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Is it still summer?

After a run of cooler days, I really have to question the sanity of the weather. This is the month of February, renowned for being the hottest month of summer in the subtropics. And here I was today, considering grabbing a cardigan!

I checked out a few fun facts about the history of the weather on this day in previous years. In the last thirty years, it has rained on twenty days. The record low temperature for this day was back in 2000 at 18 degrees Celsius, while the maximum on record is thirty-two degrees Celsius in 2010. Considering today’s temperature reached twenty-seven degrees Celsius, perhaps it wasn’t overly unseasonal weather after all.

This morning, the kitchen cabinet installers arrived and took over my house, while I hid away in my office. By the middle of the day, my kitchen had transformed from this —

… to this.

After the tradesmen left, I was more concerned about the thin layer of dust covering every surface of my house, so taking photos of the finished product was forgotten today. The men did a wonderful job, and I can hardly wait until my kitchen is completely finished, and they did attempt to clean up before they left …

Needless to say, I gave every surface around the house a thorough clean, vacuumed and mopped the floors, and by 9pm, we finally sat down to another quick-and-easy dinner.

It’s getting there, slowly but surely. And I think the messiest day is finally behind me. 🙂

 

 

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A cooler day than yesterday

Even the storm that hit yesterday afternoon didn’t succeed in cooling the temperature. I don’t know what it reached – 32 or 33 degrees C maybe – with so much humidity that even when I sat completely still, beads of sweat tickled my skin as it ran in streams down the centre of my back.

Today has been so much cooler. You would think by looking at the ominous clouds in the photo that it rained all day – it didn’t. In fact, I don’t think it has rained at all in the last 24 hours.

My apologies for not replying to comments or visiting other blog sites these past few days. I have been otherwise occupied by various different commitments, including grand-puppy sitting, grandchild sitting, and packing up my kitchen. Yes, the time has finally arrived – my old kitchen will be removed on Wednesday morning in preparation for the installation of a sparkly new kitchen. I’m so excited!

Finding places to store the contents of my kitchen cupboards has been a challenge. It’s only through rearranging cupboards in other rooms around the house that I am finding places for everything. It’s nearly 10pm now, and after adding today’s post I am going back to kitchen sorting again for half an hour before going to bed. 🙂

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More from Saturday …

… but first, here is the valley today – more rain, more clouds, another photo of a partially hidden mountain.

One huge bonus is the cooler weather we are enjoying lately. 🙂

On Saturday, my son and daughter-in-law invited a few friends around for a bar-be-que. Their back yard is quite small, so we are happy to share ours with our family and their friends.

All my grandchildren were here too, and I took a couple of photos of Braxton and Aurora that I rather like.

Aurora’s balloon escaped and ended up in the pool, so Poppy took her into the pool area to help her rescue it.

Aurora met puppy Summer for the first time too, and they discovered they were just the right size for one another. ❤ Aurora wasn’t about to let go of that balloon either.

Braxton didn’t realise how patient I could be when I planned on taking his photo. Hiding behind his hand wouldn’t deter me. 😉

Gotcha! 😛

Today I had the final detailed measure of my new kitchen, which will begin installation in the second week of February. Exciting times! 🙂

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Three Adorable Ones

Tonight my four-year-old grandson is having a sleep-over at Nana and Poppy’s house, and I have snuck away to add a very quick post while he is watching the Spongebob movie. Poppy is out buying pizza for dinner, as you do when the opportunity arises to spoil your grandson. 🙂

Today all three grandchildren visited, so someone had the great idea that we’d try and get a photo of them all together. Hmm, they are all together, so that’s a start! We’ll have to work on encouraging them to all smile – or at least all look at the camera – at the same time. 😉

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Christmas Eve

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

When all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring …

Well, maybe one creature was stirring. Bowie is wondering what all the fuss is about, I’m sure.

And he’s heard that a big jolly guy in a red suit might come down the chimney at any moment, so he’s keeping watch.

After days of preparation, I think we are finally prepared for Christmas Day. This year, Emma had some helpers when she made the gingerbread house.

And baby Eli looks pretty impressed by how talented his mummy is!

After a year that has thrown many challenges our way, as you prepare to celebrate Christmas, I wish you …

… and …

… and everything wonderful you could wish for. ❤