Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Around here

Around here I have just come back from my first 9 day holiday in years.  I flew to Perth to visit my sister and meet my niece's first baby who was 4 weeks old when I arrived.  I was staying with my sister so every morning we took the dog for a walk and had a coffee at a local coffee shop and in the evenings we took him for another walk.  In between we went to cuddle the new baby and take my niece out as she couldn't drive for 6 weeks.  I just loved spending time with my sister and her grown up kids.  She moved to Perth about 38 years ago and comes back to Brisbane every couple of years to catch up and we have visited over the years however I haven't been to Perth for 17 years and hadn't been on a plane in over 8 years so it was very exciting for me to go on this trip.  We are actually going back in a few months time as my nephew is getting married.  We were booked to go for my nieces wedding 3 years ago before the world shut down.

We went to Cottesloe Beach and had a swim a couple of days as it was very hot towards the end of the trip and the beginning it was a little windy and cold.  Mostly it was coffees out and family time which I love.  I took a roll of film while I was there so I will need to get it developed next week.  Here's a few photos of my trip and the new baby.

My sister and I at a cafe at Hillary's Boat Harbour.

Toby wondering why I have my camera in his face.... he's so cute.
He's like Billy who we mind for my friend however he has longer legs so is a bit taller.

My niece with her new baby.

My sister is now a Grandmother for the first time.

Not a great photo of this as there was too much refection and the colours aren't true to life but you get the idea.  When my niece was born 31 years ago I did this cross stitch for her and got it framed and took it to Perth to give to my sister for her first baby.  As you know cross stitch takes hours and hours and I only did one for her first child and not the other 2 however my sister gave it to my niece who has now put it up in her own daughters nursery so this cross stitch is 31 years old next month.  So touched she has put it up and it looks great in the nursery.

How beautiful is this bub.

Yummy fish taco's for lunch.

Meeting the baby for the first time.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Happy New Year 2023

Welcome to 2023 and a Happy New Year to you all.  We had a lovely Christmas which I host at my place and my sisters and I have our things we do each year so it makes they day really easy.  We had our usual leg ham, fresh prawns, bread rolls, Asian Noodle Salad and Pasta Salad followed by Chocolate Plum Pudding and brandy custard and coffee and slices.  It never gets old and we do the same thing every Christmas.  My Aunty makes her biscuit Christmas Tree which always looks great and the biscuits have a hole in the centre and then are threaded onto the dowel like this however there are quite a few on the market so just search for Christmas Cookie Tree.

Someone was asking in the Additive Free Lifestyle group today about recipes for bread using a bread maker so I jumped onto Rhonda's blog from Down to Earth and found a heap of blog posts about her recipes she used when she was making bread with the bread maker.

On the 1st January, 2023 my friend and I are participating in a 21 Day Manifesting Challenge with Gabby Bernstein and in fact we have tickets to see her in Brisbane in May this year which is really exciting.  Each day you get to listen to a 5 minute talk and then do a small task, like write out your desires, everyone was making vision boards and it's such a positive vibe.  I love reading these types of books and reframing your mindset and what better place to start than at the beginning of the year.  I'm claiming it's going to be my best year yet.  This is my vision board that I put together and thought you might like to see it.  I did this in Photoshop however you can do it in a word document, people are using Canva which is free.  I started out with a couple of photos on Saturday and added a few, and tweaked it over a few days and then finalized it on Tuesday with placing the words over the top and now I'm happy.  It makes me happy just looking at it.  I hope you are having a great start to 2023.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Around here - Christmas lights 2022

Only a few more days until Christmas and the kids are working heaps during the holidays however we were all home the other night so we went and saw our favourite Christmas Lights and I took a few photos.  Thanks for popping in and reading my blog whether you leave a comment or not it's great to share recipes and our everyday life on here and have a record of it in years to come.  2023 is going to be an amazing year, bring it on.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Around here

Around here there's one week left of school for 2022 and I will have one child in Senior next year and then we are done with school.  Where does the time go with my first born completing his first year of University.  I haven't taken many photos lately which makes me a bit sad as the kids are off doing their thing most of the time so it's me and the bird.

My veggie garden is full of weeds however I did grow some womboks which the snails also loved.  They are pretty easy to grow and I know around Christmas time Womboks are around $8 each in the supermarkets.  On Christmas Day we make the Noodle salad which is on the back of the Changs Noodle packet and it's always a big hit with our family as in Queensland we have hot Christmas Days.   About 20 years ago we went to a BBQ dinner at a work colleague's place and she made this salad and we have been making it for Christmas every year since. Here's a few photos of late.

Home Grown Wombok

Christmas last year, Noodle Salad in the bowl on the right.

Christmas 2021 lunch.

On Friday I made some Gingerbread Biscuits however I think I will use a different recipe next time as the mixture was a bit dry and also the spices weren't as strong.  They all got eaten so they couldn't have been that bad.

Home made pizza's in the Ovana Pizza Oven and garden salad.  The pizza recipe is incredible.

320gms warm water
1 Teaspoon White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Dried Instant Yeast
350gms 00 flour
150gms Fine Semolina
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
20gms Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Makes 3 pizzas

Sourdough Disguard Crackers.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Around here - Mother Nature

It's that time of the year when in October / November the Christmas Island Red Crabs on Christmas Island all march together towards the ocean for the mating season.  The Christmas Island Red Crab is by far the most obvious of the 14 species of land crabs found on Christmas Island.  It is estimated that there are 40-50 million of these bright red land crabs all over the Island.

Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 kms West of the Australian mainland and 2600 km from Perth,  Although it is an Australian Territory, Christmas Island's nearest neighbour is Indonesia which lies about 350 kms to the North.  The Island is around 500 kms from Jakarta.

In 1958, the Island was excised from Singapore and sovereignty was transferred to Australia.  As part of the transfer, Australia paid Singapore £2,800,000 as compensation for lost phosphate revenue.  Christmas Island became an Australian Territory on 1st October, 1958 - a day still celebrated on the Island as Territory Day.

The Annual Migration To The Ocean

At the beginning of the wet season (usually October / November), most adult Red Crabs suddenly begin a spectacular migration from the forest to the coast, to breed and release eggs into the sea. Breeding is usually synchronized island wide. The rains provide moist overcast conditions for crabs to make their long and difficult journey to the sea. The timing of the migration breeding sequence is also linked to the phases of the moon, so that eggs can be released by the female Red Crabs into the sea precisely at the turn of the high tide during the last quarter of the moon. It is thought that this occurs at this time because there is the least difference between high and low tides. The sea level at the base of the cliffs and on the beaches, where the females release their eggs, at this time varies the least for a longer period, and it is therefore safer for the females approaching the water’s edge to release their eggs. Sometimes there are earlier and later migrations of smaller numbers of crabs but all migrations retain this same lunar rhythm.

The main migration commences on the plateau and can last up to 18 days. Masses of crabs gather into broad “streams” as they move toward the coast, climbing down high inland cliff faces, and over or around all obstacles in their way, following routes used year after year for both downward and return migrations. Movement peaks in the early morning and late afternoons when it is cooler and there is more shade. If caught in open areas, in unshaded heat, the crabs soon lose body water and die.

Here is a 5 minute video of the Crabs and the Parks & Wildlife Officer showing you their journey to the ocean.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Around here - Birthday Tradition

Although my Birthday was in September here are the 2022 Birthday Photos.  This tradition has been going for 17 years and is a favourite of my photo projects.

Here are the 16 years of photos from 2006 onwards.