Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend of nothingness...


When I was in Adelaide last time, I purchased this very large and cumbersome paperback of Jane Austen's Complete Novels (for $35 which I thought was very reasonable) - Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan. Phew! That should keep me going for quite a while. I never knew that JA died when she was just 42 years old (b.16/12/1775 ~ d. 18/07/1817). I have always thought of her as a crusty old dame. Only 4 novels were published in her lifetime (the first four listed from 1811 - 1815), the others posthumously later in 1817. The reading is hard going as it is written in the style of English language in the 18th and 19th Centuries. I find I have to re-read to catch on. Maybe that is just me... :/
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I spent a very non-newsworthy weekend just being at home. I did tackle a few chores but nothing that warranted pictures taken. The rivetting photo above is of my Saturday scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast....
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I made a batch of Weekender biscuits - the recipe is here...
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Bri went to an 18th Birthday bash which was 'Burlesque' themed. I know a father who did not want to let his 17 year old daughter out in a black corsette, leather mini skirt, fishnet stockings held up with suspenders, stilletto heels and a black feather boa! She looked pretty cool! This is a modest picture!
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Porridge with bananas and honey for breakfast, same as last Monday. I find if I have this too often I get sick of it so it's an occasional brekky...
~Now, a while back we had some wild weather and this is what happened to a shrub that was growing out the front of our house. It's mate withstood the wind but this one got bowled over.
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Last week, we had another big blow and the other one met the same fate - Yay!
~... so Gus bought two new Silver Birch trees and popped them in the space. I am so glad the other shrubs got blown over, they were horrible!
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These are two older birches that must be coming up for 2 years old. Spring is nearly sprung - can you see the green tinge on the tree on the right? And how green are our lawns? We had a huge amount of rain last night - torrential!
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Out the back, things are starting to sprout out, the cat mint has started to grow back after I burned it back and the carpet roses are springing to life again.
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Turning to the right from the last picture - this area still needs weeding and thinning back and the roses still need pruning too. My back has been sore of late so I just haven't attempted it yet.
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Weeds will grown anywhere, won't they? This thistle thought it would pop up to keep this pot company. There are lots of these little jobs to attend to around the house. I noticed a geranium in a pot has been eaten by snails so some snail bait needs to be sprinkled around too. I feel like doing these jobs on weekdays but I work then I don't feel like doing them on weekends....
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What jobs did you accomplish this weekend?
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Cheers - Joolz

6 comments:

  1. I love Jane Austen - I think the reading gets easier as you get used to the older language.

    Your daughter looks stunning.

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  2. I have a Jane Austin Book like that too. I love it!!!! I love watching all the movies too.

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  3. You may not think your week was newsworthy, but it certainly was busy and you got so much accomplished. Love the new trees. I'm not big on the shrubs, either. They pop up all over the place here if we let them.

    We've been busy here going to dog shows and watching our daughter with our two dogs. My Honey is having fun with his camera catching the action shots and has proclaimed he needs a new lens for Christmas. At least I know what to get for him. ;)

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  4. I'm not a big Jane Austen fan. I always feel bad saying that, because I know she's an icon to many. I've made starts and stops trying to see what others see. I finally struggled all the way through Emma early this year. I think I'll call it good at just the one.

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  5. No I don't thinks it's just you I have to read & reread Pride & Prejudice. I am trying real hard, hope I don't just give up & go & buy the dvd. I'm sure it won't be the same.

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  6. I think I started a Jane Austen (forget which one) once but couldn't get past the language, I think I will try again though. Bri looks as if she is playing a part in "Underbelly - Razor" :)

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