Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ORANGE AND A BIT OF BLUE


Hello..
My mother's orange Bohemian glass jug survived the Great January Declutter.
It definitely still brings the Joy of Orange into my life..


Dear M gave me this exquisite silk scarf for my birthday, with the beautiful heart scarf ring to wear with it.  Thank you my dear, it is just perfect.



I am still reading my lovely Freida book from Christmas - and spinning it out by reading Victoria: The Queen, by Julia Baird, at the same time, and loving both of them.  The TV series 'Victoria' is running again, so am watching more of it too.  
It was sad to read how Victoria really could not get over Prince Albert's untimely passing.  Perhaps today she would have been treated for depression.  I was amazed to read that for the last 39 years of her reign she only opened Parliament seven times, apparently not being able to face crowds any longer.



Heatwave after heatwave rolls across Australia.
We took shelter at the Mall last weekend when it hit 39c hereabouts, and may do the same this weekend.  Our simple one-room air-conditioner does not stand a chance against that sort of heat.  It does make daily walking difficult, because the heat lasts until nightfall.


What with the heat and the intermittent storms, the roses are getting on with it.
But I have to pick them the minute they open, or a few hours later the petals are all burnt black.



This enormous stick insect had the audacity to visit me...


I enjoyed Michelle Obama's interview with Oprah.
She was a very gracious and graceful First Lady, I thought, and it will be interesting to see how she employs her talents into the future.
She was quite definite that it will not be in politics!

Gratuitous look at Kate's new blue coat, as a reminder that some people live in cold climates..

You all know I love a good accessory..
Here is a late pic from Christmas:


Matching Mum's coat and clutch, and Charlotte's outfit and hairbow:
Candy canes, I salute you as Accessory of the Year :)

Stay cool or warm, and be good.

XXXXX








26 comments:

  1. Orange is a colour that had never been on my antennae, but after visiting India where it seems to be a colour of choice, I now like and appreciate it so much more.
    I like your cartoon about the heat in Australia, but can imagine that it can be rather too much at times - you can always send some of it over here!

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    1. Orange does seem to work in the tropics, perhaps because of the bright light. I remember your beautiful photos of India, the best I have ever enjoyed!
      Sending some heat over there today - hopefully...

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  2. My gosh that's so hot! I just did the conversion and it's over 100F? We had many unusually (for here) hot days last summer, I think we had forty days that were over 90 which is very hot for us. We have central A/C which was running all the time, the electric bills were horrific.
    Well news came out this week that 2016 was the hottest and the last three years global temps have increased year over year. Worrying.
    Stay as cool as possible! The orange is such a lovely accent colour I adore it. xx

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    1. Yes, definitely been over 100F lots of times here lately. We have always had a few days like that, when one really only focuses on staying cool and hydrated, but there is no doubt we are having more hot days than ever before. I saw about 2016 being the hottest year, and would not be surprised if 2017 was hotter again. Worrying, as you rightly say.
      Our electricity bills will be horrific too - power is so expensive here also.
      Glad you like my accent jug!

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  3. I love that orange jug! I bet it looks great with clashing flowers in it! Michelle Obama will be a hard act to follow. some are saying she should run for President! Re the roses scorching, the only way to keep them happy in summer is to make a temporary shade cloth 'roof'. I did this for my orchids when the heat first hit.

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    1. Yes Val, the jug looks great with flowers. The funny thing is I was the only one who coveted it, out of a family of six, so got it without any effort :)
      Ah, a shade cloth would be a good idea. Hope your orchids are surviving, it has been horrendous in Sydney.

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  4. Hi Patricia...
    My son would just love that Mid-Century orange vase!!
    Hope it cools off for you...
    We are very mild here...and wet!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Ah, yes, I think your son would like that vase! But I am not parting with it, no way :)
      Fingers crossed, maybe a bit cooler next week. Cheers P.

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  5. Oh gosh that joke about cooking Australia is funny for us, but not for you at all I am sure. Hope that you can find as much cool as you can and that you will all be OK.

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    1. We are definitely cooking over here, Amy :)
      Looking for the cool - going to the Mall, and going to the Art Gallery this weekend. Too hot to be at home, so no housework gets done...

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  6. Gosh that is hot!
    We are just emerging from a cold snap and I am looking forward to the 10 degree weather that the forecasters have promised!
    Good to see that you have not disposed of that cheerful orange vessel...one needs a few things around to perk us up from time to time.

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    1. Oh yes, 10 degree weather is just perfect, I think. Lovely to wear a nice coat, scarf and boots and go for a serene walk.

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  7. Oh goodness, 39 degrees. It sounds horrible! That jug is really beautiful, I wouldn't have got rid of it either - and the beautiful scarf tones with it so I hope you will be standing around next to the jug from time to time wearing the scarf :)

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    1. I know, over 100F in the old temperatures. Brisbane is supposed to be in the temperate zone, but something is definitely amiss. Perhaps I could do some model poses in the scarf, with the jug, he he

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  8. Patricia, your mother's orange Bohemian glass jug is beautiful. I'm so glad you kept it. I've heard that Orange is the happiest color, so I can see why you kept this treasure. Your silk scarf is so pretty too. Wow, you are getting the heat waves, and we are getting lots of RAIN!! Your roses are beautiful. I have another blog friend who is watching Victoria right now. I wonder if we get it on the channels here.

    Have a restful weekend, my dear Australian friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Orange divides people - they either love or hate it! Now and then I am perfectly happy to wear bright orange, but it works in bright sunshine I think. Today is a little cooler, enough for me to go for a walk - YAY!

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  9. Love your mother's orange jug. It looks beautiful. Beautiful roses. Cute little family:)

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    1. Hi and welcome to my blog. Glad you like the orange jug - it is a stunner!

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  10. I didn't know Brisbane was supposed to be in the Temperate zone - I assumed, because of the latitude, that it was likely to be hot and humid. what temperature is it supposed to be in summer? I have lived in hot climates and find 39 almost bearable - I've done 46! without airconditioning! You don't do much, I can assure you. As for Victoria, maybe she longed for Albert's support - nowadays it's depression for everything, but goodness, what a job she had. Demotivation and demoralisation may be more the problem. although nowadays most people don't have the nuanced ways of thinking to get around these sorts of ideas. It's all tick lists and black and white thinking.

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    1. I was taking temperate as being south of the Tropic of Capricorn, but these days we are really the tropics, aren't we. The average in Summer should/would be about 30 in Brisbane, with a few days going up to the mid30s. The problem is the few days have now turned into many days and weeks.
      I like your thoughts on Victoria, after all she was left with nine children, the youngest only four.
      And I hate the modern trend of tick a box, one size fits all. I always think I don't belong in any category or across several of them. Just contrary I am :)

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    2. Trish, I'm sorry to hear of the heat you're having to endure. As much as I love summer, there can be too much of a good thing!

      I'm always fascinated by the insects, snakes and various huge, poisonous, living things your country takes in stide! Why are these creatures not on the Western Hemisphere? And what makes them thrieve in your country, I wonder.

      Dear M has wonderful taste, as did your mother. Such a beautiful shade of orange! Ooo and ahhh!

      And Kate's blue coat ... to die for!!!

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    3. Yes, definitely too much of a good thing - a few days here and there we can handle...
      I don't know why we have so many venomous snakes, but Australia is a very dry continent, so maybe survival of the fittest?
      Glad you enjoyed the pretties :)

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  11. So glad the orange vase is staying, its a keeper. What a pretty scarf as well. You know I actually like that stick insect. Not sure I'd want him inside my house but I'd love to have him model for a sketch or two.

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    1. Darla, the stick insect was huge, about 6" long, and with a face like an alien. I'd be happy if you want to try a sketch from my photo! That would be fun...

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  12. What a beautiful scarf and ring, Patricia. Lucky lady that you are! I'm sorry to hear the heat is so intense. That must be quite a drain on you! Stay cool and keep well!

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    1. Glad you like my scarf - it does suit our hot climate. I do find the heat draining; it is the humidity of course, which makes for fluid retention and other nasties. Sitting under the fan as we speak :)

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