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Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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.

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.

The footings under my house have been like this for about 8 years. My ex-husband had been going to put a room down there and dug right up against the footings, but left before it was finished. P:-) has been quite concerned about this for a while and especially now that I am going to sell the house. He thinks a building inspector wouldn't pass it. It is true that the clay base is starting to crumble and crack.

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.

Interesting sites

Montana Magica
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This is Montana Magica Lodge in Los Rios, Chile. It is accessible only by foot and intrepid guests must brave a swinging rope bridge to enter it. It looks fantastic.Click here to read more.

Rhone Glacier covered in blankets
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Each summer the Rhone Glacier is covered in white blankets to stop it melting. Click here to read more. 
Remove stress from your life
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Click here to learn about 17 ways  to remove stress from your life.

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