Monday, December 4, 2017

A busy weekend ...

I was supposed to have a quiet weekend at home by myself as Gus was heading to Adelaide to see the first day of the Ashes Series Australia v England but things changed ....

Sadly, my dear old uncle (my Mum’s eldest brother) passed away at the grand old age of 93 (nearly making it to his 94th on 20th December) and also a friends mother passed away and their funerals were last Thursday (in Millicent) and Friday (Uncle Ray’s in Adelaide).   

I made my way to Adelaide on Thursday, straight after the funeral so I’d be there for the funeral on Friday morning.  Thundery weather followed me all the way...

It was a privilege to hear Uncle Ray’s family speak of the gentleman he was.  The minister of the church said that you rarely find someone in this world who doesn’t have an enemy of any kind and that was Ray, loved and respected by all who knew him.  He lived his long life to the fullest, sadly losing his wife Phylis in 2015 but surrounded by his loving family until the end.  RIP Uncle Ray...
We had lunch with all of his family and it was nice to catch up with our 4 cousins and their kids and grand kids.

On Saturday, Brianna wanted a few succulents so we potted a couple up...

The little terrarium came up well...

There’s a new Italian restaurant that’s opened just around the corner from where the girls live, under new management.   I was home alone Saturday night so I ordered one of their pizzas.  Delicious, authentic Italian wood fired pizza!

I made a batch of Rocky Road for the kids...

Sunday morning, I made a belated birthday cake for Kirby who was winging her way back to Australia after a UK holiday with her boyf.  It's so nice to have them back safe...they got in at 9pm but we were back home by then.   We'll see them on Wednesday when we head back!

The icing seized on me as I was wrangling it onto the cake but it will still take good!  Kirby has told me she had some at 3am when she couldn't sleep from jetlag! :)

I made a snap purchase on my way out of Adelaide... this quilt caught my eye at Bed Bath n Table ... and they had 30% off!

The blues, browns and creams will suit our bedroom.  I’ve got the quilt out drying on the line and can’t wait to get it on the bed!

This is the quilted Euro pillowcase that goes with it, isn’t it lovely?

The colour is a bit richer than shown.  So much detail - this is machine quilted - imagine doing it by hand!

Walkies this morning...

A bit shorter walk this morning.  I drove into town so I could get fresh bread and juice...

Our parklands are beautiful at the moment, mown lawns...

The skate park and playground...


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This nativity display has been provided by the local Lions Club.  Can you believe, some idiots decided to 'steal' baby Jesus and throw him in the drain?  They had to go to great effort to bend the wire, hook him out of the manger and back under the wire then go and throw him in the drain.  What pleasure would they have got from that?  Imbeciles!  Anyway, Jesus has been returned to his bed for all the enjoy!

Our old rotunda (built in 1911) still holding up...
A State Library picture showing the rotunda not long after it was completed...

Well, that was a mish-mash of happenings - what did you get up to on the weekend?

Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thai Green curry...


We had such a muggy day here yesterday...36C and afternoon thunderstorms...

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For dinner, I tried one of Marion Grasby’s cooking kits - Thai gree curry.  All I need to add is...

...a cup of fresh veggies...

... 500gms meat - I like chicken but you could do beef, duck, pork....

This is the dried flavour mix of basil, kaffir lime and chillies.  I took out half the chillies.

I fried off the curry paste...

...added in the coconut milk, water and dried goods...

The veggies and chicken go in to poach away until tender.  After a taste, I decided to add 2 tspns brown sugar to sweeten it off plus zest of a lime and a squeeze of juice...

It was a very nice curry but on a warm, muggy night, it certainly had us sweating!   I think I’d use a but less curry paste next time (Marion does suggest this if you don’t like it hot).  I think these kits would be great for when we go camping - you can also get many other flavour kits in the range - just add fresh veg and a protein.

This is not a sponsored post, I just saw the kits in the supermarket and though I’d give it a go and I’m glad I did. 

Cheers - Joolz xx

Monday, November 27, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fabric Christmas decorations...


Last Saturday, I set about making some Christmas decorations...


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You can view the clip to make the 
Christmas Tree Ornament here...

You can view the clip to make the
Cathedral Window Ornament here...if I can make this, anyone can!  This one’s a prototype and a bit rough - I’ll be making more to perfect them!

Cheers - Joolz xx




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where did that week go?...


I found this little dude in Target... $10 ... I couldn't just leave him there, could I?

I've promised Brianna I'll cook her a big cookie at Christmas time...

Now, Thursday was something else!  Tuesday it was warm, Wednesday it was 35C and muggy and Thursday it was ... 12C!!! It blew a gale and rained all day and it was freezing!  I do not know what is going on with our spring weather!

Chow mien to warm the cockles....

Santa admiring my blue jug and Bonica roses...

Waiting, waiting...I had to get a car wheel aligned in MtG so to kill time I visited Spotlight -yay! 50% off all Christmas fabric and notions.  I had lunch at a new to me place - Little Saigon.  Lots of lovely food in the cabinets so I'll be going back there.  It's hard to get a park in the main street when you want to get lunch so this place will be great.  Very good coffee and the ham and cheese sambo was delish too!

Friday morning, we had this mist...



I spied this saucer for sale on the Blue & White Obsession Australia Buy Sell Drool site.  I have a matching mug so it became mine!
Trialing sourdough again...


I bought this very nice loaf pan - it will be handy for break baking, potato bakes, pasta dishes...

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These succulents are a bit of an obsession of mine...the display keep growing!  I buy one succulent and plant out the free babies...

I couldn't pass up this lovely bowl...

We're heading overseas next year and I am thinking something like these boots will be good for walking (not hiking)...

My Soul Sister rose...
Standard Bonica

Garden at our local Bowling Club...


Walking through our parklands this morning.  Green grass everywhere!
Cutting through the skate park.  We walked 3.33kms today and 3.28kms yesterday...The mornings are warm and I am a ball of sweat when I get home!

I made a batch of natural yoghurt this morning...


It'll be ready tonight...
What have you been up to?

Cheers - Joolz xx

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