Share Your World – Week 49

December 22, 2014 at 10:29 am | Posted in Gratitude | Leave a comment
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Here are my responses to Cee’s Share Your World questions for Week 49. They are simple questions, but again they get you thinking about things. Thanks Cee.

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?

Coffee once a day, in the morning – milk but no sugar. I need that to get me going. Then tea the rest of the day – black, no sugar. Tea is a refreshing and enjoyable drink, winter or summer.

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

I loved my cowboy set when I was a kid. Yes, cowboy; my younger sister wanted a cowgirl set, but I was a tomboy.

A toy now? I don’t have any – unless it is the internet, where I keep contact with people, do research, keep up with what is happening in the world (sometimes I’d rather not know). I like my scrapbooking and reading, which come the closest to playing apart from Facebook.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I rarely eat sweets / lollies / candy. Occasionally I’ll have some chocolate, but the ones I like best are tangy, tart, sour hard ones. However, I also rarely have them. I really prefer savoury to sweet.

Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?

I sure could wait if someone were to give me the extra $20,000 in a year’s time.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Even though our trip last week to see three of my sons and their families was severely curtailed by my getting sick, I am grateful that we were able to spend a few hours with one son’s family and an hour with another son – though we could only wave to his kids. Couldn’t risk their getting sick!

Looking forward to spending a couple of days with hubby’s kids and their families this week for Christmas.

Merry Xmas

Linda Visman

My Ideal Christmas?

December 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Australia | Leave a comment
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This is a post that I originally published on the 4th December 2010. I am revisiting it because I still think the same as I did then.

 

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An ideal Christmas – you have to be kidding!

I think it won’t happen – at least while I’m living.

When will we have peace and joy in our lives;

or a world without war, and where everyone strives

to understand one another, and tries their best

to make their religion mean something that’s blessed.

 

 

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What about the stores, with their Buy! Buy! Buy!

Will that ever stop so that we can see why

this special day originally came to be?

It’s the opposite of their greed and venality!

And when will families, parted all year,

come together again without anger or fear,

but instead will create a real celebration

of love and of sacrifice and deep contemplation?

 

 

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My ideal Christmas has none of the hype,

but is based upon joy and on love of the type

that gives unto others and asks for no more

than to have all men equal, both the rich and the poor.

Of course, in this world, that’s all an illusion -

here, life is ruled by fear and confusion.

Selfish wants take the lead, and of love there’s a dearth;

Man doesn’t change because a child came to earth.

 

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So, I’ll just take the presents, the food and the wine,

and shut out the world, so that all will be fine.

 

 

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© Linda Visman

Share Your World – 2014 Week 48

December 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Australia, Family, Gratitude, Leisure activities, Nature, Social Responsibility | 4 Comments
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Here are more of Cee’s questions, which we answer and share with others. The questions are great also for looking into ourselves and seeing what is important in life. Thank you again, Cee.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

We have a pizza shop in our village that makes the best pizzas I’ve ever had. They are not wimpy scatterings of a few ingredients on a piece of thin, brittle pastry that you get in the well-known chains. Instead, they are a good, solid feed with plenty of topping on a decent pastry base.

One of their toppings they call ‘Rosita’, and that is my favourite. It is basically lots of lovely king prawns (you call them shrimps in the U.S., I believe) with pineapple and cheese, and a yummy sauce.

I want to learn more about …

Life. Mainly, I want to know how to stop being so terribly affected (angry, upset, distressed, disgusted, demoralised, depressed) by the awful things that people are capable of and the destruction of our world.

What are three places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

Central Australia; the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney; and the South Coast of New South Wales. In reality though, I love to visit anywhere in Australia’s mountains, coastal areas , the bush and the desert.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?

Neither – both are too sweet. I prefer a fruit mince tart.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week we had a lovely half a day in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum, with  two gorgeous granddaughters and their lovely mum (hubby’s daughter).

Next week we are going to see most of the kids & grandkids from my side of the family – 4 of the sons and 6 of the grandkids.

(c) Linda Visman

Eastern Rosellas in my Back Yard

December 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Australia | 9 Comments

 

Dianella with berries

Dianella with berries

 

I stood at the back door a few mornings ago and watched an Eastern Rosella in the back garden. It was eating blue berries from the dianellas I have planted in the terrace garden, bending its bright red head to grab one, then, always alert for danger, immediately bobbing up again to see if it was still safe.

 

Where the dianella stem was long and too weak to climb onto, the rosella snipped it off neatly with its beak, held it in one clawed foot, and took the berries from the end.

 

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Eastern Rosella looking for grass seeds in our yard

 

 

Having had enough of those, it flew up to where we allow the grass to grow and seed, specially for our backyard wildlife. It walked just behind the top terraced wall, its head popping up and down behind the wooden plank as it stripped the seeds from grass stalks that overhang the garden below,

 

While its head was down and it couldn’t see me from behind the plank, I gradually eased the door open and stepped outside. Eastern Rosellas are flighty, timid birds and I didn’t want to scare it.

 

However, it soon finished with the grass seeds and flew off to a neighbour’s fruit tree. It was obviously time for the next course in its ongoing meal.

 

I wish I’d had a camera to capture this beautiful bird at ease in our yard. Instead, I have added a couple of rosella photos I have taken before in our yard.

 

 

Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeded

Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeder

 

 

(c) Linda Visman

Share Your World –Week 47

November 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Australia, Family, Gardens, Gratitude, Leisure activities, Mental Health, Nature, Reading, Travel | 7 Comments

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Since this has been Thanksgiving in the USA this week, Cee has given us just one question to consider in sharing our world.

List at least 50 Things You Enjoy. 

I am also giving thanks for what I enjoy. These are just as they came to me – in no particular order. I think I got to 55, but I enjoy, and am thankful for, a multitude more than just these.

My 5 sons; photo taken early 1981.

My 5 sons; photo taken early 1981.

*   being with any or all of my 5 sons

*   being with any or all of my lovely grandchildren

*   going for a drive and a coffee with my husband

*   going camping with my husband

*   driving – just about anywhere

*   being in our yard with the trees and birds

*   mowing the lawns

*   going for a sail in our little sailboat with my husband

*   Skyping with my kids & grandkids

*   my owl ornaments

*   being with my writing friends

*   coffee with friends

*   dinner with friends

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*   a good book – print or kindle

*   blogging

*   reading good blogs

*   watching people

*   writing my journal

*   writing stories

*   writing poetry

*   music

*   helping others with their writing

*   thunderstorms

*   putting together our writing group’s newsletter

*   going for a train ride

*   going for a ferry ride

*   mince tarts

*   a glass or two of wine

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*   scrapbooking

*   being around positive people

*   taking photos

*   being by the sea – beach, rocks, cliffs

*   the pounding of the sea on the shore

*   Nature – in any form

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*   a walk in the rainforest

*   a walk by the lake

*   my husband’s love

*   photos – re-living good memories writing my Dad’s story

*   cheese

*   chocolate – but not too often

*   casual clothes

*   shopping for gifts

*   learning new skills

*   the magpie’s warbling serenade

*   the round of rain on the roof

*   the sound of children playing

*   shopping for scrapbooking materials

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*   raking leaves

*   listening to the birds

*   seeing new places

*   a good movie

*   dancing (a rare occurrence

*   feathers

*   our little rocks & crystals collection on the windowsill

(c) Linda Visman

Off with the old!

November 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Australia, Gardens, Nature, Poetry | 5 Comments
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I love the spotted gums in our yard. Their trunks are tall and straight and smooth, and their high canopies provide shade from the sun, especially in summer.

In late spring, as they have a growth spurt, their bark cracks, splits and gradually falls away.

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Spotted gum

sheds its mauve-brown

coat and reveals

a pale green body shirt

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They are lovely, aren’t they?

  •  Poem and photos (c) Linda Visman

 

Share Your World – Week 46

November 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Family, Gratitude, Leisure activities, Mental Health, Nature | 7 Comments
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Here is another interesting set of questions from Cee for Week 46 of Share Your World.

 

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? 

Our camper van

Our camper van

A comfortable bed is essential. I think that if you have somewhere comfy to sleep, you can handle anything else a holiday has to throw at you. But there is one more thing I need – a comfy chair in which to relax, to read, to enjoy a wine at the end of the day.

In our little Toyota HiAce camper, we have a lovely comfortable bed, based on the seat cushions and topped with two layers of foam. That bed stays made up for the duration, and we either do without a table or use the one that attaches outside.

However, our van doesn’t have a comfortable chair, at least not inside. The front seats are separated from the back of the van by the engine housing, and when we stop, any extra bits and pieces are stored on those seats until we set off again. The floor space is small, with no room for a chair. Hubby loves to read or otherwise relax lying down, so he’s fine, but to relax I need to sit. So the only times I can do so in comfort is when the weather is good enough – and the mosquitoes non-existent – to sit in the folding camper chair outside.

Music or silence while working?

I lived out in the back blocks of Central Australia for many years. When you just needed a tape recorder and a few of your favourite tapes, my partner and I used to play music all the time. When we moved back to civilisation, she played music more than I did, but I always had it playing in the background as I did my woodwork in the garage.

Once I began writing my family’s history however, music distracted my thoughts, so I got out of the habit of playing it. Now, years later, in a different state, with a husband who also loves music, we have lots of CDs to play. But we don’t play them! We don’t really know why.

However I think it is time we did something about it. Perhaps I should find out if music will stimulate my creative writing rather than distract me from it.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

Dad in his woodworking shed

Dad in his woodworking shed

My photo and scrapbook albums, my folders of family history records, my journals, and my computer external drive with all my writing and photographs would have to go with me. I would also want to take the few family keepsakes I have – Mum’s sewing things, her old teapot, her small paintings and shells, and the small tables, wooden bowls and knick-knacks that Dad made. I don’t have Mum and Dad any more, but I want to keep something of them by me.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

I can’t say I have a least favourite. I love to travel, so any way I can do that is good. My most favourite mode is driving myself, always has been. I used to drive 1,700-2,500 km each way to visit my family in NSW twice a year when I lived in the Northern Territory. It was also a 320km drive to the nearest town (Alice Springs) over mostly dirt roads just to do business and buy groceries. I loved it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the four days we were able to relax and enjoy the Aussie bush, sleeping and eating in our camper. I was also really happy that we could have dinner with my younger sister and her husband and catch up on each other’s families and busy lives. As we get older, we become even closer to each other, even though we are different in many ways.

I am looking forward to going to the local art gallery with my neighbour friend to the launch of a book about our town’s most famous person, the late Sir William Dobell, a major Australian artist of the mid twentieth century.

(c) Linda Visman

Share Your World –Week 45

November 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Australia | 8 Comments
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Every week, Cee poses us five questions. In answering Cee’s questions, we share a little of our world with fellow bloggers and readers. Thank you, Cee. Here are Cee’s questions for Week 45.

What is your favorite color? 

Kookaburra and blue sky, October 2014

Kookaburra and blue sky, October 2014

Blue has always been my favourite colour. Very predictable I suppose, as it seems about half the world has blue as a favourite! The blue I love best is the deep blue of the Australian sky that we especially see in autumn. Stunning!

In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Both my husband and I find all our joys in the everyday things around us – we couldn’t afford anything more anyway, so it is good that it keeps our focus on the small things.

We love our many kids (8 between us) and grandkids (11 and another on the way), but they all live at a distance from us. So, getting a photo of them at their daily lives and activities, or a drawing from one of the grandchildren, warms our hearts. So does speaking with any of them by phone or Skype. In the meantime, we truly relish what nature shares with us.

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

My study is crammed with books and scrapbooking materials and albums, as well as my computer desk where I do a lot of my writing. It is rather crowded, but I can get by with the space I have for those.

I have a nice comfy chair in the lounge room where I can read. However that is where the TV is. I rarely watch TV, so when I go there to read, hubby is really good to me and wears earphones to listen to it. It would be lovely if I could have a bigger study so I could have my comfy reading chair in there too.

What is at least one of your favorite quotes?

Be the change you wish to seeYou think you have time

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week we visited an old friend in hospital after a bowel cancer operation. We are always amazed at 92-year-old Jean and her positive attitude to life. We are grateful to have her as a friend.

We are going to visit some of my husband’s kids and grandkids tomorrow, and will also see some of my siblings. I am particularly looking forward to seeing my younger sister, as we haven’t been able to spend any time together for over a year. It will be great to catch up.

Linda Visman

Kangaroo Valley Wombats

November 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Australia, Nature, Tourism, Travel | 6 Comments
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Beautiful Kangaroo Valley

A few weeks ago, we stayed at a free camping area in the Kangaroo Valley, several kilometres from the village of the same name. The whole valley is beautiful, with the Kangaroo River, creeks, former dairy farms and bushland creating habitats for a wide variety of animals.

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A few of the kangaroos that came out to feed in the evening in the paddock next to us.

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Of course, as you would expect from the name, there are plenty of kangaroos about, but where we were camping, there were so many of the lumbering marsupial mammals known as wombats around, that area should have been called Wombat Valley.

Wombats are marsupials, about as big as a solid, medium-sized dog, that dig long burrows with their strong claws. The female’s pouch faces backwards so the dirt does not get into it, and they produce only one young at a time. They are nocturnal creatures, and come out in the evening as the sun sets, to graze on grass and herbage.

The wombat, and its burrow, just behind our van.

The wombat, and its burrow, just behind our van.

There were actually two of their burrows (that we know of) within just a few metres of our little Toyota Hiace camper. They wandered freely about the camp grounds and there was plenty of interest in them from people who had never seen them in the wild before.

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While many people think they are cute and cuddly, their powerful teeth and jaws and their long, sharp claws make them potentially dangerous if annoyed, especially if disturbed in their burrows or with young in their pouch.

 

During both nights that we camped there, we were awakened several times by the van shaking rhythmically. We soon realised that ‘our’ wombat, seen in the pictures above and below, had gone underneath the van and was scratching itself against the chassis.

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 We loved it in that beautiful valley of wombats.

 

Me, writing about wombats; our camper van in the background.

Me, writing about wombats; our camper van in the background.

 

(c) Linda Visman. Photos by Dirk Visman.

 

Share Your World – Week 44

November 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Australia, Family History, Gratitude, Health, Social Responsibility | 6 Comments
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What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?

 

The sink! When I was five, we came to Australia from England. We lived in a small caravan for almost three years – six of us! Then Dad transported a tiny three-roomed house to the block of land he’s bought. There was a lounge room, a kitchen and a bedroom – to house all of us. We thought we had moved into a palace!

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Our kitchen.

The kitchen sink became an important part of the house, not just because we three girls always had to do the washing up, but the whole family also had to bathe there – not an easy task. The part of bathing I remember most was hair-washing. We would boil the electric jug – we had no hot water yet – and fill a bucket with warm water, which we sat on the draining board. Then we’d heat more water to put in the sink.

Standing at the sink, we’d wet our hair, rub on laundry bar soap and wash it, then pull the plug to let the soapy water drain out. The person who was strong enough to lift the bucket of water – usually Mum or Dad – would then pour it gradually over our head to rinse out the soap. Many a time we would all end up soaked when their hold slipped, or they poured too fast, or just because they wanted to tease.

Another reason I remember the kitchen sink so well is that when my little brother was three (I was thirteen), he was standing on a stool at the sink playing in the water with his little boats when he fell off it. He had contracted polio, the first of three in our family to get it during the epidemic that raged in our district during 1961.

I could not count how many times I have washed up at that sink. I took this photo last July, just after Dad died. It is the same sink that was in the house when I was about seven years old. The cupboards are also the same ones, and very much as they were back then.

As a child, who was your favourite relative?

Agnes Atkinson c.1960I cannot remember much about being in England, and that includes my grandparents. I know they were special, but I guess I thought of them as just being there. In Australia, there was only Dad’s sister and her family, and at the time, they weren’t anything special.

In 1958 my mother’s parents came out from England, and lived with us for a while. That’s when I got to know Grandma. She was completely deaf, so communication was often difficult. However, she was loving and gentle, and had beautifully soft hands. She gave us children a shilling a week pocket money while she was with us, the only pocket money I ever received as a child. When my grandfather decided he hated Australia and took Grandma back to England in 1961, we were all devastated. Granddad died only two years later and Grandma, alone, made the journey back to Australia by ship. It was great to have her back.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

When my first husband and I married, we were both posted as teachers to a country town eight hours’ drive from my family home. The first flat we rented there had just one bedroom, but a large living area and a decent kitchen and bathroom – better than I was used to at home. It was in good condition too. Those were the best things about it.

The thing I liked least about it was how dark it was. Being an inner flat of a row of four, meant that there were windows only at the ends. To me it felt closed in and unfriendly, and added to my homesickness and depression.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

Do the right thingI wouldn’t want to make an ad for a commercial product – we have too many as it is. “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”. BTW, I don’t watch commercial TV because I cannot stand the ads.

I would like to re-make the ads that our government ran in the 1970s, called “Do the right thing”. It was a tremendously successful campaign about getting people to put their rubbish in the bin and not trash our country. I would not change anything about them.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Gratitude:  I am grateful for my husband who has been so patient with my depression over the last few weeks.

??????????This week, I am looking forward to visiting a dear friend who is recovering in hospital after an operation for bowel cancer. She is 92, and the most delightful, funny, positive, talkative and caring little lady (under 5 ft short) I have ever known. Like my dad was, she is a real inspiration.

(c) Linda Visman

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