Monday, January 23, 2017

MONDAY MIRTH

I am sure this would certainly help.



Hope this makes you smile and you continue to smile all week.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT

Always searching for something to pop on here for Sundays I came across these two little poems.  I have certain blogging friends with very green thumbs who I thought may get a laugh out of them:


Saturday, January 21, 2017

THINKING ALLOWED

Well he's now in the Oval Office and the world awaits wondering what fun and games we can look forward to over the next several months.  Enough said about that.

Just for fun I thought I'd pop in this picture of our beautiful kangaroo paw, our state floral emblem.


We had a particularly quiet week as no appointments and no callers and yet probably achieved far less than we should have done.  Sometimes one needs incentive to get things going and when we feel comfortable the way we are it is not conducive to achieving much.  Something to do with old age  perhaps?  I am sure if I could get around OK we would do much more but I tend to feel a burden if we go out anywhere so we stay home.  The weather was up and down being in the mid 30s and the high 20s.  Not one drop of rain has fallen so far this year and everything is looking so dry.  Keeping the garden going is difficult with our rigid watering restrictions.  Even people with bores can only use them 3 days a week, without them 2 days a week using sprinklers.  Hand watering is permitted of course.

We felt for the people in New South Wales who had lost their homes to bushfires and the heat they've endured as well.  Hot days with high winds push those fires into becoming wild fires and nothing in their path stands a chance.  South Australia also had high temperatures....we send it to them from here....and Canberra seemed hotter to me than usual.   I always think of River and EC when I see the temperatures they are experiencing.  Keep cool ladies.

 I won't mention bushfires in WA in case I tempt the hand of fate and we've still got some months to go before we could even begin to think we are safe.  Our heat tends to continue right into April and even May so you can imagine, with very little rain, how dry our state becomes.

Guess that's it for this Saturday.....nothing of note to report.....enjoy your weekend.  😊


Friday, January 20, 2017

FRIDAY FAVOURITES

Thinking of how I love rock and roll set me scrolling through YouTube once again and I came across Twist and Shout performed by the Beatles when in Melbourne in 1964.  I was a big Beatles fan way back then and still am although perhaps more of their older songs than the more modern ones.  Come foot tapping with me as we listen to the fab four once again.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?

I am continuing the story of Edward I.  We had reached the part where John Balliol had been proclaimed King of Scotland who had paid homage to Edward along with the Scottish peers. 

Edward's subsequent colonialisation of Scotland led to a revolt which the English king overcame.  In 1296 he deposed Balliol proclaimed himself King of Scotland, and carried off the Coronation Stone of Scone and the Great Seal.  In the following year Sir William  Wallace organised a fresh revolt but was eventually defeated.  He retired to France, and after five years returned to wage guerilla warfare, but he was captured and executed  In 1306 Robert BrUce was crowned at Scone as King of Scots, and the de facto Scottish monarchy began anew. In the ensuing war he was at first defeated but it was while Edward I was leading a further campagn to crush his resurgence that the Ebglish king died at Burgh by Sands having reigned 35 years.

Continuous warfare on the part of Edward - in Gascony and Flanders and on the French coast as well as his own borders - led to a continuous lack of funds.  He made a number of questionable impositions on the country and borrowed heavily from the Jews, the only section of the population who were then allowed to make heavy financial loans.  Because of this monopoly and their restricted social function which had barred them from productive enterprise, the Jews charged high rates of interest and, using other expertise in their role as currency manipulators, were involved in the common crime of clipping the coinage.  This was the most flagrant inflationary act possible at a time when the gold or silver coin had a value corresponding to its initial weight in precious metal.

Soon after his accession, Edward passed legislation banning usury and encouraging the Jews to take up productive occupations, but, in the conditions of the time, there was more profit to be made out of the old vocation of the Jews and the temptations which it provided.  Over the next 15 years they did not move into agriculture or manufacture - nor did they get any local encouragement.  Their unpopularity, heightened by sensational charges alleging the ritual murder of Christian children, increased in authoritarian circles when Edward's rare "Parliaments" realised that the king was still borrowing from the Jews instead of making concession in return for parliamentary consent to taxation.   In 1290 Edward reacted by approving an ordinance expelling the Jews from England.  Consequently, in 1295, he was forced to call what is termed the first Model Parliament, summoning the representatives of the towns and rural areas as well as the lords spiritual and temporal.  He wanted support to raise taxes.

With such an apparent detailed personal history of aggression, it is difficult to justify summarily the reputation which Edward earned in his own lifetime and later as a lawgiver and administrator, with the interests of the people of England truly at his heart.  He is acknowledged ass having enlarged 'freedom from fear' by firm extension of public order; as having rewritten the land laws (as much in the interests of the tenants against the encroachment of the Church and other spreading landlords as to clarify his own position as primary patron); as having reshaped the organisation of the law courts; redefined the military obligations of the people with a view to speedier reaction in emergency; and as having accepted, however reluctantly, the broad principle of parliamentary consent to national taxation.

He was a man who chose to lead by personal example.  In his youth he made a trunk road safe by challenging the leader of the harassing highwaymen, an outlawed knight, to personal combat. and beating him.  In his old age he mourned his dead wife - the Eleanor Crosses erected from Grantham to the old Charing Cross were her visible memorial - and yes, in the cause of national diplomacy, he sealed a necessary peace treaty by marrying the French King's sister.  He stamped the seal by fathering three strong children in his seventh decade.

A couple of weeks back SBS (TV) were showing some Shakespeare stories and one involved this Edward and his son.  We thoroughly enjoyed them and regretted they were on so late at night.  We watched them with enjoyment and slept in the following day because we could.  😌😩  
As we move forward to the more 'modern' kings their stories are quite long and so much more was known about them.  I will probably have to cut them into 2 or even 3 sections.  Do those who have followed the royals of the UK do you want me to continue to the present day or have we had enough history for now?   Your answer will determine whether I am continue or not.  Thank you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

Is it possible?  I guess anything is when you come to think of it.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TUESDAY CHAT

I had Paul our tree man here last week as there is much more pruning to be done to keep us safe.  I planted lots of trees over the years because I love trees but they grew larger than I thought they would.  Maybe back then we looked after them too well.  😄

While in the front garden I noticed a plumbago I'd trained to grow up a nearby eucalypt (gum tree) had really taken off and is now producing blue flowers nearly at the top of the tree.  This is a photo I took of it but you may need to enlarge it to actually see the blue flowers high up in the tree.


Also we have a fiddlewood that has always been rather confused.  I've often said we seldom see much in the way of autumn colours in our city but this fiddlewood decides in early summer that it will produce autumn colours in its leaves and then by now (mid-summer) it actually drops leaves as most deciduous trees do in winter.   This shows the tree this week with some branches quite bare.


Actually a chap that used to work in our garden tended to be very heavy handed with the shears and when I asked him to 'prune' the fiddlewood he cut it right back to the stump.  I feared the worst  but it coppiced and now once again stands about 10-12 ft high.  An apple blossom hibiscus really suffered at his hands and has been battling over the past year or two to regenerate but it's slowly getting there.  He gave the impression that tidiness was more important than beauty in the garden.  I prefer a bit of a wilderness which to me looks much more natural

Another reason we decided not to let him loose in the garden any more was his poisoning grass without telling us before he actually did it.  When you have cats that eat grass it is a dangerous thing to do.   We also lost a crop of grapes about 3 years back.  They hang over our fence from next door and the same fellow cut them all off even though you could see grapes forming.  This year there are a dozen or more bunches which look as though they are going to be delicious.  We just hope our neighbour keeps up the water to them as we are lacking rain right now and everything is very dry.

P.S.  Added at last minute....Daughter saw her doctor yesterday and has thyroid problems....swelling etc.  I recommended the endocrinologist that operated on my parathyroid in 2014 and she will be seeing him on 25th Jan.   If anyone can help her he can....I had a lot of faith him.  More news of that at a later date when we know more.   Seems goitre may be the prominent thought.  Just thinking positive thoughts on her behalf.