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I moved us again so I hope noone gets lost .
Its another cold & cloudy morning but may clear later .
How fickle Mother Nature is...
Long cold spells, a sneak peek at Summer, then plunged back into the cold again.
It seems s o funny to have been sitting near the air con , then going back to hugging the heater..
Oh well, they say variety is the spice of life. What would we all complain about if the weather was always perfect ..?
I hope everyone is not rushed off their feet getting ready for Christmas.
Take things easy and relax..
Hello Anthony, I hope those bushfires are being brought under control down there and are not near you.
Sorry to hear about the loss of so many of your liliums.
Teresa, hope there is some sun over your way. Give the spotty ones a pat for me.
Dianne, you must be going to have a nice show of liliums too, unless the odd weather has ruined them.
Give Tilly a doggie biscuit for me.
Hello Colleen, Chrissy and Moon.
Hope all is well with you all.
Charleen. Charley loves his little cookie bag. He was here for me to fill it again, He must think I'm Santa...lol
Al, hope you have some fine weather over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas.
A white Christmas always looks nice in pictures, but I am sure its not that pleasant to be out in it.
Oops rushed back in to put a picture from yesterday, aren't these pretty ? I grew it from a teensy cutting.
The flowers are like red velvet ^_^ unlike me they are enjoying the steam bath . I just adore red flowers.
Nice and Chrismousy !
Jean, those Epis are just beautiful...you really have the knack with them...when a lot of them are opened at the same time they must really be spectacular...
I couldn't send cuttings today, promise to do so tomorrow...
Moon, that mouse is delightful...had to save the pic for myself...
I did a bit of Christmas shopping today, we are a small family and there aren't many gifts to buy, so I really enjoy choosing them...
I'm so desperate to buy presents, I even buy the kids pets a gift, usually a pet stocking...lol
Well, I'd better get back to my Charlie Carp...all the pots are getting some today...they love it...
we had 30C yesterday!
It made for a hot time at dog club so we only did a little training & played a few games then had morning tea.
Nice relaxed Xmas break up & the dogs were happy to relax in the shade while the humans socialised.
I did some weeding but it was a bit hot to keep working outside.
Today was cooler, only 21C :)
I mowed the lawn when I got home from work so it looks nice & tidy for when Baz gets home tomorrow.
He has been away since Friday picking up his second plane.
I've seen photos & it is bad shape but there are some useful parts to help our Auster get back in the air.
Sorry about the late acknowledgements When I turn on I get side tracked -
Chrissy --I've been in good health I have been trying a Himalayan natural salt lamp its a natural ionizer it seems to help with breathing,
Colleen have not done the decorating like other years gone back to basic only one tree in the house flags and tails out side ,
Dianne I Have not done any crafting this last 6 months just dont have the time ,
Jean They took their time repairing the getting your phone line working when it was so important for your husbands work in the fire pron time .
I unpluged my phone and P C for about the last 6 months did not miss the phone it drove the family mad they would come and plug it back in
I have not bought any new plants but the boys dug and planted a few things that were a bit root bound nice surprise when I got home.sounds like our nightly storm is a about to hit .
Till later .
I wanted to get a picture with me and T Bo, big problem. He is no longer Lap dog size. He is like a Christmoose. Poor little feller. but hubby did take a picture of us...also had on my Moose ears and here I am with Radar...Then had you show you some of my latest ornaments. some reason can't get Christmas ornaments but got plenty of flowers and the Monkey Orchid. I love it!!!!
Charley sends nuzzles of love to all. Yes he does love his cookie sack.
Good morning everyone.
The Tea Room sign looks bare without any picture. .
I must be careful next time and do the thing properly.
Dianne, your flowers are very pretty. It would be restful to sit among them contemplating.
I only buy Christmas presents for the gt grandies now.
Certainly makes shopping easy .
Usually books as they get so much else from others. They like books.
Even the littlest will sit still for a story.
Elaine, your yard is looking very nice. I like the use of the bamboo screen. May try some myself.
Teresa, sounds like you and the dogs had an enjoyable day at the dog club breakup.
You had better watch Baz with the planes. he may want to bring more home...lol
Hello Chrissy and Moon. Are you getting ready for the Christmas meals ?
Its a time when everyone enjoys the old favorites.
I could not have Christmas without my pudding. I must admit I have been buying them now for a number of years. Not worth me making them any more.
Charleen, I love all the little ornaments you make.
You are very clever.
My word , that cute little cuddly T Bo has grown into a handsome fellow now..
Pat Charley & friends for me. I will be saving a bit of cake for them all.
Hello Al, are you still getting a dusting of snow ?
Your garden will be asleep by now for the winter.
Thats why I love Spring. All sorts of little green things pop up from places you forgot about all winter.
Hello Anthony. I have few more Asiatics out and I found a little stem coming up in a pot that had been hidden under a shrub. I dont know what type of lily as the birds have pinched the label.. I know its not an Asiatic though. Have to wait until next year as its only a tiny thing.
I hope all your bulbs are doing well after you lost so many.
Hello to everyone looking in the windows.
I am going to be digging a bit of garden today to plant a few more vegie seeds.
My little tomato plants are standing up well. I am glad we had a few days of cool so they can get going before the heat arrives again.
Here a tasty treat for morning tea...Almond and Strawberry Cake.
Yep Jean, starting to ease back on all the Christmas stuff,
as specially since it will be a really hot one this year.
I hate heating the home up with cooking and I am a bit over cooking at 2 and 3' oçlock in the morning because I can't do hot meal preparation in high heat. No little ones so no real need to push yourself.
I am the only one who loves the Christmas pudding and cake so I buy them too. I am a sucker for mince, sorry mice tarts ^_^.
Charleen what cute little thingies you get up to.
Elaine ... so good to see you getting back into things, taking it a bit easy this year is a good idea. It's looking cosy and festive.
Al you can have a bit of a rest now ...spend time dreaming about next Spring.
We had a very strange but beautiful sunny day as temps were in the warm 60's. Fear not, the snows will soon come. The garden is virtually dead, awaiting the first real covering. It's a great time to relax and read the new seed catalogs in the mail. I won't be doing much gardening until April when we plant our seed starts.
I had a roll of the fence screen left over from when I covered the back fence just sitting in storage I was not up to sewing the new roof cover on the little gazebo so first covered the roof with shade cloth then cut and attached the screen bamboo used wire to hold it all in place the off cuts and blind completed the new summer look .
I dont think I told but My poor Rocky passed a few months b ack I adopted special needs dog poor little girl was mis treated and used in a puppy factory her life was locked in a wire yard she is now happy and thinks any visitor is here to pat her and play ,. Princess Mi Mi its been a joy to watch her learn how to play with a ball and toys.even with a trainer to help its to stressful for her to have a lead on , She as started to wear a ribben tied loose around her neck 10 minutes most days .
the new roof Gazebo
Princess sleeping under the tree.
lovely day today, 24C & sunny.
It was still 22C at 6.30pm when I took Sugar to the park.
Little weasel went straight into the creek - the banks are planted with natives, lots of flax & dense shrubs so I couldn't see her but I could hear her splashing her way along until she popped out & came tearing up to me to shake all the water off...
I took her over the bridge to a quieter part of the park & two lovely boxers came running up, Sugar was a little overwhelmed to be mugged by two bouncy boxers but it wasn't long before she was running them ragged.
Baz is home now - worn out from his travels & pleased to have been phoned by his work to say there is a problem with his machine & he can have tomorrow off as well :)
Sammut - that was a good idea to use the left over fence screen, makes the gazebo look very polynesian :)
Princess Mi Mi looks like a sweetie, is she a Pomeranian?
I know the 'designer' breeds use Poms as a cross quite often.
Good for you taking on a rescue, my first dog was an abandoned mutt & he was wonderful.
It broke my heart when he died young as a result of being so badly treated before we found him.
Al, don't you just love seed/plant catalogues...they all look so wonderful..
Nice time for you now...
Elaine, we have missed your creations...what a nice thing you have done, giving a home to that dear little dog.
Sounds as though she is coming along nicely and will repay you a hundred times over with doggy affection.
Sorry about your Rocky...
Teresa it looks like Sugar is Miss Bossy with everyone...I couldn't let Tilly run in long grass, we have snakes everywhere at the moment...you are very fortunate in that respect...
My cousin who went to NZ a couple of weeks ago, had a wonderful time at the Cambridge Stud, she saw Zabeel and thought that he looked great for his age ...the manager gave Val some hairs from his mane and now I have a bit of his mane...
T.Bo really is a lump of a lad, Charleen...I wouldn't like to carry him anywhere...
Very cold here too Anthony...weird isn't it...
Jean, is it your hanging tomato bag that you're talking about...or are these ones in the ground
What a sweet pup Elaine. Good on you for taking her in. So sorry for your Rocky, like losing a family member.
Hasn't the weather played strange games with us all this year? We have had warm days and chilly nights...followed by warm nights and cool days...not enough rain, but we are getting used to dry, droughty weather. Anthony and Teresa...seems strange to be telling you guys to stay warm and it is your Summer already.
Chrissy,I am so pleased you like the Christmouse...please feel free to put him to work...
Jean, those epis of yours are so pretty. I agree, you certainly have a way with them.
Charleen, T-Bo is turning into Tebow...grin he is a fine handsome fellow. The ornaments are lovely.
Dianne, did the cousin bring you a picture of Zabeel to go with his mane?
Good morning everyone.
Looks like today is going to be a repeat of yesterday. I hope without the freezing wind.
Its sprinkling now but that sort of rain does nothing much for the garden.
Just been out looking to see which new epis are opening. A bit dark yet for pics but still lots of buds to open.
I think the silly things flower so madly they need a year or so without much blooming , to recover.
They certainly never stop growing.
Darn things are always wanting to hug me when I try to get pics.
I put some pots of rejects outside just sitting to the side of the shadehouse. last season.
They sat out there sadly all through winter. Now it looks like they are begging to be admitted back as they have also gone mad growing and even a flower or two has appeared.
I am being firm. They stay where they are.
The garden really needs a good heavy rain , but I guess I will have to do the job myself and water everything.
My climbing beans are getting to the top of their poles now so I will be looking to see little beans coming soon.
Something bit one of the tendrils off and I am blaming the darn rosellas as they devastated my roses by biting off all the lovely new growth through Spring.
At least the roses are doing well now the rosellas seem to have forgotten about them.
They must be attracted to the bright orange bean flowers. I am going to see if I can get some of the humming wire I used a few years ago, when the roses were in another part of the garden.
Michael is not doing his job as a scarecrow very well.
I suppose. he must get a bit of credit, I dont see any crows out there...lol
Dianne, I have some of the tomatoes in the bags and all the rest I put in the garden.
I went mad and bought a few more vegetable seeds so will have to get out and plant them.
More pumpkins ( nothing came up from the other lot ) some sweet corn and cucumbers. I also decided to put in some zucchinis , but only 2 plants as I know how they produce. I like them in cooking and if you make a Carrot Cake, use grated zucchini in place of half the carrot.
Elaine, sorry to hear about your little Rocky , but it seems you have found a little one who certainly deserves a good home.
Teresa. I had visions of you following Sugar through the long growth and ending up splashing in with her.
She does lead you on a merry chase and probably enjoys every minute of teasing you.
Anthony, stay near that fire with your furry friends. Hope Cocky is doing well .
It seems we have a group of Jeans here . Moon you will have to be Jean 2, The other Jeanne we can tell by the spelling.
I remember when I was much younger and a great fan of the cowboy films back in those days. I always wanted to change the spelling of my name to Gene ( Gene Autry of course )
Chrissy, you keep out of that sun up there. It seems that our summer has gone north and left us with winter down here.
Hubby says, I should not speak to soon, Summer will get here and I may not like it at all.
Al, it seems that Mother nature is playing tricks on us all weatherwise. It must be odd for you to be having warm weather after a dusting of snow.
Dont read too many of those catalogues or you will be spending all your money on new plants next year.
Charleen, I thought I saw a puddycat. No it was a T Bo.
He was around the corner with Charley.
I just saw the rear ends as they ran away thinking I didnt see them .
They had been here at the Tea Room looking to see what I had left out.
They were out of luck as Abigail was here before them and scoffed all the crumbs.
Better move myself as I have to wrap a few irises to post.
Heres something tasty for your morning tea...Carrot and Zucchini Cake.
good morning everyone,
it's cold this morning, very windy too.
Just waving at everyone for now ...lots of domestic stuff awaits (cooking while it's cool).
You can freeze some stuff after it's cooked. I feel quite sick cooking in heat, so taking advantage of the cooler temps right now.
Then it's just a matter of using the micro wave oven to warm it up.
So funny, all I ate yesterday was a couple of baked bean and beetroot sandwiches, and a small pile of cherries (my favourite).
Still cooked for hubby but, no appetite.
I have frozen some bananas up for smoothies. When it gets stinking hot that is all I can manage. Thank goodness for blenders.
The lovely little dogs, better not to have any here, too dangerous for them between being on a busy main road (like PET Cemetery) and snakes. Through the years having loved so many, no more for us, at least not while we live here.
Another fabulous day here, two in a row by gum. We were all walking the park in shirtsleeves, but not for long. The afternoon sun goes down about 4:30 PM which makes for a really short day. I planted a few garlic starter bulbs for next Spring's growth, soil is still soft enough to till.
Al I roasted up some beetroot with garlic this morning, also baked spuds in their jackets.
Will have them with yoghurt/horseradish dressing for lunch along with salad.
I wish I could grow good garlic here but it is too warm I think, but I snip the shoots off as use like garlicky Spring onions, yummy.
The wind is ripping and tearing out there. But now it is the hot wind, I wish it would make it's mind up, better still go away. ^_^
I love homegrown fresh garlic, especially the "scape" upper part of the flower bud. We slice them to cook into omelets with ham and cheese. Also cook with fried potatoes and other recipes, and make salad dressing with olive oil and vinegar. Only home growers can do this, the scapes are not available at market.
I am allergic to it and cannot abide the smell.
I have so much trouble with it being used in everything these days . Okay if you want to use it at home , but everything you buy in packets seems to have it added... casserole mixes , soup mixes etc.
I also find it added to so many things in cafes or restaurants.
I always have to ask if it is included and am looked at with surprise when I say I dont like it and am allergic.
Luckily, my reactions are usually not severe .I am sure there are others out there who do not like garlic.
Funny thing is , I love onions and have no trouble at all with them .
Still cold & wet here. Not a day for doing anything outside.
I did sit out in the greenhouse for a while and pot a few cuttings.
Lovely in there when the sun does come out.
Weeded and trimed out side this morning thank goodness it was cooler and wind I had no power from 8 till 330 ,
Had the small gas cooker to boil the kettle so was not so bad
The power comp, was putting new poles and wire but only did one side of the road but our side power had to be turned my side will have new poles at a later date .
sure m issed the air con.after lunch.
My sweet little dog has a thing about the Xmas tree when shes tired pulls her day mattres in to sleep next to it can be playing out side runs in looks sniffs at it ad runs out must be the smell. elaine
Elaine, Princess Mi Mi is like a little kid, she is making sure that the Christmas tree is still there...it will be her first real Christmas remember...
Our garden club Christmas lunch was on today...this year has gone so quickly...so much has happened.
I must enter flowers into the competitions, I always forget to bring any...
That will be my new year's resolution...
I love the Zucchinis to bulk up my relishes and chutneys, they are great..
My cucumbers and watermelons are growing well, even though it's very cool, our little yard is a suntrap..
I went out to get a strawberry that was huge, this morning...all it had needed was a a bit more sun, unfortunately Tilly went out first...no strawberry...
Barney, my son's silly dog, gets his stitches out tomorrow...after I checked on him this morning, I rang Pete from his phone to tell him all was well...some time later Peter rang me and asked why I rang again...I said that I didn't, so I went back to his place to check and Barney had knocked the receiver off and pressed redial.
So it was actually Barney who phoned him...and I thought that Barney was silly...lol
Moon/Jean 2, I have a pic of Zabeel with my cousin Valree...the horse is 26 and I asked Val if he was stuffed, he sure looked it...she wasn't impressed...but she still gave me the mane hair... :-)
My parents have a friend who is allergic to garlic - several times people have lied & said no garlic because they think she is just being precious.
My step dad is allergic to onion, loves the smell of fried onion but if he eats any it comes straight back up again.
It was really warm today - the weather report online says 26C but I think it got to at least 30C.
It is still warm so we had a couple of beers with dinner.
I like my wine but on really hot days beer just seems to hit the spot.
When we saw it in the supermarket we had to give it a try, Boundary Road brewery Flying Fortress Pale Ale.
Nice picture of a Flying Fortress on the label too.
I love Garlic..but my workmates dont, the next day[but that doesnt stop me],.,.On saturday, I ordered the 1st pizza in about 9 months-full seafood, with garlic and bacon,.,.It was 'bewwwwwwdiful'-fire is still pumpin' here-- Sooty loves it [warms the ol' bones]..for me too!..One of our 'life-standing ' members [of the show club] passed on yesterday, so tomorrow nights meeting will be a bit sombre,.Dianne , so you love your sister then ?..That is one 'mean' haircut she has,unless the photo was taken in the 70's,.,.I went to 'The Barber' on Monday, and asked for, 'the sophisticated cut'...He said 'so thats a normal cut then'?,.,man- I look like a neat trimmed 'Ned Kelly'...I dare not ask for a beard trim!!...nearly time for bed, work has been very busy [which is good].. Ive just started to sleep well[the last few days], after the last few months dramas,.,..anyway, Christmas is on the way,.,.lets all get into it!!-Anthony
Here we have what is called the "holy trinity" of seasonings...Onion, garlic and, depending on which part of the state you hail from, either celery or bell pepper (capsicum). Here in south Louisiana our foods are influenced by French, Spanish, Creole and African cultures...rich, flavorful and often spicy.
Dianne, I was teasing about the picture...but glad you did get one. Zabeel has indeed managed a ripe old age for a horse...good care and a happy life I imagine. I think I will stick with Moon...easier to remember who you're talking to...grin
Anthony, Hubby and Grandson are like you when it comes to garlic. They both love it dearly...Grandson will eat pickled garlic right out of the fridge...one of their favorite pizzas is chicken, artichoke and sliced garlic...lots of sliced garlic...grin. A small town in California, Gilroy, has a Garlic festival every year.
Teresa, it is said that the three most enticing cooking fragrances are onions grilling, bacon frying and coffee brewing...all guaranteed to get your stomach growling...grin
Chrissy, my Hubby is a big fan of pickled beetroot on sandwiches and beetroot and sweet onion salad. Do stay in and try to keep cool...heat can just drain you.
Jean, my neighbor has decided that my name is spelled GEAN...best of both spellings...grin i was a big Gene Autry fan too.
Al, it is so confusing to the plants to have these up and down temperatures. Heard on the weather today that things are fixing to change for your area...they are saying by next week the north will be 25 degrees below normal temps and the South as much as 25 degrees above normal temps...Over the weekend, we have gotten close to 3.5 inches of rain with more to come this morning...at least the plants will be happy.
Sorry Al, this one chirps with a Southern drawl...grin We have a couple dozen that hang out around the bird bath and driveway...discussing their days and fussing at the doves, bluejays and myriad Chee-chees.
Good morning everyone.
Its not windy, so far anyway.
Supposed to be warmer today. I hope so as its shopping day.
Moon, I like the sound of all that lovely food. Such a variety. As long as the garlic is left out, I will eat most things.
My dear Dad used to say, I must have been frightened by a cow when I was born as I dont like butter much wont touch cream and dont like milk.
I do love cheese though. A nice firm, bitey one. Dont come near me with all those soft things they call cheese...
Isnt it weird how our taste buds find things either nice or nasty ?
I love the color of the little cardinals.You have a lot of bright colored birds over there.
Here most of our native birds have quieter colors and this would be from generations of living & being able to hide in the much duller bush . Our brightest birds are usually found in the northern rain forests.
Al, I hope you have your heater ready for that cold coming.
Get more catalogues and stay inside.
Anthony, summer will get down to you eventually, after I let it past here...lol
Glad Sooty is keeping you company near the fire.
My Asiatics are slowly opening but I just cannot convince them to all open at the same time for a lovely show. Its always one or two at a time . I think they wait to see what the one next to them will do...
Teresa, you are the one who took my warm weather. Send it back.
How is the weasel going ? Not jumping in any more water ?
Dianne, I love Zabeel, but my favorite horse years ago was Dhaulagiri. I used to follow him in every race. Of course it was only a dollar or two, but he was a great horse.
I loved going to the races to see old Subzero too. I think I must have had a small bet on every one of his races.
After he retired from racing, I used to go see him working at the racecourse every time I went . So nice to give him a pat.
Hello Charleen, Chrissy, Elaine and anyone else coming in for a cuppa.
I had better see what is in the kitchen for morning tea.
Good morning everyone. The weather has been quite nippy here, but is supposed to warm up for the weekend. The boys had their camp cancelled because of hot weather and high winds and then yesterday they had their splash day and it was very cool. Can't seem to win with the weather. How's the Christmas shopping going everyone? I've nearly got mine done. I wish that the bills wouldn't come and interrupt my spending. lol My favourite horse would have to be one called KIWI. He won the Melbourne Cup in about 1983. I had just moved into this house with my 3 boys and was living, or rather existing, on the sole parent pension at the time. I was in a sweep and got KIWI and he won me $1000. I bought a new lounge suite and a lovely book case. We were estatic to have something new. I hope everyone is well. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon. Colleen
i'm here. wish you all could have see Charley this afternoon. He had gotten up in to his hay trailer and was watching something down in the woods. Ears Straight up. He was beautiful. then he turned around and went running down to fence line. I never did see anything. figured it may have been a dog or someone walking in woods. Just so they don't hurt my babies I don't care... He finally came back up and started eating hay again. such is the adventures of Charley the mule. He was so beautiful trotting across the pasture...
Jean, like you I saw Dhaulagiri many times, I had forgotten how good he was...check his record. http://www.racerate.com/Dhaulagiri.htm
Tullock was always my favourite...Like you, living near the racecourses made it possible to go often...
Ray was working at Flemington then, Colleen and he said to tell you that he watched Kiwi come down the outside in the pouring rain, Away went Kiwi and away went Ray's money..lol...he said he feels better now, knowing that you profited from it..
Anthony, I'll have you know that my cousin Valree is 4ft 11ins and yet I've seen grown men cry once she starts...under that steel grey bob, she is a tyrant...if Zabeel had bit her, she would have bitten him back...if she wants help in a shop, she turns into a doddering old lady, but if the salesperson ignores her, then lookout...and even though she is really my second cousin, I do love her...
Incidently Cambridge stud gave her a Zabeel cap,a dvd and a week after she came home they posted her a hardcover book on their most famous horse, Sir Tristram...see they were scared of her too.
Ok moon, moon it is...the cardinals are very pretty aren't they...
the first racehorse I fell for was Uncle Remus :)
Mum bought us kids a scrapbook each & we would go through old magazines & the papers for pictures to cut out & glue in.
Mine was full of the racing pages!
Still have them somewhere, Mum hung on to them for us. Real blast form the past.
I like Zabeel for what he has given to the NZ racing scene.
I had $10 set aside to back Champagne & Jezabeel in the Melbourne cup 1998 - both by Zabeel & for some reason I thought a trifecta with Persian Punch would be the go...
well those horses came in, paid big, if I'd had the time to back them I would have made a few grand
My favourite horse ever has to be Sunline, a stroppy mare with a competitive streak - I was in tears when I heard she had been euthanised when laminitis became too bad & they put her out of her misery.
My dogs love horses, Chita used to wander at will in amongst the horses grazing along the river where we walked. When Haski tried to politely say hello he was almost brained for his trouble.
There are horses in the paddock behind dog club & they seem very keen on spotty dogs - have seen one busy licking Chita while the spotty minx was busy sniffing along the fence line & barely noticed the extra attention.
Copper surprised me by being very keen on the horses & also being very gentle sniffing noses when they put their heads over the fence.
Sugar bowls up to them & stands up against the wire to say hi, she is all tail wags & licking noses.
Charley is getting off his hay trailer. These donkeys couldn't care less what he was interested in.
Here is newest Iris I made for a friend.
I used a translucent clay and it is so pretty...
Love the horses .
Good morning everyone.
A lovely day yesterday after a cold and showery start.
By late morning I had taken my jumper off and it was enjoyable doing the shopping in the sun.
Became cloudy later but stayed warm. I found no plants at all but did buy fertiliser for the greedy brugs.
We are going to Mt Gambier next Monday, so I will look for plants there.
Charleen, Charley looks very smug there showing how clever he is about getting onto the trailer.
The donkeys all look so cuddley
I like the new iris you made too.
Teresa, I am glad that tornado was not down your way. So sad for the people in its way.
Sugar probably thinks that horses are just big dogs to play with.
Dianne, I had to laugh at the description of your cousin. I can be just like that too.
Very nice older lady but dont mess with me or you will be sorry.
My Dad always wondered where my temper came from and taught me from a very young age to be in complete control of it.
Huuby always laughs and says he will send me in if he ever needs to be firm with anyone.
Colleen, I always say the same thing about bills.
I always say to hubby that there must be a conspiracy among the companies out there, to send their bills at Christmas .
Luckily I have, for many years, always paid the main bills per fortnight so we are usually always in credit. Makes getting the bills much more pleasant , looking at a credit instead whats owed.
Hello Moon and Al. Hope you are still enjoying mild weather.
We only seem to see US weather news if there is a case of extreme weather like tornados etc.
Hello to anyone else looking in.
I am off to go over to Casterton. Hubby has an appointment so I will look in shops and maybe have a cuppa and a cake
The bakery there is one of the best I have seen.
Heres something tasty for your morning tea...Cherry Pie ( with cream of course )
we seem to be having more tornadoes here, or perhaps they are just happening in populated areas...
my Step Dad used to live in the street where the chaps were killed.
it was very wet & windy here today, only 10C!
meant to be fine tomorrow & Sunday which is good since I am showing Sugar & will be outdoors.
There are 9 Dalmatians entered but I have no idea what age or sex the others are so it will be interesting to see who turns up.
Fingers crossed for a Challenge - she has to be Best Bitch for that & when we gain 8 challenges under 3 different judges she gets her Champion title.
We don't have any challenges yet - she has been up against very nice competition so far, but who knows - tomorrow might be the day:)
Send some up here, Moon. we need some rain. Supposed to get some Monday, hubby said.
Teresa, I hope you and Sugar will get blessed and go to the top of the field...
I read Japan had another Quake in same area as last year. So sad. :-(
I love making that iris. I am amazed at the way things come out. Thank you...
Bright, sunny and cool but not a bad day, at all...
Have a wonderful, safe weekend, my friends.
Love and nuzzles
Charleen and critters
Dalmatians can be such handsome dogs. A good friend at the local fire company has a beauty that sits proudly on top of the big red engine for city parades. I didn't realize until recently that they are also good bird hunters when we took him on a pheasant run with the labradors. Wow! - Wonderful dog, and well behaved, too.
Good Luck with your competition Teresa (and Sugar) !
Good morning everyone.
I am a bit late opening the doors this morning. Had to go out and finish the watering early as its supposed to be very hot today.
I did most of it yesterday late afternoon.
Hopefully the wind , which has died down since early this morning , will stay calm as the country around is very dry with lots of long grass.
There have been numerous bushfires in other states, but we are normally a little later with the fire season.
Sounds awful to have a fire season doesnt it ? A fact of life in dry areas though.
Moon , nice to see you are still having some lovely weather.
Charleen, I havent any rain to send you.
Teresa, best of luck with Sugar, I hope she wins everything.
hello to Al, Anthony, Dianne and everyone else popping for a welcome cuppa.
I am off outside again to do a few more things while its cool.
thanks for the good wishes folks.
We had an early start & it was raining on & off.
One entire breed was awol so it got to our turn much faster than expected.
Sugar was a bit hyper as a result but managed to win Junior of breed.
It came out sunny later & we enjoyed the outing.
well I had a nice nana nap after posting here... when I woke up I went out to the garden & saw some of my lilies have opened :)
pulled a few weeds from around them, and once i started with the weeds I couldn't stop.
So I pulled quite a few weeds & then got stuck in to my herb garden.
I removed a huge parsley that had gone to seed & a rosemary that I planted as a cutting & forgot to move.
I took a cutting from that & planted it & dug out an old twiggy thyme & broke off cuttings to replace it, dug out some different thymes from pots & planted them in the herb garden as well along with some lettuce seedlings I found under the roses while i was weeding there.
Nice afternoons work & hopefully the cuttings will take & my garden will look a bit better.
I also earthed up the potato in the herb garden - I've never grown spuds before so this is a bit of an experiment.
Good morning everyone.
A beautiful morning here. Lovely and sunny but cool.
Yesterdays cool change was very good after the heat of the day.
I did get out and plant some pumpkins, cucumbers and zucchinis.
Not many zucchinis as I never forget what happened years ago when new to zucchinis, I planted the whole packet of seeds. I was trying to give away zucchinis for ages.
Some that were left on the plants would have won an award for the biggest one ever...lol
Teresa, how clever of Sugar to win . I hope she gets a nice bone for Christmas.
Your garden will be nice & tidy now, all ready for the next crop of weeds...lol
Dont they annoy you, when, after all your hard work, they just casually move back in...
Charleen, hope you are getting a little rain there at last.
Pat the furry ones . I didnt see Charley anywhere this morning.
Dianne, did you enjoy the cool change ?
From looking at the news, it seems that you had a lot of wind which we didnt get, thank goodness.
Hello Al, Moon, Chrissy, Anthony and everyone else in for their cuppa.
I am off to water and take a few more epi pics.
Going to be a lovely day so I hope it continues tomorrow when we pop over to Mt Gambier.
Enjoy this yummy treat ...Chocolate & Rum Truffles...( I know the fellas will )
Yes Jean, it was extremely windy here, unfortunately a lot of my pots were blown over by the time we came home...nothing damaged though thank goodness...
We went to Traralgon to visit another cousin...it's a 6 hr round trip so we only see each other once a year and this year was our turn...
On our way home the temperature was around 40c, near Lara, so when the radio announcer said that there must be something wrong with his information, because it was only 22c in Geelong, it's a wonder you didn't hear me cheering...then we ran into a really bad dust storm, you couldn't see the You Yangs and it was just near the spot we had passed that morning where that terrible accident happened a few hours before, that took 5 lives.
The temperature dropped nearly 18c in about 5 mins...
Well done Sugar...she is learning, Teresa...
Jean. I got the dates mixed up and I thought that you were in Mt Gambier today...
So have a good day tomorrow...lol
Did you get any rain, Charleen?
Hi, moon and Al, hope you are having a good weekend...
The Liliums are trying very hard, Anthony...
little miss Sugar totally bombed out at the show today...
not that I mind, it meant an early finish &it was such a nice day we took her to the dog park on the way home, she got to run & play & swim with all the other dogs there.
Being a Sunday it was pretty crowded & Sugar had no trouble finding other dogs to chase her.
Now we are at home & out side, Copper is sprawled out asleep on the deck & Sugar is lying on the grass for now.
She keeps moving around looking for the best spot - she was asleep in the sun on the deck, then moved to the shade, has run around barking at birds, licked my feet,pestered Copper & generally had a wonderful afternoon topped by the fact that I am out here too.
They love being outside but would rather be where the people are at so if we are inside they bark at the door.
Or in Sugar's case try to dig through the door.
Good morning everyone.
A lovely cool morning here, but will warm nicely later.
We are off early this morning. I am looking forward to having a good look around the shops and we will enjoy a nice lunch at the Chinese place.
Mt Gambier has some beautiful gardens which I will also be looking at .
Lots of things to do before we leave so I had better get moving.
Hello to everyone.. You will have to make your own cuppa when you want one.
Good morning everyone.
Its chilly here, but like yesterday, should warm up a bit later.
We had a lovely day in Mt Gambier yesterday.
The weather was perfect and we had a good wander around the shops.
I bought a few things in Big W as they had a sale on.
Nice t-shirts for $4.
I also checked out the nursery I wanted to visit, but it was closed.
We had a yummy lunch from the Chinese place up in the new Big W shopping center.
Very reasonable prices where you choose a plate size then help yourself.
I always like to try a little bit of everything at these food places.
Asking me to help myself when food is involved is like asking a dog if he likes a bone...LOL
We had tea & coffee from another shop which was giving free donuts with the drinks.
I did decline the offer, but later in the afternoon, we called back in for another cuppa and had the donuts.
It was so much easier to call in there again for the cuppa as there is no hassle with getting around through too many streets , traffic lights and car park idiots as you get back in the town center.
We went to Bunnings also. I found some beautiful small flowered fuchsias for only $2,95 each.I bought 3 and they are a nice size already from which I will get plenty of cuttings.
At the large Masters hardware up at the Big W center, I also found heaps of plants at bargain prices.
Very nice azaleas for only $1.95. I came home with 8 of those. I had to stop myself buying even more hydrangeas too. I could have filled the car with plants but I was very restrained...A nice red buddlea did find its way into the car.
The drive over and back is always interesting as one may see wildlife. Nothing seen yesterday though.
The countryside is going brown very fast now with so much long grass everywhere.
Today, I will be repotting all my little bargains.
Saw some of those magnetic curtains that have been on TV. As we have plenty of flies here I thought we should try some , being only $10 ... They are a lot dearer on the TV ad.
Hubby put one up on the back door and it does look good and works well. The magnets are very good at keeping the gap closed quickly.
Better see whats going on in the kitchen . The elves are starting to pack up ready to leave for the North Pole for Christmas.
I have a couple of visiting gnomes to do some cooking , but I feel they would rather be out in the garden...
Teresa, you had better watch out or Sugar will be taking the car if she saw that clip.
She certainly is one entertaining dog, and its nice to see her efforts rewarded at the shows.
Charleen, where is Charley ? Is he sulking because I gave Abigail an extra cookie ?
He will have to visit and bring his little cookie bag. I will fill it for him for Christmas.
Hello Al, hope you are not getting cold too quickly there.
Moon , are you still enjoying getting about in the sunshine, or has winter arrived ?
Anthony, I also bought Oriental liliums yesterday. There was a whole tray of them so I grabbed 3 . All done flowering so I have no idea of color, but I will put them in the ground and wait .
Some have 2 stems in the pots.
Dianne, you would have loved all the plant bargains.
I will have to sell more plants and go back myself...lol
Heres a treat for you all for morning tea...Ginger Sponge.
Restrained!!!! what restraint did you show...Buddleias, Azaleas,Fuschias, Liliums... Sounds as though you had a wonderful day, Jean..
Nice lunch and afternoon tea with donuts...it's back into the garden for you..lol
What did you think of Masters? apart from the bargains you got...which sound great...
I was thinking of getting one of those curtains for Pete, it would be handy for his dogs going in and out...
I'm off to the hardware store to get a paint roller, I'm going to paint the bedroom...
Have a good day everyone...enjoy your potting Jean.
Dianne, I was restrained...by hubby...lol
I would have loved some of the hydrangeas at the cheap price, but where would I put them at home ?
I have to think first and buy later...
I thought the gardening section of Masters was excellent.
Hubby wasnt too wrapped in the rest of the store because they didnt have what he wanted.
It seems to be quite good really. You can get lost.
I was surprised to see the good bargains at Bunnings further over on the other side of town.
They usually dont have much in the way of bargains.
Here a few of my epis to make you all feel good.
I have just sold 100 cuttings from them on eBay.
You would not know I had taken any bits as they grow so much every year.
If anyone wants any epi cuttings, . let me know .. (free for my garden friends.)
I think she need a little garden wagon for all her plant purchases. I know she enjoyed it..
Yes Charley is pouting. I was giving him some horse cookies this morning and he told me you were being bad to him. Cause he forgot to put his cookie sack on. He said "Abigail, better watch out or I'll do my Mule Dance on her again, she won't get away this time."
I think Tbo, has outgrown his little bed...Poor puppy.
Good morning everyone. quite hot here yesterday and even warmer today so I am off to get a few things done before the heat gets here. The mornings are lovely and cool so I get outside early . Lots to pot still so I will see you all later.
Teresa, your garden is lovely.
Cant say I like that Gangnam thing either, Anthony.
Give me real music anytime. I guess I'm stuck in the 50s.
Charleen, I can just picture Charley doing a wild mule dance...lol
Heres a treat for morning tea. ...Chocolate Mint Brownies
Gangnam Style is a satire on a small wealthy suburb in Korea...
the subtext makes the whole thing more amusing.
Thanks for the id on that lily Anthony, I did notice a striking resemblance to the one you posted in the lilium thread.
There is a house up the road with massive yellow lilies, possibly asiatics, the stems aren't that tall but the flowers are at least the side of a bread & butter plate.
Really strong golden yellow & glossy... the rest of their garden is bare dirt punctuated by the odd annual & weeds.
Certainly makes the lilies stand out.
They are too far away from the footpath to get a photo, shame as I'd liked to share them with you all.
Teresa, Yellow is very dominant [after orange]in liliums,..,you will probably find it is 'Yelloween'- I have grown it here for 10 years [still grow it]holds a good 30 head and massive flowers, that last a week!!!
Good morning everyone. Very warm here already so its going to be a repeat of yesterday.
I have watered all that need it but there will be few losses among the plants that just cant take too much heat. I thought by now, I had a lot of plants that could get by in the summer , but looks like still the odd one here and there to remove.
Some of the poor brugs are burnt but others are still looking okay even though they were in the sun.
My tomatoes gave up. There are still a couple of plants struggling on but they wont last long.
I'll plant other things that can sit out in the sun.
The wind the other day also knocked a couple of the Asiatic liliums. They just fell over.
poor things. Usually they stand up to anything.
Hello Charleen. I sent Charley home with a bag of mice pies to share...lol
Lovely lily Teresa. That yard near you sounds a bit like my front yard in summer. Except for the weeds of course. Even they dont grow here in summer.
I do have grasses coming on but it still looks bare when dry.
Hello Anthony, Chrissy, Dianne , Al and Moon.
I am off to Coleraine this morning to get a few things from the supermarket. First on the list will be icecream.
I dont get any in Hamilton as it would melt before it arrived home. Its closer to dash over to Coleraine.
I hope you are all staying out of the heat ( or cold )
heres a treat for morning tea...Passionfruit Sponge
Keep safe and enjoy your day.
Thanks Moon. I must have been thinking of all the cooking you did while I was offline.
I must rush too ...sorry to hear about the sudden heat Jean, the garden is going nuts here too
The Basils are bolting already, the Peruvian Gooseberries are setting fruit too soon. The weather is NUTS !
The only good thing about it may be a reasonable Christmas Day.
Have a lovely day/evening everyone ...don't overdo things ^_^
Mice pies??? I hope you meant Mince. Charley will be o.k. as long as they don't smell mousey...
You didn't happen to see TBo running around the tea house did you. Him and his big brother ran off this afternoon. I have a harmonica, I make noise with it. These are my music critics. The white one is the worse critic of all. Last photo is Kaluha and TBo. Kaluha is small but he is TBo's big brother...they love chewing on each other...
Sorry Charleen, havent seen the two mischief makers around. I bet they are hiding from you and will pop out at meal time.
Love the "carol singers "...lol
They look like they are enjoying the music.
brings back memories from years ago when my ex & I were shifting house.
Haski was still at the old place & lying in a corner looking worried when a mouse ran across the floor in front of him.
Haski's eyes followed it the entire way but he never moved a muscle.
Mouse was lucky Chita wasn't there, my little huntress would have snapped it up in a flash.
Can't help wondering if Haski was thinking he was about to be abandoned again, we found him as a starving pup & he was the sweetest dog I've ever had.
Mice is nice-Teresa..Think of it as fun.. weve been able to 'ride the mice'- I thin k, to the 'maxx',.,Talking of mice, I think back of all my beautiful cats and the 'Rat and Mouse ' stories, that could be told.,.,Sootys here in the lounge, A mouse could run up his back, erect a tent and sell cherries to the passing public...and he would'nt be any the wiser..but I still love him-Anthony
If you want a good mouse catcher, get a magpie. They are the quickest I have ever seen pouncing on a mouse.
We watched one day as the cat that used to visit bought a mouse in to play with. He sat in the yard playing with the mouse as cats do. The magpies stood in a semi circle around him only about a foot away . They all watched as the cat let the mouse go then caught it again. Only happened once, the second time one of the maggies pounced and that silly cat sat there wondering where his mouse had gone. The confused look on his face was so funny.
I love mice. ♥ I can see it looking over the top of Charley's head as he goes walking . And if there is a pie, "all the more better" Charley loves sweets.
My chickens will chase a mouse and kill it too. I've seen Abigail do it one time. Even a poor old toad is not safe...
Love Sooty and his Fruit Bazaar description.
Haska is so sweet. It is shameful, the way people abandon animals...
Love you all.
Nuzzles and hugs...
Good morning everyone.
Its very quiet in the Tea Room.I know you are all out doing Christmas shopping buying nice presents for those close to you.
I have sent off my presents. My great grandchildren are the only ones I buy for now ( and hubby of course)
None of the kids bother to buy anything for dear old Mum, so dear old Mum doesnt bother either.
I still send out cards which , these days , seems to be a dying tradition.
Its just a fine sprinkling of rain here this morning. I think Dianne took all the rain before it reached here.
Hopefully , more will come over the weekend.
Its very cool here too . So fresh after the heat and humidity of yesterday.
The garden will be loving the cool and a bit of rain.
My azaleas are doing very well despite the heat. They are all on the veranda along with the gardenias and camellias. They get morning sun and I only water them with rain water. It seems to make a big difference in them .
I splashed out and bought 8 new buddleias.. Very cheap so not a real extravagance. Besides, the epis I sold have paid for it
I read about making having them along a path making an archway as they hang over. They can be pruned to make a very pretty tunnel.. I have a bare path which will suit them . I am hoping for a multicolored walk next year.
Al and Moon . Winter must be getting ever nearer there now.
I hope all is well and that you enjoy reading lots of plant catalogues until Spring .
Teresa, pat those spotty ones for me. I hope the weasel is being a real lady leading up to Christmas.
Not the best time for naughty antics if she expects some goodies under the tree...lol
Charleen, Abigail had better not be eating the froggies from the pond behind the Tea Room.
Charley went home this morning with a bag full of goodies to share.
I hope he did share.
Dianne, please let a little rain come here, you cannot have it all.
My garden needs a drink badly.
I am used to seeing it slowly dry up though.
Makes Spring so much more pleasing as everything greens again.
Anthony, I hope you are getting some rain for the liliums too.
I love that last one you posted in the lilium thread. Very unusual.
I could just picture Sooty with a little cherry stall on his back...lol
Hello to everyone else looking in.
Take care and stay safe...
Heres your morning tea nibble...Mud Cake...( my favorite )
Had a slice of blueberry infused chocolate mud cake the other day,,,mmmmmmm
We have had a couple nights at 2 or 3C, but are in a warming trend again...rain in the forecast for the next couple days. Jean, wish I could send you a bit of this wet...It would make all your new shrubs so happy. That walkway of Buddleias will be just lovely. Blueberrry Mud cake sounds divine.
Good moring everyone, I hope your morning is as sparkling as our s is. Sun beaming down and not a breath of wind. The only cloud on the horizon is that we think watering restrictions are not far away. Hand watering does take such a long time.
The garden is looking pretty good, petunias coming into bloom in the container gardens out the front .
Good morning everyone. Lovely rain here and more to come. Its so nice to have it now after a few really hot days.
I pottered about in the greenhouse yesterday and cut a few of the epis back.
They grow so much that I wonder where they get the energy to flower. Maybe thats why I get a wonderful show every two years. They need that extra year to recover.
Its a sad day in your country,. Charleen, Moon and Al. We send our condolences to all the families .
I'll be back later after I do a few things outside.
I will leave something out in the kitchen for anyone popping in later for a cuppa...Cinnamon Rolls...
Lets hope that the New Year brings plenty of wonderful things for everyone after the sadness of this year.
They are pretty planter boxes in your pic...keep posting your pics we like to see them.
Anthony, the thought of a mouse setting up a cherry stand on Sooty's back made me smile, dear old puss.
Jean, that walkway would look superb, they grow quickly too...
No cinnamon rolls for me today, I bought a Passionfruit cream sponge this morning, real cream not the mock cream...it was all the talk about them, that tempted me...lol
Absolutely shameless news... Thank you all for your concerns, sorry I can't discuss it in this forum. We are all deeply saddened by this.
Lovely flowers all. I'm not exactly sure what an epi is, but I don't think we grow them here.
Gettting ready for Christmas, off the city today to finish shopping and food gathering for the Holidays. We'll have the whole family again, even son John will be home. He's working on a medical mission clinic in South Africa so we don't see him much, flying in Tuesday.
Weather has been clear and cold but still no snow for Christmas, maybe get some later in the week.
Good morning everyone. .A lovely cool morning again with rain. We have had about 1"so far, and need more . The ground is so dry under the surface.
I planted the last of my pumpkins and cucumbers along with a bit of sweet corn.
Picked a new lot of nice beans from the dwarf plants with plenty coming now on the climbers.
I also dragged out a few of the epis I have just sold. It was a job to get them all untangled as they have been growing together for years.
I will now have a little space to move the last of the rooted cuttings in . This leaves me a half of a shadehouse just for the new brug babies.
Hello Al, enjoy your day out and the time with your son over the holidays.
Moon , lovely epi . Mine are just about finished flowering now so its a long wait until next season.
Charleen, I sent Charley home. He was looking for more cookies. I think hes getting spoilt .
Pat that cuddly T Bo too.
Yes , a sad day for all in the US. I hope everyone can still gather strength from the spirit of Christmas to enjoy this time with their loved ones.
Hello Dianne, lovely rain, hope you got a lot too.
The garden is looking all green and fresh. Wont last long though as the heat moves back in.
Have you planned all your doings over Christmas ?
We will probably take a leisurely drive somewhere nice and enjoy our Christmas dinner in the open .
Depending on the weather of course.
The traffic is usually very light as everyone is at home for their dinner.
Have some packing to do today as I get the epis ready to post.
Hello to everyone else popping in . Nice to see another new face. Welcome.
Enjoy your day and stay safe.
Heres an early Christmas treat...Snowflake Cookies ( not for you Charley)
Good morning everyone,
Such nice pics of flowers. Here is a photo of a gift recieved fromeither the wind or a bird, this Hollyhock suddenly appeared a few weeks ago and is now looking beautiful outside my dining room window. Just to one side ias this plant...it's name has disappeared out of my head... does it start with a C? Oh well, no use worrying about it no doubt it will re surface back again.
lovely Hollyhock Nelsonian...
and the other one is a hosta - I am pretty sure I have the same one in my garden.
Nice part of the world you are in there, love Nelson.
Used to go up every Queen's birthday for the obedience competitions - one day would be Blenheim the next Nelson & they used to alternate which club would hold a double show.
I don't travel so far now - but hoping to get up that way more often now we have a younger dog & hubby can stop in at Omaka to visit his aviation mates.
You all are a Blessing. It was horrible news about the shootings. So nightmarish for all.
I got a new yellow Christmas cactus, I hope it makes it. I've heard tales they are difficult to grow...I also got a pretty pink one I like. Then there is Blackie, isn't he beautiful? The little pullets a laying eggs too. One was a double yoker...Was delicious... CAmellia ia blooming. will have close-up in next note. but they are so pretty...
Good morning everyone. The sun is shining so a lovely day ahead.
After selling off some of the epis, I will have a moving and cleaning day down in the epi house.
They are all going to be cut right back and moved around.
I had trouble getting some of the plants out from the tangle of branches. Some branches were over 4 foot long.
Wont hurt them to be shortened a lot. They will soon be back to a large size again.
I may miss a year of blooms but well worth cleaning them all up.
I have been selling the pieces on eBay and made a nice profit to buy ...what else...lol...new plants...
Charleen, Blackie looks beautiful . I bet Abigail is boss though..
I do like your camellia. My small ones are looking really good since iI have been using only rainwater on them. Our local town water is not good for acid loving plants.
Charley was not around this morning. I think hes hiding because he ate the last of the cookies from yesterday.
Teresa, how are things going over there ?
Your garden will be very pretty with the liliums.
I hope Sugar is behaving herself .
Hello Moon and Al, Your winter weather will be upon you very soon. Al, did you spend all your money on your shopping trip ?
Dianne, I remember you have camellias too dont you ?
How are your liliums going ?
My new fuchsias and azaleas are all growing very nicely and the hydrangeas I bought last year are all flowering .
Lovely to see you popping in.
I am off to get all my parcels into the car for posting this morning.
I will leave something yummy for morning tea...Banana Muffins
Have great day and enjoy all those lovely gardens.
Our weather is a rollercoaster here...it was 3C Thursday morning, 14C Friday morning and 20C Saturday morning. The temp is gonna drop to 5C tonight...almost enough to make you dizzy...grin. It just started raining a short while ago...we have another cool front moving in tonight.
Hope you all have a lovely day.
I tried 3 or 4 times to get a picture of our neighborhood hawk...Bob D Cat kept trying to get in the picture, so just took one of him...he is such a pretty boy.Then Max deigned to come out for a photo op...grin but princess Mimi was having nothing to do with any of us...imperious wench...grin
The moon, loved those cat pics, our cats also like to get in the frame when I am photographing in my garden. Here they are on good terms together, usually Bijou, the light colored one is the boss and keeps Santi under tight control. He often gets a cuff around the ear from her.
Thanks Jean, those muffins sure look good.
Ridesred, yes I have one flowering succulent but it has finished flowering now. It looks very similar to the flower on the first of your 3but the leaves are smoother edged.
Hello Dal, neat to have your greetings. Our son lives in Christchurch and his dog Riley was at an ovedience trial last weekend. Seems d
ogs had to walk and then sit on command. The ones slowest to obey were eliminated and Riley was the quickest and came first... what a good dog!
Yes, such awful news from Sandy Hook, everyone is shocked and saddened.
Thanks Nelsonian...they are my sweeties...Max is 17 and Mia, 16. Bob is the baby at 7. We also have a pair of Beagles, Benny and Sophie, who will be 12 in April. I tease my grandson that at 18 he is the baby of the house...much to his chagrin...grin. You furries are very pretty.
Love all those beautiful pet pics...gorgeous cats...moon and Nelsonian...Riley is very handsome too and clever and of course I wouldn't leave out Blackie...
Yes, Jean...I do have a few Camellias...
Haven't the Hydrangeas been wonderful this year...beautiful colours...I love their fresh smell..It always reminds me of Christmas.
They have always been in our gardens, even as a child I remember them and then they were way taller than me.
These little Pinks really spread that perfume, they are great and so easy...
ohhh - Nelsonion you have my undivided attention now - where was this obedience competition?
Christchurch Dog Training Club, Marshland road???
We had our Xmas break up there & one of our games was musical dogs...
they had to sit as soon as the music ended & the slowest were eliminated... the fastest dog to obey was the winner.
I am an instructor & was eliminated in a few rounds - my young dalmatian is still at the learning stage.
Looking forward to next year as I plan to start serious competing with my dear little weasel pup.
aaah,Mooner, you know Im a sucker for cats.. beautiful pics there,..,Sooty has yet'another' bladder infection, so its off to the $110 dollar man again tomorrow night,.,.He's a good boy- and the vet staff love him
Thanks Anthony...they are my babies...grin. Poor Sooty..I do hope the infection clears up quickly...how could the vet staff not love him? He is such a sweet boy.
Dianne, I love Pinks. I think they are a treasure in the garden and I agree, the fragrance is wonderful. When my grandson was little he had a small garden full of them. He called it his Diane-fuss garden...and to this day will stop and give a sniff whenever he sees them. He calls them good memory flowers. I can't imagine Hydrangeas at Christmas...ours are all leafless and sleeping.