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Just look at them.

I have my mother's mother (left) to thank for my stoopid knobbly knees.

And my father's mother (right) for my genaral body shape and ginormous boobies (ok so they're not *that* big.  Yet).

Mum's mum Dad's mum

Stoopid genetics

At the end of June I was so filled with rage at the hypocrisy of our change management team that I took a slightly long lunch and went jigsaw shopping at Vinnies.  This 400 piece one wasn't priced though, so they had to make up a price at the register.  The 1000 piece one I got was $5, so you'd think this would be $2.  No, they charged me $4.  #grunt.  Did it in early July on the window sil.  Complete too, surprisingly.

Kings Reach jigsaw

This was the other jigsaw I got that day.  The California coast line.  At 1000 pieces it's a bit of a struggle to fit on the window sil, and took a lot longer to do.  Also complete.

California coast jigsaw

It was very badly cut though - it'd gotten misaligned in the machine, so the cuts were too close and pieces were broken.

California coast jigsaw pieces

This one was in the break out area.  After a morning tea it was still there with most of the sky and water to be done.  So I finished it.  Whoops.

Sydney jigsaw

Had to dig into my supply of completed jigsaws for another small one to do at work.  Did it without the box, because the box has five jigsaws in it.  I did have photo from last time though. 

Tiger jigsaw

I was with Neil when he bought this.  I might have strongly encouraged him to do so, so that I could do it as well ;)  He never ended up doing it (he started at Christmas with his family but didn't finish it, and hadn't cleared space to do it at home).  So I borrowed it and did it in a weekend.  So much fun.

Movie Pun jigsaw

It has visual puns/clues for one hundred different movies.  I think I got about 3/5ths to begin with.  Then I looked at the location guide which lists the movies in alphabetical order.  From that I was able to guess some more movies, and realise some of my guesses were wrong because they were out of order.  From that I ended up with about 3/4 of the movies.

Spoilers ahead now. 

The problem with the jigsaw was the lack of resolution on some of the pictures.  Like this one.  It looks a bit like a black Admiral Ackbar, but is in fact Iron Lady.  Which maybe I would have had half a chance of getting if I could have seen her face.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Same with this one.  Looks like Airplane! to me, but was in fact Snakes on a Plane.  How am I meant to even see that?

Movie Pun jigsaw

Or this.  Some little kid sitting on a building.  How the heck are you meant to see that's Young Frankenstein?  You can *just* see it once you know.

Movie Pun jigsaw

This I thought was Super Eight until I saw the order was wrong.  Turns out it was The Angry Eight.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Some of them were a lot of fun to guess (like this one, guesses?).

Movie Pun jigsaw

Others even with the answer I was like.. how..?  This one took me *ages* to get even once I knew the answer.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Anyone see it?

And some were a bit of a stretch, like Reservoir Dogs

Movie Pun jigsaw

Definitely a lot of fun though.

And this other small one from the same pack as the tigers.

Kitten jigsaw

Fifty-one years ago this weekend the parental type people came down to Canberra to celebrate the opening of the Canberra Youth Hostel.

Mum took two photos up Black Mountain - one from the top, and one from the lookout part way up.  Unfortunately we'll be busy on the weekend so I won't be able to get the fifty-one year recreation, so you'll have to make do with my photos from 2016.

From part way up..

Canberra from Black Mountain, August 1968

Canberra from Black Mountain, December 2016

At the top

Canberra from Black Mountain, August 1968

Canberra from Black Mountain, September 2016

I love how Parkes Way just isn't there in 1968, and there seems to be a lot more trees around now..

Shoalhaven Zoo

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When we went to visit Kit and Pete in July, we went to Shoalhaven Zoo for the afternoon.  Actually quite a nice little zoo in a lovely setting on the Shoalhaven River north of Nowra.

Inland bearded dragon
Shoalhaven Zoo

Leopard tortoise
Shoalhaven Zoo

Pete on the slippery dip
Shoalhaven Zoo

Emus
Shoalhaven Zoo

Stu and eastern grey joey
Shoalhaven Zoo

Eastern grey kangaroo joey
Shoalhaven Zoo

Lace monitor
Shoalhaven Zoo

Budgies
Shoalhaven Zoo

Harry the corella
Shoalhaven Zoo

Blue-winged kookaburra
Shoalhaven Zoo

Tawny frogmouth
Shoalhaven Zoo

Major mitchell cockatoo
Shoalhaven Zoo

Red-tailed black cockatoo
Shoalhaven Zoo

African grey parrot
Shoalhaven Zoo

Lorikeet
Shoalhaven Zoo

Peacocks
Shoalhaven Zoo

Wombat
Shoalhaven Zoo

Dingo
Shoalhaven Zoo

White lion
Shoalhaven Zoo

Feeding the lions
Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven Zoo

Lion cub
Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven River
Shoalhaven Zoo

Kit and llamas
Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven Zoo

Wedge tailed eagle (had been injured so couldn't fly)
Shoalhaven Zoo

Water bison
Shoalhaven Zoo

Cliffs
Shoalhaven Zoo

This tree-top ropes course looked like a lot of fun (closed the day we went because it was so windy)
Shoalhaven Zoo

Rock cavern
Shoalhaven Zoo

Meerkat
Shoalhaven Zoo

These little quails wouldn't let me get a good photo of them because they kept coming to investigate my phone
Shoalhaven Zoo

Common marmoset
Shoalhaven Zoo

Sheep
Shoalhaven Zoo

Goat
Shoalhaven Zoo

Stu made a friend
Shoalhaven Zoo

Kit and Stu and the dachshund
Shoalhaven Zoo

Quite a lovely afternoon (except for it being *crazy* windy!)

Haven't done a lot of jigsaws this quarter.  Been too busy trying to sort out Lego so I can get it out of the house.  That, and most of the puzzles I have to do are 1500 plus pieces, which stay out for a long time and get quite distracting.  The smaller ones I can knock over and get done and out of the house a lot quicker.

David selected this one from my to-do pile when he came up in April (he'd brought it up on a previous occasion).  1500 pieces and we did it in a couple of days.  It's of a cute little town, Ramsau, in Germany.  When I went trying to find it (so I can go there one day ;) ) I found a live webcam setup in this exact spot.  I watched it for a while and there was a constant stream of people having their photos taken on the bridge :)

Ramsau jigsaw

I left it out for a while then, because I'm trying to declutter and wanted to give the jigsaw away, I pulled out the parts that David had mostly done, so that I could do them myself, so that I felt like I'd actually *done* the jigsaw before I gave it away :)

Ramsau jigsaw

Ramsau jigsaw

Even Stumpy came out to help :)

Ramsau jigsaw

This was a jigsaw I bought new from Kmart for a few dollars (I think).  David, Kat, Kit and I (I think) did it back in 2016.  I thought I'd do it again myself so that I could give it away.

Hot air balloon jigsaw

This one Kore gave to me when she came to visit in late 2011, and it had been sitting unopened downstairs ever since.  So it was good to finally do it.

Winsor Manor jigsaw

This one Lachie started and promptly gave up on.  He brought it in for me to do, and I couldn't resist starting it there and then.  Took quite a while to do at work (because I simply don't have the time; the best progresses I made on it were after work hours, and also I can't sort the pieces the way I would at home because people come along and mess them up).  But it was really nice to have a jigsaw nearby to do - great for when you need a brain break to just do it for a couple of minutes.

Smarties jigsaw

Smarties jigsaw

Smarties jigsaw

I'll do this again at home some time, maybe when David is here haha ;)

Smarties jigsaw

Marie Kondo

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So after Easter we only needed to take three days off to have ten days in a row off.  Connor was cool with me doing that, so that's just what I did :)  (The sweetie had to go to work on the Friday).

The mission for the break was to attack some of the clutter around the house.  I made a very long list before the break, knowing that we wouldn't get anywhere near getting it all done.  

Day 1.  Lesson 1.  Clothes.

We actually did what they did on the show (I've only seen the Netflix show, although Stu has read the book) and pulled all of our clothes from both cupboards and put them on the bed.  The pile was pretty big, bigger than I thought it would be, but smaller than most of the people on the show.  Then we through it all.  Stu actually got rid of a *lot* of clothes.  I didn't get rid of much.  And there's a couple of things in the give away pile that I might take back.  Even though they don't fit.  Just because they're a bit sentimental.

My clothes laid out on the bed

All our clothes laid out on the bed

The To Donate pile

Bedroom cupboard before

Bedroom cupboard after

Spare bedroom cupboard before

Spare bedroom cupboard after

Day 2 I attacked the linen cupboard.  It was actually relatively neat already, but I did pull out a few things to give away, and tidy a little.  I still want to get a few tubs for linen that's not used very often, to slow down the silverfish.

Linen cupboard before

Linen cupboard after

Day 3 I went for the pantry.  This actually took a couple of days, doing a shelf at a time.

Pantry before

Pantry after

Then I ran out of steam.  And David and Kat came to stay haha.

I did get to the gardening corner of the garage on the Friday.

Gardening corner before

Gardening corner after

So still a lot I want to get done.  Just have to take the odd random day off here and there ;) 

For Tony

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

Crossy

Crossy

Stikeez!!

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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!

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