ipe Daily Bliss: March 2012

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Today's lovely moments are tomorrow’s beautiful memories

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Puppy Pics

Meet our puppies
Maggie, Cleo, Sophie
Hugo, Jasper, Oscar and Angus

(The list reminds me of the Broderick nontuplets born in Sydney in 1971 when I was a kid living in Canberra, ACT)

Lucy and Harry's seven Labrador Retriever puppies were born on Thursday.
There are 3 females and 4 males. Here are the much anticipated photographs.
Many thanks must go to Liz and Murray at

Brookton Hounds

(usually specialising in all things 'greyhound' & where
"love puppies" like ours are unheard of!)

Lucy and her babies

The hungry hound who resembles her father - she loves food!

Henry Bullwinkle Davies (aka Harry), the father of the litter.

The MOTH, proud grandpa

Gramma Flick

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Stop Press ...

Lucy & Harry's puppies arrived yesterday (22nd March 2012)

Photos coming tomorrow after I've been to Brookton to see the proud parents.

In the meantime, here are some early memories from 2009 and 2010 in honour of Harry's arrival and then 2nd birthday when I asked him to pose for a photograph...

How the time has flown since he was a pup!

You want what, Mama?

Do I HAVE to?

"This is how you do it, Harry," said Lucy.

How about this for a pose, Mama?

"Get on with it, Dipstick!" hissed Gypsy.

OK, OK ... let me sit down and pose properly...

Hello world. I'm two today!

And, of course, my fave photo of The MOTH with Lucy, aged 10 months ...

So now the pooches are 4 and 5 years old and parents to 7 fat and healthy puppies - 3 females and 4 males! Wow!

Happiness & laughter to one and all,


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sydney Harbour Bridge

80 Years Old Today

Official nameSydney Harbour Bridge
CarriesTrains, Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
CrossesPort Jackson
LocaleSydney, New South Wales, Australia
DesignThrough arch bridge
Total length1,149 m (3,770 ft)
Width49 m (161 ft)
Height134 m (440 ft)
Longest span503 m (1,650 ft)
Clearance below49 m (161 ft) at mid-span
Construction begin

28 July 1923
Construction end19 January 1932
Opened19 March 1932
Coordinates33°51′08″S 151°12′38E

Source: Sydney Harbour Bridge. (2012, March 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:56, March 19, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sydney_Harbour_Bridge&oldid=482665487


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Margaret River

Carmel Buchhorn, my mother's sister, came to visit us here in Perth.
I took her to Margaret River to sample some wine.

Margaret River is about 270Km south of Perth, WA.

Our first stop was Busselton Jetty, one of my favourite places on Earth!

Next day, we visited the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta,
Australia's tallest mainland lighthouse.

Carmel at the spot where the Indian Ocean meets the Great Southern Ocean

Another shot of the lighthouse

One of the joys of the trip was visiting Voyager Estate to admire the rose gardens.

Gorgeous, huh?

Great time had by both of us!

We drove hither, thither and yon and talked all the way!

Carmel is one of my favourite people in the world!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

1st Birthday already!

One today!

Little Prince Newborn

New Family

Outfit from Gramma

Two gorgeous photographs of Felix and Miranda taken by my brother-in-law, Mark Crocker

With Dad, The Rock Doctor, in August

Hospital visit for a week in December
The poor possum has eczema

Sleeping in with Dad, The Rock Doctor

The Princesse Royale & her Crown Prince

First birthday gift from Gramma & Grandpa
(He also got something to read & something to wear
- a family tradition)

Licence & Registration, please!

Young Felix has brought
Happiness & laughter to one and all!

Warmest wishes from Apartment Bliss to you, too.


P.S. for Margaret ...

Felix's new book
All things considered, this is the perfect book from me!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hot Weather in Perth!

PERTH is sweltering through a record-breaking eighth heatwave.

The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as three consecutive days at or above 35C.

The record was reached during the weekend and today the temperature remained high, peaking at 40.6C.

Maximum temperatures for the previous three days were 38.9C on Friday, 39.5C on Saturday and 41.4C yesterday.

It is the third time that Perth has recorded four consecutive days above 38C in March, the bureau says.

The other occasions were between March 12-15, 1922 and March 7-10, 2003.
Only once before has Perth previously recorded two heatwaves in March and that was in 1988.

The bureau says the previous record of seven heatwaves in the summer/autumn season happened in 1977/78.

Perth has also experienced its hottest start to March on record.

The mean daily maximum temperature for March 1-12, 2012 was 35.9C, breaking the previous record of 34.7C in 1979, the bureau says.

Temperatures are expected to drop down to 30C by tomorrow and hover around that temperature for the rest of the week.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/perth-sweltering-in-four-day-heatwave/story-e6frfku0-1226297493182#ixzz1pMyrAedl


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Life in the Fast Lane

Picasso's Deux Femmes Courant Sur la Plage

Hi Folks,

It has been a spectacularly busy few weeks, for me. I went over to Brisbane for Felix's baptism, stayed to spend time with the Royal Family & my friend with breast cancer, Terry, and then flew to Sydney with The Youngest Princess to see the Lace, Harry Potter and Picasso Exhibitions and to visit the Rosehill Racecourse Sewing and Craft Fair.

Craft Fair Madness!

The Strasbourg Clock at the Powerhouse Museum

Advertising for the Harry Potter Exhibition

I could write so much about these happenings but I'd never finish this entry. Let's just say that each event was spectactular! I learned a lot, I had a great time with my loved ones and

I bought (amongst other things) my first patchwork project in 30+ years.

Felicity & Terry,
(a special memory for when she is gone)
© Mark Crocker

Gabriella in Sydney

No sooner had I landed back in Perth than I was off to a fabric covered box workshop run by the Embroiderers' Guild of WA.

Here are some photographs of my humble attempts at making a box.
While it's not perfect, I quite like the outcome.

Practice, practice, practice!

More big things happening in the next two weeks:

There's that big first birthday in a couple of days, my aunt is coming from Brisbane for a visit (and we are going to the Margaret River - home of some spectacular WA vineyards) and Lucy is having puppies.

No expectant mother looks really graceful at this stage of a pregnancy when the temperatures are 40+C


Happiness & laughter to one and all,


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