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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…


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.



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…


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…


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



Calliandra Not sure which, but probably C. haematocephala.


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


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.


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.


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.



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!

26 thoughts on “ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL

  1. What a lovely way to spend time. Watch out for crocs, please.


  2. The Cairo vine looks like a purple version of our white morning glory. Looks very pretty snaked all through a hedge until it murders said hedge like a python. We tore a ton of it out if ours last weekend.


  3. Please be careful of those salties! Recently a guy was killed by an alligator in Orange, Texas (near where I grew up).


  4. Love your quirky, whimsical wander.
    And the running dog in french knots was sooooo right.


    • It’s the first time for ages we’ve been down there when the tide was low enough to walk from Sunset, around the bottom of the cliff, to Eimeo.Quite a work-out for a stiff knee!


  5. A chap up the road has that orange vine….I’ll ask him for a cutting.
    As to the taking one more than one can manage, we have a different system> Leo takes it on and I run wound picking up the pieces.

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  6. I am pleased you are back to normal! Beware the gnomes of November.


    • Oh god! What’s going to happen in November??? You and Mr Device are coming out?No, wait! That’s not quite what I mean…are you coming to visit? Will you be wearing funny hats?Tell me!Tell me!


  7. Beautiful images you have over there.


  8. I’ve pretty well retired from taking on things just because I can see a chink of time. It all still seems pretty busy so far, though. Walking and looking and stealing time off is immensely important, though and I’m glad you’re managing it some of the time, at least.

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  9. What strange and wonderful plants you have there, the gnome hat plant could be a member of the Litsea garciae family. When viewed L-R I see a running dog, viewed R-L I see a scurrying creature wearing a Hermes headscarf.


  10. You’re right! Could it be the Queen, perhaps? Travelling, incognito in her former colonies, to get away from the May-hem in Downing Street?


  11. What is this ‘normal’ thing of which you speak? Does it involve sleep? Regular meals? I would like some of that, please!

    Beautiful photos – a lovely walk!


    • And I’m just back from another lovely walk! But, the sun being out, I must deal with the un-dried laundry (wash it again!) and do a few other house-y chores before I can sort photos…
      If I have any time left over, I’ll pop some in the post for you!


  12. Well, that was an enjoyable walk. A crocodile would have been nice too – from a safe distance, of course!

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  13. What a beautiful place to be.

    Keep keeping some space on your plate! No need to frazzle yourself.


  14. I love the Mick Tyris running dog. Thanks for the link. I do enjoy your walks, and I don’t want to hear that you’ve been taken by a croc. Keep reading those signs…


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