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Last week I started scanning slides of a trip Dad did to Central Australia in May 1964.  Just for fun I put together a panorama he did of Adelaide by night.  Four slides and Microsoft's Image Composite Editor handled it beautifully.

Adelaide by Night, May 1964

Just a fun couple of photos.

The first was taken by my Dad in 1976 (I scanned the slide this morning).

The second was taken by me in 2016.

Stanwell Tops 1976

Stanwell Tops 2016

Fun stuff.  Look at the difference in the houses in Stanwell Park, and the reclamation of the beach.

I didn't do much of this - it was in the break area at work.  But I did contribute so that counts right? :)

Dolphins jigsaw

Did this one at home.  The blue was pretty tough because all the pieces are the same shape and it was fairly blurry.  I think it might have come from the Green Shed, so was impressive that it was complete.

Kittens jigsaw

Mum brought this down at Christmas and I smashed it out in the first week back at work.  Nice and simple.

Mountain Lake jigsaw

Another complete one from the Green Shed that I did at work.

Sailing jigsaw

A $2 cheapie from Kmart.  These things are pretty flimsy cheap made in China stuff, but for $2 who cares.

Carousel jigsaw

And another complete one from the Green Shed (hattrick!!) that I did at work.  This one was a little tricky in the grass and mountains because the cut was so generous and similar that pieces would fit even if they were wrong.

Lake Louise jigsaw

So not a lot this quarter.  We've been working on a horrible 3000 piece one on the dining table that's been going since January.  A guy at work had it and challenged me with it.  I'm only doing it so I can get it out of the house....

USA Geotagging

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It was surprisingly easy to geotag my photos from twenty years ago!  Who knew!?  Mostly because they were of fairly obvious things.  And to be fair, I geotagged the flights back in 2005 when Google Earth first came out.  There were only a few that were a bit tricky, and only a couple I couldn't get at all (eg some brownstones in Brooklyn that had no photos half an hour either side so could have been literally anywhere in Brooklyn, or a couple of photos in Sonoma wine country that could have again been anywhere, and the one of endless fields in Nebraska).  Some were a bit of a fudge (the ferry to Alcatraz).  I was also a little disturbed that I could so the World Trade Centre photos with precision as well.  Not sure why I felt so strange about that.  Also freaky just how much *hasn't* changed in twenty years.  Like Storybook Land in flowers in Disneyland.

LA to San Francisco geotagging

San Francisco geotagging

San Francisco to New York geotagging

New York geotagging

New York to DC geotagging

DC geotagging

DC to LA geotagging

Disneyland geotagging

David brought this up on one of his visits earlier in the year.  A little tricky because all the pieces are the same shape.

Uluru jigsaw

I did this at work because it was only 750 pieces and fits in the space I work on them in.  Have done it before.

Undersea jigsaw

I think I may have gotten this at Vinnies.  A nice easy little one I did at work.

Portual jigsaw

David brought this one as well and we did it together.  I'll have to do it again myself one day before I can give it away ;)

New York jigsaw

Mum brought this at Christmas, done in a minute or so.

Parrot jigsaw

I got this out so we could do it one year to the day after I actually went to St Lucia :)

St Lucia jigsaw

Kit hired Michael Boyle Photography to do all the official photos.  He arrived half an hour before the ceremony and left after the party started, so was able to capture pretty much the whole day.  I got access to the online gallery, and I was very impressed with the photos.  Here's some of the highlights!

Getting ready

Kit getting ready

Kaz ready

All the girls

All the girls

Girls all ready

Bouquets

Kit ready

Kaz walking down the aisle

Kit about to drive in

Kit walking down the aisle

The ceremony

The ceremony

Exchanging of rings

The kiss

Kit and Pete

Group photo

Kit and Pete

The girls

Kit

Kit and Pete

Kit and Kaz

The wedding party

Kit

Kit and her ute

The pizzas

Travis and Kaz

Pete and Kit entering the reception

The bridal table

Pete and Kit

Pete and his nieces (Elena and Zoey I think)

Stu and Kaz

Pete and Kaz

The cakes

Mel and Stu

Kit and Pete

Chloe giving her speech

Cutting the cake

First dance

awwwww

So after not really getting any sleep at all, I was a bit of a zombie on the Saturday morning.  I raided my food supplies and had some cheese and salami for breakfast.  Had a shower and wandered out to the shed to help setup.

The others surfaced, and we started getting ready.

Audrey steam-ironed the dresses.

Audrey steam ironing the dresses

The dresses all hanging up.  Guess which one is mine?

The dresses

The makeup and hair ladies came around 9-9:30.  I was first to get makeup done (this is sans-lipstick).

Makeup done

Chloe plied me with champagne (Henkell) while I was getting my hair done.

Kaz getting hair done

Ending up with a sort of "messy bun" style.

Kazza's hair

We even got little flowers glued in.

Kazza's hair

Kit got us all matching jewelry.

My jewellry

Chloe's mum did the flowers.

Flowers

I had time to go and photograph some of the setup.  This was where the ceremony was held.  Such a pretty spot.

Ceremony stage

Hazel did an amazing job with the flowers.

Hazel and her flowers

The tables had books and bottles and greenery and it all looked very rustic.

Table setup

Kit's mum prepared a stack of fruit, and there were some party pies and sausage rolls which became lunch.

Kit getting her hair decorated.

Kit's hair

Kit all ready.

Kit in her dress

Kit in her dress

Then it was off to the ceremony.  Being in the ceremony I didn't get any of my own photos.  Not that I would have been allowed anyway, they said "no photos" which would have made me PISSED at any other wedding.  I can understand not wanting people to take photos during the ceremony, but where's the harm in letting people take a few photos during the entrance and setup? #grunt.  

This is me and the sweetie afterwards.

Kaz and the sweetie

And I did get a few of my own other photos after the bridal party photos were done.

Wedding venue

Including one or two of Kit and Pete.

Kit and Pete

And a couple of the venue

Audrey

Lantern at the reception

Terara Park

There was pizza for dinner, and speeches and dancing, a pretty fun night.

Kit in her akubra

At the end of the night the wedding party stayed up a little longer just hanging out which was pretty nice.  Did make for a late night though.

Kit and Pete

Having a Ball

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This was back in October.  Whoops.  I did get some extra wear out of the fancy dress I bought for our last cruise.

Kaz and Stu ready for the ball

The venue was very pretty.

Work ball venue

Work ball venue

Work ball venue

Work ball venue

Work ball venue

Entrees were either "Sous vibe (their spelling) pork belly with carrot truffle puree, rocket salad and soya beans" or "Thai beef salad, mild marinated beef with vermicelli noodles, trio of capsicum, julienne carrots, fried shallots, bean sprouts and pine nuts".  I had the pork and it was delicious.

Work ball food

Work ball food

Mains were either "Braised lamb shank with soft polenta top and a mushroom ragout" or "Supreme chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ricotta fennel mash, brocolini and capsicum jus".  I had the lamb shank which was also very nice, but all that meat meant I was *very* full all night.  

Work ball food

Work ball food

Dessert was either "Lemon meringue tart with zesty lemon curd topped with pillows of soft meringue" or "Brulee infused with bailes and served with chocolate dust, cream and strawberries".  I had the lemon meringue tart, but struggled with it, and would have enjoyed it a lot more I hadn't been so full from dinner..

Work ball food

Work ball food

Then there was lots of dancing.  A fun night as always.

Work ball venue

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

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