Our Canadian grandson made this card for his parents -
I just had to share it...
Papa and Mama, I love you
Our Annual Valentine heart sponge cake:
this year we were very careful and put half of it in the freezer.
I know, getting cautious in our old age.
Tulips on our last visit to Canada, May 2013.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that last Sunday Ottawa was the coldest national capital on the planet! Overnight it was -25 C, with wind chill factor making it -38.
My daughter reports that Friday was -27 C in her area, wind chill -40.
On her way to work her car tyre blew out, plus 2 others went flat.
The car was towed, she organised a rental, and still made it to class for period 2. She is very intrepid, my girl.
Fingers crossed the flowers of Spring will arrive before we make our visit this year.
I bought a new iron - it is endless excitement around here..
The box says, to my amusement:
'Designed to help serious ironers achieve superior results, fast'
This would be because it has the same attributes as my first iron, acquired when I was about 16 - a decent bit of weight, a stainless steel soleplate, and it steams. I like to whip through ironing Mr C's shirts, perfectly, in about 90 seconds each, so no modern namby pamby lightweight teflon for moi...
Do you like ironing? I actually prefer it to most other housework.
That quirky, flamboyant fashion designer Zandra Rhodes was made a Dame the other day. She made gorgeous frocks for Princess Diana, and the Princess Royal, back in the day.
When we voted for our State Parliament recently, I gave hardly any thought to those who, in the past, have been denied this democratic right.
The indigenous people of Australia only achieved full voting rights in State and Federal elections in the 1960s, and our state, Queensland, was one of the last to remove any restrictions on Aboriginal voting rights.
Perhaps our nation was influenced by the Civil Rights movement in the United States, when discrimination was still practiced long after the 1964 legal desegregation in the South. It was very difficult for blacks to register to vote, and they were thwarted at every turn.
This is the topic of Selma, the Oscar nominated movie about Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) and his followers, and their march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama in 1965 to fight for voting rights.
As a consequence of their efforts, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the movie ends with actual film footage of the demonstrators on their heroic walk. So moving, and a reminder to be thankful for our freedoms.
And what are we eating tonight?
Some very rustic pancakes I threw together while I have been writing this post..
Happy Shrove Tuesday, dear readers.