Friday, March 31, 2017

Day 14: Uluru to Coober Pedy

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays in 2015 (I'm determined to finish the series.)

We got a reasonably early start, on the road at 8:00am. Watch out for wedge tailed eagles eating road kill. We stopped at one lot ... they are big birds.

Morning tea: Erlanda. 10:25am

This is the big service station at the corner of the Stuart Highway. We had been looking forward to trying the apple turnover since Geoff said it was so good ... but NO APPLE TURNOVER! Disappointment all round.

Lunch: South Australian border. There's tables and toilets and you can get a photo with the sign.


We arrived at Coober Pedy at 4:180m. Total km for the trip so far 5142.

Dinner at the shell roadhouse which was a pretty good meal.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Day 13: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays in 2015 (I'm determined to finish the series.)

An early morning wakeup to see the sunrise over Uluru. The kids stayed in bed and to be honest it wasn't a great sunrise, with clouds in all the wrong places.

The sun did set Kata Juta on fire in the distance. We were headed there after breakfast to do the Valley of the Winds Walk, a 7.4km circuit with two lookouts.


We had lunch then checked out the cultural centre, The Boy's expedition to climb was stymied by forecast rain that didn't eventuate. Pizza for dinner, and goodbye to our friends who were flying home the next day while we had an early start to hit the road back home.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Taking stock ...

Long time no blog ... over 2 months in fact, so I figured a good way to ease back into things and let you know some of the things I've been doing would be Pip's taking stock list ...

Making : a photobook. I finally finished our 2015 album and I'm eagerly awaiting its' arrival in the mail.
Cooking : Lots of new dairy free recipes, as I'm laying off the dairy for a while and simultaneously cutting down my sugar intake. We also had an Indian themed feast at the end of the September holidays ... but right now ... Salmon cakes for dinner. The microwave is beeping at me to come get the potatoes out.


Drinking : Water mainly but also coconut and banana smoothies ... and wine.
Reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Trawling: cookbooks for new recipes.
Wanting: a new camera. I'm looking at the smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras.
Looking: at my watch, must make sure dinner is not too late tonight so we can get to the school carols.
Deciding: the menu for Christmas lunch.
Wishing: the Little girl would stop fainting.
Enjoying: hummus on toast for my snacks.
Waiting: for our reserve to come up at the library on the fifth season of the Game of Thrones.
Liking: Jamie Oliver's Everyday Super Food ... especially the bircher muesli.


Wondering: if the weather will ever warm up for summer.
Loving: the new plant we put in the front garden.


Pondering: whether to cull my to do list.
Listening: to spotify ads, the kids play it through the living room speakers but they only have the free account.
Considering: whether to look for a new dress when I go summer clothes shopping.
Buying: bulk at The Source, a new shop opened up near us.
Watching: Outlander on SBS.
Hoping: for an not too late finish to the school carol service.
Marvelling: at how talented some kids are.
Cringing: at the off notes ... but good on them for having a go.
Needing: a good sleep.
Questioning: why we let anxiety lead to persecution of the most vulnerable.
Smelling: climbing roses outside my kitchen window.
Wearing: jeans and a T-shirt.
Following: my kids around to end of year functions.
Noticing: that my pantry needs cleaning out.
Knowing: that there's only a few short weeks until Christmas and I haven't done much of anything yet to get ready.
Thinking: about doing a rewrite of an essay for publication.
Admiring: the sculptures at William Rickett's Sanctuary. We went for a quick visit on a wet day in the holidays.


Getting: a bit faster now I'm doing running club regularly. Thursday night is at the Tan but we often run to Olympic Park and do our workout around the track there.


Bookmarking: magazine layouts as inspiration for my next photobook.
Disliking: the cold weather.
Opening: a package of reusable produce bags.
Giggling: at the kids efforts to dress up Riley. He's chewing on the knight's cape.


Feeling: a bit stiff.
Hearing: traffic.
Celebrating: two birthdays. The Big Girl turned 15 and The Boy 13. It was pancake cakes all the way for breakfast. Dinner out and a small party at home for both of them.
Pretending: it's not nearly the end of the year but ...
Embracing: end of year festivities.
Gasping: that they really did vote in Trump ... I know it's old news now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A weekend at Pt. Lonsdale

It's school holidays now and we managed to get out of town after The Little Girl's Saturday morning violin lesson. Hubby took Monday off to  make it a long weekend. The weather wasn't great, a bit rainy, a bit windy and a bit cold but we managed to get out and about in between some much needed lazing about. We also took the opportunity in the worst weather to pop in to the shops and pick up a new toaster to replace our stopped working one. So it was a weekend of dog walking, open fires, rolling pin party pies, some tennis for the kids and I, jumping and swimming for Riley, a few more episodes of Game of Thrones Season 1 (borrowed from the library) for Hubby and I, wii Just dance for the kids ... and, just quietly, some digging for Riley.

Late afternoon walk.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

This week's links ...

Late afternoon walk.

I'm a bit sick of all the rain this week, the kids have spent a lot of the holidays so far inside in the pyjamas, but today was warmer and sunnier before a late afternoon shower which luckily cleared before sundown so we could get out for a walk. The weather doesn't look promising but we decided to head down to the beach for a long weekend anyway. Here's some reading for your weekend ...

1. This completely blew my mind. How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but you've never heard of. (via Modern Miss Darcy.)

2. Book series for while you're waiting for the next Game of Thrones book.

3. 10 Weekend Photography Projects.

4.100 Secrets in Melbourne Suburbs.

5. Smarter to Do Lists.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

An off-line weekend.

#34 on my new list is to go off-line for 10 weekends. I've successfully completed one, although there were a couple of times where I plonked on the couch and was tempted by my phone. What I did ...

I finished reading Jane Eyre. I enjoyed it although I found Jane a little irritating when she dropped into her submissive behaviours round the strong males in the story. The good thing was that she was self-aware enough to know that about herself and strong enough to say no when she knew it would be to her detriment. This brings me 1/5 of the way to completing #81.

Before the weekend I copied out a new recipe I wanted to try for our Saturday night BBQ. Roasted New Potato Salad with Lentils.


As you can see I also downloaded my uni reading ... I still need to read it.

Saturday morning I dropped The Little Girl at swimming then did my 8km of intervals round the pond at Surrey Park while she swam.

After a shower and breakfast I took Riley down to the tennis club to watch The Boy play some of his match in the Club Championships before taking Riley to dog school.

I read the newspaper, watched a friend play a match in the men's singles Club Championships while chatting with his wife, popped into the supermarket and then made dinner. The potato salad was good. After dinner I printed and stuck some photos into my Italy journal and put the finishing touches on some of the maps.

Sunday was church. Then a run to the supermarket and quick tidy in preparation for The Little Girl's birthday party. At 1pm Hubby the Big Girl and I went down to the tennis club to compete in the women's doubles (The Big Girl and I) and the Parent/child doubles (Hubby and The Big Girl). The Big Girl had a full program, playing 5 sets but being young she was still bouncy at the end.


It was a good afternoon and we just made it home to have showers before the guests started arriving for The Little Girl's party. Pizza, ice-cream cake and a movie. We retreated to the lounge room ... even when the movie was on they were so loud, I'm not sure how they didn't all have splitting headaches.


The party finished at 10pm and by then Hubby and I were ready for our well earned sleep.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

This week's links ...

After a dreary day we were treated to a gorgeous sunset rainbow this evening, just in time to share before I go off-line for the weekend, starting after dinner which will be in about 15 minutes. Due to my self-imposed internet fast I'm writing this earlier than normal.

1. I made this chicken salad earlier in the week and these falafels. Both were winners.

2. The Big Girl and I get stuck into dystopian fiction together. Options here.

3. Free printable DIY seed packets.

4. 31 Must Read Books for all Readers. This is a crowd sourced list of books. I've read 11 and those were good.

5. Hubby would not like me reading things like this. He's very unlikely to eat leftovers that have been in the fridge for more than two days and his first inclination is to throw rather than take a chance. Although he is getting better at handling my leftover makeovers. How do you know when food is still safe to eat.

Have a lovely weekend.