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23 December 2011

Quick trip Home

Well a visit to sons would not be normal without me damaging myself in some way, or catching some sort of bug.  I stayed true to form by knocking my shin on the corner of a low box and the end of a  bed.   Which, of course, being me has become a lot worse. ...everyone knows I dont do things by halves so what should have been just a bad skinned shin had to have a haemotoma form, and the whole thing become infected.....and am on heavy antibiotics.

Move over whoever has the title of "Best Drama Queen" I am coming through!

It has slowed me down, but not out.  The worst part is that I cant sit at the computer for long, (damn) and... dear me.... I cant do any ironing and stand on the leg for long sad....(te he I am not silly I know how to get out of work)

It was a pity I did not have the accident before I did my motherly duty and  ironed 18 shirts and about 8 pr of trousers caught with that one eh.

The sore leg also meant that I could not go swimming in the sorry Maria, there will be no revealing bathing belle photos.

I did get to go to Burleigh and sit on the sand and watch the was lovely I do miss living by the ocean.
looking towards Surfers Paradise in the background
The headland is called Big Burleigh.  I remember as a teenager sitting up there at night watching the moonlight over the water and there were fireflies all around it was like sitting in a magic cave....and yes I was with a beau at the well as all the other friends from our tennis group.....

I am so full of admiration for my son for the work he has put in on making their back yard a lovely space.  This is what it was like when he started, and in the front the beginning of the plantings.

this is the back garden now.  The vege garden is up the top.  
I have shown the stairs he built  before, but what  I want to show you is:
he carried every piece of the heavy timber and slabs of turf up this steep slope to the deck level.    It was such a mammoth task but I am so proud of what he has achieved. His vege garden is producing and we ate lots of salads which were so fresh and crunchy, with lots more coming on.
Chloe had her 3rd birthday while I was there but was a bit shy in her birthday hat.

This post would not be complete without a picture of "The Dungeon"
Main room and floor

possible air conditioning?

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all my wonderful friends and passers by 

Merry Christmas, and a happy and joyful New Year

and thank you for all the love and support I have received over this past year
Am away again after Christmas, so will be back in a couple of weeks.


  1. Lovely post Shirley, but not such good news about your leg. I hope the medication kicks in soon, and you are able to enjoy yourself without pain. That garden is a delight, and such a lot of work by the look of it. You are right to feel proud. Poor Chloe.......... Nice shots of the dungeon..........LOL......can't imagine you stitching in there!! Have a nice day Christmas day, and have a lovely time away [just be careful]. Will look forward to your return. Cheers.

  2. Your son is a doer just like you Shirley.
    Sorry to hear about your leg-do take care in future.
    Merry Christmas to you and I look forward to talking again next year.

  3. looking great albeit the band aided shin.
    happy holidays and TAKE CARE.

  4. Now, this garden is looking fantastic. One can see a huge amount of work and love which went into it. The vegetables are looking yummy - they have the real luxury taste from the own garden.
    The "dungeon" appears very comfortable with the wooden floor and ceiling, ha ha.

  5. Carissima Shirley ti auguro di guarire molto in fretta.
    Buon Natale a te e a tuo figlio
    Un grosso abbraccio

  6. Oh, your son has done amazing work in his yard and garden!!! How awesome that you could eat his fresh vegies! Looked like a grand trip, but so sad you damaged yourself till you needed antibiotic!! Heavens! That beach is beautiful. Nice memories you have of it as well...Hey...since you can't do you loads of time for stitching, eh??? See ya later, Drama Queen, and have a great trip after Christmas...see ya around!!!
    Merry Christmas to you!!!
    xoxo- Julie

  7. Shirley!!!!! So happy to see you! You look lovely, darlin'!
    You son has definitely done a ton of work in his back yard.
    I am SO sorry I didn't get to see the revealing bathing belle!!! There could always be a next time. Merry Christmas, dear, dear friend.

  8. Sorry to hear about the leg, I hope it mends soon. Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderfully creative New Year.