Monday, 21 November 2016

Nothing To Write Home About




It’s hot and humid today.  We took Buddy out to Folly Point this morning but it was a relief to get back to the coolness of Sarah’s apartment.   I’ve been attacked by mosquitoes and the bites are driving me to distraction.  We had lunch outside and then moved back indoors to catch up on some episodes of Poldark.  Even the dark, brooding looks of Ross Poldark and wonderful Cornish scenery could not stop me from falling asleep; it’s not healthy to drink wine at midday.  I awoke to find Buddy stretched  out on the sofa next to me snoring loudly, and no sign of Paul.  He had given up completely and gone to bed for a siesta.

Sarah will not be pleased when she reads this and realises that her parents have not been active during the day and out sight seeing (seen it all before), surfing (sea is too cold), shopping (don’t like shopping), cycling (likely to get attacked by emus), etc.

Severe thunderstorms forecast for the Sydney area tonight.

P.S.  I'm not making it up about the emus - two cyclists were attacked in Canberra at the weekend by a male emu while cycling through the forest.


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  1. Most things in Oz will kill you, on land as in the sea. Best to stay indoors with Buddy, and snooze.

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    1. I think you may be right.

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    2. If you believe Bill Bryson, there are more deadly things in Oz than anywhere else on the planet !

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    3. I love Bill Bryson's books.

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  2. Now that is a perfect close-up risk to be attacked! It is a beautiful photo Sue, did you take it?
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I've never been up close with an emu. I 'borrowed' the photo.

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    2. Sue, I'd actually read attacked by "emos", at first, and was about to comment, "I hope they don't emulate them here in Europe too and attack cyclists"! But when I read it the second time (picture helped) - I understood.
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  3. Nothing like an afternoon doze post wine.

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    1. I try not to make a habit of it.

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  4. You could have been writing this in Britain yesterday. A day it was for staying indoors. But we don't have emus. Sarah sounds very strict.

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    2. Sarah is very principled. She wants us to embrace Australia and is planning an outdoor experience for us this weekend - a camping trip.

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    3. Oops better forget what Cro and Bill Bryson said !

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    4. How can you embrace Australia when it's so damned big? Even Mr Tickle couldn't wrap his arms around Australia.

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  5. A morning dog walk, lunch with wine, snooze with a dog and husband sounds just about perfect. Kids return home later and an evening meal 'appears' what's not to like?

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  6. It is obvious that wine bottles need precise labelling on them in order to prevent attacks of drowsiness - no I am only joking , I think...

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    1. That's where I went wrong, I never bother to read the labels.

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  7. I was going to say take a Benadryl for the mosquito bites, but along with your wine and you'd sleep right through supper into the next day! The thought of being attacked by emus is terrifying. -Jenn

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    1. Benadryl sends me to sleep without the wine.

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  8. Yesterday and today we have had heavy and constant rain so plenty of reading in front of the fire, just the job. Glad to know Oz isn't as perfect as it seems to be. Love the emu photo, wonder why they attack cyclists?

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    1. Cyclists get attacked by all sorts.

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  9. I can't drink wine in the middle of the day either.puts me to sleep too ( though that's really not a problem on holidays ). Good luck with the camping - hot weather, storms, Mosquitos ??? You are braver than me !

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    1. I'm not sure I've got any choice!

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  10. So you watch Poldark too?! A couple of my book club friends and I love to get together on Sunday nights to watch. Aidan Turner is a great distraction from everyday life! :)

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    1. I'm just old enough to have watched the original series back in the 1970's. Aidan Turner is definitely an improvement on the first Ross.

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  11. You may not believe this Sue, but toothpaste will soothe mosquito bites. Sounds crazy, but it works. Anti-histamine tablets or wash with Wrights Coal Tar Soap - smells awful but keeps the mozzies away. Failing that, press your fingernail into the centre of the bite until it looks like a screw head - that works when you haven't anything else handy.
    Advice from one who has been bitten on almost every continent in the world !!

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    1. Toothpaste sounds like a good idea. I've been using alcohol (the pharmaceutical variety) which seems to help a bit.

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  12. I don't get it. Was Buddy snoring on the sofa or was it you Sue? Perhaps that's why Paul left the room. He just couldn't stand the ungodly din. Try a noseclip.

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  13. Humid and sunny there? It's chucking it down over for christsake. And it's freezing.

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    1. It's 31 degrees today. It will come as quite a shock when we return to the UK next month.

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    1. Living is easy with eyes closed
      Misunderstanding all you see
      (Are you awake, you should be asleep at this time of night.)

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