Friday, 20 January 2017

The Seasons of Life

I became very aware of the seasons of life this past week with the death of my father-in-law who was in his nineties and who was the last of my children's grandparents. After that sad event there just seemed to be a week of bad news some of which I won't mention but to cap it all off my sister rang to say that her doctor is almost 100% sure that she has Graves Disease. After being unwell off and on for over three years now it is almost a relief to finally have a diagnosis after being told for years that there was nothing wrong.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Some unexpected finds

The last couple of days we have had a reprieve from the heatwave conditions which will return tomorrow. Temperatures of 35/36C are forecast until Sunday here but it will be worse in the west as usual. As it was cool enough to take a leisurely walk around what used to be the garden and is now a mass of weeds I went 'down the back' to check out the fig trees and then remembered that the CEO had fenced off a small area from the chooks and that there were cherry tomatoes growing there. I noticed some plants growing there beside them which I didn't recognise and was going to pull them out as I thought they may have been weeds but it is just as well I didn't as they actually were Rosella plants. I knew he had bought a plant a while back but had no idea where it disappeared to and just presumed it had died from lack of water. Not so.... the bushes are covered in Rosellas.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

A pre-heatwave photo session

I have a family member who is keen on photography at the moment and, in particular, Astrophotography and can be seen (or not) sitting out in the back yard in the dark looking at the wonders of the night sky through his telescope at all hours. He does take some stunning photos but wanted to have a go at taking photos of a waterfall of which there are a limited number here in town but we thought we would head up to Picnic Point on a cool day last week for a photo session before the current heatwave started.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A sad day

It is a sad today for the Down to Earth Forum members today as we lost our Rose who bravely fought a battle with cancer through much of 2016. She will be greatly missed as she was a wonderful teacher and was instrumental in helping a lot of members, particularly the young ones, how to set up a daily routine in their lives and through her challenges helped them be more organised in their homes and lives.

Friday, 6 January 2017

More Modesty Panels

Modesty Panels? What on earth are they? Well obviously a lot of readers didn't know when I wrote about the  DIY Modesty Panel back in 2014 as it became one of the most popular posts on my blog. As readers come and go over the years I thought I would refresh the post a little in case anyone is interested especially those who are living though the dreadful heatwaves we have been subjected to in Australia recently.


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