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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

post christmas post

I am sweeping up the tinsel, and washing all the pots and pans; putting christmas back in the cupboard for another year. Although with the race of time passing maybe I should just leave it all on the table?

Christmas day was cool and blustery with the occasional micro dot of a rain drop. K, myself, lovely niece and two chilled out pals had an enormously feasty day on turkey with all the trimmings, followed much later by mince pies and brandy butter (oh yes). Feeling very fortunate and blessed to be groaning from over-eating, and safely housed from the elements, in a wonderful spot with such special people.

The night after Christmas we had our first proper rainstorm of the season. Clouds moved in throughout the day. Some spat at us rudely, others just hung around in gangs. Heat and humidity built up all day, and finally heavy drops fell like pebbles on the roof, gathering strength until the thrumming din drowned out all other sound. Waterfalls cascaded off the wriggly tin, and foamy rivulets raced towards the dams.

Today the fish eagles have been feasting on bull frogs. A pair of eagles, fat as ticks, are perching sleepily by the dam nearest the gate having spent the day swooping down on the huge bullfrogs that emerged after the rain. I am hoping there are still enough there for the raucous frog party that usually follows a good rain. Then, the calls of bull frogs, rain frogs, foam nest frogs, and all the bubbling croaking cacophony reach such a crescendo that the sound fills your whole head. It is the best new years party on earth i am sure.

Looking ahead and wishing all the blogger fraternity an excellent and dream filled 2009. I have really enjoyed blogging with you these past months and thank you again for all your kind comments on mine – love them! Blog On!!


Janelle said...

and to you too darling Val! love your blog and also so happy you're a true hooked blogger lurking happily out there in Blogosphere..Roll on Bull Frogs! xxx janelle

Val said...

janelle - yay - thanks so much... and great news about the spotty ones (your comment on my last)- you are going to have SO MUCH FUN with those :-) xxx

Reya Mellicker said...

I love frog song, too. In fact I have a digital recording that I play sometimes while I'm working.

wow, the food chain is so ... active! ... where you live. Or maybe the truth is you're a keen observer of the food chain.

I always say this but: thank you for posting. Thank you so so much.

And happiest 2009 to you!

Anonymous said...

I love your description of putting Christmas away for another year and good to share in the abundance of life after the seasonal rain. So wonderfully put as usual. I have very much enjoyed your blog and your visits to mine this year and look forward to more in '09.

Happy New Year!

Val said...

Reya - frog song - thats such a nice expression. Nothing like a big frog party round here!!! the noise....

Rob - thanks - you guys have a good new year


Angela said...

My dear friend Val,your blog is always a joy to my heart, and I love to listen to your rain on the roof and your bull frog songs and to picture myself at your kitchen table. I can hardly BELIEVE that you and I are NOT related and have known each other for ever! But as Miranda already said, you probably DO share our genes...somehow... and certainly by choice (my choice)! And by all means, go on blogging and paint your scenes for us, while we dream here in our cold Northern Hemisphere, shivering and wishing ourselves away.

Lori ann said...

you painted a beautiful picture, as always, with your lovely words Val. The "thrumming din" description of the rain put that sound right in my head.
I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!
And yes! i'm SO SO glad you share Monkeys on the roof with us...
now if you need any help cleaning up... ;)

Val said...

Angela - as always your kindness overwhelms me! thanks so much - its wonderful to share with you xx

Lori - yes, the noise of rain on a tin roof - is it in your sleep noise thingy?? except hard rain probably.
cleaning up.....well yes actually! just joking!


Maria Rose said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. You write beautifully.

Kate said...

Wishing you joy, Val, and continuing passion for life. (it's hard to find praise and wishes that haven't already been expressed to you!)
Thank you for sharing your experiences. Blogs like yours bring us all together.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Val, your writing is just like a soothing melody that you don't want to end. You're such a fabulous writer.

I am so honored to get to glimpse a bit of your world, and even more honored that you visit mine.

May 2009 be your best year yet. Cheers!

Unknown said...

I love the sound of the frog party, do you get to gate-crash?! :-)

It's been great meeting you via the blogs and Facebook and I wish you a totally "Best Ever" 2009 - and yeah, blog on! xxx

The W.O.W. factor! said...

I came visiting via "AN AERIAL ARMADILLO" amd I must say, you write beautifully! You painted the perfect picture for me to visualize myself in!

I think the idea of leaving all of the Christmas things in place is great, as it does seem as time flies by!
Have a magical and glorious New Year!

Val said...

maria rose - thanks for the visit! long live the Kindness Bandit :-)

katherine - thanks for your kindness and hope those baby birds flourish..

CBW - you are too kind - and I love your blog!

Ab Van - yeah you can gatecrash but not sure you want to get too involved! just enjoy the sounds...:-)

WOW Factor - nice to meet you. Off to check yours.

Hope 2009 is going great so far for you all

A Concerned Citizen said...

Sounds as if you had a fabulous holiday - I am so glad! And I love that phrase, "putting Christmas back in the cupboard." That is exactly what I did yesterday. Disentangling the 14 strands of lights that I insisted on putting on a 7-foot tree was not so much fun, but having a well-lit tree was worth the trade off.

Happy 2009, Val -- I'm so pleased that we found each other in the blogosphere and do look so forward to reading more of your posts this year. (: )