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Jams, Jellies, Conserves, Fruit spreads.


 Available in many flavours and textures.

Made with real fruit.

Because jam made with artificial  fruit just isn't the same......

I love receiving parcels

Yesterday I checked my post office box to find a parcel waiting for me.

From my good friend JahTeh. You'll find her at Copperwitch.

Look at all the stamps!!! 20 of them!

 I know a stamp collector who is going to love receiving these.

 Most of the stamps are in memory of the men of the Kokoda Trail.

 And then there's this one. Travel Smart. I have never, ever seen one of these.

What was inside?

 Two books. One by James Lee Burke, who is one of my favourite authors, and one by P.J. Tracy.
 I haven't read many books by P.J.Tracy, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Also included were 4 pairs of earrings. Thank you so much JahTeh!

Sweet little snowmen to add to my Christmas collection,

Cute as a button stripey bumblebees,

and diamonds and pearls. To wear when I go visiting royalty?  Or just plain visiting.
Thank you JahTeh.

dented or otherwise damaged cans, what do you do?

This article in yesterday's paper caught my eye.

Looks like mould to me.
Forget the sensational headline for a minute and focus on the can.
Notice how it's a littleblackened around the bottom rim?
I'm not sure it shows, but it looks like the can has been standing in wet conditions, the wrapper looks a little wrinkled too at top and bottom.
Was it like this when it was bought?  If yes, why buy it? 
If no, then how was it stored in the home environment?

 Use by date.
Usually irrelevant, unless the can has been opened. We all know that once a can is opened the contents need to be used immediately, especially baby foods.

She mentions somewhere in the story that the contents appeared "a bit runny".
This happens when  food is given to the baby directly from the can, (or jar) with saliva from the baby's mouth being transferred to the contents, which then begins to break down the molecular structure of the canned food.
This isn't immediately apparent, …

Sunday Selections #24

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 >>


Antennas are a favourite resting place.

One very hot day last summer I came home from work to find this little fellow sitting in the water dish. He tried to hop away when I walked into the carport, but just didn't have the energy. He stayed there for hours, hopping  in and out of the water.

 Birds on a wire.

A few years ago, this fluffy baby was guided into the shadehouse by his mum, who left him ther…

If I Could Choose

Last week at work, a customer said to me, if I could choose where I wanted to be right now,
where would I choose to be? And what would I like to be doing?

My immediate answer was "not here that's for sure".

He then said I should give it some thought.

(D and his wife K are lovely people, they come in every single week, one of my favourite couples)

If I had unrestricted choice, globally, where would I like to be?

Globally? Wow!

And what would I like to be doing?

Since then, I've been thinking about it.

Quite a bit.

My first thoughts were for faraway places that I've always wanted to see.

Canada, New Zealand, Tasmania, even Ireland. (I might get lucky and meet a Leprechaun....)

All of these are English speaking places and I would love to live in each one for a summer. No winters, I couldn't handle snow.

But permanently? No.

So I'm trying to think of places in Australia where I would love to be. Where I would love to live for the rest of my life.


trying to reduce my carbon footprint....

....isn't going so well.

I'm growing a vegetable or two, having short showers, recycling my packaging.
I try to cook one pot meals as much as possible, so I'm using only one hot plate.
I do only two loads of washing per week.
One clothes, one sheets and towels.

But I've recently bought an electric blanket to help my back relax while I sleep.
I have the airconditioner which I use in the summer.
(it's turned out to be useless in the winter)
I have the column heaters, one is used every night after the sun goes down, the other much less often.

So I've bought one of these... help me get my washing dry, instead of using the dryer.
It's a fold away washing line, available from K-Mart, camping goods stores, probably the sporting and camping sections of large department stores as well.

 You can see that it holds quite a bit.
The frame is light weight aluminium and comes apart to be folded into a long zipped bag similar to a gun bag.

These are the legs/…

mmm, veggies

I'm a little bit excited.
I've never grown cauliflower before.
I've tried.....but they've usually died, or been eaten alive.
You know, bugs, slugs, caterpillars....

But now.....look!

 Cauliflower number one has a teeny little head forming, it's about one inch across.

Cauliflower number two has an even smaller head, about half an inch across.

Cauliflowers three and four are just leaves so far.

I'm looking forward to picking and eating these.
I love cauliflower baked in a cheese sauce.

random happenings

I could hear noises on my roof, above the living room, so I sneaked out the back door, sneaked around the house and onto the front lawn. There were two huge black crows on the roof! And I didn't have my camera...dammit!

A customer in shopping yesterday with two small children, bought them each a treat for being good. The treat? Not what you'd expect! She bought each child a junior electric toothbrush. After I'd scanned them, the mum opened the packaging and showed them how to hold them as she turned them on. It was the cutest thing! A little girl giggling with delight as the toothbrush buzzed against her teeth, the slightly older boy inspecting his and asking how did it turn on and off.

Very strong winds here in Adelaide last night and today. Remembering what happened with my antenna earlier this year I listened carefully but didn't hear any of the creaking and groaning heralded the ripping away of the barge board the antenna was attached to. Thank goodness!



Why do we separate our recycling products?
Paper and cardboard into one bin, glass in another, plastic into a third.
I noticed an advertisement in a magazine yesterday for a set of kitchen bins designed just for this purpose. They look to be quite large and I don't know anyone that has enough room in their kitchen for a set like this.

My point is, when it comes to rubbish collection day, all recyclables go into the one big wheelie bin anyway. From thereit gets tipped into the massive truck that's doing the collecting.  At the collection centres all this is tipped into huge bins which feed onto conveyor belts. People standing either side of these belts pluck out glass or plastic and toss it into bins beside or behind them, the paper is left to go to the end of the line and tip off into its own bin.

If someone, somewhere, does the wrong thing and puts food scraps, disposable nappies or garden rubbish into their recycling, the entire truckload is deemed contaminated and goes s…

pomegranate hockey

Back in the early 90's we rented a large house with a garage that had been converted to another room.
Most of the kids were with me, the oldest with her partner and daughter were in the big garage room.
When they moved out, second eldest and his girlfriend came home and moved in there. With his drum kit.
So the house was always full.
Good times.
Along the back of the house was a porch, very wide, and running the whole length of the house before turning the corner to a larger open porch area behind the garage. This was our barbecue area.

We had a huge old fig tree, a lemon tree, a grape vine along the back fence and a big old fashioned Golden Queen peach tree. Freestone peaches.


They grew to softball size, golden yellow with a soft rosy pink blush.
Picked fully ripe from the tree, rinsed under the tap, you had to lean forward  when you bit into them so the juice would drip down your chin, down your arm and onto the grass instead of down your chin, …

Sunday Selections #23

It's SundaySelections time again!

(my how time flies)

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 SundaySelections and this week my theme is>


 The above sets of steps are all part of the Parade Central Mall I featured last Friday.
This mall houses a few cafes and the Hoyts Cinema Complex.

The last set of steps above, (same steps, different angle) is at the back entrance to the Foodland Mall.

To join in with Sunday Selections, post photos of your choice unde the Sunday Selections title, then go to Kim's site, add your name to her l…

minor rant

I love my electric blanket, I really do.
But there's a problem.
A little one, but a problem.

The trouble with electric blankets is the cord.
The oh-so-essential power cord.

It makes tucking in the sheet properly difficult.
Especially a fitted sheet.

Thelittle bit that doesn't tuck in where the cord is, just looks untidy.
To me anyway.

Anyone else have a problem with this?
No?  Hmmm.

I've come up with a yet-to-be-implemented solution.
Large buttonholes.
In the sheet.
At the spot where the electric blanket cord is.

Making the bed will become simple again.
Unplug the cord, feed it through the "buttonhole", tuck in the sheet.

Now I just have to get the sewing machine fixed....


I took these photos one morning a few weeks ago on my way to work. I'd left early so I wouldn't have to rush, so had plenty of time to take photos.

Parade Central

Situated at the intersection of The Parade and George Street.

a little trip down memory lane

Do you remember the very first time you were allowed to handle a knife?
I do. Vividly.

Up until this day, my food had always been cut up for me, sandwiches made by mum or dad.
Eating utensild being only a fork and a spoon, junior sized.

I'm not sure how the invitation came about, but one day when I was five, we were having lunch at someone else's home.

The boy in the family, having finished his bread and butter, picked up another slice of bread and his knife, hisknife,  (not junior sized either) then calmly and competently buttered his bread.

I was amazed. Stunned.
 And so very, very, jealous!
I positively seethed with jealousy and injustice.
I was five already!
 And here was this boy, younger than me, (by at least four months, possibly six...) usingaknife!
By a boy!
A younger than me boy!

Well!  I just couldn't sit by and let a small boy get the better of me!
I asked my mum if I might please have a knife as I'd like another piece of bread.
I could see her h…

gingerbread cake

Gingerbread Cake

5 ounces butter
6ounces golden syrup
4ounces brown sugar
2 teaspoons ginger powder
1-2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon water
7 ounces self-raising flour

Set oven at 160*C
Grease and line a cake tin, I use a slice tin, sometimes a loaf tin
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Put butter, water, sugar and syrup in a saucepan, heat gently until butter is melted
Pour into dry ingredients, beat well
Add lemon rind and eggs, beat well
Pour into tin, bake until skewer tests clean. Times vary according to tin type and your oven
My brownie pan takes about 30 minutes or so
When cold drizzle with lemon icing made with lemon juice and icing sugar

This cake often sinks in the middle (because of the golden syrup weight I think), so when yours does this, it's not a failure, neither are you.


the holly and the ivy....

oh wait, it's nowhere near Christmas yet.

This is just about the ivy.

We all know I live in a block of units.
Right behind is an identical block of units.
The unit directly behind mine has a new family, with a toddling baby.
About one year old or thereabouts.
The mother brings him outside to play every afternoon for about an hour.

The unit behind me also has ivy growing along and through the back fence.
It's been there since before I moved in over eight years ago.
It's a big stand of ivy.
Some of the stems are quite thick and tough.
I've been trimming back the edge whenever it gets too close to the lawn, but that's it.
I'm not fussed about the ivy.

The new family however, is fussed. The ivy hides all manner of creepy crawlies.
Mostly spiders.
Today while I was reading emails, I heard lots of scraping noises coming from the fence area.
I looked out the back window just in time to see a clump of ivy being pulled back through the fence.
I assumed the fath…

I was caught in a cycle

I haven't been myself.
Not eating properly, not wanting to cook.
(Me? How unusual!)
Not sleeping well, although napping a lot.
Weird dreams that I didn't remember at all, knowing only that I'd woken several times during the night.
Hiding away at home, not wanting to go out, not even to take photos.

I was......I hesitate to say depressed, I'll go with lethargic, despondent.
I'd been thinking about my future and becoming increasingly worried.

Low paying job, low hours, no savings.
Hasn't bothered me before.
I have food, clothing, a roof over my head.

But, my rent is high. (And gets higher every year).
Working full time, it wouldn't be a problem, but I no longer work full time.
There are physical limitations and the body is feeling more and more tired.
Dammit, I'm getting old! When did that happen??

Anyway, it's what I've been hearing and reading that has gotten to me.
Rents going up even higher.
Electricity costs skyrocketing.
Food costs r…

Sunday Selections # 22

It's SundaySelections 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 SundaySelections was born, and anyone at all can join in.

I often choose a theme for my SundaySelections and this week my theme is...


All of these are photos of the yard and fences reflected in the windows of my home.
I was outside looking for bugs to photograph, but on noticing the reflections, I decided to take those instead.

To join in with SundaySelections, 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 …