Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Whoops running late with this one so a quick decision as to which I shall choose.  How about Tennessee Ernie Ford with "Shenandoah"?  A beautiful deep voice singing a delightful song and of course it is from YouTube.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Listening to Akker Bilk playing "Stronger on the Shore" always gives me goose bumps.  I know there are other gifted clarinet players but he is right up there with them.  I hope you will enjoy this rendition. (From YouTube).

Monday, December 11, 2017


Phil and I have always enjoyed the music of Andy Williams (I remember years ago watching the Andy Williams Show on TV) and here he is singing (from Romeo and Juliet) "A Time for Us".
I hope you will enjoy it along with me.  (From YouTube).

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Something that has had Phil and me pondering about of late is all this confusion in Federal Parliament about whether members of parliament are dual citizens or not.  It is to do with a section of our Constitution that says member of Federal Parliament must be Australian citizens.

Two members of the Green Party resigned after they realised they had both been born overseas one in New Zealand and the other in Canada.   Fair enough as legally neither were Australian citizens.  This began a landslide of people quickly checking if they were indeed Aussie citizens as many had parents born overseas which automatically makes them citizens of their father's country of birth.

No my birth mother was born in Australia to Australian born parents although my birth father was born in London. My adopted parents (my legal parents) were both born in London so I am a dual citizen both ways.   I would never consider revoking my English citizenship as I was always in my mind, and proud to be, a British citizen until, in the 1970s, the Labor government decided that was no longer the case and we then needed an Australian passport to travel overseas.  I believe I could have acquired a British passport had I desired to do so as could Phil of course as he was born in England athough he became an Australian citizen back in the 1970s.

Today was the deadline when parliamentarians were supposed to supply proof that they were 100% Aussie citizens by, I thought, presenting their birth certificates and those of their parents and grandparents.  It seems some supplied documents showing they had received confirmation of revoking citizenship of other countries but one side of politics had said this was not sufficient evidence when the other side did it but now their members have done just that...it is all right.

Honestly, don't politicians make you laugh?  Talk about confusion.  Actually Phil and I both feel if their dual citizenship is of a Commonwealth nation then what's the problem.   One can perhaps understand it if the other country involved is not a member of the Commonwealth but......not so.

That's enough of that for now.  Hopefully the same-sex marriage bill will be passed before the end of the year and all this business about citizenship will be too.  The former will delight so many people whereas the latter I am certain will concern very few outside parliament.

By the way I think the injection in my finger has worked to a certain degree.  There is still some swelling and I can't bend it completely but it is much less painful (or are my morphine patches beginning to work?)   Speaking of the patches...I think there is some effect but my stupid back seems to be stopping me walking properly.  I am not complaining.....just mentioning it.

My dear old Phil is now 88 (last Saturday).  No big celebration as part of the family was tied up all weekend but Aimee and Caitlyn came to afternoon tea on Saturday and Karen and her hubby on Sunday afternoon.  Also B was kind enough to replace our 2 smoke alarms which Phil had not been able to do and also changed a kitchen curtain that needed doing.  Phil is OK up a ladder to do ordinary things but not having to look up with his arms above his head.  He reckons it's something to do with getting old.  

I found a birthday card that made Phil laugh...it said  AGE is MIND over MATTER and inside it said "If you don't mind then it doesn't matter".  Phil said he is just so thankful that he is still here to enjoy getting older.

This has been a muddled up post but I'm feeling a bit muddled up right now.  Not sure why but this weather is not helping.   We get 3 or 4 days about 30C (86F) and then a couple in the high 20s and so on.   It is warming up as the next seven days are all forecast to be above 30C with warm nights.  I watch how our eastern state cousins are getting more rain than they want in many places and much cooler weather.  Never mind you can be sure some of our heat will make its way across in a week or so, particularly to South Australia if not beyond.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Now for a real blast from the past.  There were some wonderful songs sung during WW2 and this is one I remember very well.  I remember singing them around the piano at home.  Here is the great Vera Lynn singing "The White Cliffs of Dover".  Once again from YouTube.

Monday, December 4, 2017


This is a song I've always really enjoyed and to me there is no better singer to perform it than Johnny Horton.  Here he is singing "North to Alaska" from the film of that name which I also enjoyed many years back.  As usual YouTube was the source for this music.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


I saw a quote the other day saying "Time flies so make the most of what you have".  I've recently realised that our lives are slipping away far too fast and there's not a blind thing we can do about it. Suddenly you find a whole month has gone and you wonder what you have to show for it.  In our case very little which is mainly my fault as, not being able to get around very well, I tend to be a stay at home.

This is a little hard on Phil who is still perfectly capable of walking around, albeit somewhat slower than in days of yore.  He gets away from me to to top up shopping and has his monthly poetry meeting with his two ladies (actually there were 3 on Friday as a stranger turned up unexpectedly.  I told him he is collecting quite a harem!! ) Elaine and Doreen are two lovely ladies in their 70s and the 3 of them get on so well together.  I've met them both and I'm glad for him that he can share his interest in poetry with others of like mind.  I enjoy poetry but not all that much.

All our close friends have slipped off the mortal coil and the few acquaintances we still have live many kilometres away and it's not a lot of fun out on the roads these days.  I still think Phil a very capable driver but he still sticks to the road rules and it seems there are many out there in control of cars now that seem to think they should have total control.  They want to break the law and speed or chat away on their mobile phones with little regard for others who use those roads too.  They actually want you to break the law too.  Incidents of road rage seem to be increasing everywhere and there are so many dreadful crashes that shouldn't or wouldn't happen if everyone took care.

I'm not really complaining but apart from our music and the books we read there's little else that we can do.  Gardening has been out for me for some years and now poor old Phil is finding it a little much for him as well.  Last week we had a wonderful gardener here trying to make our wilderness look a little shipshape and I must admit he did a wonderful job, at some cost though.  I have him now going to do an hour a month in which he thinks he can keep the garden looking tidy which is all we really want.  Fingers crossed this will happen.  Will keep you posted.

Of course I still have my potted frangipani but they are very slow this year which is possibly caused by the weird weather this year.  The one good thing about summer is the fact that the frangipani love it.  Right now I am having to be content just looking at pics of some of mine from last season.  Oh yes, quite exciting....one of my plants has two seed pods and I did nothing to cause it.  No twirling in the flowers etc as one is supposed to do.  If they come to fruition I will give the seeds to my daughter as she is even more frangipani mad than I am and hopefully she will get some nice plants from them. If she happened to get a new type perhaps she could name it after me!!

These are the twin seed pods.  I have to cover them with netting so, if and when the pods split open, the seeds will not be lost.  Wish me luck on this one.  These are last year's leaves which have now fallen off apart from a couple.