Grey Nomads Sent Home in Disgrace

My neighbours, Frank and Jenny, are in their 80’s but very active, both having survived cancer. They have a campervan parked near their abode in our village, in which they depart at regular intervals to tootle about the countryside. Once in a while they will venture further for longer, but they hardly count as theContinue reading “Grey Nomads Sent Home in Disgrace”

Friday Night is Still Home-Made Pizza Night

With apologies to any Italian readers. This is a Scottish-Aussie pizza made by a nearly-blind person! (macular degeneration): Friday night is still home-made pizza Night, double garlic to kill germs and a n interesting hint of disinfectant. First time I have baked in plastic gloves. Hmmm quite like it! Didnt roll it out on anyContinue reading “Friday Night is Still Home-Made Pizza Night”

Now Our Phone System is Virus Compromised

Why my phone would not work yesterday, as mentioned in my previous post. All the anxiety, discomfort and total disruptions to our lives has little to do with the actual viral illness (as yet), but everything to do with the pandemonium surrounding the threat of it spreading. I live a couple of hours from SydneyContinue reading “Now Our Phone System is Virus Compromised”

Poor Postie Panicked – Virus Life

“Stay back!”, he cried out, but I was only putting my head round the screen door to spray my delivery box with sanitiser for him (and take his photo). Spare a thought for our postal delivery people at this time- right in the front line of germ warfare, handing package after bacteria-covered package. The motorcycleContinue reading “Poor Postie Panicked – Virus Life”

(More) Good News From Telstra

Praise where due. Telstra is leading the way in bringing back some reality into this madness, while also responding to a groundswell of discontent regarding customer service. Hopefully this will halt the move away by customers, which may help ensure these jobs in six months time. Wheels within wheels. Self-isolating is easy and peacefulContinue reading “(More) Good News From Telstra”

Telstra Saga Update – good news

I am promised, by someone in head office (very nice and working from home due to the Coronavirus isolation moves) that my replacement landline phone is on the way after 3 months. He is also going to follow the trail of how my consignment disappeared, to be linked to a previously completed (in January) consignmentContinue reading “Telstra Saga Update – good news”

When a Hypochondriac Self Isolates

Apart from being at the dental clinic on Monday (necessary), doc’s yesterday (all clear so far, usual scripts but he insisted I come in), podiatrist and physio both home visits and necessary, all while trying to self isolate! 2 taxis to doc and back (sprayed his handles and seatbelt with disinfectant on the way in).Continue reading “When a Hypochondriac Self Isolates”

Keep Calm! The mug says it all

Just got back from the garden centre with punnets of marigolds and pansies for autumn. Mind you, it is still 30C out there today, but I rarely feel up to gardening till the sun starts to move lower in the sky. Now with water restrictions and extreme heat, we courtyard gardeners are turning to gardenContinue reading “Keep Calm! The mug says it all”

Coronavirus Effects Impacting Already

In case you haven’t heard, here’a s story on supermarkets opening especially for older people from 7am to 8am etc. 7am? I can barely function by 9am, honestly. Plus I need to book a carer with trànsport to help me because of my limited vision, if one is available, because most do the early morningContinue reading “Coronavirus Effects Impacting Already”

Telstra Update – came so close

Hello again. Three months later I am resigned. Everything has gone full circle but I have proved the missing handset is a problem between Telstra and its carrier, not my fault. This seems to be a major breakthrough. Last I heard, about 8 days ago was that if not resolved in 5 days ny 15,000Continue reading “Telstra Update – came so close”

The Toilet Roll Crisis Hits Home

OK joke’s over. Despite putting in my online grocery order on Saturday, and the only delivery time being 8.30pm tonight Monday, they didnt manage to put aside these items. Boohoo! Now I am down to my last 8 toilet rolls. It’s enough to give you the s****, and yes this is real. Some bastard hasContinue reading “The Toilet Roll Crisis Hits Home”

Its the News presentations that are Making us ill say patients

A group of patients who realised they were now doomed by inadvertantly being placed in close proximity to each other got talking today. The catalyst was one woman who had slathered herself in sanitiser gel, for the fourth time, saying something about shopping before everything was gone. As the door closed behind her one manContinue reading “Its the News presentations that are Making us ill say patients”

Folding Phones are back! – HUAWEI Mate Xs | HUAWEI Australia Coming to JB Hifi soon, according to my son who just returned from a conference in Melbourne. I dont think it will help me since it opens like a book, not a flip phone. I really liked those. The attached video is impressive though, but after my experience with combining my new iphone 11Continue reading “Folding Phones are back! – HUAWEI Mate Xs | HUAWEI Australia”

Heroic sacrifice or tragic mistake? Revisiting the Eyam plague, 350 years on – Didelot – 2016 – Significance – Wiley Online Library It is a strange village to visit, this village in England that history tells us halted the further spread of the horrific Bubonic Plague  350 years ago by self-isolating the whole village.  Even before you are told the history, the village  has a strange feel about it. People within the village still died butContinue reading “Heroic sacrifice or tragic mistake? Revisiting the Eyam plague, 350 years on – Didelot – 2016 – Significance – Wiley Online Library”

Bee House From the Men’s Shed Belmont

Isnt it just ‘the bees knees?’ Tjis hand-made little winter home for bees is on sale very cheaply from The Men’s Shed Community Project, based at the Neighbourhood Centre in Belmont North.I have been pleased with my extra- long spice rack for $20, and came home lately with a leaf-shaped platter. There is a veryContinue reading “Bee House From the Men’s Shed Belmont”

Coronavirus Shopping Madness Affecting Mums and Aged

Mums are unable to buy even sanitizer to keep their children safe. Also, I do my grocery shopping online with Coles fortnightly as I am vision impaired and have mobility problems and Parkinsons. I usually order on Sunday evening for Monday or Tuesday home delivery but have just heard delivery may take a week becauseContinue reading “Coronavirus Shopping Madness Affecting Mums and Aged”

Fearless or Foolhardy – Parkinsons update

Off to a free Seniors concert down at the hall to catch coronavirus with the other old people. Clever ploy by the government to wipe a few off the care funding bill and save lots of dollars? Must run that past Lou. Wonder if the free lunch will still be on with finger food? IContinue reading “Fearless or Foolhardy – Parkinsons update”

People Have Been Fighting for Toilet Rolls!

Good story today D and the video is brilliant! What craziness has been going on over the last week and all connected to the Coronavirus. It seems leople are mistakenly including severe gastroenteritis among the symptoms and have been panic- buying and stockpiling massive numbers of toilet rolls. My helper and I saw itContinue reading “People Have Been Fighting for Toilet Rolls!”

Archibald Art Prize in Muswellbrook, NSW

By my Special News Correspondent – Angela Bennett: This Thursday just past, I accompanied Marion Fellowes and several of her friends on a train trip to a Regional art gallery showing of the 2019 Archibald Prize finalists, which is currently touring Regional NSW, after being initially displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW in TheContinue reading “Archibald Art Prize in Muswellbrook, NSW”

Telstra Saga Progress – full Circle

Something is happening…BUT..second day in a row I get a pleasant call, from a faraway place, saying, in a cheerful voice, that my case (for my free customer credit handset – value $40!) is stull being followed up by their team (I get a whole feam, that is why they are too busy to putContinue reading “Telstra Saga Progress – full Circle”

Going Through the Archives – 1975?

” “Im a celebrity, get me out of here!” OMG, that was the bright yellow Yamaha Chappy automatic, straight out of the showroom. Only one in Singleton, and possibly this side of Sydney. 70kmh flat-out downhill – with the wind behind it. The local Nomads treated me with respect, I was told (by one ofContinue reading “Going Through the Archives – 1975?”

Watch “Vulcan Bomber Takeoff 2012 on YouTube! and it was gone! After a long wait the ancient bomber from the ‘Cold War’ and Falklands War UK days took of with its famous growling roar from Doncaster Airport, where it is now stationed in its own museum. Aged 21, I used to watch it take off low over my office in Worksop,Continue reading “Watch “Vulcan Bomber Takeoff 2012 on YouTube”

Using up old paint – something from nothing

Being vision-impaired I cant see how this worked till I blow it up on the big screen. Dis a pour onto paper with the last of the acrylic marbling paint.Rolled it up then eased it open. Filled it with blue glass balls for weight. Will add string and tie it up. Bext time I willContinue reading “Using up old paint – something from nothing”

Latest Water Saving Technology – well technically it is!

“Like the sands in the hourglass…” Due to the longest drought we are now on level 2 water restrictions. Despite the recent heavy rain over the pasr two weeks, in its wisdom Lake Macquarie City Council and the Hunter Water Board has issued all households with a free 4 minute timer. You just stick itContinue reading “Latest Water Saving Technology – well technically it is!”

Making Black Marble Effect- Something from Nothing

Using a pouring acrylic kit -$28. Update: Next norning.What do you think? Rubbish? I quite like it. It’It’still settling. Update: Some of the white marble effect has turned blue as it is curing. Even more effective. A visitor thought it was real marble! First attempt. watched some Youtube videos then poured colours on top ofContinue reading “Making Black Marble Effect- Something from Nothing”

Got By The Cornavirus

Rang the mobility shop to enquire where my new special walking shoes had got to. It seems they are not being allowed out of China where they were manufactured because of the coronavirus. So at least my feet will not be catching the coronavirus and spreading it to the rest of me which is wasContinue reading “Got By The Cornavirus”

Painting With Max Watters – a memoir

Funeral Report The funeral for succesful Australian artist, Max Watters, was held on Wed 19th February, 2020. He was 83 when he died. So sorry to lose my friend and former art tutor. Many others will feel the same, because as mentioned at his funeral, Max didn’t hold art classes, he had art groups. WeContinue reading “Painting With Max Watters – a memoir”

Grandma on Grammer – playing around with punctuation

Two of my best friends are University-educated (so am I – to a degree), Karen Ractliffe, and writer/actress Gwen Downing, are very particular about the use of good grammer, and punctuation in particular. Both are excellent writers in there own right. Here is a train of thought from an email to Gwen just now.Continue reading “Grandma on Grammer – playing around with punctuation”

Watch “Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi) Cover by Cory and Allison” on YouTube

I am blown away by the sound these two create together online even though it seems they are not in the same place, or even the same town. Amazepots! Check them out from the link (click on the pic) and tell me what you think on the comments below. I will see pwhat I canContinue reading “Watch “Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi) Cover by Cory and Allison” on YouTube”

Merry Xmas to Mee!

Isnt this the most beautiful thing?! Designed and made in Sydney, Australia, by Sheryl and Brooke of WHICH BAGS, to fit in the front bag of my rollator. I am absolutely wrapt with it! Each item is carefully hand-made, so I requested a large makeup bag for my Dance Mom daughter-in-law in this dance fabric.Continue reading “Merry Xmas to Mee!”

Baby Archie is Wearing our Ugg Boots!

Here in Australia we were so proud to see baby Archie wearing the tiny sheepskin boots given to him by retired Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on our behalf. Called Ugg boots here for as long as I remember (although there has been a legal challenge to the brand name from outside the country) theyContinue reading “Baby Archie is Wearing our Ugg Boots!”

She Really Did It!

Just as I was writing the follow-up to my friend Naomi Allen’s headshave event, the news announced that raging bushfires had reached the little town where she and her family lives! I nearly died with shock. I knew she hadn’t been well that morning. ‘The boys were very scared’ was a bit of an understatementContinue reading “She Really Did It!”

An Unfurry Bear

I have this special teddy Its not a furry teddy, its specially made in the Shetland Isles as a collectable and is made of special machine-nitted knitted lace. Cost about $130. I got my grandaughters little matching ones made out of recycled knitted Fair Isle jumpers to go with mine, but they are too oldContinue reading “An Unfurry Bear”

A Fridge That Does Your Shopping

You know that moment when you are in the supermarket aisle and you know there is something missing in the fridge that you were going to replace, but can’t remember? Or you wonder which vegetables you wanted and you wish you could just ring your fridge and ask it to tell you? Well now youContinue reading “A Fridge That Does Your Shopping”

Take the Grandchildren!

Australia has many unique animals. Our family used to love visiting the Reptile Park, especially Eric the huge crocodile. You dont need to worry about the snakes there. They help provide anti-venom that goes out to save lives. heck them, and everything from cute koalas and huge hairy spider to baby Tasmanian Devils out atContinue reading “Take the Grandchildren!”