Sunday, December 22, 2013

it's almost Christmas

Well I didn't do anything with the 70s bits - just took them along and wore a kaftan style evening dress from that time. That is the only sort of outfit I can still fit into, though even that was rather tight around the armpits! It was a fun night with quite a few other outfits and memories from the time. I would have liked to be able to fit into my hotpants which I wore with long white cut out boots (or were they sandals?). I gave them to the Power House Museum when we lived in Sydney.

Since then it has been mostly getting organised for Christmas - cards, presents, making 'bonboxes' (in place of bon bons), a pudding and the truffles are under way. We bought a new Christmas tree and pensioned off the one we have had for 40 years.
We have stopped off a couple of times recently to look out over Port Noarlunga and the mouth of the Onkaparinga River. The water was the most beautiful blue-green colours, although you don't see much of it in these shots.

There were not many on the beach, as you can see, but it would have been a different story this week as we have had an exceptionally hot spell. The library has been a very busy spot as we are one of the distribution points for the Council beach passes for the 2 drive on beaches. We are near to one of those beaches and beach goers come to us in all sorts of attire...

I had an interesting mishap/experience earlier in the week. I went into the city for an appointment, and whilst crossing a main road my sandal gave out. The sole split open and foam stuff was spilling everywhere. I trailed it into the office for the appointment having no time to do anything else. I headed for athe nearest shoe store when I left, and on the way the heel came right off and a little further on the second sole split (more like exploded) similarly. After I had thrown them in a bin I realised I should have taken some photos. They were a good name brand but I had had them for a couple of seasons, and pulled them out for the first time since last summer. It was quite a hot day, but I don't know if it was heat or age that caused it.

Here are a couple of photos from the garden, beginning with our latest blackbird nest, with two baby birds. They are in the apple trees - where I hung lots of CDs to keep the birds away!!!

The nest is quite a work of art, complete with some long lengths of black plastic string. 
A few of the flowers on the convulvulous. The plant  has been in for about 12 years now, and continues to grow and spread and flower, and flower. It gets chopped back regularly too.
This succulent is in a bowl on the patio
Flowers on the crown of thorns cactus
I like the way this new fern leaf has come up through the other plant (can't remember its name) creating such a contrast.

It's time to roll the truffle mixture and to say Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to everyone.

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