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Life on two acres of arid dirt, on the edge of the Australian outback.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing all my dear friends and readers a Happy New Year. Thank you for your friendship and kindness throughout the year.

May the new year bring you lots of happiness,  good fortune and so much more...


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Summer fun

The hot weather is upon us...

35C (95F) today, that will be followed by some very hot days...
Monday 38C (100.4F)
Tuesday 39C (102.2F)
Wednesday 39C (102.2F)
 Thursday 43C (109.4F)
 Friday 43C (109.4F) 
Saturday 38C (100.4F)! 

Nice hot start to the New Year...

It was nice down at the beach first thing this morning...

 Having a paddle around...

 It was the first time for me...

 I am not a good swimmer, which is hard to believe when living in Australia with all our beautiful beaches...

Hubby has mastered kayaking,

Even reverse gear lol!


Looking back to the shore...

The water was beautiful...

some sailing boats passing by...

 A boat returning from a fishing expedition. They have probably been out catching blue swimmer crabs that are plentiful this time of year. Hubby is going out doing just that early tomorrow morning. A friend offered to take him out in his boat.
I may even go too, we will see :)

I do have some Christmas photos to post soon, and garden ones too.  I had better get a move on, otherwise it will be Christmas again before I know it!

What weather are you experiencing where you live? 

See you all soon,


Friday, December 28, 2012

Jamming Time

Apricot season...

The homemade slicer my dad made...

 Makes easy work of removing the stones.

Hubby made 43 jars of yummy apricot jam...

 We use smaller jars these days, as they are a better size to swap or give away, and once they are opened it doesn't take as long to use it up rather than the leftovers spoiling...

We still have plenty of apricots on the tree and these will be stewed and frozen for later use in pies or crumble.

My house is getting back to normal now, so the clean up begins.  Time to sort out, tidy up and toss!

The weather is lovely here at the moment, but it is hotting up again over the next week.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Friends!

It has been very hot these past few days with yesterday's temperature reaching nearly 46C (114.8F). Thankfully it will be a bit cooler for the big day tomorrow. 
Cold meat and salads for us this year, followed by the traditional Christmas pudding that my mum bakes. Family has arrived home safely, so it should be a lovely, enjoyable day.

Enjoy your day and I will see you all soon.


Saturday, December 15, 2012


Thinking of 
all those affected by the Connecticut tragedy,
especially the innocent little children, their families and friends.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

All Set Now

We have our own weather station,

a birthday present from hubby...

As you can see it has been very hot the last couple of days...
44.6C (112.28F)!

It is cooler now, but very humid.  

Hopefully we get some rain to rejuvenate the thirsty garden.

What's the weather like where you live?


Monday, December 10, 2012

A Hard Post to Write

Rest In Peace 
Jasinta and Rebecca. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

It has been a traumatic week...

Last Tuesday night the 4th December, 
two young lives were taken away...

Our family (daughter, son in law and grandson) live  next door to Jasinta, pictured above.

Our family regularly travel that dark road where Jasinta's life was ended...

I thank God, that on this day, for some reason, my daughter's work roster was changed. She normally works on a Tuesday night and would have been travelling home in the early hours...

Here is Jess, as she was lovingly called, with one of my daughter's ponies.

You can read the story here

Life can change in a instant.

Please give your loved ones a big hug.


Thursday, December 6, 2012


Ready to go out...

 The cake...

With my grandson...