#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Miracle

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#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Miracle

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Quote for  Miracle

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” Jon Bon Jovi

This quote is quite true,  if we lived by it, it would be an amazing achievement in everyday living.

Like the photo above, it would it be a miracle if we could jump on a flying eagle and travel were ever we want to go, what a saving in airfares.

Haiku for “Miracle” using the above picture.

Jump on this birds back

Now see how far we can go

Before we fall off.

Now if we could do that, that would be a Miracle, Wouldn’t it, but we don’t need to go as far as that for a miracle, just take a look around you, I’m sure you will see a miracle just like the quote says.

writersquote wednesday challenge

It’s easy to join in:

  • Find a quote you like that goes with the theme of the week.
  • Use that quote either in or as the title of some form of writing such as a flash fiction piece, poem, or pretty much anything as long as you include the quote and make sure to note who said it.
  • Then do a Ping Back or paste your URL into the comments of this post so we can all visit you.

This week’s theme is: Miracle

Dairy Farming in NZ

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Quote for “Write Anything Wednesday”.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dairy Farming in New Zealand.

I lived under Mount Egmont/Taranaki NZ for sixty years, dairy farming and breaking a trail through thick bush right under the mountain reserve, milking cows, it was our way of life.

We sold the dairy farm in May  2014.

New Zealand dairy farmers are on a real downturn in income, a lot will not be able to keep farming, banks will be selling them up.

Where will New Zealand farmers go? Where will their paths end?

Because they did leave a trail behind them, with years of hard work.

What is happening to New Zealand dairy farming?

Interested in NZ dairy farming situation?

Memories – Groceries Stores

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Once again I forgot to write for “Write Anything Wednesday” yesterday, never mind it is still Wednesday in other parts of the world, so I will do it today “Thursday in New Zealand”, this is becoming a habit.

Memories – Changes over the years in Groceries Stores

In the early days of grocery stores, products were generally served to you by an assistant from shelves behind the counters, while customers waited in front and indicated the items they wanted.

I remember well, 50 years ago,  living in the country, we would only visit the store, once a month 20th, that was pay day.

That was the day we dressed up and went to town, it was always something we looked forward to every month, we would pay for the supplies we had purchased from the previous 20th of the month by phone, which would be delivered weekly to our farm house.

Most months we would buy something that was needed in the home, like my first sewing machine, clothing for the family, on payday, anything else that was needed we would go without until the 20th of the following month.

Then came the changes – Supermarkets.

Stores were no longer around, supermarkets were springing up everywhere, I totally different environment to what I was used to, no delivering of groceries.

Supermarkets offer products at a lower  price by reducing their economic margins, so buy groceries was by bulk in deep freezing our requirements during the month.

Customers shopped by placing their selected merchandise into shopping trolly’s or baskets (self-service) and pay for the merchandise at the check-out, that was quite a challenge until you got used to the checkout counter.

Now some have self-checkout devices which I have never used.

Supermarkets in New Zealand.

Pak-N-Save

Super Value

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Shop Rite

New World Super Market

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New World in New Zealand is privately owned Supermarket

I do my weekly grocery shopping at the New World Supermarket, they have Fly-Buys Points, which is another discount for me, as I get bed linen, toasters etc for free with my Fly Buy Points.

New World has been a member of the Fly Buys program since that program started in September 1996.

It is a New Zealand Supermarket chain and is part of the Foodstuffs Cooperative.

They tend to be smaller and more upscale than larger warehouse-type supermarkets, and are also more numerous throughout New Zealand, with many small towns having a New World.

New World is also one of New Zealand’s longest running supermarkets, founded in 1950.

Honey Bees

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I forgot to write for “Write Anything Wednesday” yesterday, never mind it is still Wednesday in other parts of the world, so I will do it today “Thursday in New Zealand”.

I did two posts yesterday, just  forgot it was Wednesday.

It was a day of many things taking my attention from writing, like the picture above.

Poor Honey Bees!

It has been a bad year for the Bee Farmers here in Taranaki this year, with all the cooler weather the Manuka Bush didn’t flower this year.

So there are very hungry bees around, the farmer was taking his bees hives away, from further up the road, I really don’t know why he was doing it in the daytime as this is a job to be done at night when the bees are all resting in their hives.

Anyway as the trucks with all the bees were going down the road there were bees flying out from the hives on the trucks, our house was surrounded by bees, it was quite a warm day, I had all the windows and doors open, and did I have to move as bees started flying into the house, trying to shut up doors and windows, the bees were coming inside faster than I could shut the windows.

There were so many bees flying around, my husband got a box and added a mixture of honey in it, the very stressed out bees started landing on the honey container as you can see above.

I had intended to do some pruning of the Wisteria, it never got done as the bees were all amongst the leaves, a job to do today.

Anyway, this morning the bees have all left the box except for a few dead one’s.

I wonder where they are today, no bee hives around for them now, hopefully, they don’t all die there were hundreds of them flying around yesterday.

Buying a House is Stressful

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It’s “Daily Post Write Anything Wednesday” today.

After two days of no posts here I feel like those pussies above, wondering what going to happen next.

My self-confidence was very high when I wrote “Self Confidence Sunday” post, now it is Wednesday 24 February, only two days before we take over our new home in town.

It is like looking into a mirror and wondering what’s on the other side.

So much has happened in the last couple of days, trying to get everything sorted out, for instinct, setting up a power account, getting insurance for our new home, which was so unbelievable, because of the stress I had to go through to get it sorted out.

I needed to know the measurement of the home, no matter where I went I came to a blind corner, not finding it out.

This all came about not having an LIM (Land Information Memorandums) report, which costs $300 to $400’s.

The Real Estate, two humans could not help they were out of the province, it wasn’t on the contract I had.

New Plymouth District Council could have helped, but not over the phone, I would have to drive 55 Km’s to find out, then return home to ring the insurance company up, as we don’t have a cell phone, not worth it as we live in an area where there is no cell phone coverage.

The Lawyer didn’t know but suggested ringing up the lady we bought the house from.

Now I didn’t like worrying the dear old lady which was retiring to a pensioner’s flat, last resort I did, I found it out from her, after a second phone call to her after she unpacked some of her person papers which she had already to shift.

That call to that dear lady saved the day for me, I was just about at breaking point, I got to know that dear lady quite well, invited her if she ever comes back to have a look at her home {which they had build forty years ago), her husband had passed away, to come in and have a cup of tea with me.

Finally, I was able to ring up the insurance company and sort it out now I knew the measurements.

They must have checked out the first call, (which I was about 45 mins on the phone) which it was obversely a newbie being trained for the job), they were so helpful, it seemed to me that that insurance company had checked out the information about the house measurements, themselves as they had already worked out how much it would cost monthly for the insurance.

That’s my rant over, it goes to show how little an elderly lady knows about modern information when buying a home, it wasn’t as though we brought a home every day, having lived on a farm for so many years.

Glad I kept my cool, all though I felted like a wash out rag after it all.

All about Feijoas

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Daily Post Write Anything Wednesday, February 17 2016

I decided to write about Feijoas.

The fruit matures in the autumn, they are not ready yet, but it won’t be long, last year I made chutney it was very nice so I thought I would share a little about this fruit, give you the recipe I used, and show you some photos I took last season.

The feijoa is an evergreen, perennial shrub.

The fruit is green, as you can see by the photo above.

They are oval shaped.

Have a sweet, aromatic flavor. The flesh is juicy.

We have three trees and everyone has a different flavor, and different sized fruit, there is one tree I prefer more that the others as it has a much sweeter taste.

The fruit drops when ripe, but I pick it from the tree before it is quite ripe to prevent bruising.

The fruit has a distinctive smell, which I like very much, there is no other smell like it.

Feijoa Chutney

Here’s the recipe

Feijoa Chutney

  1. 1.5 kg feijoas, peeled and chopped,
  2. 1 kg onions, peeled and finely diced,
  3. ½ cup crystallized ginger, diced,
  4. 2 cups currants,
  5. 2 cups brown sugar,
  6. 1 teaspoon mixed spice,
  7. 3 teaspoons curry powder,
  8. 1 litre cider vinegar.
  9. Method:
  10. In a large pan combine all ingredients, stir to the boil
  11. On the lowest heat, simmer until thick
  12. Pour into sterilized jars and seal once cool.Feijoa Chutney bottled

    Here’s another quick recipe below for Feijoa jam cooked in the Microwave.

    Feijoa and Ginger Jam (microwave)

    500g peeled feijoas,

    500g sugar,

    Juice of one lemon,

    3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger,

    ½ cup water

    Method:

    1. Chop the peeled feijoas.  Place in a food processor and pulp well
    2. Place pulped feijoas in a very large glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and water.
    3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then stir
    4. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring once, then pour into jars and seal.

    I have made this often it has been very successful.

    I have been asked in the comments what the inside of a feijoa looks like?

    Hope you enjoy the fruit if you ever find some.Cut Feijoa

    Other ways of using Feijoas

    You usually eat the feijoa by cutting it in half, then scooping it out the pulp with a spoon, you can also peel the skin off if they are not too ripe and eat it that way.

    I have seen some eat them with the skin still on, just remove the top and bottom of the fruit.

    You can stew Feijos but don’t over cook them, serve with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.

    I have also made Feijoas Muffins – Very nice

    Do you grow Feijoas?

    If not have you eaten them?

    Do you like them?

Long Hair – How do you sleep at night?

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It’s “Write Anything Wednesday” today.

Dear me, those weeks go by so fast, sitting here wondering what to write today, I saw the above photo.

I was looking at how the young child has it’s hair spread up over the pillow and obviously having a peaceful sleep.

I have long hair, it hasn’t been cut for eighteen months now, I usually go to bed with it still tied loosly up, every morning when I wake my tie has been removed, (I don’t remember doing it in my sleep), and my hair is spread on the pillow just like that youngster in the photo, I also always sleep on my back.

I never go to bed with wet hair, always wash it during the day and let it dry while hanging loosely on my head.

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I was wondering if you have long hair, what do you do with it before you go to bed?

How do you find it in the morning, if you have tied it up is it still tied up in the morning, or is it loose?

Do you braid your hair before you go to sleep?

How about wearing a sleep cap? In the video above the lady has very long hair, that is what see uses, don’t think I would leave that on my head all night.

Please, comment – Would love to know what you do with your long hair before you go to sleep.

Chocolate and its Health Benefits

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This is my post for “Write anything Wednesday”.

New studies are coming out all the time verifying chocolate’s health benefits.

But with all the excitement, about chocolate let’s make sure that we understand and keep in mind that this doesn’t mean any chocolate in any amount is beneficial because it’s not.

Chocolate can reduce inflammation, help you control your blood pressure, and keep you looking younger and slimmer.

The key, however, is to eat the right kinds of chocolate.

What is the right kind of Chocolate to control Blood Pressure.

The kind that contains at least 50 to 70 percent cocoa, lowered blood pressure in all participants, but most notably in those with hypertension, it can also lower diabetes.

One reason for this is because of the higher concentration of flavonoids, which provide anti-oxidant benefits.

It is also because dark chocolate has less of the unhealthier ingredients often added to chocolate — less fat and processed sugar.

Dark chocolate is good for your heart because it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol; it also stimulates serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant.

62% Dark Cacao Choclate

The above photo is the chocolate I use, two pieces every morning before breakfast, it works for me I have stopped all high blood pressure pills and feel so much better for it.

No Blogging Yesterday – Time spent with GrandChildren

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My post for “Write anything Wednesday”

This week has been a bit hectic, my two youngest grandchildren age 6 – 8 years old have stayed a couple of days, so my blog has been a bit idle.

What have I been doing in those two days?

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We have a farm so there are lots of things that can keep children busy, always something to do. Went for a climb up the hill to the highest point at the top of this photo, they considered that a great accomplishment, as these hills are steeper than they look, you need to be quite fit to do this.

They enjoyed helping to shift an electric fence, so the weaner calves could have fresh grass to eat, that was the first time they had done that, for sure it will be part of their morning talk when they go back to school next week.

The funny thing about moving the fence the grass was long and still had the morning dew on it, they were holding the electric fence standards in the air above the grass and walking with the electric fence, but the grass was so long, they were lifting their little legs high in the air, as they tried to move, with their eyes looking at the top of the fence trying to make sure the dead electric wire fence didn’t fall off.

Had me laughing, those smiles still stay with me today when I think about it. Good for the old body

It is mid summer in New Zealand, so on went the swimming togs, they spend a very hot afternoon swimming in the river,  they saw an eel was quite excited about that.

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The eight-year-old boy is a good cook. He makes scrambled eggs for their family, I asked him what he used, he told me all the ingredients, even to putting cornflour in it, that was a new one for me, when he went home, the last thing he said to me was, don’t forget my recipe for cooking scrambled eggs. Smiles!

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Before they went home they when Blackberry picking, they had it all planned out what they were going to do with them, for a couple of young children they had many recipes they were going to cook, mainly blackberry crumble was one of their favourites by the sounds.

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings about the two days I enjoyed spending with my Grandchildren instead of sitting in front of my computer.

P.S. The photo at the top is not my grandchildren, they are good at taking photos, so this  PixaBay photo looked right for this blog, as I would rather not put my grandchildren photos on the internet.

What are your thought’s about putting your own young family members on the internet?

Please Comment.