Moving on

Roses are red. Day 337/365.

Am taking a big of a blogging hiatus.

I can’t write here when my mind is in emotional turmoil and it’s certainly been that for the last couple of weeks.

My two year relationship has ended and I’m understandably upset.

JJ is taking it much better than me which is also understandable and I love the matter of factness of a ten year old. It’s in the past mum, he said. Bless him.

I’ll be back when I can.

Hangover cure

Clearing the block. Day 326/365.

Saturday, 15 October 2011, Day 326/365.

What does a girl do after she’s been out for probably a few too many birthday drinks the night before?

Why, she answers the callout from a mate to go and help clear his block of land.

When we rocked up we were greeted with a beer and then went to work picking up rubbish. It was mostly burnable rubbish so we had fires going. Consequently we all smelt of smoke and I was completely knackered afterwards.

It was good to get out and do something like this though.

Glacier Rock, Hallett Cove. Day 327/365.

Sunday, 16 October 2011, Day 327/365.

The photo above shows glacier rock at Hallett Cove. I’d never seen it before. See all the lines on the rocks? That’s apparently from where a glacier used to be millions? of years ago. It was a spectacular sight and I’d like to go back and see more of this area.

The speck down on the rock near the shoreline is actually my son. Can you see him? Whereever possible I like to wear out some of that boundless energy so sending him down the stairs to have a closer look at the rock was a great opportunity. He loves rocks and ‘crystals’ so he didn’t mind at all.

Birthday

Cigar box ukulele for my birthday. Day 325/365.

Friday, 14 October 2011, Day 325/365.

This time a week ago it was my birthday. Another year has passed and as usual I’m wondering where the last year went?

It was the last day of school holidays so I didn’t work and JJ didn’t go into vacation care so we spent the day together. It was a pretty relaxed day with a bit of domestic stuff like grocery shopping thrown in.

And it was good to just have the day with him without having to go anywhere. My sister popped in for a little while with a present for both of us (JJ’s belated birthday present) and a beer each for herself and me.

Then from about 6.30pm onwards people popped in as I’d arranged a night out.

My sister came over to babysit while I went out with The Surfer and some friends.

Oh, and before we went out The Surfer gave me a cigar box ukulele for my birthday. I love it. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I’ve seen cigar box ukes that are flatter, but never one quite like this. It came from Tennessee apparently.

I had a great night out. Five of us had dinner before other friends turned up at the venue I’d chosen. It was very relaxed and I was very relaxed. I’d just sent an email to my friends asking them to come along. The dinner group just sort of evolved organically and I had no real idea who was turning up later.

Normally I would stress out a little bit wondering who would turn up, or if anyone would turn up but I didn’t this time.

All in all I had a lovely birthday. And I do enjoy my birthdays.

Full moon

Full moon. Day 324/365.

Thursday, 13 October 2011, Day 324/365.

I was watching tv and checking Facebook and Twitter during the ads because I always avoid watching ads if I can and noticed that lots of people were talking about how fabulous the full moon was.

I checked it out for myself and took some photos with my phone. I wish I could have been bothered to get my SLR camera and setup the tripod but I was tired and it required too much effort on my part.

But I’m happy with how this photo turned out – you get some sense of how it looked that night. Sensational.

Lavender

Lavender. Day 321/365.

Monday, 10 October 2011, Day 321/365.

This lavendar is growing near our house and it looks just gorgeous.

The flowers poke out through the fence and it makes the boring white picket fence pop.

I love it.

Of shoes and dogs

Cobra tattoo. Day 319/365.

Saturday, 8 October 2011, Day 319/365.

I had to take my son to buy some shoes. He goes through a pair of sneakers every two months. He only really has the one pair of shoes and this is how long they last.

Am I alone in this? I just buy him cheap shoes because I’ve bought more expensive sneakers and they don’t seem to last any longer than the cheap ones.

They usually fall apart at the seams, or he wears holes in the bottom. It’s annoying.

After I bought him a new pair of shoes he got the tattoo pictured above. I couldn’t convince him not to get a snake and it’s kind of fitting as he was born in the Chinese year of the snake.

Dogs at the beach. Day 320/365.

Sunday, 9 October 2011, Day 320/365.

I love looking at how dogs interact when off the lead. My dog (14 years old) still goes up to sniff other dogs but isn’t that interested in playing. I swear she thinks she’s human. She’ll have a sniff of a dog and then wander off.

If a dog wants to get too playful she’ll either ignore them or give them a growl to let them know she’s not interested.

The two dogs pictured above (The Surfer’s pup on the left, and a dog he met on the right) are both quite young and they just played with each other. The pup will run up to all dogs to say hallo and see if they want to play. He’s got so much energy, it’s tiring to watch.

It’s good to see him have fun at the beach off the lead and learn to interact with other dogs though. It’s very rare that another dog will be annoyed with him but that’s the beauty of dogs, they let you know. He’s been lucky not to have been in any fights yet.