Over half a century ago this happened: It's Friday 13th, one October, in the early seventies and it's raining hard, in torrents, as it does in summer in a tropical country, like Australia. Construction had started on the Sydney Opera House, (it took 14, instead of the predicted 4 years to complete) and Apollo 16… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future
Back in 2004, I jumped on a subway train in Norway. It was my first time visiting the country that was to steal my heart. I had little knowledge of where I was going that day, or what would happen, other than I was headed for a ski jump outside of Oslo, which had panoramic… Continue reading Friendly Friday – Meet Olav in Norway
"Are you ready yet?" My other half, aka the 'Moth,' called out - anxious to leave for another shopping expedition. Meanwhile, I tapped away on the keyboard writing yet another blog post. "I won't be long," I distractedly shouted back down the hall. But time then slowed for me; I was engrossed in getting my… Continue reading Are You Ready Yet? How We Shop
"So I woke up and my beautiful Schnauzer pup is laying on the back patio covered in dirt with a rabbit in his mouth. The rabbit's not bloody, just dirty. My neighbor's kids raise blue ribbon rabbits. I instantly knew it was one of theirs. 😢 I took the rabbit away from my dog, rushed… Continue reading April Fool Ghost
Sometimes, Australian Slang causes problems. Every Aussie uses it. When you're born here, the meaning of those strange, shortened words are absorbed by osmosis. We are hardly even cognizant we're saying them. We assume everyone understands what we mean. Photo Credit: Facebook However, being so different to standard English words, the Australian Vernacular makes it… Continue reading Australian Slang – Lost in Translation, Mate
As if Covid isn't enough to contend with, have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go as it should? Where it seems the forces of the Universe are set against anything going smoothly? Yes, it was one of those. Things happened. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com Chaos Rules or… Continue reading Has the World Gone Entirely Crazy?
To my mind, they are irresistible bundles of fur, fun and friendship. Who wouldn't love a Schnauzer? As hard as it is to believe, it seems there are a few folk about. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByZ0wA7gngG/ Well behaved Schnauzer Dogs A week or so ago, we were hanging out at our favourite Dog-friendly Cafe. I have to say,… Continue reading Slanging a Schnauzer
Recently at the Home by the Sea, I met a new friend. So that he can remain anonymous, I'll call him, 'Old Mate,' (as we sometimes do in Australia). Most people who met Old Mate, thought him brash and cocky, but I was utterly charmed by his youthful exuberance. He'd entered my world uninvited and… Continue reading Ending a Friendship
Are all Bloggers would-be storywriters, in disguise? Disguise I had to think a little more about why bloggers are attracted to write in the first place? Is it because we have a desire to express ourselves and communicate to others, using the written word? Blogging is like a Facebook post on caffeine! Writing Your Own… Continue reading Blog Conversations
Several years ago, we endured a heart-stopping trip to The Remarkables Ski Fields in the South Island of New Zealand. Australians flock to the NZ ski fields, every year, as it is more cost effective for them, than skiing in the limited fields in Australia. Finally, we arrived! After the 8 Kilometre, nail-biting transfer to… Continue reading Skiing in New Zealand
Before the orders to stay home were given, the Moth and I were returning home from casting our vote in the local elections, in a suburb we weren't familiar with. This particular suburb is notorious for its colourful residents, an interesting "teeth to tatt" ratio and frequent domestic altercations. That didn't faze us at all,… Continue reading Stalked!
It was a Saturday morning, 2012 and my phone rang impatiently. When I picked it up, an unfamiliar voice asked, "Is that Amanda?" "That is me," I answered. "Yeh?" [pause] " It's Susie. I' ve got your crap here." "Sorry," I said, about to hang up, thinking that this was a prank call. But then… Continue reading All Sorts of Crap and the PKR
Sometimes we need to treasure the moment before it passes, never to come again.