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IN WHICH I FIND MY MARBLES…

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Those who have hinted that I may not be  compos mentis can form a queue to apologise. My marbles may have been temporarily misplaced, but they were NOT lost.

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Did you ever read the Kapeks’ play about insects?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictures_from_the_Insects%27_  Karel and his brother, Josef Kapek wrote a satire which kept popping into my mind as we battled black ants.Again. We’re still battling. In fact, if we win anything it will be a minor skirmish, not the war…

And this is how I found my marbles, at the back of a cupboard where I kept seldom-used baking trays and dishes.

Oh! Something else came to light during this de-anting of cupboards…The Man’s onyx chess men, bought many years ago in Mexico. I’d show you a picture of them, but I’m not sure where we put them! No, wait, I think -yes!IMG_0349.JPG

No, I’m afraid the “black” pieces are NOT tourquoise, just onyx dyed to look like tourquoise.

Time for another ant salvo. I’ll leave you with some pretty things…

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Cassia fistula.  Neighbours across the street see more of the blooms than we do, but it is lovely.

 

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Mussaenda  Also called Bangkok Rose. Those white bracts are like crumpled silk!

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And an old favourite, to finish, Trachelospermum jasminoides  Cut back rather brutally last summer when The Man was re-painting, it’s forgiven us and is rewarding us again.

 

 

 

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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!

50 thoughts on “IN WHICH I FIND MY MARBLES…

  1. LOVE your pretty things.
    Sigh on the ant front.
    My marbles have rolled away, and are being batted into inaccessible corners by Jazz (among others).

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    • Thank you. Whenever I see marbles now I think of a friend whose golf buddy gave him a bag of marbles for his birthday, saying””To replace all those you lost from up there” patting his head.

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  2. My marbles have sunk into the mud outside the back door. May I borrow some of yours?
    Meanwhile, I do admire your silk bloomers.
    Sx

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  3. I had a lot of marbles a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Including some nice cat’s eye marbles. But sadly along the way I lost them all.

    Lovely plant pix!

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  4. Oh! Cats’ eyes were all the rage when I was a kid, too. I had a couple of favourites that I never used for actual games (I was a lousy shot, and lost almost every time!) and one that I called my “lucky” which was chipped.

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  5. Can you imagine giving a child a bag of marbles to play with today, they would look at you as if you’re daft. I had the cat’s eye marbles too they were some made from limestone or some such we called those duchies and bollies were actually ball bearings and highly prized. I remember walking home from school with a tub of marbles tucked under my arm, I got cornered by a three lads from the council estate wanting my collection, I calmly took off one of my socks placed a handful of marbles inside and swung it around my head screeching ‘COME ON THEN!’ I was like Queen Boadicea. I ended up swapping them for an Abba album and 10 consulate.

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    • Hahaha! Good for you, Mitzi. I used to lose most of my marbles to my friend, who was much taller than i and had fingers like a huntsman spider. But at the end of term she’d give me back a handful.Considering her big hands, that was awfully generous of her.

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  6. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous fotos of such stunning blossoms. Your golden shower tree looks brilliant, and I love the star shapes and scent of jasmine. But it’s your white Mussaenda that takes me back home to the farm growing up. My mother grew the white, pink, red, and yellow varieties. They were such a fantastic display of colors in the garden.

    But it was my aunt who planted just the white variety all around her border that made an incredible impact. Just a long row of glistening white flowers, making a beautiful frame and spectacular presentation of her home. Those white Mussaenda were splendid and exquisite.

    The onyx set from Mexico is cool. It’s onyx! And your marbles are a great deep color. The last time I had marbles was several years ago. I bought them to use as pie weights. They were very colorful, and a few had the tiger eyes I remember from childhood.

    I only used them once to make three pies for visiting friends. My friends’ kids loved the marbles so much, I let them have it. They played with them. I figured I’d go back to the dollar store where I bought them to buy replacements. Except, the mixed colored variety was gone, and they only had clear or green. I didn’t buy any. But at least the kids had fun with the marbles. Their smiles and laughter made their visit a happy and wonderful one.

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  7. My computer took a long time to find your marbles…probably terminally depressed by trying to find mine.
    I would like to grow that mussaenda…..but finding any plant here is a nightmare – you just have to try one nursery after another. No wonder people are happy to give you cuttings if you like a plant in their garden…they know you will never see it again!

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  8. Oh! I get either cross or depressed at the state of plant nurseries these days.15 years ago, there were several in this small place, some specialists.Now? Between the downturn in the major industry (coal mining) and the arrival of Big Box Bunnings many just folded. Even Bunnings has dropped so low, in both stock and service, I struggle to find what I want.

    But the Iboza cutting my friend sent from Brisbane is doing quite well.Don’t know what your chances of finding that would be! https://www.allrareherbs.com.au/product/musk-plant/

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  9. Thanks for the photos. It’s so c-c-c-c-cold here. Much appreciated.

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  10. Ooh! I like those onyx chess pieces very much! Even if collar and cuffs don’t match…
    And the Cassia flowers are so beautifully delicate. I can’t wait for my jasmine to bloom, and breathe in that heady scent!

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  11. Thank you. One day…I might set up the board and take a photo…

    A friend in Brisbane told me that when she was a little girl she used to put Cassia flower sprays in her hair and pretend she was a princess with golden curls!

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  12. I thought I had left a post here, but I must have just thought I had or I, too, have lost my marbles! Great photos on this crazy day in Savannah! xoxox

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    • Damned ephemeral marbles! What’s crazy about Savannah? Have I missed something? I saw that Atlanta had gone over to the Dark Side, but then I was a bit preoccupied with Tacoma till I heard from friends there…

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      • Just weather crazy today, sweetpea! It’s sunny and moving towards 70f here. Last week it was in the 30s at night and 40s during the day. We’ve had all the seasons in 2 weeks! xoxo

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  13. Oh, weather! We have that sort of crazy, too!

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  14. Thank you for taking the time to share with us all the beautiful and splendid things from your corner of the world. It’s all so intriguing and fascinating to see these wonders (natural and man made) from your travels and that mystical land Down Under.

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Dinahmow.

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    May the Holidays fill you with peace, happiness, and comfort. And May the New Year bring you good fortune and surround you with good food, good company, and good times.

    Best wishes and Good health and Much joy to you and your loved ones. Cheers! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  15. Just popping by to wish you a Happy Christmas!

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  16. Thank you. And a very happy Christmas to you and your staff members, too! 🙂

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  17. Merry Christmas mate!

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  18. Happy Christmas Dinah have a good one!

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  19. Mr Lex and Ms Mitzi…just saw this! Many thanks and happy happy to you, too.

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  20. Marvellous. Merry Christmas, dearest Dinahmow !

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  21. Thank you. And I hope your Christmas will be what you want, too. Cheers, my friend!

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  22. Happy New Year, Dinahmow!!!
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    Cheers and Best wishes to you and your loved ones! May the New Year keep y’all in good health and surround y’all with fantastic feasts, fabulous fun, and freeing frivolity! May your garden bloom beautifully, may birds serenade you merrily, and may music allow you to dance joyfully and live life fully.
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  23. Happy New Year mate!

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  24. Enjoying catching up with you….. Hope 2018 is going to be a happy and healthy year for you. Warmest wishes from a rain-lashed windy Somerset.

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  25. Happy New Year, dear Dinah!!!
    Sxxxx

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  26. The fragrance of jasmine is divine! Wishing you the most wonder-filled year ahead as well as good health and an abundance of joy!

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  27. Ants are tenacious…. but that means you have warmth. We are freezing our nuggets off over here in the States!

    If you found a few extra marbles, perhaps i could lay claim? i seem to have misplaced many of mine! Happy New Year!

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  28. Now there’s an idea…I could make teeny-weeny saddle bags and the ants could deliver the marbles!
    Good thing you got in a little practice up in Big Sky! Happy New Year!

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  29. Happy New Year Dinah, and may you never lose sight of your marbles again!

    I love the chess pieces, I’d almost risk the torture of trying to play the game again for pieces such as those. X

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    • hahaha! It’s more than 50 years since I “played” and I was never very good. I used to set the board up for my then-boyfriend to move when he got home from work (before me). I never told him that I was copying the moves from the “Times” and that they were from the Fisher-Spassky games! I shall probably go to hell for that…

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  30. your Cassia fistula feeds my dream of moving to the tropics one day but how do you cope with the radical heat in summer?!

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    • This summer? Not very well at all! Actually, I wonder what I’m doing here, as I am half English, spent most of my life in a temperate climate. And I do feel the heat.
      But I think the trick is to avoid modern AV Jennings-type housing, ie, built on concrete slab, lowish ceilings,big windows (ranch sliders, really) and lots of doors. Most new homes have air con, but the cost is horrendous and if you don’t turn it on it’s very clammy.Again, I;m told be friends who live in such a house.
      Ours is high-set, open plan, higher-than-normal ceiling, louvre windows and ceiling fans. It gets chilly in winter, but in summer, with fans on, it’s livable.
      Air con would be very inefficient in this house.

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      • this gives me hope, our good friend Eric of Dragonglass studio has the 100 year old school house at Millaa-Millaa, 20 years ago he and his partner moved the old town hall up next to it and built a fabulopus glass blowing studio under the two buildings. Carol passed away almost 4 years ago and he has just got back to blowing again but could really use some extra hands as he also has a 2 acre garden that needs a lot of tending, it’s very tempting to pack up and move after the next exhibition in March 2019 but wondering if we would be able to deal with the heat & the Big spiders & snakes… have turned into a city slicker in my 30 years of living in the Big Smoke but worth having a go!

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  31. First of all…Millaa-Millaa is higher than sea level, so that’s a plus -not the same sticky humidity.
    And the spiders are just fine, Mo. You don’t have to handle them.Snakes? Well, they don’t go looking for biteable bums.

    If I went north, I think I’d go to the Tablelands.I have a friend at Kuranda and that’s a nice spot, too.

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