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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.
Click to see more.

 How does a defibrillator work?

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Learn how a defibrillator works.
Click here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A Busy Couple Of Weeks

Consider the wise words of Mark Twain:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Yesterday I caught a fish!  My first edible fish in 50 years. It was a Flathead in Lake Illawarra. I caught it when Peter and I went out in the boat.

We didn't end up eating it. Peter didn't feel it was worth cleaning one smallish fish so we gave it to some other fishermen who had caught a few.

This year for Mothers' day I told my family I didn't want any presents but i just wanted them to come for afternoon tea and to help me dig up the Brush Turkey mound that my neighbour had accused me of dumping on his land.

Everybody pitched in including my brother and my 84 year old mother who wields a mean shovel (- or spade. I'm never sure.) I have a back problem and could only use a trowel but Mum shovelled as fast as anybody. Anyway we moved the Brush Turkey mound and I sent my neighbour a letter to let him know. I attached several articles and pictures about Brush Turkeys and their mounds.

Last Wednesday we stopped in at the Gelato Emporium on the way back from Helensburgh.

I am working my way through the gelatos alphabetically. On Wednesday I had Fig and Ginger. It was delicious. Peter has 2 scoops and I have one. We figured out that next time if we have them all in the same bowl we will save $4. (I think Peter is worried I will steal some of his.)

Being a Fungiphile I was thrilled to find these toadstools in my front garden. I have never seen any of them before.

In the past week or so they have grown quite considerably as you will see below.

Bike riding the past couple of weeks has led us past black swans on Lake Illawarra.

It was the first time I had ever seen them on the Lake.

There were quite a few swans.

The pelicans were about.

We rode into the sunset along the bike track at Towradgi....

......and another day we could see the Five Islands out near Port Kembla.


We also saw some cool skies.

I made my first sale on Platypus Creations 1.

I sold some polymer clay toadstools.

It was quite exciting. I have ordered a whole lot of new Fimo so i can make some toadstools in a variety of colours.

Interesting sites


 Artist builds custom home on truck
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Tiny house built on diesel truck.Click here to see more.


 Tips to be a better cook
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Here are 9 tips to help you be a better cook. Click here to read more. 


 Glass toadstools
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 These glass toadstools are absolutely gorgeous. Click here to see more.