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We’re Off to Find Kangaroos … or Pup Gets Ruby Slippers!

So it has been a better puter day today and mostly it has kept working.  We have had another day of dreichness – but no more storms and it has started to get very stuffy again!  I have several strategically placed insect bites which are driving my batty and then I have Pup!

Pup has just been caught digging his way down under – the Roos disappeared as I went out with the camera and I just managed to hauled Pup back before he set off on his very own yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz!!  You’ll be telling me flying monkeys really exist in a minute?  So I have refilled the crater and admonished the little black furball and at least today there has been nothing alive for him to pick up and take away!

Yesterday I managed to get some nice pictures – which I then couldn’t upload with my technical glitches so here they are:

I had better go and check on the digger – he has disappeared back outside again …


Colour Makes Such a Difference

So look at this huge range of fence stains … my sheds are in colours form the left hand palette (Wild Thyme) and (Lavender); in a previous garden I did use the Iris with Lavender – because blue tones make something appear further away (think about aerial perspective and the hills and how blue and distant they can look).

For the past 7 years the end of my garden has been painted orange … this photo doesn’t really do the glow justice …

But late this morning Pup woofed his deep woof and when I went out my neighbour had been in and repainted it in a gorgeous rich dark brown … Read More…

In A Jungle Clearing

I got absolutely filthy today – fortunately since we have had hot scorching days it isn’t muddy – but it was on a par with my muddy adventures.  Unfortunately I am so stiff and achy that I cannot sit still for long so this will be a picture adventure for the most part.  I also have cuts, grazes and bruises to verify how wild the jungle was that I have tamed.

You will recall I showed you some pictures of how the slate bed was originally – well here it is now.

I found a use for the pebbles and seaglass I collected … but this isn’t yet waterproof so tomorrow I will have to try and fix that… still very pretty when the sun shines through the plants onto the glass – when I have some spare money I will see if I can get a little solar fountain to go in here – it will be very pretty.

Having got the slate bed cleaned up I started moving some of the pile of old shed … and that is when it became an adventure … do you know what this is (or will be)?

… all will be revealed later in the week …

A Pixie at the Bottom of the Garden?

Before we get to the little imaginary people I couldn’t help but share this – it is a weed (Rosebay Willow Herb) – you might be more familiar with the fluffy seed heads it will have soon – but isn’t this cerise pink gorgeous?IMG_2328 IMG_2331

So A Pixie hmmm?  I have had a day of concentrating on the Tick Tock plans – lots of numbers and fine detail; lots of thinking and most of the day it has just been too hot for the dogs to be out and they have stayed indoors in the cool.  So when I heard Pup having a little woof  I went to investigate.  His head was buried under the beech hedge and his tail was wagging furiously. Read More…

Pebbles on Life’s Beach

I missed an opportunity today – I should have taken my kite with me … sigh!

Seaton Cliffs, Victoria Park, Arbroath

However in all other respects but one – it was a good day.  The one respect that was not good happened just as I set off – the dogs well settled in their beds.  I boarded the first bus of the day and asked for my ticket.  The driver is comparatively new and it took him twice of not being willing to look for my ticket before he asked for training – so I know that he knows how to do it.  Today I added a level of complexity because I needed a connecting service, as I did a few weeks ago when I made  a similar journey one evening.

He very briefly considered my request and said he didn’t think he could do it.  I advised he could and I had bought the same ticket within the past few weeks.  I was told to sit down to save him the bother (such charm!) Read More…


So I spent the day out in the jungle … Pup had remembered how to jump his gate; Dog had to be coaxed to join us.  I went armed … with the secateurs, a saw. my gardening gloves and a pair of bamboo rubber gloves.

I said yesterday there are several reasons why it is like it is …

  1. It was sterile when I bought the house; I planted up borders did some hard landscaping and it was nice but still lacking something;
  2. Mother gave me some plants – tayberries, raspberries and a rowan tree and I planted a cherry tree, two apple trees and a clematis – the tayberries and raspberry canes took over … I mean like if you stood still to 2 minutes you would see them grow!
  3. I made a raised pond – nothing worse than a spanking new pond it needs to naturalise a little
  4. The trees were tiny and needed to grow up
  5. My neighbours! one side I had the teenager who jumped off the trampoline onto the fence (hence I am waiting for them to replace the broken fence); on the other side the neighbours were noisy garden users and at the end I was being watched and judged on what folks that used to live here were like (these neighbours were known for their limited neighbourliness!)

So I let the garden go a bit (okay a lot) wild … Read More…

Rumble in the Jungle

Well the final assignment in my online course is submitted and now we just wait to see/hear how the outcome works?  I have enjoyed the aspects of learning about different cultures and health topics and enjoyed meeting most of the people I have but a few have been very trying.

Someone who left the team used part of the assignment submission to provide a ‘peer evaluation’ of me saying I had been a poor team leader who had forced her out (funnily enough she told me that about her previous team) and stopped her from doing an assignment in her specialist topic – ever heard of competition?  I added the facts in the discussion box below.  That person has missed submitting with teams previously, left our last team because she couldn’t do things her way, joined another team which became rapidly depleted in numbers, left and formed a team of one, left that and audited the course then returned and formed another team of one.  Some people never learn that they are the one with issues instead of the whole world having issue with them?

Then we have ended up submitting two variations of the assignment because a team member decided they wanted to change something so instead of asking to have it unlocked and discussing the change they just copied it into a new version and added some extremely minor changes and submitted it.  I spent all day yesterday wrestling wit making a video of some slides to add to the original (the computer crashed twice and I had to start over) and if those are now wasted I will be disappointed. Read More…

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