Sunday, January 31, 2010

Talking 'bout Books

Curl up with a coffee & read.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Plotting for a Food Garden week 18

This gets more laughable each week. The only things still growing in MY garden is 1 squash, 4 strawberries, seeding basil ('cause I don't know how to keep it), a few scrappy little onions, chives & that's it. Thank goodness for B & B who gave me a pumpkin, onions & chillie so I can make some soup (recipe here).

Happy 15th Birthday Brodie (I won't put a baby photo here).

Friday, January 29, 2010

Rylan Peter Farman

Born 25th January 2010

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 29

The sky on Australia Day brought to you by LOTTO SKYWORKS.

Wonderful blue sky, ocean calm, perfect way to start the day. Unforturnatly spoilt by some selfish people who were casting a line or two into the lagoon. Just after this shot was taken one of the early swimmers got tangled up in their fishing line. They seem to think the Lagoon is for them & their dogs (not allowed in this area of the beach). Shame on you. Have some thought for others.

Lots more amazing skies found here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

True Colours Thursday - PUCE

Not an easy colour to find so this is as close as I can get. The glass vase holds a plant that creeps, not sure of the name. The image behind is 'Regeneration' one of my digital images, printed on canvas.
There are some more PUCES (that doesn't sound right!) on the True Colours page. Click here

Found this on the web:


Oh what is the use
of the color named puce?
So often called mauve
But never chartreuse

Overlooked and ignored
Hardly every adored
It sits and it waits
All pointless and bored

Not magenta, not pink
Nor rose I would think
But something between
Not a shade, but a fink

Then a webmaster sage
While programing a page
He types 'CC8899'
To make puce all the rage

"I'm useful, I'm wanted!"
"I don't have to feel haunted!"
"For somebody needs me."
The happy puce flaunted

"What?!" The webmaster spits
"Is my screen having fits?"
"This color is vile, and not what I want"
And so 'delete', he then hits.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Wednesday What's It

The 7 steps.
Down to Northbridge, up to Perth City.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Australia Day 26 January 2010

Celebrating a birthday & Australia Day

(taken a few years ago)


Seen on Yanchep beach this morning. Is this what they mean as a "true blue aussie"?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday #53

Waiting for the train, underneath Perth.
Want to see more Mellow Yellows click here & have a look. Thanks to Drowsy Monkey.

It's a boy!

Arrived 6.30 this morning Monday 25th Jan. The new little Farman, my 4th grandchild.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Talking 'bout Books

After the drama of this morning (didn't get back 'till 10am) I spent the rest of the day mooching around. I'm reading 'Let it Shine' by Josephine Cox, bit of a drag, so naff, think they used to call it 'Pegs Paper'. Having finished 'Coming Home' by Rosamund Pilcher I now have 'Going Home' by Harriet Evans. Also waiting on the desk is 'Suite Francais' by Irene Nemirovsky (on loan from a bookish friend), 'The Cat Who Looked at the Sky' by Thea Welsh and 'The Sound of One Hand Clapping' by Richard Flanagan ( 2nd hand books from the op shop $2 each).


There we were, 8.30am, three not very good swimmers, up to our waists in the Lagoon talking about blogging - as one does. Not many people in the water, just two further down & one smaller one by the reef. Next thing we knew was a little voice calling - we thought - "I've found it, I've found it, come quick!" but really calling "I'm drowning, I'm drowning!" The mother, who was ankle deep with a very young child then yelled "Can anybody swim?" We took off at once but the current was strong. The kid was sitting & hanging onto the reef crying "Mummy, help, I'm drowning". By this time we could see the other two were in trouble. Not many people on the beach but thank goodness two strong men were swimming out to the two in trouble. We were struggling to reach the little one when another guy swam up with a blow up kick board, got him off the reef & back to shore. A bit of a crowd was gathering further down on the beach, an ambulance had arrived, then the life guards. Apparently the two others, father & son, were exhausted & the father was throwing up so he was taken to hospital. The family had never been to Yanchep Lagoon before. People don't realise how strong that current can get, it all looks so calm. Luckily there was no tragedy today.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Plotting for a Food Garden week 17

Pathetic!! A few almost ripe strawberries. Almost nothing in the so called garden to EAT. Down to the last of the Roma tomatoes, lettuce is very bitter, spring onions are still tiny even the Mizuna has had it. It all needs pulling up & digging over, new potting mix added & maybe I can seed some more salad. Put it down to the hot weather.

Fun in the Lagoon this morning. For a better pic click onto Yanchep Paradise.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 28

Windy morning at the lagoon.
Over 200 sky photos for today all over the world
so if you want to look or join in head here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

True Colours Thursday - BLUE & WHITE together.

Goodness me it's Thursday again, time to join Blue & friends in 'True Colours'. You too can play.

The sky today

and an artistic view.

Information bay on the left

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Wednesday What's It

Yanchep Lagoon - 8.30am Those early morning swimmers still bobbing up & down.

Same place 9.15am (sub title: 'Not Drowning, Waving' or 'I want to learn to swim, put me in the water, Mum!)

Later - 11am 'A Fair Cop' outside my house (taken through the fly screen)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today's Flowers #75

A profusion of petunias found in Perth.
World wide photos of flowers can be found here

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday #52

Off to play in the YELLOW submarine. Another HOT day at Yanchep Lagoon.
There are lots of other people playing MELLOW YELLOW MONDAY go have a look.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Talking 'bout Books

What a great surname for a gardening book! I would have liked a few recipes but only got some tips on cooking. Nice to dip into.
At the moment I am ploughing my way through 'Coming Home' by Rosamund Pilcher, all 1016 pages, up to page 509, so halfway and enjoying it very much. An easy read especially as about all I've done today is lay in front of the fan with the temperature up to 32 deg (outside was at least 42. Just hope all these people on the beach didn't get too burnt. Photo taken 9.30 am.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Plotting for a food garden week 16

Dug up some of the beetroot, small & sweet (I hope). Along with roasted tomatoes & breast of chicken they will be tonights supper.

Just wish the strawberries were ripe - go to work little bee, make honey.

I feel this is a very insignificant blog compared with the earthquake in Haiti. So tragic.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 27

The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?

Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887-1915)

Not a Church but formerly the Perth Boy’s School (1897), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) building is an iconic heritage building located in the Perth Cultural Centre precinct. PICA houses a number of contemporary visual arts, performing arts and new media installations.

So many skies around to see. Click here

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Can't sit here too long - my back is bad this evening, better tomorrow I hope.
Leave you with this image taken yesterday morning. His back is good, some may say very good.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Wednesday What's It

This is a poster at Perth Railway Station, please click to enlarge & read.

Not so funny was getting a 'Personal Astrological Reading' from JENNA here
I gave my name & date of birth & waited.

She sent a 6 page reading but I was a bit skeptical so I asked a friend to also get a reading putting in her name & date of birth. When we compared the two readings they were, apart from the name, exactly identical. This was free but we could pay to have a 'complete analysis'.
Then today I found these.....

Consumer fraud reporting
Astro Databank

I wonder how many people have been sucked in by this so called Astrologer?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today's Flowers #74

Cascade of beauty, in a friends garden (must get one planted in the autumn) if I can remember the name.
Please click on the link: Today’s Flowers for more lovely blooms.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday #51

Swimming lessons at Yanchep Lagoon. Little yellow caps in calm water.

For lots more yellows go here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Talking 'bout Books

'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox' by Maggie O'Farrell is a book to take your breath away, I could hardly put it down. Very moving.

I am now reading Richard Bransons autobiography - I'm already half way through as I am 'resting' with a bad back. Quite interesting, especially about Mike Oldfield & 'Tubular Bells'. I just happened to have known the guy who hired them all the instruments.
I wonder what happened to my LP?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Plotting for a food garden week 15

I was to work in the 'garden' today pulling out the Giant Mustard, Spinach & Cos that are flowering & going to seed but last night I bent down & wrenched my back muscles. So today has been pain killers, ice packs & laying down with Richard Branson (more about that tomorrow). I may just be able to pick some lettuce for supper.
Last night I had roast chicken with tomatoes, garlic & basil roasted in olive oil.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Skywatch Season 4 Episode 26

Going up? Reflections of yet more buildings (office space?) in Perth City. Photo taken outside the Art Gallery, I just love the distortions.
To look at many more SKYWATCH photos please click here.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

True Colours Thursday - Snow WHITE

This weeks colour on True Colours Thursday is Snow White. The best I could come up with is this - somewhat pink - piece of seaweed found on the beach.
I was told of other things found on Yanchep beach - a snake, a needle with yellow liquid in, beer cans, fishing line & lots of plastic. The rubbish bins were overflowing on Monday, always the way after a hot weekend.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Wednesday What's It

'Triumph'full meeting with these two 'good guys' who are both volunteers for many organizations (fire, ambulance etc) they also do 'charity runs' so a trip to Lancelin may be on the cards.
While they were cruising on the road I was cruising around the world via Stumble. Came across some weird and wonderful things, like
'sidewalk chalk guy'
Brandon McConnell
Theo Jansen
$10 worth of Sharpie
The Nobel Funk Off (sound on if you like some cool rock.)
Vincent Bousserez - Plastic Life

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Today's Flowers #73

A row of Rosemary at Bethanie Beachside.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday #50

It's another case of 'eye spy' YELLOW again this week.
For lots of other Mellow Yellows go here.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Talking 'bout Books

Began the year by trying 'The God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy, again and again couldn't get past page 50. Don't know what it is about this book that I can't come to grips with. Is it because of it's 'foreignness'?

So, I have joined the "Typically British Reading Challenge" hosted by Book Chick City. I like to read British fiction and I've never done a challenge before. If anyone wants to join in please see Book Chick City's post for more of the rules and to sign up!

I have started with 'Winter Solstice' by Rosamunde Pilcher & am enjoying an easy read with names & places I am familiar with.

Finished 'Family Ties', very quick read and I'm glad there was a family tree in the front. Enjoyable.

Picked up these two from the side of the road - not to sit in, maybe let climbing plants ramble through. Not even sure if I want to keep them, not the right colour blue. Shabby without the chic!

Hot Sunday morning 9.15, beach at Yanchep filling up fast.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Plotting for a food garden week 14

A few strawberries on the way.

This little plot is growing out of hand, Giant Red Mustard going to seed. The Komatsuna Spinach I keep giving away, the Mustard Greens are a bit too hot for me but the Spring Onions & the Mixed Beetroot look good. Thyme in the corner gets bigger everyday.