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So consider yourselves rested!

That foggy-looking stuff in the new header is-fog. Not- many- degrees- above- freezing- fog. See? I keep telling you all it gets damn’ cold here in winter.

Actually, it looks very like the countryside where I grew up. Ah! The memories of scrunching across frosty grass to get to the dairy. Of snuggling against a cow’s flank to get warm.

And that was in the Spring, when milking began again after the winter dry-off. A lot of farmers took up ski-ing as winter was the  only time they could take a holiday!

This is not a New Zealand dairy farm, of course. Nope. It’s a couple of scruffy acres, a few minutes from the ocean in tropical Queensland, still with a few beef cows, but it wont be long before these few acres are sold to extend the new housing estate going in next to this paddock.

I had started writing about loos with views, but was called away and when I returned, this was in my reader. Besides, Ian has clearly sampled more than I have, so pop across and find out.

He also displays art in his loo. So do I. Years ago, a friend was amazed to find an original painting  on the wall of our loo. “Why” she wanted to know. “Why not?” I replied.

Currently, I have a much-admired original coloured drawing hanging just outside the loo in our utility area.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll probably recognise the style. It’s another Andrea Pratt piece. One day, I’d like to see a real loon. But until then, this makes me happy.

I went for a walk along one of the  beaches this morning. Man! It was crowded! The other day, I had an entire beach to myself, but today there were two people walking dogs , one jogger, an old man hobbling barefoot across  the driftwood and shells, PC and WPC Plod (but they stayed in their patrol car!) and one fisherman. As I left someone drove up with a surfboard.

Surfing. Pretty much  a compulsory past-time in a place like this. But not for me! I did try it, years ago, when boards were heavy, wooden things. They hurt, a lot, when they hit you. I didn’t think ribs looking like a xylophone was attractive or comfortable so that was the end of my surfing.

Like mistletoe, isn’t it?

And one more picture, to tease you. Can you guess what it is?

Today’s mystery…


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!


  1. Is the door to your utility area loo particularly low?

    A Noitsnot Mushroom stem?


  2. that fog looks cold… we occasionally get ‘ice fog’ here. makes driving (even walking) a bit challenging.

    my guess is the end of a palm frond… you said “tropical”, right?


    • The foggy morning were/are chilly, but it’s not icy, thank goodness. I’ve never driven in ice or snow and for that I’m grateful! Had a few slide-y rides when I was a kid.
      A good guess, but it’s not quite right. Try another word?


  3. Just the fact that you can walk along the beach just a few steps from your doorstep means that Greg and I will definitely be landing on your doorstep one of these years. And this also reminds me when we talked semi-seriously about emigrating to NZ about 10 years back. Stellar taste in art BTW! 🙂


  4. It gets chilly in a Queensland winter? I am amazed. Loved your loo tales and thank you for the plug for my blog. I do appreciate that. And I can see I am in good company here, what with the immensely talented Andrea also being here. Love her work, too.


  5. Well I guess it’s vegetation of some sort but it reminds me of a suppurating foot ulcer. I see too many of them at work


  6. A loon! I thought it was a ‘duck’!
    (The drawing, not the mystery veg.)


  7. I’m all for change ; )
    The mystery pic looks like an abused cigar. I know that’s not what it is but for some reason that was the first thing to come to mind, lol.


    • My word-I’ll say! All the way to the Enchanted Land! I look forward to reading about it.
      Cigar! Brilliant! I wondered if anyone would think that…but it’s not.


  8. So when are you going to spill the beans?


    • Well, I usually leave it for a week, but if there are no more guesses tomorrow…perhaps then.
      One last chance – it’s vegetable(not decomposing human flesh!) and Daisyfae came close. 🙂


  9. Is it the rotting end of a banana sucker.


  10. maybe the end of the seed pod of a palm tree.


  11. archontophoenix alexandrae? or commonlty known as the alexandra palm.


  12. hahaha! You looked that up! But, no, it’s not an Alexander. Clue? Check your lino files 🙂


  13. okay so maybe it’s part of a pandanus or bamboo.
    yes I did look it up, am I allowed two answers in the one go ?


  14. WordPress is playing silly buggers. Comments are doubling-up or not coming through.
    And I’m being asked to sign in to reply to comments! Grr.


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