all is calm, all is bright.
I don't have any strange photos or weird stuff today but I did steal this from another blog.
Precipitation was falling from the sky one winters day in a Communist state far far away. A couple were arguing fiercely about whether it was rain or snow. "Ah" said the wife "there's comrade Rudolph, we should ask him if this is rain or snow. Comrade Rudolph, please tell us, is this rain or snow falling from the sky?" After Comrade Rudolph had carefully considered the situation he settled the argument. "There you are" said the husband" Rudolph the red knows rain dear!"
Woke up 3.30am , tossed & turned, dozed a bit, let Ebony out, let Ebony in, made coffee at 7am. In the Lagoon at 8.15 very low tide, cold water as clear as crystle, warm ocean flowing over reef. Breaky at 9.30 after giving the plants a bit of a sprinkle. Warm - hot with thunder around
Almost finished painting shoes (don't think I like this pair so much) Lunch at 1pm, watched some TV (dozed off for 5mins) Did some work on new computer (not giving me spell check as I write this blog!) Lay down at 3pm (dozed off for 15mins) Made two loaves of bread (between catnaps)
Not much to say today - this was the only pic I had, it was taken on Monday at the shopping centre. No pics taken today as battery ran out & the others I had on a disk from the old computer just won't work! Played Mah Jong this afternoon & S. had the highest score ever - nearly 2000!!!
'Dream of Margaret River' by Penelope Ransby was not my cup of tea!! I did read the parts about Margaret River but not all the chapters on the 'Great' war. I am now halfway through 'September' by Rosamund Pilcher (think I've read it before) nice easy read with lots of lovely characters.
The salad plot has survived the heat today, think it got to 37C, gave them some shade from the midday sun. Just off now to pick lettuce etc to go with the Black Russian Tomatoes that are DELICIOUS in spite of being a bit green & holey. So cold ham & salad plus Bills beetroot with honey mustard dressing followed by mashed banana & cream drizzled with homemade strawberry jam.
Yanchep (north of Perth), Western Australia, Australia
Welcome to my blog about day to day living on the coast of Western Australia. An eclectic mix of things that make life interesting.
Born Brighton, Sussex UK arrived Western Australia 1969 never turned back.