Sunday, January 31

Day 31

Cool change on the way!
In the space of 20 mins it has gone from 39 to 21 (outdoors) & is still falling.
The wind is howling, dust is settling (on everything!) the sky is grey, the sea choppy
& the first rumbles of an approaching storm can be heard.

Saturday, January 30

Day 30

San Remo Channel Challenge
Today's swim run marked 25 years of this annual event & the record number of 788 competitors.

The swim is a distance of 500 metres starting across the channel at the fishing village of San Remo.
Due to the strong tide flow through the channel the swim can only take place on the slack water of the appropriate high tide.
Slack water of the high tide lasts approximately fifteen mins in which time 500+ competitors must complete the swim.
The swim finish comes ashore at Newhaven, Phillip Island on the north side of the channel where the competitors then put on their running shoes & run across the bridge & back down the main street of San Remo to the finish line, a distance of 2kms.

note: learned a valuable lesson  today —
if you don't charge your camera battery you miss out on all the highlights & action shots!

Friday, January 29

Day 29

Almost 8mths . . .
Two teeth & both through on the same day!

Thursday, January 28

Day 28


Wednesday, January 27

Day 27

Cowes Jetty
Before the jetty was built (in 1870) passengers to Cowes were ferried ashore in small boats.
It is recorded that 'Indian-style they lit a smoke signal when they wished for transport in either direction'.  

Tuesday, January 26

Day 26

Australia Day 

& for a little fun & silliness the following comes via

Being Australian is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a
Belgian beer, then traveling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish
kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows
on a Japanese TV.
Oh and...... Only in Australia ... can a pizza get to your house faster
than an ambulance.
Only in Australia ... do supermarkets make sick people walk all the Way
to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy People
can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in Australia ... do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries
and a DIET coke.
Only in Australia ... do banks leave both doors open and chain the Pens
to the counters.
Only in Australia .... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars on
the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the
Only in Australia ... do we use answering machines to screen
calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone
we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
Only in Australia ... are there disabled parking places in
front of a skating rink.
NOT TO MENTION...3 Aussies die each year testing if a 9v battery works
on their tongue.
142 Aussies were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins
from new shirts.
58 Aussies are injured each year by using sharp knives
instead of screwdrivers.
31 Aussies have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas
tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
8 Aussies had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper
with a lit cigarette in their mouth.
A massive 543 Aussies were admitted to Emergency in the last
two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.
And finally.... In 2000 eight Aussies cracked their skull
Whilst throwing up into the toilet

Monday, January 25

Day 25

Desi . . . catnapping in the middle of the driveway

Day 24

Oops . . . forgot to post Sunday's pic of the day!

Saturday, January 23

Day 23

Night Sky

Friday, January 22

Day 22

Thursday, January 21

Day 21

Maxtor c2006 - 2009
Not even a prolonged stint in the freezer could save Maxtor & so it was, with a heavy heart,
that the plug was pulled at 3.40pm today.
In memory of 200gb of stuff!

Wednesday, January 20

Day 20

Derelict farmhouse
I quite often pass by this old place when out walking the pine tree to the left towers over it.

Tuesday, January 19

Day 19

Melaleuca Lodge Hostel for the Aged
the Auxiliary's major fundraiser

Monday, January 18

Day 18

Who's a clever boy?
Almost 7½ mths, Smidgin has been upstanding for a couple of weeks now.

Sunday, January 17

Day 17

If I lie very still she won't know I'm here?
. . . Got news for you Tia!

Day 16

Doing the happy dance!
Contents of HD restored after recent failure.

Friday, January 15

Day 15

Sitting Lady
My first sculpture made using Paverpol
(an environmentally safe & versatile fabric hardener that was developed in the Netherlands.)

Thursday, January 14

Day 14

We called them fairies when I was little.
Seed head of a dandelion or a thistledown.

Wednesday, January 13

Day 13

A penny for your thoughts?
These Australian coins (not including the worn one on the lower right, which is an 1899 English penny)
 are a few from my small collection & date from 1917
I don't have an Australian 1930 penny (more's the shame!)
described somewhere as the "Holy Grail" of the coin collecting world
& worth who knows? upwards of $250,000, $1,000,000

Tuesday, January 12

Day 12

Zucchini overload!
Today's pickings have gone into micro mini sized bites & mini muffins with the last of the Christmas ham used in place of bacon.
What will tomorrow bring? A cake perhaps?

Monday, January 11

Day 11

Too hot to venture very far today, so out to the back garden for a photo.
The neighbours' passionfruit vine is trailing along & down our side of the fence.

Sunday, January 10

Day 10

This toadstool has sprung up in an indoor potted palm.

Saturday, January 9

Day 9

Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show
Held annually on the second weekend in January at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

This year Wonthaggi marks the 100th year since the township was formed.
The Show is put togther with the support of many local businesses and individuals.

Friday, January 8

Day 8

A laden basket of zucchini fresh from the garden had me chopping & dicing ingredients for hours last night
(only because I rarely make sauces, pickles, jams etc & forgot I actually had the right appliance
that would have done this job in a matter of minutes — DH is still laughing!)
I'm not mentioning the other silly thing I did whilst cooking it today!
It better taste nice; that's all I'm saying . . .

Thursday, January 7

Day 7

San Remo Cemetery
Set on the hillside with views out to Bass Strait.
Along with many of the locals we walk our dog through the grounds each day.

Wednesday, January 6

Day 6

St Paul's Boys' Home (1928-1979)
Run by the Mission of St James and St John — situated in Newhaven on Phillip Island.
Formerly known as the Newhaven Reformatory or the Newhaven Boys' Home.

Day 5

Newhaven Yacht Squadron

Day 4

The view from our top deck overlooking Cape Woolamai to Bass Strait.
Pyramid Rock is just visible in the distance.

Day 3

The Fantastic Paradoxes of Sandro Del-Prete
Ambiguous Figures
DD & DH have spent several hours on this 1000 piece puzzle & it is now nearing completion.
Both say it is one of the hardest puzzles they've ever done!

Day 2

Day 1

Taking down the Christmas tree & packing away the decorations for another year.
I made this porcelain angel 25 years ago & it has topped the tree ever since.

Project 365

2012 . . .
oh dear, only 78 days,
so that'd be an F?

2011 . . .
neglected after 85 days,
it's another F!

2010 . . .
all done,
it's an A+!

2009 . . .
8 weeks of layouts only,
it's an F for fail!

I live in a beautiful part of the world, with glorious ocean views, kangaroos bounding across the hilltops, assorted wildlife (echidnas, cape barron geese etc), birdlife & reptiles (not all nice . . . tiger snakes & copperheads —eek!)


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