Saturday, September 27, 2008
I was a funny sight..wearing a nightie and my gumboots to dive down into the back paddock this morning to check my animals. I lost four chicks and would you believe I cried,,,cant believe I got so teary over tiny little birds! I felt responsible as I made an error in judgement by moving the broody bird into her own pen before they had properly hatched. I should have waited and so she didnt keep the eggs warm. All of them had piped and I had heard the little ones cheeping last night. Far out, I was so annoyed with myself. Two errors I have made this week ,but on the upside (glad game: re Pollyanna from an earlier post) I KNOW I made errors and wont do it again. (Other mistake was on Friday when the lesson ended and changed over, my class were not settling and I was silly enough to sign diaries to go to library, among other things, before making sure everyone had settled in and done the right thing first. One boy was making a racket trying to be heard and then next thing the boss walked past with prospective parents. I was annoyed with myself as much as them as it is a good school and it can be noisy at changeover time. After class before going to lunch we practiced coming in and settling in a more suitable manner: lesson learnt by them and me :) It is worth taking the extra time!
Ok back to my story..nope,,,I dont have time to finish it..so will finish tomorrow.
Ciao..but will post now....Luke wont be able to take the smile of his face with his beloved hawks winning. At their house on one side of the front door is a Hawthorn gnome and on the other side a Carlton one. Luke is marrying my daughter Krystal in December. When they lived with us I often covered his gnome with a Carlton beanie..just to keep it warm...NOT! Oh well maybe next year for the Blues!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Also have planted more veggies in the patch. Today went to Station Street Nursery in Newtown (I have no affiliation with the business) and was really impressed. They have a cafe, gift items and lovely plants. Just bought butternut pumpkin vines to plant, though one could have bought a lot more :)
Here is a pic of Thelma/Grandma (covered from the wind) with me holding SerenityView Vanilla Spice and Cooper with a wide smile as he meets his very first alpaca!
Alexi is in background.
This is as far as I got yesterday as we lost power at 7.05pm and we did not get power back on until 9.35pm. The wind was incredible and I believe a number of areas lost power.
This brought back memories of our trip(2005) to the area, although Marion and Tony had the added highlight of a balloon flight. Wonder if I should put that on my bucket list? (Things to do before I kick the bucket: check out the movie: The Bucket List. )
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Pic is of Lily taken at friend Clare's home in Dubbo, NSW.
I have been back at home a week after flying to NSW. I took Melanie and Lily with me, leaving on the Sunday and arriving late afternoon in Dubbo. Lily travelled very well! We were picked up at the airport by my old ( not so old , cos what does that say about me?) school friend Clare and her husband John. The bad news was Melanie's bag failed to appear! We were told her bag would be delivered later in the evening as it would be on the next flight (flew Qantas). After a lovely dinner of vegetarian risotto which I enjoyed, though not to Mel's taste , as she is a meat girl, the bag failed to appear and I was only able to connect with answering machines. The bag held ALL of Mel's clothes and most of Lily's gear.
Next day and several phone calls later I was informed they would phone me if the bag came in on the flight at 9.20 but would not ring me till around 10.am. By this time John had already been out to the airport in case it had been on the red eye flight or had been delivered on the last flight from the previous evening.
I was also told that we couldnt have been told someone would bring the bag around last night as NO ONE is actually on the desk when the last flight comes in. I DID NOT make it up so as I informed them this means that I was lied to and would have preferrred an honest answer. The bag did not appear so we rallied round to organise clothing for Melanie to wear to the funeral and when Roger (Devoy) arrived over from Gil to pick us up in Dubbo ,he first took Mel to buy nappies and formula etc for Lily. She had an outfit to wear as I had bought her a lovely little outfit at Sydney airport from the Bonds store.
We then went over to Gil for the funeral and I will discuss this in the next blog as am a bit too tired to do so now. Back in Dubbo, in the evening, Clare had gone to the trouble of making a meat pasta dish as well as a vegetarian fritata followed by sticky date pudding. We finally got a call to say the bag had turned up and was coming in on a later flight and would be delivered to us. Has the saga of the bag ended...noooo. It did arrive and it was close to 9.30ish and Melanie was becoming ill with the flu and wanted to get into her own pjs. She opens the bag only to discover the whole thing is wet inside and in fact her socks were quite soggy. All the nice thick bunny rugs and gear were also very wet and so the whole lot had to be put in the washing machine!
The next day we were picked up by Roger and Sharon and after much fiddling around finally got the baby capsule in their car(been awhile since any of us have had to deal with baby seats) and off we went with a couple of stops on the way, including one for lunch in Orange. Melanie was by now becoming very unwell and so for the next two nights whilst in Sydney I had Lily in with me at night and did the night shift for feeds! Aside from feeling somewhat tired, I loved every minute of it. We still went to Westfield at Parramatta with Sharon, aka The Grand Aunt! Despite Mel not being too well it was a pleasant enough day. I bought myself a pair of jeans and a denim pair of 3 quarter pants , wasnt in the right mood to look for a dress to wear to Krystal's wedding. I bought Lily a lovely outfit for Christmas and Mel got a few things but nothing overly exciting. Sharon also bought lovely outfits for Lily and Jas.
Had a really nice dinner with Roger, Sharon and their son Brian and his partner, Robyn. They had been at the funeral but hadnt had much of a chance to chat so Brian thought they would come over. I still remember him a a cuddly little 'teddy' as little boys are when they are in pjs ready for bed..he was just a tiny tot and here he is now over six feet tall! I have seen him over the years but still have memories of him as a little one which doesnt really seem all that long ago. Pity Mel couldnt enjoy a meal as she could barely talk, let alone eat and was relegated to the lounge on the far side of the room. Here
is a pic of Robyn with Lily....you can see Lily looking at her,,yes, Robyn has been given the Ok.,,,,so um..Grand Aunt Sharon would love someone like me to play with..cos then she would be Nana Sharon..or would that be Grand Mama!
Thurs was a nice slow pleasant morning and after lunch we headed to the airport. I think it is a big deal for people in Sydney to take one to the airport , what with time, distance, traffic , parking and lets not forget tolls! So thanks, R and S. Pity we didnt live a bit closer..I can see a few bottles of wine being consumed and some yarns shared on a summers' evening. Once home, back in Tas, Krystal turned up to see how things went and ended up staying for tea, scrambled eggs, eggs fresh from our girls!
Friday stayed over at Mel's to give a hand as she was so ill ..thankfully she is on the mend, though still not totally well. The weather was wet, often showery, cool and windy for a few days. The wind was very annoying and broke our outside clothesline in half! Hard to get much done so Kim painted a wall that we had removed shelves from in a spare bedroom (Jas's room).
The last couple of days has been so much better with no wind and today it made 19! Friend Deb rang me during the week from her balcony (On holidays) in Surfers to share her shopping exploits with me. Wow, wish I had been there , sounded wonderful! Great helping other people spend their money also!!!
I offered to take Jasmine yesterday arvo , then while Kim was clearing the section we keep scrap building items and tidying it I got Jas's dad Aidan to put together a brooder I bought, before he, Mel and Lily left. Jas stayed overnight and today we dropped Angus off to be groomed properly and Jas and I had lunch at Fullers Bookshop Cafe, where I bought a book entitled Art, Chooks and Life. Jas just had to visit Pumpkin Patch so got her a pretty headband there and we also checked out Artery. They have some great stuff, not just supplies for artists. Visited Janet at Teddy and Friends and got Jas a little soft puppy. She had wanted a real one from Flynn's pet shop but didnt think that would go down very well with her parents! ..Blah Blah...Blah,,,,,then home and Jas helped with the chooks and Kim and I finished off moving around 500 bricks into a neat pile as where they were is going to be some more chook pens! Left Kim to do a few other things and Jas and I headed inside to cook! We made a Lemon cheesecake in order to use some more lemons up and a batch of cup cakes as well...too bad Jas had to leave when it was time to clean up!!! Oh yes, our friends Sonia and Frank from whom we bought this house have agreed to lease adjoining land to us so very pleased about that. They are lovely people and one knew that as when I first visited the house for a look I felt it had very good karma...after that,,had a few champagnes with Sonia one night and felt like we had known each other for years.. they built the house ..and now they are off travelling...
Ok I am off to spend some time with the boys,,,Kim and Angus! Ciao
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Pic of Mem (Mary Devoy, nee Keys) taken Sept 06 at Cooee Nursing Home, Gilgandra. NSW. The little girl is Jasmine, my grand daughter.
Mem was born on March 25th 1913 in Sydney, NSW and passed away on September 4th at Gilgandra Hospital after suffering a stroke. She was 95 years old. Her mother, Johanna Mary Keys (nee Sales) was aged 96 and a half when she passed away in Gilgandra back on May 18 1976. I was with Nana (Johanna) and Mem when Nana passed away. I was aged 15 at the time.(Four years later on May 18th my daughter Melanie was born) I wish I could say I was with Mem. I certainly was in spirit. Living in the island state makes it difficult to just dash off to the mainland. It was too late last night to get a flight out.
Mem trained as a nurse and wanted to go off to war but manpower refused to allow it as nurses were also needed at home. She spent some of her time working in Hay caring for Japanese prisoner of war personel. I recall Mem showing me trays made of matchsticks given to her by the POWs. Mem married in her late 30's to Leslie Ernest Devoy spending the first couple of years on his parents property at Neilrex before moving to rent a small house in Gil and then with the princely sum of two thousand pounds buying the home she spent the next fifty years of her life in before moving to spend her final few years at Cooee Retirement Village. Les's mother Mary Devoy Snr lived till the ripe old age of 105 years! She was a very smart,always well dressed lady.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Twelve months ago today we had left Paris and headed to London..I cast my mind back and recall....
Pic is of Notre Dame in Paris. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_de_Paris
The lace top I am wearing was bought on the island of Burano, Venice, Italy. The evening before we went on a river
This pic was on the last night in Paris. The girls pictured hail from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Left to right : Marlene (Sth Africa) Me (Aus) Robyn, Lynda (NZ) Lorraine (Aus) and Dot (NZ).
Well I will leave it there for the moment and add some more next time continuing the London story.