Showing posts from January, 2009

Surviving at work

A picture says a thousand words!! This was at 10pm.
However in the hallowed halls of the Hospital we had a cooler working day, though we had two "Code Yellows" Power off in the South East Building (mine) and aircon off in the AP Building (not sure what one that is!) due to power outages all over the city.
We were all shocked at the tragedy this morning of a 5 yr old girl being thrown off the West Gate traumatizing for the two siblings as well as what state the father must have been in to do such a thing!
My day was less traumatic dealing with babies who
1. eat fairly well but doesn't gain weight, probably mal-absorption;
2. post cleft lip repair, been taking some time to get back to feeding on a background of 4 months of traumatic feeding. He looks lovely with a cupid's bow of an upper lip now;
3. One of twins who gets upset at the sight of the bottle, and has a naso-gastric tube for feeding, but now doing a little more than thinking about drinking, very plea…

Hot as..

I am writing his at 10pm with the temperature still at 37 degrees! It was 41 when I walked back to the car and like many of Melbourne-ites I retreated to the Nova cinema in Carlton for a few hours and saw Gran Torino, with Clint Eastwood; another great film and performance.
When I got into the car I took off my sneakers and socks and after I had cooled the car a bit, I set off and braked to a quick halt as my feet were burning on the pedals! Hastily pulled on my sandals. The heat reminded me of my arrival in Derby in WA in 1970, I arrived in October at 8pm and the heat made me think at first that I had walked across the exhaust from the plane, but no that was the evening! Similar tonight!
I wanted to do some blogging about my work so this start is to set the scene. The new hospital is being built next to the current one in the parkland, with all wards will be facing the park and have outdoor access. Currently they have dug out the underground car park, and the frame of the 4 floors. Du…

The morning commute

The forecast for 5 days over 40 (hottest consecutive heatwave for 100years!) had me worried about how I'd manage the walking to and from work, but today started off OK
I parked the car a bit closer so not so long a walk (25 vs 35 mins) at end of day, when it is hotter. It was pleasantly cool at 17 degrees, so I enjoyed the walk in the variety of trees I see on my way. This is the road where I park the car in front of a tool shop store. The ground to the side is the North Melbourne Football Club (Kangaroos) or Arden Street Oval with green Peppercorn trees, and this Gum is so beautiful with its smooth trunk and twisted branch.
I walk about 10 minutes down this road then arrive at the North Melbourne outdoor pool; Very busy spot at the moment! The building is a 1940's style red brick one that was closed for 3 years, but reopened in 2001 by public protest - nothing like an active community group. Opposite this (I short-cut across their lawn, again an area surrounded by peppercorn tr…

More Beach Strolling

Anne & Paul and Ali & Stu arrived for a week on the coast. We went walking down to the beach on a lovey sunny day, four adults and 3 dogs. With the dogs on extended leads there was a bit of weaving to untangle at times, but they were all eager. The local beach is closed to dogs from Dec to Apr, (not popular with the locals!) but you can use it to access the next beaches and for us it was to walk around the rocks and cliffs to the second beach. There was a man with two golden retrievers taking no notice but we stayed on the rocks at the edge while Ali had a surf, then we headed off.
An activity that Spencer does not indulge in, it was cute to see Fluffy (yes!) digging a huge hole!
The tide was well out, and the rocks and rock pools are a fabulous walk. It was covered this time in a beaded seaweed,that while not slippery needed careful negotiations when the exposed rock was narrow.
I love the almost circular pools cut into the rock with crystal clear view to the stones and shells…

Beach Life

It was a bit chilly in the wind on the beach with a fairly strong southerly coming direct from the antarctic!
Beach Cricket was popular, all hoping to redeem the Oz reputation against South Africa!
There were many brave souls leaping into the surf.
The more sensible ones in wet suits but others just in bathers.
Others enduring the outing while the kids frolicked, were rugged up and steadily attempting to get lost in a good book (to take their mind off the chill?)

Australia Day Weekend

This long weekend is signal to the end of the School holidays, but a welcome break after just a short time at work. I traveled down to Aireys Inlet on Friday night with Wendy leaving at 5.45. We came across the new Ballarat Hamilton road before Geelong and had a quick trip along that; pleased to have company as neither of us knew where to exit!! We passed a few choices then chose the West Geelong / Ballarat one and this turned out to be a good choice taking us to Belmont and 5 minutes from the Anglesea road at Waurn Ponds. I have to check a map on line to see if there is another choice. But the trip took 75 minutes rather than really great.
The house looked as welcoming as ever and very smart with the 'new' leather lounge suite. The older ones are still in the carport so I need to organise to get them donated.
We did our usual cliff walk with Sponty on lead and Spencer roaming. We went around the rocks to the side beach and Sponty had a run in that enclosed area.
Sunday w…

Candice and James

On my return to Melbourne I was delighted to receive an invitation to Candice and James' wedding. They had visited me in Tokyo when they were over for the Infant Mental Health Conference.
The wedding was held at 9 Darling Street a house in South Yarra now a Reception centre. Many a school social, graduation etc has been held there, so was familiar to many of the guests.
In fact James and Candice met there (at table number 3!) at a school Graduation.
It was a hot day and the ceremony was in the garden then the reception in the main room. A delicious meal complemented by some home made wine of Candice's Uncle! Candice hates the system of alternating main courses round the table so we were able to choose our main course. A lovely day and evening!!
As you can see she looked Beautiful

Spencer says Thank you

I invited Wendy, Shirley and Judy to lunch to thank them for caring for Spencer in my absence. It was a beautiful sunny day so we had lunch on the back deck while the dogs roamed the garden.
Spencer and Tallulah were a challenge to get photographed together, only possible by offering a treat. Spencer had a groom and cut for the occasion: looks very regal.
Judy had the bookshop open, so came later and brought Ben, who looked very cute, his white a contrast to black Spencer

Garden Restoration

With the dry weather and a non gardening tenant I was a bit anxious about what garden I might return to at Footscray. First glance it looked lush, but closer inspection showed the mainstays were OK but the greenery was a weed, not sure of its name, but it acts like sticky glue. Spencer came inside with leaves and small twigs attached everywhere and dropping leaves all over the house. The leaves are small and sticky and impossible to brush off. So a not expected home return task was to weed the garden on day 2. At least it is easy to remove, though the more lush plants needed a spade to get the root. So I ended up with bare spots all over the garden.
The main plants are the roses, the Pom Pom tree, the Iris and the Liriope, so much work was needed. The Japanese garden plants are doing well and I bought a second weeping thing to balance the layout. I started with some herbs that I had in pots initially, then planted out. Spencer then decided these were perfect to pee and poo on; with a…

A Change of Pace

Japan seems a long time away,and my retreat at Aireys long gone. Now I am back at work full time at full speed ahead. I started back with a plan to control the rush of work and this died an early death, but has arisen in this 3rd week back. I now have a daily routine.
I get up at 7, take yesterday's shower water out and pour into the watering can, to water what seems needed. We are under Stage 3A water restrictions: No watering of gardens except between 6-8am in Tuesday and Saturday, no washing car sor washing down drives etc. No watering of lawns at all. So I catch water in the shower as I adjust the temperature and use the water tank attached to the bungalow. (The Tank's capacity depends on rain and it hasn't rained since Christmas.) After my shower I have breakfast, then prepare a salad in a lunch box to accompany a can of flavoured tuna to take for lunch. Spencer rushes in and out checking on what stage I am up to, staying close once I get dressed and getting thrilled w…