‘Lillians Story’ by Kate Grenville was interesting, the first two chapters all about her growing up with the despicable father in ‘Dark Places’. I much preferred the last chapter where she was roaming the streets of Sydney. I’m loving ‘Falling Angels’ by Tracy Chevalier, (she wrote ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ which I haven’t read). Subject is set in England in 1901 – 1910 each chapter has the characters telling the story. Trouble is when it’s a book that is good I can’t put it down & seem to read it very quickly – hope I don’t get indigestion!
My latest buy (from ebay) is ‘The book of Mah Jong’ by Amy Lo. Just right for our next game.
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I have lots of photos of blue skies but am saving them for SkyWatch, in the meantime here is a work of art. More of my digital art here. Digital print 'Time & Tide' used for cover of 'No Time for Pity'. Art by AB, book by Barbara Yates Rothwell.
Not really SKY blue so here is another image I called 'Ripples'.
There has been a lot of controversy over the so called ‘board walk’ now called ‘skybridge’ erected in March (also see Thursday, March 19 & Wednesday, March 25). Quite a good many Yanchep Residents want it pulled down, especially those whose views of the ocean have been lost.
From their houses it an eyesore, a blot on the landscape & not a pleasant vita at all. For others it is an asset. Read the latest here.
There is also a problem with people fishing in the Lagoon. Unfortunately there are some (so called) fisherpersons that have no thought for others. They cut their lines, leaving fishhooks, line & other debris & make it very dangerous & revolting for swimmers, paddlers, beach walkers & people to just come to see the beauty of the area. See pictures on my posts for Sunday, March 1, rubbish Monday, April 6.
What can I say about ‘A Piece of Cake’? I realize she had a very disastrous childhood but she went into so much detail of all the drugs, drink, gangbanging etc that happened & then skipped through how she overcame it all. I got fed up with the swear words & really don’t know how she came out of all that without a fried brain, let alone write a book & become a lawyer. I have just started ‘Lillians Story’ by Kate Grenville. Also waiting to be read is Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger & Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier. Music this week is The Ukulele Orchestra of GB go listen to Wuthering Heights
This week I decided to join Postcard Scavenger Hunt #6 – My Funniest Postcards. Go here to see more. Here are two I found among my 500 (or more) This one from the US ‘An American Diner, St. Louis, Missouri’. And this from a postxer in Italy.
While I’m in a joke mood how about this:
A cat dies and goes to Heaven. God meets her at the gate and says: "You have been a good cat all these years. Anything you desire, all you have to do is ask" The cat replied , "Well, I lived all my life with a family who made me sleep on hardwood floors" God says, "Say no more." And instantly a fluffy pillow appears. A few days later, 6 mice are killed in a tragic accident and go to Heaven. God meets them at the gate with the same offer He made the cat. The mice said. "All our life we’ve had to run. We’ve been chased by cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. If we could only have a pair of roller skates, we wouldn’t have to run any more" God responds, "Say no more." And instantly, each mouse is fitted with a beautiful pair of tiny roller skates. About a week later, God decides to check and see how the cat is. She is sound asleep on her new pillow. God gently nudges her awake and asks, "How are you doing? Are you happy here?" The cat yawns and stretches and says. "Oh, I’ve never been happier in my life. And those meals on wheels you’ve been sending over are THE Best!"
‘The Amateur Marriage’ by Anne Tyler was a slow walk in the park compared to ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Cupcake Brown. Reading this is like racing alongside an express train, I get breathless just reading a few pages (292 out of 470). Just must mention that I watched ‘Nottinghill’ (again!) and noticed (for the first time) that, at the very end of the movie when the camera pans in to the seat in the park, Hugh Grant is reading ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. On another note here is a page
'SIXTIES source book'. I haven't read any of these books. I wish I had been a few years younger in the sixties I'm sure I would have enjoyed it!
Here's what these bloggers have to do: 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. [Not all of mine are new.] 3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.Here's what these bloggers have to do: 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. [Not all of mine are new.] 3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Oh yes books - half way through The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler.
A couple of birds in the sunshine eating & drinking.
And now a moan: Yesterday the person living at my old address gave me a BIG pile of mail. They knew where I lived (just up the same road). Included were 3 postcards (thank you BJ from Pittsburgh, Wendzefx from Jamaica & B& B while they were in Queensland), a birthday card + stamps from C&B in Spain, 2 Traffic Infringement Notices (ultimately costing me just over $1000 for fines etc!) 3 renewal & final demands from Insurance (luckily they had phoned me when due), 5 demands for payment on gas bottles (had sorted this out with ex landlord last year) & some begging letters. Needless to say I was very pi**ed off! I did have my post redirected for 6 months & was sure I had notified everyone but must have missed the important ones, I sure have paid for my mistake.
I also chose to show some knitting I did ages ago from a Kaffe Fassett book (hand signed). I keep forgetting to tell you all to go to TRUE COLOURS and join in. Click pics to Embiggen (strange word means to make bigger, to make larger, to make size increase: a perfectly cromulent word.)
Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals. The funny thing is that it really does work and will make you smile..
1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.
2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.
3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.
4. No one knows your secret place.
5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.
6. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.
There!! See? It really does work... You're smiling already. Feel free to forward this if you know others who might benefit from this technique.
Now here are some more to - hopefully - make you laugh
OLD FOLKS Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?
Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure."
The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.
I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation hardly feel my hands & feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92; have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.
These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief".
Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.
THE SENILITY PRAYER: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Now, I think you're supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others. Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!
And here is something else.........
A 70-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk. The Receptionist said, "Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?" "There's something wrong with my dick", he replied. The receptionist became irritated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that." "Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you," he said. The Receptionist replied; "Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people." "You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private." The man replied, "You shouldn't ask people questions in a roomful of strangers, if the answer could embarrass anyone." The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered. The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, "Yes??" "There's something wrong with my ear," he stated. The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. "And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?" "I can't piss out of it," he replied. The waiting room erupted in laughter.
Enjoyed ‘The Shifting Fog’ very much, in spite of it being a bit predictable. Tuesday Book Club was interesting, only five of us had finished ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. On Friday I picked up from the library ‘ Lillians Story’ by Kate Grenville, ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Cupcake Brown, ‘The Amateur Marriage’ by Anne Tyler and ‘twelve principles’ by Martin Hawes.
Barry Humphries memoir has been waiting so patiently – have renewed twice – that I thought I had better start it right away. Interesting so far, talking about books, music & art.
Yanchep (north of Perth), Western Australia, Australia
Welcome to my blog about day to day living on the coast of Western Australia. An eclectic mix of things that make life interesting.
Born Brighton, Sussex UK arrived Western Australia 1969 never turned back.