Friday, March 22, 2019

Weekly reading

In my youth I used to work for Air New Zealand in Suva, Fiji and Sydney, Australia. It was during this time that we had one of the worst aviation disasters certainly for Air NZ and New Zealand. I discovered these articles about the disaster and saw a documentary, now 39 years ago since it happened in 1979. I was 19 at the time when I worked for Air New Zealand.  It was good to see what had happened as we weren't told much, kind of a closure.

This is why we write letters, so we and our families can have memories
Lin-Manuel Miranda's childhood letters From Summer Camp Will Make You LOL

Came across this project called POSTCARD HAPPINESS what a great idea to fill someones box with postcards to help them get through whatever is happening in their life.
Here is the FACEBOOK page

Incredible, passenger train drives through Sydney Holsworthy/Wattlegrove/Menai area fire 14 Apr 2018

Street Libraries - The Friendly Bay Islander

Robbie and Ian Kirk have the first Street Library on our island. 

Suzanne has the second Street Library.

I have commissioned the Renegade Men's shed to make me a street library. I am so excited. This project was one part of my Landmark SELP project and I didnt know it would ever be possible. Stay in touch! We have two on Macleay Island so far, there are more in the making and one is mine.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Macleay Island LGBB Dinners - Beef Short Back Ribs

A few friends who moved to the islands last year, 6 of us, have been getting together for dinners on the weekends. It started at our house last winter when I made Steamboat and we had 8 for dinner.

We then ate at local restaurants and cafes, after we'd eaten through all the menus we decided we needed some variety and fun. So every weekend we all rotate through the 3 homes and make a dish each to contribute. Whoever hosts the dinner makes the main dish and the other two couples make either a dessert of vegetable or entree dish. It has been the best thing we did. The friendship, fun and laughter is awesome,which we can have at home and not disturb the other patrons and we can stay as long as we like and have the food ready to eat by 6pm and not 8pm like at some of the eating places, or some just shut at 7pm. I hope I remember to take pictures, I have forgotten so far.

Beef short back ribs, with sesame coleslaw and mashed potatoes, recipes all below

This beautiful Beef ribs were originally made at our friend's house during our LGBB Dinners

Recipe from El Matador with slight variations from me.

Beef short back ribs cooked in a little amount of water covered in foil in the oven (1.5hours, add more water if needed), or I did mine in the slow cooker on high. Added 1 tsp peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, 1 onion quartered, 4 whole garlic. 

I turned the ribs over after 1.5hrs and cooked another 1.5 hours or until the meat is tender but not falling off the bones.

Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Fire up the wood fire or bbq and cook until its golden brown and crispy on all sides, about 10 mins, .

Soooo yummy.

Sesame Coleslaw was first introduced to me by a new islander resident

I always make a whole bottle, the recipe doesnt give me enough as I make a whole bucket full of coleslaw, I use all of the above quantities and add the rest by looking at it, probably 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce and 3 tbsp sesame oil or to taste. below is what the colour looks like

½ small (300g) wombok (Chinese cabbage), shredded
½ small (500g) red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
2 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup beansprouts, trimmed
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves
6 mint leaves
¼ cup natural yoghurt
2 tbsp whole-egg mayonnaise
1 tbsp Trident sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp lime juice

Place wombok, cabbage, carrot, onion, beansprouts, sesame seeds and coriander in a bowl.

Mix together yoghurt, mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice in a bowl. Pour over cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Whats on your Workdesk? Wednesday 511 - new Craft Space - Island Paradise

Good afternoon Ladies of the Workdesk Wednesday.

I have missed doing the desk hop, and crafting.

The last time I posted here was on WOYWW 401 February 2017, I seem to be posting once a year since we had a life style change and moved to an idyllic island in Queensland. I must say I am surprised at how many desks have dropped off, there used to be over 100 postings.

I also started a new job with the Australian Federal Government whilst we were in the process of buying our house which took 7 months from go to woe. Surely was a hectic time and took up much of any play time I had.

1.5 years later after our move I finally got to unpacking my 100 boxes of craft staff in the new house and boy was I motivated and seemed to have a lot of energy. I worked 7 days a week, 11 hours on some days, 9 on others. I think I was living on adrenaline. My feet hurt some days but I wore good shoes and drank so much.  

So much has happened since the move as you can read in previous posts. 

We should have moved to the Islands a long time ago, we would have had quality of life earlier, not to mention the houses would have been cheaper to buy.

Firstly thanks to Maxine and Nil for suggesting photo editors, I went with this one because it was easiest to work FOTOR

Anyway here are some photos of my new craft room 

These boxes were moved to the dining room until I could make space in the garage to unpack them to.

Boxes in the garage

The garage with all the boxes out of it. This door will have a screen over it so I can open it up and get some air inside when I am crafting on my own.

The floor came up well with just some mopping

The table had a glass top but I sold it at the old house, I found it cumbersome. This is the formal dining room which we dont use so I claimed it as my working craftroom for when friends come around.  The garage set up will be where I craft with my projects so I dont have to pack up and tidy up and make room when a friend/s come over to play. The table was set up for my friend Faye to come and craft with me. I needed a break from unpacking and just to chill. Faye wanted to colour in so I brought out all my colouring medium so she could test it out.

I forgot to take a photo of when we were crafting to see our mess creativity. LOL

This is the garage space at the moment, I have yet to tidy up and put stuff in their places but I needed to finalise the dining room craft space first before I could move anything. I still have 5 boxes to unpack.
 I lost 5 kgs in the process over about 4 weeks.

Next weekend I am going to a craft camp in Brookfield. I went once before about 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Who doesn't - when someone else cooks all the meals and all you do is craft to your hearts content. It goes from Friday 9am - Sunday afternoon.  Can't wait and will have photos to show.

I hope to post regularly now that I have less shifts at work and I found an online Photo Editor

If you have a workdesk to show, mozey on over to
Stamping Ground and link up your desk on WOYWW.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A New Start - Organising the Pantries Part Two

Whew finally finished the pantry and craft room is still under construction but I have made progress woohoo!!! It took me a whole day to do one shelf from left to right, I finished the pantry in a week.

Here are the after pictures of each shelf

 Smaller pantry which will be used to house pots and cooking machines like the top shelf has. I put all the food over to the larger pantry.

Accomplished to do list:

1. Renew both our passports that are due within the next 6 months, cant go anywhere without doing that but need to save up the dollars to be able to do it

2. Unpack all boxes from the move that are in every room, craft room almost done, bedrooms next

3. Plant out seeds ready now that we know the soil in the ground is no good and we lost a lot of edible plants last year.

4. Maintain the house and look out for anything amiss

Next on my to do list:

1. Finish off craft room boxes, only 5 to go then tidy up and put stuff in place.

2. Start on boxes in rooms.

3. Plant out seeds ready now that we know the soil in the ground is no good and we lost a lot of edible plants last year.

4. Renew both our passports that are due within the next 6 months, cant go anywhere without doing that but need to save up the dollars to be able to do it.

5. Our Island car is on its way out so have to save up money to buy one. Have $1000 in the kitty so far.

6. Maintain the house and look out for anything amiss

AAARGGGH picmonkey that I used to use to edit my photos has gone to a new realm, I dont like it. Does anyone know of an online photo editor I could use?


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