Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Selections # 263

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.
 A newer participant is Snoskred.
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week  I have photos of a garden I visited last weekend for a party I attended.
There aren't many photos, as most of the ones I took had people in them; I can't show those without getting permission and I don't know many of the people I saw there.

a glimpse of summer sky through the cottonwood tree

this is a very up-market version of a porta-loo

called "The Outhouse" it has two very nice toilets,

one on either side of this lovely little washbasin. What a great idea for parties!
You can view these online at
email address is

They are South Australian manufactured and owned. We're a great state!  :)

down in a small hollow is a beautiful old walnut tree,

behind it, a smaller, equally old, apple tree. It's double grafted and produces granny smiths and red delicious.

looking up the slope of the hollow you see a pretty seat in the sunshine.

the palest of pink hydrangeas were blooming,

and across the path, purple ones.

looking down into the hollow.

a baby tree fern.

another glimpse of summer sky.

the food was fabulous, beginning with salad platters and dips, followed by chicken shaslicks, sandwiches, little hot savoury somethings that I can't quite remember and mini burgers.

these tiny fruit tarts were fabulous! I knew they would be, I used to make slightly bigger versions for summer desserts and still have the recipe. These were a little different, with the pastry cases having a brush of chocolate around the inside. The single remaining sour cherry tart had a stronger flavour, very yummy.

mini custard eclairs, which I absolutely love, so I had two; the tattooed male in the background there is my son J. I can't comment on the cupcakes, I didn't try one.

I did however, eat a couple of these delicious little morsels. Red velvet cupcakes with yummy toppings. 
All the food was mini sized so people didn't get too full from any one thing, thus enabling us to sample everything.

Friday, February 12, 2016

awww, rats!

I'm having a problem with the book I downloaded from the library, Whispers, by Belva Plain.

It's on my computer and I downloaded it to my kindle also, where it showed in the index right away. I didn't start reading it right away, because I was finishing Robyn Engel's Woman on the Verge of Paradise.

An interesting read, although I had expected a fiction novel.

So I finished Robyn's book, then searched for Whispers to begin reading. 
It wasn't there. 
It had disappeared, so I tried downloading it again and a window popped up saying "this destination already carries this file". 
No, it doesn't! Because I can't find it there. 
Tried again. Same result. 

Never mind, I thought. I'll read it on the computer screen. But it won't open.
I may have to go to the library after all and get the actual book.
And now I'm annoyed.

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems.
This month the meme continues here, at Elephant’s Child, with words and images supplied by Sue.
Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write. 
Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  We would really like it if as many people as possible joined in with this fun meme.
If you are posting on your own blog - let us know, in our comments section,so that we can come along and read your masterpiece.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.
It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:
1. grease
2. ambivalent
3. fiendish
4. exquisite
5. terrific
6. evolution

1.  tongue
2. adaptive
3. angriest
4. furry
5. bold
6. zombie

there are also two very pretty images, which I haven't used, they may find their way into a future story.

Here is my story:

Joe slicked back his hair with grease, like the boys in the movie of the same name. He had a fiendish sense of humour, always making me laugh, a quick tongue with the jokes and witty repartee, and his bold dark eyes gave me the most exquisite shivery thrills.
It was hard to keep pretending (and I'm sure Joe knew I was pretending and why), to be ambivalent about our friendship, but I had to play it this way. at least for now, until my Mum talked my Dad into actually meeting him properly.

We'd had a terrific time at the fair, Joe and I, and I'd won a furry teddy bear on the skittle throw. But when Dad heard who I'd gone to the fair with, he had transformed suddenly from a TV watching zombie into the angriest Dad I'd ever seen.
He roared at me," after millenia of adaptive evolution, THIS is what you choose to go out with?! This...this...greasy monkey caveman type??"

Mum came rushing in from the kitchen and sent me to my room, said she'd talk to him a bit, calm him down, then we'd all sit and have a nice long chat.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


I've just discovered I can download books from my library to my computer.

This means if I read about a good book on someone's blog, I can go to the library website, check the catalogue and if it is available as a download, I won't have to make a trip to the library.
in this awful summer heat, I quite enjoy the library which is nice and cool, but waiting around for the bus to get there and back isn't fun.

Plus I always get way more books than the one I wanted, which creates the problem of having to return them. 
On time. 
Most of the time the books are so good I want to keep them, a practice the library frowns upon.
So I start a to-buy list and hope I can find them in the shops here or on-line.

Less than half an hour ago, I read about Whispers, by Belva Plain. I recognised the author as one I've read before and liked the stories, so of course I want to read this one. Perhaps I can even email the file to friends? It might be a little large, perhaps my server won't allow it, but I could try.

 It is an inside out look of an abused family who to the world are the perfect high society happy family.

Thursday Thoughts # 83

from a Hat full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
" Granny Aching had never been at home with words. She collected silence like other people collected string. But she had a way of saying nothing that said it all."

"Most people didn't know about it and just used the traditional method of finding out whether plants were poisonous or useful by testing them on some elderly aunt they didn't need."

Today's Thoughts:

I'm going to have to start saying no.
Really. I need to.

Take last Sunday for instance. I'd woken up early after having slept really well and breakfast was over in a matter of minutes. Yoghurt in a bowl, add chopped apricots, eat. Done. so then I cleaned my house. Both rooms! And the kitchen. And the bathroom.

By then it was late enough that I didn't feel I'd be disturbing anybody's sleep if I turned on the washing machine. So I stripped the sheets off the bed and got those started in the machine, with a few other white things, in really hot water. it was looking sunny and hot outside, so I decided I'd hang today's wash out on the line. 

Usually I hang things on the small collapsible line in the back porch and here's why: the outside line is a little too high for me to reach comfortably, the wires need to be washed free of dust and spider webs EVERY SINGLE TIME, and the ground is uneven out there. Plus there's a problem with ivy and other climbing plants that grow over the back fence from the yard beyond.

see how dense this greenery is? my line on the left, K's on the right. This is after I cut back all the vines swooping towards the ground and clinging to the washing lines.

While the washing machine was doing its job, I went out with bucket and rag, and the secateurs. I got the lines cleaned, then started cutting on the ivy which was wrapped around one corner of the hills hoist and trailing over several of the wires. 

I tried to be as quiet as I could, but the neighbour heard me anyway, and came out to ask, if I didn't mind, would I cut the greenery away from her washing line too?  I'd already noticed that her line was caught quite a lot, but on closer inspection saw the ball of greenery was so dense her line was held fast as if with an anchor, so couldn't turn in the wind.
I said I would and she went back inside. I'm pretty sure she watched me from her window, but didn't offer to help at all. 

see how close the lines are to the fence, that's my sheets hanging there.

I ended up cutting back along the entire fence line, which took me just over an hour, since all I have is a pair of secateurs. And I'm short. I had to reach up high, grab a branch, pull it down, then cut it off as high up as I could reach. 

When I finished I used my broom to sweep everything along to the rubbish bins and piled it all in. As I swept, all the long branches rolled themselves into a long sausage, which I just sort of shoved along the ground.
Then I remembered that my line is very close to the rubbish bins, which are filthy, no one ever cleans them. I got my bucket and rag again and washed the lids and fronts of the bins where my sheets might touch against them if the wind sprang up and blew things around.

very close to the now clean(ish) rubbish bins. If the line rotates left in the breeze and the wind springs up, my sheets will touch the bins.

I got the washing hung out in the sun, then the same neighbour asked if I could please take some photos of her plants so she can send them to her son. I've done this for her before, so I grabbed my camera and photographed her front porch pot plants, but then she asked me to come inside and take photos there, of her flower arrangements and her cat. Twenty-five photos! and I knew she wanted me to print them, like I've done before. 

                                      Felix, K's cat.

On Tuesday, I bought new ink cartridges for my printer. One black, one colour. 

Surprise, surprise, the price has gone up. Again. 
And photo quality paper isn't exactly free either!

So I am going to have to start saying no to this neighbour. I can take the photos, but I'll have to put them on a usb stick and she can take that to the photo shop in the shopping centre where there are machines to print the photos. She won't know how to use them, but the shop owner will do them for her and she can pay him for them.

As for the ivy, I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on it and trim before it starts strangling the washing lines again. I'm still aching from all that cutting!

Angel, keeping an eye on things.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Whimsical Wednesday # 214

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

I sincerely hope you all see this as funny, I don't mean to offend anyone.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Musical Monday # 86

Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is: The Rolling Stones

 Harlem Shuffle

AND: Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Dancing In The Street