Showing posts from September, 2009

New Chairs

One of the lovely things we got from Beaumaris was the dining room Table, chairs and sideboard in Mahogany. The chairs are covered in a black and brown tweed that matched the lounge suite However I decided to cover them in lighter fabric. I have used fabric that was in the drawers of material, all leftovers of any dress, curtain or clothing Maddy ever made for us, the boys or herself. I remember this fabric but not where it was from. I also have for the other two chairs some dress fabric that was dresses that Celia and I had in our early teens.

I had great fun taking off the old backing, but on advice of crafty friends left the old fabric there and just covered it over as the webbing is fine. I bought a staple gun and had a great time banging it together!!


We have had a wonderful week of rain. As I walk to work the Moonee Ponds Creek is rushing by and all the storm water drains are pouring more water in. The creek is muddy and up to its banks. Unfortunately it all then runs out to the sea!! I hope the catchment areas have been as lucky.
The local park, en route to work is as green as can be and all the pots in my garden are flowering or shooting up.

This white Hellebore has suddenly burst into bloom and looking very nice just on the back step All the Banksia Roses are in bloom and looking great!

Scrap booking

I have been doing a bit of scrapping this last week as I scan and print old pictures on my new Printer. (The old one would NOT load the print function with my new iMac)
This pugnacious looking toddler is me at about 14-16months. We had only moved into the family home after my birth as early pictures show the house being built in 1947.
Tony looks a much happier baby!!
We all know the family picture below but I now have a couple of versions Obviously we moved about the garden. I love this one of Tony looking pleased with himself!!
This would have been taken in 1952 or Jan of '53 as Celia is the baby born November 1952. I am in school uniform but had just turned 4. Maybe it was a try on for the coming year!

Library Displays

The local Footscray Library has 2 showcases in which they have rotating displays. In August they displayed our collection of Japanese dolls and toys.
and in September they have had a small sample of Celia's snow domes.
I always see someone looking when I visit the library


On Thursday night I wended my way (very slowly along with hundreds of other cars) crawling down Kings Way in the rain to The Mercedes Benz Show room. (no complaint about the rain just the slooow traffic!) 35 minutes from Flagstaff Gardens to just out of the casino tunnel.
The event was the official launch of Andrew and Nicholas' new business venture USHOW Real estate. Andrew and Nicholas were resplendent in orange bow ties to fit in with their logo. They have a team of designers, accountants, and sign writer (Briner ADS) on board to get their online business going. Several new sales representatives were there for the unveiling of the company car Smart cars and the logo.
Nicholas was a very impressive speaker and you could do nothing but believe that they will succeed.
After the drinks I headed off around tho corner to the Malthouse Theatre to see One Night the Moon. It was very impressive , but I am so used to hearing my CD with Paul Kelly singing that the voices seemed a bit weak. …

Ghost trains

The day started well with the car not starting!
It had been giving me a bit of unreliability (not its usual behaviour) over the last week or two. The garage could find nothing wrong when I took it in last week, but every now and then it takes a few turns to start. This morning it took 5-6 with no result so I decided I'd walk (not sure which route, when I set off.)
I headed down to the Footscray station, the development of which is moving apace! and thought I would get the bus, but the bus goes down McCauley Rd which is at a standstill in the morning when I walk along there, so decided on the train to North Melbourne (not far from where I sometimes park the car) and then walk or try the new Bus route 401 that goes to the Royal Melbourne.
I arrived at the station at 8:10 and saw the 8:05 was due in 2 minutes! so got on and got a seat; we were to stop at South Kensington then North Melbourne. a trip of scheduled 6 minutes.
We stopped outside Kensington to wait for a regional train to…


My morning walk is always varied, with the traffic, walkers, whether or not I have to stop for the train crossings, occasionally getting in to conversation with those waiting, or whether I see the regulars as well.
Last week I was crossing between the stationary cars (they queue up for ages with the above said trains crossing) and paused as I always do to be sure no bicycles were coming, when a motor bike zipped by. I paused (but obviously gave her a fright) As she went passed I said 'Bicycles"
A bit further up she stopped and called back that there is a pedestrian crossing (true) but as I approached I said I was sorry for frightening her, (she was on P plates) but thought not making the cars stop another time was a good will gesture! She shrugged and pulled out--- straight into the path of skate boarder also illegally using the bike path!(which is on the road edge). Didn't hit him but sudden swerving etc Good thing the traffic was still stationary. The guy walking near m…