Sunday, July 30, 2006


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A hundred and three degrees, downtown san antonio at the end of july, $13 dollars in the tip jar, $11 dollars for a cd, a
$20 dollar parking ticket, and four blistered fingers. Playing my first gig? Priceless.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Dancing Outlaw

Crazy guy who can dance.
Washington by Cox & Combes

Washington-did I mention his 4 nuts?Thanks Tara.

Tasmanian gothic

We went Op. shopping in Hobart today and this is my favorite score.It reads
"To dear Sarah and Fred with Mary Ann's good wishes april 1893.Taken in Mayfield Green House."
Now to see if I can find anything out about this very small lady.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Twistin' Gorilla

Love those Pontani SistersXXXXXX

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Southern Culture on the turntable

Maybe its a midlife thing,a wiff of mortality an ongoing refusal to grow up ,but in my heart its 1989 ,Ive just heard Camel Walk for the first time and all I want is a big bouffant, a tight little outfit and a wild turkey and coke.Yep Ive regressed ,pressed spend, spend ,spend on that amazon page and as if by magic the entire Southern Culture on the Skids collection has come to me from across the seas and it is more fun than I remembered..I love my rock and roll with some humour and these guys are fun.Is this small town ready for the new old me?

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I promised someone an intro to our dogs ,apologies to those who have seen all this before.Top dog Zebadee Jack Russel cross???,elder of the troop ,star mouser and most likely to scare the bejesus out of you with loud barking for no obviouse reason.
2 Ollie or Olman ,Koolie X Lab.Nearly a year old and full of LOVE and bounce.
3 Treat-Staffy X Jack russel,female an utter princess and scary smart.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The Good Life.

Slap me in brightly colored overalls and call me Barbara,we now have 12 chickens and 3 ducks(and 3 dogs)in our wonderfull small garden .Magic bountifull garden that keeps us fed and paid for surplus herbs and veg and it keeps me sane as well-God I love gardening.Also today the first snow drop ,and tiny tete a tete daff.


Ive been doing a lot of work in my Mums garden lately and the winter roses or hellebores are stunning .Here are just a few . Plants that grow in the shade,flower in midwinter and grow easily from seed-I love them.I was checking out different hybrids and this nursery has some stunners.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


I'm so tired. 12-hour days, no weekends, and always something undone. Urgently needs doing. The car, something's wrong with the car, so I took it in to the garage this morning. My mom drove me back and on the way home she told me she has cancer. Get home, deadlines, can't think, can't write. Google Mom's cancer. Far as I knew, you pee blood and then you die, but it seems they can fix it now with an old vaccine for tuberculosis. A 70% cure rate; who knew?

What if she's in that other 30%.

Contracts, gotta drop those contracts in the mail or they won't pay me. Go to our accountant's house to get last year's tax returns. We've been trying to get this damn thing straight since March. So now we have the number. We owe $15,000.

Go home. Look at the computer. Can't write; what's wrong with me, this is hack rote crap for shit's sake. Cat brought a baby bird into the house sometime today and ate it under the dining table; the rug's full of tiny grey down. The head; a foot, the miniscule stiff claw clutching nothing. A couple of pinfeathers and a fleck of blood. Get the shop vac and suck it up. Now the cat's mad at me. Where's my bird, asshole?

3. The diversity of finch species on the Galápagos Islands is an example of
a. temporal isolation.
b. coevolution.
c. convergent evolution.
d. divergent evolution.

4. The caterpillars of cabbage butterflies are able to eat mustard plants, which produce oils that are harmful to many insects. This is an example of
a. convergent evolution.
b. coevolution.
c. divergent evolution.
d. temporal isolation.

5. What is the total disappearance of a species from Earth?
a. convergent evolution
b. coevolution
c. extinction
d. divergent evolution

I can't parse this idiocy. And now I've broken the contract, the confidentiality part anyway. Maybe they'll sue me instead of paying me. The house needs to be painted. The garden is dying. I think we have carpenter ants. I can't fix this stuff. I'm too tired. But I have to fix this stuff, but my brain won't work. But. Fuck.

Medicate me, please. I'm SO tired.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Last evening after work.
Just playing around with the camera.
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Honky tonk chook heaven.

The compression ratio is getting higher at our place-and the chook shed is nearly done.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The dream of Angus

One of our friends (oh yes, we have several) decided to get out of managing the careers of egomaniacs and into the world of zoo keeping. It all sounded very pie in the sky to me, but here he is at work in the Melbourne Zoo. The red panda pictured is clearly sneaking up on him to steal his lunch, while he is talking to the gawking humans.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Found this fellow when I was gardening today.


Did I manage to make the spare room look arty?
Perhaps I should wait till A gets home to photograph my new dress-but oh god I hate ,hate,hate having my photo taken.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

1st Daff.

It is mid winter and the coldest month is yet to come,but there are signs of spring.

Winter veg.

I have just got inspired about the garden again and have weeded and mulched most of the beds.The brocoli and asian veg are the only things producing at the moment.Lucky we have a bumper crop of carrots,beetroot and parsley at A's place.Only for anouther week or so, as he is moving in here and bringing his chickens with him.


A,is building a magnificent chookhouse.

Friday, July 07, 2006


Don't you love them?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happiness is a box of fresh Herbs

I've been having a terrible fly problem this summer (not sure why) but I read somewhere that flies don't like the oder of fresh growing basil so I went out to my favorite nursery and bought several different varieties of basil, one oregano, and one small cilantro. Because I don't have a huge space to have a garden, all of my plants are in containers.

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