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So at the end of kate's street there is a bottleshop that sells booze, nice cheese and ice cream, this is a genius idea and the world needs more of them, especially near my house!

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I've just blocked anonymous comments on my LJ. I don't like to block people from commenting - but most of the anonymous comments are spam and everyone else can just get an account :)

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"It's taken 33 years, but Khe Sanh is a hit at last.

Cold Chisel's debut single has been voted the eighth-best Australian song ever (by APRA in 2001), adopted by the Australian cricket team as an unofficial national anthem, and sung at more bucks' nights than history can or should record, but it has never made the top 40 chart. Until now."

Country girl pride!

I'm kind of curious about which song has the title of best Australian song ever - but also kind of scared to google.

Big brave hunter Magellan!

My clever big brave hunting Magellan brought home his first mouse last night.

Said mouse was still attached to the mouse trap!

Clever kitty!

Magellan really is a clever hunter. The last rat he caught was defrosting in a bucket in the laundry sink as snake food...

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We came home from our weekend in the snow to see that the view from our back yard had turned from bare branches to this!


I post this picture to let everyone know that Spring is coming soon!

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Yay - LJ seems to be back!

In exciting news - I booked plane tickets to Brissy!

In more domestic news - we ordered some food from
Its a service that delivers locally sourced fresh produce - so fruit, veg, dairy, meat, bread.

Shall have to see how it works - but I'm interested in giving it a try. It's cheaper than some of the organic equivalent services - but you get more say in what you actually get. You can order a random mixed seasonal box - but you can also specify you don't want certain ingredients - or just order individual items that you do want. There are organic options for a higher price tag. All the meat is free range and hormone free. All the food is locally sourced = so you have the food miles thing.

I'm curious to know if anyone has any experience with this mob in particular - feedback please?

Or if you've used a similar service and would like to share your experience.

I posted this on FB yesterday because LJ was down - but you can't have a good conversation on FB.

In work related news - I now have a deadline to finish all my current projects before I go to Brissy - so I should stop procrastinating with social media :)

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I wish Corsair had the brains not to taunt the snake.

Today I am grateful for awesome friends who will help me wrangle three cats to the vet at the same time.

Corsair had something weird going on with her third eyelid. The vet we saw was not our usual vet and she didn't have much useful to say, other than keep an eye on it. Now all three cats are doing the weird thing with the third eyelid and my regular vet is no longer on holiday - so all three cats get to go to the vet this afternoon.

Photo Blogging


We went to the snow this weekend. I'd been for a walk up the top of Lake Mountain once - but this was real snow - which was a first.

There was hiring of snow clothes, debate over whether to try skiing or snow-boarding - hiring of snow boards and snow!

I discovered very early on that I don't have the level of physical fitness or working knees required to snow board. A knowledge of how to play SSX Tricky just doesn't cut it. So I decided snow sculpture was more my thing :)

We built an awesome baby snow dragon.


Here are two pictures of the sleeping snow dragon mother



Okay - the second picture might also be the view from Mt Hotham :)

Here is a picture of Emily next to the baby snow dragon to provide scale.


I totally get Christmas in July now. The layers of snow on the building and layered on the trees, the icicles hanging from the roof tops. The hot chocolate by the fire.

I got a little intimidated by the crowds at Mt Hotham - there were heaps of people all with the serious skiing and snowboarding. It was fun to watch, but not being able to ski myself - well - there is a desire for my arthritis to go away and my level of fitness to get better so I can try again.

The second day we went to Dinner Plain instead. Dinner Plain only has one ski lift and one gentle learners slope. There is a place for tobogganing, there are huskies pulling sleds, cross country skiing and all together a gentler, quieter, more peaceful and more relaxed vibe.

We tried tobogganing - which seems to be much more my style than snow boarding - and also the realisation of fulfilling desires from too many years of reading Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.


Bear isn't so good at smiling at the camera - but we will go back again I think.

I really need a new cat icon with the new kitties in it.

Emily has been drying seeds and chilli's on the window sill. Kittens are not allowed on bench tops and know it.

We came home the other day to find the tray of seeds scattered all over the bench and the three chilli's thoroughly subdued and chewed on the floor.

Emily moves the drying tray to a harder to reach place on top of the microwave and adds new chilli's.

I've just been in the kitchen preparing Moroccan tagine for dinner in the slow cooker.

I notice the seeds scattered all over the bench and the chilli's missing...

I've placed the drying tray on top of the fridge now.

Conclusion - kitties really like chilli's.