Monday, April 14, 2014

SHOPPING EXPEDITION PLUS...


I'm really enjoying my bike/trike, it is a great success. I'm lucky that our little town is fairly flat, has a small population, only 2or 3 mainish roads...therefore plenty of quiet roads for me to wend my way to the shops!





I did look to see if Jeremy Fisher was hiding under a lily pad but he was well hidden! I'm hoping to one day see some flowers here, water lily flowers are so beautiful.


And the proof of my bike at the supermarket with the bags of shopping in the basket, the bike being tethered, (I know it is actually chained, not tethered!) to a post in the car park!
It was such a beautiful ride, perfect temperature for me, a 'good to be alive' day!
And tonight dinner was cooked for me, always a treat...


A chili con carne dish, guacamole and sour cream. Since we have comes here to live E is cooking once a week and is trying out things that are new to him. This dish was inspired by the delicious meal we had on Saturday night cooked by daughter no 2. She gave her recipe to E and voila! Our meal!
I do enjoy cooking...mostly...but it is lovely having a meal presented to me!








Friday, April 11, 2014

A PAINTING EXERCISE.

A few weeks ago we had a very dear friend to stay for the weekend. It was a precious time of catching up and just being, that lovely feeling of being with someone close, where words are sometimes unnecessary...
This friend is an artist, you may remember when we bought a painting...


This very clever artist painted this, her sideboard, her display of treasures upon it with another of her paintings hanging on the wall. L teaches watercolour to a small group of friends, and is always thinking of something she can pass on. Some of the students have little or no experience so she is enjoying helping them begin. Whilst staying with us she developed an exercise for the class, drawing lines behind the subject, easier to show than explain!!



These are demonstrations she did with her class as a way for them to learn to mix paints and to understand tones and values. I of course had to try it out. My first attempt was a good drawing of lilies but then go clumsy with my tones and had to begin again. The second attempt was a bit of a challenge.





I decided in  'my wisdom' that my painting needed more dark to try to correct the wonky perspective in the tin...silly me as then really I half defeated the point of the exercise! When to leave alone!! That is an exercise on its own!
I picked quinces this morning and have drawn up a sketch of them to paint. I. Going to have fun with them, painting, cooking, enjoying their divine scent as they decorate the table..?That is before they are cooked. I have a batch on the stove at the moment to pre poach them, if this is a possibility! They are so blinks tough to peel and core so thought If I soften them first it might be easier, soften, then cool of course! I'll let you know!
Have a lovely weekend! As we will.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE PROBLEM WITH IPADS...MINE ANYWAY!


This
isnt the problem! This is just my lovely yellow rose we potted up to bring from the farm. It has survived being transplanted in the heat and it's new environment very well...thank goodness! 
Now to my ipad and my blog...ugh! I LOST ALL MY FAVOURITE READS ON MY SIDE BAR yesterday, just like that, not a single one left, not even the space for one! So frustrating!! Lucy, a computer whizz came, set up the spot for my favourite reads but couldn't find all those I had lost. I have spent several hours tracking down these special blogs and restoring them to their rightful place and think I have most of them. There are so many inspiring reads out there and I enjoy my catchups with you all, my old friends! This is a wonderful world this blog land! I'm bound to have missed some, if you know you have been missed, please let me know! 
My other ipad concern, and I know others have the same problem...is the ipad freezing when I want to comment on other blogs. Very frustrating when the words stop coming! Something I've discovered by trial and error is that when the ipad freezes I tap Preview...next to Publish. A little box comes up with Edit...I go into that and MOSTLY the ipad unfreezes and the words begin to flow. I might have to persist two or three times before it works...try it and let me know. 


I picked four gardenias before lunch and the scent is wafting over to me as I write...delicious! Only three in the photo I know...not today's photo!
It is a lovely Autumn day here, blue sky with white fluffy clouds. The lawn is being mown and in a lull a kookaburra decided to serenade us, full voice. A very Australian afternoon!
I hope you are all enjoying your day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

EASTER BUNNY AND HIS FRIEND PLUS A BIKE UPDATE

We spied Easter Bunny again this morning and found he had brought a friend..


They decided they both needed a good cleanup, a lick and a promise I'm sure!



Easter Bunny was shy and kept his back to me as he cleaned himself...

And then they were off!

TODAY's BIKE news is that I did indeed ride to the shops and the PO! A three kilometre round trip! I'm so pleased to have done it and it is nice to have destination. Lucy lent me her cable lock so was able to hitch up to a metal post next to a car park in the supermarket car park. It was beautifully safe and out of the way of other people...and cars. It has been quite humid today and I must admit my legs were pleased to get home! Heat and I are not friends at any time so I was very happy to semi-collapse onto the couch with an E made cup of tea!


                                   PROOF of my shopping!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

EASTER BUNNY VISITS AGAIN



A very shy little visitor came this afternoon, if he hears the slightest sound he is off and away. He is so sweet and I do wonder where his mother is! I've heard it said that you get different coloured rabbits when there are a lot around, maybe it is true as when we went to our farm I did see a beautiful ginger rabbit...and there were indeed heaps of rabbits there. Can you see the (evil!) Indian Mynah bird lurking in the background? They are a real pest in this little town, frightening away the native birds that we would normally find here. I have seen flocks of twenty or thirty here coming in, enjoying themselves in their rather 'arrogant' way! There is an eradication programme happening, hopefully the numbers will lesson over time with more people involved.


Some of the luscious quinces on the tree here, I will have to do something with them. Kate has a delicious poached quince recipe which I will try. When I was in NZ last year she had some in the freezer knowing how much I love them. Delicious! I'll see how energetic I am before the Mynahs eat them all!


There is an old gardenia bush here, tucked in under a shrub, totally neglected and yet seems to have one or two flowers almost all the time. I adore them and love to have one under my nose! The richness of the scent alongside the clear beautiful creamy white, positively soul replenishing! My mother had two large gardenias in pots which she nurtured and everytime I stayed with her she would have a gardenia on my bedside table. It seemed to be every time, maybe it wasn't but memory makes it so! 
Have a good week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BIKE RIDING AND MORE




Another photo of the new bikie! This time on my 84 yr old friend's bike, the one I first tried out. She rides every day with her daschund, Gus riding in the basket and no, he doesn't have a helmet!
I've been out this morning on a quiet back road near where we are living, gum trees lining the road, farm land beside the road, no traffic. I went nearly two ks altogether so my furtherest ride yet. What was lovely for me was the scent of the gums beside me, the scent you miss as you drive past them in an air conditioned car. It took me back to my childhood...I rode a bike from just aged five, two miles to school...and of course two miles home. A big haul for a five year old in the summer heat, then of course in all the different weather, heavy frosts in the winter, thankfully no snow! Our parents didn't pick us up in a car if the weather was inclement, we had to tough it out! Don't think I'm complaining as I'm not. It was just a fact of life. It was a lovely memory for me this morning though, the deliciousness of the fresh eucalyptus took me right back. It wasn't always fun and games...in Spring time we would often be bombarded by swooping magpies attacking us. We would stop before THE TREE where they lurked, then pedal for all we were worth and be very happy to think we had evaded them! Sometimes there was a snake on the road and we would have to work out whether it was safe to tear past or what else we could do. We never tackled one, just somehow avoided the snake!
This post wasn't to be past memories but...
Sometimes when I was older, I left the little school when I was almost eleven to put it all in perspective, I would ride my horse to school. There was a horse paddock in the school grounds where the horse munched away until it was 'hometime'. One afternoon as I went to ride home, my horse threw me and took off! The teacher of this little country school who always rode his bike to school, hopped onto his bike and followed my untrusty steed, caught him and then led the horse back, still riding his bike! It does make me laugh to think of it, as it did at the time! I dId hop back on and rode home to tell my story, another adventure to relate! 
And a lovely picture that was in a Melbourne paper last weekend..


The power of love, the look in the eyes, beautiful!
Have a happy day, me too after I have done some ironing that has been hanging around, seemingly for weeks!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A YANTRA MORNING MEDITATION


Last week our little local library held a painting/meditation morning. I couldn't resist, two of my 'things' together! The leader for the morning was so well prepared...paints, brushes, backing boards and several sheets for each of yantra designs, (I had never heard of a yantra...like a mandala ), lovely thick A2 paper and beautiful music. The idea was to focus on the 'colouring in' as you painted and listened to the beautiful meditation music. Rather like focusing on a mantra. Each yantra had a different message to add to the mix. I've tried to put a link in for you 
but can't so suggest you search images for yantras, there are heaps to see


My colours were much brighter than the photo shows...we had to choose three colours so I chose blue for a favourite colour, orange for one I felt I needed and dark brown for one I don't like. Then at the end I chose yellow for an extra as I thought it needed some sunshine as well. All the other pieces done on the day were different to mine, more subdued and all beautiful. Mine looked almost garish...but cheerful although I did feel rather as though I needed to be more delicate in the things I do....until I read the quote at the top of the page more carefully...


I honour the uniqueness of my journey in life! It was a real reminder of the uniqueness each of us possesses, that we follow our own star, even when this way may make life difficult for us. It reminded me of a quote I read a few days ago, 'if you follow the herd you are bound to walk in 's..t'. For me it has been a struggle often to remember to walk my own path, still is at times as I was brought up to be very conservative, to not offend anyone, to be 'nice' at all times and so on. I'm still reminded, even at the meditation...one woman asked if anyone was hot, nobody spoke up except I did say I was just right. The next thing she did was to speak to the leader and the door to outside was opened wide. It was COLD! I was too polite to suggest that  perhaps the open door could be closed a little and too polite to put my jumper on as the 'hot'woman was sitting next to me and I didn't want to hurt her feelings! How do you spell der, durr, duh! I'm not sure but for goodness sakes, how very polite and how disrespectful of my own feelings! 
I really enjoyed my morning, the time flew past and thoughts came and went without being important, a real 'chill out' morning, no worries, no 'when are we going to get our own home' sort of thoughts, very therapeutic.
Enjoy your chilling out time...in whatever way is right for you! We need some EVERY DAY!