Archive | January, 2015

Finished! Not quite perfect.

31 Jan

I’ve shared a couple of progress photos of a cardigan I’ve been knitting.  Today I tried my hand at shots on a display model in my local yarn emporium.

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Turns out this fits my DD perfectly and she is keen to take it with her back to Uni.  So while I will be sad to see her leave next week, I can be happy she will have a hug from me every time she decides to wear this garment.

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Visitor

30 Jan

Just as I grabbed my camera for tonights amazing sunset I looked our the back door and saw this little chap visiting.  He was only about 5 metres away.

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I was then distracted by the intense colours in tonights sunset.

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Last my faithful companion.  When I’m out walking around she follows me.  Down to the letter box for a 100 metre stroll, up to the clothesline wherever I go, when she is in the mood for it, she follows me like a dog would.  This is Buttons, she is 11 years old.

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Mystery Shawl

29 Jan

Last year I participated in a Mystery Knit-A-Long (MKAL).  Each week a new clue was presented with two options.  I enjoyed the process and liked the pattern that I ended up knitting 3 different shawls in 3 different combinations.

The designer has just released this years version.  I started last Monday and I have just completed this weeks clue.  What I found interesting while trying to get a photo at night under a fluoro light is the different colour interpretations the camera ‘saw’.

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This final shot is the most accurate

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Getting Excited

28 Jan

First up a progress shot on my new cardigan.  It’s nearly complete, just the edging to do.

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Then we have the count down to fulfilling two life long dreams.  A cruise and visiting New Caledonia, as you can see I might even be prepping to go snorkelling.

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Double Rainbow

27 Jan

Tuesday night is quiz night.  It’s a short sharp affair over in 1.5 hours and we usually sit middle of the pack but have been know to finish first and have yet to finish last 🙂

When we arrived the view out over the river was wet and bleak looking.  But as we looked a bit closer there was a yacht with spinnaker flying.  Even closer inspection revealed not one, but two rainbows.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These photos were taken from in side behind a glass window.   So they are not the best, but the do give a hint of how wonderful the rainbows were.

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Apricot Nectar

26 Jan

Today I pottered in the kitchen.  I have a kitchen tool called a Thermomix.  It’s a pretty cool tool and has certainly renewed my love of cooking.  First up was a couple of jars of Raspberry Jam.  Yum!

Next I have a box of apricots to use.  So a batch of Apricot Jam followed.  Yum!

Then, for dinner I had a hankering for Chicken and Apricot Risotto.  Recipe calls for a can of Apricot Nectar.  Hmm, what is Apricot Nectar and how do I make it?  The following describes how I made Apricot Nectar, which could also be called Apricot Puree or Apricot Soup.

1.  Halve and remove the stones of 1kg of Apricots.   Add 110g water.

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2.  Then I chopped the apricots for 10 sec on speed 6.

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3.  Cook for 10 minutes at 100 degrees at speed 2.

4.  Puree for 1 minute at speed 9.

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The end result – Chicken and Apricot Risotto – Yum!

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Save the Reef

25 Jan

Today I went to a Protest Rally.  It was small and probably won’t raise a blip on most people’s radar.

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The topic that had me attend a protest rally?   Abbot Point, and the expansion to the port to allow more coal to be exported and the impact this expansion will have on The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a World Heritage Reserve.

A few years ago there was a documentary on tv about a company and their oil lines.  It was all about how they totally ignored all the rules.  It was about the damage they did to mangroves in a protected area.  It was about the local fisherman and their ruined lives.  It was about ordinary citizen landholders who had their land destroyed with leaking oil pipes and taps built illegally on private land.  It was about corruption and bribery.   As I watched it I was grateful that such a thing would never be allowed in this country.   Now, I’m not so sure.

The question I am asking is why?  Why would our elected representatives fast track environmental approvals?  Why would our elected representatives allow an overseas company, with a track record of not following the rules, enter our country?  Why would our elected representatives use taxpayers money to build infrastructure for the benefit of a multibillion dollar overseas company?

Something is not right.

To quote a famous frog “It’s not easy being green.”

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