Friday, May 31, 2013

A New Friend

 

Today a senior resident in the seniors caravan park brought me thse apples grown right here in this area: Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Golden Delicious. I chopped one and cooked in the tiny crock pot, drizzled with a little honey and then added Devon cream.

The lady invited me for a cup of tea, and then upon learning that I valued tea cups, reached up high to a shelf in her kitchen and gave this cup! She bought it in 1948.
 
 
In her home was this sturdy, colorful dryer rack.
She gave me a book she had written about the history of the Mornington Peninsula, which contained pages and pages of her own drawings.
 
Included in the book was the history of the Tyabb packing house, which was used to process tons of apples. The Tyabb packing house is now an antique store, and next to it is the old red train that is now a tea room.
Lelia Shaw and me.
I wish I had met her weeks ago and had visited her often but the end of my visit to Victoria is near.
 

I was taken on a tour today by another park resident to see how the other half live---that is, the part of the population outside of the caravan (trailer) park lives.

I was so happy to find these Australian tie tacks for the men in my family.
 

 

 
These pictures were supposed to catch the lights of Melbourne in the distance.
Betty showed me the bedspread she crocheted. There is a story behind it which I might tell, later.
When I got home i found another treasure. It is a cutting knife that has a handle that has the flat side up; more comfortable to use.
 

A friend showed me a website that sold Candle wraps for led lites. I wonder why I did not think of making them. I made some with paper, today, cutting around the paper to make a melted candle effect.

 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Another Shopping Trip, Lunch and Sewing

 

 

Since my time is running out I have been taking up every offer I get to go somewhere. This morning a relative took me to a few stores.

This display was inside od a metal gazebo.

The white chandeliers were very attractive,

as well as the rest of the furniture

This is a candle holder that I thought would look lovely with led lights.

The colors look well together.

 

 

 

 

While buying my sandwich for lunch I had a chance to look at. Couple of the pastries made here. Click the picture to read the names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A toasted chicken/avocado sandwich is what I had for lunch, with a pot of tea, while my rellies ordered the same thing but a different drink.

 

One of the fabrics at the fabric store.

 

Cotton cardigans i bought when i first came here.

A stainless steel teapot that was as light as a feather will end up in my suitcase. I have already used it and it does not dribble, plus it will not get chipped. The tea stays hot and also tastes good.

I bought some small cuts of lawn fabric and one larger piece for a dress. I sure hope i can get someone to take me to get some more. Maybe I can also get my d.h. to add more money on my travel card. The travel card is a nice thing because it automatically makes the foreign exchange for you when you use it, so you do not need travel checks or bother with exchanging money at a bank.

I could only find one package of these paper napkins.

Tonight i have sewn cotton flannel skirts for my mother. She particularly likes these prints to wear with black shivers, and they are easy to make, without a pattern.

 

After I got back home i cleaned another shelf and found a treasure. It is a pincushion made by my mother's mother.

I went somewhere with Betty and she wanted to leave early in case we got lost. The route she took got us there much earlier than she expected, and she was so astonished, she gasped and said "I got here before I left!"

 

Lovely laundry carts here. I would sure enjoy having one of these at home. It i

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Things Today

Life is not always about things, but sometimes shopping is on the agenda and tourists like me must buy things. My time is running out, and now my priority is shopping. I like the villages and towns, all which are abundant with shops, and most business areas have sea fronts. Above, you see the handmade soap i bought today. Someone took me to the Mornington Market and bought a few things and had a look at what I want to buy next Wednesday.

one vendor had skillfully cut brand new sweatshirts and combined the colors to make them look like jackets, so I bought one as a gift.

You might remember that I spoke of coloring books for adults. Here is one i bought my mother.

 

I am going to Spotlight, a fabric store, in the morning, and I am trying to get more rest so am laying down the rest of the day.

 

View of a Mornington street,

And another house and matching fence.

we have found a lovely assisted living place and are pleased that it is all working out. I feel weary enough to book myself into a care unit but for respite i am planning to spend the rest of the time aggravating my siblings equally by staying with them by turns.

 

The "Park People" have been so helpful to me. When I first came, residents re regularly asked me if they could take me anywhere I needed to go. After being out with Betty a full day, I agreed to go somewhere with someone else, but in just two hours i was tired and ready to return to my abode. My tour guide protested: "You went out with Betty for 6 hours yesterday and I never heard anything about you asking to return home!" This is a seniors caravan park and they are all waiting to take me somewhere. They are the best tour and shopping guides.

Betty gives me advice, prefaced by the words: This is your mother speaking!

 

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