Good morning everyone.
Time to have the Christmas tree up in the Tea Room. I didnt forget to put a pic this time when moving us.
Its going to be warmer here today and if the clouds stay around, not too bad outside.
I have sold a few more epi cuttings. Nice to make a bit of pocket money from the plants. If they want to eat well, they have to make some money...lol
I hope you are all resting and have the Christmas shopping done.
I was never one for doing it at the last minute, so if I went to town around Christmas , it was to just enjoy the day window shopping.
Its going to be moving around day for all the epis as I make room for the brug kids.
I think the garden grew a foot overnight after the rain.
I see I have a few of the tiger lilies nearly out. I love their spotty faces.
Hello to everyone. I had better go put up the sign post so people dont get lost
Who ever would have thought Michael Crawford would later sing songs for us in the voice of an Angel, what a lovely man he is too.
Here is one of his best -so beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XReoQadp4RA
and so special at this time of the year .
Ray and I have just finished picking 20kg of cherries...my mother would have been so proud of that tree, it is loaded with big dark fat cherries...and there is about 30kg still to pick...
I wouldn't make a good fruit picker, Jean didn't you say that you had done fruit picking at one stage? it's hot work in this weather, can't imagine how tiring it would be if it was really hot.
Time for a cuppa now, I'll think about bottling in a couple of days...
much cooler here today - after a 30C day my garden was happy to get a light drizzly rain all night & most of the day.
Supposed to be sunny again the next few days, my tomato plants are finally coming away - they did get away to a good start but the fierce winds knocked them about & snapped their heads off...
My sweet 100 snapped low down & I stuck the top part in like a cutting - it took & has flowers.
From the bit of stalk left with the roots on I have two good looking laterals, any suggestions on whether I should sacrifice one to give the other all the growth?
Mum gave me some seedlings but they are very small, not sure if they will have time to grow up & fruit before summer is over.
Good news.., Sooty has inflamed arthritis.. Weight gain ,443g, coat quality 'very good', Blood sugar, normal!!!!!!!,.no sign of bladder infection, just hard for him with arthritis,.so now he's on a steroid...He survived the waiting room Rottweiller, yappy foxy and the cute little 'thingamy dog' with the cute face, like youve got ,Dianne..He even ventured to the glass panel in the consult room door to look back out at them ,about '10 times'..Now He's vey tired, and snoozing[bit like me soon]-Anthony
Bravo! Anthony. So glad there is no infection. Arthritis is much easier to handle. He is such a pretty boy and so reminds me of my Max. How old is Sooty?
Teresa, I would give both laterals a chance to grow for a bit, if it looks like they are flagging, then cut one and stick it back in the ground to root. Sweet 100's are pretty prolific and so tasty it seems a shame to lose any of them.
Wow Dianne. That sounds like a bumper crop of cherries. Our local newspaper runs a daily world weather report listing temps around the world...I noticed that Melbourne and Prairieville temps are within a degree or two of each other lately...found that amusing...but I am easily amused...grin.
Chrissy, the Michael Crawford clip was too cute. Thanks for the laughter. That program must have been very early in his career...he looked barely in his 20's. I am guessing he would be near 70 today?
Lovely tree Jean. Have fun rearranging epis and brug babies, but do take care with your shoulder.
Hi Dal, had to wait until Pete told me where Riley goes to dog training. It is the Addington club, he says he has competed at Marshland Rd. Riley is sure to be noticed, he is a very big bearded collie... as he is the only one of his breed I have ever come across perhaps he is normal sized?
We used to grow Sandersonias commercially but now our tubers are contained within this poly box. Such a pretty flower and always a talking point for visitors.
Wow, Diane, you made my mouth water at the thought of all those cherries. We once planted and had a cherry tree it came into fruiting but the birds beat us every time, ha ha we would find one day that all that was left on the tree was a stem and the stone.
Good morning everyone.
Very warm and windy here this morning. Lots of cloud about so I am hoping for more rain.
Didnt do much yesterday but I did have a long discussion with the epis about where they want to be sitting.
You know... who sits next to each other ... who doesnt like who ... Very involved process as some boisterous fellows will grow and trample all over the quieter ones.
Non gardeners out there will not know all about all the kerfuffle that will occur if you dont discuss things with your plants...
Anthony, I am so glad Sooty is feeling better. Like the rest of us oldies , having arthritis can be a painful experience.
Your vortex must be so full of color now.
Loving the lilium pics you posted.
i have always been a fan of Michael Crawford. His comic ability is awesome , and all without a single swear word.
Dianne, I may have to creep into your yard for the cherries. Yummy.
I may send Carpet, he's very sneaky and quiet...lol
Teresa, I hope your tomatoes do better than mine.
The ones in the hanging bags are hanging on and I saw a small tomato yesterday on one of them.
The ones in the garden are history except for 3. Hot sun and parrots decided the fate of most of them .
The rosellas creep in when Michael is not looking and have nipped the pink shoots off the top of the roses again too.
I suspect Michael of collusion. He doesnt like his new clothes and is not working well at all.
Hubby says he needs taking down and replacing ..
Hello Moon, you should have been around earlier when I was dragging some of the larger epis from the benches.It was quite a job with some of the bigger ones, having to lift the pots over the front plants.
I was careful of my shoulder, but I think once you have done so much damage it will never completely be without some pain.
At least I can use the darn arm properly now even with a bit of pain.
Al, hope all is quiet up your way. Are you getting any more snow yet ?
Charleen, your garden looks so pretty.
I hope Charley doesnt have a nibble or two in there.
Hello to everyone else popping in for a cuppa.
Heres a yummy treat for you all...Cherry Pie...( Carpet found Diannes cherry tree ..lol) )
18 bottles of preserved cherries today, have to pick the rest tomorrow, though most of them will go to friends and the local aged care facility.
Ray never wants to see another stem, he had the job of taking their stems out...:-)
Glad Sooty got over his infection, Anthony a very painful thing to have...One of our cats can only eat, Purina or Optimum dried food, anything else and she gets a bladder infection, sometimes she doesn't drink enough water...yet the others eat anything...
I must get some of those Sandersonias, Tess, I have the Gloriosas and they are lovely too...just coming into flower now.
Jean, I must have a taste of that cherry pie, I've never made one...
Yes Chrissy, brandied cherries are on the list...as well as a few other liqueurs, cherries in marsala, port, gin and so on and so on...not really just the first 3...they look lovely when they are bottled.
Sooty is such a handsome fella :)
glad he had a positive (pawsitive) report from the vet...
arthritis is hard on our oldies, Copper gets medication once a month for his. He is on a break from it this month, with the mostly warm weather he is ok, even frisky at times.
I will start him back in January & that way I can keep track of how many doses he is up to. They have to go off it for a month after taking it 7 months to ensure there is no liver damaging build up.
I have been trawling through my photos on the laptop looking for ones of the terrace pre 'fixing'.
The builder in charge (now) has been & looked & agrees that the sub contractors messed up & the level was poured too high.
It was so nice to talk to a builder that didn't treat me like an idiot & who wants to sort this out.
I need the photos to prove that the concrete was exposed aggregate & not plain white.
I know I have heaps - I took so many of my terrace garden over the last few years but do you think I can find them!
I did get one so hopefully it will be enough to back me up - I would rather have kept the old cracked terrace than have this new one.
Good morning to every one Iam looking to buy a small generator not knowing any thing about them I was wondering if any one used oneat home and knows a good brand .
Looking at about 4 to 6 H.P. it is only so I can run a couple of fans and may be a old portable T.V .after 2 days of no power and seems there will be more days in the new year its hard to see my little dog suffer from the heat..
Good morning everyone.
Looks like being a lovely day here . Should be about 22C.
Nice and comfortable for shopping.
Hello Moon. yes the body has a mind of its own when it comes to doing things. No matter what you want to do, it will tell you ...stop..
You will have Dianne dancing on the table with fancy cocktails...lol
Hello Elaine, sorry cant help you with any info on generators. Its been so many years since I last had to use one, they are sure to be much improved.
Best thing is to ask your local distributor for advice.
Hello Dianne, Teresa, Chrissy , Anthony and Al.
Charleen, I sent Charley home without any cookies. He was teasing Carpet.
I had better start myself moving as its shopping day.
Heres a tasty treat for morning tea. ...Caramel and Walnut loaf..
Good morning everyone ...another stinker heading this way today.
Elaine gosh no power ? that is just cruel. I hope you can get something happening there to keep you cool.
Maybe you can hire one.
I thought you might like to see the pretty blooms on my cinnamon basil ...it smells so lovely and is so pretty.
They are bolting in this odd ups and downs weather, so I have given up trying to stop them. the lemon and the lime are just do delicious, the fragrances amazing , they have white blooms though.
I hope you all have a lovely day ...doing Chrismousy things and playing with cherries , seeds etc.
My black chilli will flower soon, the Peruvian Cape Gooseberries are starting to bloom, yummy one of my favourites !
Hi All the area is having the power poles changed and wires replaced so all the connections are turned of when you look how many poles and only a few changed each time they work this is going to take a long time they are working on one side of the street so when thate side is finished the other will start .Then thare is all the back and side streets so it is going to be a long time of 8 hours turned of every every 2 weeks so best if I buy my own generator then when the work reaches my sons house it will be a use to them also.
Found the reason my dog watches the christmas tree a opened bag of doggie treats was hung on the tree .
I found the little monsters I found on the plant leaves are wasps yesterday found a big one about 2 inch long in a hanging basket still searching for the nest.
Elaine, be very careful with those wasps, we had trouble with them a couple of years ago...they really sting...
Moon I just have to try that recipe...just looking at the cherries in the sugar, has encouraged me...
Today has been jam day, it took me ages to take the pits out, so I ordered a pitter for next year...
Probably won't get any fruit on the tree :-)
Seeds arrived Jean, thanks for those...
Next time you have scones in the tea room Jean, you can use my cherry jam with a big spoonful of cream on top...perhaps mum and Brian
are watching us...nice to think so anyway.
Colleen. you've gone quiet again...it's nearly Christmas, what are the boys getting this year?
got home to day to find the concrete guys had just poured a new step so that there is an even rise on them...
it looks hideous but if it is a temporary measure to prevent accidents until they can come back & re do it properly I can live with it.
If they think it in anyway fixes it so that I will stop complaining then they will have to think again.
Good morning everyone.
You wont believe it but I am sitting here with the small heater on. It is cold here this morning.
The mist is laying along the valleys like a white lake.
Its only 6C at the moment. The sun is up and it will be very warm later.
One can live with hot days when the mornings and evenings are nice and cool.
I found no plants yesterday while shopping . Maybe when we take a drive over Christmas there will be a small nursery somewhere , waiting for me to come along.
Teresa, I can imagine your anger at the delays in fixing a bad job.
I hope it all works out for you quickly.
I am sending Sugar and Copper a large virtual dog bone to chew on over the holidays.
Hello Dianne, have you finished all your Christmas shopping ?
I hope you and Ray have a special time over Christmas with your family.
Hello Moon , Charleen and Al.
I see that some areas over there have had good snowfalls.
It all looks lovely in pictures but must be hard to manage with feet of the stuff around.
I must get Carpet to come over in the New Year so we can all enjoy a bit of time in the snow with you all .
Hello to everyone else in for a cuppa.
The Christmas tree looks lovely and already lots of presents under it. I see the names and there is one for everyone. No peeking until Christmas Day.
I am off to pot some new ferns I bought on eBay. Very nice ones which will look pretty in the fern house.
More brug seedlings also need bigger pots.
Take care everyone. If you are driving, take extra care.
Heres a nibble for morning tea... German Chocolate Cake
So much seems to happen at my house at christmas its a real happy time now the hot water tank has died -- the plumbing &electrical company I use must love me last week they were here to to replace washers and new shower head now a poor worker will miss the break up party just to keep me in hot water . elaine.
What a busy morning here, my dear sister in law paid us a visit and gave me a beautiful home made Christmas Cake, I am the only one that eats it here ...what a lovely thing to do. I guess I will put on a few pounds this Christmas now ^_^
Elaine gosh ! lets hope it all changes now, a new year is soon upon us, if we survive today that is (end of the World lol).
I have been seeing all that snow over the pond ...looks like a white Christmas for most of you over there.
I am tired, how about all of you, I am looking forward to a bit of a rest over the break, though as gardeners, we all know the plants still require attention.
Hi Chrissy Iam a bit of a Drama Queen really I can remember back in the olden days growing up we had a chip heater in the bathroom to heat water if hot water was needed in the kitchen had to boil the kettle before the chip heater bath water was boiled inthe copper and carried in a bucket into the house to fill the bath. The old copper sure was great will never forget the smell of our ham cooking in the copper day and night thate was before we got the smoke house built.
Things sure have improved since them days.
Lucky you home made chritmas cake sorry to say this year I was not up to all the cooking so had to pass on that extra love of making cake and pudding..
I got a ham from work, and a christmas pudding [a lions one]., tomorrow, in my shopping,,. I hope to get a 'free range' size 40 turkey'for me''- will stuff [traditional]-=guarenteed, no turkey left in 4 days,,.I love my Christmas Turkey...Speaking of Turkey heres a glamour shot of Sooty
Well the world DIDN"T come to an end and I've still got bills to pay and people to feed. Anyway, we've got son John back from South Africa and visitors over the weekend, will be busy for the next few days. Have a great Holiday All!!
Too cute Chrissy. Enjoy your Christmas cake...and your Christmas. I must say you are getting quite good at generating neat little pictures...what patience...GRIN
I think the doomsday sayers missed the most important part...the one where it says when you reach here...go back to the beginning GRIN...I firmly believe that no culture has the secret answer...and to spend one's days in fear is grossly counterproductive...about the closest I have seen is the caveat to Eat, Drink and be Merry...for tomorrow you may be gone...that is entirely true.
We have no snow here...probably won't as it only happens every 5 or 6 years...Twice in the past 11, and can't remember when prior to that. It is chilly and windy, but didn't get nearly as cold as was predicted. Seems the Northern part of the country will experience a white Christmas this year.
Al, I know you and your wife are thrilled to have son, John at home for the holidays. Hope you all have the merriest of Christmases.
Anthony, I am with you...ham is lovely, but need that Christmas turkey with all the trimmings. Hope Sooty is feeling better...maybe a bit of turkey will make him happy.
Good morning everyone. I am a bit late opening the door today. I got caught up in doing something else. Going to be warm here again but still chilly now.
I did a bit of repotting yesterday and will do more today. I added a new piece of pipe in the fern house . It hangs from the overhead beams and I can now hang my fuchsias in there.
Chrissy that little cat is so cute. I have had some lovely ecards sent at times from people who use that site. Very clever and beautifully done
Al, enjoy having your son home for the holiday time. I hope the snow doesnt get too deep around you.
Yes Moon, we are all still here and I bet there are a lot of people feeling very silly now.
If they only researched properly instead of just assuming things...
The Mayans never said the world would end.
They knew that civilisations eventually end though.
Anthony, I'm a lover of my Christmas turkey too.
Its not Christmas to me without the turkey and Christmas pudding.
These days though, I dont get a big turkey as there is only the two of us and hubby gets tired of turkey leftovers.
It will be turkey and pudding etc out on a nice picnic somewhere for us. I love a picnic at any time.
Food always tastes better outdoors.
Hubby says I eat more when we are out driving.
Must be the fresh air...lol
Hello Dianne, Charleen , Teresa and everyone else around
I think its time we started on the Christmas type morning tea snacks.
Chrissy, love those E cards and of course Simon's Cat...enjoy your Christmas Cake...
We have Christmas at home and we have variety of meats and veggies, one of these days I would love to cook yams, what do they taste like? Yam eaters please reply...
We still have the pudding, pav and the best of all, TRIFLE...I bought a new dish for it, it isn't very wide but it's deep and being glass you can see the layers...
There is every chance that the pav will be decorated with cherries this year..lol
It's going to be a stinker tomorrow, so I'd better make sure that everything is watered, Ray has about an hours start, so if I sit here a bit longer he just might finish it.
I hav'nt had trifle,...stab...83-84...Aunty Bev died in 86..I was a bit of a 'wild man 'then,.,.but, my god ,Dianne, hav'nt you brought back memories...It was an evil [but tasty brew],., and raised on it[each christmas] as kids,it was brilliant-what ever happened to those 'good ol days',..,.Going to be warm here too... Lily sales are crap, so Im going for cover, so many are wasting-next years sales maybe?...I got a 44 Turkey[not free range], but hey! it will still taste good...Woolies had a very poor selection, so I went to a private vendor...Anthony
I am so tired, worked today sorting boxes of stock to fill an order.
They want 1 of each size in each colour of every style...
there are quite a few.
I did manage to swap a few things out of big boxes for smaller boxes which is great as we are so crowded in the store room - boxes are 5 high in some rows & we have to lift them up & down.
I also swapped over some badly crushed & split boxes for better ones so they stack better.
I am finished work now for the Xmas week & really looking forward to getting my Xmas shopping done & then getting into the Xmas spirit ...
Bought a bottle of sparkling pinot gris to have with Xmas brunch, have some good quality bacon to go with eggs & toast.
The bread was baked for a competition & given to a work mate - a big basket of specialty breads that she shared with the rest of us...
Dianne. yams are rather like Acorn Squash in color and flavor...with a slightly creamier texture and the sweetness of cooked carrots. There are a variety of ways to fix them here...most folks prepare a Candied yam dish...Yams, peeled and cut into chunks( or tinned yams) with cinnamon, pecans and butter added and topped with Marshmallows of marshmallow cream (Fluff) and baked til tender. Hubby and I prefer them baked in the skins and a bit of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon added when served. If I make a casserole, I layer peeled,sliced raw yam with granny smith apple slices (peel on)...add a little butter, some pecans, cinnamon and orange juice and bake til tender.
Good morning everyone. Its a beautiful morning . Nice and cool with the sun shining through the window.
It is going to be very hot later, so I always enjoy being out early.
Dianne, I have never seen yams here . I know there are native tubers that some call yams, but they are not something I would eat. I have tried them when dug up by an aboriginal friend.
From Moons recipe, they sound like a sweet potatoes.
I had to satisfy my curiosity and found this about yams & sweet potatoes.
I love sweet potatoes. Not the white fleshed ones. They are bland compared to the lovely orange fleshed ones.
When I was young, the white ones were all that was found in shops. Later the others appeared and now you hardly ever see the white ones.
I use them in place of the usual potatoes. So much nicer.
Moon, I must try the recipe with the apples.
Teresa, hope all is well over there. Maybe all your repairs will be done properly after the holidays.
Sugar will be very well behaved over Christmas, I am sure.
Anthony, I have large piece of smoked turkey and a rolled turkey for Christmas. That will see us through.
I have my Christmas puddings too. Hubby doesnt eat much of that so more for me..
Hello everyone else looking in.
I hope everyone enjoys themselves over the Christmas and New Year.
No over indulging on the Christmas treats...lol
I am going outside to enjoy the cool while its here.
Heres your morning tea nibbles ...Cinnamon Rolls
A quick peep at the presents under the Tea Room tree.
There is one for everyone but not until Christmas Day...
Just wrapped the Christmas presents, considering how hot it is outside, it's the perfect time to do it.
Thanks for the recipe and the info, Moon...for some reason, I thought that Chrissy was growing them, but I'm probably mixing them up with Taros...more than likely...
Well, lunch is almost ready, it's going to be a lazy day today...
I might read thru the catalogues and look at all the things that I don't need...
Who would have thought that big TVs would only be a couple of hundred dollars..
Then again the little 7ins tablet, that Ray thinks is his, works like a charm and only cost $100...
it's really too small for me, but sometimes I use it just to read mail and of course it's excellent for games..lol
I started gathering the ingredients for my Xmas truffles & realised I didn't have coconut...
off down the road to the supermarket, not as busy as I expected & managed to pick up a couple more gifts so tomorrow won't be too much of a panic.
It is a lovely warm day - not ideal for making truffles but need some for tonight.
One oven tray covered with Drambuie truffles & the other with port & chocolate truffles.
I went outside & painted some boxes to put them into - didn't turn out as well as I hoped but will do.
Might get some glue & cover the other boxes in xmas paper.
Sugar was so wicked while I was busy, she stole my gumboot, first time I got her to bring it back but the next time I decided I didn't care enough to drop what I was doing.
Then she sneaked in & ran off with the little dust brush...
and kept coming back in looking for any other mischief she could get into.
When I caught Copper counter surfing I decided enough & packed them off to bed.
Being bad must be tiring as I haven't heard a peep out of them.
I have a long list of cleaning & tidying to do but right now I can't be bothered.
Baz is off helping a friend put the wings onto his plane, skived off without even doing the dishes.
We're having a sizable sugar cured spiral cut ham for Christmas Day, along with a ton of augratin potatoes and fresh biscuits with ham gravy. We have a big crowd, but the food will be simple buffet style. Still lots of room for leftovers. Your turkey sounds great Anthony, I love the stuffing part also. Ellen and Olivia are making Christmas cookies that I can't seem to stay away from, the aroma is just too much. Livy says I can only eat the broken ones while decorating, but I think she breaks a few of them on purpose...
Good morning everyone..
Its very quiet in here now that the elves are all back at the North Pole.
I think today will be also very quiet as you all get ready for the arrival of the jolly red fellow tonight.
I hope you have all been good or no presents...lol
Dont forget to take your present from under the tree as you pop in for that well deserved cuppa.
We are off to Hamilton for a day out.
It was very hot yesterday so its very pleasant to be out in the cool change.
Have great time and I hope you all get lots of presents.
Dont forget to have a slice of Christmas Cake with your cuppa.
had an early start today, went into the shop where I work, the look on my workmate's face was priceless as she tried to figure out why I would be there & not the part timer she expected...
part timer is starting at 10am, I was there to buy a few Xmas gifts that I have been stashing away.
Baz will be all set with new socks & undies :)
I got a nice gift basket for my parents, lots of tasty goodies from Ballantynes, up market department store - like Myers or David Jones - which ever of those is the poshest!
I did a quick compare of their Merino garments, to buy the same kind of thing I bought my brother-in-law would be $500.00 plus.
That is about 10 times what I paid.
I walked up to a really good fruit & veg shop - bought 3 punnets of strawberries for $10.00, they are dearer at the supermarket & who wants to fight the crowds today!?
Mind you at 10 or 11am it might have been ok.
I forgot to buy paste so won't be decorating more boxes, I have left over paint but for the effect it wasn't worth the effort.
The truffles look ok in a wax paper package done up with curling ribbon.
Have a very Merry Xmas everyone, hope it is all that you could wish for :)
Cheers - Teresa
Silver Bells-love it!!..I think Christmas spirit was restored somewhat in me today!First port of call,My Nan , who has moved 29 km east, at 'Ninganah aged care home'...-A strange thing happened, and Im sure It was divine intervention- next minute, the people turned up that she had asked me to contact!!!,...Lily sales have been poor, so my belief is , if you cant get the people here',take it to the people'!!- At the risk of a fine of $110, for unpermitted roadside selling, I took off[truck loaded]...and of course, one needs beer for Christmas[ Keep the chuckles down Dianne!']-so I stopped in at the 'Grenada' Hotel and spoke with my 120 kg sweeties that serve there,..,The Grenada has about a 4 acre carpark- No problem, I set up at the top end of the carpark,.,.[with the 2 cartons of beer]...First customer, A lovely young lady, with her 4yo daughter..wants to get 3 lilies for 'Nan'-no problem..many more customers, then young lady comes back...''I emailed Nan the lily pics, and she said'', ''go back and get 3 more''..-..many more customers, then the wind picked up[home time],.,.Stuffed the turkey, Sat back in the garage and listened to 'Pavlovs Dog" - pampered menial- 'makes me feel like Im 17 again'-talked 'sweet nothings ' with cocky... and now Im here typing this...I'll have to get off to sleep before Santa gets here-Anthony[have a great Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!1]
I shut the roller door, and cocky yells out 'givvus a kiss'-with big pucker sounds after...he and I are off to the cemetary in the morning, people love him down there[people love him everywhere]..bedtime..goodnight
Ho! Ho! Ho!!!! Merry Christmas you all. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with much love and presents.
Charley and I wish you all a great one.
we are getting Rain, What a wonderful gift.
Love you all...
Good morning everyone.
Hmmmmmmmm...I think everyone is still busy opening presents.
I hope you all received what you wanted and enjoyed the day.
We took our cold turkey, coleslaw, and smoked ham along with bread & butter, chutney & cranberry sauce on our picnic.
We eventually decided on Portland Gardens as there are usually very few people .
We had the gardens to ourselves for most of the time before a couple of people came in for a quick walk around.
It was a beautiful warm day with hardly any wind.
Despite being right on the ocean, the gardens always look fresh and well tended.
We enjoyed our quiet lunch , then walked around to look at all the roses etc in full bloom.
The hundreds of Dahlias grown for Anzac Day are just small green shoots at the moment.
I took a few pics and will add them here. Nothing fancy, but looking very pretty.
I have never seen Portland looking so deserted. Even over the Christmas there are normally always people walking around window shopping . There was not one single person in the whole shopping area at all. Even the beach was deserted. A few fishermen along the pier and a tourist or two on the boat wharf.
Not a single shop open. All looking very odd for a large tourist town .
I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner and no over indulged.
I am off outside to enjoy the sun before it turns too hot.
Now that Christmas is over, we will get through New Year celebrations and then Easter will be upon us. ...lol
Heres a large plate of Cream Cakes I put out in case anyone feels the urge for a nibble later...
Don't forget Boxing Day, Jean. Glad you had a lovely picnic. Mother Nature getting in one last fit...Thunder storms here with tornado warnings...icy sleet and snow further north of me Not quite 4PM and it looks like dusk...so strange from yesterday's sunny 73 degree weather...sigh. Hope you all had a happy Christmas.
I should not have eaten so much of that trifle, next year it has to be smaller, maybe half of the glass dish...
At last we had Christmas Bon Bons that had good things inside...not so much the little tape measure or the tiny nail clippers, but the paper that the jokes were on...
As well as the joke, they had a charade each person had to perform, a conversation starter, for eg:- " who would you invite" situation for each and a trivia question...it was really enjoyable...
I bet that I never find those ones again.
I might cheat next year if I can't find them and put some in the Bon Bon myself...
Today is the Boxing Day Test, so we will be parked in front of the TV...
Enjoy the rest everyone.
We have been getting rains. So nice. One of my dried up little ponds even has a frog in it. I think he is wearing longjohns. Never got too high over 50 today. But there he was. Supposed to be getting more rain in, hope my little well is replenished with water. weatherman says we are still 14'' short of normal.
Hope you all have a great day.
Love and hugs.
Charley got his Apple, so he is happy. Just got to get his hay brought in...
Happy Boxing Day everyone ! yes too much fruit cake here ...I hope you are all happily recovering from Christmas Celebrations.
We had delicious food yesterday, over indulged as one does, so it's just fruit today and a light dinner tonight. Coffee too, nice and strong !
The weather is lovely, cool and a bit of light drizzle here and there after a very wet Christmas Day, The plants are enjoying it (as specially the weeds). So nice not to have to worry about fires.
I hope you get your rain Charleen.
Be safe everyone on the roads ...I hope all will be ok for you moon.
In no time at all we will be celebrating a New Year, let's hope it will be kind.
cool & wet here but the garden needed a good watering.
Xmas was lovely, good food & family to share it with.
My in-laws arrived safely from Robina on the Gold Coast.
They are feeling a bit chilly today bit not quite bad enough to warrant the heater being turned on.
take care all :)
Hello all.Happy Boxing Day- Cracked my Ham for supper last night and wounded the Turkey today...I loved getting back home yesterday and having a nice quiet brandy and a few beers.,.,.,went madhouse shopping this morning
We barely got our Christmas snow last night, just 2" covering of white stuff. Always it seems to be at the last minute, sort of a magic part of the season. Weather channel says maybe 10 - 15" more by Friday. I'll send pictures if I can get the front door open..
Had a great holiday, lots of friends and family. We passed down a family dollhouse to Olivia who is now 5 years old. It was handmade by Grandpa Mason in the mid 1950's and has been through about six generations of little girls since, each taking their turn. It's an impressive structure, complete with furniture, and even a "Little" family that lives there. I'm trying to get some decent pictures of to show all.
g whiz, I know exactly what you mean about 'madhouse' shopping. Have never seen so many people jammed into the store and the car park was just too small for all who wanted to get in there. We dived into the Boxing day sales yesterday and ended up with good savings.
Al, that doll house must be waited for with anticipation by the little girls in our family, great to have such a treasure to pass on. A photo or tow wure would be nice to see.
Hi Dalfyre, hope the weather fines up for your Oz in laws. Must be a sadness for you that your city has been changed so much by the earthquakes. But the Botanic Gardens should still be beautiful. These are a couple of photos from a few years ago.
Pictures of Livy's dollhouse, didn't take long to find that one under the tree. We also had a big box of furniture accumulated over the years, and the "Little" family that lives in residence. Took us hours to get her away from it, but finally quit for breakfast.
Hope everyone had a good holiday and enjoying the after Christmas sales events.
Good morning everyone.
We have fog here this morning. Yesterday was quite warm and it is going to get a lot warmer.
My daughter in Perth said it is terrible in the heat over there. They have had many days of 40C and over.
I sprayed the darn spider mites again yesterday. Its going to be never ending through the Summer by the look of things.
One of the "joys"of gardening...lol
Teresa. nice to see you had some rain. Your inlaws would get a surprise at the different weather. Hope all your garden is looking fresh after the rain. How has Sugar been behaving over Christmas ?
Al, I love the way your family passes down the dolls house. I always wanted one as a child . They are a timeless thing for little girls from long ago or modern day. Not having much luck with my tomatoes here. The weather is too erratic . Burn one day , cold the next. I do have some fruit on one of the plants, so I may see at least 3 .
Moon, I hope the weather did not turn ugly for you. A tornado is the last thing wanted . Stay warm and safe there.
Charleen, I missed Charley at Christmas. He was back to see me this morning. I have to laugh at Abigail riding on his back. .
T Bo was running along in front as usual too.
I filled the little bag so they can all enjoy nibbles later.
I hope your Christmas was enjoyable and you received some lovely presents.
Nice to see you are getting rain.
Chrissy, no over indulging here. I leave that to others these days.
I did enjoy a bit of fruitcake and I always love my Christmas pudding. The turkey is gone so back to the usual meals now.
Hope you are having some lovely weather now.
Anthony, enjoy your ham.
I dont get a large one now as hubby gets tired of the leftovers.
Its always lovely to get home after being out somewhere.
Hope you got some bargains while shopping. Did Sooty get a piece of the turkey ?
Dianne, nice to hear that you all had a great Christmas.
Trifle sounds lovely. As I am the only one to eat it, I dont bother making any these days.
I had a bad habit of going to the fridge with a spoon when something like trifle or bread & butter pudding lurked in there.. These days , I am sorry to say, the bad habit persists. I cannot resist egg custard or jelly sitting in there looking at me.
Nelsonian, lovely pics . Glad you enjoyed your shopping.
I have never been to sales on Boxing Day . Never been near anywhere to go .
I like shopping even window shopping.
Better get moving and water before the sun gets out from the fog.
I have some seedlings to plant as well.
Enjoy your day and stay safe.
Heres a tasty treat for morning tea...Chocolate Peanut Squares.
Good morning everyone ^_^ the grass has grown so high in the rain, the Sun is trying to peek out from the grey wetness.
Every step I take the grass is alive with small green grasshoppers (ravenous little sods).
Yep once a year Christmas cake sucks me in, then I don't want to see any for another year Lol.
Oh I love the Doll House ...lucky little sweetie and what a great family tradition.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day ...I am going to get back out there while I can, it is supposed to get hot again,so strange to have had to add an extra blanket to the bed at this time of the year, so nice to sleep so well because we aren't being steamed ^_^
my in-laws found it a bit chilly today - I loaned Mum Tod a merino jersey & Dad Tod borrowed one of Barry's polar fleece jackets
I put the heaters on as I was feeling it too, am wearing two layers of merino.
Hopefully the forecast is right - weather is supposed to be nice by the weekend.
We have a wedding to go to on Saturday, one of Barry's triplet cousins. The wedding is the reason my in-laws are here, was hearing some family history today, apparently Barry's aunt had no idea she was having twins let alone triplets!
The boys all look identical but two are identical twins & the third is a fraternal twin who just happens to look very like his brothers.
Our first real snow storm this year, about a foot of it last night. The ski people are rejoycing, this is sort of a resort area for skiers. Some 250 local employees work at the local slopes to accomodate all the visitors, Yippee! Beginning of the season won't end until mid-March or April.
Kids will always find something to play in either building snow forts, sledding downhill, or snowball fights. All in fun of course. Some just love it, others hate it and vacation in the southlands. I just tend to stay warm and drink hot coffee.
Oh Wow ...Al, never seen real snow in my life, it looks so beautiful.
My Hubby reckons it belongs on Christmas Cards, he comes from Northern Italy where they used to be snowed in for months in a small village at the foot of the Alps. 8 hungry little mouths to feed in all that cold, 5 of them boys. Yes they enjoyed a few games but he says he does not miss it in any way, they didn't know what a banana was until they came to Australia.
I love your pictures ! ^_^
Enjoy your lovely cosy home and the warmth inside.
Hi everyone I am up early because we have people coming, so I will just say hi and enjoy your day/evening, be it hot or cold (it's cool here, but with heat coming).
Bye for now
Good morning everyone.
After seeing your pics, Al, I wont even mention our weather.
I could not live in snow, but then I suppose one gets used to the local weather where ever you are.
It does look very pretty, but I have been in snow and it can get very dirty and messy.
Stay warm there Al.
Dianne , I would never leave my spoon behind in the trifle..
Dont leave evidence of sneaky forays into the fridge.
Love your pretty flower pics.
Teresa, your inlaws must be in shock with the cold there after Queensland.
Lucky you are prepared with extra clothing.
You must show us Sugar and Copper in their cold weather coats too.
Anthony, my toes curled up and hid when they saw that snow...
You would get pretty cold in winter down there too.
Very pretty liliums you have been showing in the other thread too.
I thought poor Sooty may have been deprived of his turkey when you were around...lol
Chrissy, your hubby is right. Snow does look so much better when on a card or from a far distance.
Charleen & Moon , I hope all is well down your way. I see storms and tornados in the south on our news...
Stay safe there.
Its nice and cool here so a good time to get a few plants repotted. I will see whats in the kitchen for morning tea, then get myself moving.
I moved all my old bromeliads down to the shadehouse yesterday .
I will be repotting some and taking pups off a lot .
Here we are ...an old favorite for morning tea... Chocolate Eclairs.
haven't been able to find a photo of Sugar in her Drizabone coat but here is one of Copper & his new coat.
The Dalmatian Club had two dog coats donated for their show& they awarded them to the two oldest dogs there.
We have been getting rain, so i am very happy.
Sister in law moved from Ga. Mountains back closer to home and I went to see her and the girls. Loved our visit. Got a new pedicure and nails too!!! Thanks to neices. I got to get new pictures of them, they are so beautiful. So glad I can go see them now!!!! Even got my ingrown toenail feeling better. I'm such a wimp!!! Those girls did great!!!!
All, Your grandaughter is cute as can be. LOve the dollhouse too. You are great grand parents...
Charley came trotting in here with a smug look on his face and There was that dag gummed chicken hanging on for dear life. T Boo was loping ahead with a doggie grin all over his face. They had a fine visit and enjoy all the treats you gave them...
The coats are nice. Warm and comfy!!!!
Hugs and nuzzles to all...
Al, your house looks like a gingerbread house with the icing on the top...I must admit that waking up in the morning and looking at fresh snow over everything is a very beautiful sight...but I couldn't live there either, I like to visit it and then come home to the beach...
Glad that your feet are feeling better, Charleen and that it's raining for you...great to have the family nearby again...
Cool here today, what queer weather...I had to put a jacket on to clean Mick's paddock this morning...He has an half acre to himself and there isn't a blade of grass anywhere, it doesn't take long to dry up especially here, where we are practically on sand.
We had 2 large rounds and 3 small lucerne delivered today, I doubt that the farms will get a second cut, so we have stocked up just in case.
Luckily the hay is grown across the road, so it all comes over on a tractor...
Well, back to the cricket for the afternoon...
the weather is so unpredictable, But we can only take it one day at a time.
I just order Charley and the donkeys some hay. We have a fella that even delivers it for us.
Cool and damp with more chances for rain...
i did SO enjoy seeing Donna and the girls...
Good morning everyone. A lovely cool morning which I will enjoy as hubby says lots more very hot weather is coming over the next week.
Yesterday was a very good day for doing things as the wind was cool. I pottered around doing little bits here and there.
Today we are popping over to Hamilton again. Hubby needs a few things and I think he just wants to get away from his shed for a while. He has been very busy building more radio amplifiers.
He has sold them around the country and even to the US. He is very well known among the worlds radio hams.
Its a great thing that we both have hobbies that keep us from under each others feet.
Charleen, your weather is much like ours. You never know what to dress in as you will probably have to change during the day..
I hope you get more rain . Give Charley and friends a pat.
He would have fun around here with all the hay around. The paddocks are full of huge round bales. large square ones and still plenty of the usual small ones. It has been a good few years for hay and you see old bales still lined up in paddocks from the last year or two.
Its the season for haystack fires now as the farmers stack the hay . Some get over eager and stack too early then the hay self ignites in the center of the stacks. There was a large fire in a stack last week. The farmer lost all the hay.
Dianne, hope you enjoyed the cricket.
I like watching horses and cars racing . I can even watch a bit of golf, but football , tennis and cricket ...ugh...
Lucky I have the garden to escape to. Lucky for me also that hubby doesnt watch any of them either.
Teresa, Copper looks so handsome in his coat. He is a lovely fellow. I hope Sugar is being the Lady and not the Weasel .
Look out for some hot weather soon. It is coming to us ,so I will make sure it heads over to NZ as well.
Anthony, your liliums are so lovely . I see Cocky was supervising in your pic.
Moon and Al, hope all is well over your way.
Al , that snow does look so pretty but it must be an awful problem when one wants to go out.
Watching on the news and seeing all the people having to clear paths and get snow off cars.
I should never complain about weather, as what we get is so minor compared to other places.
Hello Chrissy and anyone else looking in.
Heres a nibble for morning tea...Pink Lamingtons.
Sugar has been good on our outings to the park, she came back despite the temptation of a scooter being ridden through...
this morning she did take off after a chap walking his golden retriever but just as I was running after her she came flying back, ears flapping in the breeze & came straight to me.
She is still a weasel at home, the latest trick is tipping the green waste bin over.
That's bad enough but we are using that bin to block access along the fence to the back of the garage - where the wall that came down in Feb 2011's quake is still waiting for the insurance company to get their act together & fix it.
Baz has now tied the bin to the fence to see if that slows her down until he can put up some trellis.
I personally think we need wire mesh so she can't chew her way to freedom but we'll see.
meanwhile at least my in-laws can manage the front steps since the latest 'repair' was done...
it is so unbelievably ugly - but hopefully only temporary.
We all decided to go out for a meal on The 27th to celebrate Daughter Alison's birthday, after our 'disgusting' experience in Richmond,on Christmas Day...Black Buffalo Hotel did the ''BEST"" seafood feast, I have ever eaten, and everybody elses meal was,excellent..No restaraunt has 'ever' filled me up with a single serve, but I couldnt eat every 'perfect' morsel 'and left a bit!!!!!!!!'..My grand daughter had fun, drawing on the 'Keno' forms, -and realised Pop was the best 'drawer' in the world
I asked Molly for a nice pose!!-what do you think?
She is just so huggable , Anthony.
Glad you enjoyed you meal.
Its always a risk when going places , even the expensive ones.
The meal is not always what I class as a good meal.
Sounds like you had a proper meal, not 2 peas and a bean next to a sliver of "meat"
Oh no -Quite the opposite ,Jean .Christmas Day-.Hatchers Manor served up 'Pigslop'..We would have been better off going to 'Loui's soup kitchen'.. The service was atrocious- packet soup , snappable reheated turkey slices, greasy /slimy pork, cold vegs , cheap bland salads...Sweets that just fell into themselves when cut, with odd things in there that tasted disgusting ..$9 for a weak spirit drink...and heres the cruncher..a pup in the kitchen and dogs roaming in the resteraunt..When I complained, They didnt understand why..[Absolutely crazy owners]..This was the worst place I had ever eaten...except maybe saturday /easter/ Lake King William[big night on the turps] breakfast -when we went away camping..It cost us $54 for Molly, to have a roll, some ham and a few diced vegs.. 1 christmas cracker worked out of the 5.. Non english speaking Korean people as waiters..The best part about the place was leaving..Type in to google, Hatchers Manor Feedback, and read a few of the stories.. dont take too much notice of the good ones, as they have been submitted by Koreans ''WE PICKED CHERRY""- Hatchers only grows Apricots..Im a reasonable person, but this is a disgusting place and I'll be contacting the Health Dept,.,.Anyway, now trying to reduce my 'blood pressure' after that vent...Molly is the sweetest flower ,I could ever photograph..she looks so much like her mother[at that age]..[now didnt that reduce my blood pressure!!]
It's not all that dramatic, just "Snow" and lots of it, with more coming. We're pretty used to it around here.
The shovelers are out, bands of young folk that help others to clean up the walkways and drives. Entrepreneurs to be sure, they are willing to work for a few dollars. I have a local neighbor family that helps us every year, I'm sort of beyond shoveling at this point. They will even check the pantry to make sure we have adequate food to get by, or run to the store if necessary to buy more. It's nice to see young folks that really care about others.
My Vacated bird house, they all flew south for the winter!
Hi Al...by dramatic I meant getting nearly a foot of snow in just a few hours...as opposed to getting a couple inches every 4 or 5 years...it has been more than 50 years since I lived where snow was the norm...so to me the before and after is rather dramatic...grin
Bravo for the young ones in your neighborhood...you are very fortunate to have such caring neighbors.
Good morning everyone.
The sun is shining, the birds are not singing , but squabbling over breakfast. (hubby just fed them all)
The bees are humming. Its a lovely day.
I will finish moving the last few brugs to the back shadehouse and repot a few more outgrowing their bassinets.
I may get into a little building if it doesnt get too hot. I need a shade fence along the back of the shadehouse so I can use the space for plants.
I also have some cuttings needing to go into pots.
Hello Al. It is lovely to hear nice stories of our younger generation. It would be a great help to have energetic young fellows to do the hard work for you.
Too many people forget that one day they will get older and need help.
Moon, nice to see the storms around didnt get to you .
What is your usual winter weather.? Does it normally get really cold or stay mild ?
I know it seems all over the place at the moment. A bit like ours.
Charleen, I hope you got more rain for your garden.
How are all the furry and feathered ones ? I havent seen them for a few days.
Must be all that nice fresh hay keeping them content there.
Teresa, nice to hear that Sugar is at least behaving properly when out...lol
She certainly can think up lots of mischief at home.
You are right, that job on the steps is awful. I hope they come and fix it soon for you.
Dianne, are you still watching the cricket ?
Very sad to hear about Tony Greig. Even if one didnt take any interest in cricket, he was still so well known.
Give Tilly a pat for me.
Anthony, isnt it a shame these days that so many restaurants etc use that prepared stuff instead of doing things themselves. I'm sure there are lots of aspiring chefs that would do a better job if given a chance.
I am sure it comes down to plain greed or laziness. Either not wanting to spend the money on good food or not wanting to spend time preparing it.
Having worked at one time in the catering sector, I know it is much better to spend a little more on quality and service which gets your customers returning for more.
Bad food loses you customers , who will spread the word to others.
Hello to all looking in.
Heres a nice treat for morning tea... Orange Poppyseed Cake
Stay safe and take care if you are out on the roads.
All the animals are fine. Just fat and sassy. Poor Charley doesn't know what to expect. The fella that brings us our hay help Robert put up electric pen. Charley leaned over our fences and has broken several boards doing it. We have curled fences.. He has 3 large rolls out there. so that should get them thru the month...I'm hoping.
Had rain last night, then they are calling for more rain this next week...
Cold here too, For me, anyway. 38*
Hope everyone is doing great...
Robert blood sugar is high, I have to learn to cook right. DURN!!!!Getting too old to learn to cook right but got to do it!!!!
Jean, our average temperatures for January (deemed our coldest month) range from 61 degrees (16C) as the high to 41 degrees(5C) as the low. We do get a few nights of 32 degree (0C) weather, especially when an unusually strong Canadian front moves down across the US. I am in USDA zone 9a, which would be roughly equivalent to your Australian zone 3...Melbourne, area I think. Our coldest temp thus far has been 0C, but for only a couple hours in the wee early morning hours.
We had a couple frosts that knocked back the daylilies that normally go dormant for winter...but today, as I was checking on things, I noticed that they are starting to sprout out again...and the Japanese Magnolias, while they have lost all their leaves, are putting out buds...but oddest of all, my tropical hibiscus is still blooming.
Good morning everyone. Its a bit chilly this morning but usually warms up by about 10am.
Not much done outside yesterday as I was busy with a few inside things.
New Years Eve...another year has disappeared so fast, I think someone cut it off halfway through..
It seems as we get older, time goes much faster.
Charleen, I have Robert too and he is diabetic. I have to watch his meals but he always complains that I make him eat too many vegetables...lol
Reminds me of the kids when they were small.
I hope Charley doesnt get too big a surprise with the electric wire. . It will teach him not to be greedy.
Moon, I could live in your climate. It does sound a bit like here.
We can have plenty of Winter days with temps of 0C in the morning then only getting to about 12C during the day.
There are milder days when the temps can rise to around 16C/20C.
Our late Autumn and early Spring can be very similar with the higher temps not coming in until late Oct/ Nov.
Our Summer in this particular area is usually milder than the rest of the state. High temps of over 30C are not as common as Melbourne gets. We may have a few very hot days scattered through the milder ones. Normally our major Summer temps are around 26C/28C.
We dont ever see any snow here but frosts can be severe in surrounding areas.
Hello to everyone else. ...Dianne, Al, Teresa, Chrissy and Anthony.
I hope you all enjoy the new Year celebrations.
The New Year is going to bring everyone such good things it will overshadow the bad year we have just had.
Heres some Champagne to toast the New Year and orange juice for those who prefer it. ..
Try the Strawberry and Cream Cake .. for morning tea...
Enjoy yourselves and stay safe . ...
yum - that cake looks divine...
I just spent 3 hours tidying the garden along the terrace.
Pulled out two roses that were not thriving & were in the way.
Moved my pink penstemons & dead headed the other roses.
I shifted my French lavender into a terracotta pot, it grew into a standard so i hope it does well.
My in laws are enjoying the nice weather we have had over the past two days - me too!
Hubby is at work, which is a pain, it would be nice to take the folks out for a tiki tour of the city.
I'd like to go out to visit my father at the cemetary.
I still haven't been out there, today is the 3 year anniversary of his death.
I'm not sure I could even find where his ashes are interred.
Jean, the range of winter temps in the US is quite diverse...ranging from -51C ( Canadian border and Alaska) all the way up to 21C (Hawaii and Puerto Rico). The summer is equally diverse...but Louisiana takes the prize for the consistently hottest state in the summer and in the top three for overall year round warmth(based on average daily temps) behind Hawaii and Florida.
Rank Year Winter Summer
1 Florida Hawaii Louisiana
2 Hawaii Florida Texas
3 Louisiana Louisiana Florida
4 Texas Texas Oklahoma
5 Georgia Georgia Mississippi
6 Mississippi Mississippi Arkansas
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia
8 South Carolina California Alabama
9 Arkansas South Carolina South Carolina
10 Arizona Arizona Arizona
Even New Zealand and Tasmania remain warmer than parts of the US in winter...I think the lows there average -10C...with our lowest temp averaging -51C...we are a very diverse country in many aspects...grin
Even at that, The temperatures change. We just got to live with what we have here in the states...
I Love Georgia...
Jean, I feel so guilty about the fence, poor Charley. i know he has already tested it. but he has brought it on himself...
Figuring out the carbs on this is difficult for some reason, but I am going to do it...
Dieting is bad for me I get grouchy. Poor Robert.
Hope you all have a Happy Healthy New Year...
Good morning everyone.
Its a lovely cool morning here. Cloudy but will warm up later.
We had the usual quiet night here. No celebrations and into bed long before 12.
I hope you are all safe at home and enjoyed any celebrations you had.
I bet Anthony is one nursing a teeny headache...lol
Charleen , Al and Moon, you will still be getting to midnight. so enjoy yourselves and stay safe.
I am off outside to check around the garden before the heat arrives again.
Its going to be hot for the next week or so according to the forecast I saw.
I like to keep all my favored plants well watered. .
The roses are looking beautiful although they never get watered unless it rains.
Just goes to show that some plants will survive without us .
Take your chairs , and wander across to the Tea Room where I moved us.
It has a nice new look for the New Year.
Heres a nibble for morning tea...Banana Chocolate Cake..
We're staying in this year. The driving is awful, and the crazies out there are even worse.
Ellen bought a nice steak for the BBQ and a bottle of fine red wine for the evening. Nice quiet night in front of the warm fireplace, maybe a watch of TV around midnight to see the festive lights in NYC and around the globe.
We got woke up at Midnight. some of the folks up the road was shooting fire works and T Bo did NOT like it at all. He is such a sweetie, Keeping Mama and Daddy safe, scaring off the noise...
Hope you all have a wonderful Healthy, New Years...