Results tagged “Flowers” from Kazza the Blank One

Plants and Animals

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A bunch more photos taken during the year that needed blogging..

One of Kit's brown frogs.  She had two or three of them that she'd had for years, and they died almost at the same time, she has no idea why..
Kit's brown frog

Curious George..
Curious George

Happy flower!
Happy flower

Petal snow!
Petal snow

Poppy
Poppy

Teeny teeny bug at the Christmas party last week
Teeny bug

No news is.. no news?

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Nothing much of note to report lately.  

Had a weekend at the club for one of the long weekends.  Stu worked on his assignment and Heather, Lynn and I cleaned out the office.  It looks sooo much better now!

Club office

Had a bit of a walk last week to try and get the step count up.  Saw cool skies and fairy rings of flowers and swanlings.

Fairy ring of flowers

Ominous clouds

Swanlings

Had a dinner with the sweetie at Pappa Rich in town last week which was nice enough.

Pappa Rich

Pappa Rich

Popped into Kit's when we got home.  Chloe was there with her new iPhone 7 which does take pretty good low light photos

iPhone 7 photo

Last weekend had a dinner at EffanC's and Scott came too and we just chatted all evening which was nice.

Other than that, I finished sorting Lego and picking out pieces for all the sets.  Now I'm putting them all together.  Fun times.

Day 1

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So last night we were all set to just have a quiet night at home with just the two of us.  I set out a spread of snack food that was to be our dinner/evening snacks and we sat down to watch an episode of House.

NYE spread

Then Kit messaged us.  Did we want to come down.

Heh.

So we went down, and then she invited Camilla and David over, and we were chatting for a while then invited Grant down as well.  And later on Chris and Zac came up.  So it was a lovely little neighbourhood party :)

Watched the fireworks at midnight, and stayed up chatting (well some of us did heh) for quite a while.

NYE fireworks

Today was fairly quiet.  Hid in the house from the sun most of the day, only going out to feed Annie's cat.  Did a bit of holiday planning, but not much house tidying. 

Had a salad for lunch which was offset by the sweetie wanting pizza for dinner.  Whoops.  So much for a healthy start to the year...

I'm missing one of the four baby angels, and another one is looking very sick.  Super sad-making :(

But did you know potato flowers are quite pretty?

Potato flowers

Spring

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Yeah so spring is nearly over.  And I've been accumulating photos to post for months, because I'm a slacker.  Here's a bunch of photos celebrating spring.

Pelicans come inland to breed.  I couldn't see this one's partner though.
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

Dad always called these things swanlings.  Because he was weird.  And I call them that too.  Because I'm weird.
Swanlings

Cherry blossoms!
Cherry blossoms

Dad always called these things ducklets.  Because he was weird.  And I call them that too.  Because I'm weird.
Ducklets

More ducklets

After our Queensland trip I started bringing my lunch into work most days so I could control my sodium intake.  But that left me with the problem of not getting out and about for a bit of a walk.  So for quite a while, Aquila and I were doing Ingress missions to get some exercise.  We ran out of local missions though, so that's fallen by the wayside a little (and me being off sick for a week certainly didn't help).
This was taken on one of the mission days.
Reflections

Same day, different spot
Belconnen panorama

Pictures of daffodils never get old
Daffodil

Saw these mystery flowers on a walk one morning.  No idea what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
Purple flowers

More mystery flowers.  These things are from bulbs and pop up in our yard every spring.  No idea what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
More purple flowers

Usually we associate storms with summer, but we've had more than our fair share of thunderstorms this spring
Storm clouds

Sunflower seedling.  It's quite a bit bigger than that now. 
Sunflower seedling

Wisteria flowers
Wisteria

Poppies!
Poppies

These things only flower for like a *day*, but the plant keeps on pumping out new flowers for several weeks.  They're weeds around our yard, but I can't bring myself to pull them out.
Poppies

Can you believe these photos are taken on a *phone* ???
Poppies

I'm pretty sure I've never seen these flowers in our yard before this year, so no idea where they came from.  Or what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
Mystery flowers

I do like azaleas but I think they take too much water and as such have no place in Canberra.
Azaleas

Irises in our yard
Irises

Mini wombok grown from seed.  Hoping I get to eat it before the bugs do.
Wombok

The poppies are still coming
Poppies

Oh, there you go.  Done.

More backlog clearing

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Just some more photos gathering dust that need blogging.

These were all the dried up paint-by-numbers paints I threw out.  In February.

Paint by numbers paints

This was taken during a walk around Lake Ginninderra. In May.

Belconnen peninsula

Italian thick white hot chocolate in a Hug Mug.  OMFG soooo good!

Hug mug

After a very long lunch to farewell our team as it was, I built this.

Everything is Awesome!

We brought this box of Cadbury Creme Eggs home from Junee with us (they'd been sitting in David's pantry for about five years).  We're still getting through them.

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Stu got kitty snuggles with George

Kitty snuggles

This was my lemon meringue mush a while back.  It tasted great but the recipe needs work.

Lemon meringue mush

Lemon meringue mush

This time I got George (and Petal) snuggles

Me and the menagerie

Holy beer it's your birthday!

Holy Beer

We had a bourbon night a few weeks ago.  They all had fairly unique smells but tasted relatively similar.

Bourbon night

Cute little flowers we saw on the walk up the Owl to complete a mission

Flowers

Awww

Pals

I totally love daffodils

Daffodil

Daffodil

Flowers

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Just some flower pictures that have been sitting in my "to blog" tray for months..

Azaleas in our front garden
Azaleas

Climbing roses by our front door.  Such a lovely thing to open the door to!
Climbing roses

Nasturtiums growing on the back windowsill
Nasturtium

An iris at a cafe in Gundaroo
Iris

White wisteria outside Grazing in Gundaroo
White wisteria

White wisteria

Coreopsis at the top of Mum's street.  I used to call them goldilockses when I was little because I couldn't say coreopsis.  I think I like goldilocks better
Coreopsis

Rose in our front garden
Rose

Since getting home

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Friday night we watched the Bourne Identity.

Saturday I had a fairly productive morning, then we headed out to the club for the afternoon/evening.  Didn't sleep too well - the mattress we have is pretty crap, so kept waking up with a sore spine.

Kranskies

Sunday afternoon we didn't really do much at all.  I did meet the new chickies.

Baby chickies

And we did a *lot* of food shopping..

Big food shop

Big food shop

Big food shop

After dinner (of salmon) I went for a walk to hack some portals and make a field (which is surprisingly still there).  It was a very pleasant time of day to be walking, and there were flowers and the scent of jasmine in the air.  Lovely.

Last night we went to bed early, but I just lay there for hours, not getting to sleep til after midnight :(  So then I woke up at 6am *tired*.  Blah.

But still had a relatively productive day, so that was satisfying.

Climbing roses

Cooked a very evil chicken with cheese and bacon stuffing for dinner - yumm!

Then after dinner we went for a walk around Palmerville.  We also watched the first episode of The Code, which I kept getting distracted over all the Canberra been-theres.

Short Week

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Short but frustrating week last week.  Got chucked in the deep end with a super urgent huge project.. not really sure how we're going to deliver.  There might have been a pub lunch and a couple of after work drinkies to help us survive.

Chrysanthemums

And this is why $2 lightning cables break - they're only held in place by four very thin cables and a little solder.  At least the real ones clamp the cable in place as it comes out of the cord and into the connector..

Fake lightning cable

Saying Goodbye

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Friday night last week while I was still in Sydney, Stu came up from Canberra, and David came over too.  Mum did a lamb roast - yum.  We did some final checks on the reflections slide show and took it up to the church to test it out and make sure it'd work ok.  We also put a good effort in to fix the letter box indicator light switch.  We got pretty close - thinking we just needed a new reed switch to be all done.

Saturday morning was Dad's funeral.  The church was *packed* - standing room only.  The service went well and people laughed at the right places in my slide show.  Sadness when the coffin was taken out.  Was good to see people like Steve Bull and Peter Neve and Barry Smith, as well as various aunties/uncles/cousins and Chris and Jim as well.  There was a light lunch in the hall afterwards which most people stayed for which was nice. 

Dad's coffin

After the funeral, the family type peoples were all invited back to Mum's for a continuation of the wake, and so they could all go through the workshop and garage to see if there was anything they wanted from Dad's hoard.  Some people took a few things which was good.  Then we toasted Dad, somewhat ironically since he was a teetotaller, and some of us proceeded to get quite merry.  We got some chinese for dinner, including Dad's favourite - lemon chicken.  David had another go at fixing the letter box, but while the reed switch worked, there was still another issue with the wiring he couldn't sort out.  Next time!

Mum, Stu, Ken, Jeanine

Chinese for dinner

Mum got seven large bunches of flowers during the week, which made it look like she was opening a florists shop!

Flowers

So goodbye Dad, will see you again in heaven!

Other Fun Stuff

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Just a stack more photos that still haven't made it online..

A truncated dodecahedron I made for a guy at work

Truncated Dodecahedron

George, who jumped onto my seat straight after I got up because it was warm

George takes my seat

Some daffodils out the front

Daffodils

Lego R2-D2 and C-3PO in Myer in Sydney

Lego in Myer

Lego mosaic in Myer in Sydney

Lego in Myer

Sometimes the algae in the pool gets away from me.

Pool

Add flocculent and wait a day for it to settle

Pool

Vaccum to waste - shiny!

Pool

A lovely dragonfly at work that obligingly sat still for us to photograph it

Dragonfly

A ginormous caterpillar - a White-Stemmed Gum Moth

Caterpillar

The Birds!  A huge flock of galahs out the back (this wasn't even all of them)

The Birds

Neil with his brand new car that he got himself for Christmas.  His last car was a Datsun 120Y that he bought new - in 1978!

Neil and his new car

Another Sydney Week

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Sunday morning I headed up to Sydney again.

But instead of visiting Dad straight away we ended up getting invited to Andy R's engagement party.  Which was basically just a family thing that mum got invited to as a good friend of "Aunty" Di's (not my aunty, but that's how my friend Crust (Chris) referred to her as).  Anyways, I've seen Graham and Di many times over the years, but I hadn't seen Andy and Dave (and Suzannah and Robert) in probably close to twenty years.  So it was a little odd (I felt like such a ring-in at a family event), but good to see everyone again.  

Suzannah

Milly and Andy

Then we went off to see Dad.  The butthead he shares a room with got grumpy when we made him turn his tv volume down.  Whatever.  Stayed a little while then went to Aldi to buy mum her first ever sim card, to go with her first ever (brand-new-second-hand) mobile phone.

Mum's phone

Evenings were spent clearing crap out of the garage.  I continue to be astounded by dad's box fetish.  It seemed any box that passed his way he'd keep "for storing things".  So we found boxes and boxes and boxes hidden away and in alcoves.  Not only that, but he used to make little boxes to go in bigger boxes for storing little bits and pieces.  So there's was piles and piles of cardboard, some of it already cut up and ready to be folded into little boxes.

Boxes of boxes

We are starting to feel somewhat overwhelmed by it all.  We've been at it for weeks but it seems we've barely made a dent :/

Monday morning I dropped my car off at Bargwanna's and said *please* fix it!  It turns out that the alternator was just wired incorrectly.  They fixed that up and made sure it wasn't drawing any current.  They also fixed a few other things that probably should have been done ages ago but just *weren't*.  I'm still undecided whether I'll ever go back to Melba Motors.

In the city, there's snails everywhere at the moment.  Although when I researched it I found out the display is finishing today, so alas I won't be able to go find any of the others.

Orange snail

Blue snails

Yellow snails

Martin Place has a stack of plants in front of the fountain, making it feel somewhat tropical.

Martin Place tropics

The monorail is almost completely gone too.  This is pretty much all that's left - stumps.

Monorail stump

Wednesday I had lunch with @StuartCRyan again, and we had Peking Duck again.  It was pretty awesome.

Peking Duck again

Came home Wednesday night, with Harry to keep me company again.

Cactus flower

OK we weren't actually in South West Rocks at all this day.  But it was the last day of the trip.

Got up and ready and had a quick walk down to the Warner's Bay foreshore.

Lake Macquarie

Maccas at Warner's Bay for breakfast, then headed south.

All along the Sydney-Newcastle freeway there's sunflowers growing!  And corn too.  It's as if someone's just been driving along and tossing seeds out the window the whole way down.  It was pretty cool!
Sunflower

Snapped this cool brick mosaic of Will and Kate outside Austral Bricks.  It's made of something like 15000 full and half sized glazed bricks.  Very cool!

Will and Kate in bricks

Then lunch at Sutton Forest and home!!

Pink Flowers

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In the front yard at the moment.

Pink flowers

Some flowers

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I like flowers.  I like spring.

Purple flowers
Rhododendron maybe
Fresias

Blue Flowers

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Just because they're cute :)

Blue flowers

Hanami!!

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Saturday saw us having our annual hanami party with Nat and Andrew.  

Cherry blossom

There were lots of nibbles, teriyaki chicken wings, honey soy drumsticks, potato salad and regular salad.

Hanami party
Hanami party
After lunch we played with Buckyballs, then had a game of Alhambra which I won, and a game of flux which Andrew won.

Nat and buckyballs
Alhambra tiles before splitting them off the runners
Alhambra tiles
My alhambra
My alhambra
Nat was impressed with the box design
Alhambra box

Not a bad weekend

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Friday night the sweetie and I continued our Lord of the Rings watching and watched The Two Towers.

Saturday, after documenting daffodils and cherry blossoms, we headed out to Hardly Normal to check out the new version of our couch.  We decided we'd take it.  

Daffodil
Cherry blossom
Parliament House
The sweetie likes the new couch
Lounge take two

Did our food shopping before heading home.

Our plans for having people over on Saturday night fell through, so we drank the beer and did the roast chicken anyway.  After seeing a Hollywood apocalypse video on Neatorama, I thought we should watch a disaster movie, so settled on Armageddon, given that it was also a Michael Clarke Duncan movie, who sadly died this week.

Today we had Damien over.  We (they) chatted for a while before they went downstairs for a war game. 

Gaming Day

I finished this jigsaw in the meantime.  Someone had done some research and labelled it "La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco, Peru" .. a google image search of that found some stuff that didn't look like it, but a reverse image search found this site, so looks like it's actually Iglesia de la Compañía, Quito, Equador

Church jigsaw

And so ends another weekend.


Quiet day at home yesterday, didn't even leave the house.

The sweetie cooked kangaroo for dinner.

Tonight he cooked a Japanese curry (sort of).

Here's a couple of photos of sunflowers.

Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Lump

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I was a big fat lump this weekend.  Only physical activity was weeding the garden/pavers.

Other than that.  Geotagging.  Lots of it.  It's fricken *hard* without a GPS track :(
Also a bit of baking, and planning for Dave2's visit.

And last night went to a "games night" at Mishi's, but after sitting around and nibbling and talking, we ended up just nibbling and talking and didn't end up playing any games. 

Superb blue fairy wren
Superb blue fairy wren

Cherry bee

Daffodil

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Last week I tweeted: "Daffodils make me smile :)" as I passed a daffodil on my walk home.

Today I stopped and took some pictures of the flower that inspired the tweet.

Daffodil that made me smile

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