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Sunday, 10 July 2016


Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Philippians 4:6 (The Message.)

Piggy picture

 Peter has a 6th grandchild - a 5th granddaughter. Lucy

I don't usually put pictures of the grandchildren on my blog, but it is a bit hard to see much of little Lucy here. She is beautiful.

My daughter Jade has just completed an exhibition at Gallery 9, Darlinghurst. Jade makes strange creatures and sculptures fabrics she dyes.

This is one she sold. It is about a metre long.

Here are a few more pieces in her exhibition.

I have begun fixing up Jade's old room. She left 18 years ago and it had largely been a storage room. But I have decided to have it as on office so I don't have papers all over the place for my tutoring. I have a couple of comfortable chairs in there as well.

These chairs had been sitting in my garage for a while (long story) waiting to go onto Gumtree and I decided to use them in my office.

I bought some cheap soft blankets from Aldi for $10 each and threw them over the chairs.

The TV is sitting on an old sewing table that belonged to my grandmother. I picked the two grey chairs up off a rubbish pile. Rhiannon and I sanded them back and painted them.

Now I need to do some decorating.

Our church just paid off a $5m debt, so there was a week of celebrations.

And I will finish here with some lovely eucalyptus leaves from my garden.

Interesting sites

 Floating house on Thames

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A floating property  has set sail along the river Thames, totaling eight meters in height and weighing 70 tonnes. The dwelling comprises two bedrooms, a living room, a working bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and an apple tree.
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  Solar boat crosses Atlantic

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Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, a small autonomous boat is braving wind and waves to demonstrate the power of solar energy. Isaac Penny and Christopher Sam Soon’s Solar Voyager embarked from Boston on June 1, and they hope it will land in Portugal in October.
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 The Mafia gives Italians cancer

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When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates. Ian Birrell learns about the tragic consequences.
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Friday, 17 June 2016


I've always liked this quote. It is from the Dr Seuss book, The Lorax. It applies to a lot of things happening in the world today - climate change, poverty and war. We need to care about the planet and the people in it.

Piggy picture

 My herb garden doesn't get any sun in winter. Some of my herbs such as oregano and thyme seem to be doing ok but others such as my basil pepper are struggling.

 So I decided to take some cuttings.

I cut some soft drink bottles in half and pierce holes in the bottom.

I place a damp paper towel in the bottom of the base and fill it with potting mix.  I add the cuttings and place the top of the bottle over the base.

 I have placed some out on the back deck where there is a little bit of winter sun.

I added some toadstools to my thyme. You will find them for sale over at Platypus Creations 1.


 I am a fungiphile. These disc fungi are growing on a dead branch in my back year. I love them!

Peter and I did some bike riding at Towradgi. There were a number of tankers waiting outside Port Kembla Harbour to unload their cargo.

This week I made 2 little rabbit sisters. They are suitable for newborns and young children. Eyes and flowers are all embroidered

They come in their own organza bag.

You'll find them all at Platypus Creations 1.

In my reading this week I came across one of my favourite poems and I thought I would share it with you. (You can find notes for it here.)

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Interesting sites

 House of windows

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This couple built a house around a lot of reclaimed windows they collected.
 Click here to see more photos plus a great video. 

 Nomad's digital delight

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A 23 year old set up a van described as a digital nomad's delight. It sounds wonderful.
Click here to read more.

 Keep fruit and veggies longer

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Here are eight ideas to help you keep some fruit and vegetables longer.  
Click here to read all about it.

Sunday, 5 June 2016


"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." 

Galatians 6:9 NIV


 The last couple of weeks have been really busy. Tutoring and preparing for tutoring keeps me very busy, but it is very rewarding. I tutor a variety of students, most of them have some sort of reading difficulty.

 Because of limited time and finances  Peter and I have decided to explore some of the places closer to home. So we spent a weekend at Bargo - only 40 minutes away, on top of the mountain. Powered sites at the local caravan park were very reasonable at $28 per night.

We visited Wirrimbirra, a funny old nature reserve not far from Bargo. There were lots of swamp wallabies but not much else.....

......except for a couple of grey kangaroos........

 .......and a couple of emus....

But leasing land on Wirrimbirra was Bargo Dingo Sanctuary, 
which was really fascinating.
The Dingo Sanctuary is a public education facility for Dingoes and their preservation, run by the Australian Native Dog Conservation Society.

The Dingoes all had names and varied in personalities.

We learned that as well as the usual brown Dingoes there are also black Dingoes. 

We visited Thirlmere railway museum and took a ride to Buxton in an old diesel.

There were quite a few steam engines to see.

Below is the end of a carriage on an early mail train.

Last week I couldn't resist taking this photo of sunset over the mountains viewed from Peter's place.

I just posted some Fimo toadstools for sale on Platypus Creations 1.

I love making these.


My lovely friend Michelle, makes beautiful dolls and creatures from socks. Go over to Platypus Creations 1 and check them out.

Interesting sites

Round houses suitable for hurricane areas
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Round houses seem to survive better in hurricanes.
Click here to check this out

Tokyo Nights

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Photographer captures the bewitching, neon beauty of Tokyo on a dark rainy night.
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 How does a defibrillator work?

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Learn how a defibrillator works.
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