Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Selections # 311

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost in your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.

If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.

Today's photos are mostly gardens:

Something odd was happening in my garden last week, with several items and plants appearing over a couple of nights, that certainly weren't mine. I eventually discovered these things belong to a young neighbour whose mother is currently visiting. Mum has gone cold turkey off her medications and is prone to doing unexpected things, like wandering away and getting lost, and taking all of her daughter's things off her balcony and putting them "in the garden". 
MY garden.

first to appear was this little plastic sweetheart, on a small concrete plinth. She was placed a little drunkenly leaning right at the edge of the garden, so I moved her to a safer spot on a flatter section.

I've named her Gloria and you can see here her water dish has a little chip off one edge, I may try to fix it one day with a little "knead-it". (that won't happen now, see below)The owner knows her things are here and is happy to leave them since she can see them from her balcony.

this beautifully glossy Peace Lily appeared the same night,

along with this blue pot which I thought was empty but have since learned there is a bulb in it.
there was also a small seedling tub with a dead marigold flower in it.

the next night, well early in the morning, just before dawn, I heard noises and when I got up just after dawn, I found this, which appears to be a Bird of Paradise,

planted in the dirt between a couple of the plum trees.These things grow to be huge stands of leaves and flowers, some as much as three metres across if left alone for many years, so clearly I can't leave it there, but I don't know what else to do with it just yet.
The thing I really minded was the number of plants the mum trampled while wandering about in the middle of the pre-dawn 😒

My apricot seedling, now 11 inches tall, from ground to top leaf, escaped trampling, thank goodness,

although it has been nibbled by caterpillars or something.

When I went out just now to measure the seedling, I noticed the blue pot and the Angel have both gone home.

My frogs are slowly getting buried in leaf litter and I can't find the fourth one at all. He's probably hiding under the Jade.

In another garden across town, I've been doing a bit of pruning.

Here is where I cut off a large branch from the Polygala, you can see the brown spot on the water meter, where the branch had been laying for some years and I noticed it was beginning to grow around the meter and would have damaged it. Water meters are expensive to replace.

other less thick branches are growing across in front of the gas meter, so they will have to be removed also. The meter readers need easy access.

It's hanging out into the driveway and covering the garden tap where the hose is attached, so of course no one can reach the tap with out getting poked in the face by branches.

I dragged the cut off branch over to the wildly overgrown Buddleia and left it there until the green waste bin was emptied of lawn clippings,

then began stripping off the leafy smaller branches and dead twiggy bits. Once those are all gone, I'll let the main branches dry a bit longer before cutting them up with the pruning saw.

Here is the base of the cut branch, as thick as my upper arm, hiding behind the Buddleia, which looks thriving and healthy from the outside, but under the canopy there is a ton of deadwood. This shrub has overgrown into the lawn area by two metres at least, and all the grass that was there is now dead.
It does shade more than half the porch nicely though.

Over in the other corner,

a very fragrant Lemon Verbena.

the flowers are tiny and white with a purple centre that can barely be seen here.

I used to pick handfuls of these leaves, crush them slightly to release the lemon fragrance, then place them in bowls in the bathroom and kitchen.

We'll finish today with no-one's cat, Missy,

once a glossy jet black, now a little rusty around the edges at almost 18 years old. 
She's quite sprightly still, galloping down the hallway to be let out after eating.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by Granny Annie and can be found here.

This week's words are:

1. honest
2. worth
3. another
4. parallel
5. fan
6. intention


1. blue
2. electricity 
3. cash
4. outrage
5. potential
6. memory

Here is my story: 

Remy closed the door behind Steve Brendan and took a good long look around his apartment. It didn't look good, that's for sure. His current life had no parallel at all with the one he used to have.
He began talking to himself as he wandered around picking up stuff and shoving it in a large black garbage bag," I had no intention of living like this when I moved in here. Maybe Steve is right, maybe there is potential for me to get back into review writing. It's certainly worth a try."

Remy sealed the now filled bag and shook open another one. "I've been in a blue funk far too long, that one preview I wrote might get picked up and bring me a little cash, then I can get at least a new shirt and start doing the theatre rounds again. If my memory serves, Alicia still writes for Harlequin Magazine and she has contacts that may be willing to talk to me."

He sealed the second bag and cleared a pile of dishes off the table, then started hot water running into the sink, ready to start washing up. "Thank heavens I always remembered to pay my electricity bill, even when I was drunk or stoned, mum's teaching must have sunk in pretty hard. I can just imagine her outrage at the way I let things go here."

Before starting the washing up, Remy crossed to the living room and opened some windows, then turned on the pedestal fan he brought out from the bedroom. "Time to clear the stink out of here," he said to himself. 
"I'm actually glad Steve dropped in, his honest words have been a wake up call."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Whew! I'm back for now, but who knows for how long?

Sorry to give you all a scare like that, but I was a bit scared myself too, so hope you'll all forgive me.

My sweet little laptop has been acting oddly for  a couple of weeks now, I'm happily doing whatever and suddenly she turns herself off. I let her nap for a while then start up again.

Today? She took a nap, so I went off and did other houseworky things, then turned her on again and all was well for a while, then  off she went again, but with a tiny popping sound this time. 
So of course I got all panicky and texted no-one for help, she talked me through finding blogger on my phone and from there I managed to sign in and leave the previous message.

I have to say, typing on that tiny screen is something I'd rather not do again, so of my lovely does die, you won't hear from me until I replace her.
Let's all cross our fingers that doesn't happen okay?

When I turned her on and she booted up oh-so-slowly, I got busy and wrote, then scheduled, my Wednesday's Words on a Friday post, so you're in luck, there's a story for you to read tomorrow.
With a little more luck, I'll get a Sunday Selections scheduled too, I usually do that on Saturdays and I don't see any reason to change my routine too much.

I should probably start putting aside whatever spare cash I can towards a new laptop, just in case.


My computer appears to have died, which means my Wednesday's Words on a Friday won't appear since I haven't written it yet and I'm not typing out a story on this tiny phone screen, sorry. I'll try starting up the computer again later, maybe it just needs a nap, but is has been acting oddly these last two weeks.  I probably won't be able to see your replies, I had a hard enough time finding out how to do this much :(

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday # 262

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

Yeah! Let them try it for a while, see how they manage without all their perks and rorts.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Musical Monday # 135

 Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.
I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is: Psuedo Echo:

Funky Town
one of my all time favourites

Psuedo Echo is an Australian band formed in Melbourne in 1982