“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”😎😎

Last Monday night at our fortnightly ukulele session, we had a visit from a group called the Elderberries who led us through songs such as When I’m 64, Return To Sender, Bring Me Sunshine and Brown Eyed Girl.Β  Just before we finished they handed out sheets for a medley of Three Little Birds and Be Happy and now that song is stuck in my head 😝  I’ve tried singing other songs but this one just keeps coming back!Β  When I looked at the YouTube video I just had to share it as it’s so happy (naturally … it’s supposed to be!), and as it’s grey and cold and rainingπŸŒ§β˜” here in my little corner of the world, it just brightened up my day.Β  Hope it brighten’s yours πŸ™‚

Oh goodness, now I have another song going just by writing these words (My Little Corner of the World).Β  Do you remember this song?

My little corner of the world may be grey, cold and wet but our house is now cosy and warm as at long last our Everhot DeLuxe 204 slow combustion wood stove has been repaired and according to Dan (our repairman) it’s good for at least another 20 years.Β  Not bad for a stove we bought 40 years ago that has burnt 24/7 for 6 – 8 months of every year … cooking our food, warming us and our house and boosting our solar hot water system.Β  There is something very comforting about the sound of the kettle sitting on the side of the stove and quietly singing.

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Gordon says he warms himself twice in winter, first when he chops the wood and then inside in the warmth of the kitchen.Β  We get plenty of exercise putting the wood in the trailer at the front of the house, where it gets delivered, then stacking it in the front section of the carport under cover.Β  From then on, for the rest of winter, Gordon gradually chops the wood to various sizes (kindling, quick fire and overnight burn) and together we restack along the second section of the carport wall, closer to the back door and the stove.

We have several very large Marri trees on our property that constantly drop small branches and Gordon built a kindling box that’s not far from the back door that we now store all those branches in.

Last year the council removed a dying and dangerous tree out on the front verge and the workers were kind enough to cut it into very large pieces for us.Β  The wood is now stored along the fence line drying out for next winter.Β  Gordon has a lot of work ahead of him to cut these down to size.Β  The small ones won’t be too much work, but the larger ones could be challenging!

Now that winter is officially here the grapevines and fruit trees have finally decided to start dropping their leaves in a hurry.Β  I love the changes of colour as this happens … not so fussed about all the leaves outside the back door 😏  Unfortunately the weeds have suddenly found a new lease of life with the rain and are springing up everywhere.Β  Such is life!!

That’s it from my little corner of the world.Β  Wishing you a warm, sunshiny, happy day πŸ˜ŽπŸ”†

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