Friday, 20 December 2013

A day of heat and exercise and broken car "Charlie"'.

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 My friend gave me this fellow for my Japanese Garden but that's been put on hold as Drumstick the chicken ate all the plants and I'm trying to find ones she doesn't like.
He needed a coat or two of sealer because he will be outside but that being done he has come up pretty good.
 This is the sort of day we are having masses of sunshine but it's heating up, we been to Bunnings to buy rapid cement and other things for me and the pet shop to buy Drumstick and Pidges food so we have stopped off at KFC for lunch and off to the sons house for a day of fencing. That's the wooden kind.
We worked for a while and the son needed 4 longer bolts so he took off to get these 4 extra bolts and the beer fairy and I keep cleaning the back yard we he was a long time so I made the comment maybe " Charlie the car has broken down and we would have to walk home".
Well guess what that's what happened.

 So I took some pictures on the walk, his house is only 3 or 4 klms away so that's not so bad and it was now 6pm so not so hot.
 The beer fairy found a hat but I wouldn't let him take it home, you follow a main road for a while on this walkway but there was a gap in the traffic for two seconds.
 You climb up this walkway to the top of the bridge and can see for miles but it's a low sun as it late afternoon by now.
 But it is a bit of a climb.
 Here is the son looking a bit grotty but we all look a bit like that.
 I wouldn't mind this job.
 We also cross the railway line at Clyde and one of the new trains was in so I tried for some pictures,  they look pretty much the same as the old trains just a bit newer.


We were glad to arrive home and a bit tired so dinner was a ham and tomato sandwich.
 We were chatting to the owner of the new house next door he was cleaning up all the offcuts so he asked if we wanted them, we have a fireplace but have stopped using it in winter because it too hard to get the wood, we have the hardwood from my sons old fence and softwood from the house they are building, so warm winter this year, they were using treated pine until a few years ago but have now stopped using it, well it was treated with something to stop white ants and it was not too good for humans, so I told him to just chuck it over the fence I will have enough wood in longer lengths to build a house for Drumstick as he has nowhere to go when it rains.
 Still painting pots
 and these two chairs

 This was Drumsticks little house but it was a dog kennel for M&M when he stayed over but no longer used but Drumstick will not go in there so we think it smells of dog so she doesn't like it, I will show you my effort when done, it might take a while.
 A few pretty flowers to finish up.






39 comments:

  1. Oh Merle, what a lovely flower (last shot)! Can you tell me what it is called?

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    1. They are bottle brush common in Australia and thats a very common one some are amazing but I don't have any of those.
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  2. I enjoyed that walk with you and I didn't ned my boots mitts or parka! Your yard looks really nice,love the blooms, the chickens are smarter than I thought!

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    1. My first experience with a chicken and I must say they are pretty smart.
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  3. Love your garden - and that is a spectacular bottle brush.
    I hope Charlie can be fixed (and not too expensively).
    Hot here too. And getting hotter. Sigh.

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    1. Charlie is back on the road.
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  4. Drumstick will have a mansion by the time you've finished!
    Jane x

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    1. It might be a bit wonky.
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  5. Here is hoping Charlie doesn't cost too much to fix! Loved your walk, as it looks nice and warm to me.

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    1. It very warm lately, hard to sleep.
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  6. A long walk because of Charlie, huh? It's always nice to get home. I hope Drumstick likes her new house. Some one gave me a goose once and I made a goose house out of scrap lumber. It was really hideous but it was out in the country and no one could see it. Ha.
    Beautiful garden. I love your flowers. Boy, you have nice weather a lot longer than we do.

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    1. Did you take a picture of your goose house, I open to ideas, I saw a chook house in the pet shop the other day it was over $500 just too much.
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  7. Your flowers are sooooooo beautiful! sandie

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  8. Apparently, as she will not choose the dog house, Drumstick wants it known she is no beggar.

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    1. She is a bit of a snob.
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  9. Love taking the walk with you - your flowers are beautiful - I love that you adopted a stray chicken and are now going to build her a house. So cute. xo

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    1. You haven't seen the house yet, I'm a very bad builder.
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  10. The bridge and walkway are very impressive, great for photos. Love the little Japanese gentleman. I've never thought to put sealer on anything going outside, I probably should. Your garden is looking lovely, lots of red and green there for Christmas.
    Shame about the car breaking down, but look at the great photos you got.

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    1. I't a hard slog to get to the top but the view is pretty good and now they have shut down the shell refinery it not smelly anymore.
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  11. Good that you did not pick up that disgusting hat. I saw this " so dinner was a ham and tomato sandwich" and below was a photo of what I thought for a second was shredded ham. I hope the neighbour doesn't chuck the offcuts over the fence and knock out Drumstick.

    I should be really interested in your new train, but as you say, very much like the last. Made in China, I believe.

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    1. The trains all lock the same to me but my son said it was a new one, I liked it when we had red rattlers and they introduced the silver bullets, they were very different.
      Drumstick was wondering if it was big food so she had a look but if not food, not interested so she stayed away.
      And the hat was pretty bad but the beer fairy had a look.
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  12. Hari OM
    Oh dear, poor Charlie, hope it's 'treatable' - meanwhile we benefited from some lovely photos! Well done on scoring the wood too. Loving the red pots... YAM xx

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    1. Charlie is well again but he is getting old, like me
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  13. Brilliant colours!! I am so tired out from all these excursions just reading of them. :)

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  14. I'm a bit tired too.
    Merle..................

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  15. OH, I love the reds and blues! Well done on walking home...it looks like an interesting walk too with some good sketch subjects.

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    1. Interesting walk but not my favourite but it's nicer walking when the weather is cooler.
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  16. Hello Merle...... that sure is one big climb getting to the to of the bridge....I love the little dots on the bottle brush, so pretty. Looking forward to seeing Drumstick's new house.... Have a great Christmas .... Barb xx

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    1. Have a great christmas too, did I tell you that christmas dinner is at our place now, would have called in if still at Pertersham. Will see you in the new year.
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  17. Merle, I am glad the walk was not too long in the heat! Your bottle brush and hibiscus is pretty and I love the bougainvillea. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I Wish you and yours all the best in 2014!

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    1. Everything looking a bit worse for wear in the heat but will recover.
      Merry Christmas.
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  18. Is KFC the kind of fried chicken place that I think it is? And Drumstick is your chicken? LOL.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, guess there is no point in hoping for snow.

    Jen

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    1. Yes it's kentucky fried chicken my sons favourite, and yes Drumstick is our chicken.
      You have a great christmas too
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  19. A great post, Merle! But what really made me smile was Drumstick the chicken...hilarious! Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Merry christmas, yes she is a bit of a character.
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  20. Hi Merle,

    Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas filled with love and laughter. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Everything looks so pretty in bloom. All our snow has melted so no white Christmas for us.

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  21. Merry christmas to you and all your family too.
    It's cool here today too a welcome change after all the heat as we always have a hot roast dinner.
    Merle...........

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  22. Nice photographs. I hope you and your family had a really happy holiday.

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