Rugs: Tuesdays of Texture

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Rug hunting for us equals indecision. The only rug we liked in the first shop we visited would have gone well with our new reddish floor.

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But we couldn’t bring ourselves to make the purchase. We hadn’t looked at enough rugs and for some reason rug buying always makes us feel as though we have been duped.

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As we left the shop we saw this Kashmiri hand made rug. It was beautiful. A mixture of silk and wool. But we have a dog that likes to come home dirty and sometimes likes to try her digging skills with a rug. It was too expensive not to care if it was destroyed.

So we had a day out rug looking.

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Did we go a combination of sisal and material. What would the texture be like underneath the feet? How easy would it be to clean?

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The sewing looked somewhat flimsy and certainly appealing for a puppy to eat.

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Pure wool at a reasonable price but could we live with the sputnik?

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From a distance perhaps it was a butterfly. It’s texture would at least feel nice beneath the feet and cleaning should be no problem.

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Perhaps we should just go really cheap. Less than $100 we wouldn’t care.

But no, all rugged out, we purchased nothing.

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All one colour: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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In response to Cee’s photo challenge asking for photos all of one colour.

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Weekend Coffee share: 21st May 2017

It seems like ages since I shared coffee with anyone. 1st April to be exact and so much has happened but don’t worry, you are safe to come in. I’m not going to bore you with everything that has been going on since we last shared a cuppa.

We have now been in our new place nearly three months. I am quite settled. Roger on the other hand is struggling with the smaller size. He feels there is nowhere to escape to and he hate living in one room. We do have more than one room but once he is downstairs he tends to stay there. At first he was at me to move but I have refused to budge for at least two years. I’m hoping by then he will have acclimatised and be quite happy to stay put. He decided then that we had to brighten it up so we set to painting the ceiling (which had been painted a beige colour identical to the walls) white and then painting the walls another shade of white. During this he fell off the ladder breaking his toe, multiple bruises and a huge black eye. Luckily all but his toe have recovered. We hadn’t finished the painting before Roger decided the floor had to go. This had to be done cheaply so it meant finding a flooring place selling a discontinued product, hiring a truck and picking it up ourselves and then laying it ourselves. We picked up over 780 kgs of planks and I have to say I was worried when I saw how far the ute sunk onto its axles. It took a lot of working out where we should start but once we got going it went down smoothly. Hopefully we have done it right and won’t regret it in the long term. We do however much prefer the richness of colour, and it is easier to see Muffin on it.

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We are half way and I hope we will be close to finishing it by the weekend. I am looking forward to getting my house back again. At the moment there are skirting boards sitting on the kitchen bench tops and the furniture is all over the place. At least the hardest part, under the fish tank has been done and we moved the tank here and there without springing any leaks. yeah!

Muffin and I continue dog training. Sadly on Wednesday night we had to farewell one of the dogs in my class Buff. He was a massive dog and not quite a pussy cat. His owner used to have a few beers before coming. She said it helped her relax and if she was chilled out then Buff followed suit. Most of us have been in the position of losing a beloved friend and our hearts went out to her and shared her grief. RIP Buff.

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If we were having coffee I’d also tell you about the trip I had to Sydney with my Mum, but as I have already written a post about that I shall just direct you there instead and show you the photo of Mum and me accepting the award on behalf of my brother. A very proud moment and one that we will both treasure.

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I am currently reading Before the Fall by Noah Hawley which I will review when I have finished it. I am enjoying it however. I haven’t had time to go to the cinema so I think that is all from me this week.

Now it is your turn. How was your week? Has your weather been warmer/colder, wetter/drier. Have you read any good books or seen any good films?  Thank you for dropping in for coffee and thank you to Nerd in the Brain for hosting our weekend coffee. Other places to drop in for coffee can be found here. Hope to see you next week.

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Auckland Harbour: Silent Sunday

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Movement: 52 Week Photo Challenge (Wk 34)

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Movement

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Can be seen whenever the subject is not still

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From the slightest drops of water falling

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1957.12 below AmericanFalls

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To raging torents

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Sometimes it is pressure driven and upward movement results whether natural as in the geysir above

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or in the jet d’eau fountain in Geneva’s Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).

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The movement can be volume driven

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or waves breaking on the shore whipped up by wind.

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human movement and water movement combining

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Some movement does not involve water at all

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such as dancing

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some are just illusions of movement

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others play movements

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others need movements to work.

In response to the Girl that Dreams Awake Photo Challenge Movement

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Heritage: Weekly Photo Challenge

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“It’s a great consolation to think that when we’ve long been in the grave our noses will still be strolling the earth.”
Milan Kundera

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“He knew all the stories. His grandfather had given them to him when he sat between the old man’s knees as a child. It was a comfort, though, to hear them again. To call them to mind. All these stories that made him more than just a vintner and more than just a man who carried a spear whom other men were willing to follow. More than just a man who lay dying. The stories made him one of the People, who would never die.”
Stant Litore, Strangers in the Land

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“My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind.”
Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

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We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors’ wisdom.
Maya Angelou

 

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“The study of the past is the main portal through which culture is acquired.”
― Joseph Epstein

 

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“Surely our people do not understand even yet the rich heritage that is theirs. There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majesty all unmarred.”
Theodore Roosevelt, Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter

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All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.                                 Anonymous

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“I’m half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I’d be in a hell of a mess!”
― Audrey Hepburn

Heritage comes from old French meaning able to be inherited. We inherit from our forebears looks, characteristics, property and culture. It also denotes items from the past considered worthy of protection such as heritage buildings, UNESCO sites. It is also used to refer to old breeds of animals and seeds that have not been modified from olden times such as heritage roses. Above are some examples of heritage in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. 

 

 

 

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Skywatch Friday 19th May 2017 Noosaville 4.44pm

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Floods are predicted over the next three days. We will wait and see.

To see other Skywatchers photos from around the world

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