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… still in the hat! Haha! You thought I was going to tell you in the opening sentence, did you? You should know me better than that, gang!

I’m going to make you read the whole post first. (once we get these sound bytes sorted you will hear  evil  laughter here mwahaha!)

And, because I can, I’ve decided to have another little mystery pic.

No prizes, but please tell me what you think it is. As Max Boyce says: be specific.

OH, damn! I shouldn’t have mentioned Max! I mean, I’m not unhappy with the World Cup result, but I did have a lot of faith and my past resting on Wales. Ah, well, there’s always next time, isn’t it. Cymru am bydd!

The talk this week is all of cups. The Race That Stops A Nation is tomorrow. Melbourne’s going to be full of private aeroplanes and choppers! Qantas* birds? Not so much!    update, Sunday: Fair Work Australia has decreed that Qantas must get  airborne again. Now!

And cartoonists had some fun with that shamefully over-indulgent talk fest in Perth. I had a bit of cartooning fun myself. No, not putting that on the blog. Mrs Queen might sue me. 🙂 Seriously, isn’t it time the old colonies grew up and just settled for sending Mummy a card on her birthday!

Friday was a painful day Chez Dinahmow. I had some burly chaps with seriously big tools in to remove some trees. Sad to see them go, but they were far too big(and potentially dangerous after losing some limbs in storms) for a small yard.

                                                                                                                          Dangley bits.

                                                                                            One of the “offenders.” 

                                                                                                  The Muncher

The cats, of course, scarpered as soon as they heard the trucks. They did come out of hiding afterwards for a brief sniff around. But, being savvy girls, they didn’t stay long – too many green ants! I had to chuckle at the chap feeding branches into the muncher – he looked like one of those Tyrolean schuehplatterl dancers! By next day, most of the ants had gone. Re-grouped in another tree no doubt.

A friend sent me an amusing email, which I’ve shared with some of you. But damn! it’s too good not to put up here:

I don’t know WHY I didn’t figure this out before !!!!! 
I wash my hair in the shower and the shampoo runs down over my whole body. 
Printed very clearly on the label is the following warning: 

No WONDER I have been gaining weight!!! 
Well, I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using Fairy Dish Washing Liquid instead.

Its label reads, 

Problem solved!       If I don’t answer the phone . .. . I’ll be in the shower! 

                            And now (insert drum roll sound)….the winners!

ZIGGI    first out of the hat (which was actually a waste paper basket, but it was quicker to type “hat” and, besides, hats are traditional, right?)

ELEPHANT’S CHILD  drawn second.

I’m delighted ! Ziggi was among my very first readers and we almost know each other. Her daughter and friends visited us  while on their fabulous World Tour. She’s not blogging these days (cut the girl some slack – England didn’t win the Rugby!), but she was a very funny little witch back in the day.UPDATE: Ziggi has revamped her blog here

And I’m happy to see a print go to Elephant’s Child, who has more than most of us on her plate.

Now, if you ladies would like to email me   and tell me your postal addresses I’ll take a packed lunch and join the Post Office queue. Ziggi, being first draw, has first choice.

Thankyou all for playing along. And I’m sorry you couldn’t all win.

* Ever since Warren Mitchell did those adverts, years ago, I’ve always thought of it as “quaint arse.”


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!

32 thoughts on “AND THE WINNERS ARE…

  1. berries. some sort of berries. that or the worlds tiniest apples? i have seen those particular berries/branches somewhere… but am a lousy horticulturist. lazy one, too!


  2. Congrats to the winners! Isn’t it neat,Di, the thought that your works of art will be in variou parts of the planet? Rugby is about as big here as ice hockey must be there!


  3. Oh yeah…looks like a pic of some kind of crabapple tree to me.


  4. I’m going to vote for sloe berries since I didn’t have a clue that such a thing existed in nature until I read it on another blog. Somehow I thought it was just a type of gin.

    (My guess is that blackthorn doesn’t grow in Australia any more than it grows in North Carolina).


  5. Ooooh. My eyes are leaking again. Happy leaking this time. Thank you so much.
    And my guess (and it is a guess) is ripening coffee beans. How long before you put us out of our misery.


  6. Not juniper either. 🙂


  7. It’s a little off topic, but you DID mention Qantas in passing so I’m going to ask you a question about them.

    Given all this industrial action, would you fly with them in future? I usually fly Singapore Airlines, but have had the occasional flight with Qantas in the past. I don’t think I’ll be using them in the future though.


    • Yesterday, when I heard that many people choose NOT to fly Qantas as other airlines have an “industrial action ” clause I thought many more would jump ship!
      Last time I flew to NZ, booked on Air NZ, I found myself on a Qantas plane, staffed by Aussie chain saw voices spouting American “enjoyyadaay” crap. All down to the (politically pushed) trans-Tasman agreement.Next time, I’ll spend more money, go business and choose a different airline.Singapore or Emirates, probably. I am so over being jammed into little seats with horrid, boozy pigs!
      So…not Qantas! (Rant over. 🙂 )


  8. Way Hay! Or is Wey Hey! Whatever, out of the bin and straight into the winners’ enclosure! You couldn’t have made me happier this wet Wiltshire morning, thanks so much Di xx


  9. Oh yes! The Torso please :)) x


  10. How serendipitious. I got a card today which read in part:

    ‘If we are what we eat,
    Why aren’t we new, improved, fat free and lite?’


  11. Enjoy your gifts, winners 🙂

    I’m sad about the trees. We had to cut down one…but we didn’t dig out the root. So what do you know. It’s growing back. Revenge, the tree says, hahaha….

    As for the mystery pic…I think it’s a Christmas tree decoration.


    • Oh yes! Revenge of the roots*.Go!* trees! I had the stump of the big fig ground and yesterday-guess what? The Man was raking the soil and generally tidying and he discovered bits of poly pipe.So the rest of the day was spent digging down to find the break, then putting in new pipe.I’d say that fig has definitely avenged itself!:-)

      And the mystery is not a Christmas ornament. Good guess, though!


  12. I think it’s cacao – (chocolate berry) because I do.


  13. No, not that either.I don’t think tea even has berries!


  14. My guess is that it’s a branch of an olive tree?


  15. So it has something to do with Christmas? A tree? Decorations? 🙂


  16. Cindy…not fuchsia buds either.

    GG…nothing to do with Christmas! Gosh! I thought you’d guess right off the bat. 🙂


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