Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Morning Walk

Hallo Every-one, Ihope you had a pleasant Easter holiday. Ours was very quiet and we stayed home reading and pottering.
Last week I met my my 80yr old neighbour coming back from her walk around the block and this pricked my conscience as I have become very inactive over the Summer. The block takes 17 minutes to walk and I started by going every second morning; the benefits of feeling stronger and more alive as well as happier are almost instant. I took some photos this morning, I left at 8am, the temp is about 20C....

are there bears in there...

an Australian post box complete with graffiti...

big bins waiting to be taken back in...

we have 5 pines, Inspector Gamache has only 3...

a variegated oleander seems to shine...

across to the Town Hall, courthouse and police station...

  our main regional shopping centre is through those trees...

I do like this 'tunnel'...

this bottlebrush tree is still flowering, the bees and little birds love it's nectar...

West Australian grass trees...

beautiful creamy roses catch the morning sun...

I really look forward to my walk now and am waiting for the day I can easily do much longer walks.

Yesterday we dined well on left-overs galore...that bean salad was so good with some black quinoa and lots of fresh herbs...there is roast pork in that zip-lock bag, curried lentil soup and some pretty pasta from Aldi...

Today we need milk and fresh vegetables and a library book I ordered is in. I plan to make creamy seafood pie and some potato, cabbage and knockwurst soup that Joe and Dad love...

Wishing you all a wonderful week
Love Sue

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Have just up-dated Priscilla's blog, check out the link if you'd like to see what's happening these days

Love Sue

Sunday, 2 April 2017

An Hour With David

How is it that when I take my grandsons out for 'an hour' it becomes a whole afternoon...we just keep finding new things to do and delight in.

Yesterday with both brothers out with friends David was feeling a little lonely so I offered to take him to the park for an hour. The park I drove to was almost empty so there was no-one to play with...see that little boy on the swing?

Then Davy thought he was hungry but understanding I am not  well off we went to Hungry Jack's and chose 2 junior burgers for $5, I refused him a sugary drink. Next we went to Spotlight to get Great grandad a new bath-mat.... we had to choose something to match the pink and grey bathroom tiles...David's selection was perfect, grey, pink and white zig-zags.

When we got to Grandad's he was thrilled to see us(weekends are very lonely for single ppl). David saw the mess on the front after the tree felling last week and grabbed the rake to pile it up. Dad and I were most impressed(Davy is 7 yrs old)

Next Dad says "While you're here you can help me re-make my bed...at 83 yrs of age he had all his laundry on the line so the three of us brought it together...we pulled out bed to make it easier and saw it was dusty underneath. David got the hoover and he and his great-grandad cleaned up together...David went on to vacuum the whole house's carpets.

We decided to spend a little time at the brilliant new Adventure Park nearby, it's a wonderful new place for families provided by the local council...

Kindred spirits.

After we left the park and took Gdad home he gave David some money to spend at Aldi on the way home~ to buy some treats for the whole family.
 Not this sensible Nana's idea of good shopping so we talked about what foodstuffs grub may have been needed at Chez David....we had $50 so we were treadling lightly(hey we didn't even put $1 in to hire a trolley) As we chose items David cannily noted the prices and oft-times chose the cheaper/better value item...we started off keeping a running tally ...I lost it at $20 but David approached the check-out knowing he had spent around $38...it cost $39 and I was stunned, such great maths and he had $10 left to put in his money box! 

I took him home, we put the shopping away and did a little tidying for his Mum and then I drove home happily exhausted after over 4 hours on the go! Grand-parenting is a wonderful thing, I still pinch myself when I look at their beautiful faces and wonder if they are real.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Priscilla's Blog Updated

Lots of you are wondering how Priscilla and her family are doing these days so here is the link to her updated blog...still fighting after almost 5 years of illness...


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Taking Time To Watch The Clouds

Our printer has been playing up recently, I thought it just needed new ink cartridges but $52 later it still wasn't working. I tried everything I could think of but it was saying it was off-line even though all the cables were plugged in correctly and so on.

Around 5pm Joe thought he'd have a quick look, he's usually very good at computer related problems but this was a doozy. After 10-15 minutes it dawned me that my well intended suggestions were getting up Joe's nose  perhaps not helping so in the interests of domestic harmony I poured myself a very cold glass of white wine and went to sit outside.

As I sat in my old wicker chair and relaxed I turned my gaze skyward and sat watching the clouds move slowly across the sky, stretching and changing on their way east. Pelicans caught an up-draft and drifted in slow, lazy circles without beating their wings at all; they eventually turned west and glided away to Penguin Island for the night.

Have you ever been on a plane and flown over the sea? Looking down through the clouds fascinates me and as I gazed upwards it felt like I was looking through them to the sea below...

 As it got darker rain clouds gathered and that was my cue to go back indoors where Joe had had no luck at all with the printer. Another day.

I felt so relaxed and urge you to indulge in a little cloud watching when you have the time...it's not just for the
 children ;)

Love from Sue

PS I've just found this about new cloud formations that have been recently named

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Cake and Other Tales

Hallo Every-one and a warm welcome to new readers who, like me, are greatly saddened by the closing of the Down to Earth Forum this morning. We do have a facebook group which is not every-one's cup of tea but it's an opportunity to keep in touch with forum members.
We wish Rhonda and Hanno a long and happy retirement and are so grateful for Rhonda establishing and then maintaining our little home from home for so many years.

As our dear Rose would have said let's just get on with it!

Using seasonal produce is a great way to save money and eat better so in Autumn here that means lots of zucchini, eggplant and capsicum dishes as well as this lovely moist Choc and Zucchini Cake...


2 cups(250gm) of self-raising flour(or use plain flour and add 1/2 t bicarb and a teaspoon of baking powder)
350 gms of sugar
60 gms cocoa powder
1 level teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg powders

Mix thoroughly and add and mix in well
3 beaten eggs and 350mls of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or sultanas
340 gms grated zucchini, lightly pressed to drain a little of the water, not too much as you need it's moisture

Pour batter into a greased or lined baking tin, 20cm x 30 cm
Bake at 180C for about 1 and 1/4 hours until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

I made a very basic icing with icing sugar, a heaped tablespoon of cream cheese and enough lemon juice to help it mix.
This cake freezes beautifully.

We've been eating ratatouille and lots of capsicum salads ~ yummy and thrifty.

I finished another string bag this week in red cotton...once again using that Diosma bush to model for me ;)...I prefer this handle as it doesn't roll under itself...

Around town Easter is on it's way ...well it has been in shops since February... I do like these bunnies though...

Well spotted Angela who commented on that huge spider in the last post...it has now built a second web high up in a neighbour's tree several metres away from our tree, it's threads are the strongest I have ever seen/felt.

See you next time,
Love from Sue

Thursday, 9 March 2017

What I Saw This Morning

Now the mornings are cooler and more alive somehow it's a real pleasure to be outside again.

Around our little garden today...we have been here for 3 years now, it has passed so very quickly...

I also saw a bathroom that needs cleaning!
Love from Sue