Alais Japan postponed

Sorry for not notifying everyone earlier but we had to postpone our visit to Japan.

My Nanna in law got ill and then passed away at the rip old age of 93. We have been dealing with her loss and estate and trying to make our little one understand why Nanna is not around any more.

One of the hardest things with a 2-year-old.

This was followed by the family cat injuring himself quite seriously while jumping down a tree. Many $$ later and one leg less, our Ninja cat is now called hop-a-long Cassidy and slowly recovering from the amputation.

So our trip had to be postponed for a while.


Japan once again

Well it’s confirmed, within 2 weeks we’ll be off to Japan again. Am packing like crazy, tidying up, getting the house ready and planning our trip.

Naturally there will be time in Narita, a day or so in Tokyo and then what? What other sights to see this time.

It’s too late in the year to see the snow monkeys have hotbaths, we might go back to Hakone, we did not get a good chance to see that last time.

For those who followed and might still read, any suggestions of where to go?



Lotus Plant update

Well it’s been 2 months and my lotus went nuts! The original seed has rotted away, and so far the 4th root system has sprouted.

lotus plant

I’ve not been a very good mommy to it as it only went into its heavy clay today, so the roots will finally manage to get some grip on something, and settle before the plant dies down during winter.
It’s interesting to see how it continues to grow and creates other ‘plants’ simply by shooting of to the side. This also explains why it’s considered a pest, it be hard to eradicate once you got it in a pond, and why they advise to plant it in a pot or fish pond.


The bad news is the other 2 seeds did not germinate, luckily I have 3 more seeds and I will plant those next spring.


Curb Trove: Display Cabinet & Display doodah shelf thingy

I did it again!
Although this time is more a hand me down than a curb trove. Someone asked me if I was interested in a 1960-70s display cabinet.
Well like shoes, a woman can never have enough display cabinet when she lives in the Australian countryside along a dirt road (lots of dust during the summer!) when she collects so many things. So I said yes. Still need to go and pick it up but this is what it looks like


It needs some work, a good dust, a repaint and maybe new legs, although I’m quite partial to these ones. Based on the measurements given it might not fit at the end of my corridor, where I’d like it, so if it doesn’t it will move to our bedroom.

Plans already forming. If it will go to our bedroom, I will sand the whole thing down, and repaint it white so it will fit with the bed I’m planning to build (but that’s another story) and maybe replace the drawer handles with something new. If it does fit at the end of the corridor I will repaint it black and leave handles as is, depending on how worn out they are or replace with similar.

I’m very taken by the cabinet and looking forward to work on it.

Said that I’m also working on another curb trove. I’m not sure what to call it so display doodah shelf thingy will do.


Nothing fancy but it will look gorgeous once I stain it and move it to the other side of the house and stack the top with my collection of teacup planters, full of plants, and hang of the rail (which does not show well in this picture) teapots full of plants.

So I got another 2 projects to get working on


2 out of three isn’t bad!

Well it seems one of my seeds wasn’t viable, as so far I have sprouting on the other 2.
One is doing really well with a second leaf slowly appearing, the other one just has the 1st leaf. I wonder if this is due to how much I sanded the seeds. Next year I will see if I can sand them the same and see if that makes a difference.


For now I am pretty happy that I got 2 to sprout, and can’t wait till they are ready for their home pot. Mind you! There will be no flowers till next year


Curb trove: police pedal car

I think at times I’m very lucky that my other half is such an accommodating fella. Doesn’t matter what sort of odd things I think up, he might shake his head but never says anything negative.
Not even when I am in my Curb Pirate mode and end up with another treasure. About 18 months ago, when my Smurg was only 6 months old, I found this amazing doll house.



I know! The local graffiti brigade has been past, but it has potential! (I would make a great estate agent). It’s made of wood, with windows and doors that open and close, a gorgeous turned staircase and heaps of potential.

I have so far ripped roof off, carpet out, wallpaper of, cleaned all the windows and then painted the inside white. I have (well the boss did) covered the roof with the rounded end of tongue depressors and painted them red and am waiting for cooler weather to paint the window/door frames and carpet the floors.
Once done I will show how it looks.

Now last week, another curb trove was carted off home. The Police Pedal Car

This one needs a lot less work. Daddy will check the mechanics after which I will remove rust, recover seat and polish it.
One happy smurg patrols our veranda now

Off to check the Lotus seeds



I’m all exited it’s only been a couple of days and two of my seeds are showing signs of life!
Terrible picture and will fix that tomorrow, but it shows whats happening in my soup bowl

Maybe we shall turn our motorless spa into a lotus pond


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