• Is my life complete without a salad spinner? I’m resisting but a certain relation is wearing me down.
• I just watched three ravens have an all-out barney on the steps outside the front door. They squawked and batted each other with their wings all the way from the bottom step up to the top (twenty-two steps) (yes it’s a lot of steps isn’t it?) (yes hauling seventeen bags of groceries from car to house down twenty-two steps in the pouring rain is not much fun thanks for asking) (yes we bought our house on a[n emotional] whim). Oh sorry. The birds. Well … at about the halfway point up the flight of steps, one bird kicked the other. I’ve never seen a bird kick before. (We breed ‘em mean here in the hills).
• (Too many parentheses)
• We still have wires hanging out of our kitchen walls. (See the date on that? July, people). If you live in outer eastern Melbourne and need an electrician I can tell you who not to get.
• This rain is too much. I know I know it’s good to have a soak at the start of bushfire season, but enough already. My garden is washing away down the hill and I want it back.
• The relief felt upon hearing the plop of forty-seven [handmade!*] Christmas cards landing in the postbox was quite out of proportion, really. I don’t think they’ll get there in time, but they will get there. (As in, "it won't happen overnight, but it will happen"). Any of you foreigners hoping for a card, sorry. I didn’t do international this year.**
* so proud and smug
** not so proud or smug
• Heard the CFA siren at the end of our road go off on Thursday afternoon. Vaguely thought oh dear, something’s on fire, hope it’s not serious only to learn the next morning when our friend turned up to collect our children for (last day of) school that it was at their house two streets away. No one hurt thank goodness but a lot of property damage and a good deal of trauma and tears. My friend said six trucks from three local CFA stations turned up and it was full on.
The kids got in the car, I gave her a [handmade!] Christmas card and a little knitted acorn decoration and felt woefully inadequate.
Might make some mince pies today and take some over. Also woefully inadequate but you have to bake in a crisis, don’t you?
• On a brighter note, Son #2 got a place in Class 6 at his elder brother’s school. So happy.
• Here, have a look at some tawny frogmouths.
See the baby squished in between the
I always thought tawny frogmouths were owls, but they’re not apparently. They look like kookaburras in this shot, don't they?
• Dinner here last night. Ooh it was good.