Monday, 29 August 2016

Our Beautiful World!

It's such a beautiful time of year.
Take a look at this tree out the front of our house
It's bare leaves, standing stark against the blue sky
Just waiting to burst forth into spring!

Out in the back garden, it's anything but bare
Things have gone bananas!
Actually, the growth makes me smile. 
It seems so immediate, so free, so easy in the garden.
It's almost a pain, it needs tending and care.

Warning - deep and meaningful alert...

You see my day job is all about growth.
My work with people seeking asylum is all about personal growth.
The challenges of that when you may not have work or study rights,
when you have fled unimaginable horrors,
when you have left behind family and friends...
I see such immense courage, resilience, strength.

Just look what's appeared in my jungle!
Aren't these Arum Lillies beautiful?
Peaceful, calm and strong.

I'm working long hours. 
The work feels never ending, but so, so rewarding.
I love this quote, it sums life up perfectly.
'The secret to growth is helping others to grow' Julian Hall

I'm growing alright, and it's beautiful.

Just like these Australian native flowers that I treated myself to.
I took them out into the garden, to show their true colours.

I can't get that Cyndi Lauper song out of my head:
'I see your true colours shining through...'

PS I'm a little behind with all things blogging-wise at the mo, 
and now you know why! I will try and visit when I can :)

Linking with Our Beautiful World - Sunshine

Monday, 22 August 2016

Don't jump off cliffs!

So Little Wren Sunflower Boy is in a hospital tonight,* he jumped off a cliff and perforated his eardrum. He's now sporting a very flash turban and gets jelly and ice cream for dinner.

It's a good way to learn that sometimes the choices you make in life have consequences. I mean just look at this dinner! We had a chuckle and said the one thing he should have done was put Pizza Hut down as his emergency contact number! 

Still, at least he's had his dinner, unlike me. I'm just sitting here watching his drip, drip and doing my very best to get everything sorted for him to have the most comfortable night possible!

Little Wren Boy is not so little anymore. He's well over six foot tall and I know I'm very lucky to have got our youngest kid, at twenty years old, to be the first to have had a night in the hospital. 

I've already been to see the ward Sister on several occasions. I'm trying not to ruffle too many feathers but.....

I started with the 'is there any chance we could have a bigger bed?' He is after all, virtually doubled up in a tiny bed? He doesn't like to complain... 

Unlike his not-so  Zen Wren mother

First off, I'm rather pleased with myself at having got him an upgrade to a private room. Why are all my family and friends rolling around on the floor laughing? C'mon you wouldn't have expected anything else would you from the Queen of Upgrades would you?!

The only problem is that this upgrade cost a bit. I knew my Trip Advisor reputation was not going to cut it with the check-in chick at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital but now I have to confess to my husband that we're getting a $800 bill for the room for the night "Whaaaat?" I know he will say. 

I know he's going to tell me that our son will be drugged up to the eyeballs and won't remember the night that we splashed out enough for a posh suite in the best hotel in Melbourne. I can hear him saying now "that was a waste of money!!" 

Anyway, I'm rather pleased with my efforts thus far, because  we're in a public hospital with limited facilities for private rooms, which they tell us on arrival is usually kept for those with special needs, or those who go a bit loopy on the medication. Ha! I suspect they realised that this poor kid had special needs - his mother in full flight, in protective mother hen mode...

By this stage my son is feeling nauseous - or maybe it was me at the thought of having to confess to my husband what I'd just done...

'Any chance we can both have some anti - nausea medication?' I ask the nurse. She smiles, thinking I'm joking.

They wheel my son into his new room, which was a surprise as I was expecting a better bed. In fact , for 800 bucks I was hoping for a whole pillow menu and a chocolate on his pillow.

About the bed, I start! The nurse very cleverly pulls out the end of the bed for a slight extension and for the first time Little Boy Wren can straighten his legs and promptly falls asleep.

The nurse looks at her watch "Oh look it's ten past eight, it's time to go!," she smiles sweetly! 

* This was written on Friday, my son is now home from the hospital and making a good recovery!
Thank you for all the get well soon messages!

Linking with 
thanks to the hosts at Our World Tuesday


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Donut worry be happy!

My son was going into hospital to have surgery this week
and so I bought him and his sister doughnuts
as a pre-hospital 'do-nut worry, be happy' treat.

I mean they usually say the hole is the best bit 
because it has zero calories...  Oh well!

There is a doughnut craze sweeping Melbourne, voted worlds most liveable city 
for the sixth time consecutive year this week. I reckon it's our doughnuts that have clinched it!

I'm not usually nuts for doughnuts, but these were rather special don't you think?

Gone are the day of the old school jam filled doughnut,
these days a doughnut can be anything but plain
Gourmet is certainly in!

It was pretty hard to choose, the selection at White Mojo is awesome,  
but eventually, I chose a chocolate one for my son and a pink one for my daughter.
Or so I thought.

Little Miss Wren gets home first and eats the brown one
she later tells me it was sexist to buy her a pink one!
There were no complaints from Little Mr Wren 
but then he never got to see the chocolate one!

Which one would you have chosen?
Linking with Thanks to Darren at My Sunday Photo


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Always Hawthorn at the MCG

Five tips to always enjoy the footy!

I went to the footy last weekend at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), 
the first time in ages. But that's it, I'm not to be invited back again.

Our team and league leaders Hawthorn, suffered an unexpected loss to Melbourne. It was only their second loss of the season which was the only other match I'd watched this year. So I'm banned as "always unlucky" from all future matches!

We've been "Always Hawthorn" members for sixteen years now, although some of these were with overseas membership. My membership was dropped on cost-saving grounds a few years back by Mr Wren - number one Hawthorn fan, who claimed I wasn't committed enough! That's rich, as I've always enjoyed the footy - my way!

It's true, my favourite way to always enjoy the footy is to arrive after the first siren and leave in time to get a seat on the train home! It's a two and a half hour long match, waaaaaay too long for me. On a really good day we've got home to watch the final siren on the telly and enjoy the post match commentary!

Hot chips, to warm the hands on a cold winters day!
Here are my five tips to always enjoy the footy:

1. Always enjoy the not-so-fine dinning experience !

There is nothing that screams Melbourne winter more than hot chips and a pie at the Footy. Just don't forget the tomato sauce mate! Somehow it seems part of the fun to be ignoring all attempts at healthy eating when cheering on the buff athletes of your favourite team!

Having a pie at the footy - it's a "must-do!"
2. Always take time to learn the basic rules of the game!

Our Australian Football League is a strange game to those of us brought up with round ball football. Aussie Rules takes forever to learn the rules and somehow it always seems to deteriorate into fisticuffs! With me going "that's terrible, what do they think they're doing?" At which point there are more great snorts of disapproval at my apparent lack of support!

3. Always marvel at how great it is to enjoy a sport where the fans are generally better behaved than the players!

Having said that it is usually good natured between the fans. Despite the thought that those around me are going to have a heart attack, the passion of the supporters is evident. There is no such thing as football hooliganism here!

Melbourne fans go wild at every goal!
4. Always take time to appreciate the MCG stadium and all the sport offers: 

We sit in a mixed supporter stand at the 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground. Even with only had 37,000 in attendance, the roar of the Melbourne crowd is phenomenal. All are welcome and they start young in this sport, we spot several babes in arms. At half time the field is full of young Auskick kids all having their first experience of kicking goals on the hallowed MCG.

Auskick kids enjoy the footy
5. Always dress appropriately:

Melbourne weather is cold at the moment and so wrapping up warm with a team supporter scarf is a must. Here is the Crazy Poodle modeling one from previous years. He looks so young!

I've got the Always Hawthorn scarf
but as 'always Hawthorn lose' when I go, 
I'll have to be an always watching hawthorn on the telly in future. 
That's ok I suppose!

Linking with thanks to all the hosts at Our World Tuesday


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Crazy Poodle and friends

Here's the Crazy Poodle with his shaggy winter coat left long to survive an outdoor Aussie winter. It's been chilly this week. I scraped frost off the car windscreen on Wednesday which is virtually unheard of here in Melbourne.

Mutt's happy to have been out for a decent walk, after a week where we were all office-bound, and he didn't get the attention he thought he deserved!

His elephant friends were found in the grounds at Merricks General Wine Store on the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula.

Good things come in little packages!
We had walked from Red Hill South to Merricks Station Ground along the disused Rail Trail. It's a peaceful 6.5 km stroll past vineyards and pony paddocks 
through the pine trees and forests. We love this walk as it offers a different side of the Mornington Peninsula than our usual beach walks. 

It was great to arrive at the Merricks General Wine Store in time for a cuppa and cake. They have regular exhibitions at the adjoining Merricks House Gallery which showcase the talents of prominent Aussie Artists and Sculptors. These elephants above are by Matt Hill and are for sale if you have a spare $35,000.

It's a lovely forest walk through the rolling countryside
Highly recommended if you're in the area!

Linking with the following with thanks to 
Darren at My Sunday Photo