Thursday, January 31, 2008

no doubt another contentious figure

Over one million Iraqis have now been killed since the invasion of their country 2003.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

storm brewing

For two days there was promise of thunderstorms that never eventuated, though the moody sunset was some consolation.

8.30 pm Australia Day 2007, looking towards Melbourne CBD


Friday, January 25, 2008

ning nong still getting international publicity

That bad party boy, who was considering a career in carpentry has decided it's just too much hard work and with the help of a manager has launched himself as a Gen Z party planner.

Only worth a mention as the Brits continue to lap up the story, even the BBC is keeping the public abreast of events in Delaney Land.

Not so strange after all when you think it's a nation whose image of Australia is dominated by the worst of our soaps.

Me thinks Corey will get a guest role any day now as Summer Bay's newest bad boy. What do you reckon?

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Thursday, January 24, 2008



1. Start a worm farm. It’s been weird not having a compost bin for the last few months. It feels absolutely wrong to throw all those organically grown food scraps in the bin.

2. The new garden bed is in and the lime has been severely pruned (wrong time of year I know but the deck needed to be built) and moved. Just have to wait and see if all the good intentions have worked. Bibi dutifully buried beneath it. Did I tell you that just after the internment under the lime tree, a butterfly came to visit us and hovered around the two of us and the lime for some time?

3. Plant something edible that can stand up to another couple of months of hot weather. Pity the bean and tomato planting season is long gone. still too hot, fried the cos lettuce - will try again later

4. Take more photos. Post holiday the camera has been ignored. Maybe do a belated pic-a-day blogpost.

5. Play with collage (sticky finger style with paper images).

6. Find a suitable water tank.

7. New fence, now put back another couple of weeks – will hopefully signal the end of all the backyard blitzing. I have been more patient with the progress than I expected. Really hope the new pull out clothesline is operational by the end of the day (ditto ‘wrongness’ when it comes to using a dryer in summer).

8. Get toilet fixed (only 18 months old but wont stop running, necessitating manual filling – no one can work out how to take the lid off so will leave it til the plumber comes to get the water tank operational).

9. Throw out more junk. Already done one op shop run (it must be karma that these days I give more away to the op shops than I’ve bought from them) of clothes that don’t fit or look right no matter how expensive they were to buy.

10. Move body more – it’s got to be a healthier option than liposuction.


Shadows: Tai chi with Christmas baubles

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

blast from the past - 80's music

I loved the '80's - it was my glorious youf! Though I'm not at all miserable now.

you'd be miserable too if you had a tree growing out of your bottom

(thanks Ed for the link)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

sunny Saturday in Wellywood

...some more than others.

(close ups of ice-cold lagoon and belly-flop tan not included)

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


If you keep driving to the bottom of the North Island, on the East side that is, at the end of the road you find a pub. The beach is too wild to go swimming but people head off in their boats to fish at sunset and everyone else goes to the hotel for a drink.

With a restaurant, tables in the magnificent sun and a reasonable tariff for an old-style hotel room we booked in for the night.

Where else but New Zealand (or perhaps the developing world) would you get such illuminating directions on how to use your mobile phone?

Or be given such educative, well-thumbed reading material with your hastily cleaned room?

Just as well the sunset was priceless.

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