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This is the section of mostly miscellany lol.
We went on an adventure through Blackwood River National Park
never actually seeing the river.
Stopped by the farm properly we always admire on Caves Rd,
because it's just somehow very beautiful to us.
There was a tiny welcome swallow
about the size of my little finger,
where we were staying.
So there's photos of him too.


Prevelly - we went here between storms, and ate sushi, while watching the very choppy surf. We watched two women with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels go to take the spaniels for a walk on the green, and the spaniels quickly looked very unimpressed to be in such a windy, salty, spray-filled place.




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[Photos] 2017 - Eagle's Heritage III

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Look I'm very enamoured by Grey (White) Goshawks
and White-Bellied Sea Eagles.
Pretty sure the White-Bellied Sea Eagle is a juvenile,
that's nearly got all it's adult feathers.
The White Goshawk is the white morph of the Grey Goshawk.
It is not an albino.
It is the only regularly naturally occurring entirely white bird of prey in the world.





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D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:03 am
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On Tuesday I was about to retrieve our trash can from the kerb and was commanded to leave it there for pickup. It was taken away, has presumably now been shredded even though we only got it about 5 years ago, and eventually, late on Thursday (which was a long time to wait with a sick dog and two sick humans all producing hazardous waste), they delivered a new one with a yellow-lidded compartment for food waste taking up a third of the space. It has been hard to get our trash in the remaining space, and I'm concerned the foam pieces in which the weekly food delivery comes will stick in there; we can't recycle foam and there is no way to break them up, so I've been laying them flat on top and loading so that the other trash pushes them out, but they won't fit flat in the new cart. And I don't plan on using the food waste section. I don't eat meat, and we already compost fallen fruit that we don't eat (they don't accept it in the garden waste bin for some reason), vegetable peelings and spoiled veggies, and the housemate's teabags as well as smaller yard waste. And I understand it's to be strained to remove plastic bag bits and then fed to pigs - with no effort to remove pork waste - and the pigs will be kept just for that purpose, as four-legged consumers of people's mixed, partly decomposed food waste laced with plastic, bones, and probably pesticides. Poor pigs. And what a costly to-do. They are already running ads on some bus shelters reminding people to eat what they buy. Really pushing that message would have been so much cheaper, less wasteful, and more respectful of the pigs. I feel like doing an animal rights raid and liberating the pigs.

And I'm not going to use the little free container intended to sit on the kitchen counter collecting food scraps, thank you very much city council. A whiffy bag of proto-compost is enough. Which reminds me, I need to feed the compost monster.

[Photos] 2017 - Eagle's Heritage II

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Despite it being windy and rainy,
it was a good day for seeing the raptors.
I think the wind stirred their spirits a bit.
This batch of photos includes:
the Boobook owl, the Powerful Owl, the Tawny Frogmouth, the Brahminy Kite and the Wedge-Tailed Eagle (which it's still legal to hunt in most states, making it the most persecuted / killed eagle in the world)





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[Photos] 2017 - Eagle's Heritage I

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Eagle's Heritage is Australia's largest raptor rehabilitation centre.
About an eighth of it is accessible to the public.
The rest is private.
Where possible birds are rehabilitated into the wild.
This section focuses on Ivy the Barn Owl
and the Black Kite (which is not black, but brown).





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D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:17 pm
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A second day in a row of beautiful blue skies and golden sun, cool enough to do almost anything. Yesterday I felt well enough to blót in thanks for fall and as I did so it reminded me of that beautiful day 16 years ago.

I saw a house all decked out for Hallowe'en fully 2 weeks ago. But the guy with all the inflatables has repoured his porch slab and redone his front yard in xeriscaping - lots of little isolated plants on one side, a small groundcover pseudo-lawn on the other. So no space for the bumptious ghosties, I'm afraid.

Had to go from work for exquisite torture at the hands of the dentist. She opened up my gum where I have had a little abscess for close to two years despite repeated ministrations: and found something that had been in there all this time. Not an alien fetus but probably a bit of popcorn hull. Now removed. As usual, I'm now suffering all kinds of pain whereas the abscess hardly bothered me at all; just another item on the medical bucket list.

[Photos] 2017 - The Berry Farm

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:55 pm
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Due to fairly dismal weather
(yay dismal weather!)
we saw no fairy wrens on this holiday.
But we still got to see some very pretty birds
and one very bond New Holland Honeyeater,
while at The Berry Farm.


Friend!




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[Photos] 2017 - Prevelly

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:41 pm
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We watched the sunset at Prevelly,
on the first night.
We worried the sunset would be pretty boring actually,
but high haze due to smoke burn-off gave it all
a kind of post-apocalyptic feel.
Which was awesome.





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The Friday Five: Emotions

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:46 am
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 This week's Friday Five comes to us from LJ user juke128, the letter F, and the Roman numeral V.
 
1. What's the happiest thing to ever happen to you?
2. What's the saddest thing to ever happen to you?
3. What's the thing that got you the most angry in your life?
4. What's the most frightening thing to ever happen to you?
5. What's the most unbelievable thing to happen to you in your life?
 
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D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:24 am
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Oh and we need a new janitor again. His doctor advised him the schedule would be too much for him.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:48 am
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The poor dog currently has to be kept on a tight leash when she goes out, prevented from running (or sitting in the grass). For the second morning in a row, the mostly white cat was sitting on the corner of the fence, gazing at her, when I brought her out for the first time. Today the cat was almost hidden under the neighbor's red-leaved tree. I tried to keep the dog from noticing her. Then when I brought her out a second time, there was a scrabbling and an unkempt white and orange cat I don't remember seeing before jumped up onto the fence, and moved quickly away along it. Poor dog. On the other hand yesterday I discovered she'd managed to make a slit in the removable screen in the window by my bed. I think she used the edge of her cone. Luckily I had a replacement, so her plan to leap onto the porch while the cat(s) consume the food I leave out, or while the mailcarrier was trying to deliver the daily Lands' End catalog, was foiled.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:10 pm
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Back to work. Hope I managed to stock up enough sleep. It was cool today, and I didn't notice the sun ever burning off the clouds. Definitely fall weather, and though the trees have hardly started to turn, I noticed the other day that the cotoneaster berries are starting to go orange.

Hi there!

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:50 am
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Name: [personal profile] scarlettina
Age: 55 (Good G-d, how did that happen?)
Location: Seattle, WA

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I’m a New York transplant living in Seattle with two cats and way too many books. I am creative and opinionated and still express myself like a native New Yorker, which makes some Seattleites uncomfortable despite my best efforts. I am a theater geek, a movie buff, a lover of tabletop and board games, a reader, a writer and a jeweler.

Top 5 fandoms: I’m a second-wave slash writer (second-wave as in: the first wave was in the early 1970s, the second in the mid-’80s to early ’90’s; everyone else came after) who hasn’t written fanfic in a while, but when I was doing that it was Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch and, more recently, Doctor Who (see my fanfic journal at [personal profile] scarlett_key). I have loved watching and discussing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, so many more. How do you pick just five?

I mostly post about: My personal life, which also tends to be sprinkled with bits about politics, the science fiction community, movies, theater, books, travel, cats, my family, writing and observations about life in general.

I rarely post about: sports, math, the giant hornbeam tree in front of my condo, jackalopes, and my collection of porcelain hands (yes, really).

My three last posts were about: I occasionally do the Friday Five so this morning’s post was answering last week’s questions, two particularly striking dreams, and discovering the pile of get-well cards I received when I was in the hospital last year.

How often do you post? I currently post about once a week, though I’m aiming for better.

How about commenting? I try to comment on at least half to two-thirds of the posts that I read.

Dorm Rat Cooking: A boring stir-fry

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Originally published at Noel Lynne Figart. You can comment here or there.

This meal requires a little more equipment than the last few I’ve done.

To make this meal, you need:

  • Frying pan
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp Knife
  • A heat source
  • A way to make rice (I have a microwave rice cooker and a microwave)

Ingredients

Per person served:

  • .25-.5 lb diced chicken (thighs are good for this and cheap)
  • ¼ c diced onion
  • 1 T minced garlic (I use the stuff you squeeze out of a bottle when space is limited)
  • ¼ c thinly sliced carrots
  • ¼ c broccoli flowerets
  • ¼ c sliced red peppers (In reality, you can put almost any veggies you like in this, but you want ¾-1 c veggies per person)
  • 1/8 c Kikkoman Stir fry sauce (In real life I never do this, but make my own. When I have limited space in a kitchen, this stuff works great)
  • 2T oil. (I use Peanut oil for stir frys in Real Life, but for all-purpose cooking oil, olive works out great)
  • ½ c rice
  • 1 c. water

Cooking the rice

This little plastic microwave rice cooker does the job. Typically, I use two cups of water per cup of uncooked rice and microwave on high for 13-15 minutes. You’ll have to experiment with your own microwave, as power can vary.

Stir Fry

For the stir fry, you heat the oil first, then add the meat and aromatics (in this case onion and garlic. Fresh ginger is amazing in this, but I was being lazy). When they start sizzling (Call it five minutes or so), add the carrots. After a couple of minutes, add the broccoli. I don’t like broccoli too tender, so give it about three or four minutes, then add the peppers.

When the peppers are as tender as you like (not very, in my case) add the stir fry sauce. Heat it up for about a minute and a half, then serve over the rice.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:21 pm
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Today we went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It was quite impressive, although the little Wikipedia quiz/game was very silly.

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:32 am
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Unfortunately the dog has once more done something nasty to her hindquarters. She visited the vet yesterday and we had to take her in early this morning for surgery. Poor little dog.

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:31 am
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It did eventually get cooler, but we've visited several beaches and all caught the sun.
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1. If you had a year off (with pay, to make it interesting), what would you do with it?
2. What are two things you would do to improve the country if you were in complete charge?
3. What three TV shows do you like watching?
4. What are your four favorite ethnic dishes?
5. What are five words you love to use?


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D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:13 am
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I have family visiting this week, so I'm taking a vacation week. The gods have apparently decided to make things interesting: after the sudden early-morning wind storm, which apparently left meteorologists scrambling for an explanation, we had a full-blown thunderstorm with rain after I collapsed into bed yesterday, leaving my laundry on the line. It was still flickering when I crawled out of bed, so I was able to say hi to Redbeard. And I see they are now forecasting another hot day today and have switched the cooler days to starting on Wednesday. Clearly they are sticking pins in the map at random.

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