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humour,art,gardens, books and whatever idle thoughts float through my mind (it's a very draughty mind.)


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ARMED AND DANGEROUS?

Well, ready to do battle with a couple of onions and some parsley…

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We’ve had this magnetic knife holder for a couple of years and today The Man installed it.Why did this take so long? Mostly we were not certain where any live wires might be! And that short bladed chap on the left? Used to be longer until She Who Shall Not Be Named used it on a coconut…

Not a lot to write about , but I thought I might show some recent pictures.

The passion fruit vine which was slugging it out with the wisteria and Petrea volubilis is producing fruit.In fact, we’ve eaten several already and might have had more were it not for some late night thievery.I suspect possums.empty shell.JPG

Several empty “shells” litter the garden…  

Here’s one that we’ll have!IMG_2488.JPG

 

Two of the jasmines are doing well after the unseasonal rain.

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Jasminum officinale (above) and J. sambac (below)

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The Man called me outside this morning to see this…IMG_0206.JPG

And here’s a finger (mine) for size comparisonIMG_2480.JPG

When I find out what it is I’ll let you know.Meanwhile, if any of you can ID it, fire away! 

Mr Google tells me it’s the larva of the Four O’Clock or Peacock moth  we found a few weeks ago! Dysphania numana for those who need to know.

 

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Callistemon. I think its label called it “Green Ice”

 

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I’ll leave you with this Dendrobium orchid. Mr/Mrs Caterpillar has munched through its leaf and now it’s our turn to eat…

 

 


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STILL WANDERING AIMLESSLY…

Actually, not really aimlessly.Enjoyably is a better word.

A walk in the sunshine is often a good way to focus crowded thoughts. So that’s what we did the other day.With a camera.Of course.

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Seed capsules on a eucalypt.

 

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Acacia holosericea  Velvet leaf wattle. I did have one growing  by the back gate, but, like all its kin, it was short-lived. But I’m clearing a HUGE clump of gingers so maybe I’ll put in another wattle…

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This was as close as I dared! That mud is sucking-treacherous and I didn’t feel like getting wet. Mangroves along an inlet, in case you’re wondering.

A tradition has grown up around “lost or forgotten shoes” down at the beach. This “decorated” palm is known as The Thong Tree. (No, Muriel, not that sort of thong.Muriel!!) 

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Fishing with his best friend.

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Bougainvillea in a beach-side garden.

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Pandanus nut. How big? Hmm…not quite as big as an American football or Rugby ball. When ripe, it will be bright orange.

 

This is just a sample from our meandering.The sun had turned up the thermostat and we wanted coffee so we headed back to the home jungle…IMG_2465.JPG

Yes, somewhere in there is where we live!

 

 


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CAKE FOR SCARLET

Poor, dear Scarlet has been cake-deprived for far too long.I think the Brexit debacle upset her so much that she lived on cake to keep her spirits up.Or maybe she kept the spirits up and gave up cake?

Anyway, to cheer up the poor girl some of her daft blogmates   are sending her virtual cakes.

I found this treasure over at http://www.cakewrecks.com/  where the wonderfully wacky Jen has been show-casing some classics over the years.

I like that the icing reads SB 1 which, very neatly, could be for “Scarlet Blue is #1.” I suggest that Scarlet just scrapes off the redundant “Dad” and licks her finger. And, no, I will not re-phrase that. I’m sure none of my readers would see it as rather rude. Maybe.

 

Would you like to bake a cake for Scarlet? If you do, please leave a link  in her comments section so we can all pop round to yours and scoff the lot.

 


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ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL

Of course, “normal” may be interpreted in several ways…but for my purposes, let’s just say that I am now able to see a blean* at the end of the tunnel.

I tend to be one of those people who, when they see their plate has room for more, pile on more. Sometimes lots more. I’m not talking about the avoirdupois gluttony.No,no,no! The tendency to think I can tackle more than I can in the time I have available.That sort of more. And before I know it, my faint blean has become a ruddy bonfire, the sort that alerted towns miles along the coast that the enemy was in sight.

So, I’m relying on images to fill the space!

Yesterday morning,The Man suggested a walk down to the beach.So I put the little camera in my pocket…

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A Cairo vine.I think it’s  pretty, but it’s a frightful pest when it gets away!Here, it’s slugging it out with native mangroves along a drain.

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link http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/media/Html/ipomoea_cairica.htm

This is Sunset Beach, looking north to  Bucasia. Technically, when the tide is out, you could get across the inlet to Bucasia Beach. A crocodile might fancy you as a snack though…

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These caught my eye.They look a little like cashews. But they aren’t.And I still don’t know what they are! Gnomes’ hats, maybe…

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Pyrostegia venusta . I’m guessing that, unless people prune it, next year that fence will be entirely draped in glowing orange flowers.

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Calliandra Not sure which, but probably C. haematocephala.

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When they say “beachfront living” this must be what they mean.Nice, innit?

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There is a local Embroidery Guild chapter whose members are very active. Here, we see a representation of a running dog, worked in tiny French Knots. No? How about a representation of a running dog, by Mick Tyris?

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“Here be pirates!” Well, a pirate’s hat.

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I’ll leave you with the local Surf Life Savers’ clubhouse. If you squint through the trees you can see the Pub With the Million Dollar View, my local watering hole, high on the cliff behind the clubhouse.

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Not a bad Sunday morning saunter. Mind you, the smell of sizzling bacon wafting from several places almost undid my resolve!

 

 

*  those of you who have read Liff will know.

 


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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…

From my cell I could hear the thunder, building all afternoon as the storm rolled in over our Gulag.

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My single feeble tube of light flickered…would the lightning favour me? It had to! I had no idea where the power plant for this hell-hole was! And I had nothing to use to get these shackles off…

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somehow, I didn’t think elipses would work…

Dark. A sudden, complete darkness. I groped my way towards my cell door, feeling for the spy-hole bars.Yes! My fingers closed on the rim and I tugged hard. Too hard – no longer held fast by its high voltage, the damn’ door swung in and almost flattened me.

I could hear no one. Was I the only prisoner in this area? I moved along the wall to my left,trying to remember how many steps I’d taken when they brought me here. Maybe 90 steps?

And then lightning flashed across a doorway. A glazed door! And just outside the door a glazed guard. While the sky was still lit I pulled open the door, snatched the guard’s  taser and ran towards the gates.

A voice in my head said I should have taken the regular gun.Would a taser work if it was raining? And by now it was. In seconds the taser and I were soaked.

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I had two problems…I had to cross this raging torrent. And I needed food.Actually, I had three problems…I still had my yoke and chain.Sure, it was broken, but I had no way to get it off…

The voice in my head said “find food.” So I channeled  Les Hiddins  and gathered some fallen quandongs…IMG_0037.JPG

By now the stream was carrying dead critters along and I knew typhoid would be a risk.I needed  something pure to drink…IMG_5001.JPG

And I needed transport! I’d have to take a chance on someone leaving  a key in the ignition…and fuel in the tank! I didn’t care about air in the tyres!IMG_0020.JPG

One last forage for food and I was outa here! spices for the start of a coconut curry.jpg

 

And that’s why I haven’t posted for so long!

 

 


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MORE MADCAP ADVENTURES COMING TO YOU FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE.

I’ve been soaking up as much of the local flora as can fit in my brain.My “fix” has to last as I’ve no idea when I’ll be back.

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Probably the last of the blossom;cherries are starting to fatten.The wildlife will get most of ’em.

And this, we decided, is an Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus )IMG_2171

Who is “we”? Ms Daisyfae and me. After our laugh-a-minute meeting in NY a few years I hoped another trip Stateside might come up.There was an invitation to “come visit” and the little ducks were all in a row.

I’ve been walking her dog and he, being  an old dog, is happy to set a slow pace.So I get to look carefully at all the trees I either don’t know or had forgotten. Isn’t the Internet  wonderful!

This is Cercis canadensis or “Redbud” to most people. IMG_2176

We’re on our way out to dinner very soon so I’ll keep this brief.Have a Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) while I apply some war-paint…IMG_2180

We had a wonderful day out in Yellow Springs and had lunch with an old blog friend and tomorrow is set to be a busy day so if I’m not back til I get home you’ll know why.Here’s  the “Absolutely Fabulous” Corinne from http://jafabrit.blogspot.com/p/jafatit.html  We found a marvellous shop choc-full of vintage glitz and glamour.Like these shades. You’re rockin’  them, girl!

Corrine Bayraktaroglu's photo.

 

Now, I’m just going to try this beauty for size.IMG_2210


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IN WHICH I TICK OFF MORE ‘FIRSTS’

 

Sung about, written about and probably even cursed by light sleepers, the Mocking Bird eluded me until now. I think this is a juvenile (because another bird was bringing it grubs and bugs to eat).IMG_2109

And, because I know some of you want to hear  it…

I was lamenting the lack of arachnid Kodak moments. But the rainstorms the other day must have brought out a load of Incey-Winceys. So far, only  Orchard Orb Weavers that I can see (Leucauge venusta), but they’re new to me so they count!

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And the real reason I’m here…Maggie, the ancient and venerable Border Collie.IMG_4949

Post-prandial snooze.

OK, this is a short post, but I have other things to do. Those of you who dip your toes in the muddied waters of Facebook know how to find me.

 

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