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Friday, April 30, 2010

Hello again

Just a little note to say - hello again
Will try and get round to say hello to all those visitors I've missed out on this past month
Playing in someone elses backyard has been fun but unfortunately I haven't been tending to my own
So really will have to catch up on all the goss. I missed whilst going from A to Z lol
Look out for me as I pop in to say Hello - will post here most likely on Monday morning
Bye for now 
Cathy


April 30 - Z

Letter Z of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
the rest of the posts in this challenge

For this very last post in the A-Z April Challenge
I am going to repost one of my previous Todays Flowers entries

I'm all thought out and can come up with Zero original ideas for today
and the name of this flower
really does begin with the letter of the day

Zygocactus
aka Schlumbergera
also
Christmas Cactus

These hardy pot plants seem to grow wherever you want them to
Break a piece off - pot it up in some dirt
and very soon you'll have a new plant

My plants shown here were all started as cuttings
taken from friends or neighbours plants

They are growing in containers that hang over the railing of the deck
and are happy there most of the year
but I do put them in the shade
if the sun gets too hot

There are several plants in each of these long boxes
and if the timing is right and they all bloom together
it looks like a ribbon of pink all the way along


Up in the Northern Hemisphere they are often called Christmas Cactus
'cose thats about the time when they seem to flower


Not so down here in Melbourne 
these photos were taken in October
right at the end of our Winter - beginning of Spring


At first the plants seem to be a jumble of gnarly stems with a flower at the end
but if you really look


you will see they have the most delicate of blooms growing there

beautiful flowers that look lovely when in a massed display


These are some websites I found with information on Zygocactus 

Skywatch Friday


Early morning
Very early morning - April 23rd
6.38am
Filling up at Laverton
Western suburbs of Melbourne
on our way to Adelaide

We'd already been on the road for over an hour
Long interstate drive ahead of us
I'd just about woken up lol

Dh had gone in to pay
I got out to stretch my legs 
looked to one side
as I got back in the car
and saw this beautiful sunrise

So many cars on the road already
I wondered if any of the drivers on their way to work
were able to take it all in

Fabulous way to start a long weekend away from home:))

click to enlarge and take it all in




Skywatch photos from around the world

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29 - Y

Letter Y of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

Another letter I thought would stump me
but after a little while I came up with this

Yesterday - the day before today

I often think about what I did yesterday,
about the things I should have done yesterday
and start to wonder if I'll ever get back on track

Its then I remember that little saying my Mum
would sometimes come out with

'Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery.
But today is a gift, and that's why it is called the present'

More often than not the things I should have done
 were associated with homework
and more often than not
she'd follow up by telling me to get on
and do it now while I thought about it
Didn't always works tho lol

The word 'Yesterday' features quite a bit in songwriting
PoemHunter has a list
of 400 songs that have the word Yesterday in lyrics  

Here are two  'Yesterdays' that have been recorded by many artists

Firstly theres Yesterday by the Beatles first recorded in 1965
and then theres my real favourite
Yesterday when I was young
first written in 1961
and sung here by Charles Aznavour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiLo5q0wqxU&feature=related

And of course there is
Yesterdays - A former period of time or of one's life

It's those yesterdays I'm very interested in
The past days and years that were lived by my and my dh's family

Work on Family Histories
is made up of yesterdays and yesteryears
No matter what what said or done in the past
those yesterdays and yesteryears
will always be of interest to me

So what did I do yesterday?

Well first of all I did a bit of
Yearning
You know when you want something you once had

To long, have a strong desire (for something);
To look back with melancholy,
nostalgically hanker
 desire strongly or persistently

My yearning was just
for my feet to be warm lol
Preferably by burying them in warm sand
on a nice warm beach


instead of being warmed by Slippers

It was really cold yesterday morning
(down to 8c/46f)
so before they hit the floor
my little tootsies had to be popped into slippers
to keep them warm lol

I went to the library and saw lots of Yacking
Well that what it looked like
Ducks and Purple Swamphens at the library pond
having a little word with each other

Chucked a yewy at the traffic lights

Yewy : u-turn in traffic
drove home
and saw lots of Yellow




but didn't see this favourite of mine
The little yellow balls of fluff on the Wattle trees
Not in bloom here yet but seen in Adelaide this past weekend

One species of wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is the floral emblem of Australia
and is featured on the coat-of-arms.

photos are best enjoyed if you click to enlarge

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28 -X

Letter X of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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Have a read of this:
X is typically a sign for the compound consonants [ks]; or sometimes when followed by an accented syllable beginning with a vowel, or when followed by silent h and an accented vowel [ɡz] (e.g. exhaust, exam); usually [z] at the beginnings of words (e.g. xylophone, Xenon), and in some compounds keeps the [z] sound, as in (e.g. meta-xylene). It also makes the sound [kʃ] in words ending in -xion (typically used only in British-based spellings of the language; American spellings tend to use -ction). It can also represent the sounds [ɡʒ] or [kʃ], for example, in the words luxury and sexual, respectively. Final x is always [ks] (e.g. ax/axe) except in loan words such as faux (see French, below). In abbreviations, it can represent "trans-" (e.g. XMIT for transmit, XFER for transfer), "cross-" (e.g. X-ing for crossing; XREF for cross-reference), "Christ" (e.g. Xmas for Christmas; Xian for Christian), the "Crys" in Crystal (XTAL), or various words starting with "ex" (e.g. XL for extra large; XOR for exclusive-or). There are very few English words that start with X – the least amount of any letter. Many of the words that do start with X are either standardized trademarks (XEROX) or acronyms (XC). No words in the Basic English vocabulary begin with X, but it occurs in words beginning with other letters. It is often found in a word with an E before it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X

Once you've read that you will realise X is a bugger of a letter
 X is the third most rarely used letter in the English language.

so what am I going to come up with for this one

Well I suppose here in Australia we could always show you this
XXXX


Most people over 18 would know what it represented

XXXX (pronounced fourex) is a brand of Australian beer brewed in Milton, Brisbane by Queensland brewers, Castlemaine Perkins. It enjoys wide popularity in the state of Queensland and is commonly found on-tap in most Queensland pubs and bars.

or theres that saying
X marks the spot

Supposedly from British army officers pinning a piece of paper
with X on it to the chest of someone about to be executed

But it could come from
a radio programme
something the Hubble Telescope saw
or
Could it be a spot on a map
(like a pirates's treasure map)

but the X our family is interested in is this one
The one Dh's Great Grandmother Julia made when she registered his Grandfather's birth in 1878

you have to look carefully or click and enlarge

 

These days we take reading and writing as a norm
but evidently from what we see on this copy of the birth certificate
Dh's ancestor was unable to write her name
and made her mark with an X

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27 - W

Letter W of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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When I thought of the letter W the first thing that came to mind
was this post I wrote last year
It might be a little long for some but hang in there
and you'll find out what happens when you are in the
Wrong place at the Wrong time

Feeling a little out of sorts at the moment.
Last night we watched 4 Corners on ABC, which was about a bomb plot.

So what’s new in that you ask, with all the problems in the world these days its nothing out of the ordinary.

Well this was a very interesting programme about a plot to cause damage to aircraft over the Atlantic and from all the evidence gained by British surveillance and presented in this doco
it was to take place in  August 2006.

The perpetrators had taken an interest in several American airlines and also a Canadian one, Air Canada.
I was ok watching the programme until I heard that mentioned and then it all came back to me.

We took an overseas trip in 2006 – to visit friends and rellies in the UK and then on to Nova Scotia for Dh’s aunt’s birthday. We flew to Halifax on August 10th but not after a very long wait in Heathrow airport, for that was the day all this came to a head and travel to and from that airport and airports around the world ground to a halt.

There was mention on the 6am news about problems at Heathrow so we left where we were staying much earlier than pplanned to take the hire car back and see what all the fuss what about. Good job we did as the expected 20-minute drive on the M25 took an hour and a half and was a nightmare. It’s not the easiest road to drive on at the best of time, traffic was banked up for miles, commuters making their way to their way to work in the City as well as travellers trying to get to Heathrow. Police directing lanes at the Heathrow exits and motorists getting hot under the collar plus several accidents didn't help

Flying isn’t one of the joys in my life and often I’m not in the best of moods as I approach airports at those times (meeting and greeting is different as I know we are turning round and driving straight home again) so the traffic problem certainly didn’t do much for my attitude let alone my BP that morning.

Hire car was returned and we caught the shuttle bus to the terminal, b……….traffic jams again and the driver wasn’t much help as he’d turned the radio off and hadn’t a clue what the problem was.

As we enter the terminal it was a sight to behold - Heathrow is always busy and crowded with travellers but this was something else.

You couldn’t see the check in areas as there were enormous queues everywhere as well as people just sitting along the walls or wandering around dragging their luggage and looking weary – this was at 8.30 in the morning. We managed to locate the end of the Air Canada check in line and so the slow journey to the front began.

We were advised that the only things we could take on board were our travel docs and they had to be inside plastic bags, in other words no cabin baggage ‘cept ID, travel docs, necessary medications and clothing.  There were airport staff roaming around with plastic bags of all sorts of shapes and sizes some of which had to be replaced at check in as 'they' had stipulated a certain size and a certain size it had to be but the organisers hadn't been given this info.. Also another part of the hold up at check in was travellers stopping in their tracks whilst waiting in the line to open their cases and try and try and fit things inside while others waited behind them.  One reason I always leave a little head room when I pack lol

Ladies were not happy – no handbags allowed onboard, if they didn’t fit in their luggage there was one of those plastic film wrap machines available to wrap them and they went into the hold as is. No food or drink allowed to be taken airside so kids were gorging on food (mainly chips and lollies/sweets brought along for the journey) and drinking water and soft drinks till it came out of their ears (or the other end lol)

The departure board indicated our flight to Halifax was delayed (no surprise) so we thought we’d get a coffee in one of the cafes upstairs before going through airside security – that was till we came out of the lift.

More queues – looked like thousands of people wending their way crocodile fashion from one end of that floor to the other. Staff walking up and down calling out, no drinks, no food – jars of baby food included, no papers or books and of all things no chewing gum allowed airside, documents to be in plastic bags - over and over again. Lots of speculation and no real reasons but it seems there were concerns about minute detonators being carried in the pages of books and jell like substances maybe being used as well.

So we found the end of the queue and started shuffling - again

There was no shouting or anger; no pushing or shoving, in fact nobody showed any annoyance at all, just accepted all the disruptions. It was a bit like queuing for tickets to a concert or like, people chatting to complete strangers and even ‘saving places’ in the case of toilet breaks or even hunger breaks – the cafes were right alongside us at one point and the smell of bacon sandwiches was just too much for the lady in front of me lol

About 90 minutes later we reached the security area before airside and passed through after a very thorough security check, through the ‘door way’ scanner and then a hand held scanner and pat down, as well as the standard shoes and belts off, plus any removable clothing eg coats and jackets, Waiting in line I watched as security insisted a baby have its nappy/diaper removed and lots of creams and other things removed from the toiletries bag the family had for the baby, then a rather old disabled lady was made to get out of her wheelchair and pass through the ‘door way’ scanner before almost collapsing into it again. All these passengers were using many different airlines - not just the one we were taking - so no wonder the lines were so long!!

Once through we started to walk forward taking everything in and I stopped in my tracks. Facing me are several large British policemen with very large guns (don't ask me what they were, some sort of automatic things) held against their chests, now I’ve travelled a lot and been through a lot of airports and in all my travels I've never been so scared in my life, suddenly it all became real and I just wanted to be out of there and on my way.

Our flight was still delayed so with no sign of it boarding soon I finally got that longed for coffee and then went to buy a bottle of water to take on board reasoning that as it was in a ‘safe’ area it would have been ok only to find their was none on sale.

There’s one thing I don’t do when flying and that’s eat, self explanatory - my stomach is churning that much there’s no point in putting food in it as it will all come back up again –there is one thing I do do and that’s drink water.

Rather than tip it away I’d drunk the two bottles I brought with me – it had been so hot in the departure area one went down there and the other in the queue upstairs so I wasn’t happy about not getting any to take onboard. So many people walking around looking dazed didn’t much for my peace of mind either.

We finally got on board after even more security checks, several hours later than we expected, those who had bought papers and books from the airside newsagents thinking it would be ok had to leave them behind – don’t ask, we never found out why - things that were ok airside one minute were suspect the next.

Duty free goods had to be handed over, the plastic bags identified with a big luggage label, and then the passenger was reassured they would be available for collection at the end of the journey. For some reason seeing all those bags with the labels attached lined up against a wall reminded me of film I’d seen of children being evacuated during the war with names on labels attached to their clothes lol

It was a strange flight; most passengers very quiet and subdued wondering if all was well in the hold. I did have a strange thought that I wasn't sure if they were worried about any explosive problem or the fate of theiir duty free booze.  The hosties were fabulous, lots of soft drink and water available, papers as well (not sure how ones brought in from another newsagent were ok but those for sale from the airport newsagent weren’t) lots af attention not just for Business and First but for Economy as well.

When we got to St John's in Newfoundland we had to clear the plane of all luggage to go through their customs (as is the way) and it was so different to other flights when there is hustle and bustle at this time - we all just stood up and walked quietly off the plane – there was no hand luggage, so no groping around in the overhead lockers, just us and the plastic bags we took on board.

I did get a laugh at the baggage carousel watching grown men making sure their duty free bottles of grog were safe and sound before handing it over again for the next leg to Halifax.

End of story was we arrived much later than expected - the cousins picking us up had no idea what was going on on the other side of the Atlantic, just that the flight had been delayed.  Worldwide airtravel was disrupted for weeks and procedures for carry on barrage reassessed

Just one of those days to remember
when we were in the Wrong place at the Wrong time 

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26 - V

Letter V of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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Have you heard of Vinnies
It stands for anything to do with the St. Vincent De Paul's Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society's 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.

For most members of the public Vinnies is where you go to look for bargains
They run fabulous op-shops rather poshly called Vinnies Centres

You'll often find me at Vinnies - either donating or looking or even rummaging at times
and what I like about Vinnies unlike some of the other national charity shops
is that any money raised/profit at a local branch stays in that area
It doesn't go into a national pot

Vinnies and other Opportunity shops or Op shops as we tend to call them 
- known in other countries as Thrift shops/ Charity shops even second hand shops -
have come into their own over the past few years
Its become trendy to dress from clothes bought here (think Vintage)
but I got to know them back in the 60s/70s
when as I've explained before we were a bit short of cash

They were and still are fabulous places to get a bargain 
For us it was mostly in the clothing line with books and sometimes toys
Even as close as a couple of years ago I picked up 4 almost new tennis raquets
for the grandkids to use here in the backgarden

There are lots of reasons people shop at Vinnies
It encourages recycling, others can use what you no longer need
Being frugal and thrifty by buying second hand things with lots of life still left in them
Theres also the chance you could find something that is collectable
If you can find sheets and linens and crockery they are usually a good buy

I'm a keen op shopper
I'm also frugal, never pay full price if I can help it
and one who tries to make my goods last as long as I can

I've been good at clearing out cupboards recently and the car is chockers with stuff to donate to our local Vinnies - might have a look round the store while I'm there 'cose you just never know what you'll find lol

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24 - U

Letter U of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

Ups and downs in life
'Alternating periods of good and bad'
 
I can relate to this in many ways
It seems to me that for every Up side I have
theres always a Down side

I love to travel
and living in Australia the easiest way
for us to get to any other country is to fly
There is just one thing - I don't like flying
So the less of the ups and downs
(taking off and landing - stops for refueling etc)
I have when traveling the better
When we arrange our itineries we have to choose routes 
that have as many direct flights as we can get
I have to get there as quickly as I can
consequently it often means I pay a bit more

For example I could get a much cheaper ticket to Heathrow
flying with a lesser known airline that stops several times on the way
rather than the several 'better' airlines
that fly via Singapore and then on to Heathrow

Weight loss for me has caused many ups and downs
First of all, having the GP mention a figure to aim for
sent me spiralling down
Even tho' I was healthy and fit
it  didn't mean thing as far as he was concerned
So down it had to come

I'm sure that figure used to masquerade as a yo yo
I couldn't count the times it went down
and then the times it went back up
Like travelling I prefer to look at the whole figure and not little bits of it
So when I didn't get there quickly enough
I was down again
(mentally that is)

So I had to pick myself up and work at it again
My exercise routine and the better healthy lifestyle is working now
theres not been so many emotional downs recently
many many more ups

Just the way I am - I'm not bemoaning the fact I don't like something
just trying to do it the way I enjoy doing it
If I let too many things upset my way of life I'd sort of be out of kilter
This way theres not too much up and not too much down.

Theres just one UP thing I would like to happen
I've already had the down that is associated with it lol

Each time we visit family in Nova Scotia
we take a little drive up the road to Halls Harbour
Its a little fishing village in the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy has these incredible low and high tides
And one of these days - Just one of these days -
and if it happens I 'll be on real UP - as high as I can go
I would like to see the fishing boats like this
up near the top of the jetty at high tide

click to enlarge
photo from here

Every single time we have been there
the fishing boats have been right down
and I mean right down
on the floor of the harbour:((

With luck and maybe some forward planning
we will get to see them the way I really would like to
floating UP on the surface at high tide
and not down here lol

click these photos for a clearer view




Now heres something really interesting
There is a webcam on the harbourside
where you can see the state of the tide - realtime
day and night
click on this link for a view

You'll be able to see for yourself
the ups and downs of the fishing fleet
at Halls Harbour lol

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 23 - T

Letter T of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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Taking a leaf out of someones book
'To adopt an idea or practice of another person'

Like lots of women when we get together my friends and I chat about putting the world to right then go on to talk about trivial things; so recently when some friends and I were chattering one laughed about taking 2 flat sheets from the cupboard instead of 1 flat and 1 fitted.

We then spoke about when there were only flat sheets; a fitted bottom sheet was a luxury or something you fiddled around with trying to make for yourself from your flat ones. Of course they now are a way of life, no more trying to do neat hospital corners and having all the bedding fall out as you pushed it under the mattress along the sides.

Not sure if it was laziness on her part or we didn’t have that many sheets but in our house Mum only changed the bottom one, putting the top one on the bottom, making sure the part that had been at the top was also at the top and not down the bottom of the bed. Even tho it was underneath you on the bottom with pillows on top of it you didn’t want the cheesy feet part near you face for the next week. lol

Then when they started to wear thin in the middle the sheets were given a new lease on life by being sewn sides to middle so there were almost like new pieces in the middle but if they were sewn on a machine that wasn’t crash hot (like my mothers was) there was also a big ridge down the middle meaning you slept on one side or the other but never directly in the middle of the bed.

The other weekend I wanted something to tie up a plant so tore a strip off some old sheeting we have in the garage. Looking at it and remembering which daughter used to have it on her bed made me think about how old it actually was and then I noticed it had been sewn ‘sides to the middle’.

So did my Mum pass down to me her frugal habits
 or did I consciously 'Take a leaf out of her book' and copy her
at the time when the kids were little and somehow or another I had to make things last a lot longer?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Just a little note

Hello there
We are off to Adelaide in the morning - very early in the morning
Long drive - about 9 hours maybe more depending how long we take at stops
Lovely friends to stay with at the other end
Lovely things to look forward to
Catching up with friends - BBQs - forecast of good weather
Anzac Day March on Sunday
Flags - Bands - Clapping - Tears

Will be driving home Tuesday
My posts have been dated and hopefully will auto post
So I'll catch up with you all then
Cathy

April 22 - S

Letter S of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

Sleeplessness
Cause and Effect

Cause
Snoring and various other sound effects like steam engine, sniffing and snorting noises emanating from a certain person's snout

Effect
Said person's sleeping partner unable to sleep, making them sh'itty and snarly, and causing them to, spit out-shout out - speak or even say (depending on how long its been going on ) - some simply nasty words sounding like Shut Up or Ship Out to the Spare bed

I know that didn't sound nice - but I'm not feeling nice today
Wonder why:((

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21 - R

Letter R of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

Reflections at the RACV Club
Healesville

Have you ever wondered
Whats Inside
and then
Whats Outside??

Sometimes man can move mountains lol






Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20 - Q

Letter Q of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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Q is the seventeenth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet
also Q is the second most rarely used letter in the English language.

So to begin with I thought Q would stump me
have no fear - heres what I came up with.

But first - a little introduction

The one animal I have had the most to do with is the cat
We had cats when I was young
They were independent enough to please my Mother
who wasn't an animal sort of person
How Dad persuaded her to allow us to have one I'll never know
'cose she was for ever complaining about it/them
Oh yes, I can still hear the screams
when one used to bring rabbits home
and leave them outside the door
- right outside -
just where she would find them

I know we all have childhood memories
For me it was purring next to my ear as I was going to sleep
and the yells coming up the stairs
Have you got that cat in your bed again!!

Anyway fast forward a lot of years
and once Dh came out of the forces I was 'allowed' a cat
or rather I got a cat for me and the children
Several moggy types - black, ginger, tabby - all wonderful in their own way
shared our home
 as well as my dd's Siamese
Present from one of of her husbands
(don't ask - long story)
Left at our home when they seperated
and she went off to Europe
to 'find herself'
Unfortunately she forgot to
come round and find' Silk when she returned 10 years later lol

Then I came upon a Burmese and was hooked.
I met up with the Balinese at the same time and took to them as well

Its 20years since we brought our first one home
that deed then led to showing and then to breeding
Now we have just 2 pets to keep us company
One old fella of nearly 18 and our last breeding queen who's 10 now
Yes they are a healthy breed that baring accidents live to a ripe old age

If I had to describe them I'd say
Some think they are human
and others are ??? - well they just are lol

click on these links and find out what they are

http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2000/archives/2000/roadtests/cat_breeds/burmese_cats
http://www.catsofaustralia.com/burmese-cat-description.htm
http://www.cat-world.com.au/burmese-cat-breed-profile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_(cat)

Now on to todays letter
My contribution to the Qday
Quirky Cats who love to climb

These are scanned photos from a few years ago
click on these photos to enlarge and enjoy



























Questioning Cats
Leroy and the Cockateil
Wonder whats in there?
Oh hello - wonder what you'd taste like?

Q ueens with kittens who Question
Anna below seemed to be saying :
Some of these are the wrong colour - wheres their Mother?

Whereas Belle with her first litter is asking:
Is it always like this?


 
And here 'cose I loved this sweet angel
from the day he arrived as a tiny waif
till the day he crossed the Rainbow Bridge
Without question the
quietest, quirkiest, most quaintly 'qute' cat  
we have ever had
whose main aim in life was to sleep as much as he could 
and keep the others in line
- Tox -
named by a dd 'cose she just a little bit tipsy
the night she found him at the side of the road






Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19 - P

Letter P of The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge
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POSSUMS

Here in my garden east of Melbourne and most likely all of Victoria there are both Ringtail and Brush Tail Possums and love them or hate them we can do nothing about them as here in Australia they are a protected species.
Catching and killing is prohibited - we just live with them. They are territorial so they will die or be killed by others if moved to another place.

Most years they are just a minor nuisance that takes a fancy to the new green tips of next doors huge oak tree and then sleep all day long in the boxes the neighbours have provided for them. We know they are around as they yell and hiss at each other during the night and have the most atrocious table manners and leave half of the tips on the ground above where they were grazing.






This year same as nearly every other year they are taking advantage of my good feelings and seem to have invited most of the local population to their all night parties. There have been a few fisty cuffs (theirs) along with a good amount of bad language (mine) thrown in for good measure outside my window most nights recently.

It also appears that the short cut to these all night raves is via the trees adjacent to us, over our roof, and then via the trees on the other side of our house to goodness knows where.

How do I know that – well to begin with recently I thought something had fallen down in the house during the night and went back to sleep, then there was a rustling in the trees followed by more and more thuds and what seemed like size 10 boots running over the roof finishing off with more faint rustling on the other side of the house.

They also have been taking advantage of the power lines from the street to the house, which is a lot quieter but not quite as fast and devil may carish than the rooftop route - but - they seem to stop and natter half way. Going by the poop and pee on the boot of my car DH thinks it must be a couple of females ‘cose males only say G’Day and then are on their way whereas females stop and want life histories each time the meet.!!

SO it’s back to the Frisbees on the power lines, parking the car in another spot and accepting the population has grown this year. One good thing we are thankful for is that they haven't found their way into the roof and use it as a bedroom during the day.

You can look up and read about POSSUMS at these links

Urban possums
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2006/09/07/2041855.htm?site=science/scribblygum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Possum

http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/possums.htm

http://www.mintonfarm.com.au/possums.htm

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Perseverance

Another post starting with P
but not one of the A-Z posts
just a coincidence the letter P turned up at the same time
This P is for Perseverance

I found this meaning for Perseverance on the web
persistent determination to adhere to a plan of direction

Now I wonder why it would relate to these photos of four 'girls'
taken Friday evening in the dark 
looking rather cold and a bit weary





I'll let you into a secret
They had just walked over 45km
just under half of the 100kms
they had agreed to do
almost 9 months ago

This is how they looked at 7.30pm
when we met up with them in Olinda

Trailwaker 2010 Melbourne
has been on this weekend
and they were one of the teams taking part

Walk/run 100kms for Oxfam and raise funds by doing so
The teams have a total of 48hrs to do it in 

Oxfam TRAILWALKER is the world's greatest team challenge. And it's also one of the toughest. The challenge is to get your team of four across 100km of Australian bush in less than 48 hours - and, collectively, to raise at least $1,000 to help to overcome poverty and suffering around the world

Backed up by support crews
 friends family or anyone else they can rope in
willing to be at certain areas along the trail at the times they are needed

Some teams choose to do it all in one go
only stopping at the check points for the bare necessities
Others sleep part of the time at the allocated check in where there are better facilities


After training most weekends for the past 6 months
they decided they would walk all the way with meal breaks but no sleep
So started off from Jells Park at 8.30 Friday morning

And this is where they emerged from the bush at Wesburn on Saturday afternoon
for the final little walk to the finish line
Unfortunately one of them had to retire but the other three were in good spirits
(This is not them)

The 'girl' in the middle is one of my daughters
(she still likes to be called a girl even tho she's closer to 50 than 40 lol)
and this is her third Trailwalker

Yes, she enjoys it and has already planned next years (very long) walk
but then theres also the year after
'cose she wants one of these Veterans bandanas lol

Believe it or not they had just walked 100 kms and still had smiles on their faces:))


And what do you do then?
Well, a glass of bubbly never goes astray

And a piece of chocolate cake tastes good as well lol





Perseverance = Persistent Determination to adhere to a Plan of Direction