|Outside eating area under the Norfolk Island pine tree|
Hi dear folk
Well we are all moved into our new house now (leased) and Monday was my first day back at work. Mrs HM dropped me off at work - a three minute drive from our place - and in the afternoon I walked home. It was a lovely relaxing 25 min stroll and I loved it. What a revelation living in a house so close to my office. Mr Money Mustache would be proud of me (I'm sure) ..... click HERE to read his thoughts on commuting. So, I will be polishing up the second car for sale and we will be once again back to being a one car family. To add to the charm there is a bus stop right outside our door which the girls use to get to university and college - I can use it to on rainy days as this bus also stops right outside my work too.
|Shade gardening - I'm going to have to learn some new skills|
Our new place has a creek running at the bottom of the garden and is very shady. I will have to educate myself on gardening for shade. The current plantings are very subtropical and ornamental although there is a lovely back verandah that gets good sun most of the day as it faces north (we are southern hemisphere). I feel a long line of self-watering veggie boxes coming on. There is a lovely shady paved area up the top of the garden to put our outdoor setting on. It is set under a big Norfolk Island pine tree which will look splendid when we have all our lights draped through the branches.....all ready for big family nosh-ups.
|Crispy skin salmon and salad|
We are only a 10 min drive from an elderly relative now. We took her a home baked meal last night which she immediately ate with gusto. It got me to thinking about old folk with low mobility and how they often could not be bothered feeding themselves properly because it is just to difficult too get around and make the effort. We'll be keeping a quiet eye on that situation from now on. Old age is not a sin but it sure is no joke either. It is good to be living so much closer so we can be of practical use.
|A little magpie awaiting some tid-bits|
There are friendly Magpies who fly down and sit on the front porch railing. I fed them some little bits of scrap meat and they loved it. The HM daughters have reported that they have come back every day now and have warbled their song on the porch until they are fed - how sweet. Sure beats being swooped! There are also water dragons living down in the creek which come up to 'visit' regularly. I have not been able to get a good picture yet as they move so quickly. They look friendly but I'm no so sure.....time will tell. They easily jump off a two story roof line and onto the grass and run off - super agile. We can hear them running across the roof of an afternoon during twilight.
|Dudley beach - just 7 minutes away|
We also live just seven minutes from the beach. The HM daughters have already frequented the beach a few times this week as the weather here has been fairly summery. Mrs HM wants to do evening walks on the beach during summer - I won't be saying no.
|A mixed roast in the oven smelling fabulous!|
Anyway - lots more to tell but this will do for starters.....
Take care folks and stay nice.
Mr HM (Phil)