Monday, September 12, 2016

Tassie adventures...


Hop on over to http://pearlandruby.blogspot.com.au/?m=1 to see what we're up to in Tasmania! 
Cheers - Joolz xx

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tassie, here we come!

We head off today for a much needed break to Tasmania.  We
sail on the Spirit of Tasmania tonight and will arrive in Devenport
early tomorrow morning. Wish us a smooth crossing, won't you?
Cheers - Joolz xx

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This and that and a zip to Adelaide...

I did a bit more in my garden this past week so its looking pretty tidy...
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Everything is starting to sprout out nicely...
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Now for something random!  Do you ever clean out your kettle or electric jug?  I use Breville cleaner and it works brilliantly.
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My jug gets quite dark and murky over time so about every 6 months I try to give it a clean with
this stuff.  You put in 100 mls of the cleaner and fill the jug up, boil it and let it cool for 30 minutes.  Boil it again then tip out the water.  Fill the jug again and boil it again. 
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Tip out this water and sit and marvel at how clean the jug is!  Brand new again!  Time for a cuppa!
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I took this picture last year when we were over in Victoria for a break... Love it!
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Have a look at our cheeky sheep!  Both front legs balancing on the wire, nibbling the
neighbour's shrub!
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Last Friday, I headed to Adelaide to catch up with our girls.  Gus had seen them the previous week and they went out for dinner for Fathers Day.  He decided he'd stay home this weekend and do some work in readiness for our holiday so it was just me in the car, singing away to my country toonz!
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I like to make things for my girls so I got to on Saturday and made a choccy cake for Bri to take to work to share with her nursey girls.
It's a packet cake that comes with a cardboard tray that you bake the cake in. 
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It comes with icing and sprinkles...
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Saturday afternoon, we went to see The Secret Life of Pets - hilarious!
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Sunday, as always on Father's Day, I missed my dear Dad...
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Kirby, Bri and I went out for brunch to Bar Nine...nice lattes...
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Yummy breakfast...
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On Sunday, we went to the matinee for Sound Of Music.  Great show but unfortunately, I had a tall lady in front of me, who jumped around like she was having a fit all the time!  So annoying!  I reckon I only saw half the show!
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Here we are at interval!
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It was a lovely afternoon when we got out of the theatre!
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That afternoon, I made the most naughty chocolate cookies from Nigella Lawson

 Totally Chocolate Choc Chip Cookies
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Oh, my goodness! So chocolately!
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and finally on Sunday night, I make a chicken and corn mornay which we had in vol au vents.  Phew, I am done.  It was so nice to see them and hang with them for a few days.
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~Sorry, I took a while to put up the text for this post - I actually forgot that I'd published it!  Stay tuned for some holiday snaps, coming soon!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, August 28, 2016

So, what's been going on?


So I am using plain old Blogger on my iPhone to publish my posts and so far, its going okay (hence the flooding of posts!)...
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I have started a new blog for our camping adventures, the link is in the right hand column under my profile.  We're heading away to Tassie soon so that's where you'll catch up on our travels.  
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Winter has been very cold here and even I've been feeling it!  I can't say I want summer to come but a bit of spring weather would be nice.  Actually, it is lovely outside today - 19C I believe.
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We've been enjoying warming dishes like these creamy meatballs with tagliatelle...
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I bought 3 new bare root roses to go in our front rose circle.  I just love this rose...
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Oh, dear!  Out the back was a very sorry sight.  I basically hadn't weeded since summer...early summer!
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So a few weeks ago, I got stuck in and started weeding and pruning the carpet roses...
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That's a bit better!  The roses will take off now...
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Still more weeding to be done!
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The days are getting longer.  We had a few weeks where it was nearly totally dark at 4.30pm with temps dipping to 6C some days.
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Another winter warmer - Matt Preston's Apricot Chicken.  Not at all like the other AC!
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Ah, the good old Census 2016 - what a flop that was!  Lucky for me, I had a paper form delivered to my door so it was a matter of filling it out and popping it in the post the next day.  Out of my life!
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I see they are still advertising for people to go on line and fill it out (three weeks later) - I wonder how much those extra TV ads cost us??
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Yummy apple and rhubarb crumble...
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This was one of those cold, cold 6C days.  It had hailed not long before I took this pic at work...
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Ah, Gus must have been away as I made Kraft Macaroni Cheese Deluxe...
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Another one of the wines I purchased and bought home from Queensland.  I very nice muskat to finish off the night...
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Eggs and bacon for breakfast at a sun drenched table... 
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My favourite - roast lamb and veggies.  Nearly as good as my Mum used to make...
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Here's that Soul Sister rose, sprouting out nice and healthy...
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This old tree has died as a result of corellas eating away at it.  There are several trees around like this...
We have a guy coming to chop the majority of it down, leaving the trunk standing...
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And isn't this the most stunning blossom you've ever seen?  I believe it is prunis japonica - I saw it in someone's yard on the way to work, stopped, reversed, got out and took a pic of it.  So pretty!
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Here is the old tree being lopped off.  We have heaps of firewood now, we just need to get in, cut it up small and store it so its dry.   Another day...
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I bought these ice bomb makers a while back.  It makes a nice sphere of ice which melts a lot slower than if you have several cubes in your glass.  I got 2 glasses of brandy & coke out of this before it had melted away...
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Again, Gus must have been away because he hates Chow Mein and I love it.  
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Another sunny day - bring them on!
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I saw this on Facebook - I love it!
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 I bought these DVD's on the cheap and have been itching to watch them but my DVD player is on the fritz!  It plays for 10 minutes then flashes to a black screen, then flickers, the counter still counts so its still playing but its just a black screen and no pressing stop, play, rewind makes a difference.  I think I need a tech to come look at it and maybe tune it because its still working...sort of!  The signal is breaking up, I reckon...
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I actually went and bought a portable DVD player from Target yesterday (scored on sale for $79, down from $129) but it too has died - can you believe it?  I fully charged it up yesterday, watched about 1/2 an hour of a DVD, still connected to power (and was very pleased with my purchase) then stopped it to go do other stuff.  When I came back, there were no lights on.  No life, zip, zilch, nada!  Thought the battery in the remote control might be flat so I went and bought another one today.  Nope, dead as a maggot!  So back to Target tomorrow - they can have that one back.  So I STILL haven't been able to watch my DVD's! Waaah!
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Okay, so when I couldn't watch DVD's,  I made a date, apricot & prune cake instead.  Much tastier!
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Very bloody delicious and lovely with a good cuppa tea...
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Buttering it is mandatory!
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Last night, we got some of that old tree and burned it in our fireplace.  Wow, it threw out some heat!  Gus cooked lamb chops on the barby and we sat talking and listening to Adelaide Mix 102.3 radio...playing all the hits from the 80's and 90's.  Its like our life playlist!
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I got my starter going yesterday and mixed up dough at 11pm last night (the things ya do!) so it would be ready to bake today...
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Half as a loaf, the other as focaccia...
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Very pleasing!
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This is about to become lunch with some pumpkin/veg soup I have found in the freezer.  Yum!
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 So that finally brings me up to date on the blog.  I have hated not blogging but I tried so many times then lost the posts - so frustrating!  I might blog at the end of the week now rather than daily.  I have been working more of late and its going to be busier as we've lost one salesman this week and our other guy is finishing at the end of September.  That leaves one new sales guy and Gus!  It's going to get messy!
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I hope you are enjoying your weekend, I've had a very lazy one but still things get done - washing, cooking, tidying.  I might go and get my knitting out....
Cheers - Joolz xx





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