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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Dumfries House & Murano Chandeliers

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Click   HERE   for wonderful photos of Dumfries House including the Pink Dining room with its Murano glass chandelier !

The YouTube video below shows the complete documentary on the restoration of Dumfries House.

Designed by the brothers John Robert and James Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House, set in 2000 acres in Ayrshire, is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   It was built in 1759 for Earl William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and Knight of the Order of the Thistle (in 1752) .  The substantial estates were inherited by the Earl’s nephew, Patrick Macdouall-Crichton.

The estate passed onto the 7th Marquess of Bute but in 2007 there was no money to maintain the up-keep of the grounds and of the beautiful stately house, and it was put up for sale.  The house contains some of the most important collections by master furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale.  Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned,  in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m by a consortium headed by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince’s charitable trust.

The vision of HRH is to restore Dumfries House to its former glory and to preserve British workmanship and architecture, as a part of Scottish heritage, for present and future generations.  Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house.

References follow.

https://dumfries-house.org.uk/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6244662.stm


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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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The Little Flower

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Here is a photo of my beautiful print of Saint Therese of Liseux, unusually painted on metal.  I got it online years ago and it brings me much comfort.   I was brought up Catholic and my twin sister was named Therese after the “Little Flower” and I was named Celine after The Little Flower’s sister, Celine.

I am currently reading a book about St Therese and her “Little Way” to give me some encouragement to look at my own Life from different angles – the perspective that what I might think / feel to be my trials or tribulations are opportunities for learning and for spiritual growth.

To that end I have also purchased a lovely small St Therese Prayer Card, to carry around in my purse!  I bought this from a very kind ebay seller –  whom has lovely religious items for sale with a small postage cost to Australia.  Click   HERE  for info.

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I love the reference to the child Jesus when it comes to Therese of Liseux and like to petition or pray to the child Jesus myself, in times of need.  Once years ago I had an interesting dream in which I was among a council of spiritual beings and they said that I was to go to Earth to be the “Rosary Gate”.   To me this meant – to bring joy to others.

However as I am getting older I have struggled to do this, and am now turning toward the Little Flower to try to re-invigorate this “gift” in me, for I have been told that I do have a Gift – of spreading happiness and comfort to others.   I think that I had to learn to do this for myself ( so not just help others, to my own exclusion ) and with The Little Flower’s help, I am truly realising that happiness comes from being at Peace.

 


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Crystal Skull World Day 2015 – 22 November

crystal skull event 2015WHAT IF every crystal skull guardian in the world focused on sending a healing energy to Mother Earth and all life for fifteen-twenty minutes on one special day?  Join me and others in holding your special Crystal skull and sending a laser beam of peace and love to all Earth.  This invitation is very timely and poignant for me, as I am organising a Fund-raiser to raise funds for displaced people within Syria and refugees.  I wish with all my HEART that a cease-fire would happen and that whatever madness is in the hearts of the men causing so much horrific turmoil will disappear without a trace.

YES, the whole world NEEDS Light and Love intensively emblazoned or evoked within every single person’s Heart or Soul.  I think that it is the job of Light Workers to draw out and stimulate or to light the fire of the truth of our one-ness and of Love for one another within the Souls of those “dark” Beings that cause so much disruption and hurt.  DO NOT just send or bathe them with LOVE but see Love awaken within them, see it ignite from their core.

Isn’t there “good” and “bad” within each one of us?  It is no use demonizing people to the exclusion of seeing them as nonredeemable or not salvageable.  I will be using my smoky quartz crystal skull called Cristal Lady of the Firewater, to pray for sense and sensibility, for a massive transformation – for Homo sapiens ( human beings ) collectively to ignite a fire and a rain of LOVE.

I also have a small SUGILITE CRYSTAL SKULL- FOR REIKI HEALING

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and a small NUMMITE CRYSTAL SKULL – FOR SPIRITUAL PROTECTION & GROUNDING

nuummite crystal skullAND  a small crystal skull from Joshua Shapiro, that i call “Rainbow.  Sorry, no photo, as I had to re-do my computer recently & can’t seem to find many of my images I thought I had saved, LOL.

I hope that anyone reading this will join in with a Crystal Skull or even just an etheric crystal skull, or any clear quartz crystal.

Read more about this EVENT at the links below!

http://crystalskullworldday.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/413782002145225/

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CRYSTAL SKULLS  CLICK   HERE


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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

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For information about the Easter tradition, see  THIS  post of my “Fascinating Animals” Blog.

I took an assortment of chocolates to work, with the above heart-shaped notice.  Below is a photo of a Bunny Trinket Box with the Heart notice.

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Wishing All a Safe and Peaceful Easter Holiday Season.  Enjoy and take care of all, bunnies included.

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Reticulated Porcelain – George Owen

I love watching Antiques Roadshow & Bargain Hunt, and saw an episode recently which showed a beautiful old vase made by George Owen (1845-1917).  It was Reticulated Porcelain ( or Porcelaine réticulée in French).  The piece wasn’t signed because it was an early trial piece, with a chunk that had been restored at the bottom of the vase.   The screenshot below is from Christies, click on the picture to go to the website.  Just one example of these glorious and skilled works of George Owen !

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George Owen’s chosen field of expertise was reticulating – piercing decorative porcelain objects, a technique which he never divulged to anyone.  He was without equal, the quality of his work unmatched through to today.

Around 1845, pierced decoration was a hallmark of excellence at England’s Worcester potteries.  Reticulated pieces have double walls, of which the outside one is pierced with a pattern, often a network of exceeding fineness, a lace-work in porcelain through which may be seen the internal wall.

It is similar to reticulated masonry facing used in Roman times.  I googled the “history of reticulated porcelain“, and “George Owens reticulated porcelain“, but unfortunately, could not find much information via Google.

However, if you click on the link below, it will take you to Google images showing some of George Owen’s glorious porcelain works.

Google Images of Reticulated porcelain – by George Owens

 

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Hopman Cup 2015 Winners

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We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries.  In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!

My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena.  It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm.  This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1.  The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as  THIS  pdf shows ( you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it, un-tick the download of McAfee security if you don’t want the McAfee software ).  Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.

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Estee Lauder World Traveler Compact

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I really like Estee Lauder cosmetics and … vintage Compacts too !

So recently when I saw this un-usual and unique “World Traveler” powder compact, I snapped it up. At first I looked on Google to see what else was available, and found Estee Lauder “traveler” compacts in one tone colours, and NONE as beautiful as this one above. It has a black finish with colour “stickers” of course representing places the traveler has been to.

I bought this from an eBay seller.  More pictures below, courtesy of the eBay seller, lotus pearl.

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By thy Grace – Snatum Kaur

This track is dedicated to Peace on the planet. It draws from the Sacred names of the Infinite Creator as represented by the Muslim (Allah), Christian (Jehova), Hindu (Rama) and Sikh (Sa Ta Na Ma) faiths.

“Snatum Kaur” means universal / nucleus / friend to all, and the beautiful Snatum Kaur emboides all this and more. Many of the songs sung on Snatum’s recordings are ancient chants sang in Gurumukhi, the ancient language of the Sikhs.  More about this wonderful singer from her website below.  Enjoy.

http://www.snatamkaur.com/

Snatum has just released a new album, in tandem with pianist Peter Kater, called “Heart of the Universe” –  see below please for more information.  You can buy the hardcopy CD for $18, or the full album in mp3 format for just $10, or even just purchase individual songs.  Just click on “Purchase Album” at the bottom right to view your options.

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/heartoftheuniverse

Snatum’s “Grace” album and “The Essential Snatum Kaur” and others include the BY THY GRACE track, if you are looking for that.  Please click on the link below to see the range of albums available.

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/artists/Snatam-Kaur.aspx


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Lovehearts at Sweethearts

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I have to confess that I’ve got a sweet tooth and when my partner, originally from England, told me about the wonderful lollies / sweets / chocolates in England, I decided I had to sample them when I could !  Last week on Wednesday night I was thinking about the candy hearts with the words on them which I ate when I was a child, and said out loud to him, I wish I had some of those Sweetheart candies with the messages on them.

Well, my wish came true, because the next day we visited AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia, in Hillarys.  After our visit, we looked around nearby for somewhere to have lunch.  My partner espied a British lolly / lollie shop aptly called SWEETHEARTS.

Luckily for our “wallets” we ate lunch first, then visited the Candy Shop.  What a treat that was. Above is the hoard that we brought back with us.  Surprisingly, the Love Hearts candies have had a modern make-over, with TEXT ME being the first message I got, and EMAIL ME somewhere in the packet too, LOL.

The Walnut Whips were the “piece de resistance”.  The Nestle website says that in the U.K. one Walnut Whip is eaten every 2 seconds, that’s how popular they are.  Here is a close up of this delight – a whirl-shaped cone of milk chocolate with a whipped vanilla fondant filling, topped with a half-walnut.  When my partner first described them to me, I could not believe him, and dreamed about the day I would get to eat such a delight.  Well, we saw them at SWEETHEARTS, and bought one each, and they live up to their reputation.

Launched in 1910, Walnut Whip is Nestlé’s oldest current brand. It was previously made by Duncan’s of Edinburgh.

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces – myth in stories

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

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Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same “elementary ideas.”

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas “archetypes,” which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a “hero” is, or a “mentor” or a “quest,” and that’s why people who don’t even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

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Pretty in Red

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This week I was on my way to work when I saw a BEAUTIFUL LADY IN RED outside a shopping centre. She was handing out pamphlets for $2 coffees at the centre. Her outfit was a work of art. As she was so gorgeous, and in her magnificent attire cheered me up alot, I asked her if I could take a photo of her.

She asked her assistant to take a snap of her with me, so here is the result.

Something out of the ordinary to make my day extraordinary.