Sunday, October 26, 2014

Missing Millie

We had a lovely week with our recent fluffy little houseguest. Mr GeniAus said yesterday that he was missing Millie and so am I.

Millie and GeniAus

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Billy's coming to Town

I'm so excited because I jusr bought tickets to see Billy Connolly when he comes to Australia in February.



Both Mr GeniAus and I are great fans of Billy. We laughed our heads off and had tears running down our cheeks when we we last went to one of his concerts. Mr GeniAus has been using one of Billy's jokes about bread since then, hopefully he will find a replacement at the concert.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Daughters of Allah

To save myself from having to tyype up a review I am presenting a vlogged review of Daughters of Allah by Ellen Mary Wilton ISBN 9780646528335.

As it is four years since this was published you may have trouble trying to purchase a copy. Your local public library is your best bet.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Surprise - Lovely Blog Award

Haphazard is an apt word to describe the way I post and manage this blog. It's just something that is there for me if I feel the need to share or record something from my personal life.

My genealogy blog GeniAus, where most of my blogging effort is directed, has received quite a few awards but this little blog doesn't get nor deserve the same recognition. It is always gratifying to be recognised by readers and fellow bloggers so I was absolutely delighted when my genimate Crissouli from The Back Fence of Genealogy bestowed The One Lovely Blog Award on this blog. Thanks Chris I am stoked.

The suggestions for passing on the award, if you wish to do so, are as follows... 
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to that blog.
  • Share seven things about yourself – see below.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire –or as many as you can think of!.
  • Contact your bloggers to let them know you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award...
Seven Random Things about Me
  • I have an amazing collection of chicken stuff
  • I try to swim each day
  • I am a compulsive volunteerer
  • I am suffer from photomania and have 150,00 digital images
  • My latest fad is decrapifying
  • I love my home with its peaceful surroundings
  • I love getting away from home and travelling to new places
Bloggers I admire
I am ignoring genealogy blogs and nominating some other blogs I follow and enjoy
Where are the boy bloggers?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Steyne

When I was a child a trip on the "South Steyne", a Manly Ferry , was a big adventure. I spotted the old girl at Darling Harbour last week in her new role as a restaurant.


South Steyne at Darling harbour

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breakfast Visitor

As I was having breakfast in bed this morning this little chap watched me from our verandah railing.


Decrapifying Update

We continue to dispose of some of the stuff we have accumulated over the past 40 odd years.

You can see how we are progressing here: http://ballau.blogspot.com.au/p/decrapifying.html.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

That bed is just right

I splurged at Kmart and bought this little houseguest a doggie bed for $6. She is a trifle confused and has decided to flake out on my people bed.

She may think she's settled in for the night but she's in for a big surprise.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Anh Do - Artist

I didn't realise that the multi-talented Australian comedian and writer Anh Do could also paint.
Here is the portrait of his father he submitted for The Archibald Prize.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Love Letter

Yesterday when I attended Grandparents' Day at some grandchildren's school I came across this piece of writing that one of them had written. As he had obviously written it in a hurry I will add a transcription of its contents below the image.


I love my grandparents because almost every sleepover they let me go to my favourite restaurant and have my favourite drink.

They let me go down into the library (shed) to get new books.

They entertain me and keep me safe.

We have breakfast in bed.


Isn't that beautiful.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Found

Mr GeniAus found a parcel for me on our doorstep yesterday. As we don't use our front door (only strangers do that) we don't know how long the parcel had been sitting there.

On opening it I found a book and inside was a note from Hachette Books that read "Congratulations, Happy Reading". I guess the book was a prize from some competition I entered!

My surprise
As I'm curious it may jump to the top of my reading list.

Thanks to Hachette Books for this unexpected surprise.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Diary of a Decrapifier

On Facebook earlier this week I announced that I was going to engage in some decrapifying. It is now Friday and I am having trouble remembering what I have ditched already.



Both Mr GeniAus and I are committed to this exercise which we hope to sustain until we set off on  our next holiday.

I am adding this new page to my blog so that I can keep track of what I've ditched and to give myself much needed positive reinforcement..

Saturday, August 9, 2014

La Vinotheque


As a former librarian I love visiting bibliotheques when I am travelling however I was tempted to pop into this emprorium when I was holidaying in Bordeaux. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Kind of Girl

Tidying my photos I found this picture I snapped in Santorini in 2011.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Quirky Qs

This might come in handy when I am playing Words with Friends.
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/04/rule-breaking-words-beginning-q/

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fashion goes out the window....

...when one goes out on an excursion (as demonstrated by a fellow traveller).

Comfort is king!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Meaning of Life

On our visit to a Buddhist monastery in Singapore we were given a few books to read. A little light reading to accompany us on our journey?






Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our next adventure

On the plane and wondering what experiences we'll have over the next nine weeks.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On the shelf

I love these funny little quizzes that pop up on social media from time to time.

As a former librarian I couldn't pass this one up. Which Dewey Decimal Category are you? http://content.easybib.com/which-dewey-decimal-category-are-you/#.UywkR_mSzZ5.

Here is where I sit on the shelf.


Monday, March 24, 2014

From the Archives - Pittsburgh



I visited Pittsburgh in 2007 with Mr GeniAus who was attending a conference. I took this photo of the CBD one day from the top of the Duquesne Incline Funicular Railway. 


The Duquesne Incline


Friday, March 21, 2014

Little Miss...

I haven't had much time for myself lately as my Mum has been poorly and I have been seeing to her needs. Today she has turned a corner and I am feeling in a much better place.

My mate Kirsty Gray posted this link on Facebook to a fun little quiz. I followed the link and here is the result I got.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

100 Things

100 things

I found this list on Carmel's Library Currants blog, she copied it from Doug .. off the record.
Carmel said "I thought it would be interesting to check these through. The travel focus is northern hemisphere oriented, but there are still plenty of options for those readers 'downunder' to check off".
As I just can't resist this sort of activity I just had to participate.
The things I've done have been italicised and highlighted. So which of these one hundred things have you done?

Additionally I have marked in Red the things I have no interest in doing
In Hawaii with a few grandchildren  2011


1. Started your own blog 
2. Slept under the stars 
3. Played in a band 
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain 
9. Held a praying mantis 
10. Sang a solo 
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight 
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping 
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise 
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 
71. Eaten caviar 
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square 
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone 
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car 
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper 
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House 
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox 
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
If I have counted up correctly my score is 65/100. I am quite satisfied with this as there are several things on the list I wouldn't want to do.
If you decide to take part in this exercise please place your score in the comments on Doug's post.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Just a Big Kid

I still love getting certificates. On the rare occasions I receive one I scan it and file it away in my treasures folders in both soft and hard copy formats.

As well as a lovely gift I was given a certificate from the Parramatta Family History Group when I spoke there last week.




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Welcome Distraction

Around 9 o'clock today I got a phone call from a four year old who said "Gummy, can we come for a swim."  Of course I replied that that would be lovely so he, his Dad and two brothers came over for a swim and a few other activities. Our visit of course started with a fortyfying snack of juice and biscuits which little boys can always devour.  Unfortunately I didn't get any photos in the pool because I was enjoying the water with the boys. I did, however, manage to snap a couple of other activities.

Only one egg so far today
Spoiling the girls with some hand feeding
Little brother prefers to watch from a distance
BobBob showing the ropes
Learner Driver 1

Baby brother takes the wheel
Big brothers wait patiently
Last turn for biggest brother



Sunday, January 26, 2014

I did it!

For years I have hoarded books: the good, the bad and the indifferent. The only time I dispose of books is to lighten my load when travelling and I have a few regrets on that score.

I was prompted to rethink my policy by a few people. Blogger Susan Petersen has been very brave; in her downsizing effort she has just about discarded all of her her print library in favour of ebooks. My best friend is also about to move house and she has started to cull her book collection. I thought that if these bookaholics could do it then maybe I could too.

At home our bookshelves are overflowing and we really shouldn't buy more. The internet with its proliferation of online bookshops has given me access to places where I can buy a book for peanuts or I can purchase an ebook version of something I really want to own.

Last week I took the plunge and started to cull the fiction and biography shelves in our hallway.

Once I got started with the task I developed a loose policy. It was easy to dispose of mass market fiction titles like Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, Caril, Hiassen, Monica McInerney, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Minette Walters,  and some of the fluffy titles I read for light relief.

I baulked at tossing Australian authors and historical fiction so they still have a home. More difficult were the biographies; I was only able to dispose of a few that I considered poorly written or on uninteresting subjects. Those that told tales of travel had to stay because I may need to read them before setting out on a journey to foreign  parts. My collection of Agatha Christie's still has a home, whenever I reread one of these I find I can never solve the mystery!

Mr GeniAus has already taken one load up to our local Vinnies store and we'll be sending those pictured below for sale at the local Giant Rotary Book Fair.



I'm on a roll. I need to go downstairs to our garage where I have several bays of old library shelving bursting with books and find other treasures to move on. Some of the older books that are yellow, daggy and faded might just have to go into the recycle bin.

And because I have made space on my bookshelves I will be able to order a swag of books from my favourite online charity bookstore Brotherhood Books.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Slow and steady

Yesterday afternoon we set out for Victor Harbor but a couple of wineries with facilities for children got in the way so this morning we hit the road and didn't stop until we arrived at Victor Harbor about an hour south of Adelaide. The sun was shining, the sky was a brilliant blue but the breeze was fresh so we needed our cardigans and warm tops.

Many years ago we visited Victor Harbor and I remembered it as a pretty seaside town with a horse-drawn tram that takes tourists to the nature reserve at Granite Island. The tram ride has been on my list of thing to do for ages and I'm so glad to have experienced the ride with some of the family today. Before our ride we fortified ourselves with some lovely, warm cinnamon donuts, watched the passing parade and took some happy snaps of the pretty coastline.

After our tram ride that was surprisingly comfortable (slow and steady) we spent an hour roaming around the island while the kids visited the penguin refuge. Although the Island is rather desolate the views of the water, the wildlife and back to the mainland are spectacular.

Nice fresh sandwiches gave us sustenance after our return tram journey. After a walk around Victor Harbor we got back into our people mover for the trip back to our accommodation. The fresh air had worked its magic on two out of three little boys who were fast asleep soon after we departed.


Trying to get three little boys to pose for their Gummy is impossible


Our conveyance
Happy travellers
Towards the Island

Reminds me of Make way for ducklings
View back to Victor Harbor
Beach on Granite Island
Passing lane
Sheltered bay
Fishing from the pier
Remember to throw the undersize catches back
Back on the mainland
We opted for sensible sandwiches



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