diamonds and pearls

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On the back of the Super Sweet Blogging Award Lord David Prosser generously also nominated elladee_words for the Blogger Award* with the proviso “just so she doesn’t get off too easily she’ll have to do the following”:

1. Thank the person who nominated her and add a link back to the blog. Thank you David.

2. Answer these 5 easy questions.

a) Romance or Humour in books? Both. I recently read Laurie Boris’ The Joke’s on Me. IMG_20130531_070756_edited

b) Favourite meal? Anything the G.O. bbqs for me.

c) Monarchy or Republic for the rest of Europe? No preference but there’s a new royal baby, which is nice.

d) Following Ancestry or looking to the future only? I’m something of a dorrie ancestry-genealogy-family history (anyone’s) tragic, and I’m sure more than one disinterested person has considered running away screaming while I’ve waxed lyrical.

e) Favourite music? At the moment I’m listening to Seasick Steve, courtesy of Buried Words & Bushwa.

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Life is one grand, sweet song…

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I am honoured to be included in Lord David Prosser’s Super Sweet Blogging Award nominations. Lord David’s blog is barsetshirediaries, and amongst books of his authorship are the similarly titled: My Barsetshire Diary: The Daily Events of the Gentry Recorded for Posterity; More Barsetshire Diary; and The Queen’s Envoy. I’ve now read each, and reviewed the first My Barsetshire Diary isn’t my usual style of read so that I really enjoyed it is high praise indeed. I came to welcome my forays into Lord David & Lady Julia’s world as a welcome diversion from my own… Being immersed in their happenings put a smile on my face and bestowed a lightness upon my being. Of course, Oscar stole the show. I wonder if I can copy and paste the same review for the other 2… I digress…

Thank you Lord David. In the words of Oscar Wilde, I can resist anything except temptation and the temptation of this award is as sweet as its bestower, so here goes…

Nice, simple rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated me.
2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.
3. Include the Super Sweet Blogger Award in my blog post.
4. Nominate a baker’s dozen of deserving bloggers.
5. Notify my nominees on their blogs. (I invoke the pingback clause) 

Snap Biscuits1. Cookies or Cake?  It never ceases to be a wonder to me how just with eggs, butter, flour, sugar and vanilla I can make either. For the G.O. I add a pinch of ginger and he has Snap Biscuits to take for smoko. Sometimes at Taylors Arm I bake a simple cake with the addition of milk and either cocoa, shredded coconut, lemon, a layer of jam or fruit, which we eat still warm with a dollop of good cream, accompanied by a short black, or pot of tea.

Yalla2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Workdays I sometimes indulge in an afternoon treat, from the supermarket conveniently located downstairs in the building, that delivers both. Yalla Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Bean Yoghurt… silky rich chocolate mousse base with a tart fragrant yoghurt top layer which you lightly blend together as you take each mouthful.

3. Favourite Sweet Treat? See No.2.

4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? See No.2

5. Sweet Nick Name? Occasionally, possibly when he forgets my name 😉  the G.O. calls me Hon.

Super Sweet Blogger Award
Super Sweet Blogger Award

With the disclaimers that some of them don’t do awards posts, none should feel obliged, they are in no particular order, and it is by no means a conclusive list. This is simply my way of saying, in this instance, these are my Super Sweet Blogger nominees.

  1. Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
  2. Vic of Pic a colour for me
  3. Meeka’s Mind
  4. Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
  5. ardysez
  6. dadirridreaming
  7. Kourtney Heintz’s Journal
  8. Buried Words and Bushwa
  9. Rumpydog
  10. Leanne Cole – Photography
  11. thekitchensgarden
  12. Pete Denton – writer
  13. from the Bartolini kitchens

 Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. ~ Ronald Reagan

dead waters

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I want to thank FrontRangeScribbles and Meeka’s Mind for the opportunity to nominate irresponsible, greedy mining companies and irresponsible, greedy politicians for the Golden Toilet Award.

The G.O. and I spent a lovely Easter at our house in the rural village of Taylors Arm, on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia, 500 kms from Sydney. The last 30 kilometre stretch from Macksville, the nearest town, is dotted with yellow signs on gates reminding us of the spectre of corporate mining, political interests and environmental devastation hanging over us.

A dozen kilometres up river is Burrapine. Best described by Lock the Mid North Coast “Burrapine is like the land that time forgot. Rolling green hills, forested bluffs, emerald river flats. The beautiful Taylors Arm river winds its way down from the headwaters up past Thumb Creek and down through the valley, feeding into the Nambucca River at Macksville. Along the way there are beef and dairy cattle farms, small acre vegetable farms and people relying on this river for household use, drinking and irrigation.”

In April last year Precious Metal Resources Pty Ltd applied for a mining exploration licence, approved on 23rd November by the NSW Dept of Energy and Resources (Minister Chris Hartcher) for gold and antimony mining in the Nambucca Valley. The license covers an area of 330sq km in the areas around Taylors Arm, South Arm, Thumb Creek, Giralong, Burrapine and Buckrabendinni. It borders on the New England National Park and several state conservation areas.

From Wiki “antimony and many of its compounds are toxic, and the effects of antimony poisoning are similar to arsenic poisoning. The toxicity of antimony is by far lower than that of arsenic…”. However, the EVISA article Antimony mine disaster states “We saw that antimony behaves very differently from arsenic – antimony oxidizes much more quickly than arsenic when exposed.”

Lock the Gate Alliance has launched Our Call to Country. “It’s a call from the heart of this country, and the people who love it, to demand real action to restrict inappropriate coal and gas mining.”

With newspaper headlines like
Greens call for immediate freeze on CSG mining
Suspend corrupt mining ops, NSW govt told
Toxic Mine Water
and information that John Dawkins, who was Treasurer and a Minister in the Keating Labor government, is on the Board of Precious Metal Resources Pty Ltd, I think we’ll need Kenny’s assistance with a fleet of Golden Toilets, otherwise the only thing our river water will be good for is flushing them.

More info:

Wiki also notes “The largest applications for metallic antimony are as alloying material for lead and tin and for lead antimony plates in lead-acid batteries.” It’s worth bearing this in mind along with RoughSeas’ An Easter message which touches on consumerism, so that objections aren’t just NIMBYism. Does it really matter to me?

“Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.” ―    Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

You too can flush… FrontRangeScribbles generously invites “If you have any one you would like to nominate please feel free to do so.  The world is full of other people who are deserving to be recipients of this prestigious award second only to the Oscar.” And, in the words of Meeka’s Mind  “Please check out the blog of the highly inventive FrontRangeScribbles. And then do your bit for the planet. But if you use the Golden Toilet to have a dig at your ex. or your mother-in-law, or your neighbour, then you’re just being petty. Think global! Think making the world a better place! Think Service To Humanity.”

Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home

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A recent article on SMH introduced me to Dunbar’s Number “the maximum number of friends a human can have at any one time” apparently 150 on average, of which 5 to 7 are intimate relationships increasing in layers of lessening intimacy up to a maximum of 1500 people including all and sundry who we don’t know personally but recognise e.g. fellow commuters, celebrities…

In 2012 I met a whole new world of people via blogging. They have become in effect my virtual neighbours, booting out a whole lot of actual people who took up places in that 1500 without adding much value.

Like everyone I have plans and dreams but they were neglected and didn’t have much flesh on them. They needed a good feed. Gradually I picked my way through WordPress Community Garden, tasting then feasting upon the wonderful produce on offer. Now my plans and dreams are fat and bursting with detail and ideas.

Richard of The Future Is Papier Mâché generously handed out nominations for a swag of awards at the end of 2012, including nominating elladeewords for Very Inspiring Blogger, Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, Gargie Award and Blog of the Year 2012, to which I’m only now happily if belatedly responding, due to a holiday hiatus and back to the real world distractions.


Of those awards Gargie and Blog of the Year 2012 are new to elladeewords. I’m honoured to accept, and pass on my nominations for both awards below with pithy details of how these bloggers over the course of 2012 fed my plans and dreams, and empowered my journey by their posts, and responses to mine. It wouldn’t surprise if me all of them have been previously nominated for Blog of the Year 2012… they’re that good!

Buried Words and Bushwa’s Metan inspires me by radiating love of life and more often than not giving me a laugh.

Clouds moving in’s Roughseas inspires me to be an informed thinker and consumer of life. The Roughseas blog broadens my world by generously sharing eclectic thoughts & knowledge, insights into Gib & Spanish life, and she also has Pippadog, Land Rovers & Pics blogs.

dadirridreaming’s Christine inspires to me strive for the life I want.

Dianne Gray inspires me with her brilliant writing and attitude to life including giving up her day job and old life to move to North Queensland.

East of Málaga’s Marianne inspires me by her gift of sharing the life and colour of Spain.

Fig Jam & Lime Cordial’s Celia inspires me with her flair for living, food, family & friends but her post about empowerment touched me, because she has empowered me.

from the Bartolini kitchens’ ChgoJohn inspires me with food, glorious food prepared with big helpings of generosity and joy.

Kourtney Heintz’s Journal inspires me by sharing her journey of writing and publishing, book reviews, and kills me with Grandma H. stories.

Leanne Cole Photography inspires me with her artistry and persistence in pursuing her ambitions.

Lori’s Lane inspires me with her wisdom.

My Bright Life inspires me by love of the coast, which I share, and insights into life in South Africa.

Paralaxvu inspires me with her compassion, honesty and wicked sense of humour.

Pete Denton inspires me with his dedication to writing, goals and book reviews.

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge inspires me with her clever interpretation of social and community issues & interests, missives from RC Cat and canine perspectives of Molly & The German.

Postcard Cafe‘s Nigel inspires me with his passion for Sheffield street art.

Robyn Coyle inspires me with her writing skills and comedic flair, and shares tools that assist me to be more comfortable and confident in my writing space.

RumpyDog’s household inspires me by their dedication to animal welfare and rights, and beguiles me with unbearable cuteness.

The Future Is Papier Mâché’s Richard inspires with his enthusiasm for photography, books and music, and appreciation of urban landscapes and its inhabitants.

The Kitchens Garden’s Celi inspires me with her sustainable living & food commitment and her energy, and delights me with the Farmy cast.

The Wanderlust Gene inspires me with her passion for life in Sri Lanka, love of the Misses Kotte, and remarkable archive of images.

Vics Pics and More inspires me with her walks and travels with dogs Jasper & Sal.

Walking with a Smacked Pentax inspires me by taking me to into stunning timeless landscapes, and dark deep places.

Even if it takes me a while to get to them I like to find time to respond to award nominations because I value the nomination and the effort that has gone in to passing it on. Roughseas recently shared a link which makes a good technical point about awards and possible flow on benefits if you find such things useful.

Come On In Patsy Cline

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” Ruth Reichl

Gargie Award Rules:

1. Display the award badge as prominently on your site as you are inclined.

2. Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement… in your own good time.

3. Nominate fellow bloggers… who you have great bloggy affection for.

4. Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award… by whatever means is most convenient.

Gargie Award 2012

Blog of the Year 2012 Rules:

1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;

3. Include a link back to this post ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post; (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!) link lost in transition

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them;

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience; link lost in transition

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars. not for me but if you wish

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnail

(italics indicate elladee variations)

ebb & flow

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Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans”… is attributed to John Lennon but much quoted by the rest of us when our tender dreams never see the light of day.

I took the opportunity of using the misfortune of the slowing economy and rising jobless to daydream about possibilities… Costing out how much it would take to pay the bills and set us free, for a while anyway, without using up all our hard earned savings… money from God, I like to think of it.

In the midst of these dreams, despite the lists & calculations, I was in touch with reality and patting myself on the back for getting Christmas gift shopping done without over spending & before the festive season showed its underbelly; counting the days until an extended end of year break; and took a quick weekend trip to Taylors Arm to prepare for Christmas, where I found myself laying on the verandah futon dreaming of not making the return trip to the city for an annoying couple of weeks work, and considering the tediousness of my wish-I-was-there-but-I’m-here existence.

Upon my return to the office, in my lunch break – was she expecting me to be at my desk or hoping I wasn’t? – I received a call from my HR consultant. In an economy rife with job losses, she at least had the presence of mind to preface the conversation with the words “it’s not bad news”… followed by the information I was being seconded back to a new improved version of my old role for the re-heated leftovers of the project that when it ended left me hanging…. depends on your perspective, I thought.

window view

With her professional assurances of the balm of a friendly supervisor, a window seat, plus reassurances during the first team meeting that lessons were learned from the past, I’ve come to look at the development as a flow – what choice did I have? – rather than an ebb, but remembering my own lessons learnt so I come out the other side intact.

However, 2 days in I’ve already cancelled a non-essential but nice to do community service commitment that cut into work time… par for the course, but disappointing all the same. I’m thankful I’ve had a year to make a habit of my sanity savers: morning walks and blogging… that way they will be harder to dislodge from my daily routine but it’s likely the walks will get earlier, and blogging time will be abridged.

During our holidays, it’s also possible elladee_words will take a back seat – at the very least I have a pile of books to read and beaches to walk along weather gods permitting. In a desperate attempt to somehow contact the 21st century we installed an antenna and boosted the wireless internet coverage at TA from none to a weak signal that doesn’t even rate on the bar indicator. I’m aiming for images and succinct posts similar to great divide: city vs country (II) on elladee_images and Big things come in small packages on elladee_places, from our recent long weekend. And, I will read blogs and comment as much as possible.

Stop Press

Sisterhood-of-the-World-Bloggers-Award jpg

Rounding out my first year of blogging nicely is a nomination from The Wanderlust Gene for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award, and as usual I’m invoking the guidelines option, as the rules state nominees need to answer 10 questions, which TWLG conveniently didn’t strictly stipulate, and of course nominate others – which I’m happy to do. Listed below is the cast of 2012, in which TWLG would have been included.


Buried Words & Bushwa.

Vic Pics and More

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Robin Coyle

Kourtney Heintz

Leanne Cole Photography

Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

East of Malaga




Dianne Gray author


Denise Discovers

Fly Away Home Book

Given they’re not technically sisters (and we wouldn’t want any confusion about that), honourable mentions go to

The Future Is Papier Mache

Postcard Cafe

Walking with a smacked Pentax

From the Bartolini Kitchens

Fictional Machines

“Every flow has its ebb” French proverb

Not the Grammy’s

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Fictional Machines recently nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Gladly, I accept.  

St Kilda Community Garden, (Melbourne), Vic, Australia

Fictional Machines is [make you think] short stories by J.E. Lattimer, and he has a couple of other sites also worth looking at &

The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.  Thank you Josh 🙂 

2. List seven random things about yourself.  It’s been a slow day so I’ve been amusing myself listening to music on my phone… had an aha moment… seven songs. 

Some things you never think will happen, do.
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5 / Buena Vista Social Club
He was always there to help her

In the unlikeliest ways.
Love Song – AC/DC – Bon Scott
Oh, I’ve got hearts and flowers for you 

When the time is right.
Shivers – Screaming Jets
But I keep a poker face so well

For the ones I miss.
Come Back – Pearl Jam
The real possibility that I may meet you in my dreams

The song of my life right now, and my ringtone.
All Along The WatchTower – Jim Hendrix/Bob Dylan
There must be some kind of way out of here

 Sometimes I just have to dance.
Nutbush City Limits – Tina Turner
They call it nutbush, oh nutbush

Will see me off from this life.
Amazing Grace – R. Carlos Nakai
How precious did that grace appear

3. Nominate 15 other blogs. I’ve gone with these 15 who are worth a click, and I’ve not nominated previously. 

    (Buried words and Bushwa)

I know the award posts take a lot of work, so please accept the nomination with warmest regards, and if you choose not to participate, all is well. 

4. Notify the fifteen nominees. Oh, okay.

5. Put the award logo on your blog. Soon. 

When you check out Fictional Machines make sure you check out this post

you’re our reward

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The WordPress community is my home away from home. It rewards me every day with inspiration, laughter, stories, camaraderie, wisdom and a glimpse into others lives. Occasionally I’m rewarded with award nominations.

Early June, Blessed with a Star on the Forehead nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award & Very Inspiring Blogger Award, at a time I’d accomplished the not-so-mean-feat of responding to a flurry of award nominations. I set the nominations with the kitchen herbs while I regrouped, and waving the watering can over them last week spotted new blooms. Check out Blessed with a Star on the Forehead, it’s a beautiful, entertaining, heartfelt blog.

Afterwards, I discovered in a jewellery box with Diamonds & Pearls, a Sunshine Award nomination circa mid June from Richard Guest. Richard’s images with clever commentary and song titles elucidate people and London.

Later, I extracted from my bookshelf in the holding spacefor her much anticipated novel, a mid-June vintage pick-a-box of award nominations from Robin CoyleKreativ Blogger, Reader Appreciation, Tag! You’re It!

Generic award posting rules encompass: acknowledge & notify the nominator; state a varying number of things about yourself; nominate similar number of deserving bloggers; and contact them to notify the nomination. Notifications I believe, have become quite unfashionable, and I do have my fashionable reputation to think of, so I’m hoping pingbacks will take care of it.

The blogs below, some nominated previously and some not, are deserving of all or any they choose of the above awards if they don’t have them already, or even if they do. Regardless, they are worth a visit.

Lastly, inspired by dodging commas‘ “I am” post, I’ve been playing with I am, and extracted a selection to cover the things about me feature of the rules.

I am from lives past and from eras not yet here.

This time…

I am from taupe paddocks and midnight blue mountain ranges.

I am from family loving, imperfect, loved.

I am from beliefs, grief and silence.

I am from provincial, industrious, commonplace culinary.

I am from tennis playing, town visiting, football barracking.

I am from beach walking, shell collecting, rock pool gazing.

I am from photograph album memories.

I am from sisters… finally.

I am from music on the radio, and books, endless books.

I am from reminiscing, stories, recipes.

I am from cat loving, dog devoted, missing.

I am from city, assimilated, animate, mundane.

I am from faith, tested, wavering and winning.

I am from true, tried undiminished love.

I am from words, images, ideas discovering.

I am from new world connected, wireless, timeless.

The Church – Our Reward

…You’re our reward
So unpredictable
So delectable
So undetectable
You’re our reward…

Thank You Award: 100 smiles per hour zone

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Smiles Per Hour Zone Sign_Veg Out Community Garden, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

I recently received a lovely Thank You Award from Richard Guest of The Future is Papier Mache.  Given how much I like Richard’s blog, earning the award required little effort on my part.

~ about the Thank You Award

As explained by the creator of the award, Leanne Cole “I got thinking, always dangerous, what about the people who support me.  I have some people who always take the time to make a comment or let me know that they have liked a post that I have written.  I really appreciate the support that I get from these people, and so I decided, that there needs to be A Thank You Award.  I have never seen one, so I am starting it.  The rules are, you just acknowledge all the people who support you, but please start by acknowledging the person who gave it to you.  For your supporters, there isn’t a magic number, it might be two blogs, or it might be 100, it is up to you.” ~

Emulating Richard’s methodology, I am not contacting awardees individually – which makes sense as they are regular followers, likers and commenters of the elladee words, images & places blogs.

Blogging fully awakened EllaDee (who until then had been sporadically writing humdrum short stories & poetry) in December 2011, and it’s been a most enjoyable virtual journey. Thank you to the many bloggers who have been my companions along the way…


Ashley Jillian

Bente Haarstad Photography

Looser or Not

Mars of The Positive Toxicity



Francine in Retirement

Pat Bean’s Blog

Pete Denton – Writer

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Robin Coyle


Street Inspired

Taking a Closer Look at Life

The Future is Papier Mache

Walking with a smacked Pentax


Have A Dream

Thank you Award

A Community Garden and ABC Awards

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“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul.” Pope John Paul II

* “The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community…” Wiki.

Once again I returned from an internet-free break, and once again I’m treated to an **extra-special email notification from Robin Coyle nominating me for an Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award. Not only is Robin talented and inspiring, she is a generous award giver, and I thank her for nominating me once again, and giving me the opportunity to pass it on.

Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award

The ABC award asks the recipient to name 26 alphabetical things about themselves and then nominate other bloggers. I put my hand into the virtual sack and the nominees for the Awesome Blog Content Award are:


Ashley Jillian

A Word in Your Ear

Bente Haarstad Photography

Claire Atkinson

Going Dutch


Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe

Looser or Not

Mars of The Positive Toxicity

Mike’s Look at Life


Pat Bean’s Blog

Pete Denton – Writer

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Postcard Cafe

Robin Coyle**



Street Inspired

The Future is Papier Mache


Walking with a smacked Pentax




Just a quick word on blog awards. I’ve listed some of these blogs for other awards but they’re back again because I think they fit the ABC criteria. Accepting awards to enable you to nominate other worthy recipients isn’t for the faint hearted or time poor. Nominees are under no obligation to accept and there’s no timeframe on responding, or obligation to do so 🙂

A to Z of EllaDee

A = Amusing. Or tries to be.

B = Bloggers. Love them.

C = City dweller. For now, and it’s good.

D = Damn Good.

E = Everyday. Finding magic & mystery in it.

F =Fortunate. Serendipity favours me.

G = Gorgeous One. The silent partner in the EllaDee blog posts.

H = Happy. My favourite word.

I = Images. “There is art in the everyday. It’s easy to walk through the world and not see. Time moves on. Things change. I’m taking the time to look & stop & capture moments & colours of ordinary things & day-to-day life in snapshots.”

J = Junk ? I think not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

K = Keyboard. An extension of my being.

L = Luck. Make your own.

M = Mutable. Apparently comes from having a Sagi sun sign and Aquarian moon combination (the opposite of my Dad).

N = Nosy… “I’m a devotee of internet, email, ebooks: any sort of information and communication. I have eclectic reading tastes but people’s lives, stories & journeys particularly appeal to me.”

O = Observant. Switched on, it re-engaged me with my world.

P = Places. “Somehow you’ll escape, all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places, where Boom Bands are playing…” (Dr. Seuss)

Q = Quotations. They find me just when I need them most.

R = Rich. In life.

S = Street Art. Love it.

T = Taylors Arm. You can take the girl out of the country…

U = Universe. I’m a believer.

V = Visual. You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”  Paulo Coelho

W = Words. Read them or write them. They save me.

*X = Xenogamy. In scientific terms : the pollination of the stigma of a flower by pollen from a flower on another plant but in blogging terms: the awards, followers, comments, likes…

Y = Young at heart.

Z = Zen. I live right here, right now.

**Robin is one of my favourite bloggers so all email notifications from her are special, and even though she already has the ABC Award, I couldn’t leave her off my list..

The Versatile Blogger Award (II) and an open letter to Mercury Retrograde

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Beware of Mercury Retrograde

Dear *Mercury Retrograde,

It’s over. Our time is done. I know you like to have your fun and create chaos in my life, and that you certainly did. Just so you know I know: 

  • The Easter eggs, not funny getting Australia Post to send them to the sender.
  • The preparations to purchase a wood heater down the drain when the company goes into liquidation.
  • The mysterious machinations of the Council requiring payment for the wood heater installation inspection and approval at the same time as the application.
  • The calls to the many roof plumbers that weren’t returned.
  • The mythical domestic & social dilemmas of the wannabe electrician.
  • The where in the @$%# are the online shopping deliveries that are at the post office and then not.
  • The magazine subscription that never subscribed.
  • The Optus **Claytons mobile phone and internet coverage.
  • Oh, and can you please find the eBay T-Shirt and Telstra wireless modem deliveries that are still missing.

 I’m happy to indulge you from time to time – we all need to do our thing but you need to leave town. This time you’ve outstayed your welcome. I know you’ll be back but right now I’ve had just as much as I can take. Next time, call first.


Brightening this somewhat frustrating phase was an email (received via my work PC thnx to Optus & Telstra) from Richard Guest (The Future is Papier Mache) nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. I love the way Richard encapsulates the everyday in this photographs and thank Richard very much for the nomination, as despite being nominated for this award last month, it gives me the opportunity to post links to a few more blogs which have caught my attention, and nominate them for The Versatile Blogger Award, which is what it’s really all about. For the benefit of the nominees, I’ll post the rules but ignore most of them myself as I’ve already followed them once, which I hope satisfies the requirements.

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Ashley Jillian

Das Bloggen


Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Have A Dream


Taking A Closer Look At Life

Dean J Baker

*What happens when Mercury retrogrades? You miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, checks get lost, you find the car you just purchased during Mercury retrograde is a lemon. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts out, your sister hates her birthday gift.) There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements–but know these will benefit you in the long run. Don’t fight them, although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope with at times.

**Claytons is the brand name of a non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverage coloured and packaged to resemble bottled whisky… promoting it as “the drink you have when you’re not having a drink”… Although the product is no longer being actively marketed, the name has entered into Australian and New Zealand vernacular where it represents a “poor substitute” or “an ineffective solution to a problem”.