The above picture is of the blooms of the protea trees that flourish on this property. I spent yesterday morning picking the blossoms for sale on a stall. This time of the year the trees are in full bloom and the flowers are very popular with the passing traffic, both local and tourists. My landlords sell them and while they are away in New Zealand for the next ten days, they gave me permission to do the same. The coffers are looking healthy.
I hope you all visit the new blog that you see in my links...just beneath "Wino's Blog". Don and I have set it up and expect to have lots of fun with it, mingled with some very astute observations.
I made what I thought was going to be a brief visit to friends' home this morning to pick up some bananas from their banana "tree"...you are aware, of course, that banana plants are a herb. So, in reality, it is incorrect to call the plant a "tree". Arriving at around 10am, I've only now just arrived home, at 2.15pm. We ended up having an early lunch accompanied by a couple of bottles of wine. Total decadence on a Monday morning, but I'm not complaining...the unplanned interlude was a lot of fun. The friends being my usual partners in crime, Paul and Fia. We have another wicked day planned this coming Thursday, when we, 'three musketeers' head off down to the coast for lunch at the Casino. On the way down and back our intentions are to raid a couple of stores, including "Dan Murphy's", a discount liquor barn. Whooohoo!
I do have far more interesting tales to relate other than my day to day activities, which I am sure are pretty boring to others. However, at this particular moment, this will have to do as I think a nap is in order. It's as hot and humid as Hades here today. We've had a couple of showers of rain, which have only enhanced the mugginess. The cyclone that was forming off the coast, unfortunately, is moving away east and the catchment areas in south-east Queensland that desperately need rain, once again, will miss out on a much-needed deluge. The 'low' out there in the Coral Sea is sucking all the air from us still, and that is the reason why we are now experiencing these humid conditions.
I just love the 'news'. This time last week we were being told that all the flooding rains received in North Queensland a couple of weeks ago were going to affect the Great Barrier Reef. Just this moment, a snippet of news has flashed on the television informing us that the flooding rains received in North Queensland a couple of weeks ago will be a great help to the Great Barrier Reef! I wish "they", that magical, invisible "they" would make up their minds.
It is a known fact, and I'm sure I've mentioned it previously in my posts, when there is a drought on the land, there is a drought in the ocean. Heavy run-off, such as they experienced up north over the past few weeks is needed. The ocean thrives on it. When the coastal waters are without fresh run-offs for an extended period of time, fish move further out to the deeper waters, because the waters closer in become very salty. After all the rain they had up in the north, the fishing and prawning industries will be jumping up and down for joy.
This is just another lesson in 'not believing everything you hear on the media". Truth seems to be scarce. I'm sure the media make up their stories as they go along, just to fill in the gaps.
This is a bit out of line, which is obvious to the eye...the reason being I wrote it through "Picasa' programme and I don't know how to bring everything into line. I'm sure you will forgive me my ignorance!