Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up? If so, what were you assigned to do?
Mum was not as strict as some parents about chores. She expected us to keep our rooms tidy and pick up our toys but we did not have to do regular chores.
Have you ever researched your family tree? What do you know about your family’s roots?
I did do a little although after you get to a certain point it can become expensive getting certificates to verify the names and dates when you live in a country other than the one where you were born. I think it is an interesting subject. My roots are mostly English on both sides although one grandparent was born in Canada.
What’s your cure for hiccups?
I don’t really have one. I try holding my breath but it doesn’t seem to work all that well. I’ve tried drinking a glass of water which also doesn’t seem to help a lot. I think in the end they go away of their own accord.
What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it? Either figuratively or literally?
Election promises. You know that there is an election due when politicians start bringing out plans for projects that you know will get dumped as soon as the election is over. In Australia, the favourite one is the Very Fast Train between Sydney and Melbourne. I have heard that one so often that when I hear it is being talked about I just assume someone thinks it is a vote winner. Other favourites are “new flag” and “Have a referendum to decide if we should become a republic.”
Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.
The year is barely a week old and there has not been much positive news in the papers. There are bushfires burning around the country including in the Tasmanian Wilderness, our politicians are still behaving badly, India beat us at cricket, Trump is still an idiot. In other words business as usual.
In my own little world, I try and find positive moments where I can. I’m enjoying listening to the Harry Potter books on Audible and someone is coming to look at my house tomorrow. Maybe they will want to buy it.
Putting this post together was quite a saga due to an annoying problem my desktop computer has developed. When I am editing photos it hangs if I do more than one photo and the only way to get out of it is by shutting the computer down via the power button. Luckily most of my photos live on a separate drive which I can plug into my laptop but it is an inconvenience. All these photos are of things I found around the house.
I took a lot of great pictures of the entries in the annual Scarecrow competition at Middleton. For several years in a row, David and I would drive down the Channel Highway, stopping so that I could photograph the scarecrows. This one was from 2013.
These photos were taken in Hobart this morning. I went to town to have lunch with Ally and Matt and to see the first four Sydney Hobart Race yachts which had arrived earlier in the morning.
As it happened there were quite a few interesting motorcycles around the waterfront as well.
This next one I’m not too sure of the make but thought that I heard Matt say it was a Triumph.
I don’t know a lot about bikes but I’m willing to bet this is a Harley Davidson.
Finally, as I walked back towards Murray Street and the bus stop I spotted this Harley Davidson Trike giving rides.
Just for a change from vehicles and machinery, I decided to photograph things around the house with motors.
The first two are a couple of real veterans that I’ve owned for decades.
My Sunbeam hand mixer has just finished its Christmas tour of duty as I made two batches of mince pies. It faltered a little at one point and I thought I was going to lose it but it soldiered on to finish the job. This mixer originally belonged to mum. I got it for her with a voucher I’d won in a competition in 1970 when I was thirteen. When I got married she gave it to me and it’s been with me ever since. That’s nearly 50 years of service. They knew how to make them back then. For the record, I think it cost about $25 at least that’s how much the voucher was for. I can’t remember if we bought anything else with it.
Mum also gave me my Ronson hairdryer. I believe I was 23 when I got it. It hasn’t had such a lot of use as the mixer as I usually prefer to dry my hair naturally now that I wear it short but it still works.
It has seen better days but this small heater/cooler still works and gets a bit of use on chilly evenings keeping my feet warm when I am on the computer. It’s been around since about 2002
The HP printer has no such pedigree. It is probably more than five years old now. I know David and I bought it in Hobart. I don’t remember when. It still works but I don’t print that often.
The last item is my Hoover Dog and Cat vacuum cleaner. I bought this while David was sick in the hospital so I know it is about three years old.