13.12.04


"a queer old bird is the pelican, his beak holds more than his belly can..."

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pandemonium
Sydney has been hit this afternoon with extreme storms, not uncommon at this time of the year.

I just heard an update on their progress across the city. "There has been an accident on the M5 and there is a futility. OOPS fatality. This has caused pandemonium for traffic."

Not a word about the person killed or any expression of even regret. Just pandemonium for traffic.

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My holiday was different to expectations. I can't remember when I last went to a beach resort and didn't go to the beach. I swam once in the salt pool at the villa complex where we stayed. However, almost the entire week had a very strong nor'easter blowing, the type of wind which blows sand to sting the legs. It was cool and often damp. I did come back feeling rested. Early nights, late mornings, a few walks. We went for a lunch cruise around Wallis Lake and saw dolphins in the lake this year.

We also went to Taree about half an hour inland from Forster and from there drove through mountains to Gloucester. A lovely green drive with many old farmhouses to be seen. On the way back, I intended to call in at the only Amish community (scroll down) in Australia at Nabiac, but we got caught up in roadworks and detours and missed the turnoff. A woman from the community told my mother last year that they are not as strict as some Amish communities. They use electricity with no qualms of conscience.

We returned to a very full on weekend for me, so I was glad I'd had a rest. I'm looking forward to next year, as my sister is buyng a house in Forster and accommodation will be easier. Cheaper too, even helping out with money and food.

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Going Jesus has been collecting different, to say the least, Nativity Scenes. Scroll up or down to see other beautiful examples of the genre.

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