March 2012 Archives

Badger, Badger

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Saw this amazing mushroom growing on a nature strip the other day ..

Mushroom

Morks, Florey

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Went to Morks in Florey tonight with Tony, Heather and Jess.  Sooo good but omigosh am I full now!!

Before entree they brought out one of these each - papadum with lettuce and satay sauce - yum!!
Morks, Florey
Angel prawns
Morks, Florey
Pork balls
Morks, Florey
I had "Duck" - Duck Maryland, slow cooked in spices then fried, red curry sauce, lychee and tomatoes, crispy rice cakes, crisped basil leaves.
This dish was fantastic - great duck, those rice cakes were amazing, and the deep fried basil leaves - translucent and chewy and all kinds of awesome.
Morks, Florey
They also brought us out a little scoop of lychee gelato, which was just nice, because we were all too full for dessert, but this was a lovely finish.
Morks, Florey
The place was totally booked out - you have to reserve a table days in advance.  Would definitely go back!

Post Trivia Night and still super busy with stuff.  Highlight of the past week was the Canberra Airport Open Day.  Will try and get some photos online soon ... 
Well that's what someone said.  Two people actually.  Or something that effect.  

Which is nice :)

Cause at first I thought everything was too easy.  Then I thought everything was too hard.  Probably an ok mix.

Biggest fails were the Google Doodles (too easy) and the Celebrity Birth Names (too hard).  And those big filler rounds were a pain to mark!

Anyways .. until next time... hrmmmm... :)
You know I've been extremely busy when I haven't posted any photos in nearly two weeks :(

I finished my Saturday todo list at 1:20pm this afternoon.  Which left nowhere near enough time to get everything done today that I wanted to.  

I did make good progress on the trivia night preparations.  A lot less to do over the next couple of nights that I was fearing I'd have to.  

Alas it means that I don't have any UK photos to post :(  Maybe later in the week I'll be able to catch up...
Slow morning, sleep recovery.  Power went off again around 1am.  Decided to finally replace the battery in the UPS.  Which works.  Trialled in anger at another power trip.  Had time to run down and flick the switch.  Think is probably something in the house triggering it.  My bet is a heater in the lounge room fish tank.  This has been disconnected.  So far so good.

Tidied up some of the mess behind the sweetie's computer and thought about rearranging the study.

Other than that, very little work on just about anything.  *sigh*

Eighteen months ago today we drove through Glencoe again (this time in some sunlight), visited the Castle Arrrgghhh (aka Stalker Castle) and then drove through to Lockerbie, visiting the memorial there.
Weird day today.  Next to no sleep, maybe a couple of hours.  Power tripped during the storm.  Got home and reset everything.  Then everything turned off again.  Bit of a bang.  Looked out the window to a little plume of smoke rising into the sky.  Things don't work when people let the smoke out.  So figured out how to open the garage door manually and headed to ANU with Theatre-Buddy-Dave to see Fiddler on the Roof which we'd seen advertised at work.  It was a pretty good production and my legs weren't even too restless.  Parking at ANU is mental.  Was glad I was super early getting out of the house, cause otherwise I would have been super late.. Power wasn't off for too long which was good.  Was half expecting it to still be off.  So that was good.

Eighteen months ago today we explored the Scottish Highlands north and west of Fort William.

Beuller?

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Yeah I got nothing.

Eighteen months ago today we decided to skip Edinburgh completely and do it another time, visited Firth of Forth, Doune aka Swamp Castle and the one with the trojan bunny, Tim the Enchanter, and drove through Glencoe.
Was feeling pretty blah about one of my tasks at work so rebelliously put it aside.  I did learn something new and pretty fundamental to what we do which was pretty cool (and gave me a chance to do more doco - win!).  We also succeeded in getting an SSL FTP connection to work which made me bounce.

Tomorrow I guess I'll go back to the more disagreeable tasks.

Eighteen months ago today we went to Durham cathedral and Alnwick Castle (Hogwarts!!) before heading to Edinburgh.  One of the ultra-rare days where it was sunny all day.

But will it post?

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The disk on my web host is pretty much full.  So I got the photos up from day 17 (stopping at Thirsk to see the James Herriot house/museum, North York moors, Hogsmeade station, and Housesteads Roman fort which was pretty awesome), but no more space for anything more.  Time to backup the blog methinks in case they decide to delete something :/

Edit: someone's been on to clear some files .. 

Struggling..

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Late nights = slow mornings = less productive days = stressed out Kazza .. *sigh*

So yeah, just more UK photos and Trivia night stuff, but didn't really get to anything else on the todo list :(:(

Eighteen months ago today we went to Sherwood Forest and then to York to see the Minster and the Hogwarts Express!
Did get quite a lot done, although it doesn't really feel like it.  Did get a decent walk in, but mostly spent the whole day sorting UK photos.

Speaking of which, eighteen months ago today we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and out to dinner with Di and Nick.

One year ago since the great earthquake and tsunami in Japan ... :(


Home all day doing housework (the sunlight was calling me to do some washing), UK photo sorting, and trivia night planning.  Out tonight to Mishi's for a games night.  Bit smaller than usual.  Played some Carcassonne (came second), Seafarers of Catan (came second) and Pictionary (came first with L, although game was declared early cause everyone was tired).  

Eighteen months ago today we picked up our hire car and left London.  Stopped first at Runnymede to see the Magna Carta memorial, then went and saw Harry's house from Philosopher's Stone, Henley on Thames for a beer, and out to Leavesden to see where Harry caught the Knight Bus and see the outside of Leavesden Studios.

Keeping Busy

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Somehow I let the 18-month anniversaries of our UK trip sneak up on me, which means instead of using the six months to select photos for the blog, I really haven't done any of it.  Which means I'm just as rushed now as I was six months ago.  Doh.

Eighteen months ago today I went up the London Eye, Tower Bridge and went into the Tower of London, as well as seeing the first Leaky Cauldron!
A while back DC put me onto a BBC podcast - "A History of the World in 100 Objects" which is all about world history told through 100 objects found in the British Museum.  It's a cool podcast, but even cooler when I realise they're talking about objects I've seen!  Next time I'm there I'm going to try and find more of the objects.

So it's kind of appropriate that tonight I mention that it was exactly eighteen months ago today that we were at the British Museum :)

Ardeche

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The sweetie and I went to Ardeche in Civic for dinner tonight.  We were the only ones there, except for the crowd from the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club :)

The sweetie

Started off with some garlic bread which was pretty average :/

Ardeche
The sweetie had a special - North African style chicken with dates, lemon and chick peas served with couscous and minted yoghurt ($26.50)

Ardeche
I had "Escalope de veau avec moutare et crème" ($32) - Veal escalope coated in French mustard, pan-fried and flambé in brandy, served with a creamy wine sauce and a sweet potato Lyonaise.  The veal was soo tender and tasty and there was heaps of lovely creamy sauce.  Yum!!

Ardeche
Some token veggies

Ardeche

We decided to have some dessert.  

The sweetie had Tarte Tatin 

Ardeche
And I had Crème Caramel

Ardeche

Lovely meal and evening :)

The sweetie

Apart from doing some shopping/errands yesterday morning and going to Annie's last night after dinner, didn't really do much this weekend (other than a heap of stuff that needed doing around the place at home).

And just cause I've got nothing else interesting, here's some clouds from the other week..

Cool clouds

So we were watching DamCam all day yesterday.  And Mark Sullivan's tweets.  The old Cotter Dam disappeared underwater, and the new one looked like it was going to overflow.

So I had to go see of course :)

New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill

Scrivener was also going hard

Scrivener Dam overspill
Scrivener Dam overspill

This was Ginninderra Creek yesterday morning.  Normally this creek is about a metre wide.

Ginninderra Creek Flooding

And a wombat.  Cause it's cool.

Wombat

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