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    Little things mean a lot

    Do you think it is the little things that mean a lot at this time of year? As we are nearing Christmas most of us are thinking about ways we can share the joy of Christmas. What can we give to family and friends? What can we buy for that special person in our lives? At my age I have everything I need, maybe not everything I want! Generally, my “One & Only” (O&O) and I do not give gifts to each other at Christmas. What we like to do is to go shopping together near Christmas and buy one another a gift or two! Then there is our Christmas…

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    Time to preserve – mangoes

    This week it was time to preserve that beautiful tropical fruit, mango! My O&O and I were out shopping, and we came across a tray of beautiful R2E2 mangoes – 11 for $15. It was definitely time to preserve and for me to use my time to launch into my first experiment with my Fowlers Natural Preserver, bought a few months ago. Engaging in the process of preserving food got me thinking about other things we can preserve. We can preserve memories, such as through photos, the written word or a time capsule. We can preserve nature, our culture, our relationships. The list goes on and on. As the list…

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    Kale and vitamin K

    Could kale be the new wonder veggie? It is something we have in our fridge, almost every week. I was buying it at the markets a few weeks ago and as I stood in the line waiting to pay for our fruit and veggies a woman asked me what I did with the kale? While I could have spoken about the benefits of kale and its many uses in the kitchen I had to tell the truth – it was for our chickens! Kale is Lucy and Carmella’s (our two chickens) favourite green vegetable. They like it better than spinach or broccoli. I tie up one or two pieces of…

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    Merry Christmas

    It is time to wish everyone Merry Christmas. When I was a child I was sure that Merry (Mary) Christmas was Santa Clause’s wife. Of course, Santa had all the Elves to help him make toys for children that live all around the world. Therefore, he needed a lot of help. Then the job of Mrs Mary Clause was to do all the cooking and cleaning for Santa and the Elves. This must have been very hard and demanding work for Mrs Mary. Though the vision I always had in my mind, or was it a cartoon I once saw, is that Mary was a jolly, chubby woman who enjoyed…

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    Home is where your story begins…

    We have a clock at our place, in the laundry of all places, that states “home is where your story begins”. All of us have a story, a life story and it begins at home – the place where we grew up. What happened in our home environment, our relationship with significant others, such as mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt or school teacher and what opportunities we had forms who we become. It is the nurture (environment) or nature (biological) debate about what it is that shapes our personality, temperament, talents, our likes and dislikes. We may move from home to home, from town to city, from country to…

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    Food & Fun on Sunday

    Today we travelled along the New England Highway (towards Crows Nest) around 32 kms and landed at the Hampton Festival to experience “A Taste of the Good Life”. It was a perfect autumn day, warm and sunny. The food, the wine (though I didn’t taste any – gelato instead), the music, the produce, the olives, the oil (even Avocado Oil on sale from Maleny – made from avocado’s grown in Hampton) and an array of colourful people – The Hampton Festival had it all including the obligatory dust on your shoes and car when you travel to the country. Read more about it here and maybe next year you will…

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    Cooking with gas…

    With our recent move to Toowoomba I am in the kitchen and cooking with gas. I enjoy cooking and in my retirement years I am spending more time in the kitchen.  My experience in the kitchen with a gas cooktop is that everything is not exactly going to plan. Cooking with gas is SLOW plus time and energy wasting. Take such as my O&O’s favourite breakfast – boiled eggs. We are in the kitchen cooking boiled eggs, looking and looking and checking the water while we waited for the water to boil. It is sooo slow cooking boiled eggs with gas. I also found the same when cooking rice. My…

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    Talking to strangers

    When I was young talking to strangers was not the right thing to do. It was a lesson I learnt well and it taught me as a child to be cautious of people I did not know. As I grew older however I learnt that it is not strangers that children should be wary of but people they know. This has been proven time and time again as children have been harmed by a family member or someone known to the child and family. Now I am older the rules have changed and it is okay to spend time talking to strangers. Take for example when we went for a…

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    Shooting Goals…

    As a basketball player in my younger years I always loved shooting goals. Now, in my retirement years I am thinking about my goals for the rest of my life. How much time do I have for goal shooting now that I am over 60 years old! What about all this talk of government when they say “we are changing the rules in 2050″….will I care when I am in my 90’s….no probably not! All I have to do is plan what I am doing now and do it to make my life and those I love happier, if that is possible. Quite happy now with my “One & Only”…

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    Farewell Kelvin

    This past week the family of Kelvin Wayne Pleming said farewell. Kelvin had arranged to donate his body to science but unfortunately due to the circumstances of his passing it could not be accepted. This change however gave the family an opportunity to gather at a private service to reflect on and celebrate Kelvin’s life. He was a husband, a father, an uncle, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. He was an active member of the North Ryde RSL and Bowls Club. Up until the time of his accident at the age of 89 years he was serving the community through his welfare work for the RSL. Kelvin was a champion lawn bowler many…