Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Gift from Afar!

Every Christmas for many years I receive a gift from Canada, a Christmas Cake the size of a brick. Today the parcel arrived and I was thrilled. It's the first time the cake arrived after Christmas being posted on the 9th of December.

I first met the lady who makes and sends the cake many years ago on the internet.  I had a 'homepage' with information on it, and it's there the lady emailed me and we have been emailing since.






Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
& a 
Happy New Year!

May peace and plenty be the first
To lift the latch to your door.
And happiness be guided to your home,
By the candle of Christmas.



Monday, 23 December 2013

AVE MARIA by Mirusia Louwerse with André Rieu (2008). Australian Soprano

Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian born Lyric Opera Singer. She graduated in December 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance in Classical Voice.

In 2006, Louwerse became the youngest ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award.

Her aunt, who lives in the Netherlands, contacted Andre Rieu to tell him about her niece's talent. He listened to her voice on her website and phoned her straight away and two days later she was standing before him in his studio ready to sing. Mirusia is of Dutch descent.
She has been touring with the Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu since 2007 as soprano soloist.

Here we have her singing Ave Marie (Schubert) with Andre Rieu. This is one of the best I have listened to and watched.
Once long ago I had my voice trained, and I am a coloratura Soprano who used to sing at Theaters, Functions, in a few Operas, along with many Weddings as a solo artist and such for years. I chose another Profession however, met my husband to be, married, then when that was done, some years later I chose another profession :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.  May God Bless You all, keep you safe and free from harm.......Margaret xx


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas In Australia!

No, we don't have snow where I live at Christmas time, it's summer.
Living in the Southern area of Australia we have a hot 1pm meal, called Christmas Dinner.  People do have Barbecues, some have salads, some eat out for Dinner, many go to family and spend a fair bit of the day travelling, some stay at home, some have Christmas Dinner another day, then some don't do much at all. So with our weather Christmas is not always a hot meal.

The photos below is from an Australian Christmas Card which basically shows the opposite to the Northern Hemisphere's Christmas weather.



Friday, 20 December 2013

The Bush on the way to Josef Chromy's Winery.

The Tasmanian Bush which I love to walk in when I can. I took some photos on the way to Josef Chromy's Winery.
This time of year it's snake time, so it's not always advisable to walk without the correct shoes, clothing and to be ever watchful, as all the snakes in Tasmania are poisonous.
Josef fled his war-torn Czech village in 1950 as a penniless 19 year old after eleven years of Nazi and Soviet occupation. He escaped across borders guarded by minefields, dogs and soldiers, suffering five month of privation before immigrating to Australia. (copied from his website)
Josef has many awards for his wines from the Relbia Winery in Tasmania.








Thursday, 19 December 2013

Flowers for Christmas!



A warm day forecast for tomorrow at 37deg C so expect I won't be doing a great deal.

The roses are blooming well as are the lilies. The photo I have below is a common Lilium, they seem to multiply and not die out as other varieties of the Lilium do.

My late mother used to have beautiful Liliums and because they bloomed around Christmas time we called them 'The Christmas Lily'. I do have a photo of them somewhere, but for now a photo of the common one.




Monday, 16 December 2013

Gifts for Christmas!

Sometimes for us it's hard to think of a personal gift for family members. Some are easy to buy for, and some are not.
What I do is phone each of them and ask what they would like, I always get a lovely reply.
Family gets what they want & we pay for it, that way I don't go shopping for presents expect for my husband and my father.
My husband & I have 11 people to buy gifts for which, is not many compared to some people. It's the joy of giving that is the best.
I wonder how others go about buying their Christmas Gifts?


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Before Bed!

Often I do have something to drink and eat before going to bed. The past few nights around 11.30pm to midnight I have been have a mug of Cappuccino and a piece of cream cake.
I took the photo and forgot the little camera didn't take a good photo in partial darkness.

The header I made for this blog isn't as bright as it should be, must be blogger!


Monday, 9 December 2013

Trust ME!

Funny or strange things do happen sometimes :)

This evening I decided to have a small glass of red wine which I poured out of a container from the fridge into my wine glass. After eating dinner, I discovered I hadn't had the wine, so took a big mouthful, and said, 'this tastes like beetroot juice'.  It was!
Next time I will look more closely to what I am doing :)


I borrowed the photo from the internet - so thanks who ever shared it.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Nana Mouskouri Rose

I just love this beautiful rose called Nana Mouskouri and named after the singer of the same name. I love her singing also, I can listen to her sing all day, and do.
This particular rose was growing in the front garden till winter time, it's then my husband moved it out to the back rose garden and it's doing very well - as is my husband :)
I have not altered the background or colours in the photo, it comes the way I photographed it, though I did make the photo smaller.


As the rose comes out it goes whiter, but it's not a pure white Floribunda Rose

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Greeting after midnight!

The content of photo below was my greeting just after midnight.  This spider is a Hunstman, harmless, can bite but doesn't usually. Often they can appear in the house if it's going to rain, and it did rain!
These spiders run quickly, can hide in cars and often do and fall on your lap :) that did happen to me once.
Anyway I was able to take care of the huntsman last night, so I thought, just about to step into my kitchen putting my foot down on the floor, bare foot might I add, and it landed on top of that huntsman....no harm done to me, but it's gone!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Shih-Tzu - Down memory lane!

We have had two Shih-Tzu dogs at different times in our married life.
When they ran or entertained you their long coat which was just to the ground would 'float'', such a delight to see and watch. When the play was over the back legs would go straight out behind them, and that is where they stayed to rest before heading to the basket, the bed.

They are what I call a high maintenance little dog, however, I loved every minute of the grooming. Plucking the hair out of the ears, clipping the nails, washing the eyes & face daily and brushing/combing the hair, cutting hair away from the pads of it's feet. Could have taken the dog to a dog groomer, or had one call at home but preferred to do it myself, putting a ribbon in it's hair when it was long. The weekly bath or twice weekly was always a good time, a perfect well behaved dog.
One great thing about the Shih-Tzu's, they have hair so therefore don't leave hair all over the house.

We purchased dog clippers which were good ones so that when the dog became older I could shear him, and when I did I believe he felt naked and would go and hide till his hair grew a bit, then sit on my knee when ever possible. Mum was the word!

When we traveled within Tasmania we would take him with us, he was easily hidden :) being so small and he knew not to bark. When we traveled other states of Australia our eldest son lived at home so he took care of him, doing his best.
Unfortunately he had to be put down a few ago, but we are over that now, and remember our sweet little dog without tears in our eyes - yes it takes time.


Sasha in our backyard.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Over looking the Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Stayed over looking the Maroochy River at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland on our recent holiday. Each Apartment is self contained and ours had two bathrooms, one for me and one for 'him'. The Apartments all face north so hence we had lots of sun plus a lovely balcony.




Up on the roof under cover there are spas and barbecues and one of the spas was being replaced with a crane lifting it into place.


Someone sailing by, written on the sail, Hobbie Island :)


On an odd occasion a plane flew overhead, I managed to capture this one.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Great Day!

My 89 year old blind dad has been in a Private Hospital in my home city for two weeks and had 2 lots of surgery. I brought him home and stayed with him for two more weeks, then after dad being home for 5 weeks I had to come and get him, a 3 hours journey, and take him back to the Private Hospital for observations for just over a week. We are at his house staying for a few nights, and dad is much improved so back home tomorrow.

Whilst here this time the next door neighbour and my husband have put up a new fence.


Dad, neighbour, my husband.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Songbird...sung by a bride to her husband - Amazing

Just happened to come across this video. I like the song which was sung by the late Eve Cassidy.
This bride sang it to her husband with much feeling.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Noosa, Queensland.

Once a few years ago we found a beach in Noosa and everytime after that we never could find the same beach until this year.  Noosa is a place that one can get lost in to some degree, but it is easy in the end to find your way out.  I took a few photos of various 'things' to do with the beach and sea. 
There's a few coffee strips and restaurants, plus you can catch a ferry to Frazer Island.


Noosa sea gulls.


Coast Guard Building.


The warning sign.


There were several people playing the guitar on the rocks in various places.


One of the beaches.


A beach south of Noosa as the sun was setting, however the sea faces east :)

Friday, 15 November 2013

Bush (Brush) Turkey's in Noosa, Queensland

Off to the beach in Noosa in Queensland, and whilst there Bush Turkeys are many, known as Brush Turkey.  They seem to be fairly tame and just wander around along the pathway, across the road and into the car park and beyond to the bush.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Narrabri, NSW

Narrabri in NSW is one of the towns we travel through sometimes when visiting our youngest son his wife and family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Narrabri is another clean and tidy town that offers much for the traveler. The population is about 5, 900 people, and a cotton growing area, wheat, beef and lamb.

I took some photos in the main street the morning before we left to travel north.


The Coat of Arms on the Court House in Narrabri


The Court House


The War Memorial in Narrabri


I figured that Santa plus the sign stays on the building all year.




A Bank


The Post Office

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Jerilderie in NSW + Rememberance Day.

Jerilderie is a small town of just under 800 people in NSW.  Lovely and clean.  Canola, Rice, Wheat and lots of other crops are grown there. It's also a farming area.
There is a War Memorial also which are in most towns, and as we are coming up to 11 day of the 11 month I thought it appropriate to post a photo I took of some of the names from that area of those that died in the War...






Lake Jerilderie


Known as the Steel Wings windmill which were made in Sydney 1907 and 1911 with only six models ever erected. The windmills comprise a steel frame and fan which turns to the wind between a bearing at the bottom and a swivel at the top, all supported by Guy-wires. The fully restored windmills, the only two known working examples in the world, are unique because their fan is contained and spins within the fully pivoting frame.

This Steel Wings was restored by Clive Langfield and George Cornish (now dec.) spending some 600 hours to bring it to its present working condition, pumping 9 litres (2.4 US gal) per revolution from the Billabong Creek to the Jerilderie Lake using a 15-centimetre (5.9 in) draw plunger with a 48-centimetre (19 in) stroke.
The Jerilderie windmill, the larger of the two stands 17 metres (56 ft) high with a 9-metre (30 ft) fan.
Thanks Wikipedia.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Mathoura, NSW

This town is small about 650 people, but it's a very clean town and we were taken by the Steel cutouts...Cockatoos.

There is a Post Office, Golf Course, a Soldiers Memorial Garden plus a few shops. 




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Peacock at the Gorge.

A trip up to the Launceston Cataract Gorge this morning for a bit of a walk before the heat of the day.
Being springtime the Peacocks are about with the males and their plumes, showing off.  I took a few photos of a very active male. He was quiet and still, then he got a bit active, it was hard to get a clear sharp imagine of his plume.
There is a post/photo [here] of the peacock I took last season, that one stayed still.













Monday, 4 November 2013

Roses!

We always love to see the first of the roses bloom in our spring, these roses have been blooming for awhile, and just over night some of them come right out. This year we have a few new ones but they are not in bloom yet, won't we long!


Seduction is one of my favourites. A Floribunda Blooms well throughout the season.


Whiskey a Hybrid Tea rose.


Chicago Peace, Hybrid Tea Rose


Crepsecule, Floribunda Rose


Crepiscule as a Weeping Standard Rose.


Queen Elizabeth, Hybrid Tea Rose.