Family Matters

Back home after spending 2 weeks at Tweed Heads attending to family matters like helping my Mother unpack and settle in to new accommodation (a Granny flat attached to the home my sister owns (where my niece Amanda is living).  Mum seems to have settled in quite well. She can watch the antics of Amanda’s new puppy Zoe (a Staffy cross) and Amanda’s other dog Zeus (a Rottweiler) and doesn’t have to worry about living in a house with stairs anymore.

Zeus is friendly, loyal and obedient. Zoe is very intelligent and has already learned to sit. Learning to stay is taking a bit longer due to exuberant puppy enthusiasm. I’ll be happy when she can no longer fit through the pool fence. I heard a strange noise early one morning and found she had fallen in the pool (a big splashed wet area near something she had been chewing), while she had swam to the pool steps (thankfully Amanda had allowed her into the pool a few weeks ago so she knew where to find the steps), she was too little to climb out. She was clawing at the top step but couldn’t get out. I dashed through the pool gate to rescue her, grabbed her out of the water, wrapped her in a towel and sat down to dry her. She was so tired she fell asleep in my lap.

I’m sure the dogs will keep Mum entertained and safe.  Zoe has a big growl for a little girl and Zeus only barks at strangers.

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Sydney Dust Storm

Woke this morning to find an eerie red scene, no visible sun, everything shrouded in a red glow.  Very unusual and strange to experience a dust storm in Sydney.  Must have started last night. Late last night Robert started to sneeze and cough – like a sudden allergic reaction, I said it was probably something in the breeze (thinking it was probably pollen) – little did I know it was a dust storm.

I took this pic from inside the house this morning.

It’s now 3.30pm and the dust has cleared, though it’s still very windy

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They’re back…

Sure signs it is getting warmer here…

First it was the jasmine in flower, now it’s the re-emergence of the blue tongue lizards.

I don’t know where they hide in winter, but when it warms up they come into the garden. I hear the unmistakable sound of them walking through the fallen and dried up leaves of the avocado tree.

They are innocent creatures and very welcome in my garden to eat the snails and other bugs.

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My Ikea Shopping Experience

A couple of weeks ago Ikea in Australia delivered their new catalogue to most  people in Australia.  I needed to solve some storage problems so I thoroughly looked over it’s pages.  I found a couple of well priced cabinets which fitted the space.

So off we went to Ikea.  The first challenge was finding the store. We hadn’t been to the location before, so we followed their directions…  Mmm. The driving directions were correct but not explanatory enough. After turning right (three lane road) the left turn is almost immediate, so if you’re not positioned correctly you miss the turn – which we did. This forced us to drive about 5km out of of way to get back to the store.  Anyway, we eventually did find the shopping centre, parked the car and found the store. We found the products we were interested in, noted down the pick up location, then got a trolley and went to the pick up area and found our (big) boxes and wheeled them to the check out area. They have self-serve check outs as well, so if you choose you can perform the whole Ikea shopping experience without interacting with anyone.  Whether you think that’s a good idea is up to you, but it does work.

It would have been helpful to know which car park level was the best to allow easy access from the store, however the elevator was large enough to accommodate the boxes. Overall we had a good experience.

My suggestions for the best shopping experience would be:-

* Shop from the catalog and online to figure out what you want to buy, otherwise strolling around the (very large) store will take you all day.
* Carefully check the measurements of your space and the products you want.
* Before you leave home check stock availability online.
* Check Google Earth for the store location so you can work out the best way to get there.

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Great Service

Ever had a really positive experience with a service provider?

A couple of days ago, the arm on my partners glasses broke off.  He made a couple of calls about getting it repaired.  One optometrist called back in a few minutes with the great news that the supplier, Domani, was able provide a whole new frame instead of just an arm – for the price of just the arm. The same day, we dropped by to give the optometrist the glasses.  The very next day the work was totally done. The optometrist is in Dee Why – Sturdee Eyes, in Sturdee Parade

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Woodstock Anniversary – 40 years

The Woodstock Music Festival was billed as three days of peace and music. It was held in a   field on Max Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel in upstate New York over 15-17 August, 1969.

What started as a paid event exploded into a gathering of 500,000 people who experienced a turning point in music, peace and love which “defined a generation” and made the word “Woodstock” a household name.

Woodstock Anniversary

Ill fated music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin were joined by names which live on to this day, like Santana, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead, Ravi Shankar. Plus bands like Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Country Joe & The Fish, and of course The Who.

You can find the full lineup and playlist here

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RIP Sam the Koala

Sadly Sam the koala has died.

Sam was the female koala who drank three bottles of water, held by of a volunteer fire fighter, in the aftermath of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires.

In case you don’t know, koalas in the  wild are only infrequently seen drinking water and certainly never from a bottle.

While Sam did recover from her burns she was found to suffer from a disease which afflicts up to 50% of the koala population. Before scheduled surgery to treat cysts from the disease she was found to be too severely affected to treat

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Natural Matters

I attended the touching funeral of our friend on Monday, November 3, 2008.  These occasions really make you think about how precious life is, and how much we take our health for granted.

I have researched some information on natural superfoods (the subject of my main blog http://naturalsuperfoodsblog.com) and have some exciting news which I will be writing about very shortly. Actually I’ve already written the article – I ‘m just waiting for links to be be active. The topic is a non-food item which has remarkable properties.

I have already included links to some interesting eBooks on natural cancer remedies.  If this type of information interests you I recommend you look it up HERE.

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