Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009

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).

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Wednesday What's It

Can you guess what this is? Answer tomorrow.

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?!!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today's Flowers #72

From a garden near me. Not sure of the name, seems to survive the hot weather we've had over the last few days.
Go here to see flowers all over the world Today's Flowers #72

Of course I couldn't let a day go by without another photo of the Lagoon. Swimming classes started today. Pity I didn't get a shot of the Dolphin playing just beyond the reef.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #49

Gearing up for a hot 40deg day - think I spy a yellow swim ring,

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Talking 'bout books & Blogs

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
You Grow Girl
Victorias Backyard
Down on the Allotment
Veg Plotting

Brain Games

Very good reading
Violet Sky
Green Stone Woman
Mr London Street

Biscuit Encounters

Ice Warmth

Mail Art
A1 Mail art
Keith Bates
Frips Mailart

Fantastic Photographs
Pictures Just Pictures

Please don't forget to come back to me!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Plotting for a food garden week 13

My tomatoes (last 3 pics) compared to B&Bs tomatoes,
(next 3) being taken over by pumpkins but still producing lots.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 24

Christmas Evening as the sun goes down with a golden glow. Friends on the beach, sand between toes, chewing on King Prawns, washed down with a G&T.

Christmas Morning

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...

and here


December 14, 1972
My dearest darling John:
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,
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,
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,
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.
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,
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.
December 20, 1972
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.
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.
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 !
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 !
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,
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.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

True Colours Thursday - CHRISTMAS

For someone who is professing not to be interested in Christmas, I hereby say "Thank you all very much".

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Wednesday What's It

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!"

Peace be with you all, it's hectic out there.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today's Flowers #71

All things bright & beautiful from a garden nearby.
For a look at other Flowers of Today go here.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #47

Why wouldn't you be mellow swimming in the Lagoon on a Monday morning.......

...... even when you come up for breath.

To see many different yellows go here.

Talking 'bout books

I'm almost halfway through 'Appassionata' (page 265 of 622 pages) - a fair amount of bonking going on! So many characters doing so many things.

Picked up books from the Library -the 3 on the right & Op shop buys - 4 on the left. Enough to last me untill after the holidays.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Plotting for a food garden week 12

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)

Off now to water B&Bs garden.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 23

Another new house going up - pouring the cement slab.

New moon, low tide, cold water at Yanchep Lagoon.

So many bloggers playing Skywatch here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

True Colours Thursday - CRANBERRY

My cranberry coloured lettuce are growing well!

Here we have a large jar of coloured pasta, a smaller jar of Gogi Berries & a small dish of Craisins (cranberries).

An onion (it looked like a flower so I took a pic).

To join in this MEME (& see & read a great blog) go here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Wednesday What's It

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!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today's Flowers #70

B & Bs hanging baskets.
To look at many more Flowers of Today go here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #47

Men in YELLOW vests at work on Yanchep Lagoon carpark (about time too!).

Big - black & beautiful. Picked up computer + brown bear yesterday. Thank you Santa Sam.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Talking 'bout Books

Ebony enjoying the sun.

'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.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Plotting for a food garden, week 11

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.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday (Season 4 Episode 22)

End of another beautiful day & the beginning of a fabulous evening with friends. HOT weekend coming up!! 39deg on Sunday. (That's 102.2F)