Last Updated on May 6, 2021 by Red Nomad OZ
Be honest. If YOU saw a blog called Double-half or One Ten without Ham you’d just HAVE to check it out, right?
I first saw Iris’ blog name in the sidebar of one of the blogs I followed so, unable to resist, I took the link. And that’s how I ‘met’ Iris! Although she’s on the other side of the world in Germany, she’s a BIG fan of Australia so we virtually visit each other via our blogs quite frequently!
The photos on her blog are full of RED – so my brilliant analytical mind immediately deduced that this could be one of her favourite colours! Which, as I’m sure you’ll agree, makes her the obvious choice for RED Alert Guest #8!
RED : Welcome, and thank you for agreeing to be my next RED Alert guest! You’ve travelled to Australia twice in the 1990’s. What are your favourite memories?
IRIS: I´m so thankful my parents made it possible for me to travel your beautiful place for 6 and later another 7 months. Whenever I feel bad I think of the clear-blue sky at night, the Southern Cross. Western Australia is my fave.
RED : You’ve probably seen more of OZ than many Aussies! What are your 3 TOP places to visit?
IRIS: Perth, Broome, Carnarvon. Seems like I’m a bit stuck in WA! Loved the Outback, the driving, the stars at night. But I have sweet and funny memories of the rest, too! A retiree who obviously thought “Oh! Guys from WA – and they won´t fit in the deep-garage!!!!” He gestured like crazy, we knew we had about 2-3cm left. Still makes me laugh. Mean, I am, huh?
RED : And your least favourite Australian place?
IRIS: I guess that was Hervey Bay – the (free) showers were awfully cold. I didn´t give Adelaide or Melbourne much of a chance, either, sadly (time-problem).
RED : That’s what ‘next time’ is for, right? What is your favourite colour?
IRIS: It is indeed RED . And green!
RED : Good answer! How do I get one of those cool RED keyboards?
IRIS: Go to Saturn! 🙂 No really! http://www.saturn.de/!! Aren´t keyboards like that available in your place? I can send you one!
RED : Haha! I wonder will we ever get to go to Saturn for real in our lifetime … That’s a cute card! What do the words mean?
IRIS: The card says “There are days full of happiness. Think back to them when things arent just good right now”. And in RED – “everything will be ok”.
RED : It’s nice to be reminded of happiness. What makes you happy?
IRIS: Health, love and good weather! Family!
RED : Is this card at work or home?
IRIS: At home. At work I have the last birthday card, it shows a beach and my boss wished me “fun at work”!
RED : He must have a great sense of humour!! What does the colour RED mean to you?
IRIS: RED is a symbol for love. RED is powerful, fast. It can be warm as well as funky.
RED : That table is SO COOL! But what’s on it?
IRIS: My purse – with pics of my partner Ingo… and Elmo, last one
RED , like the purse (am I childish? Aww, well!)
RED : Being childish is not a bad thing, is it? If so, then I’m in BIIIIIG trouble! Is Ingo happy to be next to a photo of Elmo?
IRIS: About 18 years ago (oh, help!) Elmo somehow ended up being a mascot for us – he was always with us, also throughout Australia, so, yes, I think Ingo is happy with it 🙂 We were the only adults without kids in “Elmo in Grouchland” in Kalgoorlie…
RED : I know that feeling! That’s a cool RED box with the frog (top photo). What is it?
IRIS: It means “Culture in the tent” and it’s an “emergency-suitcase” for an event I never went to so far, cause I missed it the one time I was interested! My friend put it in the advent-calendar she makes me since my Dad´s passing.
RED : What is in your emergency suitcase?
IRIS: In our real emergency suitcase is the stuff packed by the producer, oh, how lame this answer is! We never had to open it! It can be hot. Or cold. Rainy with mozzies (Autan). There is rhythm, that´s what the egg is for.
RED : Did you ever need an emergency suitcase in Australia?
IRIS: It may be a wonder: No! We gathered firewood with bare hands in 1995… Yes. That IS stupid, dang stupid.
RED: Sadly, I’ve seen a lot worse from my fellow Australians … What was the worst problem you had in Australia?
IRIS: Insects! Ewww. And I needed to go to the hospital in Wyndham, but the doc fixed me in a sec (back-problems) and did´t want any money, either! And he gave us tips where to go next.
RED : That’s just what us Aussies are like!! Well … some of us, anyway! When are you coming back to Australia?
IRIS: That is hard to answer! I´d love to hop in a plane right now, but being realistic… it can be a while. But one day I will be back!
RED : Bring on retirement, huh?! This is just one corner of your condo and it’s full of RED ! What are all these things?
IRIS: I love IKEA, at times. I need to put real pics in that photo-thingy! The pink suitcase is for my Niece, the “stuff” goes in there in time. The “stones” are for my parents. The first says, “when time ends, eternity begins”, the other “You left our lives, but you stay in our hearts”. I miss them so much! My Dad died 11 years ago, my Mum just recently. Cancer.
RED : I’m sorry to hear that. They are beautiful thoughts for your parents. The knife guy (below photo) is deadly – what would you MOST like him to destroy?
RED: Most people I know have been affected by cancer in some way, so you will have a lot of support for that wish. There’s a lot of RED in your condo – Why?
IRIS: 13 years of weekend-relationship may be the cause. Our apartments since living together have been colorful! Another wall is orange, there is a green wall and a green “chamber”. Colors make us happy.
RED : The knife guy is surrounded by interesting things! Tell us about them!
IRIS: Our kitchen is too small, so this “knife-guy” lives here. With RED . And green. And a frog ;-). And with the Australian flag 🙂 OH!!!! No relation between those two!! Sigh! Sometimes you see things different through a lens, right? And yes, I love frogs…
RED : What is your most precious RED thing?
IRIS: A heart Ingo gave me http://www.drachenfels-design.de/) I wear it on a “necklace” of leather!
RED : I’m jealous! I want one!! What is the meaning of your blog’s name?
IRIS: Originally it was “Double half” only – having everything twice due to a weekends-only relationship (with Partner Ingo), and feeling like a half from Mon-Fri. Then when we moved in together in my place I had to give up on my occasional favourite Pizza in my hometown. I don´t know the name so called it “Ten without Ham” because it´s been my favourite since I was 12 or 14 (I bet they changed the menu-card), it used to be #10 and I don´t like the ham on it. The guys know me and even my Mum ordered a “Zehn ohne Schinken” to surprise me. The Pizza guy, Nico, said, “ah, for Braunschweig!” So “One Ten without Ham”!
RED : What is the best thing about blogging?
IRIS: Keeping the memories, reflect on your life more – and making new friends! And when your Spouse says, “nah, it wasn´t like that!”, you may have prove you´re right (or he is! Aw, well…)
RED : Who are your favourite bloggers?
IRIS: Well, yours is one of them 🙂
RED : HHHMMMmmm… Good answer!!!
IRIS: In general I like to come back to Australia via blogs at least, so these are great, too (just a few!):
And although I don’t have kids, I also love family blogs, especially these:
RED : I look forward to reading them! Do you have a favourite quote?
IRIS: Despite not liking sweets I love the quote used in Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolate – you never know what you get.” I´m glad for not knowing, life would be awful at times!
RED : Do you have any RED words of wisdom for my readers?
IRIS: I do! Visit the beautiful RED places in Australia! And don´t wear white clothes doing so 😉
RED : Hahaha! Couldn’t have put it better myself! Thank you Iris! If YOU have some RED photos and would like to be my next victim guest on RED Alert, let me know! I’m sure you won’t regret it … no, REALLY!
Want MORE? Read ALL the RED Alert Guests:
- #8 Iris – Double-half or One Ten Without Ham (blog)
- #7 ladyfi – Red Glory in Sweden
- #6 Terri – Terri ROCKS Red Rocks!
- #5 Chris – I Must Be Off in the RED Zone!
- #4 Diane – Adventure Before Dementia Goes WEST!
- #3 Riet – Red and Redder in the Netherlands!
- #2 Annabel – Get in the Hot Spot sees RED!
- #1 Jim – Holes in My Soles goes to Africa!