This was one of 2017's super moon but we have 3 in this new year. Nature saved the best til last and that will be a blood moon at the end of January. Apparently it's best seen from Adelaide so hang on River, there could be a mob at your door from moon rise to moon set.
2017 was not a good year, hardly a month when I was not ill. Mother is still with us although she did not look good on Christmas Day. If there is one Royal Commission we should have, it's a thorough going over the Aged Care Homes, not for just the care but for the pittance they pay the staff, the inadequate training they receive and the sneaky methods these so called 'not for profit' organizations manage to stay a mm within the law. So few staff were on for Christmas Day, it was disgraceful, the girls were exhausted and the 'not for profit' refuses to pay for extra Agency Staff when needed. Mother wasn't settled down for night until 11 p.m. and she'd been up at 7.30 a.m., put to bed at 4.30 and I didn't leave until she'd eaten some food, didn't fancy her usual egg sandwiches but the chef made mince pie with custard disappeared in a flash.
In an interesting co-incidence I had ordered beautiful silk and silk paper peony roses to renew the rather tatty flowers at the family grave in the Pioneer Cemetary in Cheltenham. The next day a fire started in the Park, skirted the golf course and hit two spots at the cemetary. The grave wasn't damaged but the flowers were nicely singed.
If you're cemetary loving type then take a tour here .
New Year's Eve was so quiet around here, it was almost spooky. I believe the fireworks in Sydney and Melbourne were spectacular but call me Grinch when I think of them as an appalling waste of money. The Bear has been through so many thunderstorms lately that he's lost his fear of loud bangs, he just curled up a little tighter in my NEW second hand Laura Ashley arm chair. It is so comfortable to relax in so naturally Mr Luxury has taken it over.
I have a plumber coming tomorrow to give me bad or good news. I could hear running water in the kitchen but everything was dry so I tried outside and the hose was gushing brown water, that's rusty water. The tap was turned off tight so it's either a washer (hope) or a pipe has gone behind the brick wall and the plaster (please no). But forty year old copper pipes are not destined to last forever. I keep moving the hose to the citrus trees and they are loving it. I've had a bumper crop of Mandarins this years and the possums have been in Heaven but have no manners at all and leave the peel all over the front yard and the footpath and the nature strip. I have visions of several sitting in the paperbark tree and catching the fruit thrown over my 6 foot high brick fence. The little green parrots are back in the apple tree and I'm not sure which bird has been enjoying the oranges. It must have a long delicate beak since the round skins sit in the yard completely empty of pulp, just a small hole in the top. Lovely though to walk out and get a fresh orange for the vodka and the limes will be ready for the Gin in about 2 weeks.
I had a slight problem with the Christmas cards this year, I'd like to say the dog ate them but it was my mother. She can barely use her hands to cut out for her cards so she just took mine.
She needs to have something to do even if it takes her a week so the brain thought and when a wedding invitation caught my eye, I tracked down invites on ebay. Some will let you buy a sample so that's what I did, trawled through and found some beautiful laser cut cards. All she has to do is stick jewells and pearls on the front and post. Fixed the problem of jewells and pearls being too big, she took my small ones I'd bought for my Christmas cards so that's why you lot aren't getting any this year. There are presents, everywhere and Annie O'Dyne is getting
a 5 year old one. How I could have kicked it under the bed and forgotten where it landed is beyond me, I mean 5 years ago my brain was still working. Dear Annie I will brush 5 years of dust off before I send it.
Now if you don't get another post for a week, it only means that an entire bookcase of videos has fallen on me and I am being used as food by the Bear. Wish me luck.