Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Wild weather and expoding gas heaters!

I don't know if any of my readers are in New Zealand, but if so, my thoughts are with you after such a tragic day on Saturday. We saw on the news last night footage of the earthquake that has nearly flattened Christchurch, and also the plane crash on the glacier, killing nine people. There are tragedies and catastrophes playing out all over the world most of the time, but New Zealand and Australia have very close ties, and I'm sure most Aussies will be concerned for our Kiwi mates.

Here in Australia, several states have been swept by violent storms and winds over the last day or so, and as I type this, the rain and wind is lashing our house. Ken and I always worry about our birds in their aviaries, at the top of our back yard. There are several trees close by, and if one of them is blown over....well, I won't dwell on that.

For years I've been nagging Ken to install a retractable clothesline on our patio, for days like this when I can't hang the washing on our clothesline outside the back door. Well, I could, but what's the point - it would just get wetter! Several of our friends have these retractable clothes line under their patio roof, and it is so handy to be able to hang your washing out regardless of the weather, knowing it will get dry in spite of the rain. But Ken always said it couldn't be done. So when I saw a cute portable clothesline advertised in the Innovations mail order catalogue, I ordered it immediately. It arrived last week, just in time for me to put it to good use yesterday!

You can see by the wet bricks at the foot of the photo, that there is just enough shelter for my little clothesline. Obviously it isn't sturdy enough to hold sheets and towels, but I only want it for the lighter stuff anyway, which it handles perfectly. I was able to bring it all in before teatime, nearly dry.

Thinking we would settle in for a nice quiet night in front of our gas logfire, Ken was snoozing on the couch, and I was leafing through some cookery magazines, (REALLY exciting Saturday night) when all of a sudden, there was an awful roaring noise. We nearly jumped out of our skins, and Topsy shot off her chair and into the kitchen! For a few seconds, we couldn't figure out what it was - maybe the storm outside had turned into a tornado? But no, it was the gas fire. The fire itself was still burning okay, but the fan was making all the noise, so we turned it off immediately. Being a weekend, we won't be able to get a tradesman until Monday. Ken wanted to pull it apart and have a look, but I put my foot down and said NO - you're not an electrician or a plumber so just LEAVE it! He's looking up gas log fires on the internet at the moment, so I guess we'll be heading out very soon to choose a new one. We've had this one for 11 years, so it's had a good run. So much for a quiet night!


Blogger Merle said...

G'Day Gina ~~ I am so glad you weren't hurt or burnt when the gas
heater exploded. The storms have been awful around much of the state. Few floods about - but I am OK here.
Falling trees are a danger.
Thanks for your comments and I wish you enough also. I agree about the rain coming at weekends when everyone wants to be outdoors in sunshine. It has been more like our old winters - cold and wet. Take care my friend,Love, Merle.

Sunday, 05 September, 2010  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Glad you weren't hurt, indeed. Your life always sounds so contented and sane - it's good to read about it.

Thursday, 09 September, 2010  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Hi Gina!
I'm so happy no one was hurt.
I wish I could hang cloths outside but it's not allowed where we live. :(
Talk with you soon.

Thursday, 09 September, 2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again ~~ Did I tell you Jeanette is well, although one eye still troubles her after cataract surgery
She spends her days about 5 a week
playing Bowls. And spends time on Facebook. I hope she gets back to blogging. Take care, Love Merle.

Thursday, 09 September, 2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Gina ~~ The floods are still about, and some ppl are still flooded in and can't get to work.
But the next flood is expected at Echuca, while Wangaratta is still a
worry with levees about to burst and flood 60 properties.
I see the very next day the Govt. was arguing with the Independants
about the mining tax, so Julia has already broken that promise to them. Glad you like the Winnie the Pooh joke, that was my pick too.
Take care, Love, Merle.

Thursday, 09 September, 2010  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Gina. Hope your gas heater only a fan belt and nothing serious.. We have had a lot of rain..Ive got under veranda line its one that fits on outsde wall
for a confined space.. they come in different sizes My Daughter has a large one on the wall in her garage and a small one insde on laundry wall.I use this
all summer so the harsh son doesnt fade my cloths and winter to get things dried.... rather than the hills outside it takes sheets ,towels ,and all my washing... Gees Ineed it with all this rain.. Benalla Yarrawonga rd ' Wangaratta/ yarrawonga rd all cut off with floods, Pics soon... Take care ill return very soon..

Regarding loss of telephone & internet last blog.. My landline went dead took Telsta 8 days to come repair line. Ants built a nest around the cables and chewed some of the cables..

Thursday, 09 September, 2010  

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