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Callistemon

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  • How are things going for you? I miss your input!
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    And then there's that people here (not just me) who want to express emotions around social or political issues who are getting censored when they try to do that, even though done respectfully. So at the end of the day, I'm back to other things which I find more nourishing and less restrictive and infantilising, and to online spaces which work better for me.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Now let's just see whether this honest response will be allowed to stand in the public forum, or whether it will be cut. Whichever way, I'm not bothered because I don't participate anymore. But I do wish all the lovely people that are undoubtedly on here all the best. If things ever get better, you can let me know, and also I do mostly still respond to PMs as well.
    Jeff T
    Jeff T
    well dang, I really enjoyed your posts.
    I hope I have not been too offensive overall
    Painted plasterboard walls of attic green today - and only one piece of wood left to cut to shape before we can plaster the last wall.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Miraculously managed this morning to cut the complicated piece of wood I left till last and get a really good result, even though I am not a carpenter. Now painting all that woodwork before I put it all into position...
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    It's amazing how the things you dread the most turn out not to be THAT complicated in the end. But I was also lucky and my brain had days to work on that problem while I did other things, before I finally attempted it...
    First independent ride on Julian yesterday. I'll post photos on Julian & Friends if anyone wants them! Very happy. Took me a while...
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    This is news! Glad to hear it must have gone well. Now Julian has a job !
    Shaddock
    Shaddock
    cute : D and nice that you are happy.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Happy to finally get an afternoon to myself - which was great. Today I'm flat out again with chores! Looking forward to our next day off...hope you all have a lovely day.
    Plastered that East wall yesterday. 4 plastering days down, one to go next week. Phew. Photos later.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Photos here:

    Post your project

    Seeya later! Got to finish the wall bottom with a pool float, do the washing, make sourdough bread and lentil and tomato soup, chop up a load of apples for frozen pie filling, and clean the whole house because we have guests on the weekend...
    Plastering. I thought we might finish by 6pm today but it's a final coat and we're still going at 9.30 pm.
    Slim Jim
    Slim Jim
    Mr bean is actually satan incarnate in human form.

    But yeah, rowan is good at what he does, I saw him in a video with kate bush recently...comedy song.
    Slim Jim
    Slim Jim
    But back to mr bean lmao. Yeah the ominous intro, the light at the beginning is demonic possession. Everywhere he goes he causes destruction . Theres a whole theory on this. Dont ask my how I know this. Just take it from me. Mr bean is pure evil.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Reading through things this morning, I think @tree is overdue for a medal, although I doubt she wants one! :)
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Spreading cheer is such a good thing! :)

    There is this woman assisting at the self-service checkouts at the local supermarket who is the soul of good cheer. Always has genuine smiles and an effervescence and she clearly cares. And I always feel lifted when I'm around her (and I've talked to her about this a number of times).
    maycontainthunder
    maycontainthunder
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Thank you, I will check that out. Yes - I remember that one, haha. Now I need to go back in the garden to make the most of the remaining daylight! :) Have a good Wednesday, @maycontainthunder - and a very doggy one! :)
    A lovely sunny autumn day is blowing away the last of the ick from having to spend much of Saturday shopping.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Luca
    Luca
    That is amazing.
    Wanted to say this before, but you and Brett are some of the friendliest-looking people I have ever seen! :)
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Because our smiles are real, Luca - for both of us, when we were kids, we pulled stony faces when someone exhorted us to smile for the camera. We smile only when we feel like it, don't like to fake stuff like this. You can always tell by the eyes...

    And these days, it's easy to smile because it's usually one of us taking a photo of the other and winking or doing something impish while photographing. :)
    I owe some of you some reply PMs which I apologise for not getting around to yet, due to a recent bout of thread hypergraphia!
    By the way, did you ever read/see James Herriot's All Creatures Great And Small?
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    And laughed and cried over the series growing up!
    Loren
    Loren
    I just happened upon this conversation, so Im a bit late, but, All Creatures Great and Small is a favorite of mine, as well, and I have truly enjoyed watching the series on PBS, here.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Yeah - it's great, isn't it? To think his manuscript was rejected umpteen times, like JK Rowling's - but both so excellent and became so well-loved, when they finally got past the out-of-touch majority of the publishing insiders... :p
    Finally off on delayed hike with dog after we spent the morning getting a steer we've called Houdini out of the neighbour's bull paddock.
    Day off. Morning slothing which was much-needed after a fortnight of hosting guests. Afternoon: Fish & chips out and hiking to Hanging Rock.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Oops, I got out of sync! Internet is crawling... @Forest Cat, Willing Workers on Organic Farms - can google WWOOF. ;)

    @Atrapa Almas, we have compost toilets that I empty into the hot compost we make for our fruit trees. When the hot stage is over, the compost worms go through it, while the pumpkins grow in it, and after pumpkin harvest the compost goes on the fruit trees! :)
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    ...and one day when I was emptying the toilet cartridge, guess what came up on my iPod set to play randomly from a playlist? ...The Stranglers' classic "Golden Brown" - talk about timing.

    Now we know what the song is REALLY about. ;)
    Slim Jim
    Slim Jim
    Fish & chips...yummy.
    Intermittent internet & very slow... hope everyone is well. Am a bit scarce because of this.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    We're good, thank you, @Gerontius - also Brett is smiling more now, despite current Internet issues. Hope you are well and am wondering how your RV project etc are going - but only doing little bits with Internet just now. Hope to catch up better soon! :)
    Luca
    Luca
    Sending positive wishes to you and Brett! :) Hope to see you again soon. You’re often a reason that I’m smiling :)
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @Callistemon glad to hear Brett's in great shape--The project is still going if I can source a good donor vehicle. Let me just say I have a reckless weekend planned if I can get a few answers.
    You called. Like a voice out of the storm. Where is it going? Seems fun. We chatted. Thanks.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    ...and I've wanted to leave comments on your page but can't find one!
    Luca
    Luca
    My experiences with other people have been net negative for almost my entire life too :( But I'm glad you're here, @Aspychata and @Callistemon . You both always brighten my day :)
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    I didn't know l had a page. But l am glad you lovely people are here too. It's a safe place for us to come to.
    I just want everyone here to know there's so many great threads I'm itching to take part in but don't have time to at the moment!
    Currently enjoying a delicious soup mug of jasmine tea my husband delivered, after a dinner with a lovely new group of people we're hosting.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Meeting young people with natures like theirs is a real antidote to the news. You feel like there is hope for the world. ♥

    Also a good contrast to a rude 40-something we had to give the choice between respecting our house rules and boundaries and speaking to us civilly, or leaving early.
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    Ugg. New people. It's hard for me.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    That's OK, but I was a new people to you once, too! ;)

    Big hugs your way, @Aspychata.

    Brett feels more like you do and has this kind of hermit crab thing he does emotionally when meeting too many new people. :)
    We found gummy bears in a rather posh Rocky Road a guest bestowed on us. My husband described that as "like a cartoon industrial accident"!
    Shaddock
    Shaddock
    I like gummy bears. I don´t know much about gummy bears in other countries, but I really like german gummy bears like Haribo or Trolli.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Germany has great gummy bears! Very fruity! Good gummy bears actually work super well in Rocky Road. Bursts of chewy fruitiness along the chocolate, nuts and marshmallow. Like a symphony! :)
    Tuesday is milk delivery day - so my morning tea treat is cornflakes, believe it or not! Really shows off that lovely creamy fresh milk. :)
    Happy Easter all. Rural connection with influx of Easter tourists to the region means shonky internet just now.
    Shaddock
    Shaddock
    thanks, you and everyone too. I hope your toaster will not stop working. : D
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    We have backup! ;)

    Also have managed not to eat low-quality Easter eggs that abound in Australia. However, we ate some nice chocolate with marshmallows, raspberries, peanuts and coconut - addictive combination a guest introduced us to!
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    We have very lovely Easter guests this Easter who it's a total pleasure to host.

    Hope everyone's Easter is going well.

    You're in a land of good chocolate, @Shaddock! :)

    And Brezeln.
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