Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whilst waiting for the performance to end......(or a lovers walk part 2)

We wandered dark paths


Until we found cheery patches of light


We searched for elves


And watched some magic lights.


And had animated discussions about whether or not that bright light in the sky was a beautiful star or a satellite........
(the debate continues)

Photos taken whilst waiting for daughters performance in The School Spectacular to finish - Botanical Gardens, November 2013.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mono-memories


Like the simple farmhand who shut the gate after the horse had bolted, I thought I'd write about a bit of Sydney history almost a year after the event.
Just for a change from talking about the weather.

The unusual looking tube above is what's left of our old Monorail system.
This particular section was once a station at Darling Harbour.
After 25 years and countless problems, the NSW Government decided to pull the monorail down, and it was decommissioned in July 2013.
Lots of commuters rode the monorail in it's final days.  A lot more than it's usual load.
I decided to give that experience a miss after being trapped on one many years back.  It was only for about 10 minutes but the heat and claustrophobia made it feel much much longer.  (Strangely I didn't seem to be as concerned when I was trapped in a lift about 12 years ago - not as much as the young man with me anyway.  Must have had something to do with the fact that I was very heavily pregnant and declared that I really needed a bathroom.  He practically pushed me through the back of the elevator and leapt out before me when the doors eventually opened - how ungentlemanly!)

I had mixed feelings about it being pulled down.  Nostalgia made me think that I would miss seeing it around, while sense dictated that the roads would be a little less cluttered and a little more sunny with it gone.

Then I stopped thinking about it altogether.



Taken outside The Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour, November 2013


Saturday, February 15, 2014

February blues

I'm feeling lethargic.
I'm tired of the heat and humidity.
Three showers a day has become a necessity otherwise one offends one's husband,
who has taken to adopting this expression when
I greet him at the end of the day.
Once again I feel myself longing for the cooler months.
When I can don my snuggly bathrobe.
Sit inside during Autumn evenings and Winter showers.




And commence my latest project.



Bugs Bunny face from here
Garden shots, lounge and book photos taken in November 2013.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thou shalt not spend (too much)


We're well into February now so it's time I let you in on the second of my 12 changes for 2014.

The B word.

Budget!
I can hear my credit card fainting as I type.

After half of the Christmas holidays spent with absolutely no money in the bank at the end of each week I decided I needed to change.

From now on, if it's not essential and I don't have the cash for it, it's not meant to be mine (well at least until my next pay and then I will re-evaluate - a girl can go without shoe buying for only so long).

The credit card is for emergencies only (OK, now I'm sure I can hear it sobbing).

I started the month extremely well - No No NO I said to all the great specials sent to my inbox.

And then I went shoe shopping with hubby.

I needed new sandals, my old faithfuls having finally given up the ghost.
I had $100 left after bills.
Hubby knew exactly where to go, and I found 4 pairs of sandals for $60.
Perfect.

Then I spied a pair of ultra cool boots - costing more than all my sandals put together.
Hubby takes out his credit card and buys me the boots.
And I don't stop him.

Seems I'm great at sticking to my budget - and also great at spending other people's money.

(Completely random and unrelated photo of my foot - showing one of the sandals that has now gone to the Great Garbage Bin - taken Feb 2013)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Summer thoughts on spring showers.



I love how my garden looks, feels and smells after a shower.


It's like our yard has been put through a rinse cycle and there are so many new sniffs to sniff.



And it does wonders for the little surprises nature drops on our door every now and then.





But the best thing I love about them is being inside listening and watching through the window (and I'm not the only one)



It's also the perfect opportunity to consult cook books and dream of my next culinary masterpiece.  And then just dive into a bowl of ice-cream.






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