Wood Stacking: End of Day 1

I.  Am.  Exhausted.  ! ! !  🙂

But very happy with my progress – lookity lookity!


And with a grand total of roughly 650 logs having been moved from one stack to t’other, I can now definitely see a dent in the pile – here’s the ‘before’ shot again, taken at 8.26am this morning, with an ‘after’ shot taken at 6.16pm this evening:

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Lookin’ good, huh?? 🙂 🙂 🙂

And Henry Lee slept through it all – so much for him being my Chief Cheerleader and Sideline Supporter – ha!  I might just have to dock his wages and tell him he has to find his own supper tonight …

Fading beauty …

Apart from stacking logs for most of today, I did take some time out to photograph some dead flowers (yellow roses and white fresias) on my windowsill … I know, it doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But because they’ve been sitting in the sun every day since 22 February, when I bought them, it’s almost as if they’ve been dried, keeping all their petals and just losing their colour (although the leaves have kept theirs):  here, have a look at these photos which I hope show what I mean:

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(Ooh, look there’s a couple of aphids on that fresia – obviously not as dead as I thought it was!)

Don’t you think they have a sort of beauty?  I like the way you can see all the veins and capillaries in the roses, and I love the colour they’ve gone.  Sort of makes me even more reluctant to throw them out! 🙂

Well, having had such an energetic day I am more than ready to hit the sack tonight – I suspect I might have a little trouble moving when I wake up in the morning, the joints are starting to stiffen a little already!  But I’m sure a few barrowloads will soon fix that 😉  The forecast is fine again for tomorrow, only 23°C – but then we did get up to 28°C today, and they only forecast 25°C, so I’m picking it’ll be much the same kind of a day, which suits me just fine.

Talk to you all again tomorrow – and I’m still waiting to hear how you’re going on the Stinky Pinkies …


Afternoon tea: Progress report

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2:49  Hmmph!  Nothing’s changed here, then …


3:10  Looking good!  Time for a cuppa …

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3:11  Nothing like a good (long) cat nap …


3:16  Yup, she’s a warm day all right!  (Although this was in the direct sunlight …  only 21°C in the shade)


3:26  Definitely looking nibbled at the edges! 🙂

Righto, back to work (for some of us, that is – His Nibs is still resting !!)

Wood stacking: Progress report


09:25  Tools ready, all set to start work.


Well, some of us are ready – others aren’t so keen …


10:15  Almost an hour into the job and only 110 logs of wood moved so far:  so much to do, so little done!! 🙂


11:34  That looks like good progress – but it’s still only 240 logs stacked, and a gazillion more to go … whose idea was it to get so much firewood anyway???

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11:50  Meanwhile, some of us have merely changed our sleeping position …

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11:54  You can see what a sunny day it is now – thankfully I’m still able to work pretty much in the shade.  And I can definitely see a dent in that pile of wood – all right, it is only a little dent, but a dent is a dent! 🙂 🙂

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12:28  Sunny over here now as well, but making good progress:  time to stop for lunch 🙂

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12:31  !!!!!

Holiday today … but work ahead …

Such a lovely feeling to wake just after seven this morning and realise it’s a holiday, so no need to get out of bed just yet 🙂  So you know what I did?  Got up anyway!!  Because this is what awaits me today:


Yup, my load of wood was delivered yesterday, so guess what I’m going to be doing today!  And probably tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day … 😉

It’s a real misty, moisty morning out there, set to burn off during the day and head up to 25ºC, so I guess the sooner I start, the more I’ll get done before the heat kicks in …

I’ll be back later in the day with progress photos – I know you’ll all be urging me on from the sidelines! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tales at the Pallet Pavilion

In one of my previous blogs I told you about the Pallet Pavilion (see that post here), a Gap Filler project which was constructed on an empty site in Christchurch and opened in December 2012.

I learned from a colleague today (thanks, Sharon!) of a wonderful event coming up next weekend at the Pavilion, from Friday 5 through to Sunday 7 April, and thought I’d share some details of this fun event with you, just in case any of you felt like popping over/down/up to Christchurch for the weekend to join in 😉

Here’s a poster advertising the event:


And here’s some more information (further details will be added to the Facebook page (see link below) over the coming week – check it out for the programme):

Story Festival: Tales @ the Pallet Pavilion, Cnr Durham and Kilmore Streets

Starting Friday 5th April 6.30pm and events continuing through to Sunday 7th April

Come on down on Friday with a picnic and your favourite stories, poems, jokes and songs to share – or just come and listen. Doc Drumheller will be sharing his poetry and getting us rocking and chilling with his original songs and covers from some of the great storyteller musicians: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and more … Over the weekend there’ll be awesome performances by various local artists and you, too, can be part of sharing stories and creating collective stories with words and music. All ages and all experiences! Entry/participation by koha/donation. Wet weather venue: South Library, 66 Colombo Street. Check out http://www.facebook.com/TalesAtThePalletPavilion for programme details (you can view this even if you aren’t on Facebook).

So, will we see you there? 🙂

Stinky Pinkies

A few months ago, while researching an answer to a grammatical query from a colleague, I came across a site pertaining to grammar and composition which I found very informative, and which included an article on “Stinky Pinkies”.  I’d never heard this term before, but a stinky pinky is a sort of riddle where the answer is two rhyming words. 

Example:  Q.  What is a smelly finger?  A.  A stinky pinky. 

(Which is obviously where the term came from …)

So, I think it’s time you all had a quick test on this topic – and, I want to warn you, there is to be NO CHEATING, ie,  no racing away and getting the help of my friend and yours, Mr Google, you understand??!

Good!  Now we’ve got that clear, here are the questions:

A chubby feline = ?
A deceased Marxist = ?
A dismal singing group = ?
A ditch in Paris = ?
The home of a small rodent = ?
A large toupee = ?
A supervisor in a bad mood = ?
A wet puppy = ?
A young cat in love = ?
A superior pullover = ?
A strange-looking goatee = ?
A better café = ?
A fat fish = ?

Let me know when you’re finished and I’ll tell you how well you did 😉

And now a few pictures to help soothe any jangled nerves … these were taken this evening in St James Park in Papanui:  it’s a wee gem of a park, with a lovely rose garden at one of the entrances, and two impressive avenues of enormous deciduous trees which are now turning colour and dropping their leaves, so it’s got a great autumn look and feel to it at present.

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And one final one: stopped on the side of the road on the way home to capture the setting sun, only to realise that I had stopped in the middle of a drama:  Farmer Bill trying to get three sheep which had strayed onto the road, back into their paddock – it was only when I downloaded the photo when I got home that I realised I had caught the sheep and the farmer in the photo too:   looking directly into the sun as I was, I hadn’t even seen them!  (Apologies if the photo’s a bit dark – I’ve tried to brighten it up a little, but didn’t want to spoil the effect of the sun poking out from under the clouds …) 

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Bath time in the gardens

With it being Tuesday today, once again I had some time between finishing work and my bridge game at 7.30pm, so off to the Botanic Gardens I went (yes, yes, I know, again??!)  But the evenings are so lovely at the moment, and what better place to capture some of that golden evening light?

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Making my way back to the car, I spotted a little flurry of avian activity to my left and on moving closer, I discovered it was evening bath time, where water had gathered in the hollow of what appeared to be a tyre rut just to the side of the path:  I guess with rain being virtually non-existent for some days now, any bathing opportunity is to be seized on, no matter how rudimentary the facilities are! 🙂

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   Bird bath time 3  Bird bath time 4  Splish, splash, I was havin’ a bath …

   Bird bath time 5  Still keeping an eye on me …

  Bird bath time 6  Woah, it’s getting crowded around here!

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Bird bath time 9  Ah, that feels better!

I smiled all the way back to the car! 🙂 🙂