The road to weight loss, colourful though it may be, is not an easy one to travel for a chocolate/sugar addict such as myself.
In my home, right now, there is no chocolate. There are no M&M's, no Clinkers, no Maltesers. No biscuits, no dessert packets of self-saucing puddings to bake, not even a can of sweetened condensed milk. No licorice bullets, no choc-coated peanuts, no glazed almonds.
Yesterday was Norwood's Christmas Pageant day. I'd hoped to take photos, but I was rostered on to work at the same time as the pageant was making its way down The Parade.
Instead, I bring you.... Christmas Past.
Norwood Christmas Pageant 1990.
These girls danced, high-kicked and cartwheeled the entire time.
Just clowning around.
Look Ma! No hands! No heads either.....
The Gingerbread House.
This car had Christmas Carols on loudspeaker. I do love Christmas Carols.
"Things go better with Coke." Everyone remembers that old jingle, right?
Kiddie sized Coke!
I loved this Bookworm.
The Greatest Show On Earth, single handed.
Even Con the Fruiterer made an appearance!
The Pudding. I'm the only one in my family who likes christmas pudding.
Four kids, and not one of them shares my taste for pudding! Oh well, more for me.
The posters attached to this van were drawn and painted by a man I once knew very well.
Copied from Christmas cards, the images took him just over a week to do.
On the front is Santa in his sleigh.
The passenger side has Santa with his sack of toys.
The driver's side shows Santa having a well earned rest and a cup of tea from Mrs. Santa Claus.
All these photos were taken with an old-fashioned, non-digital camera, with no zoom lens.
I used two rolls of film that day, but many of the photos aren't clear, and others have the faces of my children. I can't put those in because I did promise never to put images of them up here on my blog.
I missed getting a photo of Santa at the end of the pageant because, darn it! I ran out of film!
There wasn't a lot of tinsel and sparkle evident, but the day was sunny, the children lining The Parade and Queen Street had a lot of fun and the Christmas spirit was everywhere.
I've been doing a lot of crying lately. Quite unusual for me. Clearly I don't have the control over my emotions that I used to have. It's like a flood back here.
In the past, I've watched movies and TV shows that had the potential to be tearjerkers. You know the sort, where you settle down to watch, but make sure the new jumbo-sized box of tissues is right there beside the choccies. But while I've felt the emotions, I haven't cried.
Now? Holy heck, batman! I'd better buy some more tissues!! I've watched several TV series, Criminal Minds; Stargate; Bones; and gotten to know and love the characters. Movies too. So now, when the characters I love the most are having problems, I cry. When they're in danger, I cry. When something good happens to them, I cry. I'm an emotional wreck over here.
But I don't feel bad about this. It's actually a relief to be able to do this. After years of holding back, being "the strong one", while L fell apart over whatever newest drama he was going through, I'm able to let loose myself.
And I'm able to talk about things with my friends at work. My standard reply is no longer "I'm fine" when asked how I am. Now I say I'm having a bad day if I am. I can even say why, if I know the reason. (Sometimes I don't, it's just a build-up of many small things going wrong.)
This is very cleansing and I feel better for not having to hide my feelings so much.
I'm supposed to write a post here about a blog I like, telling you a little about it and why I like it.
Well, I'm not very good at saying why I like something, all I know is "it appeals to me", or the blogger makes me laugh, or they write in a style that keeps me coming back, about things that I like. Families, daily life, current events, things that go bump in the night.
All these and more are among the many blogs I enjoy following.
So instead of telling you all about Lori, I'll put her address here and let you all pop on over and see for yourselves.
Like this baby praying mantis sitting on one of my rose cutting leaves.
(the poor rose cuttings aren't doing so well, from 3 dozen beginners, I have 5 left...)
In the supermarket, cute cukes.
Look at these little babies!
Here's a couple against my hand so you can see just how small they are.
And here's one sliced into my dinner salad.
In other news, I've seen the orthopaedic surgeon again, and we've decided that I won't be having surgery after all. The tendon is torn, true, but the other tendons and surrounding muscles are managing well, I have a reasonable range of movement which will only get better as I keep up the exercises, and I'm coping well at home with day to day things.
An operation would cause me unnecessary pain and once again limit my arm movement until it's properly healed, after 6 weeks in a sling. I can do without that if it really isn't necessary.
We also agreed that I could possibly try a little checkout work again soon, keeping within my light duties hours so as not to overdo things and strain the shoulder.
I'll be reviewing this with my local doctor, who will then adjust my medical certificates accordingly. Then it's just a matter of my supervisor working me into the roster schedule.
Note to self: Take it slow. You know you have a tendency to rush things, just take it easy. Don't overstretch, use two hands to lift the bigger things......
I don't handle heat well. Inside or out. Wearing hats or not. Sunnies? On as soon as I step outside. Makes no difference. As soon as the temperatures get above 30, I get headachy. I've spent most of today lying down, falling asleep, trying to get rid of the headache that kicked in about 10pm last night. It's backed off a little, with the help of a strong coffee, two naps, and so far today, 8 panadols. Wednesday is supposed to be cooler, with a possible shower of rain, well I certainly hope so. It takes me most of the summer to get used to the heat. Then when autumn comes along and the air still stays hot, I get cranky. This is not my favourite time of the year.
This bud is Adelaide's Amazonian Water Lily. I was told that it opens in the evening, around 5pm, and has a spread of about 60cm. I wasn't planning on staying around that long to wait for it, so I'll take their word for it.
It lives in our Amazonian Water Lily Pavilion, a fancy glass structure that was built around the pond to replace the original pavilion, which was much the same size, but the glass wasn't clear, the entrance was smaller and the inside perimeter plantings much more dense. I liked it and this new one will take some getting used to.
This is the original pond, cleaned up quite a bit, but still pretty. As you can see the walking path around it is quite wide, plenty of room for people to pass each other. Years ago, it was a case of lean against the pond while others passing you brushed the perimeter plants as they squeezed by. There were plants hanging over and climbing up the walls too. They're gone now. The atmosphere is warm and humid, but not as warm as in the Palm House.
Most of the leaves you see are flat, but there are two like this one in the next photo. Quite unusual. Next time I go I'll see if there's any information available to tell us what it is, whether it's just a juvenile form of the larger leaves or a different plant altogether.
Here is a shot looking down through the water to the base of the lily, showing how the stems and leaves fan out. I think this one is just a regular water lily, not an Amazonian one.
Here is another underwater photo, showing a flower bud forming, and look! two small black fish!
(The rest got away.) There used to be larger goldfish, bright oranges and silvers, I hope they put some of those back in.
This last photo is an open lily, the only open flower in the whole pond.
This concludes today's tour, please feel free to come back anytime and see more of our lovely Botanic Garden.
We can look at some more of the decorations in Rundle Mall.
There's reindeer hanging in the centre,
and look at this cute little snowman twirling slowly from left to right and back again, smiling at the people.
This Santa biscuit barrel, (cookie jar), is part of a window display in Harris Scarfe.
Here's the reindeer at the entrance to David Jones department store.
Inside the store somewhere is Santa's Magic Cave.
Would you like to visit the Botanic Gardens now?
This big old peppercorn tree is right beside the entrance gate, it's one of my favourite trees.
I love how the trunks and branches get all gnarly and easy to climb.
A lionhead drinking fountain, bright red so it stands out, making it easy to find if you're thirsty.
It guards the entrance to this trellised gazebo, which has windows on all sides with nice views, and seats to rest on too.
Along a path in a different direction, we come to the Palm House.
It's been here as long as I can remember and has recently been cleaned up and tidied.
It's very warm and humid inside, so we won't stay long.
See the bushes along the front edge? Lavender. Absolutely swarming with bees. I never saw so many bees all at once before.
...and steps down.
Come on in.
You can feel the heat as soon as you step off the top step.
Over to the left, down at the end of the path is a man-made grotto with a waterfall constantly splashing. This helps to keep the humidity up to the level required by the plants that live in here.
Over on the other side is another small fountain, again for the humidity.
Smack in the middle, right by the steps we came down is the palm the house is named for.
See all that clear glass at the top? There used to be all kinds of plants hanging and climbing up there years ago.
Way over towards the eastern side of the gardens is one of the water features.
There are long seats directly in front of it where you can sit to rest and gaze along the length of it towards whatever that thing is down there.
Here is a prettier view of it.
Come on over towards the northern end now. The Zoo is over in that direction too, but we can't see or hear it from there.
I'll show you the hollowed out tree. I don't remember how old this is, but again it's one of the plants that I remember being here for a long time.
Little kids love to sit inside here.
Just outside the northern fence are huge moreton bay fig trees, creating lots of shade for the carpark there. Across that field of trees is the Zoo. We'll go there another day.
These big old roots are great to sit on.
Back inside the gardens, walking along a different path, back towards the North Terrace entrance we see these big roots snaking away along the ground. Another Moreton Bay Fig tree of course. We have lots of them here in Adelaide.
I hope you've enjoyed our walk. Shall we meet again another day and see some more of the gardens?
There's lots of other Adelaide sights I'd like to show you.