Sunday, 31 October 2010

Use what you have got...


So, what do you do with a Mince Pie that is in the shops TWO MONTHS before it is needed?

Turn it into a Halloween spider, of course.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Oh great!


Simon missed his bus to work this morning. I get the phone call - can I drive him to work?

I'm his Dad, of course I will.

So, un-shaved, un-showered, hair in disarray, I drive him to his work.

And who pulls up beside us at the lights? The Chemistry Lab Manager!

When I see her on Monday I will tell her I was trialling a Halloween costume.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Bad Hair Day.


Cooking 1.
Made fresh pasta for starter last night and left one portion of it to cook today to take for tomorrow's lunch. May not have been a good idea - seems to have developed split ends. A fair bit broke off and fell on the bench, but it is all cooked up now, awaiting a sauce.

Cooking 2.
Mangoes are cheap - made mango chutney.

Cooking 3.
Made the Christmas cake. Well, more correctly, am making the Christmas cake - it is in the oven as I type.

Friday, 22 October 2010

My brain, revisited.


I published this photo a few weeks back but my brain continues to flower and looks even more symmetrically beautiful from above:

Sunday, 17 October 2010

No miracles here.


The Australian media is in a 'bite its own leg off' frenzy over the impending canonisation of Sister Mary MacKillop.

It is happening as I type. The canonisation, not the self-legectomy.

As an atheist and the son of a man who carried the mental (and physical) scars of mistreatment by Catholic nuns for all of his life, it can't be over soon enough.

At least he wasn't in the care of Catholic priests.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Father of the Bride?


Having three sons, I never expected to be father of the bride.

But today I had the honour, and fun, of giving away Yukari, a lovely Japanese girl with no family in Australia.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Spring is really here!


The wisteria resumes it's duty - to hide the front water tank.

Love daisies of all sorts - always fascinates me that they are really a bunch of tiny flowers.

With irises, violas, pansies, wisteria, bluebells and honesty, there is a strong purple theme in the front garden.

Quinces have the most delicate pink flower.

A jasmine has found its way into the cumquat and thinks I haven't noticed.

And, and my brain is in flower!

Broad Beans, for Celia.


Lush & happy. Pods still small - abt 5cm - but warmth and water should do the trick.