Tuesday, August 16, 2016


The roses are blooming at our place, having taken a liking to our hotter than average Winter.
I mean, there were about two weeks when we got down close to zero in the mornings...
Now here we are in August, traditionally our freezing month with Westerley Winds, and it is way above average.  The Weather Powers said we had the hottest July ever recorded.

Goodness knows what they will say about August.

This red rose was absolutely enormous - although I was not smart enough to put something in the photo to show scale.  Trust me on this one.

Oh, and I bought a new camera to take overseas.
Because the other one has developed some kind of battery power leaking problem.  It loses power even when no pictures are taken, and a full battery only lasts through about six photos.
Which the camera shop says would be difficult to solve, and probably unsolvable.  They said it happens with various electronic devices, occasionally.

A poorly functioning camera is not an option just at the moment...

Little Aussie has visited, and was flying his Pokemon kite around the neighbourhood...

He also took me on my first Pokemon hunt with his father's phone.
Unfortunately we did not find one, so I continue to have no idea what happens, or how they introduce themselves.
He is only six.  How do today's children become technical wizards so quickly...

This is not a painting to be found at the Queensland Art Gallery.
It is by an unnamed amateur painter, and my father owned and kept it in his room at his final home.

It is a picture of Mt Lindsay, part of the MacPherson ranges on the border of Queensland and New South Wales.  I took this picture on the last time we took Dad to that area for his Sunday drive.

A hail-storm was brewing, but we managed to drive out of the region before it could catch us..

Dad loved the bush, the forests and the mountains.
It is nice to have his painting hanging in the Red Cardinal nest.

May life bring you roses....


Monday, August 1, 2016


Walking by the creek I discovered the Golden Wattle is blossoming.
I love its beautiful scent, and delicate yellow fronds.

It is of course Australia's national flower, and I have mentioned lots of times that I like the Queen's Wattle Brooch, presented to her by Australia early in her reign.

I have purchased online tickets to see the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace, a tour which incorporates a display of Her Majesty's Wedding and Coronation gowns, along with many other noteworthy outfits.  
As a life-long sewist, I will enjoy this immensely.

After which I will proceed, as is my wont, to the Gift Shop.
Where, it seems, they sell replicas of the above Wattle Brooch.

Moving right along, last time we went to London I saw my first robin red-breast, on Day 1, while walking through Green Park.

And speaking of wildlife, I have put out lots of my father's nature books for Little Aussie to read.  It might have influenced me to buy a cheap tiger sweater from H&M.

We wished our grandsons had been with us at the local village on Saturday.  
Look who was wandering around!!

Thank you all for the helpful and interesting hints on things to see in London.
I have taken notes, and my itinerary is coming together.
All hotel reservations are now in place, and I might even let myself get a tiny bit excited.  

Of course, after London we are off to Dublin and the wedding of our son to his Irish Lass.  I have never been to Ireland, and if you have, would love to hear what you enjoyed.

My list at the moment goes something like this:

Book of Kells

What did you love in Ireland?

Is it green because it rains all the time?

I have much to ponder...

Stay warm or cool, whatever the weather in your neck of the woods...


Saturday, July 23, 2016


Happy weekend dear Readers.
It has been a while since I updated you on my special Canadian grandsons...
Summer has arrived over there, and here is the boy formerly known as the Little Bebe....

Learning to feed chipmunks at the Lake..

with his Big Brother - who teaches him Everything (good and bad)...

Classic Canadian lake cruising...

This one will be off to French Kinder in September...

Meantime over in Merrie Olde England, another cute kid had a birthday:

I made a sponge cake for my brothers and sisters when they came to visit last week.
We did the final sorting of my father's possessions, collected hastily from his Care Facility after his passing...

There were many books, photos, and other mementos, and everyone had a few things to take home.
It is a bittersweet exercise, and one I have now done several times over.

Henceforth, I need to start concentrating on our trip to Ireland for the Wedding of the Year - wedding of our Sydneysider son to his Irish Lass.
Above please see my little blush pink sparkle clutch.
So tiny, I don't think the iPhone will fit in.
But it should look good in the photos...

But first, we have a little holiday in London..

On our last visit, quite a few years ago, London was cold and bleak in January.

My inferior camera made it look worse...

But we had fun - visited the Queen's Pictures at her Buckingham Palace Gallery...

This time?  Perhaps the exhibition of the Queen's royal outfits?

Has anyone seen it?

Liberty is always excellent...

This year it will be September, and we will have more time.
I have been looking online at the theatre offerings...

Last night of the Proms on 10th September - Yes please....
But no tickets now available. 

Moving on - perhaps a West End Show?
There are so many of them - which to choose.
I see Breakfast at Tiffany's has burst into song -
Is it popular?  Are the reviews good?

I found that The Barber of Seville will be playing...
but coincidentally, I saw it in Brisbane this week.

Opera Queensland's production is brilliant...lots of fun, and the costumes are fantastic.  It takes red to a new level...

Norma will be on at the Royal Opera House...that would be lovely...

On the list for London are Windsor, Hampton Court, the Wallace Collection, British Museum and Library, the V&A, Sissinghurst, and meeting friends.

Will they all happen?
Of course not, but it is fun to plan.

Any suggestions would be very welcome, and carefully considered.
Also any warnings...you never know...

It's the middle of Winter, and Summer has suddenly returned.
Yesterday it was 29 degrees, a record-breaking high for July.

I consider this quite unfair - our Winter is only about 10 weeks long as it is, and now even that is being intruded on by Mr Hot Sun/Climate Change...

Cool change forecast during the week, thankfully.

Have a beautiful weekend my friends.