Monday 27th March 2017

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

I declare that I love frangipanis ….on the tree.

They are delightful, smell sweetly and look a treat.

Then they fall…their fabulousness decays…and they become rubbish and need to be swept away before someone slips and falls. Life with frangipanis!

We used to live in a hotter area of Sydney around 45 minutes drive from the coast. We did end up buying and nurturing a frangipani back in 2011 when I renewed my love for them. It remained small but it did produce the lovely flowers. Not many but enough.

In my family’s house on the coast, Dad ended up with several frangipanis which ‘took off’ and were from cuttings from an old friend’s tree in Wollongong. So, it appears, in the right setting and climate they thrive!

We moved to this house on the NSW Central Coast late 2015. It has a HUGE old frangipani tree in the back garden. I am not sure, but it could be two trees in one. What I do know is that we had to cut in back a bit to enjoy what plants were hidden underneath! We took some of those cuttings and they’re in pots and in other garden spots now.

This summer I have notice more frangipanis that are different to ours around this local area.

I went for a walk for the purposes of this post to photograph them. The colour and size differences were interesting.

What was the same, however, was the mess they leave when they fall.

Frangipanis! Beauties which give and give while they’re on the trees.

They give me the reason to exercise when it’s time to sweep them up after they’ve fallen.

What’s your view about frangipanis?

Do you have them where you live?

Have you ever grown one?

Denyse.

 

I hope my photography friends enjoy these: Link ups are here:

Trish, Sue, Steph and Jen.

On the weekend I link up with Sammie and friends for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here.

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Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Yesterday I would have said generally, yes.

Until this…the great (and latest) East Coast Low. This was earlier on Sunday 5 June. We live between Wyong and Norah Head. Top of photo.

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I am writing this and scheduling the post ‘just in case we lose power’ so…here is a link to what has been happening in the local area called The Central Coast of NSW. The east coast low went from Queensland, down through northern NSW, here then onto Sydney and inner parts of the metropolitan area, south coast and further. It remains a menacing and awful event. Let’s hope by the time this is published tomorrow it’s gone!

I have horrid memories of the last #eastcoastlow and that wasn’t even in Winter! Remember this?

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So, I guess I am more of a winter person as I am more physically comfortable being cool. I love a temperate time of year, like most people, and so I dislike the extremes of summer. I could live in a colder clime – I think – but my hub endured too many Armidale winters to want to do that again.

We will stick to the more temperate climes in our older age and keep comfy with a jacket or jumper and the heater set at about 23 degrees when it gets too cold even here.

I like the comfort foods of winter, but I have to cook them still. I also like the warm cosy nights in bed but then again, the nights are pretty long aren’t they? I enjoy being at home on a winter’s day with sunshine pouring in through the windows but keeping wind and rain at bay.

What about you?

Are you a winter person?

Denyse.

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Joining Kirsty, whose idea this was…and wondering what she will have to say over here at My Home Truths.

UPDATE: We did not lose power. Phew. So many people I know living in areas majorly affected by this east coast low system and I feel for them. Many have had house damage, cannot get to work or school and some schools and businesses are closed. Take care, everyone. Hope all is well wherever you are. 

 

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Water Views Then & Now. 366/92.

Water Views Then & Now. 366/92.

Regular readers here know that I love the water!

They also may realise we are now into our second year living near the water.

Today I have chosen 3 shots I took close to one year ago and 3 I took on Thursday of this week.

Enjoy!

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We Lived Near Here at Empire Bay for most of 2015.

MacMasters Beach. Last surf for the season 2015 for me.

MacMasters Beach. Last surf for the season 2015 for me.

'in the water' at MacMasters Beach looking towards Copacabana April 2015.

‘in the water’ at MacMasters Beach looking towards Copacabana April 2015.

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Rough and wonderful seas at Soldiers Beach rock platform 31 March 2016. Near where we live now.

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No-one is standing on these platforms waiting to jump in when it’s like this!

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From Soldiers Beach top carpark looking towards Norah Head 31 March 2016.

What’s the water view near you?

Denyse.

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Joining my photography friends with links attached here:

Aussie Wordless Wednesday

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Photo Friday

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Service to Others. 366/66.

Service to Others. 366/66.

When you have worked for much or all of your life and you slow down to retire then you find there is ‘time on your hands’.

My husband is not someone who likes to remain inactive, despite his own physical health challenges, so he started as a volunteer this week with the Cancer Council.

He is part of team of volunteers who provide a service to take patients from around the Central Coast area to their cancer treatments.

Friday was his first shift. The hospital treatment centre was not far from our place, so once the person he transported was there, he popped home to show me what is known as ‘the Shirley Shuttle’ vehicle. He will be on a shift once a fortnight.

The Shirley Shuttle consists of a series of vehicles  to take people to Oncology Treatment in conjuction with the Cancer Transport Action Group including the Cancer Council NSW and Central Coast Local Health District.

More about the Shirley Shuttle:from a 2013 article:

The Shirley Shuttle service began with the donation of a mini-bus to the Cancer Council by Ms Galvin after her mother Shirley died of cancer in 2006.

She continues to raise funds and now two Shirley Shuttles provide transport for cancer patients to attend treatment centres and appointments.

This service is supported by Gosford and Wyong Community Transport, with volunteer drivers trained and provided by Cancer Council NSW, Erina.

Clients are able to negotiate a reasonable fare for the service, depending on their resources.

 

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Thanks to all those who are of service to others as volunteers.

Denyse.

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Joining with Leanne’s link on Sundays over here at Deep Fried Fruit.

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Surfin’ Santa. 361/365.

Surfin’ Santa. 361/365.

We found out that Santa was making an appearance on Christmas Morning ….at the local surf beach.

As we had a quiet day ahead, off we drove on the fifteen minute journey to Soldiers Beach where we “missed Santa’s arrival” but we saw this!

It was obviously a fun way for families and friends to gather before the beach, having lunch and catching up.

I am sure grateful for those who care for the surfers and those who use our beaches in Australia.

Notice how many lifesavers (volunteers) and lifeguards (paid by council) are on Soldiers beach and wearing Santa hats!

I tried to find a Surfing’ Santa in the water catching a wave.

Can you see one?

Denyse xx

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Settling In. 355/365.

Settling In. 355/365.

Three hundred and fifty three posts ago…..I wrote this.

Then about 50 days into the journey of US

….from Sydney and working life and family life…to the Central Coast, with no more work (by choice) and leaving those we love….I wrote this post

Regular readers, who do not all comment (I know, that’s cool too) will recall that I have found the moving and more very stressful on some days and it’s affected my general well-being for days at a time. It’s not been helped by some IBS at times which has complicated my goals to be independent and drive to Sydney and other places more….

Yes, I wrote about this from time to time too…here.

But today, 355 days into this year of blogging every day, and just about 3 weeks away from the anniversary of the physical move to the coast, I am starting to feel I am settling in.

How do I know?

It’s a feeling of greater physical connection to what we always thought we would like about the coast…the waterways, the temperate climate (not always) and the slower pace of life.

I am also becoming more at ease with the no-working, no easy family connection thing too. I have had to ‘adjust’ to what is my new (very!) normal.

So, I am settling in.

Have you made major life changes?

What were they?

How did you go?

Take care, everyone!

Denyse xx

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New Scenes. 328/365.

New Scenes. 328/365.

Ok, so we moved. Away from easy access to the waterfront views. But, to different views and those which are a little way further to visit.

So, for Aussie Wordless Wednesday, here’s some new scenes I’ve taken with the iPhone over the past few days since moving to the area around Tuggerah Lake.

I admit I miss the 10 minute drive to the surf..but will find more places to explore too.

What do you think about the new scenes?

Denyse xx

Joining Trish here….My Little Drummer Boys
and Image-in-ing and of course, Jen for Photo Friday.

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Ducks And Birds. 321/365.

Ducks And Birds 321/365.

It’s Wednesday. It’s Wordless. Let’s GO!

All taken by me, here at the Bay or on the Central Coast.

Denyse xx

Joining Trish for Aussie Wordless Wednesday.
My Little Drummer Boys
Image-in-ing and Jen on Photo Friday.

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