Eduardo’s Easter

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It may seem as though the occupants of TeddyandTottieLand are on a permanent holiday because here we are again all cosily set up in our old debonair caravan, Eduardo, down by the sea.

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But, really, I think it’s just that the time between Christmas and Easter school holidays has gone past in the blink of an eye – so our lovely summer holiday here, here and here seems to me as though it was last week!

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This time around we’ve made our way to the Victorian coast, rather than the South Australian coast, and we’ve plonked in a caravan park not far from The Givers (my parents – for any blog newbies!) and The Crazy Dog Lady (my sister) and her family! Yay!

The Committee (T & T husband/dad) came to help us set up Eduardo and then had to head back home for work and cat-minding duties. And, Jet is having a lovely little holiday at The Givers’ house with doggie cousins Hamish and Mullen.

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There is a definite Autumn/Easter chill in the air but, really, we’ve been very lucky to have some lovely sunny days.

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Tottie, the Female Giver (Granny) and Teddy have enjoyed various activities on the beach.

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We are enjoying nature in all it’s glory!

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And the culinary skills of talented people in the area …

with yummy soy burgers and …

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and pancakes and fruit being Teddy and Tottie’s all-time favourite meal here.

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Mini-golf and the caravan park’s jumping pillow have been very popular pastimes …

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As have shopping expeditions up the street … where Teddy snared this clapperboard to add some authenticity to his and Tottie’s movie making!

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This afternoon, Tottie, Teddy and their Cousins, The Beautiful Brainy Bomber and The Gardener/Musician Extraordinaire!, are off to play par 3 golf with The Ambo, their Uncle, and The Male Giver, their Grandpa.

The Crazy Dog Lady, The Female Giver and The Mad Cat Woman (me) are off to some AMAZING vintage shop! Super exciting for me!

Then we’ll all meet up tonight for dinner at The Givers’ house.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!!

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Don’t forget my MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn next Tuesday (22nd April) so please leave a comment anywhere on my blog if you wish to be in the draw to win this:

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Anyone who has commented on my blog from this post onwards is automatically in the draw.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

More Lady Edith than Audrey!

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OK, so I looked a little more Downton Abbey than Breakfast At Tiffany’s for our big EVENT this morning.

Do you remember last week I was trying to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn, with hats and gloves being a prerequisite for a mysterious EVENT!

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Well, I’m the first to admit that in the fashion stakes I was a little off the mark – and so was the weather …

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I had a lovely garden setting for the EVENT in front of the veggie patches in The Oasis (not in front of the pond after all because I never did get to tidying it up!) …

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… but the weather rained on my parade …

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… or, rather, my super exciting … drum roll, please …

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international …

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Super-duper, splendiferous …

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… multi-national tea party!

Yes, THE EVENT was a Skype, international, hat-and-glove wearing, poem-reading tea party organised by the amazing Boomdeeadda, featuring bloggers from Canada, the USA, New Zealand and little ‘ol me in Australia.

Somehow Boomdee worked out all the time differences, co-ordinated everyone’s available times and pulled the whole amazing thing together!

My shortbread got a bit soggy …

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Tigger took over my high tea table when I moved inside to escape the rain …

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And my rarely-worn mascara began running down my cheeks from a combination of rain and laughter as we all valiantly battled our way through a few Skype technical hitches.

We could all hear each other, but most of us couldn’t see each other.

I was one of the lucky ones because I managed, by complete dumb luck on my behalf, to see the gorgeous Gardening Nirvana – all the way over in California, USA! And she could see me! So exciting!

But, at the start, I could only see Boomdee’s stylish gravatar – and only hear the beautiful ladies from The Contented Crafter, Life On The Bike And Other Fab Things and Defeat Despair.

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Casper instantly fell for Gravatar Boomdee’s charms – and thoroughly enjoyed the range of accents and conversation …

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We all decided that despite technical difficulties – just hearing each other’s voices was fabulous enough – and we talked for ages about all sorts.

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Finally, after reading out poems we’d selected for the Skype tea party, the extraordinary organiser of the EVENT appeared before my very eyes.

Yay! Boomdeeadda!

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Thank-you for organising such a wonderful, exciting event!

I feel as though I have been on an overseas holiday this morning (without the scary plane ride or the hole in my bank balance!)

Aaah! The wonderful world of blogging just got even better!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog (anywhere) to automatically enter the draw for my BAVARIAN KNEE RUG, HUGE, MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!!! See this post for more details.

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*** Happy April *** ***** Everyone! ***

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Why so happy?

Well it’s GIVE AWAY time here in TeddyandTottieLand!

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Yay!

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Yes, it’s finished and it’s time to GIVE IT AWAY!

What is it?

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It is one 87cm (34 1/4 inches) x 87cm (34 1/4 inches) Bavarian Crochet Knee Rug handmade by me using 8 ply, 100% wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills - and it’s up for grabs!

All you have to do to be in the running is comment on my blog!

You can comment as many times as you like over the next three weeks and on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, I will draw and announce a winner in a post!

Every day from now on I will write your name on a piece of paper each time you leave a comment anywhere on my blog and I will put it in my super blogging mug (given to me by my funny sister!).

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The super blogging mug with names shall be kept in a super safe spot for three weeks until one winner is drawn!

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I so enjoyed making this rug (see my Bavarian Crochet Tutorial here if you’d like to have a go at making one yourself!) that I am also advertising this one in my Etsy shop as an example of custom work I can do.

If you would like one made for you it would take two months and cost $250. I know – Yikes! – but there is over $100 worth of good quality wool in one this size – and it does take me a long time to make.

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Here is a small sample of vintage items soon to be listed in my Etsy shop also.

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I am also in the process of making a Bavarian crochet baby/pram blanket for Tottie’s gymnastics teacher.

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I will soon be listing custom-made baby/pram blankets of approximately 50cm x 50 cm in my Etsy shop.

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So, thank-you for reading and hopefully participating in my first, ever blog GIVEAWAY!

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GOOD LUCK!

Putting On The Ritz

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In the next few weeks I’m going to be channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn. Ha!

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You see a very exciting event is taking place soon, which requires a hat, gloves and a certain level of decorum.

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I certainly do not have to tell you that Audrey Hepburn had the above in truckloads, including beauty, poise, grace and style!

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Please, Audrey, allow me to borrow some of these qualities for one little morning in the next few weeks.

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I can’t spill what is happening just yet because I don’t want to steal the thunder of the amazing blogger  who is pulling it all together. Suffice it to say, aside from a hat and gloves I will need a grand setting – preferably in a garden!

Well, how very lucky because I have my beloved Oasis – so I know just the setting – I’ll set up a table and chairs right beside the beautiful pond – and – Uggggh! Uh! Oh! OK so I haven’t really been tending to the garden around the pond lately.

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There are weeds galore, grass plants growing into the pond (poor fish!), stray black hoses, random rocks, some runaway yuccas and a general overgrown mess!POND AREA CLEAN UP 2

I’m sure Ms Hepburn would even politely agree that this setting needs an overhaul.

But, where to begin?

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I know —–  I can thin the yuccas first and then tackle the multitude of weeds …

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But, gee, it’d be a shame to throw the thinned yucca branches in the compost when I’m pretty sure they strike reasonably easily … oh, yes some spare pots and soil – and waaalaaa!

A morning spent doing this …

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 Some new yucca plants that will hopefully grow roots over the next month and be growing nicely by school fete time at the end of the year.

Oh! yes! and I can remove the little baby plant growing from the yellow Clivia to give to The Givers.

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And I’ll just organise my succulents to take cuttings soon …

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 … and perhaps some Salvia cuttings …

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… and, uh oh! I did get distracted!

Time’s run out!

There’s limited time during the week for gardening – and that’s it – I’ve used it all up!

But what about the garden around the pond – and tidying up for the special event – and Audrey?!?!

OK – breathe, relax, it’ll get done in time … I hope!

In the meantime, my Bavarian crochet knee rug is having the finishing touches applied  (a million ends sewn in) … and …

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… Oscar’s given it his wink (and paw) of approval …

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And it’s almost ready for its HUGE, MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!!!

Woooo hooooo!

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You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Food For Thought

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Some beautiful animal lovers I know regularly donate to an animal welfare organisation called Animals Australia.

Recently they received an e-mail from Animals Australia discussing their new campaign to make “battery hens” history.

I really wanted to share it with you on my blog because not only do I strongly believe “Battery Hen” practices must stop but also because Animals Australia are using an interesting approach to try and get their message through – and I’d love to know what you think about it.

Please note: The majority of the links below lead to the same TV ad about Animals Australia’s new campaign featuring well-known Australian comedians and Little Miss Sunshine (just stay tuned to see a wonderful video at Edgar’s Mission where Little Miss Sunshine shows us just how clever chickens really are) and some of the links below lead to videos containing extraordinarily sad and confronting images of battery hens. I just wanted to forewarn you because, although I feel and act very strongly regarding this issue, I do press STOP when those images begin on my screen because they upset me so much.

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 Watch this, and try not to laugh.

Can you picture Carl Barron, on a date, with a chicken?

When we introduced five of Australia’s top funny men to a rescued battery hen, something extraordinary happened… And it will melt your heart. Watch this 2-minute video to see for yourself.

The brief was straightforward: create a TV ad calling on Australians to make the battery cage history. Enlist the support of much loved Aussie comics. And recruit the star of the show — a hen with the perfect mix of street smarts, wit and personality. The end result is captivating audiences across Australia.

But it’s what went on behind the scenes that has everybody talking and saw five top blokes vying for the heart of one gorgeous soon-to-be celebrity hen named ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.

 

Keeping Little Miss Sunshine awake was our first challenge — she was getting a little bit too comfortable in the warm embrace of Mick Molloy!

 

Her first on-screen kiss with Lehmo was one of those moments that even the most experienced director could not have scripted! (Hope the lip is healing, Lehmo!)

 

In between takes she’d check her feathers and happily strut her stuff for the film crew!

 

Just seconds after this image was captured, our leading lady discovered that red roses taste even better than they look! (Lucky we had 11 more on standby!)

 

Arj Barker tried serenading her with his own personal and hilarious rendition of ‘So that’s why you crossed the road’!

Watching Little Miss Sunshine ‘perform’ as if she was born to be on the stage made it even more inconceivable that, not long ago, she was waking up each day in a cage. She had never seen sunlight. She had never known kindness. She was valued only for the ‘cheap eggs’ she produced.

Fortunately it was not her fate to live and die a battery hen and she now lives a divine life at Edgar’s Mission. But most hens in Australia who are just as remarkable, just as intelligent, and just as inquisitive as Little Miss Sunshine, aren’t so lucky. You can help change that.

The key to them spreading their wings and having a life worth living — is us spreading the word! It’s impossible to watch this glorious video and not want to put the chicken before the egg! Which is why we hope you will sign the pledge and make someone’s day by sharing this heart-warming video.

As Kath and Kim’s Pete Rowsthorn says in our TV ad, she just wants the chance to “spread her wings and live a little”. Such a simple request. Please help us to spread the wordbecause together we can make cage eggs history.

Lyn White

Campaign Director

P.S. Already, Animals Australia supporters have freed over 100,000 hens from cages by pledging to refuse cage eggs, or go egg-free! If you haven’t already, please help free more hens by taking the pledge today and invite your friends and family to join you.

P.P.S. And read about how one simple act of kindness set Little Miss Sunshine on a journey from battery hen to celebrity hen … her story will inspire you :)

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What do you think about their campaign?

Do you think it will make a difference?

Do you love Little Miss Sunshine as much as I do?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this …

This is how we roll …

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We haven’t been spending a lot of time in TeddyandTottieLand this past week and a bit.

Yes, we’ve had the constants of school, work, chores, bill paying, grocery shopping, homework, after-school activities and sleep, but in the moments in between we’ve baked, chopped fruit and run.


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Teddy (with a little help) whipped up a yummy army of gingerbreadmen the other morning …

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Yum! Yum!

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Then we were off to a local cricket final with Jet and his best friend, Storm.

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And any time we are in wide open spaces, Teddy is never far from a cricket ball and bowling practice …

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… while Tottie constantly practises her latest gymnastics moves.

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Meanwhile, Jet and Storm chased each other,

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and wrestled each other …

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And just hung out together.

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Then, the game was over.

After dropping Storm back to his loving family, we made a brief stop home – where Jet happily collapsed on the good cushion!

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And Casper sat at the window longing for our imminent return.

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While we headed off in our time-travelling machine (The Red Baron) back to a time of big hair, shoulder pads, a brand new singer called Madonna – and ROLLERSKATING!!

YES!

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This was me!

Ha! Only joking, but the skates we hired looked remarkably similar to eighties man’s above.

Tottie went more for the Nineties look of rollerblades, while Teddy and I were firmly in the Eighties with roller skates (Teddy was off and rolling before I got a shot of his skates!)

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Now, at this point, with skates on and bravado fading fast, my mind was flooded with thoughts of broken hips and broken teeth.

It has been about 20 years since I last donned a pair of roller skates or rollerblades. Yes, I was obsessed with it back then – and had buns of steel to prove it – but what if roller skating isn’t like riding a bike? What if I have to learn how to do it all over again from scratch?

Teddy and Tottie did look at me with kind doubt in their eyes when I said I used to be a pretty good roller skater/blader!

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And away we go …

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Slowly at first, within arm’s length of the wall around the rink … then a slight bit more confident … cutting small pieces off corners … five laps down … and then tentatively AWAY!

Who knew? It is like riding a bike.

My rolling skills practised many a year ago on the road out the front of our house in my carefree youth have stood me in good stead and … WHOA … look at that – I can still do a turn! (“Now you’re just showing off”, says Tottie as she rolls past.)

Wow! What serious fun! And, do you know, when I was confident enough to shift my focus from my feet to the rest of the rink, I saw many women my age rolling along with their kids – big grins on everyone’s faces and some serious sweat on all our brows.

Teddy and Tottie are learning and I am re-learning and, after two trips to the rink now, we are saving our pocket money to buy our very own skates.

Rolling is not only fun but amazing exercise, too.  And, when I took my skates off and stood up – my buns of steel were a VERY distant memory!

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In fact, walking for the next few days after our first trip to the rink was slightly challenging, but the fun memories made up for the aching muscles!

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So, it seems we’ve found a new hobby – one for all ages!

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Tottie, Teddy and I had a huge giggle when we were leaving the rink and the owner stopped me to say: “We are always looking for new mums to join our roller derby teams!”  He, he!

Fancy that!

Hope your day is rolling along nicely!

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Don’t forget my big, Bavarian crochet knee rug, mid-autumn GIVE AWAY coming soon!

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Why am I smiling?

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Because today is all about …

OSCAR!

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OSCAR!

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OSCAR!

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SCRRRRRRRAAAAAATCH!!!!!

Oscar, although we love you very much here in TeddyandTottieLand, not every day is all about you!

Today is more about this OSCAR.

Call me odd, but I quite like the pomp and ceremony of The Oscars – Oh! OK, I confess, it’s really all about the dresses!

Oh, yes! Back to smiling.

I’m also smiling because I received this most joyous postcard in the mail from Alyster and Romeo of gorgeous Boomdeeadda fame.

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I squealed at the mail box when I saw it!

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It’s OK, my neighbours are used to my extreme mailbox reactions by now because there has been a lot of joy coming my way from the quiet man on the little postal motor bike lately.

For instance, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for a week when I received my purchases from Pauline’s beautiful Etsy shop, The Contented Crafter.

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The lovely Pauline also included two postcards and …

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… a beautiful card featuring her handsome cat, Orlando.

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Nor could I wipe the smile off my face when I received my Etsy purchases from artist and cat lover/rescuer extraordinaire Bernadette at The Creative Cat.

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OH! HAPPY DAYS!

I’m also selfishly smiling because Autumn is my favourite season of the year.

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I say selfishly because The hardworking Committee is a lover of summer and he’s mourning its passing already.

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Our trees aren’t quite at this stage yet – these three pictures are from last Autumn here – but hopefully we’ll get some splendid Autumn colours again as the season presses on.

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I am also smiling because just look at the yellow squash my Oasis Out The Front Door has produced.

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Streuth! (As The Male Giver would say)

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And, teeny tiny tomatoes.

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These made the salad portion of our dinner …

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… heavenly!

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And, finally, be still my heart, there are four watermelons making their presence felt in the Oasis …

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I’ve never grown them before!

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Noting the daily progress of homegrown watermelons really makes me …

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SMILE

What makes you smile?