…And not, I might add, without a little trepidation! I may write more of this bravado later…

But first, I’d like to acknowledge another blogger, who prompted this Sunday lunch dish:

2008_1201food0008Sweet potato wrapped with bacon and sage.


Of course, Ronell’s posted recipes look so much more enticing with vibrant watercolours…

But hey! you’re lucky to get even a quickie photograph… see that black, furry banner, waving, top left? Trust me, one does not fiddle about being David Bailey when Super-Nose is homing in!

Let me just say that lunch was delicious, although, local sweet potatos being somewhat bland, next time I’ll add a little spice. Water colours? Hmm…not with a hungry Man and three “tea leaves”* around!

But my day began well before lunch. I loaded the car  (God bless the station wagon!) with what felt like a million dead palm fronds and butts and headed for the local green tip. This, fortunately, is just a five minute drive away, whereas non-green  garbage has to go to the Big Dump, ‘way across town. Yes, we do have weekly garbage collection, but green waste disposal is down to householders.

2008_1201swamptrees0004A road less travelled? Not this one!

I had the camera along for the ride as I wanted to “catch” some birds that live in the swampy (ex-swampy) area by the dump.

I’d been hoping to see the brolgas but I guess, being birds of wet areas, they’ve “swanned off.” In fact, it is so dry up there at present I was able to walk right into the stand of Melaleuca.

2008_1201swamptrees0006After a recent burn.  Controlled or mischievous? Notice the new growth, bottom right?


I wouldn’t mind seeing these charred beauties in moonlight. P’raps I should tie a knot in my hankie for next full moon.


And that hi-tech stuff? Well, I’ve spent a lot of time going through my photo files and trying to decide what to keep and , having decided, whether I want it on the hard drive or on discs. And whether I have an ENTIRE DAY (and, probably, night) in which to do this. Some, of course, are swimming about in the ether of Flickr, but I still have a fair load on the hard drive and if I have another serious crash…well, let’s just say Mama will not be having another 85th birthday!

So, back to a little more editing before I head down to the cafe to hang the “Vestival.” Yes, I will have some pictures to infli share. Maybe tomorrow…

*Tea leaf is Cockney slang for thief.


  1. Ach – I know what you mean about having an extended period of time with which to deal with one’s extensive collection of visual images… I keep waiting for that elusive time for updating my various online portfolio sites (which will take an entire day, or longer..)

    Hopefully someday soon…?


  2. Glad you liked it! I was wondering where you get that “hot Norther” from, and now I understand…you hail from the southern hemisphere! I wish I could be there now, with our dark grey weather here!


  3. Yum! Did the Tealeaves get some bacon? We can’t remember when we got to eat the last bite of a sandwich, the bottom of a cornetto cone, or to pick at a cold chicken carcass, without sharing.


  4. tara…we do load ourselves with extra work, don’t we?

    ronell…I think the ideal would be somewhere between your grey, dull fog and our hot, dry drought! Mind you, the Met. Office says we could be in for a “severe cyclone season.”

    robyn…Cornetto! Oh! I haven’t had one for years!And, yes, the tea leaves were given a bacon treat. And two of them like sweet potato!

    (If you get a minute would you email me:
    diane (dot )patmore ( at) gmail (dot) com
    about ppossible sketchbook exchange. Thanks.


  5. i too made a sweet potato oriented dish this past week! the difficult part was in making something that i utterly abhor taste good enough for other people who do NOT abhor it, to like. ifyou see what I mean. there was a lot of spitting into the sink involved. no thieves. although there came a point that i wished that thieves would come steal the damn smelly sweet potatoes, all orangey and goopy and mashy just looking at me there….

    no. no the memories are too painful.


  6. I just read a Dick Francis novel full of cockney slang! And now I’m feeling put out that you didn’t invite me for lunch. Those tea leaves would never stand a chance around me.

    Love these snippets of daily life.


  7. fn…I feel much the same about liver. Calling it “lambs fry” does not change the fact!

    andrea…you know you have a standing invitation to sup with me (bring a long-handled spoon!) so what stops you? Is DIck Francis still writing? Good grief! I remember when he was riding!


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