Monday, 22 December 2014

Progress with the new house

I took a day off work today so we could meet the building supervisor at the new house. They've been making good progress.


It's starting to look like a house. We have a roof and wall frames and windows and doors. The brick-layers will start in the next day or so and the plan is to have the house able to be locked up before the Christmas break. No work will happen then for a couple of weeks. So we probably won't go up again  to check on progress until the end of January at least.

 
Ours is one of a dozen houses currently under construction in our little area. All the builders are trying to get as much done as possible before Christmas. There are tradesmen and trucks everywhere.

 
 
I love the view of the canal we will  get from the kitchen window. We may lose the view when houses get built over the road, but until then......
 
 
This is what it looks like up closer (walking over to the canal). Some of the boats would cost more than our house.
 
 
The area I will have for garden looks SO tiny in comparison to Missy's garden but it will still be a challenge - starting from scratch again.
 
 
While we were there, we had to visit the beach of course - the ocean side this time. Because it's school holidays there were families enjoying the beach.
 
 
This stretch of beach was bordered by a grassy park with BBQs and tables for picnicking plus a bike path winding through the trees. If Santa doesn't bring me a bike I'm buying my own when we move. I haven't ridden one for over 16 years but they say once learnt, never forgotten.


AND a bit of a bonus - on the way home we stopped at one of the fruit stalls and bought a box of various fruits for Christmas plus a box of mangoes. Yum!!!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone
and see you all in 2015.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A special little cactus


Almost two years ago I was given a cactus as a thank you gift.
a very spiky gift

Recently I saw a sign saying:
 
It reminded me of my little cactus.

The cactus represents longevity and endurance; this is a plant that can handle what is thrown at it and doesn't need to be pampered.
Native American Indians (according to the internet) saw the cactus plant as symbolizing warmth, protection and endurance - a symbol of maternal love because it can endure and thrive in harsh conditions and therefore symbolic of a mother's unconditional love and a mother's protective qualities due in part to its medicinal properties. The pulp and juice was used to treat wounds and illness. 

Flower meaning charts  agree -  the cactus is a symbol of a mother’s unconditional love, protection and endurance.

This is a very special little plant. A gift from my daughter.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

It rained - Woo Hoo!!!

Finally
 
 
from grey skies
 
 
the rain fell
 
 
flowers dripping
 
 
getting soggy
 
 
raindrops shimmering on leaves
 
 
rain gauge filling
 
 
grass greening
 
 
wet paths
 
 
wet chookies
 
 
wet dog
 
 
 
and more to come
 
I hope!


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