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November 18, 2012 / diannegray

Country Living

I’m back out at the farm today (good internet coverage). Naturally, the old farm house isn’t habitable at the moment, so I’m staying in a house in town.

The house in town has appalling internet coverage, but it does have a nice view of Pyramid Mountain.

Pyramid Mountain

I’ve spent the last few days trying to visit my favourite bloggers and (not only does it take an age to get into a page) the connection seems to drop out just when I’ve made a comment on a post.

Please don’t think I’ve abandoned you all! I’m trying!

There’s nothing worse than writing a comment of several paragraphs on a blog post only to have it vanish in front of your eyes 😦

Yesterday I saw these animals in the back of a car and had a bit of a giggle.

Last night my mother called and seemed quite upbeat until she told me everyone missed me terribly. Then she hung up. I’ll give her a call today and let her know I’m safe. She hasn’t seen pictures of the old farmhouse yet and I’m not going to send her any until it’s finished – otherwise she’ll have visions of me living there with the snakes and rats and probably send in the cavalry to kidnap me and bring me home.

So I’m now heading off to try and visit some blogs that I’ve missed during the week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! And if I haven’t visited your page, it’s certainly not for my want of trying!



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  1. John / Nov 18 2012 4:34 pm

    looks like a nice view there actually, the palm tree and all. Must be a warm climate year round. Hope you get your home back in order soon. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 6:33 pm

      It’s a really warm climate, John. Very tropical and close to the equator. It takes some getting used to considering I’ve come from snow country – both have their ups and downs 🙂


  2. Maddie Cochere / Nov 18 2012 4:47 pm

    What a great view. I honestly have to get some of those animals for my truck. That is fantastic! One dog and one pig would make me happy.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 6:38 pm

      Those animals are great, Maddie. Someone told me about them and I didn’t believe them until I saw them yesterday. I love the dog – he looks so real 😀 I couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots!


  3. Deborah Hawkins / Nov 18 2012 4:48 pm

    What beautiful mountain. How long before you can live in the house? Being without internet is no fun. Love the animals in the truck.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 6:40 pm

      The house should be ready late January – that’s going to be a long time for me to do all my internet work on my phone!:(


  4. harulawordsthatserve / Nov 18 2012 4:49 pm

    Beautiful view or good internet coverage – tricky choice:-) Happy landing – it’ll get easier. blessings on your call to your Mum…and now I appreciate you having visited my blog even more!


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 6:56 pm

      Thank you Harula;) I’m really looking forward to having the old place ready – but you know what they say – good thIngs come to those who wait:D


  5. agjorgenson / Nov 18 2012 5:05 pm

    Blessings to you in this venture! Nice to know that there are distractions to sustain you.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 6:59 pm

      Plenty of distractions here, Allen! There’s always something happening and plenty to see;) Thank you so much for the best wishes.


  6. pennycoho / Nov 18 2012 5:16 pm

    Change is all things at once I think, good, different, hard and so on. But your adventure in life goes on. Always a good thing Dianne. I love the shots of the pickup w/animals lol. Great fun!


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 7:02 pm

      Thanks, Penny – I couldn’t resist taking those shots;)

      You’re so right about change and we really need it to make us feel alive sometimes:D


      • pennycoho / Nov 19 2012 4:57 am

        Yes! Scary and wonderful! 🙂


  7. justinwriter / Nov 18 2012 6:20 pm

    That mountain looks like a mini Mt. Fuji. Love the animals! 🙂 Hope you can sort out your interweb connection soon.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 7:05 pm

      There was a beautiful blanket of cloud hugging the top of it and I snapped it just in time before it disappeared:D

      I don’t think the connection will be sorted out, its a bit of a blackspot here. I’ll just have to wait until the farm house is ready in late Jan and then I’ll be powering on!;)


  8. Piper George / Nov 18 2012 6:50 pm

    I love the animals. I was looking at getting one of the sheep for my garden last year. Can’t think now why I never got around to it. Good luck with the house.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 7:08 pm

      They are so cute, Piper! I don’t know how pricey they are but I could imagine they wouldn’t be cheap 😉


  9. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 18 2012 7:28 pm

    The farmyard stock are so cute. I saw a ute once filled with nothing but different breeds of dogs..must admit I did a double take to see if they were real. Good luck with your internet, I am sure your followers will forgive you if you are out of range for a while 🙂
    Have fun Di it all sounds so wonderful (casts the green eye once again) 😉 xx


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 10:51 pm

      Those animals are very cute, but I wonder how many people do the double take and run off the road!
      I can still check blogs with my phone but it’s not nearly as much fun 😉


  10. EllaDee / Nov 18 2012 7:29 pm

    Sometimes it nice to have no inernet coverag, but other times a pain… a beautiful outlook is always wonderful…


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 10:54 pm

      So true, Ella 😉 I’ve actually been doing non internet related stuff and sorting out files which is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages:D


  11. bulldogsturf / Nov 18 2012 7:37 pm

    Never fear Dianne.. I even blogged about it… when it takes 30 minutes to upload a post to wordpress I want to give up… comments that merely disappear… WP asking me to log in when I’m already logged in… it has been terrible here as well… I think the Internet has had a hiccup…


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 11:00 pm

      Oh – now that puts a whole new light on things. Maybe my internet connection isn’t that bad after all because the same thing seems to be happening to me. Even trying to respond on my phone is getting difficult. Thanks for letting me know Bulldog 🙂


  12. bulldogsturf / Nov 18 2012 8:09 pm

    Now I forgot to make the comment about Pyramid Mountain, that is so magnificent…with the snow on the top how beautiful… as for the animals in the bukkie (or van or pick up, can’t remember what you call them there) those are marvelous… I had a friend who was a Rep for a paint company and drove around with an empty can stuck on his car… he had so many people take photos of his car or try to stop him to tell him he’d forgotten his paint on the roof… I think these could draw a very similar reaction…


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 11:06 pm

      The cap on pyramid mountain is cloud (I’m not very good at capturing these things) but it’s so hot here at the moment that the thought of snow sounds fantastic:D

      Your friend is very clever for putting the paint tin on the car – brilliant advertising trick!


  13. poetmcgonagall / Nov 18 2012 8:46 pm

    I like your mountain.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 11:07 pm

      It’s a beauty. People run up there in a yearly race (not me – I’m not that fit!)


  14. Virginia / Nov 18 2012 9:25 pm

    Looks gorgeous 🙂 I love those animals too – they look so realistic! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 11:10 pm

      The scenery here is magnificent, Virginia 😉

      I couldn’t resist the shot of the animals – so cute!


  15. paulaacton / Nov 18 2012 11:04 pm

    wow great view can’t wait to see your old farmhouse does your mum read your blog? it would have been great to see you bring the place alive again but if she does then i guess we will wait for the finished article


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2012 11:15 pm

      I’m pretty sure my mum has never read my blog and wouldn’t know where to find it *smiles*. If she did, she would probably comment on every comment (twice!).

      I’ll be putting up pictures as I go. I took some today but forgot the lead to transfer them to my computer 😦


  16. Sheila Morris / Nov 18 2012 11:49 pm

    Dianne, I think you’re off on an absolutely fabulous adventure and I also think any time you see a pig, a dog, and a sheep in the back of a pickup truck together it’s a definite sign that you have “arrived” in the country. This morning, as I think of my country place in Texas and am living in the city in South Carolina, I find myself jealous!! Your mum will come around or as Granny Selma used to tell the old woman Slow, there’s always the telephone!!


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:20 am

      Haha! I love it! Very true about my mother:D

      I’m like you where I really missed the country life while I was living in the city. There’s something so peaceful and calm about living in the country – Texas sounds beautiful 😉


  17. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Nov 19 2012 12:30 am

    Pyramid Mountain is glorious. Good luck in you new home–sounds like a lot of work but you sound determined. Just don’t take any animals home unless they are like these and do not need to be fed. Looks like art in a truck.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:23 am

      The strange thing is I think they were advertising but Im not sure what for (unless it’s the animals themselves?;)

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when you say .I’m determined.:D


  18. Theo Fenraven / Nov 19 2012 1:18 am

    Love the truck pics. What a wonderful subject those fake animals made!

    I’d love to see photos of the farmhouse. I spent some time on a farm and miss it.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:39 am

      The animals are great, Theo! I just couldn’t resist when I saw them.
      I actually took pics of the farmhouse yesterday but forgot my lead to the laptop so couldn’t put them in the post 😦 I’ll get them in the next one 🙂


  19. mcwoman / Nov 19 2012 1:21 am

    So glad to hear that you are safe in your “new” farm house. Good luck with all the renovations and in the meantime, take a deep breath. Having gone through updating an old house myself, I know what you’re facing. Believe me, it will all come together and then you’ll wonder why you got stressed over such a thing. Sending you love and patience!


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:43 am

      Thank you so much, Barbara! I need all the love and patience I can gather at the moment 🙂

      I’m glad you know what it’s like-an amazing and somewhat frustrating experience at times;)


  20. nrhatch / Nov 19 2012 2:01 am

    Ironic that you have better connectivity at the farm, instead of in town. Love the animals in the back of the truck. Transitions are challenging for those who preferred the “status quo.”


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:50 am

      It is very ironic! (Perfect word for my situation) The farm sits in direct line with the transmitter and in the town where I am I’m a long way from it.

      I’m glad you like the animals – I thought they were pretty cute 🙂


  21. Denise Hisey / Nov 19 2012 2:07 am

    Ha ha, like everyone else I love those hilarious animals in the truck! What a riot!

    So good to get an update from you, Dianne! You are missed and well loved! 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:52 am

      Aw – thank you so much Denise! What a sweetheart you are 😉

      I think the dog was my favourite animal in the truck because it looked so real 😀


  22. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 19 2012 2:17 am

    I’m certainly glad you are working on your “open-door” policy at the farmhouse!! Although the fresh air would be welcome, I’m not so sure frequent visits from other creatures would be!! All the best. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 11:17 am

      When I visited there yesterday I saw we also have an ‘open wall’ policy! I took some pics so I’ll load them into my next post 😉

      Thank you so much for the best wishes 😀


  23. Don't Quote Lily / Nov 19 2012 2:24 am

    Appalling internet coverage…don’t you just hate that? But the view is nice! Good luck, I’m sure the place will look wonderful once you’re done renovating. 😀


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:54 am

      Hey Lily! It’s amazing how much we rely on our internet 😉

      Thank you so much for the best wishes 😀


  24. Ruth Rainwater / Nov 19 2012 2:27 am

    I love that you’re having such a grand adventure and that you are sharing it with us! Can’t wait to see before and after shots of the transformation at your new home. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 7:56 am

      Thank you so much, Ruth:) I’m taking loads of pics so the before and after shots will be coming soon!


  25. Anna Scott Graham / Nov 19 2012 3:17 am

    What a gorgeous view! Both of the mountains, and within that back of that truck!

    Spent much of the weekend reading Let Sleeping Gods Lie; Dianne, it’s a fantastic novel that again I could NOT put down! Nick, Ali, and Col, as well as Howard, Shirley, Gillian, and Christian, have been in my head all morning! I’ll be rereading it soon enough; it’s definitely on my top ten novel list. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:00 am

      Oh Anna – what a lovely thing to say! You’ve made my day 😉 I actually based the people on the people who live near my old farm house and also the scenery (I hope they never find out!) Lol! A lot has happened since I left and now that I’m back I’ve found some more characters to add to the list (crazier than the last lot which will be interesting!) 😀


  26. Anna Belfrage / Nov 19 2012 3:21 am

    Good luck with your big adventure! And thanks to the peak i now even know roughly where you’re at… Queensland for me is = Thorn Birds and hunky, gorgeous Brian Brown as Luke (Liked him even more in A Town Like Alice).


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:03 am

      That’s exactly it, Anna! Queensland is a beautiful place but can be a very tough life (they build them strong up here!) I’m sure there is enough writing fodder here to last me several lifetimes! 😀


  27. adinparadise / Nov 19 2012 3:52 am

    Hehehe. Love those cute animals, Dianne. 😀 There’s not much worse than a weak internet connestion. So very frustrating. Good luck with your new life. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:07 am

      Hey my dear – I have to tell you that I just figured out how to sync my phone with my galaxy note! Woo hoo! I’m connected now (it’s amazing how someone like me who’s so nontechnical can figure these thing out through pure necessity). Desperation = learning 😀


  28. Lonely Daffodil / Nov 19 2012 3:54 am

    Hahaha, I loved the photos 🙂 My Sunday kicked off with a big smile. Thank you, Dianne!


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:08 am

      I’m so glad I made you smile – now I’m smiling too! 😀


  29. Vikki (The View Outside) / Nov 19 2012 5:30 am

    Awwww, honey, don’t worry, sounds like you’re up to your eyeballs! 🙂

    Good luck, love the pics!



    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:10 am

      Hahaha- I love that saying! Thank you so much for the good luck wishes (I actually think they’re working because my internet has suddenly kicked in – it’s the power of positive thinking!:D


  30. jmmcdowell / Nov 19 2012 5:54 am

    That is a great view, but I’m not sure I could sacrifice the internet coverage in this day and age! It’s bad enough, sometimes, just going on vacation. 😉 Love the animals in the back!

    We’ll all understand if you can stop by all our posts until you’re settled back in. 🙂


    • jmmcdowell / Nov 19 2012 5:54 am

      Grr, *CAN’T” stop by!


      • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:16 am

        Don’t you just hate those silly typos!? Don’t worry I do them all the time – in fact I might post some day about my more embarrassing ones 😉

        I’ve had a lot of ‘best of luck’ etc comments and I think the positive thinking is working because I figured out about ten minutes ago how to link my phone internet to my galaxy note (a miracle for a non-techo like me!) I don’t want to jinx myself but it’s really working!!!


  31. / Nov 19 2012 6:50 am

    Wow, beautiful mountain. Love the animals in the truck. So random which is what makes it great.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:17 am

      It is very random (a bit like me!) I’m so glad you liked it 😀


  32. javaj240 / Nov 19 2012 7:16 am

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the animals in the back of the pick-up was the joke about the pigs in a pick- up truck, which I do not remember at all, but I chuckled just the same.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:19 am

      I didn’t know what to put as a tag for that! I thought if I put pigs in cars or animals in cars it would probably give the wrong impression 😉

      I’m so glad you liked it! 😀


  33. eof737 / Nov 19 2012 7:53 am

    That picture with the pigs/animals is hysterical… 😆 Hope you get better service soon… I know how frustrating it can be…


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 8:21 am

      Thank you so much! I think all the positive thinking is working because I’m here again!!

      I’m so glad the picture gave you a giggle 😀


  34. Rick Mallery / Nov 19 2012 10:24 am

    Love the animals. Looks like there’s room for me back there. Glad you’re doing well.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 12:08 pm

      Lol! It would probably be quite a comfy ride, Rick!

      I just couldn’t resist the animals 😉


  35. 1girl4adamwest / Nov 19 2012 12:36 pm

    The animal pic, what a hoot! Remember you are exploring a new chapter in your life, no time for looking back, full speed ahead & enjoy each moment! Ooooh yeah!


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 5:36 pm

      I had a fabulous day today. I took my friend to her physical therapy class and we went shopping and sat down for a coffee and lunch. I’m feeling very refreshed thisafternoon! 😉 (even though it’s very hot!)

      I just adored those animals! 😀


  36. ocdreader / Nov 19 2012 12:42 pm

    That truck is hilarious! Bummer about the internet. I find I have a problem with blogs with a lot of pictures and I will write a comment and then it goes away, argh, even when I have fast coverage. I end up not going back much (sad to say!)
    Good luck, have fun and if I don’t hear from you for a while, I know why! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2012 5:40 pm

      I figured out ( through pure desperation) today how to sync my phone with my new galaxy note. Woo hoo! It works 😉

      I love the truck with the animals as well – so very cool.

      Like you, I have a lot of trouble with posts that are filled with pictures 😦


  37. Janna G. Noelle / Nov 19 2012 5:04 pm

    The view looks spectacular with the mountain and the palm tree. It looks a lot better than the six months of rain and grey we’re sliding into here in Vancouver. Soak up some sun for me. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2012 7:03 am

      Oh no Janna! I really hope it’s not going to be that bad for you 😦


  38. maggiemyklebust / Nov 19 2012 5:32 pm

    I can identify with you, my mother hates that I live in Norway (she thinks its a third world country, because we don’t have the same restaurants and stores as they have in the US) haha!
    How far are you from “home”?


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2012 7:06 am

      I’m about 3, 500 miles from home, Maggie. I totally understand about the mother thing – I’ve left the capital city for the country, but I think this ‘country town’ I’m living very close to is probably bigger than the capital city! 😀


  39. lindahoyland (@lindahoyland) / Nov 19 2012 5:46 pm

    What cute animals! I love reading your posts.


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2012 7:10 am

      Oh thank you, Linda! I love it when you come by and comment (you always say such sweet things!) 😀


  40. letizia / Nov 20 2012 8:09 am

    what a lovely view!


  41. gabrielablandy / Nov 20 2012 9:16 am

    That photo of the animals is so funny! I know exactly what you mean about reading and commenting on blogs and then having your connection cut. The same thing kept happening to me when i was on a trip in Wales recently.


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2012 12:06 pm

      It can get really annoying, Gabriel – particularly when you’ve put in a couple of big paragraphs and they disappear 😦

      I love those animal, they are so cute 😉


  42. jannatwrites / Nov 20 2012 3:51 pm

    Bad internet connection? That’s like not having oxygen. I think I’d have to take my chances and sleep with whatever was inhabiting the farmhouse 🙂 (Only halfway kidding….I haven’t yet reached the phase of admitting I have a problem.)


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2012 4:13 pm

      Hahaha! Love it, Janna!

      I thought I’d fixed it yesterday and did a big happy dance, but it was just teasing me and dropped out again this morning 😦


  43. dedepuppets / Nov 20 2012 4:05 pm

    Love the pigs. 🙂


  44. Hazy Shades of Me / Nov 21 2012 6:14 am

    Nice to know our mum’s will always worry about us! And, the animals are hilarious! Thanks for the fun post and nice pics! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 21 2012 6:46 am

      Thank you, my dear! Thanks for coming by 😀


  45. moderndayruth / Nov 22 2012 7:14 pm

    I always wanted to live in a country/ on a farm/ anywhere but not in the city – as long as there is internet access! Love your pictures, those (ceramic?)animals are amazing! Funny though how our parents still get shy on the rare occasions when they express feelings openly… old school, mine are the same. 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2012 5:50 am

      Country life is beautiful, Lena. The internet access on the farm is perfect – now I just need the house finished so I can get in there 😉


  46. Peter / Nov 23 2012 12:55 am

    Ah…. that frustrating moment when someone tells you you are missed and then hangs up…. Books could be written about such moments.


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2012 5:52 am

      So true, Peter. It left me feeling very sad 😦


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