Sunday, April 19, 2009


What a delightfull treat. I went to my postbox and found a lovely parcel from Pip at Rest Is Not Idleness Pip had made some lovely Quince Paste (which she gives the recipe for on her blog) and wanted to share some with me when I said that I loved it too. The paste arrived all sealed up and in a lovely little box

as well as that Pip included a little red organza bag that held a grogeous red beaded rose pin that she had made, and the cutest little bounding bunny (check these out on her blog also).

My lovely cheese and fruit plate I made last night that featured that yummy Quince Paste.

Thank you so much Pip, the real treasure in that box is friendship.. how wonderful to think that technology enables two people that might not have met under ordinary circumstances to 'meet' and share bounty. Do look at Pips blog, its so nice to see people living a sustainable life in these times when our economy is battling. I think most of us will benefit from becoming more selfsufficient and thats not an imposition.. its rather nice to produce homemade/grown goodies for our families.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I was just reading a blog by Lyn at MyPinkandCreamCottage. She well describes and shows pics of the recent floods in her area. How devastating for the people of Coffs Harbour (a one hour drive from me). Victoria had their bushfires while other areas were in flood. Reading her article was like a trip down memory lane for me. I live in an area that has massive flooding and I could tell lots of stories, but, the most recent fright for my family was a couple of years ago when Newcastle was in flood and my two youngest daughters and my little granddaughter were stuck in it. They didnt realise that the water was rising outside... here is a newspaper clip.....

Sisters caught in floods
12/06/2007 3:06:51 PM
THE floodwaters that have indunated Newcastle and the Hunter Valley in recent days forced Kempsey sisters Lauren and Candice Figgett from their home and out into the torrents on Saturday night in a terrifying ordeal.
The Macleay Argus managed to get hold of Lauren yesterday as she sat in a cafe near her home, reflecting on the weekend's events.

Lauren, her sister Candice and seven-year-old daughter Savannah, were with two friends and their four-year-old son.

"We obviously knew it was raining, but it wasn't until I told my sister I was going to call for a pizza for the two kids that I looked outside and saw a river running past the front of our house," Lauren, 24, said.

"My friend said it was too wet for the pizza guys to get here ... man that was an understatement.

"We rushed outside in our undies to see how the shed was faring, but the house was surrounded by water.

"There was literally a river running past our house!

"At first it was quite funny, we were laughing at the novelty of the whole situation, and my friend even went outside to tie a ribbon on a signpost so we could see how fast the water was rising."

Lauren, a well-known singer around Newcastle, said everyone started putting items of value up high within the house, and laughed at her contribution to the possible rescue effort.

"I wrote our names and ages on the back of a Centrelink form so rescuers would know how many of us were up on the roof if it came to that," she giggled.

"After we got that all sorted we just sat at the window and watched these cars float past – lucky for us our house is up on stilts.

"We had been texting and trying to ring friends with trucks or utes to come and get us, and eventually a mate pulled up out the front, and we got the kids ready to move.

"The water kept rising and rising, and the rain was so heavy, so my sister put Savannah on her shoulders and ventured out into the current to get to the ute at the front gate.

"The water was moving so fast, Candice nearly fell a couple of times, and it was at that point the seriousness of our situation dawned on me and I got really scared.

"Savannah was screaming and we were trying to calm the kids down by telling them it was fun and an adventure, but I bet they could see the fear in our eyes.

"We literally swam out the front once we got the kids into the ute and went to a safer house, and every time the wind picked up or a car floated past we would be hit by a wave.

"The water was really disgusting, it was full of garbage and sewage, and on our way to our friend's house we nearly ran out of petrol, the roads were blocked and we had to navigate through deep water not knowing what was below."

Lauren's way of thinking continued to save her future grief, as she always keeps a "fire bag" with her passport and essential documents in it.

"I managed to grab that, but it turns out there was not much need because our house was relatively safe, and I don't have a car so that wasn't a drama.

"One of my friends lost her car and the water went right through her house.

"When we got back to our house on Sunday we found we had lost our fridge and my room was the only room to really get damaged.

"Everyone who I have spoken to since has a story, either they were really lucky, or unlucky as the case was most of the time.

"Looking back, it was really terrifying to think of how things could have gone, and just how lucky we were compared to so many others.

"I work in a cafe in Newcastle, and yesterday (Sunday) we were so busy because there were something like 200,000 homes with no power," she said.

"Not surprisingly the general topic of conversation was the storm and the flooding, and some of the horror stories were really frightening.

"A woman who lives just up the road from us was home alone with her two babies, and she was stranded until the firefighters and rescue crews helped her get out.

"The firies drove past us and yelled out, asking us if we were all right, and when we gave them the thumbs up they sped off.

"They must have had a hell of a night.

"The damage in my room was pretty bad, but I will go home today and try and sort it out to see if anything, I really should be thanking my stars that the flood waters didn't actually reach the house.

"The water damage in my room was from the rain coming through the roof, not the flood waters.

"Walking around Newcastle, the waters have receded a bit, but there are still car parks full of cars that floated in and smashed against each other.

"I reckon Newcastle will be mopping up for a long time before they are back to normal, and that's if the rain holds off."

What wasn't told was that there was a blackout and it was late at night... when they tried to leave the house... my granddaughter was on her mums head and in the dark..they could not follow a path and didn't know it they were on even ground or about to sink. How frightening would that have been....?

We have had minor flooding in my town twice in the last 2 months... and the rain is still hanging around.. but the sun is out too and our Autumn is looking really good... While our US friends are looking to their beautiful Spring weather.. I am watching our leaves turn to gold. Autumn is such a beautiful season!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Go Aussie Go!

This award I got from my lovely friend Monica over at Monicas English Version (see my side bar).

And this one comes with a little job!

I’ll have to list 10 honest things about ME…

We know the I will try to think of some unusual things that are true for me.

1. I always had an ambition to finish at 44 I went back to education! I finished school then went on to graduate from University just weeks after my 50th birthday.

2. I have a daughter who is a singer. She trained at the Conservatorium here in Australia, she trained classically but sings any genre. She is billed in the USA as an international performer.

3. I work in a hospital. I am a Social Scientist. I work in an Opioid Dependency Unit. I also do general counselling or psychology work privately.

4. I am interested in brain function, phobias and addictions. (weird huh?) I love to study people and how and why they function as they do.

5. I collect cook books. The ones from churches or schools etc. I especially love the ones that have contrubutors names or anything personal from some other cook.

6. I don't like to travel (its an agoraphobic thing-not the type that I cant leave the house... just don't travel too far from home).

7. I live very simply. A lot of the work I do is for the love of it. The people that I want to reach can't afford me or the services that I represent... so.... a lot of my work is free.. which means I live frugally.

8. I get excited about the small things. Often when I look back..they were the BIG things.

9. I love children.

10. I am motherly, and I like what that creates. I 'mother' most people that I meet and that is like a trademark with me. I dont want any of my wrinkles removed.. I dye my hair but leave some gray showing... I like being a Nanna to my grandkids..and any other kids that need a Nanna, and one of the nicest things ever said to me was from my youngest daughter... "You have one of those faces that if you were lost in a big city you would go up to you for help because that would feel safe"

That’s it..

Now I am passing this on to 6 friends

Pip at Rest Is Not Idleness

Julie at Whimsical Notions

Tania at Out Back

Lucinda at Hume Cottage

Jen from Jens Chronicles

Anne at Annies Cottage

These are all Australian girls and I chose them to give some of our international friends a chance to look up some Australian blogs that they just might not stumble across so easily. They can all be found on my sidebar.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


My wonderful friend Robyn called round with a beautiful gift to pack in my hospital bag. I just love Lavender (would you have guessed?).

My Tree

When I look out my back door..this is what I see...isn't it beautiful!

Today is Good Friday, in Australia that means we are celbrating it ahead of our friends in the US. For me it means that I will spend the day simply, with family. We will enjoy a lunch of seafood and salad, then off to an afternoon Mass. Home for a hot cross bun, but basically a quiet day of reflection.
My beautiful tree that I see from my back door as I sit here at the computer shows a stillness and peace that reflects the promise of this day.

Happy Easter

I want to wish you all a happy and Holy Easter! I am waiting for my family to arrive home and the anticipation is wonderful.

I had a lovely surprise a few days ago when a blogger asked for my address to send me a card for Easter that she had made, well it arrived yesterday and I was just so blown away by the kindness and the friendliness shown to me. What an absolutely beautiful card.

It arrived with little butterflies on the envelope and boy, was I excited.

Inside, a lovely little tissue wrapped parcel with an easter egg sticker.

As I opened it lots of little cutouts fell out, they were so cute.. all sorts of easter cutouts.. fish, bunnies, eggs etc.

A beautiful standup card that had a very meaningfull message inside, (bought a tear to my eye) and another little card lovingly made that I can hang. Thank you so much Jules, from Whimsical Notions. You certainly bought great joy by that kind act.

Friday, April 3, 2009

I recieved this lovely award from my friend Sandi at Sandi is a lovely lady and has a great blog. It is called the Uber Blog Award.


Uber {synonym of super} Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites that inspire you, make you smile and laugh, gives amazing information, a great read, have an amazing design, and any other reasons you can think of that makes them Uber amazing!

Like Sandi, I am flattered to think that anyone would want to pass me this particular award because I still consider myself fairly new to blogging and I really didn't think my blog was anything special!

I used to look at all the lovely blogs on here and want to be part of the blogging community, but was not sure that I would have enough to contribute. I often struggle to think of things to blog about that would be of interest to anyone but But I'm so glad I took the plunge! I have made so many wonderful blogging friends. So thank you Sandi for this award!

There are rules to go along with receiving this award.

1. Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.

2. Nominate at least 5 blogs {or more} that for you are amazing.

3. Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

4. Come back here and comment so that your link could be added to the master list of awardees.

The Uber Blog Award goes to: All my good friends on here! Too hard to narrow it down, so I would like to offer this to anyone that would like it.