When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
C. S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”
There was a man under my house today. He was digging some holes to pour concrete in and make new footings to underpin the old ones. Every now and then I heard a jack hammer going. Two of the footings under my house need to be underpinned.
So I called in an engineer. P:-) was right. The footings need underpinning or they are likely to give way at some stage. A scary thought. My house would just fall down. Anyway, it is underway today, and thankfully not too expensive.
So this was what had been completed by the time I left about 2:30.
P:-)'s 5th grandchild was born last week. Little Jake. P:-) now has 4 granddaughters and a grandson. I don't usually put photos of people on my blog but I don't think P:-)'s son M or daughter-in-law K would mind as they have posted his picture on Facebook.
His full name is Jake George Stephen.
I was lucky enough to nurse him before he was 24 hours old!
Beautiful lichen covers a rock in my front yard.
Lichens are interesting organisms made up of symbiotic relationships between a fungus and a green alga with the fungi providing the structure and the algae the green ‘chlorophyll’ part.
I imagine this lichen is very common but I have been unable to identify it
After much thought and procrastination I finally ordered Jamie Oliver's new book, Save With Jamie.
I ordered it from UK Amazon. The total cost including postage is $33. To buy it from Penguin Books Australia it was going to cost $49.99, not including delivery fee. Books arrive really quickly from UK Amazon - usually within a week.
It is the Australian tax that makes them so expensive. A quick internet search failed to provide any information on the rate of tax on books in Australia. On one occasion I bought an Australian book whch was going to cost me $140 in the local book shop, through UK Amazon and it cost $60 including postage.
Rhone Glacier covered in blankets
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