I've heard it said that lizards in the home are lucky.
In particular, geckos.
I had plenty of geckos at my last home, mostly outside, but occasionally one would find its way inside.
There were plenty of skinks too.
Here in this new home, I haven't seen a single gecko or a skink either.
But I heard odd noises from the front porch late last Saturday afternoon and went out to see what the heck was going on out there.
I saw a blue tongue lizard trying to hide under the "gecko house".
Probably just after a bit of shade I suppose.
Naturally I raced for the camera and hoped he'd still be there when I got back with it.
It was a hot day here in Adelaide, so after taking this photo, I put a small dish of water within reach for him, then left him alone.
He's disappeared now, living somewhere in the gardens, and he wasn't in my home, just on the front porch, but I still think I'm lucky just for having seen him at all.
My earliest memories of toilets was the backyard dunny. (And the "under the bed" chamber pot, but let's not go there....)
Down the end of the yard, often in the corner, this little building was an icon in Australian history. Everyone had one.
Inside it was a bench seat, with a hole cut into it, sanded smooth to prevent splinters. Some families left theirs "au natural", others painted and decorated, even to potplants on the corners of the bench seat.
Under the bench was "the can" into which all offerings were dropped. This can was emptied on a weekly basis by the "nightman", so called because he did his rounds in the dark early morning hours. His cart was pulled along the back alleys by a draught horse, he would open the little door at the back of the dunny, remove the full can and replace it with an empty one. Sometimes he'd be running late and early morning "goers" were sometimes surprised to hear the can being whisked out from …
I saw the new and improved Kick-Start diet on TV last night.
It was a featured story on Today Tonight, but I wasn't paying a lot of attention, I did notice that it featured a lot of soup, much like the original kick-start diet.
So this morning I got onto Google and found the recipe for the soup.
Here it is:->
3 tomatoes 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes 2 cans of liquid stock, either beef, chicken or vegetable (stock comes in cans? what size cans?) 2 cups water 1 packet dry vegetable soup powder or French Onion soup powder 1 bunch spring onions 1 bunch celery 2 cups green beans 3 green capsicums 1kg carrots 2 stock cubes, either beef, chicken or vegetable
chop all vegetables into small pieces, add to the pot with everything else, rapid boil for two minutes, then simmer until vegetables are tender.
Makes enough for one person for two days.
Eat as much as you want, whenever you want, during the day. Instead of your usual foods of course.
(This reminds me of a joke, where a person goes t…