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For the first time in four years, the serpent is squiggling at a spotless desk. Out with the piles of accumulated junk, the paper jungle, piles of books and tarot decks and a mish mash of unsorted CDs. Even the ink pots and pretty pens had to go and the zombie guardian of the Big Mac has been given a few days off duty.

It started ever so innocently with the resurrection of a strange item snaffled at a charity shop. It folds up like a concertina and is designed to hang from a wardrobe rail. While being the perfect shape and size for books, their weight would result in a serious wardrobe malfunction. But there was no reason the 8 compartments could not be used to store an assortment of quirky hats. Much neater and more accessible than their usual lurking ground on the top shelf of the same wardrobe. Next move in this game of musical objects was to use the new space for disks, DVDs and other digital gadgets.

This was the perfect opportunity to start again from scratch. Simply get everything off the desk and give the old Mac a bit of a dust and wipe and worry about the sorting later. That was the map. But once started and getting into the swing of things, it was time to make the most of this unusual mood.

The Izzie sister will be visiting in July so it’s finally time to make some sort of effort. After all the usual CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) is a piss poor excuse to keep some one away who has travelled half way around the planet to get to the Lair. Privet Drive is the main attraction but the Lair will also be on the visiting list.
It’s funny how reading “The Ring” that Japanese story about a definitely dodgy video tape has also added an extra incentive. The Japanese are famous for living in shoe boxes so small that they hire suitcases to go on holidays because there is no space in their flats to store such indulgent luxuries.
And there’s Izzie with all that space and simply wasting it with chaos and clutter.

So now a bunch of CDs and a couple dozen DVDs are sitting on the bed waiting to be sorted. Most of the tarot decks have been assigned to the upstairs linen closet where they now lurk with lots of books.
The real trick will be resisting the siren call of all that stuff as it attempts to sneak back to fill up all that bright shiny clean desk real estate.

Once again it is an external deadline that proves to be the most potent source of serpent motivation. Must make the most of the moment before the usual inertia returns with a vengeance.
izmeina: Roz with clipboard from Monsters Inc (monsters inc)
For the first time in four years, the serpent is squiggling at a spotless desk. Out with the piles of accumulated junk, the paper jungle, piles of books and tarot decks and a mish mash of unsorted CDs. Even the ink pots and pretty pens had to go and the zombie guardian of the Big Mac has been given a few days off duty.

It started ever so innocently with the resurrection of a strange item snaffled at a charity shop. It folds up like a concertina and is designed to hang from a wardrobe rail. While being the perfect shape and size for books, their weight would result in a serious wardrobe malfunction. But there was no reason the 8 compartments could not be used to store an assortment of quirky hats. Much neater and more accessible than their usual lurking ground on the top shelf of the same wardrobe. Next move in this game of musical objects was to use the new space for disks, DVDs and other digital gadgets.

This was the perfect opportunity to start again from scratch. Simply get everything off the desk and give the old Mac a bit of a dust and wipe and worry about the sorting later. That was the map. But once started and getting into the swing of things, it was time to make the most of this unusual mood.

The Izzie sister will be visiting in July so it’s finally time to make some sort of effort. After all the usual CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) is a piss poor excuse to keep some one away who has travelled half way around the planet to get to the Lair. Privet Drive is the main attraction but the Lair will also be on the visiting list.
It’s funny how reading “The Ring” that Japanese story about a definitely dodgy video tape has also added an extra incentive. The Japanese are famous for living in shoe boxes so small that they hire suitcases to go on holidays because there is no space in their flats to store such indulgent luxuries.
And there’s Izzie with all that space and simply wasting it with chaos and clutter.

So now a bunch of CDs and a couple dozen DVDs are sitting on the bed waiting to be sorted. Most of the tarot decks have been assigned to the upstairs linen closet where they now lurk with lots of books.
The real trick will be resisting the siren call of all that stuff as it attempts to sneak back to fill up all that bright shiny clean desk real estate.

Once again it is an external deadline that proves to be the most potent source of serpent motivation. Must make the most of the moment before the usual inertia returns with a vengeance.
izmeina: (Default)
So another Camp Nano adventure is over and it is time to return to mundane reality. That includes choosing some new books to toss in the serpent sack for all those spare moments waiting or lurking when out and about. Extra attention is always reserved for certain special occasions. This usually include the obvious such as the new year and Halloween but Good Friday and Mayday are also on the list. Those times are saved for the spooky or spiritual sorts of stuff, Dan Brown included.
The most recent of these was James Herbert’s ‘Sepulchre”. Never heard of the man until he died recently. He was apparently a pretty famous writer of horror and spooky stuff and his most famous books were “The Rats” and “The Fog”. Just the titles alone is enough to make a serpent curious. Ever since reading Orwell’s “1984” at an impressionable age (and recommended by a religion teacher too along with “Animal Farm”) the Izzie has had a thing about rats. A creepy movie also added flies to the list.

spooky books and stuff )
izmeina: wicked twisted happy smiling green serpent (Smiling serpent)
So another Camp Nano adventure is over and it is time to return to mundane reality. That includes choosing some new books to toss in the serpent sack for all those spare moments waiting or lurking when out and about. Extra attention is always reserved for certain special occasions. This usually include the obvious such as the new year and Halloween but Good Friday and Mayday are also on the list. Those times are saved for the spooky or spiritual sorts of stuff, Dan Brown included.
The most recent of these was James Herbert’s ‘Sepulchre”. Never heard of the man until he died recently. He was apparently a pretty famous writer of horror and spooky stuff and his most famous books were “The Rats” and “The Fog”. Just the titles alone is enough to make a serpent curious. Ever since reading Orwell’s “1984” at an impressionable age (and recommended by a religion teacher too along with “Animal Farm”) the Izzie has had a thing about rats. A creepy movie also added flies to the list.

spooky books and stuff )
izmeina: (Default)
While having long ago given up on the ever some ambitious “100 things in 1,000” days ‘to do’ list, still decided that the idea in itself is worth keeping but in some more useful and productive form. The aim would be more on a few big projects all linked to each other rather than a list that is so long that you end up making up stupid stuff just to reach the magical 100 things.
But regardless of form, certain items kept getting moved from one list to the next and on again and never quite managed to get themselves crossed off as finished.
Organizing the Lair with a place for everything and everything in its place is the biggest offender on this front. The best books on decluttering and sorting stuff all say that unless you concentrate on moving towards what you do want rather than obsessing about all the stuff that is wrong then you will never make any real progress.

All sorts of stuff )
izmeina: creepy spooky old house infested with crawling critters (spooky)
While having long ago given up on the ever some ambitious “100 things in 1,000” days ‘to do’ list, still decided that the idea in itself is worth keeping but in some more useful and productive form. The aim would be more on a few big projects all linked to each other rather than a list that is so long that you end up making up stupid stuff just to reach the magical 100 things.
But regardless of form, certain items kept getting moved from one list to the next and on again and never quite managed to get themselves crossed off as finished.
Organizing the Lair with a place for everything and everything in its place is the biggest offender on this front. The best books on decluttering and sorting stuff all say that unless you concentrate on moving towards what you do want rather than obsessing about all the stuff that is wrong then you will never make any real progress.

All sorts of stuff )
izmeina: (Default)
Two weeks ago I took advantage of a free ferry service to visit the port of Fremantle. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the perfect weather for going on a river cruise. An added attraction was landing right near the centre of the town right next to 3 very pretty tall sailing ships. They had arrived the previous week and had been open to the public on the weekend. With a bit of luck they’d be open for a couple of days before the scheduled departure on 3rd August.

Spent a good 30 minutes drooling over the gorgeousness of the three boats and looking for the opening times which turned out to be not that day but Friday and Saturday.
The free ferries were running the next day so it was the perfect excuse to come back. Unlike another sailing ship - the replica of the Endeavour which turned up in October 2011, they were not charging a ridiculous $18 to go onboard but only a (gold coin) donation. So much for the reputation of the Dutch for being mean and miserly.

The Shipping News )
izmeina: spooky shadowy squid (scary squid)
Two weeks ago I took advantage of a free ferry service to visit the port of Fremantle. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the perfect weather for going on a river cruise. An added attraction was landing right near the centre of the town right next to 3 very pretty tall sailing ships. They had arrived the previous week and had been open to the public on the weekend. With a bit of luck they’d be open for a couple of days before the scheduled departure on 3rd August.

Spent a good 30 minutes drooling over the gorgeousness of the three boats and looking for the opening times which turned out to be not that day but Friday and Saturday.
The free ferries were running the next day so it was the perfect excuse to come back. Unlike another sailing ship - the replica of the Endeavour which turned up in October 2011, they were not charging a ridiculous $18 to go onboard but only a (gold coin) donation. So much for the reputation of the Dutch for being mean and miserly.

The Shipping News )
izmeina: (bigsmilie)
Here's wishing a happy and prosperous new year to all the Izzie's serpent associates

Had such grand plans for the day. Was meant to be off slinking about in the city where a whole bunch of streets have been closed to cars for all the snaky celebrations. It looked to be a seriously massive street party with lion and dragon dances and a guest appearance by the Wagyl (the local Rainbow Serpent who usually slithers about in the river)
The supermarkets had strategically placed bags of snake sweets on the end of aisles and the fruit sections had dragon fruit, lychees, longans and all sorts of decadent indulgences. Even one of the big four banks got in on the act and had their shelves adorned with rows and rows of snaky 'piggie' banks. Such a pity its corporate colours are two horrid shades of blue.

But the gods giggle when serpents make plans. Had been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while and then at the very last moment the Weather bureau goes all wowser and party pooper by predicting and delivering a sizzling stinking 41 degree day.

So no special green hat, no silver serpent necklace, no green skirts and stuff for slinking about in the city. One could get nuked from just walking out the door into the sun light. Pity any poor vampire who live in this part of the planet

While it might be true that once you are busy, out and about and actually doing stuff you are less likely to notice the heat than just sitting inside looking out and moping about it, it still doesn't prevent you from getting sizzled. And as the ultraviolet levels are so extreme in this bit of Oz, such little things can have long term serious consequences

Here the sun is so savage that you can get nuked even from the sun shining in the window at 7 in the morning. Sometimes snoozing in an east facing room does have its drawbacks. Even curtains present no serious obstacle.

Just stayed slinking about the Lair doing very little at all. And now they are promising us another two days or more of the same

Lots of the freaky Fringe Festival events tents do not have air conditioning so any venturing out will require being quite fussy about which shows to go to, if any.
As for the garden, had a whole pile of beans eyed up for soaking and planting last Friday. But the weekend forecast soon put an end to that

Had a big week attending assorted culture vulture activities. Everything here seems to happen in February. Even Saint Michael of Leunig will be gracing the Writer's festival two weeks from now with his presence. He's doing workshops on creativity but they are quite expensive. But should be able to manage one 60 minute talk to gaze upon his greatness as a member of the adoring audience.

Will probably spend most of March recovering from all the excitement as well as spending some much needed time in the garden if there's any of it left after weeks of this weather
izmeina: smiling serpent (zmeya)
Here's wishing a happy and prosperous new year to all the Izzie's serpent associates

Had such grand plans for the day. Was meant to be off slinking about in the city where a whole bunch of streets have been closed to cars for all the snaky celebrations. It looked to be a seriously massive street party with lion and dragon dances and a guest appearance by the Wagyl (the local Rainbow Serpent who usually slithers about in the river)
The supermarkets had strategically placed bags of snake sweets on the end of aisles and the fruit sections had dragon fruit, lychees, longans and all sorts of decadent indulgences. Even one of the big four banks got in on the act and had their shelves adorned with rows and rows of snaky 'piggie' banks. Such a pity its corporate colours are two horrid shades of blue.

But the gods giggle when serpents make plans. Had been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while and then at the very last moment the Weather bureau goes all wowser and party pooper by predicting and delivering a sizzling stinking 41 degree day.

So no special green hat, no silver serpent necklace, no green skirts and stuff for slinking about in the city. One could get nuked from just walking out the door into the sun light. Pity any poor vampire who live in this part of the planet

While it might be true that once you are busy, out and about and actually doing stuff you are less likely to notice the heat than just sitting inside looking out and moping about it, it still doesn't prevent you from getting sizzled. And as the ultraviolet levels are so extreme in this bit of Oz, such little things can have long term serious consequences

Here the sun is so savage that you can get nuked even from the sun shining in the window at 7 in the morning. Sometimes snoozing in an east facing room does have its drawbacks. Even curtains present no serious obstacle.

Just stayed slinking about the Lair doing very little at all. And now they are promising us another two days or more of the same

Lots of the freaky Fringe Festival events tents do not have air conditioning so any venturing out will require being quite fussy about which shows to go to, if any.
As for the garden, had a whole pile of beans eyed up for soaking and planting last Friday. But the weekend forecast soon put an end to that

Had a big week attending assorted culture vulture activities. Everything here seems to happen in February. Even Saint Michael of Leunig will be gracing the Writer's festival two weeks from now with his presence. He's doing workshops on creativity but they are quite expensive. But should be able to manage one 60 minute talk to gaze upon his greatness as a member of the adoring audience.

Will probably spend most of March recovering from all the excitement as well as spending some much needed time in the garden if there's any of it left after weeks of this weather
izmeina: (Default)
The first two weeks of the bright shiny new year are over. The weather has been seriously sucky from even before the year started with only four decent days for doing useful stuff rather than just moping about and melting

Finally slinked outside to plant the bags of seeds that have been sitting for weeks patiently waiting. There’s supposed to be rain on the way.
The latest stash was a mix of buckwheat, alfalfa, mustard and fenugreek. Its sole purpose is to grow quickly in order to cover the soil and protect it from the big yellow microwave in the sky
So much of the ground has been nuked due to the recent weeks of sizzling sunshine. Aside from the sweet potatoes which are the only weeds that thrive in this weather, so much other stuff is looking seriously sad and shriveled.

The only consolation is that the well established weeds such as the grape vine, fig and woolly bush trees are now big enough to be able to look after themselves and to provide much needed shade and nibblies for the visiting birds.

13 bits of trivia )
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Time Turner)
The first two weeks of the bright shiny new year are over. The weather has been seriously sucky from even before the year started with only four decent days for doing useful stuff rather than just moping about and melting

Finally slinked outside to plant the bags of seeds that have been sitting for weeks patiently waiting. There’s supposed to be rain on the way.
The latest stash was a mix of buckwheat, alfalfa, mustard and fenugreek. Its sole purpose is to grow quickly in order to cover the soil and protect it from the big yellow microwave in the sky
So much of the ground has been nuked due to the recent weeks of sizzling sunshine. Aside from the sweet potatoes which are the only weeds that thrive in this weather, so much other stuff is looking seriously sad and shriveled.

The only consolation is that the well established weeds such as the grape vine, fig and woolly bush trees are now big enough to be able to look after themselves and to provide much needed shade and nibblies for the visiting birds.

13 bits of trivia )
izmeina: (Default)
Izzie is beginning to suspect one of the real reasons for her incurable addiction to books. As well as being paper teddy bears or Portkeys to magical and mysterious worlds, they serve as a source for all sorts of inspiring or useful stuff. After all life is too short to reinvent the wheel.

Lists and little black books )
izmeina: (oro)
Izzie is beginning to suspect one of the real reasons for her incurable addiction to books. As well as being paper teddy bears or Portkeys to magical and mysterious worlds, they serve as a source for all sorts of inspiring or useful stuff. After all life is too short to reinvent the wheel.

Lists and little black books )
izmeina: (Default)
In an attempt to be organized recently bought two bright shiny expanding folders. The bright lime green one is for packets of seeds sorted by month and season and the lurid pink one for bits and bobs, scraps of paper and articles that don’t really fit anywhere else.
But while 18 brown pockets might be all right for seeds, it is not so useful for other stuff. Had already considered clearing out the contents of an old folder and assigning it to this new purpose. But like so many other good intentions this one ended up in the too hard basket. That was until tonight.

Bills and things )
izmeina: Roz with clipboard from Monsters Inc (Roz)
In an attempt to be organized recently bought two bright shiny expanding folders. The bright lime green one is for packets of seeds sorted by month and season and the lurid pink one for bits and bobs, scraps of paper and articles that don’t really fit anywhere else.
But while 18 brown pockets might be all right for seeds, it is not so useful for other stuff. Had already considered clearing out the contents of an old folder and assigning it to this new purpose. But like so many other good intentions this one ended up in the too hard basket. That was until tonight.

Bills and things )
izmeina: (Default)
Izzie had been plodding along slowly and steadily and gradually imposing the itsiest bitsiest bit of order on the chaos that is the Lair. First port of call was the witch’s kitchen. Some serious tossing and sorting got done and before long there were only three out of the eleven sections were left. But they were the worst of the three full of cobwebs, spiders and assorted bags of legumes, rice and other nibblies. Plastic bags are not quite as indestructible as we have been led to believe and all sorts of creatures have made their niche in this little nook that has not been touched since the froggie tenants came and went.

Then the same thing happened as before - a sudden serpent crash. Loss of interest, fits of tiredness and all sorts of subconscious attempts at sabotage.

Let the inner chaos monster run loose for a while but finally figured it was time to put it back on a leash. But would have to be ever so slow and sneaky about it. Just the thought of attempting anything significant was sufficient to induce the snoozes or a sudden desire to watch the grass growing. But there’s a three year plan to be kept since the end of May. Every week day has to be devoted to either sorting and tossing stuff, squiggling or gardening. Due to the storms yesterday gardening and slinking online were going to be rather limited so that left one option.

Just two shelves of one cupboard was on the agenda last night. A fruitless search for a certain deck of vampire tarot cards missing in action since Halloween 2010 led the Izzie to sorting out the official location of the rest of the stash. Most of the cards were keeping company with a handful of books. These included tarot related stuff as it seemed the logical place to put them and a stack of Graeme Base picture books that really should be in the Big Bad Gift Box as they make the most gorgeous Christmas and birthday presents. Now if only Izzie could remember who she had already given some to. There was a collection of supernatural spooky stories, some Stephen King novels, Michael Leunig cartoon collections, Lord of the Rings things and a very grand and elaborate copy of the Koran got as a freebie at the local university. It’s not just the Christians who proselytize.

There was also one very precious tome in there all wrapped up in paper - a first edition and the only book Izzie ever bought from a proper antiquarian book shop (and also the very first thing the serpent bought online way back in 2006)

Most of the gorgeous Baba decks were there including the Fairytale, Fantastic Menagerie and two version of the Bohemian Gothic along with Deviant Moon, Necronomicon, Dark Angels and other assorted Gothic delights. Turned out that these did include the Ian Daniels Vampyre deck. It had fallen down behind the rest of them. So often the Izzie has put things exactly where they are supposed to be but being as blind as a bat simply cannot see them.

Took all the books out except the Koran. It gets the job as a probably pissed off security guard minding this den of iniquity. Tidied up all the decks and attempted to put them in some sort of logical order which in the end meant the box sets at one end and the packets at the other with their tops facing outwards so that it is possible to see their names at a glance. Counted a total of 36 decks in all but there are another few lurking around the Big Mac computer and the all time favourite in the green every day back pack. With another two presently conscripted on Camp Nano brainstorming duties, that most likely gives a total of 50 something. Really must gather them all together and do a proper head count. Peeking through this old but new again gothic deck was almost like seeing it for the first time. No need to get any more when the fix for novelty can be satiated by randomly choosing one and playing with it all over again.

Until the brilliant folks from Baba come up with their Alice in Wonderland deck, the Izzie is quite content in thinking that she has conquered her tarot acquisition addiction. Now if only the same could be said about that other vice concerning stationery, books and pretty paper of all kinds.

It took around 30 minutes to dust and sort this lot but now there is yet another stack of books sitting in the corner looking for a nonexistent shelf to lurk on.
Also went on a bit of a blitz this evening in the loo, the stove top and the kitchen table. Even bought two expanding folders. One is for miscellaneous articles and clippings and the other for packets of seeds and gardening information. The spell has been broken and the serpent is getting back into the spirit of sorting.

Tomorrow will include a visit to the cute little cafe in the bookstore visited last week. Must bring along a third box of muses and see what inspirational ingredients they have to add to the soon to be brewed cauldron of alphabet soup
izmeina: (haunted house)
Izzie had been plodding along slowly and steadily and gradually imposing the itsiest bitsiest bit of order on the chaos that is the Lair. First port of call was the witch’s kitchen. Some serious tossing and sorting got done and before long there were only three out of the eleven sections were left. But they were the worst of the three full of cobwebs, spiders and assorted bags of legumes, rice and other nibblies. Plastic bags are not quite as indestructible as we have been led to believe and all sorts of creatures have made their niche in this little nook that has not been touched since the froggie tenants came and went.

Then the same thing happened as before - a sudden serpent crash. Loss of interest, fits of tiredness and all sorts of subconscious attempts at sabotage.

Let the inner chaos monster run loose for a while but finally figured it was time to put it back on a leash. But would have to be ever so slow and sneaky about it. Just the thought of attempting anything significant was sufficient to induce the snoozes or a sudden desire to watch the grass growing. But there’s a three year plan to be kept since the end of May. Every week day has to be devoted to either sorting and tossing stuff, squiggling or gardening. Due to the storms yesterday gardening and slinking online were going to be rather limited so that left one option.

Just two shelves of one cupboard was on the agenda last night. A fruitless search for a certain deck of vampire tarot cards missing in action since Halloween 2010 led the Izzie to sorting out the official location of the rest of the stash. Most of the cards were keeping company with a handful of books. These included tarot related stuff as it seemed the logical place to put them and a stack of Graeme Base picture books that really should be in the Big Bad Gift Box as they make the most gorgeous Christmas and birthday presents. Now if only Izzie could remember who she had already given some to. There was a collection of supernatural spooky stories, some Stephen King novels, Michael Leunig cartoon collections, Lord of the Rings things and a very grand and elaborate copy of the Koran got as a freebie at the local university. It’s not just the Christians who proselytize.

There was also one very precious tome in there all wrapped up in paper - a first edition and the only book Izzie ever bought from a proper antiquarian book shop (and also the very first thing the serpent bought online way back in 2006)

Most of the gorgeous Baba decks were there including the Fairytale, Fantastic Menagerie and two version of the Bohemian Gothic along with Deviant Moon, Necronomicon, Dark Angels and other assorted Gothic delights. Turned out that these did include the Ian Daniels Vampyre deck. It had fallen down behind the rest of them. So often the Izzie has put things exactly where they are supposed to be but being as blind as a bat simply cannot see them.

Took all the books out except the Koran. It gets the job as a probably pissed off security guard minding this den of iniquity. Tidied up all the decks and attempted to put them in some sort of logical order which in the end meant the box sets at one end and the packets at the other with their tops facing outwards so that it is possible to see their names at a glance. Counted a total of 36 decks in all but there are another few lurking around the Big Mac computer and the all time favourite in the green every day back pack. With another two presently conscripted on Camp Nano brainstorming duties, that most likely gives a total of 50 something. Really must gather them all together and do a proper head count. Peeking through this old but new again gothic deck was almost like seeing it for the first time. No need to get any more when the fix for novelty can be satiated by randomly choosing one and playing with it all over again.

Until the brilliant folks from Baba come up with their Alice in Wonderland deck, the Izzie is quite content in thinking that she has conquered her tarot acquisition addiction. Now if only the same could be said about that other vice concerning stationery, books and pretty paper of all kinds.

It took around 30 minutes to dust and sort this lot but now there is yet another stack of books sitting in the corner looking for a nonexistent shelf to lurk on.
Also went on a bit of a blitz this evening in the loo, the stove top and the kitchen table. Even bought two expanding folders. One is for miscellaneous articles and clippings and the other for packets of seeds and gardening information. The spell has been broken and the serpent is getting back into the spirit of sorting.

Tomorrow will include a visit to the cute little cafe in the bookstore visited last week. Must bring along a third box of muses and see what inspirational ingredients they have to add to the soon to be brewed cauldron of alphabet soup
izmeina: (Default)
Izzie has been one seriously lazy serpent.
Since Thursday the weather has been seriously gorgeous. Warm and breezy but still crisp and crunchy. Nothing at all like the appalling icky stickiness of previous days where the air was so thick with humidity you could almost feel yourself being crushed by it

On Thursday the main item on the agenda was a meeting at 6.30pm for a discussion group just joined on the topic of Wikileaks
Figured that we should go to that suburb a bit earlier than 5pm like last time when all the interesting shops and cafes were closed
Of special interest is a book shop with the intriguing title "Love and Hate" which specializes in romance, crime and thrillers. But that turned out to be still closed due to an extended Christmas holiday
The other was the Pottery gallery and cafe. Used to visit that place years ago for the annual Teapot show in the pottery gallery. The cafe was not there at the time
It is a beautiful old building with a tin pressed roof, stained glass windows and doors and is made of rusty old red brick.
Sat out in the garden down the back. You have to wake down the side of the old building to get to it and it seemed uncannily like the old haunt "Village Cafe" with the plane trees against the wall
This had citrus trees and lots of pots of various varieties of basil, thyme, oregano and mint
The fragrance was just gorgeous
Spent a good two and a half hours there. Would have been longer but they close at 4pm

It was the perfect place for peeking at the Paulina deck - the one opened on New Years' even but not looked at.
Had also brought along the Victorian Romantic deck. This cafe will definitely be a nano inspiration lurking ground

The rest of the shopping strip was not so inspiring. Bottle shops and Boganville sorts of stores aplenty.

Then there was a visit to a very beautiful old pub that has now been converted to a cafe which was the location for the evening's meeting

Turned out that all of this newness in the wake of a week of draining weather must have been too much for the serpent senses.
The following days was even more gorgeous but had well and truly crashed
Ended up spending the day lurking around the Lair pottering in the garden and sorting out stuff

Doing quite well on the decluttering and tidying front. Decided that it is better to do one thing a day no matter how small to keep up the momentum rather than feasting and fasting which always ends up with less feasting and more fasting and then getting nothing done at all

Tossed out all the groceries receipts from the serpent purse thinking that if we were too busy to sort them out and put the totals in the little black scrooge book then it would be no more likely we would find time this year. And what did it matter anyway? So out they went. The purse feels so much leaner and meaner with lots more space for bright shiny notes now

Out want all of last year's atm receipts too since there is no reason to keep once they have been verified against the quarterly bank statements

The big one is the piles of unsorted books, old newspapers and the odd deck of cards or two. Started on that yesterday as we needed to have something to show for wasting a whole day
Did also get started on nano plotting and planning by doing the first two Wriye world building exercises but that's a story for another day

Only hoping that being so zonked on a Friday is not a sign of some evil bug lurking and ready to unleash itself
izmeina: (Crazy)
Izzie has been one seriously lazy serpent.
Since Thursday the weather has been seriously gorgeous. Warm and breezy but still crisp and crunchy. Nothing at all like the appalling icky stickiness of previous days where the air was so thick with humidity you could almost feel yourself being crushed by it

On Thursday the main item on the agenda was a meeting at 6.30pm for a discussion group just joined on the topic of Wikileaks
Figured that we should go to that suburb a bit earlier than 5pm like last time when all the interesting shops and cafes were closed
Of special interest is a book shop with the intriguing title "Love and Hate" which specializes in romance, crime and thrillers. But that turned out to be still closed due to an extended Christmas holiday
The other was the Pottery gallery and cafe. Used to visit that place years ago for the annual Teapot show in the pottery gallery. The cafe was not there at the time
It is a beautiful old building with a tin pressed roof, stained glass windows and doors and is made of rusty old red brick.
Sat out in the garden down the back. You have to wake down the side of the old building to get to it and it seemed uncannily like the old haunt "Village Cafe" with the plane trees against the wall
This had citrus trees and lots of pots of various varieties of basil, thyme, oregano and mint
The fragrance was just gorgeous
Spent a good two and a half hours there. Would have been longer but they close at 4pm

It was the perfect place for peeking at the Paulina deck - the one opened on New Years' even but not looked at.
Had also brought along the Victorian Romantic deck. This cafe will definitely be a nano inspiration lurking ground

The rest of the shopping strip was not so inspiring. Bottle shops and Boganville sorts of stores aplenty.

Then there was a visit to a very beautiful old pub that has now been converted to a cafe which was the location for the evening's meeting

Turned out that all of this newness in the wake of a week of draining weather must have been too much for the serpent senses.
The following days was even more gorgeous but had well and truly crashed
Ended up spending the day lurking around the Lair pottering in the garden and sorting out stuff

Doing quite well on the decluttering and tidying front. Decided that it is better to do one thing a day no matter how small to keep up the momentum rather than feasting and fasting which always ends up with less feasting and more fasting and then getting nothing done at all

Tossed out all the groceries receipts from the serpent purse thinking that if we were too busy to sort them out and put the totals in the little black scrooge book then it would be no more likely we would find time this year. And what did it matter anyway? So out they went. The purse feels so much leaner and meaner with lots more space for bright shiny notes now

Out want all of last year's atm receipts too since there is no reason to keep once they have been verified against the quarterly bank statements

The big one is the piles of unsorted books, old newspapers and the odd deck of cards or two. Started on that yesterday as we needed to have something to show for wasting a whole day
Did also get started on nano plotting and planning by doing the first two Wriye world building exercises but that's a story for another day

Only hoping that being so zonked on a Friday is not a sign of some evil bug lurking and ready to unleash itself

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