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Sunday, August 17, 2014

PHOTOS

 
When we go on holidays we take hundreds, no thousands, of photos.
 
Tony has the you-beaut-DSLR camera with several different lenses
and I have a little idiot proof, point-and-shoot camera that I love.
 
 Taking lots of photos means we cement those holiday experiences in our memories
so the photos always include photos of the food we eat as well as the places we go and the people we meet along the way.
 
When we come home we spend a lot of time looking at them and it has become a tradition that we make a photo book - ( Blerb is our program of choice ).
 
Every year the book gets bigger and bigger - this year required two books.
 
 

The first, about Italy, filled 250 pages and it a real brick of a book
 

and the second much smaller ( thinner ) one is just about our week in Paris.
 
 
After all this studying of photos Tony has chosen one photo as the best of the holiday and it is this one :
 
 
And guess what?
 
 It is one I took !!
 
Apparently the play of light and shade in this Roman streetscape has made it a winner !
 
The one we chose for the cover of the photobook ( and coming in a very close second ) is this one of a Venice canal taken by Tony.
 
 
We've decided to have them enlarged ( a lot ) and framed to put on our family room wall.
They can take pride of place there for a time until they are replaced with the winners from our next trip.
 
These ones are photos we have had put on canvas from previous trips to England and Paris and will now gradually be replaced with this years selections.
 

 
 ( Tony has changed the setting on my camera so that it takes a photo that fills the whole screen of our new TV without distorting the image but it looks a bit weird doesn't it ?)


 
This photo below ( from this trip ) is a favourite of mine of the spectacular horses at St Mark's in Venice.
I have framed it and it already graces the wall in the dining room.

 
 
 
What do you do with your holiday photos ?
 
Cheers.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

THIS WEEK IN MY KITCHEN

Guests for lunch on Sunday meant a bit of extra effort.
 
 Chicken, mushroom and leek pie ready for a last minute trip to the oven.
 
 
Served up with roast vegies, red cabbage and peas it tasted pretty darn good !
 
 
 
Dessert needed to be something light
so Panna Cotta was just the thing.
 

 

 
 
My first attempt and they were perfect.
I topped them with berries
 - frozen raspberries and fresh strawberries gently cooked with a little sugar -
Mmmmmmmmmm !
 
 
Small Roma tomatoes oven dried .
full of intense tomatoey flavour they made a lovely lunch on buttered sour dough bread.
 
 
Other dinners this week -
 
 
 sweet chilli salmon


 
chicken and vegies stir fry
 
So today - Saturday - saw us up early and off to the Fresh Food Market to replenish supplies

This lot should see us through for the next two weeks. 

 
and now there's a pot of vegetable soup bubbling on the stove.
 
We've just bought ourselves a new " Weber Q" barbeque
to replace our big six burner which was a bit of overkill for just the two of us.
We 'll be ready when the warmer weather arrives.
 
Cheers. 
 


Monday, July 28, 2014

HIGHWAY NOISE BARRIERS - Again !

 
Firstly today let me apologise in advance for the poor quality of the photos.
They were taken from the car as it travelled along the highway to the Gold Coast.
 
 
Quite some time ago, in this post, I wrote about the artwork on the noise reducing barriers that are constructed along many of our highways that go through built up area of housing.
 
These works of art evolve very slowly.
Some take years to complete.
 

 
They begin with building up a background then foliage and trees are added.

 
Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the trees are painted or real ones growing in front of the large barriers.
 
I have no idea who does them but it appears to be the same person/ people as the style is very similar.
 
 
Next comes the detail - often native animals and birds - but sometimes themes like beaches or a salute to our armed forces or whales.
 
 
Recently delightful portraits of children have begun to emerge from the foliage.
 



Such a great idea.
 
 
I love them. Don't you ?
 
Cheers.
 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY - What's a Theremin ?


 
  
I'm sure it won't surprise you to know that I am a great fan of the television show Midsomer Murders

 In fact on our last visit to England we spent a week in the area of the Chiltern Hills where many episodes were filmed so we could see the pretty villages for ourselves.



I blogged about it here.

 As I've watched the beginning of the show I've often wondered what instrument was used in the theme music as the music has an unusual sound.

Today, through the world of Facebook ( thanks to my second cousin Julie !), I learned that it is played by a Theremin.

Now, I'm not at all knowledgeable about musical instruments and I had never heard of a Theremin so I looked it up.

 "A theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). The instrument's controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the relative position of the thereminist's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker" ( Thank-you Wikipedia )

They look like this :-


So today I have included this clip from Youtube for your enjoyment and education ( if you are a bit of a dummy like me ! ).

Hope it works !

Cheers.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

JULY PROJECT

Hello, I'm back!
 
I've had a week or so of doing practically nothing while suffering with a chest infection.
Two recent bouts of illnesses for someone who is rarely ill is ENOUGH !
So today I'm giving you a sneak peak of my latest project.
 
As you will know on our recent holiday I fell in love with Positano.
 
 
How could you not ?
 
 
So I have decided to turn this outdoor area into a Positano themed room.
 
 
This requires lots of lemony props as Positano is all about lemons.


 



 Of course I couldn't afford to bring all these lovely ceramics home with me
 

so I've been working on gathering together some lemony props. 
 

 Life-like plastic lemons in my mosaic vase.
 
and a painting project to add a bit of zing ( and lemony-ness ) to a wall plaque that was already out there.
 


 
 
 
 
There's been a bit of sewing too
 

so it's all coming together nicely.
 
Now, we just have to wait till the weather warms up a bit so we can use the outdoor area without freezing !
( It's been very cold for Brisbane - down to 2- 4 degrees here at night then up to 15-20 degrees in the daytime but with cold westerly winds ).
 

Hopefully there'll be a grand reveal soon.
 
Cheers.
 
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

Isn't it a shame that, in these busy times, we often only manage to see our uncles and aunts and cousins at weddings and funerals ?

Such was the case for me today when I attended the funeral of my uncle, one of my mother's seven brothers.
Yes, she had seven brothers.....
And six sisters !

My mother was number four in a family of fourteen children so my childhood was full of cousins and aunts and uncles. 
Mum might not have been the eldest in the family but she was the glue that kept them all together. There were always family BBQs, picnics and celebrations and family visiting from far and wide.

But families grow up, begin careers, marry and move away and gradually the contact between the cousins dwindles as they have growing families of their own. 

These days it is the funerals that bring us together and despite the sadness of losing the older members of the family it is a great joy to reconnect with those cousins that manage to make it to the funerals. Nowadays we are managing to reconnect with the help of email, 
and Facebook lets us share in the daily events of their family lives wherever they are I this great big world.


RIP Uncle Noel.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BACK !

We've been home from our lovely holiday for a week now and life is a bit "ho hum".
A 30+ hour journey takes a bit of getting over and flying backwards in time
- from west to east - doesn't help either !!
At first you sleep like a log purely through tiredness
then you begin to wake up in the middle of the night  - or in my case at 4:00 am - and can't get back to sleep so the next night you are more tired again.
 this goes on for a couple of days if you are lucky and a couple of weeks if you're not !

Just as I was beginning to get through this process a new torture began
and THIS is what was responsible !

 
Who knew that such a small gadget could cause such torture ?


Yes, it's a smoke alarm !
We have three of them installed in our house.....
and at 3:00am on three consecutive mornings their batteries began to run low !

One by one,

one morning after another,

the darn things began to emit a high pitched bleep like a cricket !

Our ceilings are higher than normal, so even on a chair I can't reach the damn things.
I had to wait till Tony finally stumbled out in the dark to wrench the battery out of the offending alarm and silence it !

So...
the suitcases are all unpacked and put away,
the clothes have all been washed, ironed and put away,
and routines are slowly being resumed.

Tony is busy making a photo book of our holiday
and I'm researching where to go next year !
All good !

Cheers!