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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Weekend Shenanigans

Sadly most of the shenanigans weren't mine!

On Friday we went over and gave Harley a run because his dad, Angus was off can-shaking to raise money for our Brigade. I must admit we piked this year.  It was Andrew's Birthday (we thought!) so instead we went out for lunch.  Anyway, Harley is such a sweet guy with a really bad past.  He is very lucky that Angus took him on and saved him from a miserable life, and he knows it and is very devoted.

He's a funny boy and he loves a kong game, his version of which has to involve much shaking of kong back and forth and ruh ruh ruh noise-making.  Those big kongs are heavy. He must have a neck made of iron cables!

So it turned out that Andrew's birthday was actually on Saturday!  That's what happens when you don't look at a calendar enough.  Mum very kindly made some gluten free cakes for us to take up the station for schedules.  Yum!  

In the evening I left him happily amateur radioing in the man-cave and took mum off down to watch the younger nieces in a showjumping competition.  It was rather a big event and the entries for this class alone were 100 pony club kids!  As you can see, the walking the course opportunity was a little bit crowded.  :D

It's called a jigsaw event, which means that two kids jump identical courses at the same time, and the time they get is from when the first horse crosses the line to start and the last horses crosses the line to finish.

 Niamh was first to come into the ring.  That's her and Ollie going over the last jump while their partner crosses the finish line.  They were fast and neat and got a great time, though not quite fast enough for the winning line up.

  Here are Molly and Mahlee.  

It was lot of fun to watch the event and reminded me very much of when mum and I went and saw the Horse of the Year show in the UK.  What a fantastic day and evening that was!  Gave me a taste for cobs as well.  :D

I was very impressed with the horsemanship that I saw there, from tiny kids on up.  A lot of the ponies and horses were far from push-button, and the kids did a sympathetic and brave job of handling anything that came up.  It reminded me of my own fearless childhood riding days.  I wish I was that fearless now!

A large part of the rest of the very rainy weekend was spent doing musical stuff, sometimes upstairs in the reading nook.  I've been tinkering with Andrew's neglected ukulele.  It's a dear little thing.  I can see why people like them!         

I've been actually learning scales on the guitar too. Shocking!  It was finding this youtube teacher that set me off.  Thanks Sean Daniels!   You can't ask for a more enjoyable set of lessons than his.

Oh and if you'd like to listen to some music by an Aussie Druid whose music is far more advanced than his years, listen to this album by KC guy.  So pretty!

Crocheting is going well but I can't show you my current small project because it is a present. Niamh's afghan is one and a half rows from done, plus rather a lot of weavings-in!  The next afghan is going to be an Aussie camo one for my bro in law.   

The browns look a bit pinker than their true colour here.  I'm going for another big square, or in this case, rectangle.  I LOVE not having to sew the small squares together at the end and it is so much faster!

I hope the week treats you well, with much creativity and rest and love and all the good things.     



Thursday, 18 May 2017


I finished my dream board with my word of the year on it this week.  I love it!  Being able to image search on google certainly beats the days of hunting through magazines for pics.  I'm not sure many magazines even contain the sorts of images that I'd consider inspiring!

Exuberant colour. You can't go past a good maple for that.  


What a delight to the eye!   With wind gently blowing them, they were even prettier, so I got little bit of video for you and added some lovely music by the musician, Hauk, from his album called "Love Songs. Lamentations and Lifthrasir."  The song is called "Freyja's Tears."

We had a lot of fun this week doing a photo shoot and article about women in our Bushfire Brigade for our local newspaper.  It was such a laugh and the feeling between us all, both we women and our family members who came along to support our effort, was so lovely.

I've been thinking about another short story for Freya Fjordrider.  I can't say she is my most exuberant character, because I need to factor in the mad Brodie Mac Brodie from the Norse World Tales, but she is certainly consistently full of life and fun to write. I had so much fun writing the last short story (novella?) for her, the link for which I now can't find.  What the? I thought I'd put it on this blog for you to read!  I'll see if I can find it.  

Anyway, when starting to think about this new story, I'd thought about going back to her earlier life, back to when she met the hideous but charismatic Ferss the Fierce, who shows up in Golden Bear, and doing the story of how they met and adventured together, but actually, the more I think on it, the more it needs to be a full novel.  Hmm, now I'm torn between writing the next Satan story and the next Freya story!  What a very pleasant quandary to be in.  I certainly haven't dried up for novel ideas yet!

It's Andrew's birthday today. Happy birthday dearest one!  We all love you lots!


I found this pic the other day while looking for something else. I've done so many interesting things in my life, and yes that really was my exuberant hair!

I wonder what's next in this exuberant life?


Monday, 15 May 2017


I don't know why that idea is on my mind today. I'm not sure it relates much to what I am going to post here.  Perhaps it is the Leonie workbook, which asks you to think about what you want to have happen in the year ahead (I know it's May but anyway) and not just realistically but to really dream wildly about it.  This brings you in touch with your actual path, your needs, what you are doing that is successful and not so successful.  It's an interesting exercise.

I also got a phonecall to tell me that Tori, my horse who went off to be a police-horse when I found out about the Lyme Disease, is retiring.  They wanted to know if I want edher back. As you can imagine, that brings up a lot of stuff for me.  I'd meant to do a 'Horses I've Loved' post about her for quite a while, but somehow I keep avoiding it.  I loved her a lot, but my time with her  got all tied up into the exhaustion and anxiety of Lyme, so that now my feelings are really mixed.

I did adore her though.

And we had fun together sometimes.


Anyway, once I got the Lyme diagnosis, I felt able to admit that having horses was all too much for me.  Tori's companion pony, dear little Bellamy, went to be the beloved and much cherished pony of Della.

And Tori went to be a policehorse...

...which I'm sure she thoroughly enjoyed since she liked a bit of excitement.  They certainly love her there.  They are in no hurry to pack her off to just anybody, they were just asking me first.  I did think about it for a little while but no, I don't think she was ever all that happy here and I really do have no intention of going back to horses.  Not yet anyway.  Maybe not ever.

In other more cheerful news, the pointed beanie is finished!   No pattern, sorry, I winged it by kind of matching it up to his old one.   

There were just a few ends to weave in!

The weekend showed us some beautiful skies above the smoke from all the hazard reduction burns...

Including this bit of 'merino-wool' cloud! 

And we got one call-out to smoke that turned out to be a couple of piles of logs that were being deliberately burned by our local parks guys, so we didn't put them out.  The light, as it shone on the hill while we were down in a gully, made for some nice photos though.

Andrew continuing his 'heroic stance in sunlight pose' practice

Nope, you're out of the light now!

To put it out or not to put out?
We also took the dogs to the Swan River on Sunday morning.  The water was beautiful.  So still.

Except for the dogs churning it up.  They sent ripples right across.

They had a lot of fun fetching, which was fine...

... and then even more fun rolling in something truly hellish in its perfume, possibly very smelly, fishy bait some kind fishermen left behind, so home we came for a lovely bath.  Sorry, no pics of that, I was too busy torturing my dogs with the same substance they had so recently enjoying swimming in!  :D 

Sunday afternoon we went to Jen's place and had early dinner with mum and the family. Sorry, forgot to take pics!   What do you call early dinner anyway?  Dunch?  Linner?   



Thursday, 11 May 2017


We went for an exploratory walk this morning and ended up going way further, up hill and down dale, than we had meant to do.  Such is the risk of a walk in new places!   This gorgeous old "petticoat tree" Jarrah was seen on our way...

After that there was a lot of pretty bush, and a lot of struggling down tracks covered with ankle-breaker honky nuts, and along back fences of properties, until we finally the turned the last corner and expected to see the car.. um, nope, not yet!  More walking to do yet, and uphill too!

Ahhh, at last, the car!  Phew!

Last night's full moon was in a clear sky and bright orange from smoke from all the local hazard reduction burns going on.  I tried to get a pic, expecting the moon to be orange if a bit small, and instead got this amazing shot.  Three times too so it's not a fluke. Something about how the smoke was picking up light that wasn't visible to the naked eye maybe?

Looks like the moon has rings like Saturn!

Speaking of satyrlike (I know we weren't but anyway) here is Andrew sporting his half-made pointed beanie.  Heh, evil Andrew!   I've got a few rows left to do yet!  :D

Yesterday I took time out from blitzing the bathroom to set up the mezzanine floor's window area as a reading and writing nook.  You like?  I think it is the nicest space I have ever made!

This is the view I had outside as I snuggled up there to keep filling out my Leonie workbook yesterday evening.

Only trouble is the dogs can't get up there, so I'll restrict my use to times when Andrew is home so they have him for company.  My sister's old Dalmatian, Flicka, could climb up the steep stairs, more like a ladder really, in the days when Jen slept up there, but she had to carry her down and I do not feel up to lugging two 35 kilo dogs up OR down!

Speaking of Jen, she made the cover of the local Volunteers Week package from Emergency Services.  Go Jen!   

Outside work has involved finishing the Wickerman so that he can dry out in the shed.
As you can see he has a top hat now. Actually we think he needs a cane too. He looks rather fabulously like he has just finished a dance routine.

Archie did his own first routine in a trick show last weekend.  He was apparently cheeky but amusing, as you would expect from such a naughty character.  

Pic by Waylib photos
Look how chunky he is now!  A far cry from the itchy, somewhat llama-like 18 month old who first arrived here.  He looks just like I always thought he would grow up to look, and it hurts my heart a bit, although intellectually I know that he really needed a special home like Louise's for him to mentally thrive and continue to be a good boy.  I just didn't have the energy to consistently be what he needed me to be.   


Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Good Weekend of Interestingness.

Dawn this morning was amazing.

Let's hope it presages a fantastic week!

Our weekend was really lovely. we started it with a lunch for Mum and sis, Jen, on Friday.   Plus six Labradors and one brave cat!

All six dogs in shot at once, plus Cyrano.

Pippa did show little too much interest at one stage, but she is a puppy after all, in fact it was her first birthday on Friday!  Happy birthday, sweet Pippa! 

On Saturday we spent all day at a course for Hazard Reduciotn burns, a very valuable course, but quite intense.  I got home pretty exhausted and rested for a few hours hoping to still be able to go to the Samhain moot we'd planned with the local Druids, but it wasn't to be. Ah well, I am pretty thrilled to be able to go to a six hour course, even if i didn't manage the two things on one day!  Apparently they had a good time and are keen to do it again, so we are all go for our Midwinter bonfire here.

While i was resting trying to recover enough to go to the moot, Mr Kitty decided he was going to come on the bed and sit with me.  He has never really taken to sleeping on the bed in all his 13 years, but since he has got up with me, all of a sudden he thinks it is the best ever.  It is too!  We have one of those hotel-style soft-as-a-cloud toppers on our bed, plus under that a memory foam topper as well, all in an attempt to have less painful nights.  i guess it might be nice for old kitty bones too.  He certainly looks pretty cosy snuggled in there.

Sunday morning it was more Firey stuff, with a training event for the comms brigade plus the local fire controller types.  It was fun in a busy way. I got to be on a radio, pretending to be the central fire authority, ordering out brigades, ambulances, power workers, all sorts,  as requested by the controllers, as the 'incident' went on.  I never got any useful pics of that either!  I did get this one of the "Blue-shirts" using their excellent teamwork skills to get one of the gazebos back in the bag!

I do love the colour of their uniform. Makes a nice change from fluro yellow.  :D

In the arvo I spent some time playing guitar in the sun.

And worked on the Wickerman for our bonfire night a bit more.  The chookies liked me being down there in the paddock and came to keep me company.

Ah, my pretty, cheeky, Red Rover.

I love my chookies!

Today I plan on getting my "Leonie" yearly planner up to date.  A bit late I know but I told myself I couldn't play with it until Land of Giants was all done, and what with one thing and another, that has been a long time happening.

Ah, so pretty!

It's not too late to set some goals for the year, even if it is nearly half over.  :D