Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I remember Pernell Roberts  playing the part of the oldest son in Bonanza but until this week I had no idea he also sang.  I found him on YouTube singing "They Call the Wind Maria" and thought he did a rather good job at it so decided to share it with you.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  It has always been a favourite with me over the years.

Monday, November 20, 2017


My choice for today is another blast from the past but I am sure some of you will remember Connie Francis and here she sings "Tennessee Waltz".  This was recorded in 1959.  I find all my music on YouTube.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Going from wearing winter clothing to summer clothes in a couple of days can be quite disconcerting.  Phil really rugs up in winter (and spring and autumn) whereas I still wear quite light clothing in cooler weather so it has been harder for him to adjust than it has been for me.

We've had a weird year weather-wise in 2017....October was quite chilly and damp and suddenly November came upon us with HEAT.....it has been the hottest beginning to November in Perth on record and still the heat goes on.

All days (except one) have been above 30C (86F) with one day 36C (97F) which we thought was no laughing matter.  The weather bureau keeps promising us rain but it seems to either fall out in the Indian Ocean or the other side of the ranges so the metropolitan area proper receives practically none.
On Monday night we had thunder rumbling around for over an hour but it only produced 1mm of rain in our gauge.   Areas in Mandurah (50 miles south of Perth) copped the lot though with some flooding and damage to buildings.  Apparently they had a really grest light show and one I'm glad I missed.

It has been good not to have to begin watering the garden until now.  I remember a few years back we had to begin watering in August so I guess we have to be thankful for small mercies.  For one long strip of lawn and vegie beds Phil has bought a soak-it hose which will save him having to keep moving sprinklers and I've suggested he perhaps do the same in other areas of the garden. The hoses would only need to be rolled up once a month when the gardener comes

Years ago Phil had set up quite a good sprinkler system but when this restriction came in where we can only water two days a week he decided, as the system began to break down, it wasn't worth spending money on fixing it up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


To try and keep myself in the swing of things here's another of my old favourites.  It may not be to everyone's taste but it brings back wonderful memories for me.

Bear with me while you listen to Artie Shaw play "Frenisi".  I remember dancing to this type of music way back in the 1940s.   Artie Shaw is a past master with this instrument.

Don't tell me that didn't get your foot tapping.  (*:*)

Monday, November 13, 2017


I realise I've been very tardy of late with regard to blogging and blogs in general and for this I must apologise.  No excuses but just no mojo stirring me up.  Just to keep in touch I thought I'd go back to some of the music of my youth and childhood and see how many of you enjoy the type of music that lightens up my life.  Some of the hit songs came and went but many of them remained favourites for many years.  Going back into the 1940s I remember with fondness this rendition of "Along the Navajo Trail" sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters.  Do any of you perhaps remember it?

I am hoping this will play as I saw a strange sort of message on YouTube and I wasn't sure if it was saying I could only play it on YouTube.  Fingers crossed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Not for us this time but today my beautiful daughter and her wonderful hubby celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  I believe they are going out for a quiet dinner tonight and then spending a few days away.  They both deserve a break away from the hurly-burly working world.

We send them all our love and good wishes and hope they will return home feeling rested.  xxx

Thursday, October 12, 2017


It is said that good things are worth waiting for and this was the case for our little family party to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

Had we been able to hold it on the 16th September, the day would have been fine and sunny and about 25C.  We would have met at Karen's house and sat outside along with her frangipani and her hubby's beautiful orchids.    As it happened Sunday 8th October turned out to be rather cool with showers threatening so instead we met at the home of eldest granddaughter and her husband.

There was just the 10 of us as grandson had to work and of course our other granddaughter lives in the US of A.  Although absent they were in our thoughts as was my dear old dad as 8th October was the day of his birth, 132 years previously.

Karen had organised the goodies and the tablecloth was strewn with golden leaves and there were 5 lovely balloons as a centrepiece.

We had party pies, sausage rolls and cup cakes and even the cakes had little hearts on top with 50 on them.   Karen had done a wonderful job and we were grateful to C and M that we could hold the celebration in their home.

After that we all went and sat outside while the two little girls showed us their skills on the swings, monkey bars etc.  They can do all sorts of things that I'd never have thought of doing as a child!!

We both had a really enjoyable afternoon and when we arrived home there was our Candy cat waiting for us.  A delightful end to a wonderful day.