The Taste of Summer

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The Taste of Summer
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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 2:30pm

I love, love, love cherries, and yesterday I had my first cherries of the season.  Smile  Absolute bliss!  There are roadside stalls selling them and all the fruit and veg shops have them now, and  for me there is nothing like that first bowl of cherries.  Sometimes during our winter DH buys cherries imported from the USA for me, and whilst they are still delicious, they do lose something in the cold storage process.  Cherries also mean that Christmas is not far away too, maybe that is part of the appeal as well.  Today (1st) is the first day of summer here and it has certainly arrived in full force, yesterday we had a maximum temperature of 35C/95F with similar weather today, some areas in other states had 45C/113F yesterday.  Surprised

I'll actually have plenty of time for eating cherries this year, I had been trying to accumulate my annual leave at work in case the contract for the company I work for was not renewed and I was out of a job, but that plan was thwarted and I, and my colleagues, were told we have to take leave.  So I am now on Annual Leave until 2nd January, go back for a couple of weeks, then off for another 4 weeks.  We won't be going anywhere, except to my Mother's, as DH only has a few days leave, he takes his time off in dribs and drabs, and besides, this is the most expensive time of the year for booking accommodation.  So, this year I will have plenty of time to prepare for Christmas (and to eat cherries).

Oh, and the contract has been renewed for 6 months, so a bit of a reprieve, but we have to go throrugh the whole "will it or won't it" once again.  Which we have been doing for about the last 3 years.

Elaine

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Fri, 12-07-2012 - 8:09am
YEAAAAAA for cherries! ;) they aren't my personal favorite, but I know about foods you love. :) The foods that say "Christmas" to me are cookies ... which I spent all day yesterday baking, and will spend all day today baking, and all day tomorrow .... ;) Cowboy walked in the door yesterday to the scent of fresh baked cookies, and said, "Have I ever told you I hate this time of year .... when you bake cookies that you won't let me eat them?!" LOL He does, in fact, get to eat them ... just not any more than a few until I get the plates made. Sorry to hear about the work challenge. Enjoy your time off, friend. I'm glad the contract has been renewed. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 5:35pm

:) that's what we call them - pomegranite jewels. You are right, it is a shame they are not real jems!

Carole

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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 4:24pm

Thanks Curly, I will.

So much government work here is outsourced now, it makes for a lot of nervous people, especially when   budget cuts are announced.  Almost 50% of the workforce  here in Canberra is in the government sector.  DH, DS and I all directly or indirectly work for the government, DD too when she was here.  I'm not sure if you saw my Roll Call post, but DS does IT contract work for government departments and was told his contract would be extended for 6 months, but the paperwork hadn't been signed when he went ahead and bought an apartment.  Just after contracts were exchanged his department was told there was no more funding for the project DS was working on, so he had some very stressful days.  Luckily he found out a few days ago that he has another 6 months.  In the meantime  he has started to look for a permanent position, the uncertainy of short term contract work doesn't go well with having a mortgage.

Elaine

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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 3:56pm
We went through that when DH was with the government, Elaine. It worked out just like you're saying... It was 2 years of "6 months and then we'll have a contract", knowing full well that a contract was 3 years! Very frustrating. But enjoy your cherries and your time off. I think having cherries as a sign of Christmas coming sounds just delicious and delightful. I can already picture using them as edible Christmas decorations! ~Curly
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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 3:05pm

I haven't had a pomegranite for years Carole, but when I was little our neighbours had a tree, and since I used to play with their daughter almost every day I could have one whenever I wanted when they were in season.  My friend "G" and I used to pretend the seeds were jewels, if only they were!

Elaine

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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 7:33am

I can imagine!  Bob is retired so his income is set but mine fluxuates wildly since I am self employed.  Fortunately we don't have a lot of expenses but it still makes it a constant in all your planning as to how much will be available next week or next month. 

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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 11:43pm

Cherries of all kinds are one of my favourite things too, I agree that they taste best when fresh and local. Cherries however do not say "Christmas" to me lol! for us that's pomegranites, something else I love, and which do come into the stores around Christmas time.

Carole

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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 8:12pm

Well that is true Molly, it has become the norm, but it is so annoying.  They keep telling us that the contract will go out to tender, then they don't get the paperwork organised in time, so they just extend the contract, sometimes for 6 months, other times it's 12.  It makes decision making for us at home very difficult when it comes to finances, for example, last year we really needed to replace our old car but were really nervous about the financial commitment.  In the end we did go ahead and bought a new one, but only something very modest in case we only had one income with which to pay it off.  So far, so good.

Elaine

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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 8:04pm

Well done Sarah!  Looks like your problem has been resolved.

Elaine

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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 8:03pm

Oh, you poor thing Sarah, I guess it's true what they say about one man's food being another man's poison.  Or woman's in our case.

Elaine

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