Making instant friends
It’s amazing how instant friendships can spring up. A couple of weeks ago I was out walking the dogs when they introduced themselves, as they do to anyone who will give them a pat, to a couple of cyclists who were admiring the beautiful costal scenery along the cliffs to Kilcunda (South Gippsland, Vic.). Gray and Leslie Hodge introduced themselves and our conversation developed as we chatted amiably about the area and our shared interests. It’s amazing how much information can be imparted in no less than 10 minutes or so. Gray and Leslie were over from Tasmania enjoying a cycling holiday which is their passion. They told me of a cycling holiday they had in France where all the equipment you need is provided. I must say that’s a great holiday idea, imagine cycling through France. If you are interested visit at: www.bretonbikes.com
Eventually I waived goodbye only to catch up with them 15 minutes later as they were again admiring the view further along the cliffs. We started chatting once more and before I knew it I had an invitation to visit them in Tasmania. Here’s a photo of ‘brand new friends’
Since Leslie and Gray’s return to Tasmania we have shared e-mails and their invitation to visit has been renewed. They have a sign writing business located in the most beautiful landscape in Tasmania: http://www.camriversigns.com.au/
Gain knowledge with a Learn and Share Program
I’ve previously mentioned my local Neighbourhood Centre (Mitchell House & Harvest Centre, Wonthaggi) where you can access a wide variety of courses. Neighbourhood Houses began in the 1970’s with people coming together to share their knowledge and skills with each other at low or no cost in a process called LearnShare. LearnShare recognises that throughout our lives whether working with our hands, our head or our heart, we all acquire valuable knowledge and skills. As part of the ongoing process of lifelong learning we can all learn something new or share what we know.
This week I offered my knowledge of vegetarian cooking in a LearnShare program. It was a great experience made even more rewarding by the enthusiasm of the participants.
I would urge you to seek out your local Neighbourhood House to enjoy good company, learn new skills or volunteer to share your own experience.
You can join Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre on Facebook or e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In my blog of 2nd February 2016 I talked about the project I was undertaking making a felted jacket from wool my friend Olga brought back from Chile. At one stage I thought I had taken on more than I could chew. It’s one thing having the idea of what you would like to do and actually putting it into practice. Once started I realised that the jacket needed to be lined, another challenge. Olga found a length of lining in a local Op Shop for $2.00; a great bargain. The project is now a reality and whilst by no means perfect in every detail, Olga now has a very unique reminder of her trip home.
Here the jacket is modelled by “Doris” my dressmakers dummy. It has a zip-up front which is not visible in the picture.
I still have wool over and hopefully one day will manage to make a jacket for myself. I’ve made up a couple of sample panels though I don’t think it will be quite as elaborate as Olga’s. We will see.
Training your dog
Sophia my little terrier met up with her doggie boyfriend Oscar yesterday at the Powlett River. They had great fun running on the beach and scampering in the sea. Oscar is becoming very responsive to a training whistle – he has a tendency to investigate the bush and sometimes doesn’t return for over an hour. Sheri, his owner, told me that with the aid of this recently acquired whistle and a treat he now returns promptly. Truly amazing as in the past she has had an hour or so wait for him. She used it during our walk when Oscar periodically went missing, so I saw the results in action. I checked out Rufus and Coco Dog Training devices on the internet at www.petology.com.au so you might like to have a look for yourselves if you have a need for this idea.
Sheri also uses a Soggy Doggy Drying Blanket when she gets Oscar back to the car. I really must get one of these for Sophia as she often needs a rub down after a walk or swim and it does save a mess in the car. Again I looked on the internet where there are various companies offering these blankets at different prices.
Here’s Oscar in the back of the car accompanied by his mascot, being dried after a swim with the Soggy Doggy Blanket.
Quick stain removal chart
Thought I would share this chart I recently came across on Pinterest. I’ve already made use of it a few times:
How to remove one of these stains:
GRASS – VINEGAR
RED WINE – WHITE WINE
GREASE – SODA
BLOOD – HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
OIL – WHITE CHALK
COFFEE – BAKING SODA
DEODORANT – DENIM
SWEAT – LEMON JUICE
LIPSTICK – BABY WIPERS
INK – MILK
MAKE-UP – SHAVING CREAM
I’ll sign off for today with a quote I saw posted on a blackboard at the hairdressers I use:
YOUTH IS A GIFT OF NATURE, BUT AGE IS A WORK OF ART
I think we all have a lighter step when we leave the hairdressing chair; I know I do.