Playing for change, have a listen, I defy you not to sing along...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hi ho Hi ho off to fish we go...

Yes it was great fun. And YES we did throw them back. Too teeny weeny. Getting the hook out always sees screwed up faces and eeewwwww's.

I'm busy...check my FB page....gone fishing.

This one was a "keeper", nice sized leather jacket.

Oh and if you remember in our previous fishing adventure, Oscar the very "generously proportioned lab" was also there again today. He takes up the whole width of the wharf when he sits down. He was given no food by us and when we left we saw him waddle up and sit down next to the next visitor grinning cutely, thinking "here comes another few kilos of tidbits"

A bit sticky

What? Just another plant? Maybe...look closer

Found this little guy on Miss T's plant on her room. Cutie huh?

We hoped he would be happy there and take up full time residence but in the morning we found him on the stair post. How did he get there though? Those little stick legs could not possible take him all that way across the plush chocolate carpet, passing by an unsuspecting snoring dog and a mum that almost never sleeps due to listening for outside noises all night long. *yawn* (and yes I would have heard those little snappy legs)
So dad decides to toss him from the balcony to "freedom", yeah right. He landed right in the jaws of waiting skink! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!! 2 daughters in hysterics, aahhhhh, a fight ensued, no not the daughters, with the skink and the stick insect. OMG!!!!! The sight of the 4 of us racing down the stairs to rescue him was something akin to the 3 stooges. What a hoot! At least I know I have daughters with a heart. SO the stick insect was snatched from the waiting jaws of the dastardly skink and safely placed on the Hydrangea out the back. He looked a little pale, mmm, I am not surprised after what he has just been through. Being flung from a balcony and nearly eaten by a skink then snatched back again. That's enough to make anyone look a little "pale" even if you are green already.
Then...(no too much excitement for you is it?) Miss C finds ANOTHER stick insect on the glass door! What's going on? Is this the Invasion of the green toothpicks? (Could be a movie?) So this one was also deposited on the same plant for safety. I did actually see the original stick insect (I know it was him as he has a missing leg, no that was PRE skink, we are NOT responsible) on the other sliding door. Maybe I should say I see NUTHING.... camouflage.


Just a little update. Here's the front garden. Just wee babies but they will grow.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cutlery on the wall

This canvas has been many things over the past 10 years. At one stage it was hot pink and had white paint footprints of Miss T and Miss C on it. Wasn't that a nightmare. Getting their feet painted in white paint and then getting them to stand on the canvas (and ONLY on the canvas) in a certain spot to keep it remotely ordered and neat. Oh gee. Hardwork. Anyway, it has now become artwork in the new house. It's a shame that you can't see it in situ (well some of you will) but it really suits the are and gives the wall some personality. I saw the fabric online and bought it. It arrived in the post box and took about 20 mins to create. The most difficult part is actually getting it affixed to the wall.
For the photo I had to con Miss T into holding it up on the wall. It will be perfectly centered and much lower of course when it is done properly.
I really think it's suited to the wall as this is the kitchen and casual eating area. Well, most of us "eat" some others (who shall remain nameless and faceless in the photo ) "stuff their faces".

Da da da daaaaaaa...

OH look, a visitor dropping by to admire the spectacle already!
Click on the photo to enlarge the view, it's worth it.

Balloon flower is on it's way....

Yes it's come out of Winter hybernation (like the rest of us) and is about to show it's gorgeous face...

Scientific classification
Species:P. grandiflorus
Binomial name
Platycodon grandiflorus

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Just a few trivial items of interest.

AAArrrgh wild animals all over the Sir Walter.... and that's only HALF
of the collection!

I have had to rearrange this area soooo
many times now.I under estimated the far reaching rays of the Summer sun. It seems that this area is bathed in it in the morning and then it goes right around overhead and it cops it
again in the afternoon. Thus you can see that this Bromeliad is "blushing" from the sun.
It is actually now in flower. (See what happens wh
en you don't Slip Slop Slap?)

Flower? you say, what flower?
There they are, the little mauvey ones below.

So you try and do the right thing. Set a good example, take the kids fishing so that they may experience an activity that somewhat resembles an activity not based on some electronic gadget or computer and what does she have on her t shirt?....I'm Busy...check my FB (facebook) page *OMG rolling eyes here* Hang on a minute...What? What's that I see??? What a great example, dad on the phone....

Please be assured that this baby fish WAS returned to the ocean and it's mum as soon as the pic was snapped. Bet that little bugger won't go playing where his mum tells him not to again.

Child number 2 did feel it was a little chilly. She had to take up residence in a blanket to survive the afternoon.

This lovely old dog is obviously a local and manages to gobble up a few packed lunches and maybe even some fish. Looks like he has the
routine pretty well wired. There's a few to many generous visitors I think.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Uh Oh" (the unabridged version)

I saw this in an email and thought I would share it with you.
This is what the GPS WON'T tell you...

Oh I just noticed something...they are all men, standing around scratching their chins.
Now if they had just turned the map around in the direction they were going...

Spring a ding ding

Yes, I am skiting and unashamed of it. I cannot believe the blooms on this African Violet. It's insane.


Too bad.

I killed the other 2 though.
*as she sinks and hides under the desk*

The Bougi is in full
flight at the moment. Oh
it's so nice.
Has to be a female that invented this (meaning Mother Nature), as it has gorgeous attractive intoxicating flowers b
ut if you get too smart, whammo, cut you to bits with those
thorns while smiling at
you! Mmmm, I think I know a few women like that. Present company excluded of course. Tut tut. *smiley face here, with lipstick, of course*

New additions...

The 'small but adequate for the moment' Herb garden is doing well. Chillis, Mint (in the pot, NEVER ever in the ground please, she's the wild party girl of the Herb world, never let her loose) Lemon Balm, Lemon Basil, Coriander, Radishes, Silver Beet, Chives, Marigolds, Asian greens, Parsley and Bell Chillies. There's still a bit of room, so I WILL be adding, and then when I extend the garden space, well...the mind boggles...
Still plan on the Spice Garden in the corner, I just have to get around to getting it done.
I also have the front garden to do yet. *insert shocked face here*

Yes I have a brom (Bromeliads) addiction. So what of it?

Like my new orange basket? Yes I can see you are nodding furiously. I knew you would. Please also pay careful attention to the exquisite Masdevallia 'Rubicon' orchid nodding with grace (just imagine the Queen's wave) in the background there. I haven't managed to kill it yet.

Settled in...

Just some puppy pics...seems we have moved into a very big dog house.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Snags alive

Yes well, the hot damn barbie has arrived. Well half of it anyway.
Nice huh?
We had a great Grand Final sausage sizzle on it and there were no complaints to be heard.
Of course it could also be said that some pretty scrumptious salads were served up as well (courtesy of our delightful guests) as great company and atmosphere.
The other half of the barbie, being the wok burner was
(you guessed it, story of my life) - Out Of Stock.
Maybe someone should start a line of stores called "Out of Stock", it would be a hit. Especially if they actually weren't out of stock. Gee now that would be a novel idea huh?

Ok so as you know, if you stand still long enough in my backyard I will dig you up and plant something in your spot.
So I found a spot that I COULD actually dig up and have started a Herb/Vege garden.
Was going to get one of those colourbond above ground garden contraptions but hey, this was free. Good old Mother Earth. It is teaming with wormies, fabulous. So while S was not looking I snuck this herb garden in. I intend to "extend" it and get rid of the red wash tub to allow for more room.

This cutey pie plant above is Dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick'
I love it. I bought it at the ABC Gardening Show. Very different. These are my first 2 flowers.
(I can hear you saying, "Cute? CUTE?? how in the world is THAT cute?". Yes well as I said I can HEAR you saying that, so SSHH!)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just a few piccies

Still loving the Oboe d'amore by the way. *smiley face here*

This is my Cardamom plant that is growing lovely indoors. *shock*
When I brush past it it gives off it's Herby Asian scent. It reminds me of my Nan's kitchen.

This is Miss C's new wall decal. She loves it
and it really matches well with the other red accents in her room.

These are my 2 purchases from the school Spring Fair. Well what? It WAS for the school afdter all, I couldn't let them down could I? Well?

Kissin' dirt

Hey! who turned out the lights?

Guess I should have filled that hole.

Oh cool. SO cool.

Oboe... Oboe... I thought it was a musical instrument?

Oboe d'amore. Paint colour. Who on earth names these paint colours and more importantly how much do they get paid? Are they on drugs when they think of them? Do they all sit around and drink martinis to excess at the local cocktail bar and then laugh themselves stupid over the names they choose. I bet they do. They must get such a hoot out of naming a paint and imagining people like you and me rocking up to the paint counter to ask for a tin of paint that we can't even pronounce the name of. Can you imagine a big burly painter man with an accent from the other side of the world, asking for a 6 litre tin of "obowee dee amorree" pwittty pwease?
I am sure these paint naming people get a laugh at out expense when they pick these names.
Oh choosing paint colours. It's a shocker. You can go round and round in circles, tie yourself up in knots with colour charts and literally invest a years salary in sample pots. That's ok though. It has to be just right. Not 'nearly' right or 'it'll do' or 'not quite what I expected', or 'it'll lighten/darken up', not even 'Mmmm, they must have mixed it wrong...' or ' Gee it looks different to the colour chart, maybe it's the light?' Yes there are a million responses, but really it's because it's just not the right colour. You know it's the right colour when you go, YEP! that's it.
Anyway it looks great. Can't wait to get some green foliage in front of it. Whoop whooop!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Go on have a listen

You know you want to. You can dance, I can't see you.
Put your handbags in the middle and dance around them. (Why did we do that? To keep us from straying all around the dancefloor. I guess so nobody knicked them?)
The video is a laugh in on the triangle on the screen and crank up the volume.
(Don't put your back out!)
Yes you can thank me later for showing you the Kareoke version, just in case, yes just in case you would like to sing along and are too young to know the words or too old to remember them...bahaha.

Funky town (music video) lyrics

Funky town

Well here it is FINALLY, the DD (dear daughter) has chosen a light! Hallelujah! My o my.
(Not a bad choice either I might say with a slight* snicker snicker *).
That reflection extends over the whole room - VERY funkytown...very.
Won't you take me to aaahhh afunkytown..won't you take to ahh funkytown. Oops, I digress.

Managed to get the "non living" room into a "living" room of some sorts anyway.
Not my ideal room but still has a nice feel to it. The old leather lounge has been abandoned here and it seemed so forlorn by itself. I ended up dragging the "to be ebay'ed" cabinet BACK inside (can you believe it she says screaming and hands in the air, BACK inside) and I tell you what, it doesn't look too bad. (If I may say so myself) . Of course, real blinds would be nice. A rug would define the area and some wall art would be just delightful. Will take a pic with the blinds up, so much better but passersby can see straight in. *shocked straight staring face inserted here*

By the way the cushions say "Relax" and give a definition of the word. I saw DD with her feet up totally obeying the instructions. Let's insert another *scream* here shall we?

Feast your eyes on these brom babies. Don't look too long or I may have to charge you for your viewing pleasure.

Been playing in the garden, just a bit.


Yes DD was in one of those very PURPLE T shirts singing her little lungs was a truly wonderful experince. SO very professional, and the orchestra were exquisite. Oh, and that conductor, well, if there was no choir and orchestra he would have had us all spell bound anyway.
He had 750+ children sit and stand in SILENCE at the single wave of a hand. Magical. More than a conductor, he was a magician. (and a great dancer, hehehe). The music flowed through his fingertips to the children, don't know how. As I said, a Magician. You can always tell someone's passion, it's within them, but it glows on the outside for all to see.
If you click on the photo you will see DD in the first row of the top centre section. First row, 8th from the left...