The Wombat In My Cosmos

I’d like to think this cosmos of mine is a delightful eclectic collection of all things me.  I love sharing my thoughts, even those that are a little hard to get into words.  I love sharing my photography and admit I am no expert with a camera – I just love to point and click.  It’s been awhile since I wrote a Haiku, or poem of any kind, but I’ll work at remedying that.  I have been delighted at the response to some of my recipes and found joy in sharing the speeches I write for Toastmasters.

Throughout this journey of sharing that started almost four years ago when Dean and I were about to embark on our trip of a lifetime around Australia, I’ve made many friends within the WordPress blogosphere.  I have often thought it would be delightful to meet some of these fellow bloggers in person.  Alas though, many of them either live overseas or not within a reasonable driving distance.

And then I stumbled across Walking the Wombat.
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Pretty Poinsettias and More

I’ve now not one – not two – but three very pretty Poinsettias and all of them are currently in flower.  I just love the effect the cold weather has on my plants.

Pretty Pink – still blooming and complete with spider

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Pancakes For One

What are you to do when it’s Mother’s Day and you are not blessed with the presence of your children to make you breakfast in bed?  No, this is not a sob story.

Perhaps, like me, your children no longer live at home or, as is the case with our two youngest daughters, they no longer live within easy driving distance.  Or taking it one step further, perhaps, as is the case with our eldest daughter right now, your children are currently overseas, and Mother’s Day is a solo affair.  Or as solo as it gets when your husband takes off down the beach for a surf.
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The Great Bat Reveal

On April 17, 2018, I introduced you to My Black Bat Flower and when I followed that up with an update in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat, I said I could hardly wait for my bat to emerge.  This has finally happened and I have not only one bat to adore, I have two.

This is ‘the’ most amazing plant I have in my garden at the moment, and I show it off to everyone and, much to my delight, they ooh and aah over it like it’s a newborn.  I guess in some way it is, with the first umbel still not quite fully opened.
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My Winning Speech

As promised, below you will find the words that make up my winning speech.  I say words because, as with all good speeches, words alone cannot convey the three key elements of vocal variety that were so essential to the delivery of this speech – pace, pitch and pause.

Some of you might feel an element of familiarity regarding the story, and indeed, this speech began as a much longer speech (Making Spaghetti) that I wrote more than 18 months ago and shared here on my blog soon after I first delivered it at a club meeting.

Some months later, several actually, one of my fellow members mentioned how good that speech was and that it would make a terrific speech for the Humorous Speech Contest.  Thank you, Judith, for sewing the seeds of inspiration in my mind.
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