I went out to the lemon tree the other night and collected a nice bunch of lemons to add to the fish I was cooking for dinner. When I went to pick one off the bunch I found a Sweet Hitchhiker. He was having a lovely nap on the bench.
For those interested in frogs – and I know you ALL are. This is an Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax).
I carefully returned him to the lemon tree and continued cooking.
After dinner I sat at the bar to enjoy a nice glass of wine, but something odd began to happen – my music kept getting louder. I used the remote to turn it down and it got louder again. I turned it down again and it got louder again and so forth ad nauseum….
I went over to take a closer look (was it the wine or a ghost?)…
…it was neither. It was my green visitor ready to party. He had plonked himself on the Volume button.
Dave Matthews Band was his favourite.
We battled over the volume – me with the remote and him with his constant wriggling and bopping. It was like having the kids home again.
I left the window open and he was gone by morning, probably bleary eyed, tired and content from his Big Night Out at the RUC.
I’d love to go outside and take a picture of the wall we built this week on the Northern side of the RUC, but it’s a little breezy at the moment. We’re expecting a cyclone to hit soon – it hasn’t been named yet because it’s still classified as a tropical low, but I have it on good authority (i.e. I’m guessing) it will be called Dylan.
In case you’re wondering how cyclones or hurricanes are named I gleaned a little information from the Bureau of Meteorology at 4am. What’s that you say? Me up at 4am worried about a bit of wind? You betcha!
The following is taken from their website.
Tropical cyclone naming policy
- Tropical cyclone names in each list alternate male and female
- Names of cyclones that have already significantly affected the Australian region cannot be used again
- If two or more cyclones are occurring simultaneously, similar sounding names (eg June & Jane) are avoided to minimise confusion
- Names should not be capable of being construed to subject the Bureau to criticism or ridicule (eg naming a sequence of cyclones after politicians)
- Lists of names are coordinated with neighbouring meteorological services to avoid duplication
Number 4 gave me a bit of a giggle.
I looked through the list of names for 2013-14 and guess what? Dianne is on the list.
Apparently a lot of people request their names be added to the list, but it can take up to fifty years for your name to be allocated to a cyclone. I feel so
insulted special. I just hope when Dianne is chosen she turns out to be a stiff breeze and not a catastrophic nightmare.
I took a picture from the writer’s nook yesterday when the sun decided to make a brief appearance to let us know it still existed above the wind and rain.
Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that Dylan behaves and doesn’t cause us too much angst.
Chances are I may be offline for a few days so don’t think I’m being a complete snob not stopping by your blogs to say hello
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
Last year I moved an old house to the farm. It was once a Rugby Union Club, hence I aptly named it the RUC (because
I couldn’t think of another name I’m so creative). The RUC is over 100 years old and because it had been vacant for about 8 years (apart from squatters who must have played with guns because they left some lovely bullet holes around the place) it required a lot of work.
I’ve put a few pictures below of the kitchen in case any of you are thinking of building your own (yes – I know you want to, it’s so much
work fun!). It still needs a final coat of paint and the skirting boards but it’s very functional.
I bought the flat-pack draws, cupboards, bench tops, paint, sink, fixings, wood and flooring from Bunnings (they smile every time I walk into the place).
I put tongue and groove wood on the walls and ceiling and used an old hutch for my pantry.
I found the hutch at the buy-back shop at the local dump. I didn’t get a before picture of it (give myself a stiff uppercut) so you’ll have to use your imagination – it’s was just untreated pine. I removed the glass and replaced it with the same glass that is in my windows. I painted it antique white. In the back of the shed under a load of dust and mud I found some old blue tiles (I’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist) so I cleaned them and grouted them onto the top and back and put one each in the doors.
Because this place used to be an old club it still has the original bar. This bar is set above my work bench so I actually have two work benches together (space man!)
It was a lot of work – but well worth the blood, sweat and tears.
If you’re ever thinking of building your own kitchen I have a load of tips to make things a little easier.
I just love being caught by surprise with a great review! Swing on over to Lynxie’s page to take a peek
I hope you’re all having a great start to 2014!
I’ve been trying to complete my next three novels, but things just keep getting in the way. My new year’s resolution is related to the picture below because I need to get into my writing with a big bang.