Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Do I rule the roost?

I am very interested in this article? Why? Because I am a redhead. Not only am I a redhead - I married a redhead. Two of my children have bright red hair and the third has coppery brown hair which to me is not red but others say that it is. So does this mean the whole family rules the roost? But as my mother used to say "If you're so smart why aren't you rich?" Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I am defeated!

Woe is me! I have just been beaten up by 22,900,000 nasty people. Go and see the results here.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Vegetatin'

Have been putting the vege and herb garden in order to-day.
Some tomatoes are ready for harvest.
A number of tomato plants have sprung up in less than ideal places
so they have now been transplanted, along with some basil and shallots, to their own bed.
The mint was quite leggy so harvested it along with some going-to-seed chives.
Together with some rosemary I made a kitchen arrangement.
Hope you like!
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The Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race


I am pleased to see that The Age is hosting a blog by photographer, Dallas Kilponen, on the Sydney-Hobart Yacht race. He is on one of the biggies: a Maxi named Konica Minolta. It will be great to have a first hand account. The above photo by Dallas really brought back some memories. I used to live at Ercildoune, Elizabeth Bay in Sydney and the view from my unit, as it is in the picture above, looked across Rushcutter's Bay to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Many - although not all - of the boats in the great bluewater race moored there. From the roof of Ercildoune, with binoculars, I could watch the start of the race off Bradley's Head.

Happy and safe racing
and fair weather
to all the bluewater boys and girls racing to-day!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Come all ye faithful - and they came

I have just returned from Carols and Midnight Mass
at my local parish church - St Thomas's Anglican Church - at Upper Ferntree Gully.
It was beautiful.
We started at 11pm - with the lighting of the last Advent candle.
Here they all are above: The Paschal Candle lit at Easter surrounded by the Advent candles.
Then there was much carolling with singing led by Carol and Ron on the piano.
At 11.25pm the church was plunged into darkness for a quiet time prior to the service starting.
The only light came from outside through the wonderful stained glass cross above the altar
and through one of the long rectangular stained glass windows on a side wall.
At 11.30pm the procession began and into the church it came
with the priest at the rear in his festive white vestments.
As the procession came into the church,
Carol (by now up in the choir loft) sang the first verse of Once in Royal David's City
and the rest of us, now accompanied by the organ, joined in the singing.
This without hymn books or overhead projectors.
The packed congregation (extra seating was placed in the centre aisle) sang their hearts out.
As we got half way through the Kyrie
lights began to come on including the lighting of our tapers and every other candle in the place
including those in candelabra that graced the sills of the stained glass windows
along with individual flower arrangements for each window.
Below is a picture of a flower arrangement by Ray.

In front of the altar, is a handmade knitted woollen creche.

Very simple and crafted with love.


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Looking down on all this were some crafty figures:

sort of a cross between a candle and a snowman displaying the gifts of faith, hope, love, joy, and peace.


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And it all ended with mince pies and fairy cakes in the narthex and best wishes for a Happy Christmas.

A merry christmas to all and to all a good-night

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