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.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Travels, daffodils, and mice.

Travels relates to a little trip Ken and I took a couple of weeks ago, daffodils are in our back garden, and mice refers to...well, you will have to wait until the end of this post - or scroll down and miss the nice pictures!
We drove up to Sugarloaf Reservoir to check out the water level, and go for a walk.  We were shocked to see how much the water level had dropped since the last time we were there; it was nearly full last year. We have certainly had rain this year; maybe the water authorities have been piping the water from here to another reservoir for some reason...


This is one of Ken's favourite places to walk, as it is fairly flat along this track.  He just can't walk up hills any more, without breathing problems.  

On the way home from Sugarloaf, we stopped at the Kangaroo Ground Cemetery, where one of Ken's aunts is buried.  He went to the funeral, but hasn't been back since.  We walked all over the cemetery but couldn't find her grave.  His cousin said she will show us where it is if we go up there again.




It is only a small cemetery compared to others in the metropolitan area, but it is very pretty and peaceful, so we have decided to book ourselves a spot here.  There was a sign up saying there is still space available, so if we do that, it is one less thing for our families to worry about when we are gone!

It must have been ten years ago when I planted a dozen mixed bulbs along the edge of the lawn in our back yard - daffodils, jonquils, hyacinths and tulips.  Earlier this year I dug all the bulbs up, separated them and replanted them.  What a fabulous display we have this year!  Below are some of the jonquils and yellow daffodils on the right, and there are a lot more daffodils further along that you can't see in this picture.


These daffodils are miniatures, not that you can tell here, but they are smaller than the others.


Finally, the mice!  I went up to the aviaries this morning to let the hens out for a run around the yard, and on checking the finch aviaries found Ken's mouse trap with EIGHT mice in it!
 
I took the trap out and put it on the back step for Tiger to look at.  He walked around it licking his chops, poking at it, and staring at the mice for about an hour!  

I asked Ken what he'll do with them and he said he would drown them in boiling water.   NOOOOOO!!!!!  I said how can you bear to do that and hear them squealing, and he said he didn't hear anything with the first one he killed like that.  I've been feeding them bread crumbs, and Ken has finally relented and said we can take them down to the park and let them out.He said they'll breed millions more, and I said they've got a right to live just as we have.  There are too many humans on the planet, but nobody puts us in boiling water...

2 Comments:

Blogger FredaB said...

The name of the cemetary threw me for a minute. I really thought maybe it is where they buried the dead kangaroos. Crazy me. It does look like a nice final resting place.

We too have been making plans along that line except we are opting for cremation and no burial.
Gruesome thoughts but it will save the families from having to worry at such a time. Harvc has also been making lists of all the things I would have to do and people to contact with telephone #s, etc. I am sure this will be wonderful to have at such a time.
Hopefully for all of us it will be a few more years.

Hugs
FredaB

Saturday, 17 August, 2013  
Blogger Gina E. said...

LOL!!! Never thought about that angle of the cemetary name! Kangaroo Ground is the name of the town where the cemetary is located.

Sunday, 18 August, 2013  

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