Stormy Saturday

Seems we have an intense weather system hitting us..we have thunder and lightning and rain..yes SOME rain…and the system is proving to be quite weird..so i am getting offline and spending some time listening to the storm…i leave you with the dust storm that came from nowhere and preceded this system of rain and lightning..chat tomorrow!

Shopping around the world

Well here we are and here we are and here we go…shopping all over the world…with myself and Bacon

For your entertainment to get you in the mood for the big shop….

Ready to go now!
Well this month is the random month..

First off we have the random Condiment

Mine is Balsamic Vinegar

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I use white balsamic in dressings and the dark balsamic in nearly every dish that has an Italian flavour..i love it.
I have fond memories of forgetting i was making a balsamic reduction once..casualty list…one good saucepan..and the kitchen was a thick haze of eye burning smoke.

At the moment a 250 ml bottle is on special for $5.40 Aus.

250mls is 8.45oz US
US dollars 4.21
Canadian dollars 5.26
British Pound 2.73
Rand 48.58
Krone 28.02
Euro 3.75

The next random item is a frozen meal
I confess the only frozen meals we usually eat are meals i have made with left overs..
However the frozen wedge is always in my fridge..

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I love these handy wedges and this week they are on special for $3.00 Aus for 750grams

750gram is 26.45 US oz
US dollars 2.34
Canadian Dollars 2.92
British Pound 1.51
Rand 26.99
Krone 15.57
Euro 2.08

The next item is random dessert..
Well i do love desserts and usually make them so i tend not to buy them…however a staple in my pantry for dessert making and pancakes is Steeves maple syrup..Erma Gerd my fave!

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It’s never cheap but imitation syrup is rubbish..
At the moment it is on special for $5.36 Aus for 250ml
250ml is 8.45 US oz
US Dollars 4.17
Canadian dollars 5.22
British Pound 2.71
Rand 48.22
Krone 27.81
Euro3.72

Next is random fruit..for me it’s strawberries..stupidly dear at the moment considering it’s summer?

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On special ?? yep i query that! at $5.48 Aus for 450grams
450 grams is US 15.87 oz

US Dollars 4.27
Canadian Dollars 5.34
British Pound 2.77
Rand 49.3
Krone 28.44
Euro 3.81

And last up is random item of choice..for me as this week i have a sweet tooth that cannot be satisifed..it’s my childhood fave..

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Chips and biscuits..i love me some Tim Tams dunk them in a cuppa and them suck in them like a straw..delish..or just eat them..and the mint biscuits are a real luxury biscuit too..after eating these i always crave salty chips.. go figure!
This week you can buy two packs of the bicuits or two packs of the chips or one biscuit and one chip for $5.00 Aus..

US Dollars 3.89
Canadian Dollars 4.87
British Pound 2.52
Rand 44.98
Krone 25.94
Euro 3.47
Now i am hungry!!!

Thanks again for joining Bacon and i on our shopping trip..we love seeing what you all pop in your trolleys πŸ˜‰

Meet …greet… and eat

Well everyone today was a big day..Phil and i headed off to Melbourne for my appointment with the rheumy..who was lovely and all of ten years old..but she knows her stuff so i felt quite happy with her and confident she has the latest in autoimmune diseases.
So we left home at 7am ..took 2 hours of painful traffic..had my appointment..had my bloods stolen..and left.
We headed to see our little girl (yes 29 and still my little girl) had a coffee and a chat and dang forgot to grab some figs that were growing like crazy in her backyard!

We then headed off to Lygon Street..home of little Italy and cakes cakes cakes…yes..

And who did we meet up with?

Well we had our little guest with us..we stalled his departure until tomorrow as we KNEW he had to say a quick G’Day to this special person…

Yes Bashful got to have a reunion and we got to have a face to face with the lovely Sharon or as Bacon calls her Aunty Sharon from Gentle stitches

Aren't we cute :)

Aren’t we cute πŸ™‚

Bashful was so excited to see Aunty Sharon..the last time he saw her they headed to Japan!..seems when Bashful comes to Australia he takes mini trips within his trip hahaa πŸ™‚

You want those cakes don't you!

You want those cakes don’t you!

It was so nice to meet Sharon and we had a great chat..about blogging,craft what makes us happy and of course food!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

We met at Brunetti’s..THE best cake shop and a paradise for sweets lovers..talk about try and decide!!
Sharon had a Baba which looked amazing I got Fozziedad a Pistachio number and i had a spongecake that looked like a strawberry with a strawberry jelly inside….DELISH!

Inside Brunetti's

Inside Brunetti’s

The coffees were great and it was so nice to have an actual face to face ..when it was time to go we said our farewells and will catch up soon at my place as i have a spinning wheel to give to Sharon as i know it will have a good home and be given the workout it deserves! i also have three bags full (yes a nursery rhyme) of fresh wool for her..so i am happy that this will be used too πŸ™‚

Sharon gave me a gorgeous little blue heart she had made because i had been in the hospital..it sits with the Simba she made me ..

Gorgeous :)

Gorgeous πŸ™‚

Cakes everywhere...and this is not even the whole shop!

Cakes everywhere…and this is not even the whole shop!

It was a full day and we did not get home until 4..

Luckily i bought a take home pack of cakes..they are so divine…i think i deserved a treat for being jabbed don’t you?

Ooh la la....

Ooh la la….

I mean i was brave..just sayin…

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Thank you again Sharon for a lovely chat it was truly so nice to see the lady behind the amazing crochet!!

Bee nice

Last week by the dam i sat..watching as all manner of birds came at late afternoon for some much needed and hard to find water. The place becomes like a real social gathering,many species bickering and socialising all after that precious commodity that we all take for granted..except us in the bush. It is a great way to unwind, i can sit and watch as they fly over head diving in for a dip or a sip..some bathing others chattering to each other.all busy and all seemingly enjoying this afternoon ritual. This day i also spied three roos, what appeared to be a female with two young joeys..they were behind the pile of gorse we had ploughed out and were watching me with interest. The young female joey made her way to the waters edge and i was so hoping they would ignore me and have a drink..she looked at me as if suddenly she realised i was a little too close, i moved backwards closer down the embankment so as to not spook her..but soon all three were off.. I went back to the dams edge, you do not want to be near water if roos are around they can drown you if they feel threatened. Back near the water i spotted in the dam a bee..poor thing buzzing in circles with no way of escape. I do not like to watch something struggle..i can’t do it..so allergic as i am i offered a hand..well not literally! I found a small tree branch and leant over and put it under the bee..i placed it on the muddy ground and watched as the little bee gradually became less waterlogged and dried off.. My eyes were distracted momentarily by the baby snake neck tortoises poking their heads out…i turned back and the bee had buzzed off.. I wish i had seen it take off..but just knowing it had made my day..it takes nothing sometimes but a few seconds of your time to be nice..and the results can change even the smallest lives. DSC_0003 DSC_0006 DSC_0010 DSC_0011

Crabby Monday

Most of the weekend i had a brass band dancing on my head..that’s ok..it’s a tough noggin anyways..while i headed to bed to try and find some respite from the booming,hubby was busy fixing my sewing room up so it will make a better work space..
He painted the whole room..bought and assembled a desk for me..shifted all the things out to be sorted.
We did manage a trip out when my head calmed down and got some bits and bobs i needed.
Today i thought i would paint some undercoat on the trim of the built in wardrobe that hubby removed the doors from..the space is amazing in there and the people who built the house had installed the most hideous and cheap sliding doors..when hubby removed them the bright aqua that they painted the room in was revealed..
The house had been (apart from the kitchen which was blue cabinetry orange wall tiles) all given a coat of paint to try and sell it..so far as we can tell from our extensive painting is that the colour scheme went as such…
Laundry navy blue..walls and skirts
Our Bedroom..maroon walls and skirts with a green and blue tiled ensuite with pale green cabinetry(ensuite has yet to be redone)
Single room purple walls and skirts
Double room purple walls and skirts
Loungeroom navy blue walls and skirts(now redone)
Sewing room aqua….yikes!
They did so much right…then lost the plot..
Anywho…so today i gave the wardrobe insides a good lick of undercoat..it has been hot and damn humid..i was sweating like no ones business,but finished then gave a coat of undercoat to the plain unstained shelf that will be going up…
Now to get to my Crabby Monday..
I leave the room to get a drink of water..come back…someone..feline…has taken a piddle on the floor of the wardrobe insert..not just a spritz but a fullblown bucket full…
Really girls?? I love em too bits..but some days i do wish they went to day care..as i put them to bed before i wished them nitey night and looked at their innocent faces..
Urghhhhhh…i am crabby…
I may be a tad awol also..i have some things new and exciting (well i think so) to do and it is taking a lot of my time..i also have an appointment finally with a Rheumatologist on Wednesday in Melbourne and hope i can get some good advice ..while in town i will be taking a detour to Lygon Street..i can hear the Cannoli and cakes calling me πŸ™‚

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Bashful says farewell to Australia

Well we have had a ball taking Bashful with us on holiday up to Cairns.
We tried to make sure he saw as much as we did and experienced all that the Northern part of our beautiful country has to offer…sun sand sea and rainforest.
I think he had a ball..this is the second time he has visited us and it was a long time in the planning!
In fact when we booked our holiday early in 2014 i spoke to Bacon and the plan was hatched! so we kept the secret for nearly a year..amazing for me!

This week the little guy will wing his way home..and i am sure he has many tales to tell..and i also believe he has a little explaining to do!! (more of that later πŸ˜‰ )

So i have got a little group of pics to show as we bid our little mate farewell and say safe travels…

Bashful arrives for Xmas

Bashful arrives for Xmas

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We travelled from our home town up North

 

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

 

Airport in the distance

Airport in the distance

 

On board the plane..morning tea

On board the plane..morning tea

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

We unpack and head to the pool

We unpack and head to the pool

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

He had a chillax pool side

He had a chillax pool side

Met some relatives

Met some relatives

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

He hit the beach

He hit the beach

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

Loved the food

Loved the food

Dined alfresco

Dined alfresco

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Enjoyed all the rest stops

Enjoyed all the rest stops


He didn't eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

He didn’t eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

But nibbled my calamari salad!

But nibbled my calamari salad!

Gelati by the beach

Gelati by the beach

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Prawn rolls beachside

Prawn rolls beachside

Oh and cakes of course :)

Oh and cakes of course πŸ™‚

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

But all good things come to an end

But all good things come to an end

Resting on my cushion on the plane

Resting on my cushion on the plane

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So it seems fitting to say bye bye to Bashful with some fireworks..we sat on the beach on New Years eve..eating fish and chips and watching the fireworks over the coral sea..Bashful had a great night and so did we..so adieu my friend and let’s do this again!
Loves Fozziemum xx

Lovefest at our house

Hi everyone..i often talk about how much the dogs and cats love each other here..there is no species bias..
When it is a mild day I let the girls wander with us,usually just a stroll and a roll in the driveway then back to the Kitty Day Spa..this day Marbles was inside sound asleep on her perch on the back of the couch..i had taken the pups for a walk and let the girls come out to have a stroll..
Dinnermintz since she was first with us as a sick foster kitten has always had a special bond with Forrest and Doc..mainly with Forrest ,her main man and she hates to be apart from him..especially when they go into boarding..
Another day and another lovefest here at home in the bush πŸ™‚

Wild on Wednesday rewind

I imagine you have all guessed I am offline a bit these past few days..i am in a flare up..tired sore and hence unmotivated!
But I finally found my video in the deep recesses of my computer..and thought I would share it as my Wild Wednesday offering..it always makes me smile to watch my roos and they have been not so frequent as the grasses dry up…so please enjoy the Ketchup Mob.
So turn the volume up and fill the screen and excuse my spelling errors..sheesh..

Thoughts on Thursday

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Take a moment.
Today I want to give you a gift..i want to give you the gift of a moment.
I want you to look at the picture above ..and I want to take you here..trust me we can do this.
The air is warm and there is a faint smell of salt..not much just a hint..the ocean has sent this on a breeze to remind you she is there.
The Flame trees have created a scent that mingles with the ocean and flows on to your skin..your skin prickles a little as every now and then the breeze is cool…
You can hear the ocean..it is gently lapping at the sand bringing with it little pieces of emerald green seaweed which then cling to the sand and refuse to be drawn back to the oceans waters..later she will reclaim them as she pushes further up the sandy shores.
Sit down..take your shoes off..feel the sun on you skin..dig your toes into the sand..it’s cool and just the action of wriggling your feet in the soft sand brings childhood memories flooding back.
You suddenly feel lighter..adult responsibilities and worries are being drawn from you.
When you close your eyes your ears pick up the waves again.. rhythmically lulling you ..your muscles are starting to soften and you find your heart is in tune with the ocean.
Open your eyes and then you see the horizon..seemingly touchable always a mystery..your mind wanders..this is good..as it journeys to places you cannot find when you are not in the moment.
Get yourself up..slowly walk to the waters edge..the sand is warm and yielding under foot..all those tiny particles beaten down over a millennia to form a glistening path.
Now dip your toes in the water..that first touch wakes your feet up..they feel the movement of the ocean around them..they cannot help but want to venture further in….the water is warm and so refreshing..and you slip in..just slip..the water will carry you…and your are weightless..free from the constraints of gravity..the ocean has you in her embrace and you are free..

All those subliminal memories of the womb are there..the nurturing.the comfort the ability to allow something higher to lift you from the heaviness.
Just float..you feel the grit of the sand as it rubs against your skin ..you lose your footing but it’s ok..there is nowhere to fall but in the cocoon of water.
You are in the moment…that moment when all earthly worries have been washed away..you are home..
Stay and float…let the water take away the worries and draw them to a place far away beyond the horizon..be you..enjoy the moment…it is my gift to you.
Bev

Wild on Wednesday with Bashful

Bashful seems to have taken all the wildlife he encountered on our travels together in his stride!

Here he meets up with a local…we were enjoying lunch and this little guy and Bashful had a bit of chat while we ate lunch πŸ™‚

Very curious guy :)

Very curious guy πŸ™‚

A little snippet of our crossing the Daintree river..no crocs in sight but Bashful was on the lookout..