AN APPLE A DAY

PRETTY APPLES AND SOME CLEVER ARTISTS

Have a look at these very artistic apples, there are some clever, talented people out there in the world.  I think you will agree :)

My Favourite one is the 6th photo.

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GOODBYE TO SEPTEMBER

ANOTHER MONTH GONE

Tomorrow is the 1st of October, I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown. I must remember to say ‘Rabbits’ in the morning for Good Luck.

Tonight I went on our Tuesday night walk, it was so sunny, daylight savings has made a huge difference especially at the tail end of the day/night.  

I think we walked the  South Dunedin streets for about an hour and a hour, probably around 10 kms.  There were quite a few slower walkers with us tonight, we always stay together, so it wasn’t a fast hard walk, but still better than sitting down on my chuff and no walk.

Last night I went for  walk through town before my monthly Coeliac meeting. It was a good meeting, I learnt lots.  At our meetings we share knowledge, recipes, ideas, new products and have a cuppa later with supper.  We always take a plate of goodies, that are of course all safe to eat, all Gluten Free. Yum.

I made my special balls….and they went down  well.   Everyone wants the recipe, it is my own made up one, I call them ‘ Donna’s Date Delights’, ha ha.  They are full of yummy dates and lot of nuts, seeds including chia seeds.   I rolled them in three varieties of coatings this time, nuts, coconut and Gluten Free Chocolate Hail.   I must admit they were tasty.   I have taken  them to a few different shared events now, they go down well.   I tried a nice piece of ginger loaf, that was beautiful and so light.

I got home at 945 pm, that is the only down side – the meeting starting late and getting to bed late.   It is worth going though, we help newly diagnosed Coeliacs also if they come along, and now and then have guest speakers.  Next month we have a Doctor attend who has Coeliac Disease herself and is studying gut problems and is a Coeliac herself… this will be a well attended meeting I am sure.  :)  

I am still tired yaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwnnnnnnnnnnn

 I have caught up on all my washing, therefore I am  off to Art Class tomorrow after work. I have to hand in two pieces of Art for a fun competition they are holding.  You have to decorate a fake record / vinyl cover with one of three Pop Art themes, all for fun and prizes.  Then you have to make up a band name.  

One of mine is under the ‘comedy’ section and the second one is the ‘psychedelic’ section.  You can see I am NOT a painter, but I had fun trying, the doodle art style one – psychedelic took me a lonnnnnnnnnng time.  It is nice and bright.  I will take them both tomorrow to enter them. 

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Up close

Up close

Kombi Pop Art = Jesus the Hippie van driver

Kombi Pop Art = Jesus the Hippie van driver

Date Balls

Date Balls

TIME IS FLYING BY

BUSY WEEK…

So far…

It started with a cold Monday morning , waking up to snow and hail..

Out the front window of our house = brrrrrrrr

Out the front window of our house = brrrrrrrr

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Monday night, time to meet my wonderful friend for a coffee and hot chocolate..and a BIG yap

Monday night, time to meet my wonderful friend for a coffee and hot chocolate..and a BIG yap

Gluten Free Cabbage Pie

Gluten Free Cabbage Pie for the two brats while I went out for tea with my Marathon Walking group to celebrate walking the event = great company

The front of my waistcoat

The front of my waistcoat I modified at Art class yesterday

Screen printing the back of it with my stencil I made - DUN EDEN, instead off DUNEDIN.

Screen printing the back of it with my stencil I made – DUN EDEN, instead off DUNEDIN.

Time to mow the lawns after work today on another sunny Dunedin day, yesterday was 20 degrees

Time to mow the lawns after work today on another sunny Dunedin day, yesterday was 20 degrees

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Then time to get the washing in.   I love my new $3 vintage dress, love the fabric.  I found it in an op shop last Saturday.

Then time to get the washing in. I love my new $3 vintage dress, love the fabric. I found it in an op shop last Saturday.

Thursday, yay tea for me = hot chips :)

Tomorrow we are going to a VW Club event, to a musical – Broadway along with a meal.  Hopefully they will remember my Gluten Free food :)

Saturday is Harrier Club day, …then….hopefully Sunday will be a big fat REST

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn.   :)

 

MARSHALLING AT A RUNNING EVENT

HELPING OUT AT HARRIERS

The weather has turned now, it is getting dark and starting to rain, snow is predicted.  :(

Today is the day to vote for the Prime Minister of NZ, to change or stay the same.  I voted very early in town this morning.  Our young  gal voted for the first time, she went with her Dad this afternoon between a day working doing a split shift. She is working again tonight.

 When I got home this afternoon I asked her what party she voted for,she wouldn’t tell me as she knows it annoys me keeping it a secret.  Colin has not told me for years too, he thinks it’s funny. :P

It will be interesting to see what happens tonight when they count the votes to see who has been elected.

I went for an early walk this morning , as I offered to be a Marshall down Portobello for the ‘Peninsular Road Relay Race’. Lots of clubs around Dunedin competed in this annual event for runners.  They were desperate for people to offer so  I put my hand up to help.

Right across the road from where I was set up to direct the runners and traffic

Right across the road from where I was set up to direct the runners and traffic

As a Walker I enjoyed watching the Runners and our Harriers teams.  They are awesome.  The sun was shining then too.  

Geez we are so so lucky in New Zealand to have blue skies that are free of smog and pollution :)

 

Time for a rest.

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Beautiful clouds in our blue, blue skys

Beautiful clouds in our blue, blue skys

On my drive down the bay towards Portobello, it was yachting day

On my drive down the bay towards Portobello, it was yachting day

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HONESTY

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

Guess what happened, after a busy day yesterday, my last thing on my agenda was to go to a meeting at 7 pm.   I was juggling a few things out to my car after it finished in the dark and drizzle.
This morning I noticed my wallet was not in my bag, I have been in a panic all day trying to locate it. I definitely had it at the meeting but couldn’t remember bringing it inside when I was home.  I normally take a bag, but this time , I didn’t :(

I was feeling sick today at work, I have had an allergy for almost two weeks now, it was worse on my swollen face this morning and my hands, I think I made myself even worse thinking about all my lost cards and drivers license etc that I had obviously left on the roof of my car, needing one hands free to unlock the door…  I do silly things when I am rushing too much or tired.

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I went to the Police Station after a hospital appt after work today, nothing handed in, I drove up the hill  with a long face, but then decided to call in at the Dairy beside where my meeting was…I couldn’t believe my luck when asking.

The owner of the Shop had it handed in to her late last night.  A man was out walking his dog and found it on the road.  Everything is sopping throughout it due to the rain, but everything was in it and nothing touched.  It will all dry out :)

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I am so so relieved and happy, to think there is still hope and kind & honest people out there in the world.  How lucky am I :)  I wish I knew who the man was to tell him how thankful I am, I want to buy him some chocolate or some thing nice.  

I have the Doctors tomorrow, yay, they might sore this allergy out :)

Have a good night, or day – depending on where you live in our world :)

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HALF MARATHON – YAY I DID IT !

I DID IT 

I have to tell you all. I completed the Cadbury Half Marathon yesterday, 21.2 kms :) I put my ‘head down and arse up’ so to speak :) and did my best for me.   

I don’t really care about the time too much but I looked back and was pleasantly pleased…I did my personal best …to my surprise .

I haven’t walked this distance in four years. I did it in 2 hrs, 32 mins and was the 3rd girl over the line. The 1st and 2nd females were 2 hrs, 31 mins, I couldn’t quite catch them. My main goal is always to cross the finish line upright, enjoy the race and do MY best.. I did. :)

I was the 8th walker finished out of 500.  Some others in my Harriers Club did their first ever half marathon and did well too, they were chuffed.  My friend, Tom walked the Full Marathon, amazing and another friend won a $400 spot prize at the Prizegiving in the late afternoon.  My club’s runners did very well too. 

We started off in the cold with heavy drizzle, it did clear up later on.  It was hard, but I really enjoyed it and didn’t get shin splints this time , yay.  I often wear gloves , I look silly but I have bad circulation and get cold paws.  

It is such a beautiful walk with great scenery through the Botanical Gardens, the University of Otago and then down the road towards Port Chalmers beside the harbour.

It’s a bloody long way and I’m knackered now, but still smiling like a Cheshire cat.

Colin was at the finish line…there with a smile and a big drink of water..and the camera.   

I am not sore, which is a shock, just a bit stiff arsed, I may be worse tomorrow. 

Posing for Colin as he drove past, it looks like I was dawdling.

Posing for Colin as he drove past, it looks like I was dawdling.

Take 5 mins off the clock as we left at 935am, 5 mins after the runners left the start line.

Take 5 mins off the clock as we left at 935am, 5 mins after the runners left the start line.

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OLD BOY

SASHA THE OLD BOY

Our Daughter has just got home, she let the cats inside as it is drizzly today, she loves them. S he has been patting and pampering Sasha, our old boy cat , then decided to take some photos of him hogging my favourite vintage chair.

He may be old, but he knows what chair is the most comfortable. :) Sasha used to belong to my Sister Brenda, she got a new cat some time ago when she lived in NZ.  The two cats  fought, so  Brenda gave him to us, we adopted him, to her Daughter’s horror. ;)   I have just inquired with Brenvia email to Australia to see if she knows how old he is.   He is a plain Jane, but a nice natured cat.

So we sort of have two adopted cats in our household now :P, Sasha and Turbo (our Nephew’s puss)… and we have one of our own…that has to be the pretty but evil Colina. 

Animals make you smile, they don’t ask for much, companionship, food, attention and somewhere to sleep. We had another lamb born this morning – a single plain white one :)

I didn’t go to my Harriers Club this afternoon as I did an hours walk by myself early this morning when I couldn’t sleep.   I am feeling a little nervous, as tomorrow I have entered the Cadbury Half Marathon..eeek, what have I done, I haven’t done it for four years.   Ahhh heck, she’ll be right I’ve done it before….it is only 21.2 kms   Think I am just a bit worried walking for that long with Bowel Probs.  I will do my usual = the best effort I can for me on the day:P  Shhhhhhhhhhhitt!

Here is a photo of Sasha and one of my chandelier in my sunny spare room that I took on Thursday.  It threw a great shadow on the wall. :) Wish me luck, I will need it. 

Sending a big hi to Gina and Johnny in New Plymouth XoxoX

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Sasha

Sasha

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