We haven’t had good roses for the past couple of years but this year we have had beautiful blooms. I think that the advice I received from my sister-in-law has also helped. She advised me to use Black Marvel.
Willie Nelson is one of the musicians we listened to when we were younger and still listen to now. It is lovely to see his son singing this song which is appropriate during these difficult times.
At the very back of our property we decided to plant a lillipilli hedge as they are well known to be a fast growing hedging plant. The plants we bought were of a reasonable size and they were doing really well until last summer’s scorching hot days when the hedge was damaged by the sun and we lost two of the plants. This year we replaced the two plants and again in the summer we had scorching days which damaged all of the plants and we thought the whole hedge was done for.
I continued to water just in case there was still some life left in the plants and low and behold the green shoots sprouted. There are five plants in the hedge and I thought we had lost only one this time but I kept watering it and it too revived.
I live in hope.
The ceiling on the portico in front of our house was replaced a few years ago. When it was replaced the new ceiling looked terrific and we were delighted with the result. Move on a couple of years and a few heavy rainstorms over time and the ceiling was beginning to look a bit suspect.
I thought the stain looked similar to mould so decided to give it a go with some bathroom mould remover spray. I got out the ladder and set to work. Sure enough after leaving the spray on for ten minutes I then wiped it off and the ceiling was back as good as new.
The book is set in Tasmania and I picked it up because I had read his Miles Franklin Award winning book, The White Earth.
I am not someone who would normally read books about the paranormal and at almost 600 pages, requiring some suspension of disbelief, particularly at the end, this book kept me reading right up to the end. I will admit that the beginning had me doubting if I would continue to read as there was quite a bit of explanation of geological aspects of the setting but it wasn’t until later in the novel that I realised the importance of knowing this information.
The action chapters are interspersed with newspaper articles and scientific journal entries which interweave the history with the storyline.
“In the freezing Antarctic waters south of Tasmania, a mountain was discovered in 1642 by the seafaring explorer Gerrit Jansz. Not just any mountain but one that Jansz estimated was an unbelievable height of twenty-five thousand metres.
In 2016, at the foot of this unearthly mountain, a controversial and ambitious ‘dream home’, the Observatory, is painstakingly constructed by an eccentric billionaire – the only man to have ever reached the summit.
Rita Gausse, estranged daughter of the architect who designed the Observatory is surprised, upon her father’s death, to be invited to the isolated mansion to meet the famously reclusive owner, Walter Richman. But from the beginning, something doesn’t feel right. Why is Richman so insistent that she come? What does he expect of her?
When cataclysmic circumstances intervene to trap Rita and a handful of other guests in the Observatory, cut off from the outside world, she slowly begins to learn the unsettling – and ultimately horrifying – answers.”
Not my usual fare, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it.
Tomato sauce is an essential for my younger daughter’s family. I make the sauce which has become the firm favourite for the family. We had been hoping to get sauce tomatoes from the local greengrocer but the price was a bit expensive. We have been fortunate in previous years to get our tomatoes from a farmer at Perry Bridge but last year he didn’t have a crop. We were lucky this year as he had an advertisement in the local paper saying that he had tomatoes for sale this year so we made the 150 km round trip to get the tomatoes. $15 for a ten kilo box.
The box had ten kilos so I cooked the sauce in 2 kilo lots.
It took two days to complete the ten kilos but it was well worth it.