One of the things I love about this area is the prevelance of eucalyptus trees – I know that they are feral pests here, but they really remind me of home. This is one of my favourites
That piece came home with me after the photo shoot and is currently gracing my dinner table.
Christmas Eve we went to two night markets near us. One was a craft market and was very sedated with elevator-type music playing and stalls spread out one an oval – a cherry scented candle (made locally) and a hand-painted cushion cover of a chameleon came home with me.
The other night market is only 1 kilometre or so from the other, but has a completely different feel. This market takes place under the Christmas lights in Somerset West.
There are traders jammed onto the streets
the music is loud and most of the items for sale is made of plastic and imported from China, but it was fun to go and look.
A while ago (when I had the miscarriage) Gorgeous Man’s youngest sister sent him some money to buy me some flowers. Instead he bought a rose and we finally got around to planting it out this week.
This pot came with the house and used to hold a huge ugly ‘tree’ (some sort of succulenty thing), Gorgeous Man and his step-father pulled it out of the pot and planted it in the garden, and put the rose in their for me. MIL bought the sun jewels to go around the base of the rose.
There are 3 colours in the pot and I just love them. I wander out every day to look at them.
Christmas we spent with Simone , her husband and daughter, and her sister and her husband and 2 children, her brother and his wife and son and her mother, and two of my students for next year (who have arrived early) and their child. It was a full house, but lots of fun. The kids got to swim in the pool before and after lunch, one of the benefits of a summer Christmas, (Gorgeous Man watched them for about 2 hours after lunch before being relieved by other adults) and we got to sit around and relax. I forgot to take photos though.
I have been knitting. I decided it would be nice to make a pair of hand knit socks for my MIL (yes I know it is the middle of summer, but eventually winter will come). I didn’t realise she had such big feet – a full two inches larger than mine! One sock is done and the other is nearly finished so should have photos soon.
I was tagged by Beth to do the six weird things about me meme, so here goes.
1. I have one pen at work that I use until it runs out of ink. I get very upset if that pen goes missing before it is finished. I always have a second ‘back-up’ pen in the drawer, but it doesn’t get used until it’s its turn.
2. I carry my stress/anger in my right big toe. If I am angry or upset with what you are doing or telling me it won’t appear on my face or body, but my right big toe will be pressing into the floor with a vengence.
3. I recycle paper with a passion, I will write on the back of misprints and scraps and then put them in the recycle bin. When I was teaching high school in Australia I had a scrap paper drawer for students who forgot to bring paper to class or who wanted to do rough drafts. At first the students wouldn’t take ‘used’ paper, but after a few weeks we got to the point where they were asking for it and learning to value paper and it’s cost to the environment.
4. I hate getting my haircut. I put it down to my teens, when my best friend cut my hair from the age of 13 until I moved away to go to college at 17, even then she’d cut it every time I came home for holidays. It was always a different style and it always looked good. Now I can never think of what to ask for/describe what I want and usually leave it for so long between cuts that I go in and say I’m sick of it, do what you want. This has led to some very dodgy haircuts…
5. We used to have a house full of reptiles in Australia. We had two snakes (children’s pythons) and a variety of Australian geckos. We had a license to keep them and we used to breed the geckos. Those babies are very cute.
6. Gorgeous Man and I don’t fight. We get grumpy with each other occasionally, but it usually only lasts 10 or 15 minutes, and we don’t yell at each other or say nasty things. My friends tell me this is weird because they fight with their husbands/partners.
I’m not going to tag anyone, if you do end up doing this drop me a line and let me know, I’ll be interested to see other people’s weird things.
Hope all of you had a great Christmas. Thanks for reading my blog. I’ve had a great time in the last 5 months getting to know those of you who have stopped by and said hello.
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