Saturday, September 21, 2019


The weather has been great this week.  A bit on the cold side first thing but lovely sunny days to follow.  This morning was no exception and, being Saturday, we went to the market first where we were pleased to find fresh scallops back for sale.  A packet ended up in our market bag along with some local cheese, rocket and watercress.  Not a lot needed today as we are still eating the vegetables we planted in autumn although we did buy an Echium, Pride of Madeira, plant and a punnet of lettuce seedlings. 

We then went down to the Town Basin for our walks.  Doug has a slow walk with Sophie while I have a faster walk.  

After doing our supermarket shop it was home for breakfast.  I then casseroled some lamb shoulder chops before cooking half the scallops for lunch.  The rest were frozen for another day as we already had a scotch fillet roast in the fridge.  The lamb casserole will be frozen in two person lots and the frozen scallops eaten when the beef is  finished.

Yesterday, I had my final check up for my eyes and will see the optician in about a month to check on my glasses.  All good.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


I have mentioned before that my stepdaughter lives in the Southern Highlands between Sydney and Canberra and that they have had a major drought for what seems like years.  It is getting really serious.  Yesterday she told me they had rain forecast and this morning I received an email that they woke to SNOW  and that the gauge had 20 ml of rain and the rest was snow.  It will be great if they get some more rain but it will take a lot to break the drought.

It is, of course, spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, September 15, 2019


For his birthday Doug received some more metal birds from me.  There was a larger Fantail to go with the smaller one.

and the two Kereru have been joined by a Tui.

This close up photo is harder to see because of the shadows.  The two Kereru have weathered to a lovely brown which the Tui will do in a short time.

Friday, September 13, 2019


The Waratahs are looking good.  I had my second eye operation yesterday and a check up today.  All was good and I have a final check up in a week. It all seems to have gone very quickly and well.

It has still been a busy week.  Wednesday (9/11) was Doug's birthday.  He wanted a roasted Scotch Fillet and vegetables from the butcher so that is what was ordered.  We thought his youngest daughter was coming to lunch but there was a misunderstanding and she came on Tuesday as Wednesday is a busy day for her Rural Delivery (postal service).  In the end his eldest daughter came to lunch on the day.  She is vegetarian so I cooked some fish for her and she was able to have the roast vegies and greens.  Doug's phone decided to die so we then went and bought him a new one and when we got home two of his local grandchildren called in to wish him Happy Birthday.

It was good having the roast as there were plenty of leftovers for the following days.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Doug's eldest daughter who has recently moved up here and now lives just around the corner asked her Dad to make her some bird feeders.  This is the result.

It only took a day for the birds to start using them.

Sunday, September 8, 2019


The main birds that feed from the sugar syrup are the Silver Eye also known as White Eye and the Tui.  They also have a selection of halved mandarins or tangelos to feed from.

The white eyes are so fast it is hard to get a photo so here is one from the web.

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Friday, September 6, 2019


Feeding time is a lot like a certain Hitchcock movie.  About ten years ago Doug started by feeding "No Feet" but gradually her friends arrived as well.

Yesterday's cataract operation went well.  One is covered from head to toe with only the eye that is being operated on left uncovered.  The only uncomfortable  part of the operation was removing the cover from around the eye as it is stuck to the face.  Piece of cake.  Apparently my sight is already better in that eye without glasses than it was previously with glasses.  Roll on next week for the other eye.