Thursday, January 10, 2008


I am sitting here watching T.V. as the many tributes flow in from all over the World, following the death of our beloved and respected Sir Edmond Hilary.
An Ambassador for our country and such a statesman, he will not only be remembered for Mt Everest, but for what he did for the People of Nepal.
My ex; actually tramped there 8 yrs ago, and he too was caught up in the beauty and humility of the Nepalese people , a country that needs (like so many) our help and resources.
I still correspond with `Guide Nim' who always starts his emails with Namaste -such a beautiful word
This is not what I started off to tell you, but January must be the month for dramas, as I woke two days ago to find my beloved Martha ill, and dribbling.
Quick call to Uncle Leon (Our new Auckland Vet)
She had horrific mouth ulcers , plus some WAR WOUNDS!!!
Of course all of this meant a night in Hospital on what Uncle Leon called `SUPPORT", plus $$$$$
Not a happy girl, but she is home, having created mayhem in Hospital, trashed her cage, tipped over her water, and generally performed I was told.
Her husband Hamish (not to be outdone) also needed to be photographed, he hates it when his `missus' is not here, as he loves her dearly, and the reunion is something else again, much ear washing and grooming of each other before they retire entwined, legs, arms, tails around each other.
In amongst the chaos, I am being interviewed for jobs, ( secretly I don't want to work", but the reality is I need to, mainly to sustain my rather lavish life style, so.... I have thrown myself into the job market with astonishing results, firms, etc are actually impressed, but the hassle....
I now have, is my `interview' uniform, the pressure is on to look immaculate, impressive, well groomed, and above all confident - I am shattered, as I would much rather be in casual, and here I am teetering into interviews , made up to the max, not a hair out of place, legs shaved! heels that are killing me, trying to look slim and trim , that I haven't put on weight and that any prospective employer would be foolish to overlook me.
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Friday, January 4, 2008


It is the small things in life, that sometimes can give such simple pleasure.
My little garden that I have grown is just that.
The last two days have been a time of reflections and milestones, on what I have achieved since this time last year.
You see, my Mother passed away and my marriage of 30years collapsed all in the one day last January.
2007 is one year that my family and I are glad to see over -new beginnings for 2008.
If I think about it, it is hard to believe that so much happened, not only the events of January, but I was the victim of Internet Banking Fraud, my beloved Martha was hit by a car and fractured her hip, my ex; also fell and broke his shoulder, and so it went on.
I sold a house, packed and moved to Auckland from Nelson, so did my ex; although he is residing an hour away from me.
I had lunch with him today, and possibly that has prompted my pensive mood, but we are friends -(mostly), despite everything, and that has to be good.
I thought about it all whilst driving home to my little sanctuary, and felt almost lighthearted, and a sense of huge relief, that we have been able to move on and remain reasonably civilised in the process
I pottered in my garden with a glass of wine, and as they say `I had the time' to not only `Smell The Roses' but to actually enjoy it
I am going to remove this scoria in the Autumn and put in some shrubs, but the pots have been an `instant garden'
Look at my lettuces!!
Look closely, and you can see the huge truss of cherry tomatoes (not yet ripe), the tomato vine is laden! I count every day when I am chatting to them.:):)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


I have been so looking forward to hanging up my new 2008 Calender
Just look at the artist!
Yes, indeed -it really is a self portrait of Stella (The Princess)
How special is that?
I simply had to order one
It came complete with little stickers to put on important dates, but I thought Stella can help Nana with that task.
The family have gone to The Beach for nearly a week, so I am busy, popping over and feeding their cat and watering their gardens, but today I decided that this would be a good time to make my list of objectives and projects for the year.
Number 1 on my list was....................
Do you remember this? I have previously posted the saga of my old , but oh so comfortable computer chair!
YeeeeeeeeH -yes, yes, many tools and the heavy duty staple gun, I am so pleased with the effort.
I have been idling away a few hours today at various Blog sites, and for so many, January seems to be the month of lazing, reading and a general wind down, although I am very tempted to begin Project 2, and that is to sort and cull the many photograph albums that one collects over the years.