Monday, October 26, 2015


So few posts lately.It has been hectic since Mum moved in and soon after John retired,leaving us (unknown to me) a mountain of debt so not only do we need to sell our house but Mums and the Causeway as well.
Looking forward to a new start but first we must do Mums.
John has been working flat out and I have been buying and designing, it would be heaps of fun if I could just get in there but Mum is 24/7.
Some photographic updates.

Silvie and Jessie at Tannum sands

Poppy loves a good fire

Big hugs for OLd Nanny


The girls with Michael their dad

My Jessie wessie
My vine went nutso this year!

My new bedhead and Beryl my cat

My darling husband and his possessive girlfriend Peggy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bad Night

Last nights dream was so awful I jumped of a tall building in my dream in the hope of waking up and escaping the dream!

Monday, July 27, 2015

new bed

We are getting a new bed today, a King Sized one. The queen size is just too small for
 2 dogs a cat and two people, one of them extra large. I held off because I didn't want the
 expense of new linen but will have to make do.
I can give the linen I no longer need to my kids.They are always short of stuff!

Friday, July 24, 2015


Waiting to collect my grandson he is supposed to be coming up for the weekend I can't wait

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mum's living with us

After her hospital confinement during which she became very ill it was suggested she have respite here with us. She is no longer well enough to be alone so we have made it permanent. Its actually easier than driving into town daily and cooking meals and I don't have to be worried about her all the time.
I am with her here 24 /7 or have been, tomorrow I get my first three hours off to go to town! Much of that will be taken up getting her urine tested and collecting her things from her place.
I get up 4 times a night to check on her so have taken to a 20min afternoon nap to make up for it! It really helps.
my grand daughters, Jessies award!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

So Cute

When my pet duck flew away,( he was free range) I decided the use up what was left of the food on the wild ducks that come to swim in our pond.

this was Harry

our pond

by my granddaughter

my Larry

we have guinea fowl who visit too

This morning the wild ducks came waddling up the driveway because I was late feeding them I cannot resist the way they waddle soooo cute!
Mum got up and showered yesterday!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mum fell unconscious out of her walker onto her face she is in hospital at the moment

Friday, June 5, 2015

My place

I love where I live and this morning with the fog around it was particularly pretty!

Mum is having an A.C.A.T assessment this morning, she has another urinary tract infection that I hope to get meds for soon!
I am feeling very stressed. Peter went home and we are coping as best we can.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mum ill

I haven't been blogging as Mum has been quite ill. First it was Neuralgia and we finally got that seen and the next week she has tummy pains and Diarrhea,so bad we had to send her to hospital.She was having pain every seven minutes day and night and it was excruciating pain.
A week later and she is much better and I am hoping we can avoid the knife as she is so old. Peter(bro) leaves next week and I have arranged for the blue nurses to come 3 times a day.It remains to be seen when she will get out of hospital and whether or not this will be enough.Fingers crossed for her!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Earthquake Nepal

It’s too early to tell, but early indications suggest the figure of about 1,500 people killed in four countries is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighboring countries as well. In addition to more than 1,400 people killed in Nepal, at least 51 were killed in India, 17 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.
The earthquake hit a heavily populated area of Nepal, including the capital, Kathmandu, and its impact spread far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Strong aftershocks were felt an hour after the initial temblor.
Loss ... Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damage
Loss ... Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by the earthquake. Picture: AFP/Prakash Mathema Source: AFP
Earthquake experts are preparing for high numbers in terms of deaths and damage.
“This is a very large earthquake in a significantly populated region with infrastructure that has been damaged in past earthquakes,” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said. “Significant fatalities are expected.”
Local hospitals were already filling with injured residents, and Kathmandu’s international airport was shut down, hampering initial relief efforts in the isolated mountainous country.
’Running for life from my tent’
Devasation ... Rescue teams and onlookers gather at the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu. Picture: AFP/Prakash Mathema Source: AFP


Seismologist Earle said the quake happened on what is known as a “thrust fault.” That describes the situation when one piece of the Earth’s crust is moving beneath another piece.
In this case, it’s the Indian plate that is moving north at 45 millimeters (1.7 inches) a year under the Eurasian plate to the north, Earle said. It’s a different type of earthquake than the one that caused the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
“This is what builds the Himalayan mountain range,” Earle said.
The region and particular fault has a history of damaging earthquakes, including four temblors with magnitudes greater than 6.0 in the past 100 years, Earle said, warning that landslides are a particular worry now, given the steep slopes in the region.
Rescue efforts ... a search look for victims under a building that collapsed in Kathmandu
Rescue efforts ... a search look for victims under a building that collapsed in Kathmandu. Picture: AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha Source: AP


The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was strong enough to merit a “red alert” for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. It said that “high casualties and extensive damage are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response.”
Quick USGS calculations estimate a two-thirds likelihood of between 1,000 and 100,000 fatalities and damage between $100 million and $10 billion. Scientists estimate that more than 105 million people felt at least moderate shaking during the quake.
Widespread impact ... a school student receives treatment at a hospital after he was inju
Widespread impact ... A school student receives treatment at a hospital after he was injured in the earthquake. Source: AP


A devastating avalanche swept across Mount Everest after the quake, claiming at least eight lives with an unspecified number of people missing and injured.
The avalanche struck near one of the famed mountain’s most dangerous spots. It swept down between the Khumbu Icefall, known for its harsh conditions, and the base camp used by international climbing expeditions.
There were unverified reports of avalanches on other parts of the mountain. Nepalese officials said some 30 people were injured at the base camp.
Facebook postings by climbers suggested that some people may have been buried in their tents when the avalanche hit. Climbers and their support teams were leaving the base camp Saturday looking for safer locations.
More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Feeling Good

Feeling good today, the weather is cooler and I am making plans to move Mum into the shed/granny flat. It means I will have to change the decor from industrial to granny but I don't really mind much. Mum comes first. I want to make it pretty for her! She will be bringing her electric bed and pale blue linen so the flat will now be orange (from the previous industrial plan) and pale blue (her favorite colour), I will get her some floral curtains and put  blue hydrangeas in vases! We  have had a quote and are getting a wheelchair path to the house put in so I can bring her over to be with us and sit on the deck.

my son and his two girls on our deck on their last visit
Family is so important!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Autumn arrives

At last our first night without the fan, I even pulled up our cotton, light- weight spread through the night!
It was a long time coming, it has been sizzling hot!
OUR BACKYARD.......first re -growth after the fire

looking beautiful again
Sister in law Gail visiting
Happy Autumn!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Book review

I have just finished reading" The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
Not my usual genre, I usually read murder mysteries but am happy to read other books if they can hold me.
It's my personal challenge to the author, keep me interested and I will stay.
No problems here, it was unputdownable (my own word).
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I got to know and care about the characters, envy their wholeness, feel their love and commitment, cried when they cried. A great read!
Now that I have finished it I feel like I am separated from a dear friend, I miss them so badly I may have to go back and read it again!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Student Massacre

Al-Shabab gunmen storm university campus in Garissa, eastern Kenya

Terrifying ... Kenyan police have reported heavy gunfire at university campus.
Terrifying ... Al-Shabab gunmen have seized Christian hostages at a Kenya university near the border with Somalia. Picture: AP Source: AP
MASKED gunmen from Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group have massacred at least 147 Kenyan students in a daylong college campus siege, the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998.
Hurling grenades and firing automatic rifles, the gunmen stormed the university in the north-eastern town of Garissa as students were sleeping, shooting dead dozens before setting Muslims free and holding Christians and others hostage.
All four of the gunmen wore suicide vests packed with explosives, detonating themselves in huge blasts as the dramatic assault finally ended after some 16 hours.

My Pc has been giving me problems with freezing and not starting so don't worry if I disappear
for a bit.
My wonderful grandson is arriving today en route to his mothers for the holidays. His wonderful dad is coming too and I will get to meet the latest woman in his life as well.Her name is Kelly.
Happy Easter!


More on the crash in the French Alps...................

Germanwings Flight 9525: Pilot Andreas Lubitz ‘researched cockpit doors, suicide


  • Andreas Lubitz researched ‘cockpit doors, security measures’ before crash
  • Body parts of all 150 people aboard identified
  • Second black box found after nine-day search
  • Germanwings says it didn’t know Lubitz had suffered from depression
GERMAN prosecutors say the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had searched online for information about suicide and cockpit doors in the week before the disaster.
A tablet computer which prosecutors said was used by Andreas Lubitz was found in a search of a flat he used in Dusseldorf, the prosecutor’s office in the western city said in a statement.
“The browser history wasn’t erased, in particular the search terms called up on this device in the period from March 16 to March 23 were able to be retraced,” it said on Thursday.
It indicated the user had been researching “medical methods of treatment”, “ways to commit suicide” as well as “cockpit doors and their security provisions”, it added.
A senior European government official with knowledge of the case told CNN Lubitz’s actions and search history amounted to “premeditated murder.”

French investigators have identified body parts from all 150 people aboard the Germanwings flight.
Investigators have found and studied 2,854 body parts, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Head Cold

I have a head cold at the moment, don't feel great but can't visit Mum because I have germs. I am missing the old dear!

Johnny has not been well with bouts of depression, diarrhea and lethargy, I sent him off to the doctors and he had some blood tests yesterday!

Son Don checked in last night and he seems to be OK.  Son Peter said he will ring today, he has been a bit down.

Work is progressing slowly on the shed, almost finished just needs a light fitting made and the floor scrubbed and finished, but with visitors and head colds it isn't getting done.]

I saw my little girl last week and she is amazing. I adore her. I wish I could save her from the trials of life!

I use my excess energy or creativity to blog with but lately there hasn't been any excess, at the end of the day I fall into bed and cant wait till lights out!  Hence,  hardly any blogging.

I am searching the web for duck and dog safe remedies for this

we have a nasty weed in our dam

the mock orange has just finished flowering the lovely scent was everywhere


Another Air bus went down yesterday with 150 people on board including 2 babies and a group of school children. It was in the French Alps. No explanation! No mayday! No wonder I HATE to fly! R.I.P


We found a huge snake skin on the couch in the shed. He has been living there while we have been renovating.
we got the snake man out but he couldn't find him!
I am turning 65 this year and can't really claim to be middle-aged anymore hence the name change LOL

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Catch up

I have had my sister in law visiting for a week it was great!
My brother arrived to live-in with Mum. Also great!

I have made contact with an old friend from high school on facebook( Rhonda Rankin.)
 I have some photos from there.
North Ryde High School. NSW.
 It has been pulled down.

we used to meet behind this building for lunch

well remembered

the desks we used

my 17th birthday 1967

my teachers