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About Judy

On a journey. Always learning. Open hearted. Open mind

The Blue Banded Bee – The Farmer’s Friend

My Wild Australia

I was really excited to discover some of these attractive looking bees on a cassia shrub near the house recently. I walked past it one day and I could hear an intermittent buzzing sound. On closer inspection, I found these incredible blue banded bees among the blooms.

It’s a very striking looking insect, you’d definitely notice it, with its iridescent blue stripes across its black abdomen and being 12mm in size.

Since I had never seen one of these bees before (except for other people’s photos), I did some research on the internet and came up with some interesting information about them.

The blue banded bee, amegilla cingulata, is a native bee to Australia. It is found everywhere in the country with the exception of Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The blue banded bee is a solitary bee, and they are not aggressive although they can sting.

It’s also easy…

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How to Fight Elder Fraud

I know this topic is of huge concern to many of us, so sharing on for those it may assist

Dealing with Dementia


Every year, at least $36 Billion is reportedly taken from older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. The largest segment is “Exploitation” — when businesses, individuals, or charities use pressure tactics or misleading language to lead seniors into financial mistakes. My parents were prayed upon, and the source of the fraud was surprising.

When my parents still lived in their home, they signed two agreements for the same work — one was for a few hundred, and the second was for $5,200. Thankfully, my mom sensed something was wrong and called my sister. I lived near mom and dad so could stop by and found the two contracts for the same work — one that was horrifically over-priced. We were able to cancel the outrageous contract, but I should have also called the police, Adult Protective Services, and the Better Business Bureau. We were so stunned at the…

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Germaine Greer:Old Women & Young Feminism

You speak words of truth here. The unacknowledged “age of irrelevance “. I remember being so shocked when I realised I had appeared to have literally become invisible in many places in daily life. I saw it as being presented with a choice, acquiescence or fight………..I chose fight. It really is true that older women become even more radical. And part of that for me is the discovery that many people and things around me are actually irrelevant to me and my life and I have the power to step away from them.

Rae Story

It is difficult to know how to be a feminist. Just saying you believe in equality for women is all well and good, but it doesn’t really help you or anyone when you have to get down to the details of what that means. When it comes to deciding on what kinds of actions and discourses will contribute most fully  to the betterment of womanity. And that is even before you get to more tricky, philosophical concepts such as liberation and emancipation.

Germaine Greer is a perfect example of why we need to move with the times as feminists and keep on learning. Embarrassing and dangerous.


One thing you can do to implement your feminist credentials successfully, however, is to not be an Old Woman. You can be any number of things as a feminist, woman, man or mineral, but if you are going to be an Old Woman feminist, you’d better do it in a chronically kowtowing, know your place, kind of way. Despite your years on this cragged sphere, your many…

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Why I’ll be working on January 26…

Think people. Please think before you dash off to “celebrate” on a date that must be changed

Anita Heiss

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It’s that time of year again when I feel incredibly tired and anxious. January 26 is approaching and my social media timelines are full of the angst the date brings to those who know, understand and embrace the true history of this country. At the same time, many others are in full swing ready to barbie and party in the name of ‘Australia Day’ (and it’s attached public holiday).

I’m tired because every year we have to explain why January 26 is problematic as a national day of celebration. Every year we desperately seek leadership in bringing us together as a nation so we can celebrate as a collective.

January 26 is not that date. And if you don’t understand why, perhaps ask yourself a couple of questions: Is it appropriate to celebrate a day that relates to the colonisation a nation? Should we celebrate a date that is linked…

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The Kindness of Strangers

The kindness of others brings such joy.
Our family feel we had the visit of an “Xmas angel” when one of our dad’s auxiliary care aides gave personal time out of her Xmas morning to collect dad from his residential care home and accompany him to church and then took the time to email us a photo of a joyous looking dad with the vicar.

Dealing with Dementia

heiberg-ii_usma_3dec16The small acts of so many made my job as a caregiver so much easier. Humanity includes many wonderful components we sometimes forget.

I just received a picture of the wreath that was laid in honor of my grandfather at West Point Cemetery. Not only do volunteers gently deposit it, they also take the time to take a picture and have it sent back to me so I can share it with the family.

Best wishes to all of us who are missing a loved on on this holiday.

I am grateful to all of those who helped me on my care-giving journey. Some of you stepped in to help when I needed to step back, or encouraged me on when I wasn’t sure I was able to continue. Many thanks. Remembered. 

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Don’t give up

But do find your own ways to love and laugh, and to live with dementia, not only die from it…………….I dream of being able to help my loved one with dementia love and laugh and live with dementia

Living Beyond Dementia™

jonathonLike my food blog, I’ve not been here for some time… The only suggestion I can think of this week, for living beyond dementia, is to not give up! A very close friend’s son died unexpectedly, a colleagues house burned to the ground, including their pets, and the week before that, a close girlfriends husband had a major stroke.

Dementia is definitely not the worst thing that can happen to you or someone you love, which I feel is worth remembering…

When you fall over, get up. When you fall off your bike, get backup, fix the bike, patch up your wounds, and get back on your bike.

When you feel sad, cry a while, then get back to living. When you lose someone you love, or someone you love loses someone they love, cry a while or a lot, then get back to living.

If you get dementia or someone…

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