Tag Archives: Just stuff

Everyday things that don’t exist anymore

It’s amazing that things we couldn’t do without only a few years ago now don’t even exist. When I say ‘a few’, that’s relative really. Continue reading


It’s goodbye to 2010

Fireworks see out 2010 and see in the new year, 2011

Enjoy the fireworks on new year's eve – roll on 2011

It’s been great, it’s been grand, but it’s time to move on. So 2010, thanks for the memories.

New Year’s resolutions? I think not. Let’s make it up as we go and, if in doubt, smile or better still, laugh out loud.

Our Chinese doctor’s words of wisdom: don’t worry (about things you can’t change), keep warm and drop down shoulders (de-stress) – pretty good advice really and easy to follow.

Back in the new year with more stuff that matters or not.

Images of things past

Beatles LP records and Beatles poster at a second hand shop in Vernon Canada

Beatlemania is alive and well in Vernon Canada

For those of us who actually remember the 60s, finding a shop full of memorabilia from that time is, well, nostalgic.

Vernon in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia Canada has its fair share of second-hand shops selling everything from Beatles LPs to suitcases that are incredible well travelled.

These days, travel luggage is so mass-produced and expensive too. This suitcase plastered with stickers from places far and wide has its own unique style.

Suitcase covered in stickers from around the world

But, don’t worry, some luggage manufacturer will get onto it and reproduce hundreds of thousands. But this is an original found at 30th Avenue Pawn, a second-hand shop in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.

Lunch on the Hawkesbury River

After-lunch table on a houseboat on the Hawkesbury River

We all look forward to Easter and the four-day break  from busy daily schedules; it’s a time to take off to the beach or other destination, to catch up with friends or just take it easy. But travel over Easter in Australia – especially on the roads – can mean traffic jams, long delays and fractious nerves. Rather than taking the car, we opted for public transport for a trip to Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River to meet friends for lunch this past Easter Friday.

The train trip from Central Station takes an hour and is quite glorious, not to mention relaxing. Once there, we were spirited to the marina and onto the houseboat moored at the end of the pier. Champagne glass in hand, there was nothing more to do than enjoy the company as we watched the passing parade of boats chugging up and down the river. Divine!

It may be a cliche but the simple pleasures in life abound.

Christmas cheer

Susie Stevens and Bill Twyman dress up for Santa!

Susie and Bill's Christmas message 2009

Cheers to all friends, family and fellow bloggers this Christmas. It’s hard to believe that there are only 12 sleeps until Christmas Day. Hey, but I say that every year. It’s not called the silly season for nothing!

Melbourne Cup – frivolous fun for most of us

Susie Stevens gets into the spirit of the Melbourne Cup 2009

Off to a Melbourne Cup Luncheon

It’s Melbourne Cup Day in Australia and that means having a flutter on the Cup, dressing up in our favourite frocks, doning a feathered fascinator (or hat) and heading off for some frivolous fun.

Who’s going to win? Who knows? Who cares? The trainers, owners and jockeys do but I’m yet back the winner. Maybe this year! I’m hoping that one of Bart’s horses wins or if not, Alcopop: speaking of which, it is nearly time for my first glass of champagne.