Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Look at what I bought in Coles

Singapore Orchids.
In the most unusual blue-purple-aqua colours.



Aren't they gorgeous?
I rarely buy cut flowers for myself, I'm allergic to so many that having flowers inside means putting them out in the cold every night so that I can sleep and they just don't last long with that kind of treatment.
But I'd never seen this colour before and since I had dark blue and aqua in my curtain fabric I thought they'd look good in my lounge room.
And they do.

Monday, May 30, 2011

shiny

I did something last weekend that I haven't done in years.
No, really, it's been years!

I polished my furniture.
This is something that I used to do almost on a weekly basis.
Since moving here though, it's mostly been dust and wipe off spills.
No polishing.

Well, last Friday I was doing a little grocery shopping and found myself in the cleaning aisle where I spotted the cans of Mr Sheen.
 Did you know there's a "Citrus Shine" variety now? I didn't.
Aha! I thought. Lemony. I like lemon fragrance. I think I'll try it.

I spent Saturday going from room to room, clearing surfaces and polishing like I was expecting visitors.
But you know what? The Citrus Shine stuff smells a bit like insecticide. Not a lot, just faintly.
Maybe there is an ingredient added to deter termites and other wood loving creepy crawlies? Wood lice?

But I'm getting quite a bit of satisfaction looking around at softly gleaming surfaces that have been crying out for polish for way too long.
So I'll keep using it. But maybe once this can is empty I'll switch back to the "Original" fragrance.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Selections #20

It's Sunday Selections time again!
Time to post photos that have been hiding away in your computer files, photos that you may have completely forgotten about.
Have a hunt through your files and find them.

This idea comes to us from Kim at frogpondsrock, who realised one day that she takes many more photos than she uses, as we all do, and wanted to post some of the older ones on her blog.

A once a week meme seemed like a good idea, so Sunday Selections was born, and anyone at all can join in.

I often choose a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week my theme is::

ANGLES.











I bet you never thought geometry could be exciting!

To join in with Sunday Selections, post photos of your choice under the Sunday Selections title, then go to Kim's site, add your name to her linky list and leave her a comment.
Then have a look at what others have posted for their selections.
There are some really good photographers out there.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I'm surrounded by smiles

I've been in a really good mood for the last few days.
I'm happy.
Sometimes life just happens that way.

As I sit here, typing, reading, watching TV, I look around and see that I am surrounded by smiles.
On the walls of my lounge room there are many photos of my family.
Children, grandchilden, both husbands.
 All smiling.
 In my lounge room there's probably 300 smiles and there's a few in the bedroom too.

And I have other things that are smiling too.
Have a look-->

 All....

....of my.....

 ....dragons.....

 ....are smiling.

 Drusilla, the vampire witch is smiling.

Jessy witch, who holds some of my earrings and necklaces, is smiling.

 The little witches (there's twenty of them) that live in the Witch House, are smiling.

The little garden pixies are smiling.

See?
I'm surrounded by smiles.
Life is good.

Friday, May 27, 2011

dust and fluff

Ever noticed how dust and fluff come in selective colours?

If you have a pale carpet and light coloured furnishings, the dust is brown or black.
If you have a dark carpet the dust and fluff that collects or falls is white.

Pilling on white clothing is always dark, so it's highly visible.
Pilling on dark clothing is always white, so it's highly visible.
Both mean careful shaving with a twin blade razor or lint remover.

Dust bunnies under beds and in corners are always grey.
Always.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

taste testing

A few weeks ago I spotted this Lemon Tart in the freezer section of Coles.  Only $5 too.
I like lemony things, so I bought one to try.

The picture on the box looks nice....

and I liked the description of the filling.

The tart is wrapped in plastic, (but that picture wouldn't load), and sits on a small circle of cardboard.

 it's not bad....the pastry is a bit thicker and firmer than I would make, more like a frozen shortcrust than a fresh homemade, but nice enough.

 The filling is nice. Lemony and creamy, with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

Mmm. I'd buy this again and I wouldn't hesitate to serve it to visitors.
Recommended? Yes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

so frustrating

I've been having a little trouble with Blogger. (again)
I'm prompted to sign in, but when I do, I just continually get bounced back to the sign in page.
So I ignore signing in and go straight to reading comments on my latest post.
Then of course, I want to reply to these.
But Blogger isn't recognising me.......

My comment reply comes up as anonymous, with a word verification, which I enter, then up pops the same window with the same comment replies and a different word to verify.
Over and over and over........

So back I go to the sign in page and click on "help"
Eventually work my way through several clues to reset my password, then through another stage to reset my email address, which has changed but not been recognised by Blogger, probably because I didn't do the correct steps for that......but I thought that changing it in my profile settings was all that was necessary.

Anyway, I'm hoping that all of these things that I have just done results in me once more being able to sign in, leave comments, which I haven't been able to do on several of my favourite blogs, and also to leave comment replies on my own blog.

Fingers crossed. Legs too. Hoping....hoping....

we've all seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge

It looks like this>>>>

 in brochures...

 on postcards....

 in magazines....

 newspaper articles....

and tourists photo albums.



But how often do you see the other side, the underbelly?
The structural parts that make up the whole?

 Upright supports.

 Maintenance vehicle.


I think this is the cage for maintenance workers to access the framework.


 More strong supports.


 The underside of the bridge.


 The straight bit leading onto, or off, the bit under the arch of our famous "coathanger".


Symmetry. Support. Strength.
Beauty.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

if at first you don't succeed

Try again. And keep on trying. Eventually something will grow.

Here in this tub are 2 cauliflower seedlings on the left; 2 broccoli seedlings on the right.
One of my favourite winter side dishes is cauli and broccoli baked in cheese sauce. Preferably served alongside roast beef.

 Another cauliflower. I have 4 altogether.

Here is another broccoli. The feathery green in the background is carrots.

 In this tub are 4 cabbage seedlings. I really love my green vegetables. See that tiny seedling on the left in the middle?

Here it is again. It's a mini cabbage. Full sized the head is firmly packed and about 4 inches across.
Much more economical for a single (or two) person household.
I have mini cauliflowers too, they're about the same size as this tiny cabbage.

Once this lot is harvested and shared around with my family, the tubs will be dug over, have compost and a little manure added, then they'll sit idle for a couple of months before planting again with summer produce.
I'm thinking of trying cucumbers.......

Monday, May 23, 2011

Melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Fudge

For Sarah because she asked.


Melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Fudge

(Yes, this really does melt in your mouth, place a piece on your tongue and see for yourself....)

>  125g butter  (not margarine)
>  2/3 cup evaporated milk  (not the reduced or "lite")
>  100g white marshmallows
>  1 1/4 cups caster sugar
>  1 teaspoon vanilla essence
>  185g dark chocolate, broken into bits

Line a brownie pan (swiss roll tin/slice tin) with greased foil.
Put butter, sugar, milk, marshmallows in a heavy based saucepan.
Stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted.
Mixture will now begin to boil.
(do not adjust heat)
Continue stirring and boil for eight minutes.
Yes, eight. Time it.
Remove from heat, stir in broken up chocolate and vanilla essence.
Pour into prepared pan.
(Try to get it level.)
Allow to cool and set. In fridge.
Turn out, remove foil, cut with knife dipped in hot water.

I know eight minutes seems like a long time, so make this at night when the kids are asleep and not interrupting you....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Selections # 19

It's Sunday Selection time again!

Time to post photos that have been hiding away in your computer files, photos that you may have completely forgotten about.
Have a hunt through your files and find them.

This idea comes to us from Kim at frogpondsrock, who realised one day that she takes many more photos than she uses, as we all do,  and wanted to post some of the older ones on her blog.

A once a week meme seemed like a good idea, so Sunday Selections was born and anyone at all can join in.

I often choose a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week my theme is:

LICHEN




They're almost like barnacles aren't they?

To join in with Sunday Selections, post photos of your choice under the Sunday Selections title, then go to Kim's site, add your name to her linky list and leave her a comment.
Then have a look at what others have posted for their selections.
There are some really good photographers out there.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Shopping Centre part two

Today's photos are of the Norwood Mall, across the road from Norwood Place which featured yesterday.

But first:- the entrance to Norwood Place, the photo I couldn't find yesterday.

 This photo, and the next one showing the Norwood Mall entrance were taken in the early hours one day, around 6-6.30am.

 Norwood Mall, Parade entrance.

Looking through the Mall, towards the Parade.

 On the left, Beads on Parade, Vego to Go. Notice the big blue gate? There are 5 sets of these to completely close off the mall at night. Locked and padlocked.

 Chocolates on Parade has excellent fudge, but not as good as the one I make myself.

 Dillons Newsagency is still there, although much expanded now and with new owners.

 Who doesn't remember Duffy's Bakery? With the best pasties in Norwood. The kitchener buns are yummy too.

 Escape Travel, where the grungy old toilet block used to be.

 Norwood Fine Foods, where I (very) occasionally buy miniature apple pies.

 Mall Meats are still there...

 as is the Pasta Chef, but now a Smokemart has joined us....bleh!

 Coke Park at the end of the Mall has been recently refurbished and looks much nicer.

Finally, Coles, smack bang where Woolworths used to be.

There you have it. The main supermarket areas in Norwood.

Many other shops are along The Parade, I'll feature those another day.