Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Falie

I've copied and pasted the following information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is basic information.Career (Australia)

Name: Logger (1919-1922)

Falie (1922-present)

Owner: Spencer's Gulf Transport Company (1922-1982)

South Australian government (1980s-present)

Completed: 1919

This next section is more extensive information.

General characteristics::

The Falie is a 46-metre (151 ft) ketch that traded for many years in Australian waters. Originally built in 1919 as the motor schooner collier Logger, she was purchased by the Spencer's Gulf Transport Company, renamed, and used for coastal trading in South Australia. The vessel commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as HMAS Falie during World War II, serving first as an inspection vessel, then as a stores ship.

Returned to her owners in 1946, Falie was used to transport explosives around Australia before resuming the South Australian coastal trade in 1968. She was retired in 1982, then purchased by the South Australian government for preservation. Although initially used for day and overnight sails, by 2005 the ship had fallen into disrepair.

 Design and construction

She was built in Holland as a gaff rigged motor schooner collier in 1919 and named Logger.

 Operational history

She was bought by the Spencer's Gulf Transport Company Limited in 1922. In 1923, she sailed to South Australia where she was renamed as the Falie and participated in the extensive ketch trade to isolated towns along the coast of South Australia. Later she was converted from her original configuration to a ketch.

During World War II, the Royal Australian Navy requisitioned the Falie, renaming her as HMAS Falie. Initially she was used as an inspection vessel. On the night of 31 May, she was acting as a watchdog outside Sydney Harbour, when she struck a Japanese midget submarine trying to infiltrate the harbour. The Falie was converted in 1943 to a stores vessel, and was deployed to Papua New Guinea, where she saw action landing troops in enemy territory by night.
In 1946, she was paid off and returned to her owners. For the next 15 years, she carried explosives around the Australian coast. In 1968, she returned to South Australian waters where she continued to operate as a trading vessel until she retired in 1982, the last ketch to operate commercially in South Australian waters, and the last sail powered trading vessel in Australian waters.

The Falie was then purchased by the Government of South Australia for preservation as a community and educational resource. The ship was restored for the state's sesquicentenary celebrations in 1986, with re-masting, new sails, and the fitting of accommodation and a galley. With this arrangement, she could carry up to 70 passengers on day trips, or 20 passengers plus nine crew overnight.
In 2005, a survey revealed that her hull plates had corroded to the point where she was unseaworthy. She was not returned to seaworthiness as no sponsor could be found to cover the cost of repairs, estimated to be more than a million dollars.
In 2007, it was proposed to move the Falie to the wharf at American River, Kangaroo Island as an interpretive maritime museum, but by 2009, this had not been acted on.[4] It was suggested that the South Australian government was looking to divest itself of the Falie, and that the estimated cost of repairs to the hull was in excess of $3 million.
End of Wikipedia information.

I have to confess I knew nothing about The Falie apart from the fact that she is moored at Port Adelaide and no-one can afford to repair her.
When I was at The Fisherman's Wharf Markets, I took photos of The Falie.

This was taken as I stood right on the edge of the wharf and hoped I wouldn't step the wrong way and get my camera wet....

See the name? Definitely the Falie, because you know I wouldn't get down there and paint that name myself just to fake a picture.
(definitely--no "a"s in definitely)

I know nothing about ships, so to me she looks quite small, although she's a lot bigger than the sailing boats and fishing boats I used to watch from the Semaphore pier.

This rigging looks much firmer than the saggy ropes I've seen on old  movies, it appears to have wooden slats as cross pieces. Just like walking up a ladder.

This last photo was taken as I walked across the bridge and headed for Semaphore. It's a nice walk, takes about an hour.

Friday, March 30, 2012

hello Friday afternoon

You're looking pretty good for this time of year. Sunny blue skies with a few clouds here and there, temperature around 30C, cool breezes. Very nice.

Friday's are my day off, (weekends don't count, almost everybody gets those) and I usually sleep in a bit, potter around doing some washing etc, but not today.

Today I had an appointment with the dentist.
So I still had to be up and go catch a bus, then another bus, just like a work day.
Because my dentist is right next to my workplace.

After the dental torture was over (it wasn't so bad) I popped in to work and had a look at the photo album of my friends wedding.
Such a pretty wedding!
Held in a park, with the bride looking all gorgeous (I made a joke with her and said "hey who's the pretty girl in the long white dress?") and the groom with hair. Last time I saw him he'd shaved his head.
The bridesmaids were lovely in hot pink and the flowers were mixed bunches of white and hot pink roses.

Then I had the crazy notion to walk home instead of hanging around waiting for buses.

You know, because the weather was nice and I had no other plans to be anywhere else.......

I knew the way, and I knew it was a long way, so I didn't try to hurry at all, just ambled along enjoying the day. I left Norwood at 12.30 and arrived home soon after 2pm.
This includes stopping several times to take photos along the way.

Like this tree branch doing a remarkable imitation of a bird in flight.

And these dead vine stems that almost look like people climbing up a tree.

White flowers at the top of this strappy plant that I don't know the name of, so I've labelled it a Yucca.

This is the multi-stemmed stand of plants that has the white flowers at the top.
Yuccas? Who knows.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

another soup recipe

This tomato/bean soup is my version of Minestrone.
It's quite thick and very filling, so often I don't even bother with bread, and I never have dessert after this one.  Which doesn't mean much since I rarely have dessert anyway.

These are the ingredients.
Naturally I don't use the whole bottle of olive oil, nor do I use the whole packet of small shell pasta.
It's just a splash of oil and about half to one cup of small shell pasta. Uncooked measure.
I like a lot of pasta so most often use a full cup measure.
The soup is a can of condensed soup, I empty this into a jug and straight away blend in a can of water.
The four bean mix is drained and rinsed.

The above chopped ingredients can be found again and again in my soups.
The same ingredients are the base of most of my spaghetti sauces.
One onion (two if it's a beef soup)
One or two sticks of celery
One or two carrots
One crushed clove of garlic two if they're small.
Not shown here is a cupful of shredded cabbage.

Stirfry the onion, celery, carrot and garlic over medium heat until the onion is softish.
Don't let it brown.

Cover the vegetables with water, put the lid on the pot and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
This ensures the vegetables are cooked and soft.
Don't add too much water by mistake as I did in the picture above, it takes forever to simmer down.

At this point start cooking the small shell pasta in a separate pan of boiling water.
No salt.

Add the previously drained and rinsed four bean mix and the shredded cabbage to the softened vegetables, stir and heat until the cabbage has wilted. Toss in a handful of dried or fresh parsley.
Parsley is another ingredient that gets tossed into almost everything I cook.

Now stir in the blended condensed soup&water. If you'd like a richer colour and/or flavour, add a sachet of tomato paste. About two tablespoons. Turn down the heat to the lowest simmer.

By now the small shell pasta should be cooked, so drain it off and add to the soup.

Serve immediately with freshly shaved parmesan cheese topping each bowl.

Or divide the soup between three or four freezer containers, allow to get cold, then cap and freeze.
I usually have one serve immediately and freeze the rest for later dinners.

*A note about the vegetable soup from a couple of days ago.
Try it as it is, then if you find it a little bland, liven it up by adding a couple of teaspoons of worcestershire sauce and a tablespoon of tomato sauce at the final simmering stage.
I sometimes add a half cup of tiny pasta shapes as well, to make it more filling.

* I scheduled this to go up at 5am this morning. What the heck happened????   

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

whimsical wednesday

Whimsical Wednesday # 16

Banana Dog.

I have actually eaten banana dogs, which are just peeled bananas in a hot dog bun with a little chocolate sauce drizzled on them, sometimes a little whipped cream.....but I haven't had one for several years now.
It's quicker to just eat the banana.

Thank You Google Images.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

losing weight, aka the skirt challenge....

......doesn't seem to be happening.
In the beginning, I lost 2kg fairly quickly.
Since then, nothing.

I know that I wanted to lose the weight slowly, but this is ridiculous!
In spite of eating sensibly and eating much less in the form of smaller portions,
I'm stuck at the 2kg loss mark.

I may have over-indulged a little on the icecream, (more than once), but surely all of the other smaller food portions should be helping?
It's not like I'm eating icecream at every meal, not even every day.

A little frustrating for sure.

Still, I'll keep at it, my original goal was to fit back into that skirt by next summer, and that gives me another nine months.
I'll probably stop buying the icecream though.

Monday, March 26, 2012

and so it begins

winter soups 2012

I love winter foods.

cabbage, dried parsley, (homegrown and dried from two years ago), parsnip, celery, carrots, potato, turnip, leeks and garlic in the middle.

I'm going to use the big chopper today. I prefer the smaller one, but it's getting a little blunt.

I've had this carton of Chicken Style stock (it's vegetarian) in my cupboard for over a year (use by date is next November), so I've decided to use it for today's soup. I don't want the flavour too strong, so I'll add one and a half or two litres of water to it.

while that is gently heating up, I'll put that chopper to work.

Leeks first, they're sweeter than onions, so better in a light stock such as vegetable or chicken.
I'd use onions for a beef soup or a casserole.

Then carrots. Tip them into the simmering stock with the leeks.
Stir it up, then keep chopping.

Turnips to the left of me, parsnips to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle for you.
(minor variation of that song by whatshisname)
A little garlic in front.
Add these to the pot, then let it simmer a while before adding the potatoes and cabbage.

Potatoes and cabbage both cook faster than the other ingredients, that's why they're added once the carrots etc have softened. The darker flecks you see floating in the soup is the parsley.

The pot yielded eight serves, here are seven of them cooling off before being capped and frozen.

The eighth serve?  It was yummy, thanks very much.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Selections #62

It's Sunday Selections time again!
Time to post photos that have been languishing in your files, forgotten, never seeing the light of day.

Brought to us by the newly shorn Kim of the Rocking Frog Ponds, this is a great idea for showcasing old photos that might otherwise never get seen.

The rules are simple.
Post your photos under the Sunday Selections title, link back to Kim, then add your name to the linky list at her site before leaving Kim a comment.

I mostly choose a theme for my Sunday Selections, but not always.

This week I'm bringing you a selection of lights and shadows.

I may have used this one before somewhere...

I like the way the light in this one is broken up as it travels along the fence corrugations.
Electric lights casting shadows on the walls, near-dawn light brightening the sky.

The yellow painted downpipes add an overall golden tone to this early morning photo.
I'm just a shadow of myself.

A lights and shadows "ladder" to delight those with tiny feet.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

you'll never guess where I've been

Ta-daaa!  Ikea! You're probably not at all surprised.

I went there to get a few measurements and just generally look around to see if there was any new stuff that's not in my catalogue.

I saw a chest of two drawers that I positively drooled over.
Because it was the exact shade of blue that I'd love to paint my current bookshelves.
(I'm going back with paint charts to see if I can match it to a shade on them)

This was the only furniture item I could see in the entire store that was this particular shade of blue.
Everything else is white, birch, black, or black/brown.
If they sold bookshelves in this particular shade, I'd buy them tomorrow and damn the cost!

The real reason I was at Ikea? I was shopping for a 5 litre pot to make soup.

You see, in my previous home, I had a very large pot. A 10 litre pot. With a pasta insert and a rice steamer insert.
I rarely used the inserts, but the pot was on my stove every winter making gallons of soups and spaghetti sauces to freeze.
When I  moved here, I thought that maybe I wouldn't bother with making such quantities of soups etc, since the stove was electric and I wasn't happy about cooking on it.
So I gave the pot to my youngest son, who has always loved it and was very happy to get it. He's become quite the cook since I  moved out and left those two on their own.

But I've got used to the stove, sort of, and with the cooler days, I've had a yearning for homemade soups. So this morning while shopping I filled my cart with loads of soup veggies and it wasn't until I got home that I remembered I didn't have the big pot anymore.
Well, I stashed the veggies in the fridge and caught a bus to Ikea. I'd remembered seeing a lovely pot the last time I was there...

Ooooh! shiny! with a reflection of me in my stripey pink jammies!  Ha Ha!
I love the roundness of it. This is the 5 litre pot, there's a 3 litre version also, but I already have a 3 litre saucepan.

I like the steam holes in the lid....and look! there's my camera....

And I like the quart-litre measurements on the inside.

Saturday morning I'll be peeling, chopping, simmering some yummy vegetable soup.
Later in the day I'll be making tomato-bean soup then Sunday will be devoted to a batch of spaghetti sauce.
I love winter foods.

While I was browsing around in Ikea, I spotted these mini trivets.  For putting your hot pots on so you don't scorch your bench tops.

isn't that just so cute?

I bought two, because one on its own would be lonely...

They match the big one that sits beside the hotplates, one of the first things I bought within a month of moving in last year.

Friday, March 23, 2012

what does the "S" mean?

Penny; a Marathon? Wow, how many Superman movies are there?

Sheldon; you're kidding, right?

(she wasn't)

It just so happens that I own all four Superman movies, and I've been having my own Superman Marathon.

For years I've assumed that the "S" logo on the front of Superman's nifty little flying suit stands for "Superman".
Probably the rest of the world thinks so too.
Or maybe it's just me.

Aaaanyway.....near the beginning of the first movie, we see Marlon Brando as Superman's father, Jor-el, in that whiter than blindingly white suit, with a very similar "S" logo on the front, while the rest of the Kryptonians*, also wearing blindingly white suits, have different logos.

So now I'm wondering just what exactly this "S" stands for?
Senator?  Shopkeeper?  Shoemaker?  Scientist?

Family initial?
Smith?  Scott?  Stanfield?  Sheldon?

A Kryptonian version of "$"?  thereby proclaiming Jor-el the richest man on Krypton, certainly the only one rich enough to create a crystal star bubble capable of transporting Kal-el through space all the way to Earth.

(Wonder why he didn't save himself and his wife too?)

If anyone out there has any other ideas as to what the "S" means, I'm happy to listen.
No matter how fanciful those ideas may be...

Put some thought into it and let's hear those ideas, please.
*aka Planet Napisan.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

look! a jelly fish

and a few other things...this is the Birkenhead Bridge.
It opens in the centre so that tall masted ships can get through.
Walk across this bridge, follow the road around to the left, keep going and you end up in Semaphore.

On a good day you can look into the water and see jellyfish.
See that translucent circle just bottom left of centre?
Some days the water is so thick with them, I could stand and watch for hours.

The last small dock before the bridge.

Barnacle crusted pylons and concrete supports. Maybe these were left from the old pier before the new  bridge was built?

the signal arm on top of the bridge tower, you can see those in the first photo.

Lastly, sunlight on the water.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

whimsical wednesday # 15

Here it is, Whimsical Wednesday, a day to smile at these cute images I found at google.

Sunny side up, just how I like them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the way of the river

I have a few blogs on my list that take quite some time to load, mostly those with lots of photos.

I don't mind this at all, although I used to.
I'd click on the link, the page would start to load and several minutes later I'd be finger-tapping the table and muttering....well, you don't need to know what I was muttering.

But now, I have a different approach.

Kim, at Frog Ponds Rock,  often has a lot of photos, so I'll click her link, then go and sweep some floors while the page loads.
Then I'll come back and read her post.

Melissa at Suger Coat It has a blog that takes a while to load.
Click the link and wander into the kitchen to put a frozen dinner in the microwave, or make a sandwich, cup of coffee...
Come back and read the post.

Tiffany at Three Ring Circus also has many pictures, mostly of her gorgeous kids.
Click the link, go off and wash some dishes.
Come back and read the post.

Red Nomad travels Australia and takes amazing photos of this wide brown land, her blog gives me time to peel vegetables and toss them into the oven.

My own blog has photos too and takes a while for the page to fully load.
Click my own link, fold and put away the clean washing, come back and read the comments all you lovely people have left me.

I call this multi-tasking. River style.

At the end of the evening, (morning, afternoon, whole day) the blogs are read and commented on, my housework is done and I'm ready for bed.


Monday, March 19, 2012

a little closer to the lighthouse

here's a few photos of things right up close to the lighthouse, taken while looking down from the viewing deck, more properly known as the observation deck I suppose.

The shade sails between the lighthouse and the empty block next door.
In the top left hand corner the lettering reads The Port.

These flags are attached to the lighthouse.

looking down, to the left of the shade sails, along the wharf.

a little further left is the ticket booth where you can book a ride on the Dolphin Explorer.
This is the biggest of the tour boats and goes way out by the top end of Torrens Island to an area known as Dolphin Sanctuary, where dolphins can be spotted if you're lucky.

The Dolphin Explorer just coming back in. She's wide and high, with three viewing levels.
This is the one I've been on, but sadly I didn't see any dolphins that day. Since I didn't own a camera back then it didn't really matter. I'll be going out again.

This is the roof of the market building, to the right way over at the edge you can see the red lettering thta says Market Open. That's on the upper level outer deck where people can sit and watch the boats, or the people or just eat their lunch. There's no chairs and tables though.

This is the Yelta, she was moored by the second ticket booth  which handles bookings for harbor cruises on the Port Princess.