Thursday, 31 January 2013

Kyra Made A Snowman!

While we're sweltering Down Under younger family members in Canada and the UK have been making snowmen...

Emily found some great snow near Lancaster and played on her sled...

Sadly it began to rain on William's "snowman" near Manchester...

Aaah, to be a child again.

Priscilla and Kyra are also making coloured ice marbles in balloons but they had slightly warmer temps yesterday so they haven't frozen yet.

It's quite cool outside in the mornings now and quite delightful!

Enjoy your day,
Love from Sue

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Twitch Pics

There's not a lot going on around home today so here are a few Twitchie photos! The back garden has been weeded within an inch of it's life so Himself has had to re-resort to eating our herbs!

He's been enjoying the sage in the pot at the back, it's neatly mown now!


Monday, 28 January 2013

Some Knitting Fun

I really had "busted my stash" of cottons for washcloths during recent cricket and tennis matches on telly so decided to treat myself to some new yarn from Spotlight. This gorgeous cotton is called Filou by Vera Moda  and is strap-like and very soft, it knits up quickly on 5mm needles (32sts) and I've already made 2 washcloths from one ball of green...

I liked the look and the price of these fancy scarf yarns...$2 for a ball of Lily knit into the loops at the side with these yarns so that was a fun challenge. I knit the pink scarf in one afternoon, again on 5mm needles and just 6 stitches...

 The finished scarf looks like a chrysanthemum!

I saw my first ever wild sulphur crested cockatoos this weekend near Mum and Dad's house. Climate changes are pushing these beautiful birds closer to the cities as they search for food. These 3 were grazing with a small flock of galahs...not the best photo sorry but can you see the yellow crest on the one on the left?

We are enjoying quiet days at home, 33C is forecast for today but the mornings are quite cool and lovely.
Hope you all have a super week,
Love from Sue

Friday, 25 January 2013

Feelin' Good?

This good????

 lol No groaning, thank you!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Seeya next week

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A Nana Fun Day

Yesterday I was asked to look after Jess and Liv for a few hours while their parents attended an appointment. They came over around 9.30am and set to work on some puzzle magazines I'd saved for them and a late breakfast of orange juice and toast. Jessica had written me a very loving letter.

A phone message came from Gordie with the generous offer to pay if we wanted go out and "do something" special so I asked if they'd like to go to Chipmunks which is a short drive away. To see their faces light up was special indeed so we hunted for socks to fit them(Socks must be worn in the playground), got a water bottle and off we went...

The place is huge and very well designed with lots of friendly staff keeping an eye on the children. There is plenty of seating, a nice cafe and there were 6 birthday parties going on yesterday as well as 2 daycare groups using the facility but there was still plenty of room for every-one. After lunch 4 characters came on stage to mime and dance to popular music and the younger children had a ball dancing...

The main reason I took the girls here and it cost $12.90 each for them to get in, instead of going to a free park, was that it was an air-conditioned indoor activity so there was no danger of sunburn. We stayed for 2 1/2 hours but could have stayed all day if we'd wanted to. Would take some sandwiches next time as the cafe was rather pricey.

So home we went, back to the puzzles and when Gordie came to collect them he had a lovely surprise for me, his cousin Tommy whom I hadn't seen for 13 years! Tommy got involved with the girls' crosswords and we all had a good laugh...have asked for a photo of the two cousins together, it's lovely to see them so close. Gordie was 6 yrs old when Tom was born and he used to carry him around and rock him to sleep.

After they'd left I came in here to my pc and Jessie and had typed this on the screen
""My nana sue is the Awesomest Nana in the world and She loves me, I love her 2!" 

That's all for today,
Must go and stuck into my housework methinks
Love from Sue

Monday, 21 January 2013

Striking Frangipani

I'm not sure if every-one knows how very easy it is grow a new frangipani tree from an off-cut but it really is.

Several months back, when the deciduous tree had lost all it's leaves, Dad and Steve-next-door cut 2 straight 'branches' from one of Steve's gorgeous trees. I left them outdoors for around 4 weeks to dry out somewhat...they didn't die but actually began to sprout new leaves. Then I popped them into plant pots of tomatoes and today they're both thriving...2 beautiful new trees for free! Their perfume is so sweet and so evocative of hot summer nights, one of my new plants looks like it's going to flower before long...

With camera still in hand I sneaked up on Brer Rabbit, asleep on the tiles at the front door...

Up close and personal with Mr

We had a lovely dinner last night ...

Home-made beefburgers(mince, an egg, chutney and oatmeal), home-made sweet potato wedges(coated with oil and seasonings, baked at 200C for 40mins) and home-made mashed avocado(with fresh lime juice, chopped tomato and garlic). Not bad for the "night before shopping day" and all delicious and thrifty.

Joe is having all those stitches out today and then we are off to Fremantle for his appt with the Oral Team who are keeping an eye on his amazing ability to form cysts in his sinus cavities! That will give me the chance to shop at the wonderful Italian Greengrocery on Wray avenue...their prices are very good.

Wishing you a lovely week, peaceful beats exciting for us these days!
Love from Sue

Friday, 18 January 2013

Joe's Putanesca Sauce

Close your eyes and imagine the wonderful rich and garlicky fragrance of this delicious dish...

Joe has been craving putanesca sauce after reading about it somewhere. He added anchovies to the shopping list this week and yesterday spent a very pleasurable hour making this sauce and the spaghetti. It was very hard to concentrate on the tennis with such a fabulous smell drifting through the house!

You'll need:

1/3 cup of olive oil
10 anchovies(a small jar)
8 whole garlic cloves
1/2 t dried chilli flakes
a red and a green fresh chilli, chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of passata(pureed tomato)
2 t capers
12 pitted and halved black olives
5 chopped garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped parsley(Joe used basil)
1 T basil

Heat the oil and gently fry the whole garlic cloves and the anchovies until the garlic is lightly browned and the anchovies fall apart.
Cook the chillies for a few seconds and then add the tomatoes, passata, capers and olives and simmer for around 30 minutes.
Add the chopped garlic and herbs and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve over pasta.

There is quite some debate about whether or not to add parmesan cheese to this dish, "experts" say that where you have anchovies in the dish you should never have cheese certainly didn't need it. Some people dislike anchovies but they break right down and just add a lovely saltiness to the sauce. Perfecto!

Joe went to Perth on the train on Monday to see his dermatologist. I thought it was just a regular check-up so stayed at home but he had 3 BCCs removed and had about 16 stitches in his chin and his back. He never complains but I know he is very sore. Hopefully they will be benign, they usually are.

Thank you every-one for your kind thoughts and words about Priscilla's progress yesterday, she reads all the comments and is buoyed by knowing so many people care about her and her family.

Hope you have a lovely weekend,
A little more weeding is on my horizon!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Priscilla Update

Our dear Priscilla has had scans recently that show the tumour has stopped growing although it is still alive. Her doctors decided to try a different approach to her treatment and this week she had another biospy; several pieces of tumour were removed and will be treated with various chemotherapy drugs to see which will be the best option.
The biopsy was very painful as Priscillas' nerves have wrapped around the tumour, I think she is incredibly brave. This poster was on her facebook page recently and says it all...

Other family news is that her hubby, Will, has passed his lorry driving test and that should increase his income, especially important while Priss is unable to work.
Darling Kyra turned 4 years of age last week...time really does she's trying out some new dance moves!...

What a cutie-pie she is!

Thank you as always to every-one who keeps this family in their hearts and minds, prayers and hopes.

Love from Sue

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


A very special friend died on Friday after battling cancer for many years. Fiona was sparkly bright, compassionate, giving, intelligent, caring and creative, a mature age qualified teacher who sadly never got to practise her skills with her own class.

Fiona quickly offered me a room in her home when my first marriage ended and always asked how I was over the following years. We worked together as teachers' assistants for one wonderful year, she lit up the room with her enthusiasm and her special needs child, Kye, had every advantage available as Fee learned more about his condition and put recommended practices into place.

When I told her I had "met" Joe on the internet she quickly 'checked him out' and they became great friends. On our wedding day she borrowed the school camera and took most of the photos of our special day. I took the camera off her and took this beautiful photo of Fiona and her husband, Wayne...

Then she went to our house and decorated the garden for our reception with candles and stars and set out tables and chairs. Fee had already painted these beautiful glasses for our gift, they only come out at Christmas so highly are they regarded...

Fiona belonged to a Medieval Society and enjoyed re-enacting life from days of yore. She made her own costumes and loved to get away for a few days to Balingup to join in the festivities there. This photo was taken at the Rockingham Foreshore 3 years ago...Fee in sunglasses and the red and black costume was the marshal as the knights battled...

It's taken 5 days for it to really sink in that she's gone, only 47 yrs of age, wife, mother of 3 young adults and Nan to 2 little boys. How can it be true?
A glamorous photo as befits some-one who will be forever young, R.I.P. We love you so.

13.12.1965 - 11.01.2013 Passed away peacefully at home. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Well I must wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year from the bottom of my heart.

My absence has been caused by several things.
Blogger has begun charging once the size of the blog reaches 1GB and at $2.49US a month this sounded reasonable. Once it had gone through my bank it became over $5 a month~~$60 a year for the rest of my life and then what? I started trying to reduce the size of my photos which had little impact and now I have deleted all my Canada and Paris posts to get under the required limit.
I am still going through posts and reducing photo sizes (in pixels not cms) and there are some gaping holes that need to be plugged! Bear with me please.

To check your own blog is the address...scroll down to the very bottom and in very small print you can see how much storage you have used.

Perth has just sweltered through a heatwave of 7 days with the temps over 38C, it was over 42C in our garden every day and it is not conducive to sitting in a very hot room blogging. We've just had another few days of very high temps too, this house is not air-conditioned but Elizabeth has helped us to buy a portable air-con which has saved my sanity!

 The Down To Earth forums have had a HUGE influx of new members since the beginning of the month...too many people feeling overwhelmed by their spending over the silly season, others wishing to join the new de-cluttering challenges to keep on top of their housework; Becci is also running a crochet along this year for beginners and more experienced crocheters so if you still haven't joined the forums then what are you waiting for?

So there you have my excuses!
I have still been knitting and cooking, no baking as Joe is still ploughing through all my Christmas cookies and cake! Cricket and tennis are on telly all day and night and provide a lovely distraction from the heat!
I'll be back!
Love from Sue