Results tagged “Insects” from Kazza the Blank One
As always, I have a backlog of photos to post. Here's a couple from earlier in the year.
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..
Teeny teeny bug at the Christmas party last week
Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties. It was at the Lighthouse, but it was a little pricey - $35 for a two course meal (platter of entrees and a choice of three dishes for mains). The problem with that being we have lunches at the Lighthouse all the time, and for $35 I could normally get a large meal *and* a few beers. Also they were super super slow bringing food out - we didn't get entrees til 1pm, the fish mains at 1:30pm, and the steak mains at 2pm. But it was a lovely day and there was plenty of time to have a bit of bubbly and they compensated us with a free drink voucher each so that was nice of them. Had a great afternoon.
In the evening we watched Mockingjay Part 1.
Saturday we got ready and headed out to the club for the "official" opening of the pool.
Then we (I) cooked the roast pork (in a brand new oven!!) for a Christmas dinner. The oven had never been used before so that was quite fun (although it was a bit sad to ruin its pristine condition!). It works a lot better than the old one too and is much much much easier to light the oven and the cooktops - no more fiddling with a lighter and hoping you don't take the hairs off when you finally manage to light the oven. The crackling turned out really well and I think the whole lot got demolished. I also made up some apple sauce from scratch, and some gravy (which I'd forgotten to bring - so I was glad that we found a packet there). Other people brought other food so it was quite the feast.
Just before we were about to serve dinner, we got a call from Kit - she was getting water all through her yard. I realised I'd left the hose disconnected from when I'd been watering the potplants that morning and it must have dropped down and started siphoning off the pool. Kit jumped the back fence and saved the situation. It was a little horrifying to think what could have happened if she hadn't noticed - another fifteen hours before we had planned to be home and it could have drained a *lot* of water. Honestly, bestest neighbour *ever*!
After dinner was the compulsory fun. Aka the Kris Kringle where you can open something new or steal something that's already been opened. I'd completely forgotten about it til that morning, and then we were running late, so we didn't have time to do anything more imaginative that a couple of bottles of wine. I'd used wine before and it's never popular, so was a bit reluctant to do it again, but didn't have time for anything else. And guess which two things were the *very last* things to be picked up? Yup, my two bottles of wine. And to add insult to injury, the people that got them were all like "oh yay, wine". I lost it. I actually went up to both of them and said I'd buy them back off them, but they were all "oh, it's ok, it'll get drunk". Yay. I was feeling pretty miserable, and the sweetie had been feeling physically unwell all night, so we just went home.
Today was a cleaning and organising type day.
We also went over to Potty's cause he wanted to get rid of a bit of fridge stuff and some cleaning products that couldn't go in the truck. I ended up with five full Coles bags of stuff, and a huge box full of cleaning products. hrmmmm!! I had to fire up the little fridge in the garage, and Tetris what I could into the freezer. But got it all in.
For dinner I picked some of the wombok that's been growing like crazy, and cooked up some duck we'd gotten off potty.
Saw some pretty cool storm clouds from a big storm out past Captains Flat
Also cooked up a batch of honey mustard chicken for lunches/dinners during the week.
And have been trying to get on top of my photos.
And I might have put the Christmas tree this afternoon. Last year I had the idea to do a "Frozen" inspired theme - so I've only put on blue and silver stuff, with blue and white lights. It's very blue!
A huge moth that was doing a really terrible job of camouflaging itself on our brickwork
Miss M and her little mop
Some of Kit's duck eggs, possibly containing two, one and zero yolks
This is the rooster that wakes David up when he comes to stay
My three black neon tetras, and some of the rummy nose tetras. Those little black neon tetras are nine years old. What a spinout!
George came by the other week and found a nice place in the sun to warm up
Just a stack more photos that still haven't made it online..
A truncated dodecahedron I made for a guy at work
George, who jumped onto my seat straight after I got up because it was warm
Some daffodils out the front
Lego R2-D2 and C-3PO in Myer in Sydney
Lego mosaic in Myer in Sydney
Sometimes the algae in the pool gets away from me.
Add flocculent and wait a day for it to settle
Vaccum to waste - shiny!
A lovely dragonfly at work that obligingly sat still for us to photograph it
A ginormous caterpillar - a White-Stemmed Gum Moth
The Birds! A huge flock of galahs out the back (this wasn't even all of them)
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!
These were taken with my iPhone... *my iPhone* !!!
Slightly cropped, but otherwise just resized
More closely cropped, a little bit resized
When we were up Mount Ainslie the other day I went up to the aircraft beacon, and was promptly covered in lady bugs. They were clustered on the post and kept taking off and crashing into me. I ended up covered in them and had to get the sweetie check I had all them off me before I got into the car so that I didn't squish any!
Yeah so didn't get too much sleep. Too humid!!! Even with the fan on we were pretty uncomfortable.
The sweetie and Sally. Animals like Stu because he's so soft and squishy :)
Breakfast on the deck. Quite civilised really!
They wanted me to kill this march fly, but it was so cute!
So yeah a fairly slow morning. Debated going for a swim but I was a bit stressed about getting myself all messed up (we were going out to meet people later that day). So in the end we just did a big drive around South West Rocks.
We drove through the town and up to Trial Bay Goal and out to the Smoky Cape lighthouse.
Then back into town for lunch.
After lunch, we got ready, then headed out for a slow drive down the coast.
They have police radar traps even on the quiet back roads (not that they're that quiet - there's an awful lot of people camped up and down the coast).
The GPS originally said it would take four hours, but it kept revising it down. Here's where we hit some dirt road.
Nice view of the beach near Point Plomer
South of Point Plomer was where we were most concerned about the road. Then we saw this sign
.. and this mud ..
.. and decided we wouldn't tempt fate. So turned around and headed back to Crescent Head, then back to the Pacific Highway.
South of Kempsey, where they're building the bypass, they have this sign telling people to ignore their GPSes..
In Port Macquarie we went to Big W to pick up some stuff for Stu, then we headed out to visit Stu's mum's grave
Then went for a drive round Port Macquarie
Then to our destination for the evening - Finnian's Irish Tavern for a school reunion of sorts for Stu. He actually only really knew two of the guys there, and they were pretty cool. Had some squid and some wedges and a couple of beers. I also might have stolen some of Tom's steak after he declared himself done with only half the steak eaten.. it was nice steak, this would never do! ;)
We migrated outside when the band started up, as they made talking over the noise a bit difficult.
And then we headed back to South West Rocks for the night.