It's that old rainy weather again, isn't it.-- Blowing of fine precipitation...dropping of the temperature. It is all a scenario causing one to be house-bound. UrgggggH. I was not meant to, or made to be an inside chap. It is like a sort of punishment. My parents always said that when I was small and misbehaved that willow switches or other implements of corporal punishment were not necessary for correction. They just said--"Place him in a chair and let him sit still". Apparently that was terrible for me because I always wanted to move. hahaha. Even then I had loads of energy. So then, here I sit...it's tea time over here, and I have my tea and sweets to soften the pain of this meteorologicaliy induced incarceration. We've done our garden-related stuff, cleaned the upstairs level of the house, researched a new sucking system for over the stove. Our old one has given up the ghost, sadly. We set the music streamer on and the Bride has taken up her position in the living room with a book. I made and served the tea and bikkies and am now back here at the PC, preparing to create a worthless thread full of Sjoerd-chat. Where to begin? well I could say something about these bikkies and goodies that we are having with the tea. One type is this small coconut macaroon that has a thick chocolate bottom. It's very imaginative name is "cocos choco". I wonder if someone was paid to think this up. A second choice is "Perle d'Or Crispy Dark"...a pringle-shaped rice crisp coated with dark chocolate. Well mates, who wouldn't be oké with this sort of confinement. The tea thing that occurs at certain times of day here is always accompanied with some sort of sweet offering--anything from a piece of tart to digestible bikkies. It is a sort of ritual I guess you'd say. We had a little e-note informing us of the schedule of cruise guests that we would be having this season. We so enjoy this. The boat arrives, the tourists have a bit of a walkabout here in our city and then are brought to various dwellings around the harbour where local guests have them for an hour, serving them tea and sweets and answer questions about our city or country. It is delightful and sometimes we get Christmas cards from past guests. So now I am looking to plant some Eranthus hyemalis. I am actually too late; however, I find that should I plant some now, I probably will get flowers in a couple of months, but that they would flower better if I planted the bulbs at the correct time of year. If I do not plant them now then it is a long wait until the fall. It is something to ponder. Of course I still have to be lucky enough to find a place that still has some in stock. I know it's scandalous, but I am already wondering what we shall have for supper. I am looking forward to saturday when we shall go to a friend's house to eat supper and see his foto's of a recent trip to Valencia. He is a professional photographer and so we get to see some very lovely foto's from time to time. It is enjoyable to see the foto's and listen to his commentary. --C'mon saturday! Speaking of food, this year's Masterchef Australia has just ended. It is something that we watch along with the British one every year. Another show we like to follow is "Who Is The Mole". A show that begins with ten individuals. The idea is for the participants to accumulate as much money as they can by performing tasks. The mole's job is to thwart this so that as little as possible money goes into the pot. At the end of every episode, the participants take a 20--question test. The person who correctly answered the fewest number of questions goes home. To participate in this the makers have made an app whereby you can play alone or develop pools. Our family is in a pool. As I said, we do this every year and manage to laugh a lot throughout. I have just completed making a compilation cd from some single songs on the cd's that I have in the bookcase. It is a delight to listen to these when driving around in the auto. I wonder if you guys do this as well or if you use your mobile fones. Anyhow, that is about it for today...time to begin planning the window sill space for germination, for I shall begin germinating the broadies within the coming month for setting out in march, at the latest. P.S. Sorry for this long-winded natter...too much free time on my hands.