April 2019 Archives

Cheese Twists

| | Comments (0)

Moving on through the puff pastry experiments ;)

For this one I only used parmesan (some Millel shredded stuff, and some other stuff we'd frozen before we went on holidays).  I think I should probably have used tasty and/or pizza blend as well, as the end result of these was a little dry.

Top a sheet of puff pastry with cheese

Cheese twists

Put another layer of puff pastry on top.  The recipe I followed suggested using a rolling pin to flatten the layers and cheese together.  Not sure it really made any difference, they separated as soon as I touched them anyway.  I've still got the plastic backing on here to make that easier.

Cheese twists

Cut into ~2cm strips (eight strips worked nicely here)

Cheese twists

Twist!

Cheese twists

Top with some more parmesan cheese (I used some powdered stuff) becauce you can never have too much cheese.  I would have basted these with a little milk, but we were out! Gasp!  The recipe called for basting these with a beaten egg to make them go golden, but probably would have made quite a mess hehe.

Cheese twists

Bake at ~175C for fifteen minutes.

Cheese twists

Yum!  But like I said, a little dry.

Cheese twists

Temporada

| | Comments (0)

For our anniversary this year the sweetie took me out to dinner to Temporada in Civic.  They brought us the menu but then said we could do the chef's special, which was seven courses chosen by the chef, for $80pp.  Sounded good to us, so that's what we did.  Not that what they brought out was actually on the menu we saw.  Some stuff was, other stuff was on the online chef's menu, or the online dinner menu, which was different again to the paper menu we got at the beginning.  Shrug.

Starting with bread and olives.  Those olives were delicious and the bread was very soft, a lot softer than you'd expect for a dark bread.  These featured on the online chef's menu.

Temporada bread and olives

Next up was "gruyere fritters".  Crunchy and cheesy and yummmm.  Not found on any of the menus, but closest was found on the paper menu we got.

Temporada gruyere fritters

Anchovy toast (one's missing because the sweetie had already grabbed it).  I hate anchovies so Stu had mine off the top, the rest was nice enough.  Again not featured on any of the menus.  Closest to the online dinner menu, but this had lettuce hearts or something, not tomato and olives.

Temporada anchovy toast

Straciatella, probably off the online dinner menu.  This was cold, I think I would have preferred it warm (if you're going to have gooey cheese it should be warm, my opinion ;) ).

Temporada straciatella

Kangaroo tartar (sorry for the blurry photo).  This was on our paper menu, although not sure if it had horseradish?  Think I would have noticed that.  Quite nice, and I ended up mixing some of it with the straciatella which improved both dishes I thought.

Temporada kangaroo tartar

Ricotta tortellini, found on both our paper menu and the online dinner menu.  Delicious, as testified by all that lovely oil ;)

Temporada ricotta tortellini

Beef flat iron, found on our paper menu.  So awesome!

Temporada beef fillet

Broccolini with mallorquina butter, also found on our paper menu.  That "butter" was great on the broccolini.

Temporada broccolini

White chocolate mousse, not found on any of the menus.  A lovely end to the meal.

Temporada white chocolate mousse

We really enjoyed the meal, although it's very expensive (just looking at the prices of individual dishes hurts haha).  Good for a special occasion though.

So Monday.  Day four of our break.  But I didn't get anything much done around the house because I spent the morning getting organised to go to the club.  Made some cheese twists for lunch before heading out.  The previous owners of the van left a lot of kitchen stuff and tools behind which is great, but *all* the cupboards were full of stuff, with no free space to put any of our stuff.  Got a bit overwhelmed by it on Monday afternoon.  And it poured with rain.  A lot.  Had some leftovers we'd brought for dinner, and watched the start of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on tv, but went to bed before it finished.

Clouds over Bungendore

Dark clouds

Tuesday I spent pretty much the whole day cleaning out the cupboards and reorgansing everything so it fitted into the cupboards more logically, and left most of the big cupboard free for our stuff.  Did a couple of loads of washing up to wash stuff in the drawers and some of the cookware.  Felt a lot happier with things by the end.  Although still nowhere good to store food.  D&I fired up the fire in the oasis, so we had a beer with them which was nice.  Tried out the bbq.  It doesn't light with the lighter thingie, but runs ok if you light it.  Cooked some sausages for dinner and we had a nice bottle of 2011 shiraz I got in 2014.

Beer by the fire

Fire

First bbq at the new van

Wednesday morning we came home.  Thanks to Tony though for taking our bins out - they'd been collected by the time we got home, and the recycling bin in particular would have been a disaster if we'd missed the pickup.  Cooked some pizza scrolls for lunch.  In the afternoon cleared/cleaned the middle shelf of the pantry and the two drawers under the oven.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner, watched Homeland and From Russia With Love.

Didn't do much Thursday.  Did some photo filing in the morning, then headed over to Chrissie's for a bbq for lunch.  James was in town, first time I'd seen him in twenty five years, with Anita, and Susannah and Rob were there too.  So it was quite the family gathering for them.  And then they got out all the family photos that survived the bushfire (as an aside, Como Presbyterian Church reopened twenty three years ago on this day as I type this, same day as Port Arthur massacre.. moving on..).  David and Kat came over late in the afternoon and we had lamb roast and started a 2000 piece jigsaw.

Balls!

BBQ at Chrissie's

Friday Stu went to work.  David pulled apart our bedroom fan light which had died a couple of months ago.  We'd gotten a new bulb but it hadn't worked either.  Turns out the ballast had gone.  Someone let the smoke out.  This fan light had been installed in November 2008.  A "Brilliant" branded fan light we got from Bunnings.  Don't do that people.  We never could get a replacement light for it.  The last one we got was a much smaller T4 bulb because we couldn't find any the right size.  Pretty sure that was in April 2014.  So instead of trying to replace the ballast and not get a bulb that fitted anyway, we decided to get a similar sized LED oyster light and mount that instead.  It looks slightly odd, but works just fine and cheaper than a whole new fan light.  Most awesomest brother ever!

Bedroom fan light replaced

So that was done in the morning and we were like.. now what?  D/K went out for a wander round Canberra and I got stuck into cleaning out the "gardening" corner of the garage.  Too many spiders and other disgustingness for my liking.  D/K gave me a lift into town later where I met up with the sweetie for a drink and dinner for our anniversary (and they went off and did their own thing).  We went to Temporada and had quite a delicious, if very expensive, dinner.

Drink with the sweetie

Canberra at night

Stu at Temporada

Canberra tram at night

Actew teeth cones things

Saturday and David couldn't help himself, he wanted to replace our ancient fluoro kitchen/family room light fittings with LED ones.  So a trip to Bunnings (where it was decided against getting the "Brilliant" branded ones, even though they looked nice because a) Bunnings staff couldn't/wouldn't get the panel of test lights turned on to look at them, and b) they're Brilliant branded, which we've already established seems to be non-standard anyway), and then a trip to Project Lighting.  Got some flat round lights that don't quite cover up the old holes, so we'll need to sand/bog/paint that at some point.

Old kitchen lights

Pulling off the old lights

New kitchen lights

We did one of the lights in the morning, then headed out to the club to show D/K the new van (and get out of Stu's way as he was trying to study).  Had a bbq out there (we really need a new gas cylinder), then came home again, and David replaced the other light.  Had pizza for dinner, watched Goldfinger, and finished the big jigsaw.  Pretty good effort for two days. 

Sunday D/K went home and I spent the day coming to terms with the end of my holiday :(  Tidied up a lot of the house, did two loads of linen washing, got some holiday blog entries online, got some kiev balls from the shops and cooked those for dinner, watched Brooklyn 99 and Death in Paradise.

Ten days is not enough time off.  I really need those three month holiday I used to get when I was at uni... *sigh* ....

The other week Connor made a batch of these and they were pretty good, even cold the next day.  So bought some puff pastry last time we went shopping and I made these yesterday.  They were epic awesome.

Take one sheet of puff pastry and spread vegemite on it.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Add cheese.  I used a mix of regular shredded and pizza blend.  Probably just use the tasty next time, it melts a little less.  Also, probably should have left like half an inch at the end without cheese to make it easier to join up the edge to the next layer down.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Roll tightly.  I probably didn't roll tightly enough.  Move bits of cheese out of the way and pinch it shut so they don't unroll.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Cut into 12 pieces and lay on a non-stick baking tray.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Add more cheese.  Because you can never have too much cheese.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Bake at about 175C for fifteen minutes.  Yeah maybe didn't need all that extra cheese..

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

So good!!

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

As a side note: don't use the crappy "liner" paper you can get from your local shop.  Invest in the good stuff people.  Or even the Coles branded stuff.  This stuff is $#!+

Crappy baking paper

Monday we got home a bit late which left me a little stressed because I need to do All The Things on Mondays, in addition to a backup I was meant to run on the weekend but never did.  I thought it was going to talk all night because I'd done a heap of moving files around, which means robocopy would then have to delete/recopy everything.  But in the end I moved them around on the disk first so it was pretty quick.  I ran Spacemonger over the disk and it added up 1.3 million files in 51000 folders.  Freaky.  We also started watching Brooklyn 99.  Stu has actually seen it all through before but suggested watching it anyway.  Not a bad show.  A bit silly but a bit of fun.  But.  KEEP THE DAMNED CAMERA STILL!!  It's got the whole Modern Family can't-keep-the-damned-camera-still thing going on which I HATE.  It's even worse than Discovery's damned lens flare.  

Must be mother's day soon..
Chrysanthemums

Tuesday had the club committee meeting here so I half listened in while labelling photos (1/3 way through w00t!).  Also baked a Yum! Delicious! cake which all got eated.

The neighbour's ducks
Neighbour's ducks

Hey sucker!
Sucking catfish

Wednesday I was surprised to find an actual light meal at the Labor Club, so didn't end up stuffing myself silly.  Because for dinner we went to Dumpling Inn with Hannah to talk Harry Potter.

Labor Club caesar salad
Labor Club Caesar Salad

Dumpling Inn
Dumpling Inn

Thursday night I swear it actually got warmer as the evening progressed.  We made the most of one of the last mild evenings of the season.  At home, Stu ordered extra large pizzas for dinner hrmmm.  Then afterwards had a drink with Kit and Pete and played a game of Kismet (I won, w00t!).  The fact they are 130km away is irrelevant.

Friday we Marie Kondo-ed our clothes.  We actually pulled everything out and put it all out on the bed.  My pile was somewhat bigger than I thought it would be, but nowhere near as big as some of the piles we saw on the show.  Finished watching the Desolation of Smaug, then watched Thor Ragnarok which is a bit of fluff (reviewers either completely loved or completely hated it).  We'd seen Dr Strange so knew who he was, but not sure if there were other references we didn't get, on account of only seeing a few MCU films (it's creeping up - have seen Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2, Dr Strange, now this).

Saturday just bits and pieces.  Did a Bunnings run (no tubs in the size/style I wanted that weren't crap).  Spent some time Marie Kondo-ing the linen cupboard.  Finally sorted out the wine that's been making a mess under the house - consolidated boxes (down to about 7.5 boxes now) so it's all a bit more organised.  Watched the Battle of the Five Armies.  Just as dumb as I remembered it.

Today spent some time in the garage in the morning, but barely made a dent.  Made some cheese and vegemite scrolls for lunch which were pretty awesome.  Marie Kondo-ed three shelves in the pantry in the afternoon.  Roast chicken for dinner, Discovery (finishing up season 2), and Dr No, which I haven't seen in ages.

I wasn't able to get my blog online for much of our last holiday because the internet on the Queen Mary 2 is practically unusable.  Even when we got to New York, I had better things to be doing than trying to catch up.  So only the first six days are online.  When I got home the focus was on processing photos, and now I'm busy labelling (have finished day 14, and a third of the photos done).  But I've also been choosing and uploading photos for the blog entries, and have finished those first six days.  So they're online at http://kazza.id.au/north_atlantic_2018/  

From now on the new entries will go up with pictures.  If you have a feed reader you can subscribe to http://kazza.id.au/north_atlantic_2018/atom.xml, or check every so often, or just wait until I'm done, hopefully in the next few months, when I'll let you know.

Queen Mary 2 in New York

Notre Dame

| | Comments (1)

I woke up to the news this morning that Notre Dame in Paris had burnt down.  But looking at pictures tonight it looks like the fire was largely contained to the roof, and the interior stone roof is still intact in large chunks.  It will need some pretty significant repairs as heat stress can damage even stonework, but it doesn't seem as bad as I first thought.

I visited Notre Dame in 2012.  I was by myself after touring Israel, Jordan and Egypt with the parents, and six days by myself in London.  I had two and a half days in Paris and generally hated the place.  Oh sure the city itself was beautiful and I saw *lots* and walked *lots* (one day setting an all time pedometer record of 38450 steps in one day), but I couldn't stand the tourists.  And the queues.  Queues and tourists and more queues and more tourists.  And mainly because they were generally rude tourists.  I never had any problems with the locals, and if the French have a reputation of being rude to tourists, I'm sure for the most part it's because the tourists completely deserved it.  I think if I went back to Paris I'd enjoy it more if I didn't do anything "touristy".  I did tick off a major bucket list item though (going to the top of the Eiffel Tower).  

I actually saw Notre Dame all three days I was there.  These photos are going to focus on the roof and interior.  Most of the exterior, it seems, will be fine (we can hope!!).

First up in the afternoon I arrived, I wandered past while getting a lay of the Paris land.

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Those copper statues had been removed prior to the renovation, so they were saved.
Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

The next day I went up the Eiffel Tower and a whole heap of other things (this was the 38450 step day).  I made it back to Notre Dame around 16:30 and went inside this time.

Notre Dame in 2012

Stained glass windows in Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Roof of Notre Dame

Notre Dame in 2012

My last day was also quite busy, but not as busy as the day before.  I stopped by Notre Dame in the morning because the sun was out (sort of) and it looked pretty.

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Time

| | Comments (2)

I need more of it.  Everything takes longer to do than it should, and there's just not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

Pretty standard week.  Busy in parts, not busy in others.  Fun and games with failed hardware, but did get dual nics working on the mail server in the new environment (well Connor did the hard bit, I fiddled with the server config).

Thursday the return of the vomit pizza!  Well not quite, but it does have a cheesy sauce base.

Vomit pizza redux

Also, as it turns out, I never posted a photo of the original vomit pizza.  This was taken in August 2017.  OMFG it looks disgusting but it was sooo good ;)

Vomit pizza

Saw this Friday morning which made us lol

Poo carters

Friday came home a little early.  Started watching He's Just Not That Into You which was a bit of fluff, kinda reminded me of Love Actually where everyone is connected to everyone else.  When the sweetie got home we had leftovers and started watching The Desolation of Smaug.  Way too long a movie and we ditched it with still a little over an hour to go and went to bed.

Saturday morning catching up on house stuff.  Then headed out to the club.  Where we accidentally bought a new van.  Which is about five times the size of our last van (actually probably even bigger).

New van

New van

New van

New van

New van

Then back home, and straight out again, to EffanC's for drinks and cheese on one of the last warm days of the season.  Had dinner of one of C's amazing salads.  So all very nice.  Except the drama.  Don't like drama.  Dropped in to see Annie and the kids and Daisy for a bit as well.

Saturday night/Sunday morning woke up around midnight and didn't get back to sleep til after 4am :(  So was a bit of a zombie today.  I thought I'd do a little Lego picking (finish picking the six sets I started this week) til maybe lunch time, then tackle the todo list.  Except I was still going strong on the picking by dinner time and I'd done like ZERO things on my todo list :(  Well other than finish watching He's Just Not That Into You.  And I did pull out some periwinkle and load the green bin.  Kit called just before dinner asking if I'd be a bridesmaid, which is very exciting (Audrey was going to find it too difficult, living in another country and all).  Roasted some potatoes and had those with leftover chicken and watched Discovery.

How do you stop windoze 10 just forcing a patching reboot whenever it damned well feels like it???  HATE Microsoft.  More time taken out of my evening trying to get back into everything it shut down.

Now just need to find some time to breathe....

Flamin

| | Comments (0)

Tuesday Neil and I had dinner at Pho Hub.  I had flaming chicken with hoisin sauce.  And it really was flaming!  Neil had his usual.

Pho Hub

Pho Hub flaming chicken

Then we went and saw The Lego Movie 2.

Wednesday night was a trivia night.  We won.  Again.  The organisers could have done with a little more practise, or at least have someone like Doc vet it all to save arguments with the crowd hehe.  The first three rounds were pretty tough, but the second three rounds were somewhat easier.  We did well with our Joker (double points) round, but annoyingly, not all rounds were worth the same.  Some were out of 10, others up to 12.5.  hrmmmm.

Thursday a bunch of us went to Chompy's for lunch.  I had the Iron Mikee.

Chompy's Iron Mikee

In the evening we saw the episode of Fuller House where the kids go to the prom.  So then I watched the episode from 1993 where DJ and Steve go to their prom.  Silly really.

Friday Annie had her appendix out.  Must be contagious!  In the evening we watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  After enjoying it at the movies because my expectations had been lowered, this time I felt a lot more like the reviewers that said it was way too long.  It's kinda tedious watching movies that are just massive cgi-fests.

Saturday morning was just house stuff.  At lunch we went out and got a new light for the bedroom fan light.  Had lunch at Yat Bun Tong, but couldn't face shopping at Coles in the mall so went off to Jamo to do food shopping.  When we finally got home it was pretty much time to make dinner.  The other week I'd made up a tomato sauce with a big batch of Kit's tomatoes.  So made a bechamel sauce and made up a big lasagna (from Lana's recipe).  It turned out quite well (looks a little overdone, prolly should have covered with foil for some of the cooking).

Kit lasagna

Kit lasagna

A little while later Kit and Pete came over.  They'd come up to see her brother and family before they went back to Germany, and came back to our place to stay the night.  They had some of the lasagna which seemed kind of appropriate, and we chatted and watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail and went to bed a whole lot later than I wanted to.  But I did manage to sleep in til 8am old time, 7am new time, so that was fine.

Spent way way way too long picking parts for five Lego sets today.  This whole process is going to take *forever* :(

Kit and Pete eventually went home.  Was feeling a little lost this arvo.  Cooked a nice roast dinner though, and we watched Fuller House (bringing us to the end of season 4) and Discovery.  

Also, that light we bought:  didn't work.  So don't know if it's the light or the fitting or a seemingly non-existent starter.  Very upsetting.

Lego Movie 2 posterLast Tuesday night Neil and I went to see The Lego Movie 2.

It was ok.

I mean sure it was a bit of fun.

But it was a bit more disjointed and didn't seem to flow as well.

I did recognise what's his name's hair (won't give any other info because spoilers).

They made fun of the catchy song from the first movie with a new "catchy" song.  That was so catchy I couldn't remember it by the end of the movie.  Definitely not as memorable as the first one.

I think they should have sung Everything is Awful instead of Everything's Not Awesome.  That's what I do hehe.

For Tony

| | Comments (0)

Can you figure out what this is?  Answer in extended post ;)

Crossy

Crossy

Stikeez!!

| | Comments (0)

I wasn't going to collect these things.  I didn't collect the Little Shop things.  Fiona got some Stikeez while she was here and took them home.  But then Stu got given a couple with petrol, so I thought stuff it, and got them whenever we went to Coles.  I took the duplicates to work and left them lying around.  Then Connor brought in some, including the glow-in-the-dark cucumber, and the display box.  So it was on.  I took any I got into work.  We put the uniques into the display box and left the duplicates out for trading (although some people just came and took them without giving us any in return :( ).  Quite a few people contributed, we traded a few to get missing ones, and by the other week we had ALL THE STIKEEZ!!  Even the four "rare special" ones.  Of course we didn't get the Golden Banana, that was never gonna happen heh.

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez Complete Collection

Coles Stikeez rare specials

What I didn't know until the end of all this, was that Stikeez are nothing new.  In fact there's all sorts of series of them out there.  Silly really.

Canberra Day I woke up half an hour earlier than I normally would and headed in to see the balloons.

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

2019 Canberra Balloon Fiesta

Neil was wrangling the Square when I went to visit him, rather than cooking, although he did switch to cooking later in the week.

Quite a busy quarter.

I came across this one that had just been started on the Queen Mary 2 at the beginning of the year.  I stayed and finished the whole thing, with another dude for some of it, before lunch on New Years Day.

Ocean Liners jigsaw

And now for a whole series of jigsaws from the club office cleanout.

This one had fourteen pieces missing.  I'm usually willing to put a note in the jigsaw for future users, but fourteen was a bit excessive so threw it out.

Time to Go jigsaw

A tiny little jigsaw (under 200 pieces) I did very quickly one evening.

Traditional Narrowboats jigsaw

Life on the Farm, another single-evening jigsaw.

Life on a Farm jigsaw

1933 Leyland Fire Engine

1933 Leyland Fire Engine jigsaw

This Goosebumps one glowed in the dark.

Goosebumps jigsaw

But the glow faded very very quickly it was so old.

Goosebumps jigsaw

And then I had my appendix out.  Sitting wasn't too uncomfortable so I could do smaller jigsaws where I didn't have to stand up to lean over to reach pieces.  This also glowed in the dark but I forgot and dismantled it before it got dark.

Unicorn jigsaw

Another few fun little ones.

Sporting Dogs jigsaw

Disney jigsaw

Thomas the Tank Engine jigsaw

Ten days after surgery I was able to face bigger jigsaws again.  Of course I started with a very tough jigsaw.  Annoyingly the pieces were badly cut.  Not only had they not all been separated properly, but the cut was so similar you could have the piece be "correct" on two sides, but still be wrong.  Very frustrating, especially with all the very similar green at the bottom and blue at the top.

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Struggling on..

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Finally finally finished.  If it hadn't been so horrible I may have kept it, as I'm still vaguely interested in getting a keeper jigsaw for Neuschwanstein.  Here is also where I started using Office Lens to de-keystone the photos.

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Egeskov Castle Denmark jigsaw

This looks small but is actually huge.  It's labelled as a floor puzzle and each piece is about 10cm square.  It glowed in the dark too but the glow lasted for like a second before completely fading.

Trex jigsaw

A couple now my brother brought over at some point.  The first is a fairly horrible one of the Grand Canyon.  The building and sky were easy enough but the whole lower half is just trees and snow.  Tough going.

Grand Canyon jigsaw

Grand Canyon jigsaw

Grand Canyon jigsaw

And this one of Hautefort Castle, France.  That green was pretty tough.

Hautefort Castle France jigsaw

This one has been downstairs forever.  It may have come from when we cleared out Mum's place.  It's 1500 pieces, and there's a *lot* of blue, so it was looking like it'd be quite tough.

Seafarer jigsaw

Seafarer jigsaw

The water and ship were (relatively) easy.

Seafarer jigsaw

But here's where I started cheating.  The jigsaw had been cut in two, then one side was rotated 180 degrees and then both pieces were cut into 750 pieces.  Meaning identical halves.

Seafarer jigsaw

Which you could literally put on top of each other and then it was a hundred times easier to find the next piece of sky you were looking for.

Seafarer jigsaw

The pieces all had "twins", so once I was done with all the pieces that I could by laying them atop each other, I paired up the pieces, and then only had to "half" the jigsaw.  You'd put the piece in one side, and put its twin in the same place on the other side.

Seafarer jigsaw

And presumably a previous owner had decided all that sky was way too hard and drew blue and red lines all over the sky with pens.  That sure did make pieces easier to find!

Seafarer jigsaw

But they didn't know about the pieces having "twins".  And a couple of times they got it wrong.  See the pieces and far left and right just below and above centre.  They're darker blue here.

Seafarer jigsaw

But lighter blue here.  So they had it wrong before drawing lines all over it.

Seafarer jigsaw

Finally finshed.

Seafarer jigsaw

This one I got from the Green Shed last time I was there.  The box said it had 6 missing pieces.  It actually had 9 missing pieces.

Fairyland jigsaw

And another one from the Green Shed.  The pieces of this were very small, so the whole jigsaw was quite small too.

Playful pandas jigsaw

And that's that for first quarter!

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

Kazza the Blank One home