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Life is busy

I don't know why I am so busy at the moment.  Put it down to spring being in the air.  Last week I attended a musical evening at a neighbors home.  It was only a couple of hours between 4 and 6pm but I did enjoy myself.

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a group of local musicians led the singing and we all sat in the breeze way.

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Everyone one came with plates of food and wine.

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Jane's chickens got in on the act as well.

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Then the kookaburras arrived I'm not sure if it was the music or the food that had attracted them.

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They sat on the lattice behind the musicians and leaned in as thought they were listening.

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They even gave us a cackle or two.

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They were so amusing that they were rewarded with some food.

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It was delightful sitting in that space listening to the music.

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Both that of the humans and the birds.  I like this poem that Jane has on the wall in her kitchen.

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As we left I looked in the window to find that some of the children had found the pianola and it was playing out some old tune. 

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Simple pleasure are often the best ones.


Spring is upon us

I have to admit it is Spring.  I would much prefer the cooler weather but time and tide wait for no one.

Now the stitches from my surgery are out I can stand up straight and I have set myself a goal of 10K per day of walking.  Not all at one time but spread out over the day.  I have to get in some kind of condition before my trip.  (I am also learning some basic Spanish.)  I start the day by walking along the beach.  This morning a pod of dolphins was out in the water so that made it more interesting.

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I also saw a number of Kingfishers in the trees but only had my phone with me so couldn't get any photos.  The birds are all nesting at the moment.  Yesterday 10 little ducklings had to be rescued from an eagle.  Their parents have disappeared.  I saw another eagle annoying a magpie nest.  This morning I found a dead eagle.  My money is on the magpies.

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Their feathers are quite beautiful. ( Eagles that is.)

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There had been lots of other visitors to the beach before me, they had left their marks.

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One thing that is more obvious is that the tides are getting higher and eroding parts of the beach on the eastern side of the island.  On the Western side the mangroves seem to be expanding.

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Back in the garden there are all kinds of flowers.

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And my neighbour has moved the cow from "the cow house" back to her mini farm and it has turned 'PINK'.  The railway carriages have had a spruce up as well.

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She tried to get me to give her my agapanthus, no way.  She has hundreds of bulbs planted out at her place, she doesn't need mine

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I suppose the days are just going to get hotter.  I can't wait to be able to take my kayak out for a paddle.  Very soon.

 


Some normality for a little while

I was able to bring my husband home from hospital yesterday.  He is so pleased to be back in his own environment and I don't have that long drive every day.  He has a long way to go before he is back to his old self but every day sees an improvement.   I am the one who will have to adjust to sharing the house again.  I have set myself a routine I like and that doesn't go down to well with him.  You would think that after all these years of marriage we would have all this worked out?  But no, the push and shove continues.  At least it isn't dull.

I am still trying to finish all the kits for the Children's Class.  Everything is just one big mess at the moment.  My cutting table looks like a bomb has hit it.

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If I look at the room for a distance it isn't too bad, but up close uggh.

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And that bundle of completed kits is so small!

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And when I went on my walk to the beach this morning I was hit by the perfume of freshias. 

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I didn't plant my bulbs because I thought it was too warm but the wild ones are all in bloom. Blow!


A day at home

I had my day at home to recuperate and clear up Emails and the like and I am feeling much refreshed.

  It is beautiful weather here and the noise of birds singing and talking to one another is quite loud.  It isn't the harsh conversation of the parrots but the piping song of smaller birds. The sun makes lovely patterns as it shines through the trees onto the road.

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And the water is blue and clear.

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We have a number of people who live on the anchored boats and I sat on top of the bank and watched one as he took his old dog lady for a paddle.

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The sun is shining brightly and families are visiting the island.  Amazing what enjoyment can be got from a bit of driftwood and some old rope.

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This weather not only has the birds out in force but all the plants and trees are flowering a good couple of mounts in advance of when they should. 

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I just hope we don't have a cold snap which will put them all back.  I didn't plant any bulbs this year because the weather has been so warm so they will have to wait until next I suppose.

 

 

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The year has turned

The year has turned.  My early morning trips on the barge see both the sun

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and the moon in the sky. 

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When I head off for the early ferry I no longer need to take a flashlight with me to light my way.  We haven't had any really cold weather this year, although August winds are still to come.  I am not looking forward to summer, I much prefer the cool weather.

As a treat I took my grand daughters to the dollar shop to buy some 'dress-ups'.  Monique decided to be a pink super girl.  Those mesh gloves have "zapping" powers.  Choppy thought that might bring him some food. Wishfull thinking dog.

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Jasmine got a police hat and pink fluffy hand cuffs.

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When her father got home she slapped them on him saying, " now that  solves the tickling problem!"  He soon escaped and the tickling became worse.

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The Weather Report

In the last week the weather has been very temperamental. That is not all bad, variety is said to be the spice of life and we have had a variety of weathers.  Mostly it is fine and dry with a cool nip in the air.  Cool enough to have to wear a light woollen top and pile on the blankets at night.  This has got the flowers all out of sinc.  The wattle thinks it is spring.

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And for the first time in my life living in the sub tropics (or tropics or north of that) I have managed to grow and get fushias to flower.  I have managed to get leaves before this.

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We had an unsheduled weather even during the this time.  That means the forecasters didn't see it coming so no one was prepared.

The day before everything was as usual but it was very still and there were some unusual clouds in the sky.  Peel Island could just be seen on the horizon.  Actually it was very pretty, hence the picture.

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That night it rained and the next morning we woke to fog.    So heavy and so widespread that all the airports were closed causing all kinds of problems for travellers.   It was that wet drippy kind of cold.  You needed a coat, hat and gloves.

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This is very unusual weather for here.  On my walk that day I passed residents sitting out on the verandahs all rugged up in blankets looking at it.  Everyone I spoke to had a theory about it and all were enjoying the novelty.  We were lost in the fog.

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It was thicker in some spots.

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Next morning it was gone.

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Back to business as usual.

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Where I live

Well I got through the first procedure without too much trouble, still 3 more to go.  The next one is a couple of weeks away and my eyes need to rest until then.  I thought I would knit but even that caused me trouble and I ended up with blurred vision so I took a walk.  The weather is fine with a real chill in the air.  You have to rug up if you go to the mainland on the barge.  There is no protection from the wind and weather so one feels like an icey pole when you get to the other side.

But on the island the weather is beautiful, as long as you can get out of the wind.  It is very dry and the skys are clear. It shines through the trees in the middle of the day making the trees throw great shadows.

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When it is shining directly overhead you can see all the spiderwebs that have been flung up in the trees.

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Some of them are very impressive. 

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There are lots of bugs around at the moment because some of the trees are in full bloom and they swarm around the flowers.  Then the birds come in to get the bugs.  Which is great, as long as they are not interested in biting me!  My neighbour, in the house behind, is an elderly gentleman and I wish he would have some of his trees trimmed back.  My garden isn't getting much sun at the moment.  I walked around to have a word with him but found that he is having a stint in hospital.  His garden is invading his lawn and the lawn needs some work along with the trees.  He lives alone so I know these things will not be easy for him.

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He does have a beautiful bouganvilla growing, which is also getting out of control.  But the variagated leaves really set off the colours of those flowers.

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I do like this cooler weather.

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Beautiful Weather

I do like it when the days are not so hot.  It has been a long hot summer and then we had a cyclone to finish it off.  Now the island is awash with flowers.  That doesn't sound right, flowers are for spring and summer.  Summer saw most of the flowers burnt away but this Autumn all the flowers have exploded.

The boganvillia is spectacular.  It has got up high into the trees and over the balconies and the colours seem extra intense.

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Some people even have rose gardens blooming.

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The camellias are now putting on a great show.

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And in my own garden the Azalia flowers are covering the bushes.

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The pots have put out another flush of flowers.

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And I still have extras to fill vases throughout the house.

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And that is just what people have in their gardens.  The bush has also flowered.  Some shrubs have escaped into the bush and bright bursts of yellow are everywhere.

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Plus the dreaded Lantana.  I can always smell it long before I see it.

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The pinks and reds of the bottle brush is a magnet for bees and butterflys.

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Then there are the flowering gums.  The flowers always remind me of ballet dancers in TuTu's.  Even their leaves are interesting.

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The parrots are all yelling to each other "it's mine".

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And this lot will eventually join last years seed pods.

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There are also several varieties of Banksia in bloom as well.

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The back of the leaves would make great prints.

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The bush grasses grow high.

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The ferns are green and dense.

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And the sun sparkles on the water.

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What a great time of year.

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Update on ANZAC Day

It wasn't one of the grand ceremonies that you see in the cities.  It was just a simple service down near the beach.  There was some seating but most people just stood  under the trees through the whole service.

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This year some of our younger residents decided that our ANZAC nurses needed to be honoured, so they put together a small piece in which they dressed in period costume and read from the diaries of some of those nurses who were at Anzac Cove.  I hadn't realised that there was only one hospital boat.  Those poor young women, the carnage that they saw.  They had so many wounded that they had to leave soldiers to die on the beaches.

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One nurse managed to get her diaries home and have them published against all odds so that the public would know what was actually happening.

There were also readings from the letters of one of the stretcher bearers.

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And then there was the story of Simpson and his donkey, starring Lollipop.

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She was a very reluctant star and it took some pulling and coaxing to get her down there.

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Yesterday she was washed and groomed and a poppy put behind her ear.

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When it came to her big moment she was a star.

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And then she stood quietly till the end of the service when the Last Post was played.

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Yesterday I bought some flowers to lay in memory of my father.  Both of my little grand daughters wanted to carry them and would have liked to have been here today to put them on the memorial.

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Their great grand father would have liked that.  He always felt that serving in WW2 was the most important thing he had done in his whole life.

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Lest we forget.