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That's When Good Neighbours Lead To Good Ends

Today is a day to remember Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey. It's been two years since she died and I don't know where the time has gone. Harki was the most wonderful Labrador, and we still (in the style of The Waltons), say good night to Harki, Vundy and Tori every night.

Happy Harki
Today is also Neighbour Day.  The idea behind The Day and how it began is explained on their website. In our little part of the street three of our neighbours came for several hours and cut down the branch that had fallen over in the garden, and some other branches and ivy and things and took two ute loads to the tip.

Here's the before:

And here is the after where it is too sunny for Peri, but Gilly's young eyes are working really well.

Bright light, bright light
Good neighbours do make good friends!! I baked Chocolate Stout Cake, Sticky Gingerbread Cake, Banana Caramel Muffins and Raspberry Brownies for each of them: to say thank you. And I made scones, jam and cream and sausage rolls for morning tea. It will be a sunny, open backyard in Winter and the wire strung across near the house, that we use for a clothesline, will get so much more light and air.

Thank you Neighbours!!!

Thank you
The mornings have been very cold, so cold that we had a frost and The South had the coldest morning for fifteen years.

Frosty morning
Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the technology to build the world's first bionic hut. This hut will be that hut. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Well maybe not faster, but the steel is definitely stronger than the old treated pine supports which were destroyed by vandals.  I think the new picnic hut at the dam will be a good one and so do Peri and Gilly. They have given it The Sniffs of Approval.

Peri, Gilly, the hut at the dam
This morning we went outside the back door to discover water was cascading through the garden, down the steps and through to the next house. It was barrelling down the garden.  The water is still running in torrents, thankfully down the drain outside the gate once I moved the leaves, nine hours later and it is a horrid brown colour. We have a reduced water flow to the house as well. There has been a big digger excavating parts of the road. Who knows what happened???

Digger thing
Knitting? Sewing?? Any kind of craft?? No. Nothing at all. I'm just not feeling the craft 'love' and I have no idea why. It is very strange, especially as the weather is lovely and cold.  Maybe this week the 'love' will be back and I will be motivated? I've been thinking about Me Made May. It's not Me Made March or Self Stitched September this year. May is just not a good month for me to wear things I have stitched. Basically I wear jeans/ trousers, a long sleeved t-shirt or top and a cardigan. The cardigan is the only thing I have 'stitched' and it's going to be pretty boring seeing the same five cardigans six times. I think I will give it a miss.

North By Northwest is on TV and it's become a film I must watch to the end. Each time I see or hear something new. I'm addicted to it!!! So The Labradors will have their dinner, and we will watch Roger and Eve wend their way through the twisty-turny plot.



All that lovely baking! I wish I was your neighbour! It was very kind of them to help with your garden and so very kind of you to feed them so handsomely!

Lovely Harki. You chose a lovely photo of her smiling face.

Perhaps instead of Me Made May you could have a Make Me May, and spend the month making something lovely for yourself (hopefully you will have found your crafting mojo by then?)


What lovely neighbours!! And I bet they were pleased to have all those baked goodies to nibble on too. I bet the crafty love has gone missing after all that hard work getting the star trek felt book done on time, crafting mojo needs a little break!!

RIP Harki, I can't believe it's been two years already. I'm sure she is the most best remembered lab ever!


I cannot believe it has been two years since Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey died. Her smile is so friendly and just like Peri and Gilly, she looks so happy.
I've never heard of Neighbour Day. How lucky you are to have such wonderful neighbours, and how lucky they are to have such a wonderful neighbour as yourself.
Crafty mojo is often lost, or perhaps just away on holiday. It will return and then you'll be rushed off your feet trying to catch up on all the things you've had sitting, patiently waiting. Ask me .. lol.
My knitting mojo has finally returned and now I'm trying to catch up on all the projects that have been neatly packed away in a cupboard for so long.
Wishing you a wonderful week.


You do have some lovely neighbors, though I bet if others had known what the thank you "gift" was, you'd have had an even larger crew of workers!!!!
Pictures have always been a great remembrance of loved ones, but now that they are digital and don't yellow or fade with time, it becomes harder and harder to look at them and believe they weren't taken just yesterday. All if your girls are and have been lovely.
With our remodel going full tilt, there isn't any crafting going on here, either. And no other pictures to show as the work is dirty and tiring, but at this point there isn't much to share that anyone would want to see and I am much too tired to push the picture taker button at the end of the day. But it is spring here with warmer than normal temps and it sure lifts the mood!!


where has the time gone indeed - what a lovely pic of Harki :) so pleased you have such lovely neighbours, the backyard looks great - I'm sure the girls will enjoy basking in that sunshine


It's so great to have good neighbors & they are also lucky to have you - a great baker. I am also very lucky to have great neighbors who are always ready to help & one of them is a great baker too.

Jennifer Rose

time flies, hadn't realised its been that long since she passed

you have great neighbours! can we have some of your neighbours? ours asses :p


Harki was a sweet girl.
Your wonderful neighbors certainly earned those yummy rewards!
I'm sure the craft mojo will return sooner or later. Sometimes we just need a mini-break and then are ready to charge in again.


I can't believe it's been two years already. I was just reminded that it's been ten years since one of my labs died. I still have his last vial of allergy medicine in my refrigerator, can't toss it out. It's funny how we do things to keep the memories of our lovable labs alive. (hugs) to all of you!


your baking sounds scrumptious (as always!)....
those two years have really sped by. I can't believe it.
I dream of frost...although this is one of the nicer times of year in QLD...sunny, dry, breezy days...not too hot...still sandal, skirt and tshirt weather though.


gosh two years. Blink and it's gone. I love that you honour memories with a loving goodnight.


Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey is a wonderful name for a dog! I'm sorry she is gone now. I love the idea of Neighbour day.


It is important to remember those we love even though they are no longer with us each day. Thinking of you and all your furry friends

Laurie (Moo!)

Two years...time passes in the blink of an eye. Thank goodness for good neighbors...and also for YOU for baking for everyone. Hugs to you and the girls!!


I can't believe Harki's been gone for two years already. It seems like just yesterday...

She was a wonderful companion.

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