Sunday, February 25, 2018

This week's links ...

Wilbur the Westie

Above: Gratuitous cute photo. Meet my sister's new Westie, Wilbur.

1. Wonderful Anne Lamot TED talk "12 truths I learned from life and writing" Love her approach to life and her realism "we're a mixed grill of happy anticipation and dread"

2.  I just haven't been taking as many photos over the last year or so and it's been the non-event type shots that are missing and I'd like to change this. I like the look of FMS's photo-a-day prompts. It's unlikely I'll do every day but I'm going to try to join in some days in March. (via. Cate)

3. 21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing.

4. Your journal ... A Good Place to Have Bad Ideas.

5. Some more recipes moving into our weeknight rotations. One pot pasta and moroccan chickpea quinoa power salad.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Where do all the spoons go ...

Op shop cutlery

We regularly host a Sunday afternoon BBQ for our church community gathering. It's drop in and open invitation so we never know how many might turn up. Since we're also trying to reduce waste around here we don't use disposable plates and cutlery. That means we need an unknown amount of extra cutlery so I went on an expedition scouring the local op shops. What I found was an abundance of knives and forks as well as soup spoons but no dessert spoons. It seems that dessert spoons and tea spoons are few and far between as confirmed by one of the volunteers at the Salvos. It's a phenomenon that I've noticed in our own house ... it's the dessert spoons and tea spoons that seem to go missing and that often run short.

On my fourth shop I finally snagged eight dessert spoons. I'm curious though, where do all the dessert spoons go? Any ideas?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

This week's links ...

Santa Casa Beach Jan 2018

The summer holidays, with only a handful of perfect beach days, ended this week and the kids are back at school ... well apart from The Big Girl who is now a uni student.

Our holidays were spent down at my parents place so cooking was a shared responsibility. This week I had to wrench myself back to the reality of planning, shopping, cooking so we tried a few new recipes that were winners. One Tray Hoisin Peanut Chicken I served with steamed snow peas and broccolini. Since I have a reasonable sized basil plant in the garden, a piece of parmesan in the fridge and a handful of pinenuts I decided to whizz up a quick basil pesto instead of the kale pesto in Oven Roasted Meatballs.

Since Hubby is in full training for the Paris marathon in April, good fuelling is on my mind and this recovery salad hit the spot with BBQ meat for dinner then lunch by itself the next day.

I've moved my bullet journaling from the Leuchtturm grid notebook into a Traveler's Company Notebook. Like my bullet journal this notebook functions as a catch all and combines both planning and recording, but I'd like to expand my journaling this year. 14 Ways to Make Journaling One of the Best Things You do in 2018.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Strawberry and Chocolate Tart

It was my birthday this week. Does anyone else forget how old they are? I had to calculate from my birth year to remember how old I was turning which entertained Hubby. Maybe if I updated the scales that currently have me listed as 44, the constant reminder would help me remember.

Normally we go out for my birthday dinner but we went out for The Boy's birthday Saturday and we have two school speech nights this week so we decided we needed a night in. The Boy cooked Manpleasing Chicken with ovenbaked chips and green veges. The Big Girl made a ridiculously rich chocolate and strawberry tart. The Big Girl also wrote the shopping list and came to the supermarket to shop for the ingredients. I only had to give expert opinion 3 times so I going to count that as a successful day off food prep for me.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hello ... hello ?

It's been a while ... May 19th this year in fact ... and even then I was posting to complete my Central Australian Roadtrip series. I've been umming and aahing over what to do here. The kids are older now and between respecting their privacy and the busyness of life hitting the right balance here seems elusive. I'd like to say that I didn't have time to write because I have been just sooo busy living but honestly the time I would have spent here is more likely to get sucked into internet consumption rather than creative endeavours. Writing (apart from essays for uni), photography, cooking ... I've done less of those rather than more this year. So I think I might try to revive this blogging thing, writing seems to help me work out what it is I actually think. I guess we'll see how I go.

While I've fallen into a bit of over consumption of social media, there's also been quite a lot of doing round here. The Big Girl turned 18 and is doing here final year of school this year. In fact she only has two more exams to go and she will be finished and the other two have had their own issues that have required a bit more time commitment from me.  In other news ...

Hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hoi An.

Hoi An Organic Vegetable Garden

I've done two 10K races this year (Run Noosa and Melbourne Marathon) taking 6:30min off my previous best to post a 52:24 finish in Melbourne. Hubby did two half-marathons and now is way too fast to run with me and is training for his first marathon. Hubby, The Little Girl and I have also got involved in the occasional parkrun. Our local course is a killer but we've also run at Geelong which is flat and fast.

Run Noosa 2017

While at Noosa we enjoyed the food including and a relaxing breakfast at Noosa, the day after our run.

Breakfast at Seasons

We got out and about in Melbourne, Van Gogh at the NGV and the Queen Victoria Winter Night Markets.

Van Gogh at the NGV

Winter Night Market

We went to South Africa, plus Victoria Falls with my extended family (all 21 of us) which was fabulous. Kruger National Park was a highlight. I expected to see animals off in the distance but you see many up close, wandering down the roads or just to the side.

Top of Table Mountain

Pair of Lions Kruger

It's been a good year so far, and we're looking forward to see what the next few months bring.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 16: Murray Bridge to Home

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.)

This was our final push for home, and as we drove through the Antarctic Vortex we really did push through because the weather was not conducive to stopping. We left Murray Bridge at 7am and made it to Bordertown by 9am for a quick toilet and drink break. Lunch was in Ararat at 12:15pm at Waack's Bakery which was pretty good.

My sister was visiting from Singapore and staying with my parents at Pt. Lonsdale so we made the last minute decision to go via there, arriving at 3:23pm for a 1.5hr catchup. We finally made it home at 7pm after traveling a total of 6813km for the trip.


Lots of driving but a it's trip that I would highly recommend.

Riley was very happy to see us.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 15: Coober Pedy to Murray Bridge

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.)

Our last day in the desert and we not only got to see the wildflowers out from previous rain we also had a couple of big rain drops land while we were driving through.


We had been very lucky the whole trip with traffic. The road trains can be three or four trailers long so you need approximately 1km of clear road to overtake. We passed plenty going the other way but only had to pass one ourselves.

Untitled We stopped again at Lake Hart and this time we weren't in such a rush so we could go down to have a better look. The path is through a pipe under the train track ... and a train just happened to be passing over when we were there. The Boy and Hubby were a bit reluctant to go through but the train was so long that in the end they came through or faced waiting on the other side for ages.


It was absolutely freezing so we didn't linger but we did walk out a little way onto the dry salty bed of the lake.
Lake Hart

The cold weather was just the beginning of what we would hit as we drove home into the "Antarctic Vortex". Untitled