Just as an aside, Gentle Readers, don't you think that there should be a better term than '...aholic' to denote somebody who needs to be doing stuff, all the time? I don't like that it is derived from 'alcoholic', knowing a few of those, unhappy souls that they are, I don't like it at all, and I want a better term. I know that the Oxford English Dictionary is looking for people to adopt words that are in danger of dying out through lack of use, and I personally have adopted 'Traboccant', which means 'super-abundant'. It's kind of appropriate for me, in that I have super-abundant amounts of fabric, ribbon, books, CD's, DVD's, buttons, dust... you get the picture.
Anyway, I'm thinking of digging out the Thesaurus to find a better word than xxx-aholic, and when I do, rest assured I'll let you know. I know that you'll be worrying until then, but don't fret. I'll sort it out.
Right, where was I? Oh yes. We went to the beautiful Hunter Valley and I made a panoply of presents... (see, big word slipped in there, but more about big words later, perhaps next post?)
And the weather was exceeding kind:
and we had visits from all different kinds of birds, some successful, and some, not so much:
Poor little fire-tailed finch crashed into a bedroom window - how beautiful his plumage is...
And these blurry specks are the local eagles, we saw two breeding pairs yesterday, floating round on the thermals about the house:
And finally, the Jacarandas are magnificently in flower, all over the district:
And now, Gentle Readers, lunch is calling me, and I must then away, away to the sewing machine, for some traboccant Christmas gift-making.
**Slovenly - defined in my book as somebody who buys her clothes from catalogues, and only goes into shops when she has to go to a wedding, funeral or formal function. Yours?