Sometimes on the way to your dream,

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Selections # 304

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Began 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 on 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.

I usually have a theme for the week and today I'm featuring things within five minutes from my front door.

beginning inside, my Tupperware measuring cups and spoons. I was using these recently when making a banana cake, thinking about when I bought them, and realising they are older than my third child who recently turned 40.  They've had a lot of use over the years and are holding up well.

sweet berry truss tomatoes that I bought at the supermarket, they're about the size of a large strawberry and so bright and shiny, I wanted to put them on display, but ate them in salads instead.

Moving outside:

two rainbow lorikeets resting in between feasting,

and this brown bird with what I call a "rusty" call. I have no idea what type of bird he is, but there are lots of them around here.

a golden tree among the green, lit by the setting sun.

notice the gap there? Sky clearly visible? There used to be a fejoia tree there. A really big, really old fejoia tree.

here is half of it, lying across the footpath. It broke in the very strong winds we had two Sunday nights ago.
By the time I came home the next day, this part was gone, cut up with a chainsaw and fed into a chipper.

Here is one break point,

and here is the other.

on the Tuesday afternoon, the yard had a much bigger empty space behind the roses.

the rest of the tree was gone too.
 It was too old and too damaged to survive another gale force wind, the trunk was weak and hollow, the canopy too top heavy.

even the stump is hollow in the centre.

a neighbours hollyhocks didn't fare so well either,

with several stalks breaking completely and blowing away down the road, although we can see here most of these were cut previously.

And to finish:

my shot of the supermoon, which looks suspiciously like a perfect circle cut into a sheet of black paper.



  1. I have cooking implements that belonged to my grandmother, my mother, and (my favorite pot!) my mother-in-law.

    1. Joanne; I have my mother's rolling pin which will eventually be handed down, my younger children already have many of my pots and baking pans since there just wasn't room for them here when I moved in. Their favourite is 'my' 40cm square, stainless steel baking pan, they use it for so many things.

  2. Most of my old tupperware things have gone the way of all things in a couple of moves. They sure were nice!
    That must have been some windstorm! Seems you have a much sunnier yard now, though.

    1. S.J.Qualls; sunnier, but empty. The space will eventually have something else planted there.
      I still have most of the other Tupperware that I bought along with the measuring cups, but many of the lids have split and I just can't be bothered getting them replaced even though I know they'll be free under the "lifetime" guarantee tupperware offers.

  3. Your rusty bird is a wattle bird. I describe them as having an asthmatic cough - and they start early.
    Always sad to lose trees. And plants.
    I have a wooden spoon (my favourite wooden spoon) which I think is older than I am. My mother gave it to me when I first left home.

    1. Elephant's Child; a wattle bird, thank you, I've been calling them squawkers. Sad to lose the fejoia tree, but for the last few years the fruit hasn't been good because of a lack of water. it was over in P's section of the garden and she doesn't water properly. Instead of soaking the roots of plants, she wets the ground and all the foliage, even the roses are beginning to suffer.
      I don't remember any of my mother's kitchen items apart from the rolling pin which is now mine and her big open fruit boiling pan that was used when making jams or pickles. I don't know what happened to that.

  4. Yes, definitely a wattle bird. They are quite noisy and very aggressive towards others birds. Tupperware was never cheap but you never hear anyone say it didn't last. Your moon photo is very good but somewhat lacking in features. Maybe it did a 180 degrees and the man is facing the other way.

    1. Andrew; tupperware was much, much, cheaper when I first bought some soon after getting married, those were the years of tupperware parties; but when I bought the measuring cups etc about 5 years later, the prices were already at the point where I decided not to buy any more. NOW, wow, have you seen a current catalogue and the prices? Way out of reach, so I get any plasticware I need from cheap as chips and it lasts just as well.
      The features were visible, faintly, when I looked at the moon, but didn't show up on any of the photos I took.

  5. Better eaten than on display...the tomatoes, that is.

    I wish the sky wasn't clearly visible here. We need rain...I wish it would rain and last for a few days...nice steady rain...not flooding, damaging rains.

    Have a great week, River...cuddles to Angel. :)

    1. Lee; definitely better eaten, they were very tasty.
      The sky was cloudy here on the supermoon night, but cleared as the night wore on, so the moon was clearly visible high in the sky, but too high for any detail to be photographed. it's just a big white paint spatter dot.
      I can wish for rain for you, but I don't think it will do much good :(

  6. Tomatoes the truss ones are rather nice, though nothing as tasty as the ones ones grows.
    Tupperware, lasts for years as you have mentioned..mine went long ago unfortunately.

    1. Margaret-whiteangel; I don't have any luck growing vegetables now, even in pots they don't do well, they dry out too quickly and keeping up the water is just too much. So I'm happy when I can find tasty ones at the shops. Our local Foodland has all the usual varieties and also a box of large tomatoes with a sign that says "these tomatoes really taste like tomatoes!" So one day I bought a couple and found they tasted like the ones my mum used to grow, so now that's what I buy if I don't want tiny ones.
      Still got plenty of Tupperware here, but most of the lids are cracked.

  7. My last piece of Tupperware was in the old barbque I just threw out in the last big rubbish collection it was nearly 50 years old I can't remember where or when I got it maybe it was my mums.

    1. Merle; you probably don't miss it either, there is so much similar plasticware out there now for a cheaper price.

  8. Those tomatoes really do look red, and so very delicious ...

    All the best Jan

    1. Lowcarb team member; they were very delicious and just today I decided to follow the diet plan foods in your 'Introduction to low carb" post, so I bought more lettuce and tomatoes, but the price of capsicums (sweet peppers) is ridiculous right now. still, a beginning is better than nothing. I'm not diabetic, but am overweight and not comfortable with it anymore, so I'll drop in now and again for tips and ideas.

  9. I think it would be interesting for all of us to show the oldest cooking utensil in our kitchens. Mine would be an old knife with a red handle...or my sifter...or the potato masher...or

  10. Love your Tupperware..I too have the measuring cups but not the spoon measures.
    Those tomatoes look too good to be eaten but I bet they tasted wonderful.
    That poor old tree....glad it didn't do any damage or hut anyone.

  11. I love your pics so very much. I don't know how long you took to figure out which ones to include and which not but I can tell a great deal of care went into it and I thank you for sharing them with us.

    PS I don't think those tomatoes are even available here. :)