Garden, lizards and business…

I’m a bit behind on my daily posts. I’m thinking that perhaps I shouldn’t have committed myself to daily.

Over the last couple of days I’ve started to feel a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of my venture into the world of training. While it’s not very big in the grand scheme of business ventures, it’s a huge thing for me. Thoughts of getting my manuals printed, my inability to find some office supplies and furniture that I want and a call from the insurance advisor conspired to get to me. But no, all is well and it’s not so difficult at all; I was just having ‘one of those days’. Of course if I want to develop my own training materials, I’m going to have to get them printed. That’s no bigger job than ordering pre-printed manuals. Why is it that it seemed bigger than the actual development of the resources? The office supplies are a small thing, and the insurance issue should easily be solved by wording things a little differently. Thanks to a long chat with a good friend everything looks clearer again.

Speaking of insurance, we received a cheque in the mail from AAMI for our share of the fence, made out to us as a cash payment so we can pay the fencer whenever the job is complete. AAMI have been so easy for us to work with. We’ve been with them for a little over a year now and we’ve made two claims. Both have been easy to settle with no questions asked and only the slight hicough when they thought we hadn’t renewed with them. That question was solved by them before I could even look up the payment details myself. Now, hopefully I’ll hear from the contractor in the next couple of days with a start date.

I’ve now sent off my application for registration of a business name and I’ve paid for the first semester of  my Graduate Diploma of Information Design. I’m committed to both I now have to stop procrastinating with my TAA upgrade and get that out of the way. I don’t think the projects that I’ve been set are all quite as necessary as I’ve been led to believe. I’ll look back through the materials that I have on hand from when I used to do computer training in Jabiru and see what I can come up with to cover as many of the requirements as possible and next week I’ll put my head down and get as much of the rest out of the way as I can.

Now on to more interesting things.

I’ve been looking for a new pair of sandals, something comfortable, casual but a bit nicer looking than my old Birkenstocks. I found a very comfortable pair of El Naturalista sandals on sale and snapped them up.

El naturalista Ikebana Cuero

El Naturalista Ikebana Cuero

The garden has shown it’s pleasure at the cooler weather and the little bit of rain we had through the week. There are lots of buds on the roses.

Pruning roses

Pruning roses

The pink flowering gum has been covered in buds and they’ve started to open.

Corymbia ficifolia (summer beauty)

Corymbia ficifolia (summer beauty)

The white plume grevillea (smelly socks) has also made a last show with a few small flowers. It’s looking quite fabulous with it’s tall canes and popped seed pods.

White Plume Grevillea (smelly socks)

White Plume Grevillea (smelly socks)

The birds are loving the height and the other grevilleas that are currently in flower. We’re currently seeing a lot of New Holland Honeyeaters and a variety of other honeyeaters. There are lots of parrots around at the moment but we rarely get any of those in our garden. So far we haven’t seen any Black Cockatoos in the garden, we did have a couple come in for a drink at one of the birdbaths last year.

We did have a visitor to the yard today. Anzac made it obvious that there was something attracting his attention. He barked a couple of times but was mainly focussed on something in the bushes. It turned out to be another blue-tongued (shingleback or stumpy-tailed) lizard. This one wasn’t as pretty as the Christmas Day visitor, but looked just as healthy.

Blue tongued lizard

Blue tongued lizard

We finished the day with a very windy walk along the Burns Beach pathway.  The water was pretty rough with lots of lines and white caps. Our walk would have been nicer without the wind, but was enjoyable anyway.

Out walking

Out walking

Kaz

Kaz

Anzac in the sandpit

Anzac in the sandpit

And so this is Christmas…

40°C that’s about 104°F.
So this is Christmas…in our part of Australia.

It was a lovely day, if somewhat warm. Santa was generous. Amongst it all there was an iPad for Stephen and some fairies and Native Australians for me. New toys and christmas treats for the pups. My Native Australians are Bower Beads designed by the wonderful Tasmanian Jewellery Sculptor Ruth Waterhouse. My fairies are a Silverado bead and two Iron Fairies (terrible website!).

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

Anzac with all the good stuff

Anzac with all the good stuff

This one belongs to Kaz

This one belongs to Kaz

Christmas treat fun

Christmas treat fun

More Christmas treat fun

More Christmas treat fun

Stephen with his new iPad

Stephen with his new iPad

My new beads - Fairy, Little Penguins, Baby Tasmanian Devil and Turtles

My new beads - Fairy, Little Penguins, Baby Tasmanian Devil and Turtles

Bracelet with all the beads

Bracelet with all the beads

Chante and Jade

Chante, the Tree Fern fairy, and Jade, the Jacaranda fairy

My whole Iron Fairy family

My whole Iron Fairy family

It was hot ealy so we had breakfast outside. Put water in the pool for Anzac to play in and he went to work trying to dog a hole in the water – as he does!

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

Is It Ball Time Yet?

Is It Ball Time Yet?

We took the dogs to the beach late in the morning. There were people everywhere, either getting in an early swim before they went home for the big Christmas feed, or setting up their Christmas picnic lunch at the beach. There were far too many white bodies on the beach that would be going home red! I got a little too pink myself from our walk along the beach.

Of course there were plenty of people and dogs on the dog beach as well. Anzac was very well-behaved – he still gets easily distracted and is very excitable in a crowd. He likes to swim but he prefers to be close to Kaz (unless there’s another dog running around who is happy for Zac to chase him) so Stephen took Kaz into the water, Anzac followed and they both swam out together.

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Getting treats at the beach

Getting treats at the beach

Deb and Anzac

Deb and Anzac

Deb and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Deb and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Stephen and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Stephen and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Anzac catching a wave

Anzac catching a wave

Swimming with Anzac

Swimming with Anzac

Out of the waves

Out of the waves

Kaz is not so sure this is really necessary

Kaz is not so sure this is really necessary

Kaz and Anzac swimming side-by-side

Kaz and Anzac swimming side-by-side

Stephen polished off the remains of yesterday’s crayfish for breakfast and then had the last of his tiger prawns for lunch. We relaxed outside for the afternoon. I noticed Anzac just standing staring at something along the back of the house, then realised we had a very handsome Christmas Day visitor. A Stumpy-tailed (or shingleback) Blue-tongued lizard. His colouring was very pretty and he looked very healthy, shiny scales and a nice fat tail. Anazc was curious but didn’t harrass him as he wandered though into the garage and out into the front yard. What a wonderful visitor to the yard; I wish he had stayed a while.

Curious Anzac

Curious Anzac

Our Christmas Visitor - A Stumpy-tailed Blue-tongued Lizard

Our Christmas Visitor - A Stumpy-tailed Blue-tongued Lizard

We had a delicious risotto for tea. Not traditional Christmas fare, I know, but with it just being the two of us Stephen wanted to make something that he knows I really enjoy. We finished that off with Christmas pudding with brandy custard and Irish liqueur flavoured cream!