Making your choices count

Hi All,

I belong to a couple of survey sites and am occasionally sent surveys to complete online and yesterday I was asked several questions about how happy I was with my lot. As I worked my way through the questions I thought about how very lucky we are to be living the life that we have here on Serendipity Farm. Most of the questions were a selection between two polar opposite answers and for most of them I was genuinely able to choose the positive option. Prior to inheriting Serendipity Farm from dad, we were living a somewhat aimless life as nomadic students. We lived in one of my dad’s rentals that was empty and studied in an attempt to gain a foothold in the job market in a state where 34% of the population live on welfare payments. Tasmania is a desperate state. Anyone who wants to throw a few dollars around here can pretty much do whatever they like because both of our major political parties are desperate for solutions to our own tiny island GFC that defies Australia’s robust economy.  We are a state on the edge and employment here is not a given right, but a lucky break.  As I waded through my survey choosing my answers I thought about how a simple stroke of luck took us from a spiral of increasing bills with a stagnant income to a place where we get to make choices. I heard on the news that people receiving government payments are living below the poverty line. As students, Steve and I receive the lowest payments on the government payment line and are considerably below the poverty line…so why was I choosing the positive answers from a survey obviously designed to test the waters of debt in Australia? The answer is very simple… because I AM happy.

One of the overgrown grevillea shrubs on the property

A prostanthera ovalifolia/native mint bush, one of 3 overgrown specimens down in the jungle part of the garden

I didn’t get happy overnight. I spent a fair bit of my life feeling adrift and separate and unconnected. It was only when I started to make choices about what I did with my life that it suddenly started to fall into place. Choosing a goal (studying) and working through to where we are now has given us choices. We have gone from statistics to anomalies in a single fell swoop. We are no longer welfare victims; we are people who choose to live simply. We don’t see ourselves as “poor” because the life that we choose to lead is rich with possibility, choice, pathways and self-governance. When we chose to take positive steps towards living a more sustainable life we started to remove obstacles to happiness and even though everything about our lifestyle should shriek “fear” and “unhappiness”, the steps that we are putting into place to amend Serendipity Farm from the soil up are going to build positive changes at every stage to allow us to live a simple and debt free life. We are debt free by choice but Serendipity Farm gave us back a whole lot more than being debt free. We have somewhere to call home, to grow our own food, to implement energy saving and water saving techniques and to start a series of cycles incorporating permaculture principals that will live on long after we are gone. The future is nothing but positive when you take control of your choices and you choose to live simply and discover that happiness doesn’t come out of a wallet, it is a state of mind.

A large Mahonia aquifolium against one of the large palms in the jungle part of the garden. You can see why I am expecting to see monkeys whenever I head down into this part of the garden

The Mahonia has wonderful blue fruit and lovely bright yellow flowers along with spiky banksia looking leaves which makes it a striking and hardy specimen for water wise gardens

I finally got around to bleeding my rss feed reader of all of the blogs that I didn’t really need to be reading. Most of them were food porn and as each delicious morsel checked out of my reading list it was difficult to let them go. I am a prolific commenter. I believe that people who write blogs give us a special part of themselves. They sit there, week after week, month after month thinking of insightful things to titillate us and educate us. Some of these blogs were works of art. The photography alone was drool worthy. As a vegan I had no use for some of these blogs. They positively dripped butter and triple layers cheesy meaty goodness but I lusted after them because they were simply beautiful. Someone out there thought enough of their unseen readers to put that much effort into what is effectively a diary. It takes very little time to give people positive comments about all of that effort. Whenever I get an especially exciting recipe from a blog, or a beautifully written post, I have to tell the poster that their work has hit home and feedback is part of the reason why we blog and to connect with strangers is delightful. Many of my dear constant readers are now long distance friends. All of your blogs are still gracing my rss feed reader and your posts are awaited with glee. I deleted posts that were not relevant to me “right here and now” and even then, I lamented their loss. When you have 600+ posts a day to wade through, you know that you need to do SOMETHING to remedy the problem and the problem is that I am greedy when it comes to wonderful blogs. I know that I haven’t even tickled the surface of the blog world. There are glorious blogs out there that I am not even aware of. I found one the other day that was cram packed full of amazing Chinese recipes for how to make all sorts of wonderfully exotic things from scratch including making your own starch noodles, spring roll wrappers, all sorts of amazing Chinese pastes, condiments, pastries and all sorts of steaming techniques and it opened up my eyes to getting a real handle on Chinese cooking that I hadn’t even thought relevant to my kitchen. I can see all sorts of steamed buns, gowgees, chilli oils and water roux’s in my kitchens future now all thanks to a lady who I will never meet who is generous enough with her time to share her precious knowledge with me personally. The internet allows us all to be authors and our viewing public votes on how good we are by liking, commenting and following us. THAT is why I comment. Because what you are doing is precious to me and I value every single comment that teaches me something that I don’t already know.

Sorry about the blue jellyfish in this shot but I just wanted to show you the 2 Tasmania varieties of Telopea truncata/Waratah, one light yellow and the other bright red that are in flower at the moment. We have 2 small specimens and after seeing how well they do in our local area we will be planting them out ASAP

A lovely old Cornus kousa rubra that we noticed on one of our walks with the dogs

We have been working our study futures on Serendipity Farm in the last week. We worked on some plans for a drainage system for our course last week and finished off our costing for our Landscaping unit. We are now putting out tentative feelers in the direction of our unit in creating a show design garden but are holding ourselves back because we aren’t yet aware of what our lecturer has in mind for us. That hasn’t stopped us from thinking about our ideas and planning what we want to do. Steve, as gung-ho as ever, has forged ahead, has designed blocks on AutoCAD, has basically formulated his entire garden along with a pencilled in plan for what he wants to do for his concept plan. I have a list of items on a piece of paper. I am a lot more cautious than Steve and would rather wait to see what Nick actually wants us to do BEFORE I commit to hurling myself into action. I love Steve’s idea. We are both working on small courtyard gardens in urban settings (our choice) and although we have worked closely together on most of our units our ideas are wildly different. I have chosen to run with my heartfelt passion for sustainability to design a garden that will combine function and form with simple food growing strategies in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. I want to integrate water wicking garden beds, vertical gardening (including green walls), aquaponics, composting and worm farming along with lots of other ideas that I have been finding in my research for my project online. Steve has headed off to create a beautiful garden with incredible simplicity that is quite formal but that allows the owner to recreate the garden as they see fit. A very clever idea that got me excited when he was discussing it with me yesterday. We should hear from our chosen area of study next month to see if we are able to get interviews into the art course that we both want to undertake next year. We are very excited about this course because we have been working with horticulture for 4 years now and a sideline off into another discipline, albeit one that is relevant to what we are doing, has us heading into the unknown again. If we both get interviews and we are both selected for what is apparently a highly sought after course, we will be studying all about art and design using the Adobe suite of programs. Having learned to ride AutoCAD like we stole it, we figure that Adobe will soon yield to our combined efforts and we are really looking forward to learning how to manipulate the pictures in our heads and turn them into a visual interpretation of what we want to say…words in pictures…communication…what it’s all about.

A most beautifully constructed stone wall in Beauty Point. The stone is endemic to the local area and Serendipity Farm soil is predominately comprised of this stone so we are thinking about looking into learning how to make dry stone walls and taking the lemons that our soil has handed us and making dry stone wall lemonade!

“Herman” the orphaned magpie before he went to live with the wildlife carer.

Steve and I decided to take a break yesterday from studies to plant some larger maples that have just revealed themselves to BE maples by growing some leaves and ceasing to be nameless sticks in pots. We have all sorts of maple trees, predominately Japanese maples collected from road verges around prolific seeders that started out as tiny seedlings that wouldn’t have made it through their first summer in the gravel and the pathway of oncoming traffic. We have given lots of them away but there is still a forest of them out there to plant and we decided that there are worse things to have a forest of than maples. One of them is an Acer saccharum or sugar maple, a native of the North of North America and Canada and aside from being a beautiful specimen; it has worth as a food producing plant. Global warming might reduce that worth but in my mind’s eye, I can see the glorious colours that a forest of maples interspersed with edible food trees would bring to Serendipity Farm. Perennial food plants and trees that produce food are the best way to shore up your food futures for generations to come. We are like squirrels on Serendipity Farm but we are not collecting nuts, we are planting them. I learned that pecan nuts will grow in Tasmania and now all I have to do is source some. Along with Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts we can grow a source of energy rich protein that will allow us to make our own oil, flours and pastes and in my case, milks, to add to the food spectrum. Self-seeding annuals, perennial food shrubs like currant bushes and berries, prolific fruiting vines like passionfruit and kiwifruit are all on the cards and knowing that we can guide nature and assist it to give us the eventuality that we want along with gaining positive benefits to the soil, the ecology and the native environment around us has given us the impetus to get stuck into the hard work that it takes to turn 4 acres of neglect into a going concern.

The “Cluckies”…a group of old biddies hell bent on waiting out our enforced eviction from the nesting boxes. They lay in this spot all day waiting for us to reopen the coop doors and scramble to hop back into their empty nests. A sad indictment of a hens desperation to hatch out a clutch of babies…NO MORE BABIES!…sigh…

A tray of dehydrated bananas that might make it to storage but that are so tasty that I might end up eating them before they get put into a jar

The maples that we plucked out of our “pick me…pick me…” pile, were assembled and ready to plant. All we needed to do was pick where we were going to put them. Steve chose an area to dig and I pointed out that the tree was going to grow to a considerable size and that we didn’t want it to take away our view and so perhaps it might be better moved slightly over a bit…I chose a spot and Steve started to dig…and suddenly we had a water spout…a water spout? Yup…we hit a pipe. In effect “I” hit a pipe with my choice. We have been very lucky not to hit one of the networks of black polypipe that spreads like a subterranean system under the soil just about everywhere on Serendipity Farm. The owners prior to my father and his partner were like water seeking moles that were determined not to lose access to water anywhere on the property. There are taps EVERYWHERE and most of them are within 50 metres of another tap and to have missed them up until now is a sheer miracle. The next hour was spent shoring up the system until we head into town next and pick up a more permanent fix for the system and at the moment the pipe is graced by an old metal stopcock that Steve found in the shed. Steve is an amazing Mr Fixit. I thought that country living conditioned you to being able to find solutions to problems but as a city dweller for all of his life, Steve was dumped into the deep end of country living and was able to take what we have on site and work with it to fix just about everything that needs fixing and work out a solution for most of our needs that doesn’t involve the moth eaten sock under the bed. Bedraggled, covered in mud and after flooding one of the chooks predominate nesting spots (that we know about) we looked at the rapidly assembling mass of dark clouds and decided that the maples were just going to have to wait for another day. Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men are not enough to get your maples planted.

Effel Dookarks daughter in the compound sitting on 12 new fluffy babies

You can see the new fluff balls in this shot as well as Effels daughter AND Effel in the background watching her grandkids

We had a very eventful day today. We decided to walk the dogs in Rowella which we haven’t done in ages but for some reason we decided to do so again. Towards the end of our walk we noticed what we thought was an old bottle in the middle of the road but when we got closer we saw that it was a magpie. Steve’s first thoughts were that the magpie was dead but as we got closer it put its head up and looked at us. Thinking that he was going to have to euthanise the injured magpie Steve was considerably upset but as I walked closer I noticed that the magpie was much smaller than a normal adult magpie and realised that what we thought was an injured magpie was a fledgling that had fallen out of its nest. We decided to remove the little guy from danger as there was a large crow watching him intently and his parents were nowhere to be seen. After rescuing him I put it under my jumper because it was very cold. We got home and put it under an infrared heat lamp that we bought back when we rescued Pingu last year until we could contact an animal rescue centre who told us the name of a lady living in Legana who cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. We were not considering taking another trip to town but we popped the baby into a hay lined shoebox and loaded the dogs into the back of the car and headed in to town. After dropping the baby magpie off we headed into town to pick up a few things that I forgot on the shopping list on Mondays shopping event and to give the dogs another walk around town. We got home and were sitting on the deck having a well-deserved cup of tea and as we were talking I noticed a hen that looked suspiciously like Effel Dookark wandering around outside the compound where we have contained her for her own good with her 2 remaining babies. On closer inspection we realised that Effel was still inside the compound but one of her daughters was wandering around with 12 tiny little fluff balls that she had hatched out in one of the nests that we missed! We managed to shuffle them into the compound with Effel and hopefully she will manage to keep some of them alive longer than her silly mother. As it stands, we have over 50 chooks on Serendipity Farm and it’s time to think about how many chooks we actually need here. 50 might be a tad too many methinks! After a long hard day I think I might let you off a couple of hundred words early and I might call this post finished for today. I think I might be asleep before my head hits the pillow tonight :o). See you all on Saturday.


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jmgoyder
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 19:53:37

    You are such an inspiration in so many ways! This is a post that I will re-read for pleasure and interest – thank you!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:14:34

      I hope the weather over there isn’t too hot yet. Most of my family still live in W.A. They are down south in Albany and Denmark and moving from W.A. to here was like moving halfway around the world because it is so very different in climate and the people are different too! I sometimes miss W.A. but not in summer! 🙂


  2. microgardener
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 19:55:46

    Great post Fran! Always an enjoyable read. Wish I had more time to leave comments. Think of you and your journey often, as I do your mum and her wonderful garden. Beautiful pics and glad you are both enjoying your studies. Take care, Anne


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:17:02

      I was just checking your blog out yesterday Anne! We are looking at making show garden designs (Think Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show type of design gardens) for one of our final units and Steve and I both want to use courtyard designs so I was trawling your site looking for sustainable container gardens…Thank you SO much for your kind words and for your amazing site. I get so much out of it 🙂


  3. Anthropogen
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:54:25

    Thanks for another highly readable and entertaining post…

    Do you guys eat the Mahonia berries? They supposedly great for making jams/preserves.

    Was the palm in one of the first photos Phoenix canariensis?

    And one more note: After visiting a Japanese maple/bonsai specialist in the UK a few weeks ago it dawned on me (from observing his nursery) that Japanese maples are very easily propagated from airlayers. (marcotting), even thick branches. So instead of removing/pruning unwanted branches you can just make a new tree!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:21:19

      I was wondering about the Mahonia as the fruit looks quite edible in a sort of date way. I will check that out before the blackbirds scarf it all! Yup, I think you are right with your palm identification and we have another much taller palm in the same area and a large stand of bamboo that most interestingly, stopped a huge eucalyptus that fell down from hitting the ground! I was amazed that the bamboo would be able to take the weight of a falling tree and not be completely squashed but it did. We had read about the marcotting and we have a lovely big old Japanese maple on the deck steps that the possums give a bollocking to every year for its tender new leaves and there is one branch that Steve keeps promising to air graft…we even have the bag of sphagnum to do it…now you have pointed it out, we might just do it! I love the idea of getting a new tree from an old branch and if the old branch is a fruiting/nutting branch so much the better because I dare say you would get fruit/nuts much quicker? Cheers for your reply 🙂


  4. Pinky
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:12:21

    Why not get Big Yin chemically neutered Fronkii? No more chickens!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:22:47

      They would still all be sitting around clucky…I didn’t buy those chooks that don’t go clucky, we got old breed chooks that “Cluck” at a moments notice. At least we can shove eggs under them if we want to hatch out something new. Might get some turkey eggs or duck eggs…or how about crocodile eggs? Now THAT would sort out clucky chooks! 😉


  5. brymnsons
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:28:45

    What a day eh! Well it must feel good to have rescued the little magpie. Your pipe catastrophy reminds me of one of our camping trips. We had set up the tent and Bruce was banging one of the last tent pegs in when all of a sudden we had a flood. Good on Steve for managing to sort it out in the short term. Maybe let him pick the spot to dig in future 🙂 Fifty chooks is amazing Fran! They obviously are thriving on Serendipity Farm. Reminds me of Chicken Run when the husband says “The chickens are revolting!” Look out they may be plotting a take over lol


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:24:27

      Yin has been plotting a takeover ever since he revealed that he was NOT a lesbian, but was a rooster! His idea is to flood us with chooks so that we have NO idea what we are doing and drown in chook poo…misery loves company and Yin is so busy running around all over the place trying to keep an eye on his flock that refuse to all stay together that he figures we may as well go down with him! 😉


  6. christiok
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 00:58:28

    I love your generous, happy posts, Fran. Even in the face of plumbing — heartbreak incarnate — you and Steve ride the wave. And I just know you’ll get into the art course. I mean, look at Steve’s stick drawings! And no instructor could resist your enthusiasm for life. I can feel it around the world. Loving you both, ck


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:29:20

      Thank you for that lovely comment Christi 🙂 Some days are designed for you to just ride that wave! I would rather ride that sucker than be underneath it when it crashed I can tell you! ;). The art course is so that we can learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to produce our AutoCAD concept garden designs. The course isn’t really aimed at this outcome but does teach the Adobe suite and is the only course that does so here in Tasmania. The course is actually aimed at learning to fit typeface and illustrations and photos to web pages and for printing purposes and how to use the Adobe suite to do that. I think it will be highly interesting and would certainly help me out with my blog! 😉 That’s if I can actually use it without throwing the computer out the window lol! Luckily Steve isn’t only a master at stick drawings, he is pretty cluey with I.T. stuff and can explain most programs to me S.L.O.W.L.Y. so that my O’hara red headed bad temper subsides and something actually goes into my aching head 😉 you guys will be the first to know if we get in to the course 🙂


  7. wendi
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:12:04

    Fran- I so love your attitude of being happy by choice. I think that’s truly a gift. I think about your farm and your constant role of nurturing the land and the animals around you- it’s like you’re also growing happiness (even and most especially amidst the chaos). A beautiful thing. Your enthusiasm for life and your descriptions of your lovely home are an absolute joy.


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:18:32

      Welcome to Serendipity Farm Wendi :). I must say, your blog posts leave mine for dead but as penniless student hippies who are enjoying the processes, life is pretty good here on Serendipity Farm. I am glad that you enjoyed the post and I was a bit worried about it not being as jocular as usual because life isn’t always swinging upwards and sometimes you have to address the crap before you can wade through the sewer to the open air. At the moment the chickens are trying to create an open sewer here but I am going to take their muck and turn it into brass by using their spent bedding along with some horse spent bedding to bulk out our raised garden beds for our veggies this year. We might be qualified horticulturalists but sometimes you just have to admit that your “area of expertise” might not yield the tastiest crops and as lovers of conifers, aside from the Bunya nut tree and the Stone pines that give us pine nuts and a few that you can use the needles to make a vitamin C rich tea, they are better for beauty (and match sticks) than they are for food. We have to relearn the book and be humble and learn from anyone out there who will teach us about practical organic annual cropping (veggie gardening). I am putting in lots of perennial fruiting shrubs and vines and fruit and nut trees but the veggies are still a magical pixie faraway crop that we haven’t dabbled in much…wish us luck as Spring is well and truly here now 🙂


  8. Sincerely, Emily
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:44:34

    Hi Fran – another good post. It is fun to hear what you are up to and about the change in your life and how Serendipity Farm plays a great part in that. It is neat to hear about your plants. The native mint bush is beautiful. My neighbor has mahonia plants, but I didn’t know the berries were edible until I read one of the comments here. Interesting. I am always learning something. Beautiful stone wall too. Looks like a great way to use all your stone. Beautiful and functional!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:51:44

      A gorgeous stone wall built by a professional. The walls that Steve and I would build would be somewhat more ricketty and more likely to slowly subside down our steep slopes but who cares! We would have built them and that is all that matters :). I didn’t know about the mahonia either and wondered where the berries went each year. My guess is down the guzzling craws of the local ever present, ever watching blackbirds. I might collect the “crop” and have a go at making some jam like Spencer from Anthropogen mentioned. I LOVE learning from other blogs :). That native mint must be hardy because it is living in what appears to be bone dry soil. I keep watching what survived over the past 20 years that my dad left this property to go feral and its amazing what you learn by observing. Maybe your neighbour could Google Mahonia jam like I am just about to and you could share the proceeds? I had best check if you really can eat them first but Spencer would know 🙂


  9. foodnstuff
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 13:00:39

    Great post! You are happy in the best and nicest possible way. Most people never find that way, more’s the pity.

    I love the idea of a chook with grandkids!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 14:29:58

      Effel dookark most definately has grandkids…12 of them! Some of the grandies have decided to go to the dark side and are hanging about with Effel and so her little crew of 2 has now swollen to 6, with 4 of the grandies staying over. New mummy keeps bristling at Effels suggestions and Effel keeps pecking her on the head to remind her just who taught her everything she knows! Chooks are a whole lot like human mums and daughters aren’t they? ;). Happiness didn’t come easy to me Bev, way back I was a very unhappy camper and then one day I decided that life was too short for bad wine, bad marriages and bad attitudes and I debunked, went solo hermit for a while and actually spent 2 years thinking. At the end of my 2 years thinking I am not too sure if I was any the wiser but I WAS older so I guess I am clinging to “with age, comes wisdom” ;). I choose to live life and be as happy as I can because as far as I am concerned, the only life I am certain about is right here…right now. There is probably something after this one but who knows what it is…no-one ever came back to tell me and I am quite cynical so life is in the processes and happiness is the cement that keeps the processes (cycles) running as smoothly as they can. It really is all we humans have…our choices and how we choose to live, see the world, etc. and I just wanted to remind people that there isn’t time to sit around waiting for something to happen/change. We need to be “doing” right now. I love how my new attitude has a bit of a garden going now and how the potted plants are all happy in the ground. It gives me the impetus to plant more of them and put more of an effort in. Reward came from putting in an effort so hopefully I will associate effort with rewards ;). Should you ever want a few blue wyandottes I will parcel them up and send you some. Effel will be the first! 😉


  10. OhioYarnFarmer
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 15:20:28

    I love this! It’s so great that you’ve found some happiness and that you share a bit of the joy with each post. Country living certainly suits us, and it’s great to see how others are building up their “futures” through their homesteads. Another great post!


    • narf77
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 19:27:13

      Cheers for that lovely comment. I get so much from reading other peoples blogs and am glad that I can pass a bit into the communal melting pot of precious information out there for us all to tap 🙂


  11. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:50:35

    I have really enjoyed reading your post today Fran. You cover so much ground in your posts. I found the first part was quite inspirational – how you have found the right place for you. I feel like that about my little home unit. It’s good to know that you are absolutely where you should be – if that makes sense.


    • narf77
      Oct 19, 2012 @ 14:05:06

      I am right there with you Jean and it totally makes sense. When you are happy with your lot you are one of the luckiest people alive. Happiness is only elusive when you keep moving the bar and that’s what we are conditioned to do in a throw away society. I threw the throw away society away! ;). Now I am happier than I have ever been despite being considered poverty stricken! I most definately don’t feel poverty stricken I can tell you ;). There is nothing like an injection of childrens laughter to make you feel like a little kid yourself and sharing the farm with all different kinds of people makes it an incredible experience for all. I am glad that you liked the post. I was a bit worried that some of my readers might be a bit squiffy about some of the content but I think this is my most commented on post of all time. I think I have been blogging for just on a year someday soon. I guess I should head back to the first post and see but I am lazy lol! ;). See you soon and enjoy your weekend 🙂


  12. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 12:52:28

    Such a powerful reminder… Happiness truly is a choice, even when it doesn’t seem like one. I grapple with this all the time, and only in my better moments can I see that, but it definitely can’t come from anything or anyone other than yourself. Hey, have you ever considered becoming a motivational speaker? 😉


  13. Katie Glenn
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:07:16

    This was such a bright and wonderful post (not that all of your posts aren’t wonderful) but it really reminded me of why I read your blog…you’re just so damn happy! I love it! Always a treat to read your “ramblings”. 🙂


    • narf77
      Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:14:04

      Thank you for that lovely comment Katie :). My ramblings take me all over the place and I am just glad that some of you like to follow my maniacal wanderings! I am glad that you liked the post and I really appreciate that you take the time to comment, not a lot of people do and its a real boost at 5am when you really REALLY don’t want to get out of bed to read your rss feed reader! (Yup…5am I am just warming up 😉 ). I hope you have a fantastic day and am looking forwards to your next wonderful post 🙂


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