It’s raining

This morning I ventured out into the rain for a leisurely walk to take some pictures. It was just a drizzle and absolutely calm. I was able to walk with an umbrella without having to fear that some nasty wind would rip it apart. The bush smelled lovely after being slowly soaked with beautiful warm rain. Yes, it’s still in the low twenties, Celsius I mean. For me this is still a very pleasantly wet summer day.

This is part of Cambridge Road
This is part of Cambridge Road
Some Footpaths in Cambridge Road remind me a bit of the tracks we used to walk along at Sussex Inlet.
Some Footpaths in Cambridge Road remind me a bit of the tracks we used to walk along at Sussex Inlet.
This is near a bridge over Brooks Creek.
This is near a bridge over Brooks Creek.

RIMG1334

There still isn't much water to be seen in this part of Brooks Creek.
There still isn’t much water to be seen in this part of Brooks Creek.

And then I walked back via Lakelands Park.

RIMG1336

RIMG1337

RIMG1338

Brooks Creek 'flows' along beside the wooded area on this side of Lakelands Park. Someone tried to build an access here for walking down to the creek.
Brooks Creek ‘flows’ along beside the wooded area on this side of Lakelands Park. Someone tried to build an access here for walking down to the creek.
 This is the place opposite our front door.
This is the place opposite our front door.
My umbrella did get only a little bit wet. So I decide to take it inside to dry.
My umbrella did get only a little bit wet. So I decide to take it inside to dry.
As I enter the living-room I can see Peter being busy with the computer.
As I enter the living-room I can see Peter being busy with the computer.

The right Time to go to the Pool

DIGITAL CAMERA

Yesterday morning (Thursday) it promised to be a hot day again. I actually was able to talk Peter into going to the pool with me. And he actually dared to go for a swim! This time he did not complain that the water was too cold.

I took a picture of him as he came out of the dressing shed. Then I asked him to take a picture of me. He obliged. I did sit on a bench as I had been waiting for him when he was changing. This picture that Peter took of me tells me that I definitely have to loose some weight!

RIMG1328

RIMG1329

However the swim yesterday morning was very enjoyable. We left early to go to the pool. By eight o’clock we were back home. At ten o’clock was the start of the funeral service for L, our neighbour, who had passed away last week. We made it in time to the funeral parlour. More than a hundred people turned up for the funeral. We did not stay for refreshments afterwards.

Diary before Christmas 2013

The job is done: We managed putting up the Christmas Tree.
The job is done: We managed putting up the Christmas Tree.

This was yesterday when we put up the tree. Today is Tuesday, the 17th of December 2013. I went for an early morning walk past Brooks Creek and then along Cambridge Road. Bear with me, I took some more flower pictures! And then I discovered a house decorated with lights and a lot of Christmas themes. I hope we can take a little walk tonight and have a look at this house when they put the Christmas lights on!

RIMG1066

RIMG1067

RIMG1069RIMG1071

RIMG1072

RIMG1074<RIMG1075

RIMG1076

Swimming is good Exercise, but not today

RIMG0072
These are just some of the signs at the entrance to the pool.

A balmy morning during an Australian summer. I hadn’t been to  Dapto pool for quite some time. I thought today was the day. I remembered the school swimming carnival must have been on last week. I could then definitely hear voices from the announcements on the loudspeakers, which would mean the school swimming carnival was on. I knew from experience when this was on at the beginning of each year there was no chance at all to do any swimming in one of the lanes. All the lanes would be preserved for school children. So far so good. The school carnival was over, or was it? I was to find out soon enough.

I had planned to walk the short distance to the pool. However I did get delayed. Couldn’t find my swimmers. Took me ages to find them. Had absolutely no idea where on earth they ended up after my last swim  a long, long time ago. Anyhow when I finally was dressed in my swimmers ready to walk to the pool, the sun had been out for a while already. The temperature was approaching 27 C (80 F). Peter suggested he was to drive me to the pool, pointing out it was already a bit too hot for me to be walking all the way.

Gee, I was very relieved Peter had offered to drive me. When we arrived at the swimming center the parking lot was packed full. So many cars  on a weekday morning! This could only mean there was another swimming competition on. I took my camera out of the car and went to check. The swimming competition seemed to be well on its way. I took a few pictures and then when straight away back home with Peter who had been waiting for me.

Not only the car-park but also the street was packed full.
Not only the car-park but also the street was packed full.
Peter placed himself here to wait for me in the car.
Peter placed himself here to wait for me in the car.

I passed the outside wall of the building on the way to the entrance and noticed some beautiful paintings on the wall which I had not seen before. (This showed to me for how long I had not been this way!) So I took the opportunity to shoot some pictures.

RIMG0071

RIMG0070

RIMG0069

RIMG0068

RIMG0067

RIMG0066

RIMG0065

RIMG0064

The kiosk near the entrance was in business already.

RIMG0076

RIMG0075

A quick glance at the large pool and I was gone.

RIMG0074

RIMG0073

Hottest December Day

Just heard the news: Today is going to be the hottest December day in seven years!

So far I love this warm weather. We’ve just been out in our ‘jungle’ garden. At present some sections of our backyard look a bit more tamed. We discarded the overgrowth in some of the sections and planted a few new things. Because of the rather warm temperatures we are careful to give the new plants sufficient water. They seem to love it and reward us by looking very healthy.

This morning I took a number of photos of our plant-life. I hope Peter is going to be able to publish some of the pictures. (I still haven’t worked out how I can go back to publishing pictures in my posts.)

Last night it was a very balmy night. It was the reconciliation night at our church in preparation for Christmas. About half a dozen priests were present for this event. Peter drove me there so I didn’t feel too hot when I arrived. It was a moving ceremony. Everything in the church looked very festive. I took pictures with my eyes. My eyes bathed in the splendor of the displays. (I didn’t have a camera with me.)

The outside areas of the church were pleasantly lighted. A number of lovely wooden seats invited people to sit outside. I rested on one of the seats, enjoying a light cool breeze. In the church it got more and more sticky while the hearing of confessions went on. Each priest had been placed in a different section for the hearing of confessions. Most people took only about a couple of minutes to get their absolution via the priest. Catholics are good in believing that sins can be forgiven. I am a good Catholic too in this regard!

This afternoon we are off to Figtree again. Peter has another eye examination scheduled. And then tomorrow is the big day: Our excursion to the highlands!