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February 21, 2017 / diannegray

Fjord Blue

I’ve had a busy and rather eventful break over the holidays – yes I know I’m a little late returning back to the fold but life got in the way. In early February I got some kind of hideous allergy and my eyes went red and bulged like a goldfish – and if that wasn’t bad enough, hubby got an infection on his knee and spent the first half of the month laid up in hospital. He likes to think he’s super so when they told me he had an antibiotic-resistant superbug in his leg I knew he’d gone just a little too far this time.  I couldn’t drive in to visit him because of my eyes, but my neighbour graciously took up the cause and acted as my chauffeur (thanks Joey).

After a load of antihistamines for me and a good team of doctors working around the clock for hubby, we’re both back to normal and getting on with things. All that nearly came to an end on our first dog walk after hubby came out of the hospital when he accidentally trod on a black snake – luckily it slithered off into the bushes as soon as he lifted his foot off its back. I’m sure he has nine lives!

I was really happy to receive a wonderful review from Jacqui Murray for my novel Wolf Pear. Jacqui is the author of To Hunt a Sub and Building a Midshipman and she gives awesome tips on writing, as well as sharing great descriptions and quotes on her blog WordDreams.

I’ve now got a balustrade on my ‘under-house’ stairs so there’ll be no more gripping onto walls for me as I run down to hang the clothes on the line. The fjord blue colour features a lot on the rails and doors on the outside of the RUC and is in keeping with the original Queenslander design of the house.


I hope everyone out there is well and got off to a better start to 2017 than we did.

***Have a great week***


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  1. Fenraven / Feb 21 2017 7:05 am

    The majority of people in the US are still upset and worried about our new president, but otherwise, things aren’t too bad. I like the blue stairs. 🙂 Glad to hear you and your husband have recovered. I don’t suppose you got a pic of the black snake…?


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 7:27 am

      Haaaa – the black snake was SO fast that hubby didn’t even see it. He stepped on it and then it wrapped around his leg and then sprung off into the bushes. I thought it had bitten him. The first thing he said t me was ‘What colour was it?’ I said it was black and blue and he said, ‘oh good’. They must be the non-poisonous type 😀


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 7:29 am

      And don’t feel alone with the worry and upset about the new president – everyone in the world is worried xxx


  2. Lynda / Feb 21 2017 7:45 am

    Dianne, I am glad to know you are on the mend! What an ordeal.


    • Lynda / Feb 21 2017 7:48 am

      OH! I got so excited about your health that I forgot to say how much I LOVE that blue! ❤

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    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 9:33 am

      Thanks so much Lynda! What a start to the year – I hope things keep improving 🙂

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  3. avwalters / Feb 21 2017 8:00 am

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend. I’m beginning to fear that blogging silence may mean my blogosphere friends are in trouble. (Though I’m one to talk.) Keep up the good work, and stay away from the snakes!


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 9:35 am

      I don’t like it when blogging friends drop off the radar and I begin to think the worst 😦 Luckily I am also friends with a lot of my blogging buddies (like you) on FB so I can see they’re still going strong 🙂

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      • avwalters / Feb 21 2017 12:03 pm

        Ooops, I guess I dropped of the radar in my tiff with Facebook. the


      • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 2:15 pm

        I’m always checking to make sure you’re around 😉

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  4. nrhatch / Feb 21 2017 8:36 am

    What a tough start to the new year for you both . . . and for that poor snake! 😀

    Glad you’re feeling better AND now have a handrail to hang onto.


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 9:38 am

      I’ll be sliding down that banister in no time, Nancy! 😀 It’s good to be back and I’ll be getting into some blogs (I’ve really missed yours!) 😉

      Haaaa – poor snake probably had no idea what was going on 😀

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      • nrhatch / Feb 21 2017 11:32 am

        It’ll be great having you back in the ‘hood again!

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      • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 2:14 pm

        Oh yeah! 😀


  5. Kate Johnston / Feb 21 2017 8:42 am

    I’ve missed you! It’s been so quiet around blogosphere, at least my little corner of blogosphere, but I’m glad all is well with you. The blue is so pretty–I’ve always been drawn to blues, ever since I was little. I’m glad your husband only got hugged by the snake and not bitten!! Congrats on the wonderful review of Wolf Pear, and I’m not surprised. That book was awesome!!


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 9:41 am

      Thanks so much, Kate – I’ll take your compliments every time! It’s actually been selling really well but I don’t get very many reviews at all and am not sure why considering the good sales.

      I’ve missed you too and am sure you’ll like the picture of the spider I took yesterday – it’ll be on my next post 😉


  6. Jill Weatherholt / Feb 21 2017 9:19 am

    You’ve been missed, Dianne! I’m happy to hear that you and your husband are feeling better. From this point on, it can only get better, eh? Happy new year!


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 9:42 am

      Oh yes Jill – all uphill from here 😉 I’m looking forward to reading all the posts I’ve missed out on. Happy New Year to you too my dear xxxx

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  7. anotherday2paradise / Feb 21 2017 11:04 am

    Love your blue balustrade, Dianne. I wish I had stairs to go up and down here in Florida, but alas, two storey houses aren’t very common here. So sorry about your medical issues, but glad you’re both back to normal now. I don’t think I’d like to have a snake around, whatever colour it was. Are they venomous? Well done on your great review of Wolf Pear. xx


    • diannegray / Feb 21 2017 2:14 pm

      Those black snakes with the blue underbelly are called Blue Travelers (or blue tree snake) they’re very shy and not venomous (however if you did get bitten you’d probably get blood poisoning because they don’t clean their teeth very often) 😀 BUT (and there’s always a BUT) – any snake in the wild can be venomous and you don’t always have time to check the colour of it’s underbelly, so avoidance and fast feet are always recommended. The other great snake around here is the green tree snake but I haven’t seen one in years so I’m worried they might be dying out.

      It’s nice having upstairs/downstairs. We’ve got the upstairs finished and the next big project will be the downstairs (or man-cave as hubby calls it).

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      • anotherday2paradise / Feb 22 2017 3:53 am

        Haha @ “you don’t always have time to check the colour of its underbelly.” That would be me running the four minute mile. 😀

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      • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:31 am

        Absolutely Sylvia! 😀

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  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 21 2017 4:01 pm

    Very glad you’re both on the mend. Similar events here – a terrible election outcome for many of us and a serious injury for myself, but I’m healing. So here’s to wishes to good health and political sanity for all of us and lots more of that lovely blue paint.


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:15 am

      I hope you’re recovering from your injury Sharon – I didn’t know xxx Can I venture to ask what happened?

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 25 2017 10:14 am

        Very briefly: I slipped off a curb when the sun got in my eyes and blinded me for an instant – dislocated my right elbow, breaking the ulna and humerus in multiple places, tore two ligaments and the nerve. Medically identified as a Terrible Triad. Four hour surgery to repair, implanting a 4 inch stainless steel plate and six pins plus a titanium pin, two months in casts and sling, months of therapy for fingers, elbow, and shoulder. I’m still doing physical therapy and it will be as healed as it’s going to be by early July.

        The good stuff: I never passed out, never cried, didn’t hit my head or injure my back, was able to get myself to safety, I don’t have a terminal illness or incurable disease. I do have a bit of a fear of curbs and steps now, and a great appreciation for the Kaiser medical teams that cared for me. I’ve been able to write again (couldn’t even use the computer for more than 30 minutes a day for a while) and looking forward to painting again – thus my affinity for fjord blue paint. ❤


      • diannegray / Feb 26 2017 8:49 am

        Oh wow Sharon – what a time you’ve had! It just goes to show that these things can happen so incredibly quickly and change our lives. You are such a ‘glass half full’ person and your thoughts on this accident are inspirational for all of us. Best of luck my friend! xxxx

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  9. restlessjo / Feb 21 2017 6:37 pm

    Heavens to Betsy! Calamities never come in ones, do they? Love the banister 🙂 🙂


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:17 am

      It was so annoying that I got the eye issue when hubby went into hospital because I couldn’t drive – you’re so right about calamities Jo! I’m glad you like the banister, it’s been a long time coming 😉

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  10. the eternal traveller / Feb 21 2017 7:49 pm

    The only reason I clicked like on this post is because I’m so glad to see you back and also to hear that all is well after everything that happened. Thank goodness for modern medicine. Snakes give me the creeps. I’m pleased your husband wasn’t bitten. Let’s hope the year is wonderful from here on in.


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:21 am

      Thanks so much for coming by Carol – I’ve been offline for far too long 😉 You’re right about modern medicine because I’m sure hubby wouldn’t be alive today considering the amount of times he’s been on deaths door. I’m sure the year can only get better from here xxxx

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  11. Carrie Rubin / Feb 22 2017 3:02 am

    So sorry you two had such a rough time! When it rains, it definitely pours. Glad you’re okay now. And let’s assume the snake was the third bad thing, so you guys should only have good things coming your way now!


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:22 am

      Yes Carrie – so right about the snake being the third thing! I hadn’t thought of that 🙂 I was just responding to a previous comment about the marvels of modern medicine. You’d know all about that xxxx

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  12. Maddie Cochere / Feb 22 2017 3:17 am

    Hi Dianne! Sorry to hear about the health issues but glad you are both fine now. And thank you for not posting a picture of the snake. 🙂 Love the blue railing!


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:25 am

      Lovely to see you here Maddie! It’s been a long time – I hope you and your hubby are doing better now xxxx I just noticed you’ve posted in my inbox and I’m heading there now to check it out 🙂


  13. EllaDee's / Feb 22 2017 3:48 am

    Welcome back ♡ Congrats on the great review. And I’m happy you’re both recovered🤕
    I laughed about the word ‘accidentslly’… as opposed to deliberately stepping on a snake 😆 It’s that time of the year. We’ve had a few snakes around, several small browns with bad attitudes in the wrong places, a Bandy Bandy at the back door -we didn’t let him in and he slithered off under the house, and our Green Tree Snake is a regular [diner on the Green Tree Frogs].
    I’ve been popping in, out and around the blogosphere and settling back into day-to-day life, and a Horticulture course at Coffs Tafe.
    I love Fjord Blue balustrade… more cheerful than Henry Ford black.


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:30 am

      I had a run-in with a Bandy Bandy many years when I was staying at my uncles farm in Wauchope and also a mishap with some eggs from a black snake that I thought were chicken eggs 😀 You’re lucky you’ve got a green tree snake, they’re so pretty.
      I would LOVE to do a Horticulture course and was considering starting one last year but it was just to expensive for me (all the money goes to the house).
      It’s great to see you here and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the course xxxx


      • EllaDee's / Feb 24 2017 7:40 am

        Yep, when our budget stretches it’s slways for the house. So my course fee for Cert III for the year was only $240. The full price was over $9K. Bargain. Tafe NSW offers various options depending on income, circumstances and which courses they are promoting. I got lucky with all 3.


      • diannegray / Feb 25 2017 8:26 am

        WOW that’s awesome – well done for getting that price!


  14. Sheila / Feb 23 2017 4:52 am

    Sorry you had to go through all that – I’ve been wondering about you and figured something crazy must be going on but didn’t think it would be that crazy! I’m glad you’re both feeling better. Watch out for those snakes!


    • diannegray / Feb 23 2017 6:32 am

      Thanks Sheila! Everything seems to be on the up and up now 🙂 xxx


  15. roughwighting / Feb 23 2017 10:33 am

    Well, THERE you are. What an inglorious start of the year you and your hubby had. Ugh. Infections these days are really scary- i’ve had three different friends-all males-hospitalized in the last year with mysterious infections also. And each time it took a while for the hospital to figure out how to treat them. But they’re all up and about, though none of them has stepped on a snake as far as I know! 🙃 I hope your eyes feel great now – we love getting pictures of the view from your world. 💙


    • diannegray / Feb 25 2017 8:24 am

      Thanks so much Pam – I was just reading your Interview on Chris the Reading Ape’s Blog – excellent post!

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  16. harulawordsthatserve / Feb 23 2017 6:54 pm

    My my Dianne, never a dull moment!!! So glad you are both up and walking (carefully, keeping your eyes open for snakes!) again. Loving the blue… Be well friend. Blessings to you and yours, Harula xxx


    • diannegray / Feb 25 2017 8:25 am

      Thanks Harula – you just reminded me that I’m lucky my eyes are better because I could actually SEE the snake! Lol 😀


  17. Roy McCarthy / Feb 24 2017 8:47 pm

    Pleased to hear that you’re both recovered Dianne. Thank goodness for modern drugs though health services around the world are creaking as everyone now expects to be constantly cured.

    A full set of 5* reviews for Wolf Pear – one only on Amazon UK 😦 Time you went on tour.


    • diannegray / Feb 25 2017 8:36 am

      Wolf Pear has been selling consistently well and I’m not sure why, but I’m very happy about it 😀 I’m not sure why Amazon doesn’t put all reviews on each of it’s international sites – it’s a bit weird because there are NO reviews on Australian Amazon 😦

      Modern drugs are just wonderful – I’m sure hubby would have been dead about five times since we first met if it weren’t for good doctors. He really pushes the envelope! Hopefully he’ll slow down one day 😉

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  18. Jacqui Murray / Feb 25 2017 9:04 am

    I love that blue. It looks perfect for your home. And thanks for the mention!


  19. agjorgenson / Feb 26 2017 8:46 am

    Nice to have you back in blog land and glad that things are on the mend! Congrats on the positive review! I just went in for an allergy test last month and will begin a regime of treatments soon. It seems I’m allergic to grass among other things!


    • diannegray / Feb 26 2017 8:53 am

      Oh no Allen – not grass! That may be my issue because I seem to get really snuffly and sneezy after I mow the lawn. I have no idea what got into my eyes but it was tantamount to torture because every time my eyes teared up it felt like my tears were acid. I’ve never had an allergy test but you’ve inspired me now.
      It’s great to be back xxx


  20. Andrea Stephenson / Mar 1 2017 10:03 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a tricky start to the year Dianne, I’m glad to hear you’ve both recovered and lets hope there are no more snake encounters!

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  21. ParentingIsFunny / Mar 4 2017 3:53 pm

    Man, oh man. Glad you’re both better now! And that is a lovely shade of blue. 🙂


  22. Susan A Eames / Mar 5 2017 6:43 am

    Coming a bit late to your post, Dianne as I’ve been off gallivanting. Sorry you and your husband have been poorly, but glad to hear you’re both better… oh, and I love that shade of blue!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • diannegray / Mar 5 2017 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much Susan – and its never too late to drop by and say hi 😀


  23. Amy Reese / Mar 18 2017 4:11 pm

    Hey Dianne. I realize it’s been a month since you wrote this now. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, btw! I hope everyone is feeling healthy and your allergies are better. What a scare for you hubby to have an super bug infection! My mom had one of those and actually got it in the hospital. Luckily, she responded to antibiotics finally. Hope things are good with you!! I’ve been a little out of the blogging scene lately.


    • diannegray / Mar 19 2017 8:25 am

      I can’t believe it’s been a month since I wrote this – where is the time going? 😀 I’ve been a little out of the blogging scene too, there’s just too much happening around here (but it’s all good) 🙂
      I’m so glad your mum finally got rid of her superbug – they’re just awful things. It’s great to see you here xxxx

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  24. Sheila Morris / Mar 19 2017 11:00 pm

    Just checking in with you – sounds like your 2017 is off to a rocky start at the RUC – hope things smooth out for the rest of the year. The hurrieder we go, the behinder we get, etc.
    We are in the process of leaving Casa de Canterbury – moving to a one-level home just on the other side of town – not as fine as your RUC, but ok for our little family now. Old knees will get you in the end. 🙂 Stay well, favorite Australian Author!!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2017 8:36 am

      Thanks Sheila – it’s so lovely to hear from you. Since the disastrous start things are really looking up at the RUC. Good luck with the move xxxx

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  25. roughwighting / Mar 24 2017 6:30 am

    Still waiting for your next post – hoping everyone in your family is still recovered, no more slinking snakes, and beautiful birds waking you up every morning….xo

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    • diannegray / Mar 26 2017 8:17 am

      Oh yes we’re all good here, Pam – thank you so much for asking. I’m just a bit slow with my next post it’s been so busy here, but it’s coming 🙂


  26. Cynthia Reyes / Mar 26 2017 7:17 am

    I sure am glad that you’re both feeling better now, Dianne. And that is a lovely shade of blue.


  27. Minuscule Moments / Mar 30 2017 5:42 am

    A bit late as usual but imagining you are all well and fighting fit now Dianne. Love the blue stairs too. Wolf Pear is an amazing read, so unique and beautifully written. You have such a talent.


    • diannegray / Apr 1 2017 10:13 am

      Thank you so much, Kath – what a lovely comment! You’ve made my day/month/year 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  28. beeblu / Apr 2 2017 3:00 pm

    Good grief! Living in the Tropics ain’t for wusses.

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