Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Always Wanted To Be Creative On One Platform

 Some years ago

The internet started to go public. Admittedly that was a little before the computer crossed the path of a fourteen year old girl walking down the corridor of a friends house . The green letters glowed out of the cupboard and into the darkened  hall

Nearly thirty years later the computer burst into our lives as a handy tool to use.  Google, blogger, Outlook, Facebook, Twitter..

Arguably known as the most progressive

Now there are updates and new platforms opening all over the show. All tapping into trusts and the like unknown to their users.

Twitter had hit as close to rock bottom as a social site could go.  The times have changed but did the practices of marketing change with it?

Not really.  You see for a program to change they need to inter-grate everything at the very base level.

Make it as clear as it can be

Change includes the users knowledge basis.  The ability to improve, alter, change and action that knowledge.

To action that change one must first either find and experiment with the platforms new 'toy' or bring in knowledge, learning and practice to implement the changes from somewhere else.

The answer was rather surprising

Capitalizing on knowledge from several different sauces the Twitter posts had photos. Then there were the 10,000 character writings from behind the pictures. These pictures worked really well as a draw card alerting people to the story behind the pictures presence.

Prepped for success

The thing I love about these photos is that the uploading is simple. It's the naming of the photos that takes the time.

Also you have lots of creative ideas for other places to place these pictures, gifts and videos. Ultimately the way you name those photos  that suits the platforms is just brilliant.

By the way

There is a great reason why this basic systematic name of photos on Twitter phots

Sunday, 20 November 2022

There are days where a job needs to be started

 something will try to divert you!

Should you be called to do something quit mucking around. Just know something will defiantly need to be prepared for.

Then there are the times where to is known from the start just how far those perceived boundaries are flexible.

what outside?

Right now it is a miserable day outside.  Fine the weather pattern is not fantastic. The work outside means things getting wet.

But there is no need to go outside.

the space inside 

The office is clear and clean.  

what about the actual jobs inside

For a break the stock taken office items in the spare bedroom will continue to be sorted then get stocked in the office... or repacked and back into storage.

Cross this off the list. This is not an activity for today.

Decluttered mind

Two days ago an old Building had it's opening day.  The Hazelwood Hall s was the building that as a fairly new person into the community membership into the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District was accepted thirty odd years ago.

For the next very nearly twenty years this church was like a second home.

Two days ago a old church opened it's doors

As of Saturday the 17th  November 2022 this hall officially opened its doors to the public. Now the Hazelwood Hall has a small church in residence

Me, it was felt that I had now come home.   A place where it was easy to step up to and become a homebody part of.

There are many parts of healing.

Sometimes mean the jig saw puzzle's of life  need to be gently placed aside so that other things will now open up and be completed.

The brief time at this hall reminded the mind of a Bell Bird whose voice was also clipped due to the varnishing of the floor vapours.

What to now?

That has already been a promise to do. Today the 1,000 quotes has already started. Yesterday walking home in the rain it was realised the lady who sent out daily quotes was no longer doing so.  Hopefully it is that the Telstar staff whipped all the 30 years of telephone numbers when they were serving the phone.

Either way those bible quotes to the phone have disappeared.

Ministry comes in many ways

Late last week Pastor Steve from a Morwell Church made a statement about something else. "I hadn't thought of that Mission.

Today it clicked..

So, today the first of the email quotes has been created.

Friday, 18 November 2022

Letter to the Hazelwood Hall new Tenants


                                                                                                                19 October 2022

P.O. Box 169


Hello To Pastor Steve and the team at CRC Churchill

A few weeks ago there was a space in the schedule to pop down and visit.

From that meeting two things were ascertained 

1) the old challenge of water logging is still reverent.

2) Additionally the inability connect the front concrete pathway area to the parking space out the front.

As a representative of the previous leases please note the following.

3) When the hall was first built by the community members of Hazelwood, as now, the property belonged to the current owners... as a TRUST. for the people, by the people... see below.

A few pieces of quiet information to pass on

Which simply means the Trust looks/caretakes after property for the people.  But, on behalf of the people the users need to maintain the property.

As such the stipulation was, has been for as many years as I've known it to be, the property needs to be maintained only as it was originally. Basically, clean, neat tidy and in good repair.

This I see you have done.  With one exception... 

Hazelwood Hall  is not sinking of its own accord.  

In fact what is happening to this building points to ...the people responsible for caretaking of the driveways, parking areas, and road to the other buildings next door have all experienced road and ground maintained via the appropriate level of Federal or Council authorities.

The belief is that the Council do this maintenance on behalf of the Federal side of things.

There in lies a major challenge.  Over time the front parking area has been made taller. 

  • Drainage cannot happen 
    • unless it flows over into the farmland properties.  
      • This effectively means the Hazelwood hall sits passively in a water logged mote.

Solution.: involves both

   The planting of trees, or water loving shrubs, all around the fence lines.  Shrubs possibly best re removal permissions at a later date.

Open Area Fence lines

From the front door to the left where the big tree has been damaged. Near the Soccer club entrance drive.

 The on the left down to where the equivalent back fence is of the Hazelwood Hall/ farm land on the left facing the Hazelwood Hall.  The Soccer club actually had to ask the Hazelwood and Churchill District Leader for permission to park or hold actives of any sort on that land section.  

Reason for this were various Guide only activities.

Access to the Hazelwood Hall

Thus, the access from the higher parking area to the beginning of the old footpath  will be a disaster waiting to happen. this would include:

  • people on foot... especially lady's in heals.
  • pram wheels.
  • wheel chairs
Consequences come in the form of 

  • carpet repair, 
  • maintenance,
  • constant cleaning
  • stump / foundation issues and challenges.

The suggestion is to action a request to the land owner / trustee for the elevation of the currently used  entrance. This would mean  at least a 10 centimetre height addition.  To avoid a step up seek request of either

  • the Trustee's reduce the height of step down from the parkway out front. 
  • Alternatively  they, the Trustees place pipes to drain the water away from the moat.
  • Third option includes both of the above as well as concreting in  the gap, with additional ground  cover being provided . 
This would then raise the level 'back' up too the what would be a flat car park area into the Hazelwood Hall entrance way.

Solves all the challenges then as this when finalised will, without doubt, solve most of the ongoing issues.

Re keeping things as they were originally.

The old photos that were once viewed by myself had a pathway through the fence. The fence ran along the boundary thus stopping any 'air carriages' and livestock [namely horses or donkeys hitched to it] from entering the land and gardens. Plus over eating the greenery of the trees planted around the area.

The fence was white painted. Built as a farmer would have it... hitching rail type thick horizontal bars and down posts.

Given the 'height' of the parkway now out the front it would be a suggestion to action appropriate drainage requests from the trustees of the land being held for the actual owners of the land.  

The traditional owners of the land...Kurnai people 

This was ratified via correspondence that was signed sent out by the Trustees.  The basis of the wording referred to 'if the then principle tenants were no longer in use of the land.... then where would the ownership be placed.'

The answer was collectively sort. To the Guides here the answer was back to the to the Traditional owners of the land,  However, when further asked The verbal reply from the then elder-elders representative rejected/ did not want anything to do with the building, land etc.  

In conclusion, as a body there are a couple of places to seek assistance.  Everyone of the need to address the party responsible for raising the parking area out the front without proper removal of the trapped water behind the road maintenance and construction.

Hope this assists you and your teams 


Monday, 24 October 2022

This New Passion For Growing Artichokes

One goal behind this new passion for growing artichokes

For some they may feel like the new passion for growing Artichokes sprung out of nowhere. You want to learn grow the artichoke in pots as the soil is minimal, or the garden is small in size. But the challenge of the artichokes is now possible.

You want a wider garden experience 

As each new thing is a new learning challenge actually taking to others about their experiences becomes a Garden Adventure.

 In this post a small challenge this year was space, creation of space in the area set aside to plant, grow vegetables and just experience potted plants, along with a small compost laden growing area.

 New plant types is an out right challenge.

To know that what the biggest fear was is to be bulb less, even after a few years growth.

Get what you are doing right to grow the artichoke, then harvest that plant.  How to cook the artichoke?  What ingredients within recipes taste the best.

There is a passion for growing artichokes

This passion has been developed over the last one and a half years. In the spring nearly a year ago two Artichoke bulbs were purchased from a local garden nursery. Here these struggling Artichoke plants were treated as throw away stock

It was a case of quick, educate yourself 

Some really quick reading occurred. In stock was everything that was needed. Including compost ready to go into the large pot plant holders now covered with extra large, tough waterproof garden bags. Literally water these Artichoke plants back into life and living.

These have survived. 

But we had dreams of artichokes growing for years

More so than the garden critters who eat these plants. To walk out side and see the Artichoke leaves being stripped bare met with a snail and slug check. Sure enough  these were happily munching holes in the external leaves.  Not for long. The plants are now pest free as much as can be.

The extra care is worth it

The obvious is that these garden critters that had found a new abode, are now displaced. Any new snails and slugs who find these artichoke plants will also find some blue pellets as takeaways right next in the stem leaves base. Because these pellets are not animal consumption desirable a firm plastic netting has gone up around the Artichoke inner edge of pot plant containers.

Try before you buy process

If you see yourself as someone who is up to the challenge of experiencing new sensations both within your expanding vegetable garden you educate your palate. . Typically vegetable and fruit shops have Artichokes for sale. Have you thought of asking around, or advertising, or attending a garden produce swap meeting?

Create some outcomes

Have you what is needed for the Artichokes? Create some. Artichokes do take room and they love certain pH ranges. Know a recipe, plan the meal, have practice with shop purchased artichokes. Enjoy the comparison with your home grown  artichokes.    

You can do this

Write about the challenges that brings a smile into your day from anything while tending the seedlings, protecting the plants. Feeding the leaves the snails and slugs dinned on into the worm farm or compost bins.   The tools and experiences are there. Grown along the way.

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Parsley Butter has been created

The garden has many advantages

Some of which are you know what has gone into the food prepared, served and even stored.

Simple things within the kitchen and dietary applications are just there. Right at the finger tips. Yet most people would rather the added preservatives in their food.

Create the parsley butter

In this post there is a recipe for parsley butter.

  • 500 hg unsalted butter.
  • dash of rice oil.
  • dehydrated parsley / or chervil a dash of milk powder.
  1. Heat in pan all the ingredients.  Make sure the heat is a very low heat.
  2. Stir and turn off the heat. 
  3. Leave for a few hours so that everything is cool to touch.
  4. Now  blend with beater. The aim is to make the mix light a fluffy.
  5. Place in preserving jars. 
  6. The lid must be air tight. 
  7. Put container, with the ingredients in it, in fridge.
The recipe is a simple one. With results that just take a few minutes to finalize... once the mixture is cool to touch.

Notes to self.

The butter itself will last a while with refrigeration.  The dehydration process does alter the intensity of the flavour.

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Amazing what a mothers help achieves

 Today was a little bit on the early spring warmth side. The type of early spring weather when the rains are threatening.  The news across the internet, radio and out of everyone you meet, seems to be the intending wet weather sweeping the country.

This post is about the changing face of a potted garden.

Just over twelve months ago the property here had many small already potted plants in and around it. These were added to the collection of what was saved when we moved from the house around the corner to here.

Many containers have been upsized over the winter while these plants were meant to be in the dormant hibernation phase.

That the dormant phase seems to not have happened brought about other changes noticed.

Keeping up with the soil top-up requirements

Of course larger pots means more soil needed.  Usually quickly.

The worm farm and compost always seems to be in short supply, as the decomposition times runs a little slow over winter. Naturally it would be easy to go to the shops purchase about a hundred bags of potting mix to just top up the larger pots.  At least to place the depotted plant in to a larger container complete with new levels of potting mix on the bottom of the newer container, and fill up the sides.

Bigger posts and plants means a change of position

That is what happened today. Better yet was the area leading to, and with in the outside office, bungalow, and door ways through to the quite, side garden has enjoyed a facelift.

The plants there now are:
  • Purple lavenders,
  • White tipped purple lavenders
  • Rosemary plants 
  • Nasturtiums
  • Strawberries
  • Thyme plants
All these companion plants were quietly getting squash out amongst the plants out there in the back yard area.

Meanwhile, mum found the wheel barrow with the nearly emptied compost in it. It's terrific having neighbours with chickens, and guinea pigs.

Change is as good as a rest at times.

The amazing thing often overlooked with potted plants is the ability to reposition as the garden gets more growth.

Another , far more important thing is the ability to say... I will bring over the plants, and "will you sort them out mum?".  Having already lifted the biggest ones into place there is more just like a general pottering around care to share.  Yet amongst that pottering around small, beautifully significant placement changes are done.

There were two jobs left to complete

The first was the sweeping up and around the plants.

The second one, still to be done by humans, is the watering of these plants. It did rain this morning yet this area is zoned as a dry bit, not quite catching all the rain as its sheltered by buildings and a thirty-year-old Cyprus tree.


Tuesday, 4 October 2022

A new definition on the day of reckoning

 In order to create logo what do you need?  

  • That one 'thing' that matches what your brand represents.
  • That thing must be unique, owned by you.
    • copy righted and patented by you. Ie Branded as your signature.
  • Recognized as exclusively yours.
  • Know that what is now may not be later.
So far so good.

Early 2019 there was a space of time whilst in England on a business trip. That business trip was meant to include how to market what you were marketing. Part of that course was to find your 'brand' logo.

Three years later there is a sense of real relief realization that has happened.

Of course people in business know that trade secrets depend on who owns the secret first. Thus, when people use your tools, knowledge, education and staff to create 'their' brand who owns that trade mark or idea?  They do. Or it should be said the company that registers' the trademark first owns it.

If, for some reason something happens, you walk away from the company would you still own the trademark, brand or merchandise idea? Probably not with out a large court case.

So there I was, having missed the deadline for application to the course. Yet, the tickets for the trip to England had been paid for.  So the trip time came up.  I was not allowed to cancel these tickets. The idea was put when visiting the person who had been supported over a few years. "You go Susan.  If you can take a ride on the river barges for me."

Funny, but even a simple ride on the English river barges was not about to happen.  The winter come early spring season does not see many barges leave where they have winter docked.  

In the last week near Oxford the house that was house-sitted had a cat who used to love jumping up a shelf [ four floors up] and lying on the internet receiver.  Needless to say the owners of the house were unaware of this felines little game.  Multiple times up and down those stairs... you keep fit doing these exercises.

The weather was really terrific on the day the cat was caught asleep!  Down the stairs  and out the door.  Smiling quietly . The roundabout in the middle of the roads are so small.  Yet people slowed. Stopped and carefully proceeded around these tiny intersection things.

At the bottom of the road turned right.  Crossed the road  and walked down a wide foot path meandering down a river that was flowing fast.  The spring thaw it was presumed. 

Near one of the bends an excavator team was there digging out the canal.  It's then the bird flew under the open arm area.  The two others following her actually hit the arms of the traxcavator.  These two  dropped into the flowing river.  Two big male, angry birds, with a head ache. To make it worse the lady they were chasing had got away. Honking as though laughing.  Literally as free as a bird

What a stir.  These surrounding work men had to go into the water, with life jackets on, rescue those dazed, angry male birds.

Time takes care of a lot of things.  One your mind deals with coming back home into fire danger mess, family 'assisted' strife', landlords upsets, and then when that is settled down, you move anyway round the corner into a relatives home while they are away.

As things finally start to settle down, the house begins to show wear and tear. The animals that you care for, and they care for you have hit the twenty-three year old mark. They don't like the cold, they do like following you around.  The sun shining on their fur.  Maybe they no longer see and hear the things  around them.  But there is a peace inside them as long as you are nearby.  As long a they know you are coming back.

And at that point you know there is something important to do. Today it appears was a day of reckoning. Unlockable utterances ... along with that something that slips out so easily from your mouth into a conversation with a person met way before the trip overseas.  That person has literally been nagging you to do this one little action.

There is quiet on both ends of the phone now.  

Actually that phone call is still going as it is boarded. Two hours there and nearly three back, Fifty dollars lighter the  Quill paper, the cutting blades and glue, plus a picture frame is in the bag being carried to the next bus stop.

The sun is shining, you arrive home and there is your mother visiting.

Now the funny thing is as the explanations for what everything is for the comment comes back... "what were you waiting for?" You've had that freedom for as long as I remember." 

Along with "Raymond gave you that freedom!.. like Raymond has given you this house to live in while he cannot be here."

Right now is the the moment in the day of reckoning you accept your first bird created no longer represents what you have come to be. That its colourful, brought happiness and colour into your life. But your life has moved on.

That is when the realisation comes the bird that  
  •  was the first bird created had all colours, padding on the water was going nowhere fast.
  •  is flying freely has action, quietly uplifts and has so much grace she flies freely.
This my friend is the day of reckoning. Life is simple when the realization hits that there is no way you are about to postpone that moment.  

The day of reckoning, right up to this moment, was just a sentence.  Now there is such power behind  the sentence phrase that the swan is about to fly off before the pencil literally hits the paper.

Always Wanted To Be Creative On One Platform

  Some years ago The internet started to go public. Admittedly that was a little before the computer crossed the path of a fourteen year old...