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Monday, 6 February 2012


 Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Henry van Dyke (1852-1953)

More back yard vistas

Below is the cubby house built for my two daughters around 25 years ago. It has held up quite well. When the house was full I used to enjoy going down there to sit with a book for some peace and quiet.

Cubby house
The view past the cubby house shows the end of the yard. There is a cleared flat area after that belonging to a neighbour and then a creek.

View down back yard
Slightly left of center is an Australian native Bird's-nest fern. The ground cover is Wandering Dew. It is a noxious weed. It is a lush dark green and has little purple flowers. I don't mind a lot of weeds but this one overtakes everything.

Boat in a bottle

On Friday I made one of my regular trips to the Salvation Army Store or the Salvos as they call themselves. I donated a couple of bags of old bric-a-brac and paraphernalia. I spotted this lovely little square rigger in a bottle.
Boat in a bottle
Square rigger in bottle

Two square riggers
P:-) is very interested in ships and this was interesting so I gave it to him. He placed the boat in the bottle next to the model of the Bounty I bought him before Christmas.

Birthday dinner

My daughter J had her birthday on the 7th January, but since everything was so busy then she decided to have her dinner at my place last Saturday. It was a pleasant night with 9 of us there.

Daughter J brought some of her home made ice-cream. J is vegan, which means she eats no animal products at all - no dairy or eggs. She has become interested in making ice cream and she brought a selection of her vegan ice creams with her.

Vegan ice-cream

She brought 4 flavors. The one in the top left hand corner had an exotic name I can't remember. The one in the top right hand corner was salted caramel. Below that is hazelnut and in the bottom left hand corner was coconut and raspberry. I find them delicious.

She also made some ice-cream tarts, made with pistachio and avocado ice-cream.

Ice-cream tarts

These were delicious and had a lovely nutty shortbread crust.

Interesting sites

 Click here to see the house built around a tree

Click here  to view a motor-home that you can easily detach.

Photo: Source
 Click here to view 6 luscious vertical gardens.

1 comment:

  1. All eye-candies :) Thanks for the sweet comment in my Creative DIYers Club blog.