Walk around Lakelands Park, November 30th, 2013

These things grow in the bush on the way to the park/
These things grow in the bush on the way to the park/
The rain had stopped and I ventured into the park rather early in the morning.
The rain had stopped and I ventured into the park rather early in the morning.
I passed this bench. Last week a screwdriver was found on top of this bench.
I passed this bench. Last week a screwdriver was found on top of this bench.
I kept going further along this footpath.
I kept going further along this footpath.
This is part of a bridge across a creek.
This is part of a bridge across a creek.


These trees are near that bridge. One tree looks like it must have burned a bit fairly recently.
These trees are near that bridge. One tree looks like it must have burned a bit fairly recently.
I ventured back towards the other side of the park.
I ventured back towards the other side of the park.
I could see the playground from a distance.
I could see the playground from a distance.
Walking back on this side of the park I soon was back where I started from. Luckily the grass wasn't too wet anymore.
Walking back on this side of the park I soon was back where I started from.
Luckily the grass wasn’t too wet anymore.


This walk was great for me. I feel so much better now after my Carpal Tunnel Release operation. Tomorrow we celebrate the first of Advent. We set up already our ‘Adventskranz’ with one candle. I can’t believe how quickly the year has passed. Wasn’t it only yesterday when I took another picture for advent?


This afternoon, when Peter came home from doing a bit of shopping, he lighted the candle and I made some plunger coffee. Then we enjoyed a quiet coffee break. We haven’t played any Christmas carols yet. But we should really be looking for some beautiful Christmas music soon. Ah, I think Peter got the message. He’s just downloading ‘Little Drummer Boy’. It takes a long time.The speed must be very low at this time of the day. We already had ‘Abendbrot’. At 7.30 I am going to watch ‘PARADISE’ on ABC TV.

Essie Davis in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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by Essie Davis
Essie says:
“Phryne is this magnificent, witty, vibrant, crazy, reckless kind of super hero who is a great champion for women’s rights and people in less fortunate situations. She really looks after women, but she loves men…she’s a lover and a fighter.” Our glamorous lady detective, The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, sashays through the back laneways of 1928 Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Leaving a trail of lovers in her wake, our very modern heroine makes sure she is always the centre of attention and relishes every one of life’s moments.

In her former life, however, Phryne lived on the streets in Collingwood, scrounging for food with her sister Janey and avoiding the heavy hand of her drunken father. When Janey was abducted on a trip to the circus, Phryne was left devastated.

After World War 1 erased much of her family’s lineage, the dirt-poor Fishers of Collingwood suddenly found themselves in a lofty estate in the English countryside, with Phryne’s parents elevated to the titles of lord and lady. After a few years at a stuffy boarding school, Phryne decided there was more to life than finishing school manners and high teas, and fled to join an all-women ambulance brigade attached to the French Army.

Though she is living a life of luxury come 1928, Phryne will never forget where she came from – or rest until she solves the mystery of her sister’s disappearance. It is her past that informs her sense of social justice and creates equality within her household.

Essie Davis has become one of Australia’s most respected and acclaimed film, theatre and television actors since graduating from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Essie’s film credits include Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Code 46, Charlotte’s Web, Isolation, Australia, The Wedding Party and South Solitary, which earned her a Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best Supporting Actress.

Essie has starred in numerous television series and miniseries including Sweeney Todd for the BBC, The Silence, After the Deluge, which earned her an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Halifax f.p: The Spider and the Fly for which she was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actress.

2011 was a busy year for Essie. She appeared in two of the most acclaimed programs on Australian television – the highly regarded miniseries Cloudstreet, and ABC1’s The Slap. She was also seen in the feature film Burning Man opposite Matthew Goode and Rachel Griffiths.

Over the years, Essie has also gained critical acclaim for her theatre roles. Her performance as Stella in the National Theatre (London) production of A Streetcar Named Desire earned Essie a prestigious Olivier Award and, in 2004, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Dottie in the Broadway run of the National Theatre (London) production of Jumpers. For the Sydney Theatre Company she has starred in Tot Mom and The School for Scandal, which earned her a Helpmann Award nomination, and her performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Melbourne Theatre Company saw her nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Female Performer



This picture was taken on Thursday, 21st November 2013, the day after my operation. We were out for ninety minutes. When we arrived back home we soon noticed that our place had been burgled.RIMG0629


On that Thursday we had had breakfast with Caroline and Matthew in our backyard. Little did we know on that beautiful morning that we would be burgled on the same day while we were out for lunch!


Tuesday Outing


Yesterday Peter and I went with Caroline and Matthew for an outing to the ocean. It was a warm sunny day after many days of rain. The coastal bush landscape was still rather wet. Nonetheless we ventured for a walk along a path that was in some places rather muddy.

Early yesterday morning I received a phone-call from the hospital. I was asked, would I like to come in for my medical procedure on Wednesday, 20th November, which actually  had been  the original date I had been given and which had been postponed to the 4th of December. Now I had all of a sudden the chance to have my original date back and have everything  behind me somewhat earlier.  I gratefully accepted the renewed change in dates.

They want me to be at the hospital by 12,30. I was told that today I had to fast from 6 am on. This is why I made sure I was up early. I had already my cup of tea with honey and I ate a banana. I did not feel like eating any toast as had been suggested. I hope they don’t mind I ate a banana instead. I also had my two painkilling tablets. I was allowed to have them before 6 am. Now I have plenty of time to get ready for the drive to the hospital.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

James Newburrie writes that ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ is one of the best shows on television. It is a show worth watching on Friday night. Peter and I always make sure that we do not miss it. And here is now what James Newburrie writes about it.

Mark Scott: Save Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

James Newburrie
Petition by
James Newburrie
Clayton, Australia

Not only is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries one of the best shows on television, but it also shows that Australia can make world-class drama. We need to save Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries because it gives hope to the next generation of Australian creative professionals.

The show has become a cultural touchstone and an educational experience for people my age and younger. Miss Fisher has taught me about:

Period fashions;
Pre-sufferage women’s rights; and,
The underlying tensions in Australian society of the time.
Some people have argued that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries isn’t attracting viewers. This is clearly mistaken:

The show has attained 8/10 on IMDB (unheard of for an ABC drama);
The show has an dedicated following on social-media: for instance many Pinterest pages track Miss Fisher’s hats (encouraging the next generation of milliners); and,
The show has great cross-over appeal: television critics often select the show as ‘pick of the night’;
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are critical to the mission of the ABC not merely because it is only show worth watching on Friday night, but because it may be the only show on Australian television which is still ‘appointment viewing’.

Mr Scott, please renew Miss Fisher for another season.

Best Regards,

James Newburrie



Two Years ago in December 2011

8 Responses to “2nd Sunday of Advent 2011”

December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm Edit #
Love the coffee cup!


December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm Edit #
I assume you mean the ‘Where’s the Cake ?’ one. Caroline, our youngest deughter, got this for her Dad because she knows he loves cake. I did get the other one with ‘mum’ printed on it. We always get excelltent gifts from Caroline. She frequently wants to please us with something or other.


pix & kardz
December 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm Edit #
you are already onto a new day, but it is still the 2nd sunday of advent here. a great post for the ‘waiting’ photo challenge, because advent is all about anticipation.
thank you for your recent visit to my blog and all your kind comments. much appreciated!
happy advent – and happy blogging 🙂


December 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm Edit #
Thank you! I love to look at your photos. They’re fantastic! And such a variety. I want to look at many more.
May the advent time bring you much joy!


December 6, 2011 at 6:55 am Edit #
I love your Advent crown! It makes a lovely centrepiece in its own right, but it’s especially lovely because of what it represents.


December 6, 2011 at 7:07 am Edit #
I love your comments about the centrepiece, Pat. I didn’t know the expression ‘Advent crown’. Have to remember this. Thanks.


December 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm Edit #
The coffee mug says it all. I love it. 🙂


December 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm Edit #
Thanks for visiting. Glad you like the coffee mug.

Diary, Saturday, 16th November 2013

More than a week ago Super Typhoon Haiyan went on its way across the Philippines. Three islands of the Philippines suffered catastrophic damage. Many aid organisations in lots of countries immediately organised aid transports to the Philippines. However the aid to the worst struck areas arrives for the survivors of the typhoon only slowly. Too great is the destruction on these islands. This makes the transport of these aid supplies very difficult.

Some people say there have always been typhoons and bush-fires. Of course this is true. But did they always occur with such frequency and severity? Do these people really believe that our way of life does not make any difference at all?

These days all first world countries have an extremely high standard of living. Would it really hurt us people in first world countries very much if we all cut back a bit on carbon emissions? Some economies in some first world countries may suffer a bit from time to time. But do we really make it a better world and a better society by spending more and more? I do not say we should not spend on ourselves anything extra at all. For Christmas for instance it is important for the economy that people should spend a bit extra. However I do not see that there has to be an increase in last year’s Christmas spending. Why not aim for a slight decrease? Why does there always have to be an increase? I don’t get it.

And here my thoughts on our Aid Budget in Australia: Why do we have to reduce it? Are we really so bad off that we cannot afford the previous level any more? And why is our Defence Budget so much more important than our Aid Budget?