Dec 26

Only 364 Days Until Christmas

christmas-leprechaun-parties-christmas-painted-by-parrot-79204Well, Christmas has come and gone. The presents have been given and received. Most have been unwrapped and warmly received, some have been returned and exchanged.

Families have come together or been torn apart waiting only for New Years Day to forgive and forget.

The boxing days sales are over and the cricket is on at the MCG. Overfull tummies are starting to ease and the hangovers starting to recede.

The lazy, hazy days of summer continue down under as we get ready to welcome in the new year.

In all of this craziness and consumerism I look on with some amusement (and, I admit, bordering on condescension, like that of a reformed smoker)  now that I have jumped off the crazy merry-go-round of Christmas Cheer at any cost, to focus on family and friends. But no matter how you chose to spend the Christmas break, I hope it was all you wanted it to be.

One of the highlights again this year was our recycled Christmas tree. Well, not so much recycled as, built from recycled materials. You may recall that our living Christmas tree, we had for many years, died suddenly two years ago. In it’s absence, and we created a Christmas tree from recycled tinsel and other recycled items (see here).

Well we haven’t got around to getting another living tree yet so, at the last minute we (well Terri really) created this beauty from recycled Christmas decorations and an old lamp shade. Just Brilliant 🙂


So now we have 364 days to actually go out and get another little tree for Christmas, or not… we’ll see how we go :).


How will you decide to celebrate Christmas next year? Will you be in a state of panic and desire for that perfect day and special present for everyone you know, or simply get together with family and friends and celebrate another year together. Whatever you choose, there are only 364 days to make up your mind 😀

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Apr 01


No, we’re not talking about the results of some crazy genetic experiments by multinational chemical companies. This is just one of those weird garden surprises you find sometimes.

We have a backyard of self seeded veggies including carrots. Some of the carrots are growing garden beds while others have made their home in between the beds, in the mulch, in hard clay, under trees, in amongst the grape vines and a few even tried gaps in the concrete paths. Many in crowded clumps and many others solitary and far from the crowds.

With so much variation in growing conditions you will get a variety of strange shapes and sizes and carrots seem particularly prone to strange forms. This little beauty was no exception. Found in a corner of one of the veggie beds this masterpiece of strangeness provided enough carrot for two meals!

What strange shapes have you found in the garden?

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Mar 02

How to wash a cat

How to Wash a Cat

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl…

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. At this point the cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this!

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a ‘Power-Wash’ and ‘Rinse’.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand well back, behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the toilet and the cat will be sparkling clean.


Yours Sincerely,
The Dog

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