Past, present and future

Hi All,

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas has managed to not only survive, but have crawled out from under the bed and dusted themselves off and are now upright and functioning again. Stevie-boy and I had a really lovely Christmas. The day started out raining as we walked the boys but then suddenly the sun came out and the rest of the day was magnificent. I can’t remember much about it but then those fruit punch drinks that Steve was making me had a LOT of rum in them. We found an excellent Christmas music YouTube channel that kept us rocking and feeling particularly festive and I multi-tasked and managed to do 2 loads of Christmas washing and watered Sanctuary. The dogs were very suspicious of all of the festivities and point blank refused to eat any of the special treats that we gave them as we were obviously trying to poison them. Aside from the slinking suspicious dogs, Christmas was lovely

Steve's arty shot of his idea of the very best Christmas

Steve’s arty shot of his idea of the very best Christmas

Bezials idea of the very best Christmas

Bezials idea of the very best Christmas (note, the shorts were still intact in this image)

Narf7's idea of the very best Christmas. Earl was slinking around somewhere and is still suspicious of "Christmas" on the whole

Narf7’s idea of the very best Christmas. Earl was slinking around somewhere and is still suspicious of “Christmas” on the whole

I have decided not to make a New Year’s resolution because most resolutions are programmed to self-destruct by February. I have some plans for this year that include taking what I have learned in the past 50 years and applying it to the next 50 (should I be so lucky as to be gifted that kind of longevity). I have even started early and Stevie-boy and I have spent the last few days of 2014 working hard to make a good start in 2015. We shoveled 7 trailer loads of aged horse manure and rotting oak leaves from where they have studiously sat for many months now into our trusty little trailer and hauled them up the steep incline to the rear of Sanctuary whereby we removed the wallaby proof rocks on the base of the netting and backed the trailer in and shoveled it all out again.

Stevie-boy contemplating the consequences of his actions

Stevie-boy contemplating the consequences of his actions. Note Sanctuary is to the rear of Stevie-boy and open to the elements

Small tree down. Note the close proximity to the car when the cuts that we made were supposed to drop the tree in the other direction...maybe we should hand our chainsaw licenses back? ;)

Small tree down. Note the close proximity to the car when the cuts that we made were supposed to drop the tree in the other direction…maybe we should hand our chainsaw licenses back? πŸ˜‰

Err...the fallen eucalyptus appears to be attempting to steal our car!

Err…the fallen eucalyptus appears to be attempting to steal our car!

Luckily, it doesn't have opposable thumbs (a problem that it shares with Earl) and thus was unable to make a fast getaway

Luckily, it doesn’t have opposable thumbs (a problem that it shares with Earl) and thus was unable to make a fast getaway

However it did leave behind several "passengers" that quickly took up residence and had to be forcibly evicted

However it did leave behind several “passengers” that quickly took up residence and had to be forcibly evicted. One or two of them even manged to keep their shed skins on their heads in the melee. Our car is now full of shed head stacker caterpillar skins…EWW!

Our plans were not without a degree of drama as we decided to remove a small eucalyptus tree that was growing in the way and if it wasn’t for Stevie-boys quick thinking (and fast arm) we might have dropped it directly on top of our car but his quick wits caused the canopy to end up in the front seat, delivering a collective of dazed head-stacker caterpillars onto the driver’s seat, well out of their natural habitat. We also had to heave a large rock out of the way to make backing the trailer up easier and in the process, Stevie-boy tore a hole in his favourite EVER shorts. Everything is OK though because I am going to use a recent blog post by the wonderfully creative hooky maestro Phil at the twisted yarn Β to create some hooky magic to salve his shorty wounds…problem is, Stevie-boy apparently doesn’t want me to crochet a peacock on his nether regions (I KNOW what is wrong with the man? πŸ˜‰ )

We headed out early to Paper Beach where our dogs love to walk and even though it was raining we attempted to inject some Christmas Spirit into the crowds of people that were yet to wake up and smell the Christmas Roses

We headed out early to Paper Beach where our dogs love to walk and even though it was raining we attempted to inject some Christmas Spirit into the crowds of people that were yet to wake up and smell the Christmas Roses

Stevie-boys wonderful new camera that makes him twitch with happiness and that hasn't been out of his hands since we bought it last week even though it is SUPPOSED to be for his 50th birthday next year...sigh...

Stevie-boys wonderful new camera that makes him twitch with happiness and that hasn’t been out of his hands since we bought it last week even though it is SUPPOSED to be for his 50th birthday next year…sigh…

So aside from some ripped shorts and some very sore fingers we have been doing a lot of maneuvering, moving and hauling on Serendipity Farm. We mean to start out as we are inclined to finish off 2015 by being very active in the garden and by making positive changes around here. We were recently given a trailer load of refractory bricks from a good friend and where once we were contemplating making an adobe pizza oven, our thoughts have now turned to a full on masonry oven. Hopefully 2015 will see it come into fruition. Steve suggested that I turn the spare room into a craft room and we spent some time moving furniture around (I would like to say dusting behind it but I didn’t so whatchagonnadoeh? πŸ˜‰ ) and thinking about the possibility of moving the internet cord that Steve routed through the roof and into the lounge room for me to use the laptop while he watches TV that I am always too tired to use by the time I get into the lounge room, into the spare room, enabling me to be able to access the net in my new creative bolt hole.

Steve took this shot with his Canon on Christmas Day (prior to buying his new Nikon 7100 in an incredibly good sale in the city)

Steve took this shot with his Canon on Christmas Day (prior to buying his new Nikon 7100 in an incredibly good sale in the city) This was after the sun came out around mid day

This is Melaleuca alternafolia also known as "Snow in Summer". It's in flower all over the place at the moment. Who says we Aussies don't get "Snow" at Christmas time eh? ;)

This is Melaleuca alternafolia also known as “Snow in Summer”. It’s in flower all over the place at the moment. Who says we Aussies don’t get “Snow” at Christmas time eh? πŸ˜‰

We headed into the city to buy Steve's camera on Saturday morning so we took the boys for a bit of a walk around the university arts campus. Here's Bezial posing with one of his kin...

We headed into the city to buy Steve’s camera on Saturday morning so we took the boys for a bit of a walk around the university arts campus. Here’s Bezial posing with one of his kin…

And here is Earl with his long suffering fat anchor posing on what can only be a metal dragon?!

And here is Earl with his long suffering fat anchor posing on what can only be a metal dragon?!

Steve got some nice shots of a tram that has been set up to take advantage of the tourist dollars flooding into the state at this time every year. The tram drivers were sitting in a little hut and didn't mind Steve taking a few photos as no-one else was around at the time. Isn't it pretty?

Steve got some nice shots of a tram that has been set up to take advantage of the tourist dollars flooding into the state at this time every year. The tram drivers were sitting in a little hut and didn’t mind Steve taking a few photos as no-one else was around at the time. Isn’t it pretty?

Towards the back of the tram

Towards the back of the tram

Not a lot of room for commuters and lots of room to stand up. Most probably a good thing that we don't use trams like this in the city any more or lazy commuters would complain ;)

Not a lot of room for commuters and lots of room to stand up. Most probably a good thing that we don’t use trams like this in the city any more or lazy commuters would complain πŸ˜‰

 

The dogs were (again) suspicious of our actions. I keep reading things about how dogs are loyal and loving and never jealous or judgmental and obviously, the 2 furry things that we have living with us in the house on Serendipity Farm are not dogs because jealousy, suspicion, manipulation and dissent are their middle names. They slunk around as we tidied up and moved furniture and gave us pathetic enormous furry creature eyes in order to attempt to manipulate us to stop what we were doing and return to the status-quo. Bezial soon cheered up when he realised that the new craft room meant that he would be able to sleep on the bed in the spare room (covered with a nice thick blanket to prevent dog contact with the bed) and promptly lay down and wagged his tail. Earl isn’t so easily bought and has been keeping his eye on Steve and I now to make sure that we are not planning any funny business.

Stevie-boy with some wonderful Christmas earrings that he received as an Early Christmas gift this year ;) raising a toast to you all :)

Stevie-boy with some wonderful Christmas earrings that he received as an Early Christmas gift this year πŸ˜‰ raising a toast to you all πŸ™‚

From this point on, the photos in this post are all taken on Stevie-boys new precious baby. Feel honoured that he could tear himself away from taking artistic shots of butterflies to take a few photos for this post ;)

From this point on, the photos in this post are all taken on Stevie-boys new precious baby. Feel honoured that he could tear himself away from taking artistic shots of butterflies to take a few photos for this post πŸ˜‰ These are the refractory fire bricks that a kind friend gave us in order to make a masonry oven, stacked up at the rear of the shed where spiders rule the roost

This is my Lazarus artichoke that rose from the dead stump and that now has 4 chokes on it. I am suitably delighted at both it's tenacity and it's desire to produce food despite it's recent traumatic events

This is my Lazarus artichoke that rose from the dead stump and that now has 4 chokes on it. I am suitably delighted at both it’s tenacity and it’s desire to produce food despite it’s recent traumatic events

This is a passionfruit. It is most likely to be one of those round yellow weed species with red fruit but at least it makes a change from the elongated yellow banana passionfruit with pink flowers that are the usual rulers of the weed species around here ;)

This is a passionfruit. It is most likely to be one of those round yellow weed species with red fruit but at least it makes a change from the elongated yellow banana passionfruit with pink flowers that are the usual rulers of the weed species around here πŸ˜‰

Some of the blueberries that are growing in the enclosed "Blueberry hut" in front of the deck. I thought that they would die but they appear to have other ideas :)

Some of the blueberries that are growing in the enclosed “Blueberry hut” in front of the deck. I thought that they would die but they appear to have other ideas πŸ™‚

Parsley futures

Parsley futures

Cherimoya futures (so far 3 of them : ) )

Cherimoya futures (so far 3 of them : ) ) You can see my cucamelons trying to take over the shot on the right hand side. I need to make a patch in the garden for them before they take over the glasshouse!

The one peach left on the tree that Earl is studiously protecting from the salivating possums

The one peach left on the tree that Earl is studiously protecting from the salivating possums

Stevie-boys amazing wood futures. Hardly any chopping to do in our 2015 winter period as this stack is only 1 of 4 other stacks that he recently worked very hard to create. He can put his feet up when it is raining and just stoke Brunhilda with joy :)

Stevie-boys amazing wood futures. Hardly any chopping to do in our 2015 winter period as this stack is only 1 of 4 other stacks that he recently worked very hard to create. He can put his feet up when it is raining and just stoke Brunhilda with joy πŸ™‚

Earlier in the year we were gifted some very large, very old blueberry bushes from a friend who is moving out of the district. When we got them home we dug holes in the manure and oak leaf mountain that was in front of the deck at the time as a temporary home for them until we worked out where we wanted to put them. That was about 6 months ago and the blueberries that we expected to die, have taken off in their nice fertile home and are covered in berries that are all starting to ripen. We built a possum and wallaby proof structure around their perimeter and they have done so well (when everything that I read said that they hate being transplanted and would probably die) that they are going to be allowed to stay put where they are. My artichoke that was cruelly destroyed by anarchistic possums re-sprouted at the base of the stem and has regenerated enough to produce more artichokes. Aside from being magnificent architectural plants they are very hardy, are perennial and most importantly, they are edible. When you find a plant that is incredibly happy to grow in your particular environment and it isn’t a weed, treasure it. I treasure my artichokes and am just about to pot up 10 more to add to the mix when they get a bit older

Steve's new camera takes awesomely detailed images. My camera would just see this as a mass of shadows with a bit of blue water. His camera is much more detailed. This is the view through the Nikon 7100 from the deck. He hasn't learned how to use it properly yet so he says you are going to have to bear with him as he learns

Steve’s new camera takes awesomely detailed images. My camera would just see this as a mass of shadows with a bit of blue water. His camera is much more detailed. This is the view through the Nikon 7100 from the deck. He hasn’t learned how to use it properly yet so he says you are going to have to bear with him as he learns

This photo is one for the books. Steve NEVER reads anything, especially instruction manuals. He is actually reading this one for his new camera. I almost fainted when I saw this but recovered my composure enough to take this shot

This photo is one for the books. Steve NEVER reads anything, especially instruction manuals. He is actually reading this one for his new camera. I almost fainted when I saw this but recovered my composure enough to take this shot

The driveway looking back towards the house (just around the corner at the top of the driveway). I don't know how photos make everything look much better than it really does but I, for one, don't mind ;)

The driveway looking back towards the house (just around the corner at the top of the driveway). I don’t know how photos make everything look much better than it really does but I, for one, don’t mind πŸ˜‰

We gave away 6 kitchen chairs that we no longer needed and Steve is going to re-purpose the kitchen table to make extra work benches in his shed. He plans on getting creative this year and his first project is to turn a large slab of myrtle that a friend gave us and a vintage wrought iron bed head into a bench for Sanctuary. We both have some creative plans that have us excited at the prospects of learning new skills and honing old ones. 2015 looms on the horizon as 365 days of wonderful possibilities, chances to grow, to learn, to live and to love. We are both planning on making the most of the opportunities that come to us this year, on expanding our horizons, on forging community, sharing our time and our energy productively and not wasting resources that come our way. We have lots of branches/debris littered all over Serendipity Farm and we could just burn them or we could cut up the branches into smaller pieces and make hugels out of them that we could cover with soil, leaves, compost, manure etc. and make the most of this resource, or we could turn it into bio char, another most valuable resource in the garden.

What have we here? It appears to be the glorious illustrations of one B.O. and half of the glorious team of Keith and Christi, the ex Olallaians who are now native Hawaiians. I wonder what they are sending me? (Steve would like it known that he is a hero for removing the address lines so well in Photoshop. Please feel free to marvel at his amazing skills in the comments below ;) )

What have we here? It appears to be the glorious illustrations of one B.O. and half of the glorious team of Keith and Christi, the ex Olallaians who are now native Hawaiians. I wonder what they are sending me? (Steve would like it known that he is a hero for removing the address lines so well in Photoshop. Please feel free to marvel at his amazing skills in the comments below πŸ˜‰ )

Its an amazing banner! I am in the process of turning our spare room into a narfish craft room. Fuelled by Ms Pauline's glorious efforts I have decided to follow suit and get myself away to a creative place to commune with my muses. This 4 poster bed was built by Stevie-boy way back last century as a birthday gift to me. It was once 2ft taller than this but we cut it down to fit it into it's current situation. I am going to create an enclosed nook and this bed shall be my "creative space". Christi's banner and any other bunting/banners that I am most privilaged to receive from amazing people out in the wide world of the net that are not waterproof will be given a home in here. You will have to watch this space to see how this room evolves. I have wooden chairs to yarnbomb and a lampshade to do the same with so this is a work in progress. Thankyou with all of my heart to Christi, my twin in Hawaii who just knew instantly what I would love :)

Its an amazing banner! I am in the process of turning our spare room into a narfish craft room. Fuelled by Ms Pauline’s glorious efforts I have decided to follow suit and get myself away to a creative place to commune with my muses. This 4 poster bed was built by Stevie-boy way back last century as a birthday gift to me. It was once 2ft taller than this but we cut it down to fit it into it’s current situation. I am going to create an enclosed nook and this bed shall be my “creative space”. Christi’s banner and any other bunting/banners that I am most privilaged to receive from amazing people out in the wide world of the net that are not waterproof will be given a home in here. You will have to watch this space to see how this room evolves. I have wooden chairs to yarnbomb and a lampshade to do the same with so this is a work in progress. Thankyou with all of my heart to Christi, my twin in Hawaii who just knew instantly what I would love πŸ™‚

Even Stevie-boys messy shed looks posed with his new camera ;)

Even Stevie-boys messy shed looks posed with his new camera πŸ˜‰

Some of Steve's bonsai babies given the Nikon treatment

Some of Steve’s bonsai babies given the Nikon treatment

This one is for Linne. I love this shot! There is a pink t-shirt that had been used as a pumpkin sling last year in this image. Again, Stevie-boy has removed it. He did a good job didn't he? :).

This one is for Linne. I love this shot! There is a pink t-shirt that had been used as a pumpkin sling last year in this image. Again, Stevie-boy has removed it. He did a good job didn’t he? :).

There are so many possibilities for 2015 and it’s up to us to make the most of them. Here’s to a year of forging good community, of listening, creating, understanding and learning from our mistakes and here’s to each and every one of you, my dear constant readers, who has spent the time to come and read about what we are doing here and some of you have become very good friends. We thought about how to say thank you to you all and as we have been learning how to wangle some Adobe programs over the last few years we decided that we would attempt to make a calendar for you all to download and print off if you like. If anyone would like a background colour change or any special dates or text added please let us know and we can customise this basic calendar to your needs. Again, thank you all for your support through the year. Both Steve and I truly appreciate all of the comments, time and energy that you put into visiting Serendipity Farm. We have made some truly wonderful online friends through this humble little blog and hope to see you all in 2015. Happy New Year and here’s to many more πŸ™‚

Calander 2015

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65 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brymnsons
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 19:47:37

    What a great idea! I love the calendar. The new camera takes amazing photos and I am very impressed with Stevie boys ability to remove things from the photo… too clever by half me thinks πŸ™‚ I love the look of those bricks Fran, they will make a gorgeous masonry oven. But what does that look like I wonder. I will have to google it πŸ™‚
    You are truly spoilt with that banner! How gorgeous is it, and you have a lovely new craft room to put it in. The tram photos were lovely too, I would like to use one as a spare room. How good would that look eh… We are in Norseman again next year and Bruce will be applying for the job. When/if he gets it then he is permanent and we don’t have to wonder what each year will bring, Yay!!
    I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you guys will do next year. Thanks for creating an amazing blog for me to look forward to each week x
    Happy New Year! ❀ ❀

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    • narf77
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 20:09:52

      HUGE hugs Kymmy :). I have everything crossed for you guys being able to stay in Norseman. I am sure that the townsfolk would love you to stay and you guys just clicked when you got there :). We will do our best to keep you amazed and amused each week (no pressure! πŸ˜‰ ). Don’t drink too many cocktails tonight. I don’t want to have to bail you and Bruce out at midnight πŸ˜‰

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  2. thecontentedcrafter
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 20:37:35

    Let it be known that I am seriously impressed with Steve’s ability to remove addresses from photographs – I have no clue! But then I have no photoshop any more either. πŸ™‚

    Can I begin to tell you how happy I am that you have finally gotten yourself a crafting space? Now visitors really will have to share with the chooks! I love Christi’s banner – that is so much more than a banner and perfect for you. You may be pleased to know – or not when you see the pic that made it into today’s post – that your bunting is underway in this particular neck of the woods. It can’t be more than a month or two away now πŸ™‚

    The old tram is lovely. Did I ever tell you I celebrated my 60th birthday having dinner on a moving tram in Melbourne? It was such fun and a great decadent surrounding to view some of the amazing street scenes of Melbourne slowly gliding past.

    Your place does look fabulous in photos and I’m sure in reality also. You have done increasing wonders with it as the year moved on and with Sanctuary all go now I expect to be constantly wowed by the improvement in your ‘futures’.

    We have been enjoying some amazing hot weather here probably the best summer I have experienced in my time this far south. But tonight a small tropical storm is sweeping through and the heavy rain is thundering on my roof. I expect the fireworks will fizzle and it will keep all the noisy revellers off the street so I am being a bit ‘Bah – Humbuggish’ and saying good on it!

    What a lovely idea to offer the calendar. I have two already so don’t need another one – but I like the idea very much! I wonder if I could keep it on the desk-top….. I shall investigate!

    I am so looking forward to another year of fun and friendship with y’all at Serendipity Farm. Who knows what will come of it hey! Much love! xoxo

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 07:45:27

      Here’s to tropical storms and soggy fireworks, especially when it comes to poor doggies and cats who hate them. We are so far out in the woods that we had no fireworks and as I finally managed to stay awake and usher in the New Year (first year in AGES) we did all the traditional door opening, coal bringing things and popped a bottle of bubbly to the dulcet tones of sweet bugger all, a gorgeous starry night and dead silence except for the narfish chimes of “HAPPY NEW YEAR” that no-one was awake to hear (cept Stevie-boy, the dogs and me πŸ™‚ ). The calendar can be downloaded (it’s a pdf) so you can do what you like with it. It was just our way of saying cheers to our dear constant readers and did you notice the colour we chose for the background? At least 3 of you will be happy ;). Have a great New Year Ms Pauline and lets just see how exciting and productive this year is going to be for us all πŸ™‚

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 08:04:30

        I did notice the colour πŸ™‚ I also clocked that a very happy Bezial is my friend for my birthday month and Earl is right there for Orlando’s birthday month πŸ™‚ Siddy gets to enjoy Steve as a leprachaun and Kermit and Earl looking a little put out for his month – your timing is working quite well! πŸ™‚ I love the photos of Steve and rhubarb and you and Earl. I am just going to have to print it out and hang it in the art room and you all can be my constant companions as I attempt to advance and evolve during this year πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  3. The Twisted Yarn
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 20:41:37

    Ahhhh… Happy days at Serendipity Farm. Thank you for a glimpse into your life. (Stevie-Boy really needs to get his head round the whole peacock shorts idea, though. And he’s not allowed to Photoshop out the peacock on the resulting photos.) Meanwhile, I can’t help sighing at the beauty of where you are.

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 07:47:08

      You are seeing our property through U.K. winter coloured glasses ;). The U.K. is one of the most beautiful places on Earth thanks to all of that glorious rain that you guys get. For some reason our cameras show the property in a much better light than it actually is. No idea why but as I mentioned, I am glad! :). Have a wonderful New Years Day πŸ™‚

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  4. cathyandchucky
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 21:11:55

    Lovely Fronkiii 😊. Hard work brings the best rewards.

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 07:47:27

      πŸ™‚ Happy New Year Pinkiii, it can only get better

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      • cathyandchucky
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 10:42:23

        Oh I truly hope so. I spent the whole day crying yesterday. My eyes just wouldn’t stop leaking 😭. Jason’s as well. Love you guys xoxox

      • narf77
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 18:43:30

        We are both very sad about Molly Pinky. We are so sorry that this happened to you both at the cusp of the New Year :(. Sometimes life sucks but hopefully, 2015 is going to be better. It can only be better.

      • cathyandchucky
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 18:56:58

        Yeah we’ve grieved a lot but today is a lot better. We’ve slept on and off, watched the fireworks from the deck which was fantastic last night. 2015 will be better I’m sure. I want to come have one of those cocktails with you πŸ˜„

      • narf77
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 19:28:15

        πŸ™‚ Those cocktails are hard core. I had 3 of them and am still standing. I am proud of myself (and I am still spelling reasonably well!) ;). I am really sorry about Molly Pinkiii. Sometimes bad shite happens and it hurts deeply. 2015 is you and Jason’s year. You are going to forge ahead and life is going to be amazing for you two, just wait and see πŸ™‚

  5. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 03:13:47

    Oh boy so loved your exciting Christmas with photo’s trams camera and caterpillar’s … You looked to be enjoying that cocktail LOL.. I am so pleased you had a wonderful Christmas…
    Here;s wishing you a Happy New Year Narf.. and sending you love and Blessings your way for abundance in Health-Happiness- Good Crops- Water- and Many more happy hours of wonderful heart filled Fun filtering out the hardwork I know it takes to maintain Serendipity Farm..
    Happy New Year to Stevie Boy and to Earl..
    Love to you and see you next year xxxx
    Sue xxxx

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  6. aFrankAngle
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 08:50:45

    Love the old tram, which would be a great attachment to the house! … and oh .. nice camera .. with a lens like that, no more nude time in our hot tub/spa. Love the pic of the lake! Cheers to composting the manure! .. .and the two of you must be party animals! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 18:42:33

      Happy New Year Mr Frank. The only reason we woke up was that Stevie-boy woke up at 11.30 and woke me up otherwise we would have slept through on the sofa with the dogs ;).

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  7. christiglover
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 10:48:39

    Aloha! Wow, the banner is the same color as your eyes, Fran dear! It looks great on the bed. I’m so happy you like it.:)

    I love the picture of you sipping. All of Stevie-boy’s photos are gorgeous, but I like that one best. Sounds like you two have plans and more plans, all of which are exciting and creative and full of life.

    Thanks for the calendar! I love it. You have embraced technology and it is yours. Happy New Year to you and Steve and Beziel and Earl. I love you guys. And so does the B.O. Here’s to 2015! xo

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 18:45:12

      We both love the bones off you Christi and that banner was most perfect for my new craft room. HUGE hugs to the B.O. and one day we are going to meet you guys in person and who cares about crossing the (ghostbuster) streams, we will have a ball! πŸ™‚

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  8. foodnstuff
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 12:32:27

    Happy New Year to you and Steve. The calendar is gorgeous! Thank you. I am going to try and save the July picture into my jigsaw puzzle program.

    BTW, if you save your blueberry seeds to try and grow, put them in the freezer or the fridge for 3 months. It’s what’s recommended. Ms Hippy fluked it by using frozen berries (or maybe she knew).

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    • narf77
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 18:50:25

      Ms Hippy read that on another blog ;). I will take your wonderful advice and will freeze some of my fresh blueberry futures for the purposes of growing some new blueberries on Serendipity Farm. I am so grateful to you and your awesome blog Bev. You may not realise it but I really do appreciate to the max your wonderful posts and your permie sharing. You are truly a most awesome blogger πŸ™‚

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      • foodnstuff
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 19:10:07

        Aw, shucks! You’re too kind.

        I successfully copied the July calendar pic into my jigsaw puzzle program. Highlighted the pic, right-clicked, got a ‘copy’ message, copied to clipboard, opened puzzle program and there it was. I’ve called it ‘Serendipity’. Neat, eh?

        Seriously, It’s a truly beautiful photo. It will make a challenging jigsaw puzzle.

      • narf77
        Jan 01, 2015 @ 19:30:29

        πŸ™‚ We are both really glad that anyone follows, let alone comments on our humble little blog and you are most welcome for that image. I hope it is very challenging and difficult (the best kind of jigsaw as then you can feel suitably smug when you do it all πŸ˜‰ ). Feel free to use any images that we use on the blog for whatever you want Bev πŸ™‚

  9. Margaret Griffin
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 22:27:37

    Hi Fran, You have chosen some wonderful photos for the calendar – more envy inducing rocks and the July photograph is absolutely sublime.

    I see that was a rather large glass of punch you were drinking on Christmas day. How many of those did you have?

    I like the way Steve put his thinking cap on in order to read the manual for his new toy. I can see he is going to have many hours of pleasure using it.

    As for bushes covered in blueberries, how lucky are you?

    I hope all your plans and dreams for 2015 come to fruition.

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    • narf77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 03:56:58

      I have decided that as there was a lot of fruit juice and frozen home grown fruit in that punch that it was actually good for me and could even be considered a meal so I am negating all of the alcohol in the punch with that new-found knowledge ;). Those blueberry bushes are over 30 years old, were second hand from someone else (who had dug them up 20 years ago and replanted them) and were dug up by Stevie-boy on a hot day where he took very little care to transplant them as they were HUGE, in terrible soil and had been neglected since last century. We didn’t think that they would survive the transplant and so just dumped them into the big pile of manure and oak leaves out the front of the house and covered them over. The chooks kept uncovering the root balls but we studiously shoveled more manure back on so they really had a rough ride in 2014 BUT they not only survived, they thrived! I am calling blueberries “hardy” from this point on and will be taking cuttings, freezing some of the fruit in order to attempt to grow some from the seeds inside in 3 months time and marveling at their survival. We only lost one but it is still hanging on with a bit of a sad attempt to regrow so fingers crossed Serendipity Farm will be rolling in blueberries in a few years :). I am wishing you the very same thing Margaret, that all of your hopes, your ideas, your plans, your dreams, come to fruition this year and that 2015 is a most magnificent and elegant sufficiency of all you could wish for πŸ™‚

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  10. Lynda D
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 22:28:52

    I though Stevie Boys photos were great before so im having trouble appreciating the new camera. Maybe its my eyes that are the problem. Same thing happens in this house with sound. So much effort goes into improving the sound via enhanced frequency receptors and improved drivers and cones etc that i think its beyond my ears to notice the difference. Not that i would ever say that out loud.

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    • narf77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 04:01:02

      I can’t hear very well as I have been repeatedly deafened by Stevie-boy turning the amps up to 11 for so many years but what a way to go deaf eh? ;). Steve’s new camera takes awesome photos and as a hobby for an almost half a century old man (he had a bit of a twitching moment realising he was almost 50 yesterday πŸ˜‰ ) it shouldn’t tax him too much ;). Glad you like the photos…cameras tell fibs about the state of affairs on Serendipity Farm but if I find a good photo, I share it whether it actually looks like that or not. Who am “I” to argue with the camera eh? ;). I hope you had a good Christmas Lynda and a good New Year without too many fireworks going off and scaring your lovely little dog. We had no fireworks, nothing. Not even voices in the distance saying anything, just Steve and I (and 2 sleepy dogs who thought that the place was being invaded πŸ˜‰ ) out on the deck, looking at a myriad of stars feeling amazingly glad to be alive…we popped a bottle of peach passion pop, took 1 sip, grimaced and went to bed ;).

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  11. Namita
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 04:07:37

    Hello Fran, Wish you,Steve, Earl and Bezial a very Happy New Year! What a lovely idea to come out with a calendar. I loved the pictures and it feels like being there. I can smell the flowers and almost feel the place. I loved the pictures- right from the pea pod to the Dogs ( loved their expressions) blooms and blossoms. You must have planned out and collected the pictures na? lovely collection. I loved the picture of the river and the lovely hues.
    I felt like jumping into the tram and travelling the streets ……lovely glimpses of your side of the world Fran!
    We are reeling under cold wave. It is foggy and temperatures are still dropping. we are all heavily clothed and looking like wooly bears!
    Hope the New Year brings you good health and happiness, peace and prosperity. Love and Prayers!

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    • narf77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 04:11:27

      Happy New Year to you and your woolly bears Namita ;). It is starting to get hot around here with 31C forecast for tomorrow so whatever the opposite of a woolly bear is, that’s going to be me tomorrow (naked bear?! Maybe not! πŸ˜‰ ). Here’s hoping that the New Year brings us a most magnificent balance of life and the chance to live more, learn more and love more. Hugs, love and prayers with you to Namita and thank you for your wonderful recipes and friendship this year πŸ™‚

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  12. Yelena
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 10:01:02

    My dear dear friend, happy new year to you and your family! I like to thank you for every comment you left on my blog last year, I cherished every one of them. You have a warm heart and open soul, thank you for your friendship!!

    Wishing you the best!!
    Hugs,

    Yelena

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    • narf77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 14:00:06

      As soon as the craziness of our summer gardening (wood chopping, burning etc.) is over (or at least to a manageable level) I will be commenting more on blog posts. I love your wonderful blog and your gorgeous photography and have enjoyed every single post that you have posted. Here’s to a lovely shared year in blogging with happiness overflowing for all πŸ™‚

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  13. Spy Garden
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 10:47:38

    Happy New Year!!! Love being your garden “neighbor”! Truly, your kind comments and watching Serendipity Farm grow is the next best thing to walking down the street and swapping seeds and cuttings with you. Cheers to Sanctuary and the rest of your creative digs: always BURSTING at the seams with enthusiasm and curiosity. WOOOOooo for 2015!!!

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  14. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 16:42:37

    Happy New Year Fran…Stevie & fur babies. i look forward to another year of sharing your life on Serendipity Farm xx

    I have heard you speak of Cherimoya (did I get that right?) before but had never heard of it before, I presume a fruit but what is it like? Steve’s photography is very good, such a great hobby. Love your bed and pleased for you that you are getting a craft room, my soap room gets in the most abysmal messes but I have just got new/old shelving in there so I am hoping to do better! Yes, that shed looks more like Roger’s, you did say you would do another when it became a mess again lol. It sounds like a busy, positive and productive year ahead for you both – your garden is sounding great!

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    • narf77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 19:21:28

      http://www.hawaiifruit.net/Cherimoya.htm

      I bet your soap room smells amazing. I have your delicious soap tucked up in my wardrobe and get a delicious waft of it every time I open the door :). I am very excited by the fact that we now have the oak leaves and manure moved up to Sanctuary (7 trailer loads) and I can make 2 more garden beds, effectively doubling our growing potential. I am deliberately choosing to walk the extra mile, to “do” rather than opt out and to learn as much as I can in a more hands on way rather than my usual searching and storing. No point learning about something if you don’t apply it so this is my year of applying everything that I have been learning. A very exciting idea πŸ™‚

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  15. Linne
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 01:35:17

    A lovely long post for a new year! Do tell Stevie-boy that the first thing I noticed was ‘no address’! (I assumed it was on the stuck-on form, but still . . . he’s a real wizard with both camera and photoshop!!
    My favourite shot was you and the punch glass; you have beautiful eyes and that’s the best photo of you yet . .
    Second is ‘my’ flower photo. Removing a pink T is quite an accomplishment!! Thank you both for that splash of sunshine . . . today it’s minus 14C and dropping, with a foot of snow expected, so ‘hot’ nasturtiums are just the thing.

    The craft nook is exciting to see and the banner is just the thing to inspire creativity (not that you need more inspiring! LOL)
    I can’t see the calendar on my phone, but I know I’ll love it! Thank you for such a generous, thoughtful gift!!
    Big hugs to you both and the best of New Years!!!

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    • narf77
      Jan 03, 2015 @ 03:17:34

      I am most excited about 2015 Linne, as I get the feeling that it is going to be a most interesting and educational year. I have already hammered out a lot of beer bottle caps to make Stevie-boy some beer bottle cap bunting for his music room and have drilled holes in 108 others to make a most interesting beer bottle lamp shade as well. Steve has made me a drop spindle. I discovered drop spindle spinning a while ago but not having any idea where to source fleece I just shelved the idea. Kelsey wanted to get into spinning and I remembered it and told her about it to save the cost of a wheel unless she really wants to do this, and she made a drop spindle and bought some alpaca wool and spun it. It looked amazing. I decided that I would like to reignite my interest and Stewart and Kelsey inflamed it by dropping in and dropping off 2 big garbage bags of gorgeous alpaca wool that they had bought from a local alpaca farmer (about 10 minutes away from Serendipity Farm) so now narf has a drop spindle, 2 big bags of alpaca fleece and a day off due to extremely hot conditions expected so whats a girl to do eh? ;). Have you heard of nailbinding? I discovered it while I was looking for things to do with spinning. It is most interesting and was apparently what the Vikings used to do to keep themselves clothed. It involves a “nail” which is just a large needle fashioned out of bone or wood (Yay Stevie-boy and his woodworking talents!) and you sort of “knit” with a single needle. A MOST interesting proposition and one that I am going to follow up today as I would love to spin alpaca fleece and attempt to nailbind it together. LOTS of narfish fun on the horizon :). 2 big new garden beds (to double the gardening size) are almost up and running in Sanctuary and I am going to plant out the rest of my poor long suffering seedlings that figured they were going to croak in seed trays in the glasshouse tomorrow. Wish us luck! Happy New Year Linne and here’s to a most interesting, educational chance to live, to learn, to love and to share πŸ™‚

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  16. Boomdeeadda
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 02:16:48

    Happy New Year Narf and Steve, Earl and Benzial !

    Your lives look tremendously full, creative and joyful. I’ve been very lax about making comments here and while I always stop by to visit, never seem to be able to finish reading. I’m always running here or there. It’s one of the many things I shall attempt to improve on this year.

    The tree felling photo’s made me laugh as I’ve been witness to this many times in our old neighbourhood. Many ‘close’ calls makes for great story telling round campfires later. Glad to see no one was mangled in the process.

    The proof is in the pudding, that really seems to be a nice new camera. Steve’s already getting a number of great photo’s. Man o’ man, just look at the view from your deck! Outstanding! Love seeing all the sunshine and things growing too. We’re in the grips of yet another snowfall today. They’re suggesting people stay home if they don’t ‘need’ to go out. I however will be going to ‘the best job ever’ today. I look forward to it to cure my cabin fever. The frigid arctic air will clean out the cobwebs from my brain.

    Great shots of the tram too. Nice that it was empty and Steve could capture all it’s beauty. We have only ‘one’ in Edmonton. When we were in San Francisco, we road a few. They’re so nostalgic.

    Everything’s looking awesome! Cheers Boomdee

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    • narf77
      Jan 03, 2015 @ 03:22:04

      I am laughing about the tree felling as we opened up the back door the other day and some of those head-stacker caterpillars fell out ;). We have a 31C forecast today that might just have been upgraded as the rest of Australia swelters. Snow wouldn’t stand a chance here today! Funny how we are all being advised to stay home if they don’t need to go out on both sides of the planet eh? πŸ˜‰ You have the most scrumptious job Ms Boomdeedaizee, I would crawl to work to do what you do you lucky aquaphonic girl you! πŸ˜‰ Apparently they used to have trams here in Tassie. They still have working trams in Melbourne (just over the water on mainland Australia). Thank you for your lovely praise. Hopefully all of the lovely green doesn’t cark it today in the heat! Have a great day at the best job in the world πŸ™‚

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  17. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 03:35:49

    Wishing you more Hugs from across the other side of the world and Congratulations… Yes I know.. When I give up awards here’s one coming your way..
    Love to you and Thank You.. xxx
    http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/amazing-commenters-in-2014/

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  18. Littlesundog
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 14:24:02

    Happy New Year!! Those cocktails looked mighty inviting! And I’m envious of Steve and his new camera – even though I’m a die-hard Canon girl. I hope this means he will be capturing more photographs of you… we love “author” photos ya know. I can’t wait to see some very professional photographs of my friend Earl. How was his New Year by the way? I’ve been out of pocket either traveling or entertaining family for the last two weeks. It’s good to be back!!

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    • narf77
      Jan 03, 2015 @ 15:55:37

      Steve says that Earl never stands still enough to take a photo of ;). You would be most happy to be back home after all of that travelling. Happy New Year to you and Steve is keeping his Canon 110D as he just got an excellent 50mm lens for it and it takes excellent close ups and depth of field shots now.

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  19. Joanna
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 04:18:06

    Happy New Year! Great camera Steve and love that peach, I would guard it all day and night if it was growing in my garden. love and best wishes Jo

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    • narf77
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 05:04:48

      Big hot hugs (31C yesterday) to you Ms Joanna and Earl was on the job with that peach. Pity he isn’t so keen on guarding anything else, but we can live in hope! Today I make 2 new garden beds and will end the day covered in aged horse manure with oak leaves tucked behind my ears and fingernails that will need to be both scrubbed AND gloved before I can cook dinner. I am in love with 2015 so far :). Here’s to a communal love fest with our respective years, hot, cold, wet, dry, and here’s to making the very most of every precious day that we get lumbered with. A most happy new year to you and yours Ms Joanna and catch you when I catch you πŸ™‚

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  20. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 07:04:31

    Looks like a pretty perfect Christmas celebration, indeed. Incredibly wise of you to refrain from making New Year’s resolutions too. I’ve always found that I exceed my own expectations when I don’t impose lofty, unrealistic goals for myself. It’s more limiting than anything else, if you ask me.

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    • narf77
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 13:12:39

      I am with you Hannah. I think you end up focussing on something unattainable (most of the time) whereby you miss out on other more attainable things in the meantime. Not this year! We just built 2 more garden beds and will be planting out a lot more vegetable futures. I figure the usual goals (weight loss, exercise more, get healthy) are all tied up in lots of hard work in the garden πŸ˜‰

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  21. Robbie
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 09:24:00

    Happy Belated New Years…since it is december 4th. I am playing catch up with blogs! I had friends over New Years Eve + we played the game Apples to Apples that my son gave me for Christmas. We all spent a wonderful evening laughing at our silliness…so I missed your lovely post until now. I don’t post on Wednesday anymore , so I am out of synch with your posting:-( I’ll have to check midweek, but don’t give up on me until you hear from me-I am not lost.
    You both look like you are having a blast + I might add the camera is working out really well…I love the “bee inflight”…awesome! Those are my favorites….have you both found the butterflies yet, I can chase one for hours just taking one shot after another….they are so beautiful. The camera really brings them up close!
    That drink looks amazing + was the tree cut after you both had those wonderful drinks-lol…just kidding. At least you have a lot of property to work with so if it falls on something it more than likely is your “stuff”:-) If we tried to cut anything down- it would be a roof, car or something of my neighbors!
    Pauline does inspire all of us to find a space to create in or dust off from not using!
    Looking forward to reading about all of you the adventures next year!
    I raise my glass of cheer to another great year! Lets make 2015 the best!.CHEERS!

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    • narf77
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 14:52:40

      I figure it’s up to me to make my 2015 the very best and so far, I am doing a good job! ;). Steve is going mental from chasing butterflies. They keep “eluding” him every time he goes near them. I think that they have a radar that detects cameras approaching because we can walk past them on the buddleia, but as soon as we take a camera near them they are off! He got a lovely picture of a teeny tiny frog that I will share in this Wednesdays post. That drink WAS amazing. I had 2 more to make sure it was ;). The tree was cut down way before we got the drinks. Still finding those head stacker caterpillars in the car ;). Glad you had a blast of a New Years and that you are having fun with family and friends and enjoying REAL life so much that you don’t have to be here all of the time. A most wonderful outcome πŸ™‚

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      • Robbie
        Jan 05, 2015 @ 15:18:17

        lol…I totally know what you + he mean…they have a “human radar”-lol. I will stalk them for hours and just when I get the perfect shot-they fly away! It is a challenge. I am a bit nutty:-) for I believe that they have different personalities-they are camera shy some of them-lol-right! There are some that let you get up close + when it happens you are out there for hours following this one butterfly. They are amazing creatures.
        I thought that story of the caterpillars was out of X-Files! Creepy:-)
        Yea, it was fun for I love games!..if you ever have the opportunity do play Apples to Apples-DO-you will love it:-). I thought it was a lot of fun + we laughed a lot!
        Today we dug ourselves out of snow + had below zero weather….hmmm..wonder if it will ever be warm again or I will see the sun! Enjoy your warm days:-)

      • narf77
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 03:06:21

        I am not a great fan of warm days but then, we don’t get snow here for me to dread in winter. Our winter is rainy and a bit cold (rarely gets below 0C which is your 34F) and you can still do a lot and there is winter gardening to do (Silverbeet, spinach, all of the brassicas) so it’s not like we have to stop. Its a year round thing here in Australia :). Going to have to look up “Apples to Apples” now πŸ˜‰

      • Robbie
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 03:09:21

        also check out Cards Against Humanity a bit more edgy-lol…let me know, I bet you love it for it is a game of words!

      • narf77
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 03:30:51

        OOO I love words! πŸ˜‰

      • Robbie
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 06:07:52

        do ya think-lol!

      • narf77
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 06:18:23

        πŸ˜‰

      • Robbie
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 06:51:12

        + I one last comment-you are “gifted” with words-my friend—that is not something most people have! You will love those games:-)

      • narf77
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 18:00:28

        Maybe all of those weird and wonderful words that I have been stockpiling for “just the right occasion” might actually come in handy for once? ;).

  22. mommermom
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 14:13:54

    You do have the most fantastic photographs! I envy the abilities of such fabulous photographers. I love a story with pictures. Must be the child in me! 😊

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    • narf77
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 14:46:45

      I think it’s more to do with the subject matter than any degree of good photography and remember, you guys only get to see the good ones ;). Photos make a blog post more interesting I think. I like to share things pictorially as that way people “get it” where in words, sometimes they don’t πŸ™‚

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  23. Chica Andaluza
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 20:32:57

    A beutiful. joyous post – fabulous photos (especially love that one of you with your cocktail!). Lover the calendar, and of course am impressed with Steve’s photoshop skills πŸ˜‰

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    • narf77
      Jan 06, 2015 @ 03:08:57

      Hugs to you Ms Chica, wherever in the world you are at the moment. Hopefully it isn’t too cold. It’s starting to ramp up to our hottest days (not looking forward to them 😦 ) Stevie-boy will be happy that you like his photoshop skills, he is suitably proud of his address removal and his pumpkin t-shirt sling removals ;). I loved that cocktail SO much I had 3 more to make sure I did πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year Ms Chica and here’s to a year of communal happiness, engaging experiences, learning, doing and simple pleasures πŸ™‚

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