Sunday, June 17, 2018

A rainy day job done...


I have been cursing my pantry for months now...i can never find things and when I pick up an open packet, something spills! 
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I tossed out lots of out of date products and half used things.  It’s not perfect but it is better.  I will try to be more mindful of what I have and to use things up - now I can see what’s in there! 
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Cheers - Joolz xx

Family reunion in Daylesford...


On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, we set off on the Saturday to head to Daylesford for a McDonald family reunion...
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It was a very foggy morning with the fog staying until around noon...
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We had lunch in Ararat at Sicilian’s which was fantastic!  Gus had a tandoori chicken pita wrap and I had a chicken caesar one. It was humungous! I took half off my plate and I was still stuffed!
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Absolutely the best CC salad I’ve had in a long time! 
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We tootled our way to Daylesford, arriving around 3.30pm...
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We went out to dinner with everyone at the Royal Hotel.  Again, really good pub food.   Here are cousins, Heather and Fiona...
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Uncle Ross delivers a speech...
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Our powered site at the Daylesford Holiday Park...
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It was mighty chilly overnight but we were warm and toasty in Pearl.  We had hot water bottles and an extra blanket and were fine.  My nose got a bit cold!
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Beans for breakfast!
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We went to the Railway markets and browsed around for a while...
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We found a nice warm cafe for a coffee with Dunc and Mandy...
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Gus can never pose for a serious photo!
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After the coffee, we decided to head out to the Swiss Mountain Hotel which is out the road at Blampied...
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Gus ordered the gnocchi in blue cheese sauce with an apple and pear salad...I have never tasted gnocchi so tender and tasty! 
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We also shared this tasting platter which was delicious!
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We then visited Captain’s Creek winery for a quick taste...then it was time to head back...
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Sunday night, we all cooked our own dinner then ate in the park club house.  There was a nice open fire in there...
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It was Mandy’s birthday so I’d bought her a cake - you must have cake and candles on your birthday!
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As oldest of the McDonald cousins, Angus got to blow out candles for his birthday coming on June 22...
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Eggs and bacon on Monday morning before packing up and saying goodbye to all!
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We had lunch on the way home in Ararat again, this time at the Vines Cafe and Bar...Gus had CC salad...
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I had chicken, vegetables and roast potatoes (I left half the spuds)...
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We had a wet, dark trip home.  This big cloud was just out of Casterton, bringing thunder and lightning with it!
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When we got home 6pm, we unpacked what we could then I made a curry using a Passage to India sachet, quick, easy and tasty! A big weekend! 
Cheers - Joolz xx

Family pics...


The McDonald clan!
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Three cousins - 12 years between photos!
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Second cousins...
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Ready, set, go!
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Declan and Tayla
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Three sisters-in-law...
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How long since you’ve had a family reunion?
Cheers - Joolz xx

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A quick road trip to Port Lincoln...


Way back on the Friday, 1st of June, we headed to Adelaide to deliver some vehicles.  I pulled into town right on rush hour.  It took me an extra half an hour to get to the girl’s house.
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I earned this!
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Next morning, we headed out of town at 7.30am, bound for Port Lincoln...
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We passed through Port Augusta at 10.40am and Whyalla at 11.20am but we still had a long way to go! 
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We had a nice lunch at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Tumby Bay...before heading off again...
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Silo art...
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We finally hit Port Lincoln at 3pm.  We had to swap wheels and tyres on the new vehicle for ones the owner wanted on it, wash and spruce it up before delivering to the excited owner.
While Gus did most of that, I got in some retail therapy at the local Target store.  I scored some nice boots for $39 and a poncho for $25.
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The view of the bay from the Port Lincoln Hotel...we’ve done around 650 kms today! 
We had dinner with friends before heading home around 10.30pm after a very big day.
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Our morning view...
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Sunrise...
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A hearty breakfast for me...but I didn’t eat the hash browns or sausages. Gus ate the mushrooms.
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On our return trip, we had lunch in Port Augusta, out at the Arid Lands Cafe...I had the delicious Boobialla pumpkin salad and Gus had the Banjo tuna patties.
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We didn’t have time to go around the arid lands gardens nor visit Outback Tania, which was unfortunate.  Next time, I promise!
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We left Port Augusta and pulled into Adelaide just before 6pm.   I drove 200kms so Gus could do paper work and get set for Monday....

Cheers -