IN MEMORY OF THE LOVE AND WISDOM OF THREE SPECIAL CATS
1. Our dear cat, Rosie, died July 28th, 2011. She loved her daily yogurt, a place in the sun and Peter's lap. Nineteen years of memories.
2. Our constant neighbour, Toby, died July 2011. A charismatic boy and sadly missed-aged 19 years.
3. Phoebe, our lovely grey girl, inherited from Mum, died January 21st, 2002-aged 20 years.

At left is Oli, our handsome ginger boy, pictured in 1981. He died in early 1993.

Click on Maneki Neko to find out more about this ubiquitous Asian cat, so popular in Japan and, perhaps, the inspiration for the cute Hello Kitty products.
Cat quotes.

Family pages: a work that will continue to be in progress for a long time.

Australian stamps from Australia Post.

We enjoyed the parrots attracted by our almond tree-pink and grey galahs sometimes attacked like a marauding army and dropped a hail of twigs and nuts onto the tin roof of the shed-you'd hear the noise from inside and come running. Sometimes there were sulphur crested cockatoos and, rarely, huge black parrots swaying on top. Sadly for the birds, our gum tree died first in the drought and then the almond tree, killed partly by a pepper tree I had let grow, thinking it would be a good replacement until I saw that one of the base roots was already 20 cms in diameter after only 5 years. The pepper tree and almond were removed April, 2017.
Update: Jan-March 2018. Birds, including black birds, magpies, piping shrikes, wattle birds, doves and pigeons are proving to be an unbelievable menace in the garden-possibly it may be because of lawn beetles. Every day and even several times a day they are kicking the soil from garden beds onto the garden paths and lawn-not just a little bit but for a metre, digging into the lawn and tearing up huge tufts and destroying any seedlings I plant near the edges. Huge flocks of cockatiels are destroying trees in the northern suburbs and some flew over yesterday (4-4-18). You could hear their screeching approaching and it was deafening overhead.

In Spring, 2011, we were charmed by the arrival of a piping shrike/Murray magpie which we named Cheepy. He walked around our feet collecting crumbs when we ate outside and engaged in various bizarre acts like flying repeatedly into the laundry window under the verandah and pecking at it and jumping up and down onto a wheelbarrow of flowers I had on the lawn while pecking the plastic tray. He had a variety of sounds-a loud "cheep cheep" when he arrived and some lovely whistling too. Pippi, the cat, was always watching and waiting but had had some bad experiences with birds. At right: Cheepy, identified by the white S swirl behind the eye, the patch of white over the beak and the slightly scruffy appearance.

ABC radio, Adelaide

Christmas in Australia; Christmas World


Practical recipes from TV show, 'Alive and Cooking.'
Recipes: a neat and simple format
Recipe goldmine
Land o' Lakes recipe index.
Taste; Cuisine
Aussie cooking; Main meal; All recipes; Joy of baking

Paper dolls on Pinterest; US history; Adult paper dolls; royal; Stardoll online; Paperdoll Heaven; Images of paper dolls; Paper dolls for kids.
As a child I used to draw my own dolls based on dolls from Archie comics. I drew and coloured hundreds of outfits for them using pictures from the "Australian Woman's Weekly" and other magazines for ideas. Sadly, I threw them out when we moved from the country to the city.
At left: beautiful carnival glass picture taken from Dusty Old Thing's Facebook page.

THE NEWER CATS ON THE BLOCK-BAXTER AND PIPPI
Black and white Pippi born 2002, ginger Baxter born September 1, 2012

SIMON'S CONVERTER
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