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Living, loving, Laughing and Travelling as much as possible. Come along and join in my life and travels - I'll be happy to have you there with me.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Wonder Wonder Why

It was really fine and dry so I spent most of yesterday morning out in the front garden cutting back some Erigeron (Seaside Daisies) that were becoming a danger - almost covering a path and make it hard to walk comfortably when it was wet.

There was only a tiny part of the path visible and it was hard to see where the side edges of the path were and where the garden bed began.  I'd slipped/tripped on the edge of the concrete path more than once and didn't want to do with a bag of groceries or something similar in my hands.

Whilst the secateurs were clipping away clearing the path way my mind was working away as well. 

Wondering.

Wondering why I get so upset each time I see my Aunt in the nursing home.
I have Community Services and Health qualifications specialising in Aged Care so The Aging Process and Dementias were part of my course which means I'm fully aware of the deterioration thats going to take place in her mind and body as the disease progresses but when I turned up the other day and found her screaming at the carer I began to wonder exactly what was going on. 

The Podiatrist was attempting to cut her toenails and A Pam was quite sure that 'they were trying to cut her toes off'.  She spends more time in bed as they won't lift her if she is angry (OH&S policy) and flaying her arms aroound.  Unfortunately that is happening more and more frequently and to see her lying there muttering away to herself is quite disturbing especially when I remember what a capable lady she was not that many years ago. 

Wondering how Kiera will cope in the boarding cattery by herself when we are away for a couple of months. 
Its 2 weeks now since we said goodbye to Leroy and this is the first time in all her life she has been alone.  She came to us as a kitten leaving her litter mates behind, there was a houseful of other cats here Leroy included and as they slowly died or were rehomed Leroy was the one constant in her life.  She really isn't settled at all, looks up every now and again glancing around, constantly wants to be to be on my knee ot nursed, yet doesn't seem to mind going out to the garage in the evening at 'bedtime'. 

The cats have always slept in a different place to us, the garage is warm and dry, no cars garaged there so no petrol or oil fumes, they have food, water and litter trays out there as well as several beds complete with heating pads so are not cold or want for anything.   She does wander about and inspect every nook and cranny tho' before starting to eat her dinner; that being said I've had to pop back out a few times and she's been 'tucked up ' in bed so I'm not sure whats going on in her head.  I'll possibly look at getting another cat when we get home in October but till then she's on her own.

Two little things going round in my mind - yet two big worries that have me wondering about outcomes and solutions.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Buddhleia - Todays Flowers



aka

With not much actually blooming in the late Autumn
I was happy to find this bush out the back
with some very late flowers 

Buddleia is a very common shrub
that is easy to propagate
It will grow from cuttings and can at times can become weedy
but they are a mainstay of many gardens
for that reason


Its one of those cut to the ground things
and I will bounce right back up again
bigger better and thicker
and it often needs at trim becuase it flowers on new wood 

click photos to enlarge





Most of the ones I have have that shape flower
(sometimes described as clusters of blossoms)
Long and tapering
and are coloured blue or dark almost purple
I do have one with a paler look near the deck


but look what I found last year
at the time it was just a stick, 
an early cutting, and sold in a small tube

A Yellow one

This was taken in March when it had been in the ground a few weeks
Talk about liking where it was planted

It will look good next year when taller
and blending in with the pink Oleander that grows down the driveway
Hopefully they will grow into each other
so the two colours show here and there amongst the leaves

But what I wanted to say was - look at the flower shape




Far thicker and not so tapered
Will be interesting to see what it looks like when its a lot bigger
to see more flowers from around the world

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Your Age using Chocolate Math

This fun email arrived the other day
and as I love chocolate
and as I know some of you have a liking for it as well
thought I'd share it with you

YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH



You don't have to tell me your age
(you'd probably lie anyway lol)

BUT… the Hershey Man will know!


Have some fun with this
but
DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!

It takes less than a minute ..
Work this out as you read ...
Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.


1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate
(more than once but less than 10)



2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)


3. Add 5



4. Multiply it by 50
(I'll wait while you get the calculator )


5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1760 ..
If you haven't, add 1759


6... Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.


You should have a three digit number


The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).


The next two numbers are


YOUR AGE!
Oh YES, it is!!!!!

It worked out for me so it has to be true lol


2010 IS THE ONLY YEAR IT WILL EVER WORK,
SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Silver - Skywatch Friday





Silver
A favourite poem of mine from schooldays

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

Walter de la Mare
1873 - 1958

The full moon together with a very cloudy sky
last night here in Melbourne
gave me a chance to try out the night setting
on my little point and shoot camera

Some good - some not so good
click and enlarge for a better view





To see more skies from around the world

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Melbourne's Yarra River - Watery Wednesday


Melbourne was built at 'the end' of the Yarra River
They say the river flows through the city
or was it that the city was built alongside the river lol
It cuts through Melbourne as it flows along to the Bay
and from there out to sea

Whatever it is we have a fabulous waterway in our beautiful city

If you look here you'll find
some really good interesting facts about the river

It's a rather murky river to look at - not crystal clear like some others
It seems the brown muddy colour
is the result of the clay soil underneath

Now here we have it during the day
 lined with those tall city buidings
It was a dull day when I took this
and it certainly didn't look all that interesting


But come the night and the city lights up
like Cinderella, it's the belle of the ball
I had to go into Melbourne one evening last week
and took these photos as I walked over Princes Bridge

On the right hand side you can see the big city buildings
with their lights reflected in the water

On the left hand side
you can see the walkway that lines Southbank

The lights of Southgate Promenade give an eerie look to the area
and it wasn't until I really looked at them
I noticed the figure in the far left hand corner
Wonder who he was wating for??


To get the full benefit of the night photos
you really will have to click and enlarge them

To see more Watery Wednesday pictures from around the world

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Circle of Friends

This little concrete statue is commonly called
'A Circle of Friends'

When I posted a picture the other day
several people made comments about it
and asked where it came from

This one of mine 
which represents a circle of women
with long dresses and lovely long hair
was given to me by a friend in Adelaide
and it usually sits on a table outside the back door

It gives me a good feeling when I see it there
Its sort of rustic yet homely as well
and I really do like it.

Unfortunately someone else liked it a bit too much
and dropped it
One of the poor ladies lost her head in the tumble
but Dh and that really strong glue came to the rescue

As you can see there is a dip in the centre of the group
which looks like the place to put one of those little tea lights
and it wasn't until I looked it up on the net
I found out that theses statues are actually meant to be candle holders

I have been using ours on summer evenings
on the table or under a chair on the deck
as a holder for the mosquito coil lol


Seems there's a legend 
attached to the statue
(which I wasn't aware of) 

This is what I found on the internet

The Legend of the Circle of Friends
Ancient native legend says that at the end of the evening, friends would gather around a bonfire and share their hearts. They would speak of the good qualities of each other and remember times shared. As the embers faded their friendship was said to be sealed anew, bringing them closer together.

Since the beginning of time, friendship has been the most important relation that people have experienced. According to the Native American legend, people used to gather around a new fire to celebrate peace and brotherhood among tribes. The legend says that if you give a "Circle of Friends" to a person you care for, your bonds of friendship will endure forever.

This 'circle of friends' will never let go of each other's arms. Inextricably entwined, they represent an ancient pre-Columbian ceremonial dance symbolizing the unbroken circle of friendship. Made in western Mexico, each dancer is individually shaped by hand from terra-cotta.

If you are interested maybe you'd like to read more

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ox Tongue Lily revisited


I wonder if anyone remembers a post I did
earlier in the year on my old blog 
about the Ox Tongue Lily
that lives at the bottom of our garden

Click here for that post




Its a strange bulb like plant that flowers bare
(see above)
The leaves come up a lot later
after the flowers have died down

Those photos were taken in March this year
and 'guess what'
as my G/children used to say

Fiddling around that end of the garden
the other day
(Fiddling around 'cose it was too cold to saunter around lol
this is what I found

A large plant pot with big leaves and no flowers to be seen

There they were
The large green 'tongue'shaped leaves growing out
close to the spot where the flower stalks appeared
just like the plant info says

Blood Lily - Haemanthus coccineus



The bright red flower heads of this gorgeous bulb emerge between February and April. They're an unusual bulb, because the flower emerges before the leaves and is bright red - hence the common name. The leaves are just as distinctive. This plant is also known as the Ox-tongue lily because the leaves are big and look just like an ox tongue. They certainly create drama and intrigue in the garden.

Nature is wonderful isn't it!


for more Flowers from around the world 

Friday, May 21, 2010

With a little help




A little help from my friends
allowed me to accept the inevitable
to accept things had changed

It also allowed me to see what was happening around me
Rainy days

Strange foggy sunrises


A new season of flowers

Early Azaleas
down the side of the deck
The first Camelia of the season
tucked away near the side wall with all the plant pots

A late rose
that I've forgotten the name of
still wet from the morning rain
and a new blog
'cose it was time for a change

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It was time

Outside of Yea, a town about an hours drive from where I live,
there is a disused railway tunnel.
Called the Cheviot Tunnel it was built in the 1880s
when the railway line from Melbourne to Yea was extended to Mansfield

Cheviot station was opened with the line in 1889 as part of the Yea to Molesworth extension. Molesworth to Merton opened in 1890 to be followed by Merton to Mansfield in 1891.

In all the times we've visited Yea we've never been to see the tunnel
so I took these photos on our last daytrip in April

We were there in early April
well before our Anzac Weekend in Adelaide
but since we returned home this is how I've felt

I knew this hollow feeling was going to arrive 
in the same way you can see this tunnel approaching
I could see the darkness that was going to envelope me
with just a little tiny speck of light ahead
but I really didn't want to go there
Then there was that awful time when it was black
and I couldn't see clearly
but the light in the distance was growing stronger
At last I was able to see the outside world clearly
realise all was well
and life would be ok again
What all this is building up to is the fact
that since we got home
I saw a definite decline in Leroy
our 18 year old chocolate Burmese boy

He was very unsteady on his feet, was not eating
and had lost an enormous amount of weight
then other problems arose

So it was with sadness after so much consideration and tears
I made that final decision last Thursday

He loved that chair on the deck
where he could sit and watch the world go by
or snooze as he wished
He loved being scratched under his chin
and best of all he loved to sleep peacefully in the sun


VALE - Farewell
Double Grand Premier Neuter Kingswood Bonnie Laddie
known to us as
Leroy

Sire   Adina Kavalier
      Dam   Brookwood Ranee

24-4-1992 to 13-5-2010