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Monday, June 22, 2009

Random bits

Above is the place where I have been spending too much time lately. Too much time doodling around with facebook, tracing some of my old friends from my old home town (makes me a little homesick though) and catching up with some of my favourite blogs. I share this area with my son and his computer.

Shortly I will need to be on the computer a lot more as I am about to embark on the Children's Services Diploma. All the paper work has been sent in and I have my first online session on the 4th July 2009. I have had to set things up online previous to the session to make sure everything is working okay. I am ready to go, hope I manage the headphones that I have to use, never used them before. I will have a trial run tomorrow when I have a spare moment.

To start with I was really stressed worrying about whether I can do it or not, but in the end I thought I need to change my way of thinking to a more positive attitude otherwise I will be defeated before I even started. Now I am looking forward to starting this diploma instead of dreading it. That may change at different times throughout the course I bet. I am one of eighty participants and we need to be finished by February 2011.

Below is the finished cubby house that we painted this past weekend. Looks like a million dollars now. We tried to match the colours to the outside of our house.

Millie watching on.

A couple of weeks ago, when I purchased the Tarago, we took it for a bit of a run around the district so the following pictures are of some of the varying bits of scenery. Below is a photo of Mount Remarkable as we were heading into the little town of Melrose.

While out and about we called in on our friends Bev and Brian at Jamestown. Bev is a great sewer. She has a favourite obsession with quilting. Below is one she is working on at the moment.

Some of the fine handsewing Bev does on some of her quilts.

One of her finished masterpieces.

We had to wait for this train at a Railway Crossing in Caltowie, a really small town roughly 10 kilometres (approx 7 miles) from Jamestown. Some of my ancestors are buried in the Caltowie cemetery. I found this out while doing some family history research. A few years ago we went there and found some of the old graves. Many of them are in great need of repair.

Eventually this steel train will end up in Newcastle, New South Wales, but at this moment it was on its way to Broken Hill.

The ever changing landscape. Miles of farming land behind the Flinder's Ranges.
Some paddocks are still dry and desert like..

Some are turning green from the recent rains.

The Flinders Ranges makes a great back drop for Port Augusta. These hills are brilliant at certain times of the day. They change colour regularly throughout the day, depending upon the weather. Autumn provides a beautiful picture, however it was overcast and cold on this day.

The funeral for Hannah will be on Wednesday. This will be a very sad day for many but especially so for her family.

Hope all is well with you and your families,
please hold your children tight and tell them how much you love them,
no matter how old they are.



  1. Hi Tania The photos are beautiful it is good to see where other people live. The farming land that goes till it meets the sky is a shot that looks alot like country about 2 1/2 hrs from here called Dalby. I have spent quite a bit of time around there. I am sure the course will be a good thing in the long run we all have hesitations about the unknown.Good Luck.

    Sending hugs & heartfelt thoughts to you and your town for this Wednesday.

  2. A great post, Tania.

    Congratulations on starting your Diploma. Its a big step but once you settle in, you'll be fine. I'm so pleased you 'went for it'.

    Lovely photos of your part of the world. It's a harsh land - dry and arid and lush and green within miles of each other. Wouldn't live anyhwere else for quids!

    Cheers - Joolz

  3. Hi Tania,
    Congratulations on taking the first steps toward your diploma.

    When you visited Bev and Brian, you were only 10 minutes from where we live. Wow - Bev is an amazing quilter!

    Heartfelt hugs and condolences to you and your friends.

  4. Congrats on starting your diploma Tania. I'm afraid I took on the defeatist attitude and just dropped out of doing just cert 3 studies. My workload with FDC, writing, family etc is just too much - well I think it is anyway!! Good on you for taking it on, I'm sure you will do really well.

  5. Lovely photos again, Tania. Nice to see a bit of green, isn't it.
    Here's to the power of positive thinking and best wishes to you.

  6. Hi Tania,
    I have an award for you on my blog. :)

  7. Hi Tania,
    Just visiting from anohter blog and wanted to say how much I love your pictures. Looks as though you live in another part of our beautiful country.
    Sad to read of that young woman's death - and in such a tragic way.

  8. Hi Tania! Congrats on your decision to do your Diploma.
    Your cubby house looks fantastic and every bit of that million dollars :)
    We had a Taragon years ago and I love it, it met everyone one of our needs and it was sad to let let it go, we had to get a 4WD. Your friend Bev is very talented, her quilts are beautiful. I wish I had the time,the patience, the gift....oh well!


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