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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A Busy Couple Of Weeks


Consider the wise words of Mark Twain:
 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."



Yesterday I caught a fish!  My first edible fish in 50 years. It was a Flathead in Lake Illawarra. I caught it when Peter and I went out in the boat.

 
We didn't end up eating it. Peter didn't feel it was worth cleaning one smallish fish so we gave it to some other fishermen who had caught a few.


This year for Mothers' day I told my family I didn't want any presents but i just wanted them to come for afternoon tea and to help me dig up the Brush Turkey mound that my neighbour had accused me of dumping on his land.


Everybody pitched in including my brother and my 84 year old mother who wields a mean shovel (- or spade. I'm never sure.) I have a back problem and could only use a trowel but Mum shovelled as fast as anybody. Anyway we moved the Brush Turkey mound and I sent my neighbour a letter to let him know. I attached several articles and pictures about Brush Turkeys and their mounds.

Last Wednesday we stopped in at the Gelato Emporium on the way back from Helensburgh.



I am working my way through the gelatos alphabetically. On Wednesday I had Fig and Ginger. It was delicious. Peter has 2 scoops and I have one. We figured out that next time if we have them all in the same bowl we will save $4. (I think Peter is worried I will steal some of his.)

Being a Fungiphile I was thrilled to find these toadstools in my front garden. I have never seen any of them before.




In the past week or so they have grown quite considerably as you will see below.








 
Bike riding the past couple of weeks has led us past black swans on Lake Illawarra.


It was the first time I had ever seen them on the Lake.

 
There were quite a few swans.

The pelicans were about.


We rode into the sunset along the bike track at Towradgi....




......and another day we could see the Five Islands out near Port Kembla.

 

We also saw some cool skies.





I made my first sale on Platypus Creations 1.

I sold some polymer clay toadstools.

It was quite exciting. I have ordered a whole lot of new Fimo so i can make some toadstools in a variety of colours.


Interesting sites


1.

 Artist builds custom home on truck
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Tiny house built on diesel truck.Click here to see more.




2.

 Tips to be a better cook
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Here are 9 tips to help you be a better cook. Click here to read more. 


3.

 Glass toadstools
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 These glass toadstools are absolutely gorgeous. Click here to see more.

Monday, 25 April 2016

You'll Never Undesrtand Until It Happens To You


I could write a lot about this but suffice to say I never knew what some things were really like until they happened to me. My life has taken a lot of unexpected turns. And sometimes I find myself asking why me? But I have still learned a lot in the process and can empathise with people going through hard times. So I can be helpful.

One good thing is that I have been through the hardest thing I am ever going to go through in my life and come out the other end. I have learned that in God's strength I can be a very strong person. 


Peter and I took a short trip to the Southern Highlands. Even though it is not far from home we decided to stay at Mittagong and have a look around the area.

Our first day took us to Berrima , home of Berrima Jail and Courthouse.

Berrima Jail

One of the things I learned this trip was that Berrima Jail was used as an internment camp for Germans in WW1.

Berrima Court House


We followed the trail along the Wingecarribee River.

We spotted this beautiful fungus. (I am a fungusphile.)


There were a few wombat holes like the one below along the riverbank.


The river was very tranquil.



As we walked we came to Lambies Well. The photo below doesn't really do it justice. It was like something out of an Alfred Lord Tennyson poem.


 On our second day we visited Bowral and went for a bike ride around some of the streets.




And stopped for lunch in the mall. I felt like a proper bike rider, eating my falafel roll with our bikes propped up nearby.



We spent  a day at Bundanoon with another bike ride, and our last day just relaxing and checking out the local hardware shop.

We arrived home on Saturday. It was great only having an hour to drive. Peter is very skillful at backing the caravan up the drive which is good because I am absolutely hopeless at directing him.


 

Platypus Creations 1


I have added card making to Platypus Creations 1. So far I am making hand drawn cards in black and white that can be coloured in. Here are 2 examples.





Find these cards and how to order your own names and designs on Platypus Creations 1.

In My Garden

I have been in my garden with my trusty chain saw. I am really trying to give it a total makeover.


The branches are from a native  banksia. . I am not sure what sort. I really want to use the branches and twigs for something. 

I have a bit of a problem in my backyard. The Brush Turkeys have built a nest over the back boundary of my yard. The new neighbour who owns the land obviously knows little about Brush Turkeys and has accused me of dumping stuff on his land.

I can't afford to get my neighbour off side and luckily it is great mulch and full of worms, so I shall clear it and then tell him I am not going to do it again. The other problem is that I do have a few other things encroaching on his land  so I don't want to suddenly be asked to do a big clean up job.


The herb garden is coming on. 





I bought 3 old sage plants for 50 cents each and turned them into 3 plants plus cuttings.




Sage plants


Sage cuttings



Interesting sites



1.
Lotus Belle Tent
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 Ever heard of a lotus belle tent? If not, you’re about to be amazed. This man is living inside this gorgeous tent in the forest while his tiny house is being constructed. The tent itself is beautiful, but wait until you see what he’s done to the inside! Absolutely lovely.

Click here to see inside it.




2.
Dangerous talc
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Johnson and Johnson must pay $72 million after woman's death results from ovarian cancer caused by long term use of talcum powder.

3. 

 3D printed beak
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Amazing team makes 3D printed beak to help macaw with serious condition eat on her own!

 Click here to read more.

Friday, 15 April 2016

PLATYPUS CREATIONS 1 IS BORN


If you think you can’t, you won’t. If you’ve already resigned yourself to defeat, you’ll never experience victory.



Oh  wow! Saturday already - half of the holidays over. It is great to have a break from tutoring (for the most part) and regular church activities.


My friend Michelle and I are going to sell some of our craft work. So far Michelle has done all the work, setting up our Facebook  page Platypus Creations 1. Now the holidays are here I hope to start pulling my weight. Michelle has been very busy making beautiful sock dolls.




 I have finally put up my first item for sale on Platypus Creations 1.

This is my little felt owl brooch.

You'll find him over on Platypus Creations 1, posted on 9th April.


I am looking after little Jasper the grand-dog for about 10 days.
He needs a lot of attention. He belongs to my daughter and son-in-law and is definitely a 2 person dog. But I love having him with me.



I will have him until Monday.I enjoy our daily walks and find I am much better walking up the hills at the moment. I am putting this down to my bike riding.




Peter and I have been out in the boat a couple of times. We tried some fishing but weren't very successful. But it was great just relaxing on beautiful Lake Illawarra.






My diet is mainly plant based. I really enjoy my tofu toasted sandwiches.




  • Cut 2 slices of tofu. (I buy my tofu from Aldi.)
  • Dredge the slices in paprika with a few fennel seeds added and a touch of stock powder.
  • Spread two slices of multi-grain bread with pesto. I used home made mushroom pesto. (I have a recipe for home made pesto in my 14th March post. Use 2 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms in place of herbs. I used almonds instead of walnuts.)
  • Sprinkle some grated cheese on one slice. (You can use vegan cheese now available at Woolworth.)
  • Arrange the slices of tofu on top.
  • Add a layer of fresh basil leaves.
  • Top with more grated cheese. (As thick or thin as you wish) 
  • Top with the remaining slice of bread and cook as you usually cook your toasted sandwiches.
Enjoy!



Interesting sites

1.
 Lego Apartment
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This apartment is very small and has everything hidden away. It is called the Lego apartment. Click here to see inside the apartment.


2.

Starry bike path
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Twinkling solar bike paths inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night. Click here to read more.

3.
 Crazy facts about stuff we buy
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Here are 21 surprising statistics about how much we own. about how much we own. These figures actually relate to the USA but I'm sure they can be applied to us. Click here to read more.