Our Christmas lights are up

Christmas lights 2012

Christmas lights 2012

The photo above, even though it is hard to see, is the end of our canal on the left is 1 house.


This photo shows the houses along our canal

Our Neighbours lights 2

These are our neighbours across the canal, there are additional lights at the top of the house that are red and green, I took 10 photos and not once did I get those ones in the shot, so the only colours that you can see are the lights that are on the alternate timing.

Our Christmas lights 2012


This is a photo of our lights Grumpy didn’t want to put up a traditional tree this year. As we were outside taking the photos 2 of the tour boats came up the canal and it is quite a joy to hear the little children ooing and ahing at the lights.

I did hear one little kid yell out look at the doggy, Braandi was quite excited about all the noise, she didn’t bark though so we were quite proud of her.



Outfit for Friday 29th December 2012

Outfit for Friday 30th November 2012

Outfit for Friday 30th November 2012


This is the outfit I wore to work on Friday, I wore my taupe shoes again, as the colour matches very nicely with a taupe colour in the dress.

This outfit can be changed by wearing a black overlay, and taupe trousers with black shoes, I have worn this outfit with the black ensemble a few times

I generally wear a pearl necklace and matching earings with this outfit. I prefer very plain jewellery with outfits that have a pattern on them

The dress is a Philosophy a shiny but not stretchy fabric, but funnily enough does not require ironing.


Outfit for Thursday 29th November 2012 – day off

Outfit for Thursday 29th November 2012

Outfit for Thursday 29th November 2012


This is what I wore for my day off, sorting around the house and a little cooking, Granma came over and we had coffee a custard tart each and swapped some downloads, My mum is so computer savvy, it’s scary.

It was a cool day, so I wore sleeves.

I remember buying this top in a little shop In Sanctuary Cove when we went to the boat show, I got 2 tops the same style but different patterned fabrics and colours.

The other top is blue wren blue and yellow.

I wore my silver boating shoes as they are so comfortable.

This outfit may look a little frumpy for what I normally wear, but the outfit looks a great deal better on me than on my dress making dummy.


Outfit for Wednesday 28th November 2012

Outfit for Wednesday 28th November 2012

Outfit for Wednesday 28th November 2012

This outfit is Black Plum the fabric for both the top and the pants is a very crinkly stretch fabric.

It was very comfortable to wear, however the top has a lining as the over fabric is quite sheer and I wore it on a day when it was over 30° and I would have worn a lighter outfit had I known what the weather was going to be like.

I wore my taupe shoes again, I just love them and every time I do wear them out, people comment on how lovely they are.


Today’s funny 6th December 2012

Husbands & Wifes

Husbands & Wifes (Photo credit: nerosunero)


10 husbands – a really good one.. if not a gentle reminder. 


A young man married a beautiful woman who had previously divorced ten
husbands.  On their wedding night, she told her new husband, “Please be
gentle, I’m still a virgin”.


“What?”  Said the puzzled groom.  “How can that be if you’ve been
married ten times?”


“Well, husband #1 was a Sales Representative; he kept telling me how
great it’s going to be.


Husband #2 was in Software Services; he was never really sure how it was
supposed to function, but he said he’d look into it and get back to me.


Husband #3 was from Field Services; he said everything checked out
diagnostically but he just couldn’t get the system up.


Husband #4 was in Telemarketing; even though he knew he had the order,
he didn’t know when he would be able to deliver.


Husband #5 was an Engineer; he understood the basic process but wanted
three years to research, implement, and design a new state-of-the-art


Husband #6 was from Finance and Administration; he thought he knew how,
but he wasn’t sure whether it was his job or not.


Husband #7 was in Marketing; although he had a product, he was never
sure how to position it.


Husband #8 was a psychiatrist; all he ever did was talk about it.


Husband #9 was a gynecologist; all he did was look at it.


Husband #10 was a stamp collector; all he ever did was.. …… God I miss him!


But now that I’ve married you, I’m so excited!”


“Good,” said the husband, “but, why?”


“You’re a Tax Man…… This time I KNOW I’m gonna get screwed!”


Happy Tax time!


Response from planning department query

We have received the following response from the shire, and it has now raised further questions that are yet to be answered.

Hi, yes you’re right, the upper floor windows do provide adequate surveillance to the street, its just the highlight to the entry hall and how this presents to the major Road – could they consider windows like those to the dining/living instead?

Our response to this query is as follows:

Good morning

I have spoken with the owners about the issue you have raised.

The major road presents a few issues for the owners. They want to keep road noise to a minimum and also have greater security. Due to the foot traffic past their home they, like the neighbours opposite, intend to build a rendered brick fence along the major road elevation. This will increase security and privacy for the home and make any additional windows to this wall irrelevant.

Although the major openings from a habitable room overlooking the major road are on the second floor (Main Bed & Bed 2) I can’t see how this is non compliant with the R-codes and warrants a design change. The clients have insisted upon the window positioning as it currently stands as privacy and safety from such a busy road is important to them.

Please take the above information into account when you begin the major assessment of the application.

We have yet to receive a response.



Planning department queries on our design

We have received correspondence from the shire regarding our planning application

No I don’t need anything else. The application is just pending my full assessment which I haven’t got to yet.

I can say at this stage however, that the issue we have with this building is its lack of presentation to both Roads.

The R-Codes require surveillance of the street and the approach to the dwelling from a habitable room window.

The Home Theatre doesn’t really fulfil this function and the highlight to the entry passage doesn’t provide any outlook to the major Road.

Can you please consider this matter and confer with your client and provide me with feedback about it when you are ready.

We have responded to their query with the following response:

Thank you for your feedback.

The R-codes state in 6.2.4 Surveillance of the street – A4.1 At least one habitable room dwelling has a clear view of the street and the approach to the dwelling.

The Home Theatre, Master Bedroom and Bed 2 all have major openings that provide surveillance the street. The major Road is overlooked by major openings to the Master Bed and Bed 2.

The client specifically asked for an additional window to be placed in the Master Bedroom that overlooks the major road purely for surveillance.

I am unsure how the current provision of windows doesn’t comply with the R-codes, in particular your comment regarding the Home Theatre windows not fulfilling this function.

If you could provide more information I will talk this over with the clients.

Thank you for your correspondence.

We await their reply.





Yesterdays funny 5th December 2012 today

Number 10
Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 8
Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.

Number 7
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

Number 6
Some people are like a Slinky … not really good for anything, but  you still can’t help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

Number 5
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Number 4
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 3
Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200.00 and a substantial  tax cut saves you $0.30?

Number 2
In the ’60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world  is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

We know exactly where one cow with Mad-cow-disease is located among  the millions and millions of cows in America , but we haven’t got a clue as to where thousands of illegal immigrants and terrorists are located.  Maybe we should put the Department of Agriculture in charge of immigration.

And the BONUS thought for today
“Life is like a jar of jalapenos   What you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow”.


Christmas lights

Christmas tree lights 2009

Christmas tree lights 2009


It’s that time of year again.

We live on the canals in Mandurah In Western Australia, and it is a given that because you live on the canals, you MUST put Christmas lights up. Well that is the theory.

This is a picture of the first Christmas tree that we put up in 2009. It was a great hit. We have put up a different version of the tree every year, this year, however we have decided to rock the boat and not put up a tree at all.

We are not wanting to put days not just hours into putting up the lights, yes the kids that come on the trips up the canals love them, but the Tourist operators are the ones who benefit and I am fed up with being if not told what to do but the expectation is there to spend a lot of money and time to have these lights up every year.

A few years ago all of the canal properties got a note in their letterbox from our shire asking us to keep our lights up until after the long weekend in January 25th for Australia day. A lot of the residents thought it was an absolute cheek to ask this as the power bills go up a few hundred dollars to thousands for some residents for the period and as such an awful lot of these residents no longer put lights up.

We are going to put lights up but we are not going to spend days or weeks doing it.

Grumpy has gone out to buy some more lights and I remember I will take a photo when we are done.

Our neighbour across the water has spent WEEKS putting up lights (it is fantastic mind you) but he has more time as we work full time.