A fun ’did you know’ for you….

Because (in my mind) the year ’proper’ hasn’t begun yet

There’s Tennis on the telly – Australia Day is yet to come – the kids haven’t gone back to school yet…..some of us continue to eat and drink like it’s going out of style 😊

Here’s some fun bits of interest for you

  • We’re still in the first month of 2022 so here’s a little something to figure out….

If you take the last 2 digits of the year you were born…then add them to the age you will be this year…

It will equal ….122

  • Australia is wider than the moon. The moon sits at 3400km in diameter,  while  Australia’s diameter from east to west is almost 4000km. source 1source 2
  • Australia has more than 60 wine growing regions The majority of which are in Victoria and New South Wales source
  • Lemons float but Limes sink. Safe link below 👇 if you’re interested in why.

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It’s been a quiet couple of weeks, laying low, staying close to home, enjoying the summer weather, watching the beginning of the Australian Open and the ending of The Ashes. Lots of hopes and expectations dashed in both – but then that’s sport for you…….nothing is ever ‘a sure thing’ where that’s concerned.

Never one to just sit ‘watching tv’ I surprised myself by finishing two green adult beanies and reading two books on my ’to be read’ A-Z list of authors.

Both set in post war periods (WW1 & WW2) with main characters who have ’served’ – both storylines involve murders – both with secondary storylines dealing with the result of war service. I’d’met Elly Griffiths’ Brighton Mysteries characters before but this was my first time reading about Inspector Ian Routledge and I’ll certainly be on the look out for more of this series.

And here’s something else I’m looking forward to seeing again….next summer.
But first…..Development of the level crossing in Mooroolbark meant I I have been using the library in Montrose – and seeing their landscaping with new eyes. I’d been used to just driving by on my way elsewhere, now I walk by on my way to the front entrance

Just look at this magnificent small flowering gum…..not too tall with the most stunning orangey red flowers. Corymbia Ficifolia (Baby Orange)

* Flowering gums are grafted eucalyptus trees. By grafting plants onto specially selected rootstock you get trees that will grow happily in a wide range of soil types and have greater resistance against disease. It also means no surprises when it comes to flower colour and smaller sized trees*
source:- https://www.flowerpower.com.au/garden-advice/gardening/flowering-gum-trees/

All through the summer season you can see long flower buds forming, then bursting open into these huge clumps of bright blossoms that slowly fade in colour before dropping off and leaving the little nut casing – all this going on simultaneously in different parts of the tree.

Those little nut shells left after the petals drop grow into these enormous ’gum nuts’.
A bit like me in that as I shed my youthful me and grew older, the more gnarled and bigger in the beam I became 😊

Linking to Life this Week. 

Pop over and see who’s visiting Denyse today – it’s always worth a visit.


35 Replies to “A fun ’did you know’ for you….”

    1. Lol EC I remembered the 122 meme from ten years ago and wondered if it worked with this year’s combination of numbers- result…success!
      That beautiful Flowering Gum is growing beside the library- wish it ‘was’ in my garden.


  1. So many fun facts. Too many for a hot January day!
    It’s Been such a weird few years it kinda feels like one big long year
    It’s nice to discover something lovely in our own back yards.

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    1. Have to agree with you Angela on the never ending year…if it wasn’t for religious festivals and long weekends I’d not know when one started or finished


    1. I’ll admit to trying out the lemon/lime one Charlotte and ….Ooh I didn’t know that about young people not fitting into the number meme.


  2. The year age thing worked if I used my age of what I will be this year.

    The world famous Barossa Valley in SA misses out.

    Many of us know more about exotic plants than our own pretty marvellous eucalypts.

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    1. You’re right about exotic plants v native…so much emphasis was put on ‘just like home’ in the early settlement days nobody took much notice of what was there in front of them


  3. Fun facts, indeed. We have lime tree. A good reason to have a G&T tonight – purely experimental reason, of course.
    I love flowering gums. The orange one is beautiful. I’ll see if our local nursery has any.

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    1. I keep waiting for something out of the ordinary to happen Debbie…..usually there would be lots of summertime things going on here in the suburbs as well as in the city but caution and hesitancy seem to be putting a stop to all that – again.

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  4. Hi Cathy what a lovely way to start my week and I thoroughly enjoy your ‘did you know?’posts. I actually did that calculation of my age and year I was born. I am definitely checking out those two books. I love the era of WWII and also a good crime book and if it is part of a series that is even better. I’m currently reading through some JR Ellis set in Yorkshire with DCI Jim Oldroyd. The flowering gums are beautiful. Re sport I don’t watch cricket but my running friend is a die-hard cricket fan and just loves the 5 day tests! Enjoy your week. #lifethisweek

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    1. Hello Sue It’s good to hear you (and others) enjoy the ‘fun facts’ posts…someone once told me they were ‘lazy cop out’ posts – if they are they certainly take a bit of time to put together. To some they might seem light on content but I tend to think if they actually make you think about a subject it’s possible to learn from it.
      Oh and thanks for mentioning a new to me series I will definitely be on the hunt fo.

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  5. Great Aussie facts. I visited one of those work be growing districts. Margaret River, amazing. 59 to go 😃😃 I wish


    1. We have a wine district right on our doorstep – it’s terrible to say but when you’re travelling, unless there’s something very different about the property one vineyard tends to like another after a while


  6. I love both of those authors. In the case of Charles Todd, there were two authors, mother and son. Sadly the mother died at the end of November, so there won’t be more as witty as those that came before even if the son keeps writing.

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  7. I’m trying to remember if I’ve read Elly Griffiths. I’ve certainly heard of her and know she’s popular. I must check Goodreads or my blog.

    And I’m just blown away by that first fact to take in any others… re the size of Australia and the Moon. WHAT?!?!?


  8. That was fun and yes, of course, I did the sum and yes to you 122. I still associate the mens’ tennis grandfinal meaning school hols are over and BACK to school…that’s a teacher for you!!
    I still think of it…and I haven’t been in schools since 2009. It’s been great to see your post in the link up for Life This Week at Denyse Whelan Blogs.
    I look forward to seeing you again next Monday if you have a post to share. Thanks so much. Denyse.


    1. Tennis is over and done with for this year Denyse and the kids are going back to school so I guess the year proper has begun now. I enjoy linking to Life this Week – it’s good to read what others are up to


  9. haha, great facts. I’d heard about the chef’s hat but forgotten – perhaps now it will remain in my brain. And yes, I’m going to have to delve further into lemons and limes … Christine


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