A few flowers from our garden and nearby homes.
This is the time of year that calendars and diaries for the following year start showing up in the shops. Even in this digital age some of us still like a calendar on the wall with pretty pictures.
My friend Gillian and I have a bit of a tradition of swapping calendars at Christmas. We used to swap calendars with pictures of trains but in recent years its been dogs. We usually buy the ones produced by non-profit organisations because we like to support them. Gillian’s assistance dog Dusty actually featured in a calendar a year or two ago. Of course, I kept that page, Dusty is pretty cute.
That’s the only trouble with calendars. What to do with them at the end of the year? It seems such a shame to throw them away when the pictures are so nice. I used to keep them thinking I might do something crafty with them but eventually I ended up with a pile of old calendars which I still hadn’t done anything with so now I sadly recycle them.
Protestors communicating with banners, speeches and songs.
Here are a couple of old school ways of communicating. The local paper and the local community radio station in the Huon Valley.
Communication through the arts.
Unlike our friends in the northern hemisphere, we are about to start summer. However, in Tasmania, winter has taken quite a long time to go away. November had quite a few days when it was cold enough to need the heater on from mid-afternoon; there has been a lot of rain and even some snow at higher altitudes. The day that we drove to Sisters Beach for the first time was wet, windy and cold.
Still, I consider that we are lucky, in many parts of Australia November has been a month of extreme heat and bushfires in several states notably New South Wales and Queensland where many homes were destroyed and lives were lost.
I have often mentioned that I don’t enjoy extreme heat. It is one of the reasons that we decided to move to Tasmania which has a more temperate climate than the mainland states. However, I look forward to summer days when the sky is blue, the breeze pleasant and there is just enough warmth to go out without a jacket. By the end of summer, I’ll be looking forward to autumn and the changing colours of the trees. Winter in a place that gets a little snow but not enough to cause the havoc that occurs in colder countries can be very pretty and then just about the time that I get tired of everything being drab and grey the spring bulbs pop up and another cycle begins.
General questions this week. It’s Thanksgiving and then that horrid ‘Black Friday” in the U.S.A. and so lots of folks will be ultra busy. I thought some general questions that are relatively easy to answer might be in order.
What did you have for dinner last night?
Last night (Monday) we had chicken drumsticks which I cooked in my air fryer, pasta salad, potato salad, cherry tomatoes, beetroot and cheese followed by choc mint ice cream cones for dessert
Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?
Honestly, I never cared much about going out on a Saturday night even when I was young unless there was something good on that I wanted to see like a concert or a play or a good movie. It’s cheaper to go to the movies on a weeknight anyway. I still feel the same now. I’m not a party person and am happy to be at home with my pets and my hobbies.
How are you, truthfully?
I’m good I think. I have everything I need, although more money would be nice. I have a secure home and I am equally happy being alone or with people.
What’s the best topping/ice cream combination? If you don’t eat ice cream, what’s your favourite combination dessert? (Example: pie and ice cream or pie and whipped cream – that sort of answer)
Well although I agree with Naomi that New Zealand ice cream is probably the best I’ve ever had my favourite ice cream combination would be Tasmanian made Valhalla ice cream in a cone with fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries or strawberries) and topped with whipped cream.
Litre & Liquid
My pictures for this challenge are from my archives. I have just a few more days to pack everything and no time at all to go anywhere to take photos so I’m looking for some new angles on old photos.