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Vet, Suspicious Emails, Mission Impossible

A quick post to say that at the Vet's this morning Harki was diagnosed with FlippyFloppy Ear, as I thought, BUT she has a mass of only 36.3 kg!!!!!! She has lost 6 kg since she last was measured. On the poster it says she should be 30 kg, but she would be a waif, a wraith ( not in the Stargate Atlantis sense) a mere shadow of a dog. The celery diet is working really well. Peri was lured inside with some forbidden treats ( dog biscuits) and has yet to recover from being home alone for an hour!!! Now all is quiet as they are both sleeping off the stress.....

I have been getting emails from people I don't know. It scares the willies out of me. There have been worms and viruses and now emails. Some have no subject, they just say Re:, and others are from senders I don't recognise. Can you click on a link to send me an email from my blog? I don't know? I am very confused.

Karen, I don't know how to dictionary order in Word, do you? Tell me if you do. I can A to Z in Excel, but then when you copy and paste the table comes too.  Your job, Karen, and you WILL choose to accept it, it to find out how to alphabetise in Publisher and Word.  Sure, you have a responsible job, but this is really important!!! Let's get our priorities right here!!!! Of course, I will deny all knowledge of you if you fail, and you will self destruct in 5,4,3,2,1.......................................

Awake? Asleep? Napping!!!

000_0205 The Knitting Coven met yesterday, and the Lacy Cardigan made an appearance, briefly : it was too hot to wear a cardigan. The cardigan is lovely but I overestimated my size, it is just a tad too big. I  have bought some shoulder pads, as I am small in the shoulder department, and they will lift the sleeves a bit. I don’t want things skin tight, but next time I will have to make a size (or 2 ) smaller. It is soft and lovely to wear and I have to buy a pin of some description to  secure it for wear. The Café 000_0209 ( Cafi?? They spell it I think) was nice, my toasted melt yummy, but maybe it was a little noisy, not that we weren’t contributing. I think knitting demands a laid back and relaxed  aura. It is so lovely to see all the Knitting Coven people, and I do so like meeting more often than once a month!!!

I have started my Emerald Green Bendigo socks, which will henceforth be known and the Wizard socks, for obvious reasons!!  (The Monkeys, the winged monkeys, I wish I knew how to make an acute so it could be wing-ed, two syllables, it just needs to be said that way. ) I am such a copy cat : Sharon and Cathy were knitting  socks, almost everyone was, from the Autumn Knitty. They were toe up and I had wanted to try toe up socks, so that was it. Perhaps I should be kinder to myself : I am decisionally challenged!!! Last night I knitted the short row toe with the crochet cast on ( boogelly to unravel, I think I must have missed something there) I have done 2 pattern repeats and I love it.   The colour of the Wizard socks is closer to the picture on the right. Cameras are weird.

000_0211 I have also started the Arisaig wrap cardigan in the Rowanspun 4 ply and Heirloom 5 ply. It will need tweaking substantially, I think I should look at the pattern as more inspiration than fact. I am starting with the back ribbing, on 2.75 mm Casein needles, what joy!!! Tiny needles everywhere. In the new Simply Knitting from the UK there is a knitted digital camera cover. I wasted a wish again, I accidentally wished I had a pattern for a camera cover the other day. ( Note to self : start wishing to win Tattslotto, don’t wish for anything else trivial!!)

Harki has a touch of FlippyFloppy ear and I have been putting ointment on it. Peri has to have ointment too, so we pretend. My ears are suffering again as Harki found her Squeaky ball toy again. It is a good thing I am her mother and can smile indulgently. It doesn’t bother me really at all!!

Yesterday I bought a CD: Ben Lee’s Awake is the new Sleep, or is it Asleep is the new Awake?? I’m not sure, anyway I know 2 songs from the CD as they play it on the ABC radio ( where else!!) - Gamble Everything for Love and another one I don't know the name of. I am so uncool and untrendy that it's a wonder I can communicate with anyone under the age of 30!!!

Tonight I am going to sewing and tomorrow I am sleeping all day. I have had to go up the stairs to the car 4 times and I am totally worn out. By the last time I had to have a rest on each step!! I am still not sure about the stair/step divide, I will investigate.

I am also too apathetic today to make clicky links, and you ( the German  you : plural)

know how much I like them. I think I have the energy to add some photos …….

Roses are Red, Labradors are Golden : My SP is Cool!!!

Secret_pal_labrador My Secret Pal is a woman ( Not a big assumption, I reckon) after my own heart. She sent me an Internet postcard with a Labrador picture and a recipe with rosewater. I love rosewater!!! And the Labrador is so lovely, I love Labradors even more!!!

So the recipe is a SP recipe!!

Baby Rosewater Meringues

  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 rounded tbspns caster sugar
  • 1 tspn rosewater
  • 1 kg fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar ( 220 g)
  • 2 cups water (500 ml)

For the meringues, beat egg whites in a large bowl until stiff. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously until the mixture stands in firm peaks. Stir in rosewater. Spoon slightly rounded tablespoons onto a greased or baking paper lined tray.

Bake in a preheated oven at 100 C for 1 1/2 hours. Turn oven off ans leave meringues in for a further hour. When cooled, store in an airtight container. Meringues keep well for up to 2 weeks.

For the strawberries, wash and hull them. Simmer sugar and water together until reduced by half. Add strawberries and bring back to boil. Remove from heat and allow strawberries to cool in syrup. Serve meringues with poached strawberries and cream.

This sounds so delicious, I often poach strawberries in a  syrup as they are not always 100% yummy, and there is no dark chocolate so I can eat this!!! I will have to make it soon and post a picture.

Thank you SP!!!!

Set-in my ways

Snuggly_cardigan_back_being_blocked Have I started knitting something new?? No. Yesterday I finished the first sleeve of the Snuggly Baby Cardigan, but I was lethargic. I blocked the back, it took quite a lot of pins. It looks as though it will fit the person it is made for. It looked far too small before. I  seem to have successfully blocked the Lacy Edged Cardigan and it is ready to have the sleeves set in. I lazed on the couch, caught up on TV – Lifestyle Food tapes - and then napped. Oh and I typed up the tag answers. That took a while as I am no typist.

The Labradors were trapped inside a little as it rained again. Green_italian_shoes

My shoes today are a pair of green Italian shoes. They are comfortable, but they make a flippy-floppy sound when you walk. I still like them though.

Strawberry Mousse

  • 250 g strawberries, halved

  • 220 g caster sugar

  • 1 tspn water

  • 1 tbspn gelatine

  • 500 ml thickened cream , whipped

Place the strawberries in a pan with the sugar and water and cook over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Simmer for 10 minute. The strawberries should be squishy and the liquid thickened.  Push through a sieve or put in a food processor, adding the gelatine.  Place in the fridge till cool and then fold through the cream. Put in glasses or little ramekins to serve and refrigerate for at least 30 mins. Decorate with sprigs of mint and a strawberry or two.

Tag - but not Eddie Cahill #2

Sharon has Tagged me and so here is the 5th sentence from my 23rd post:

Far more information than anyone needs really, but you did ask!!!

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same ( see waaaay below)

Yesterday I almost finished the curtains, I ran out of time as I had to go to hospital to have a blood test – look away now if you are squeamish………I needed to have my port flushed as well, this is where they sick a very big needle into my port, through my skin, it nestles just under my collarbone on the right.

Katt also Tagged me. I have answered the 10 years ago part before, so you can read it here. Not much has changed!!! So here is the rest…


  1. Dusted Jelly Babies from Britain ( not the Bassett’s kind)
  2. Crisps, the thin kind
  3. Things from posh Delis, like tiny stuffed pickled capsicum and chilli mussels and feta stuffed olives etc
  4. Crispy Granny Smith apples, sultanas and cheese
  5. Cheese : blue cheese, Gruyere, parmesan , Philly, all cheese really….


  1. Anything from Oklahoma, Kiss me Kate, Camelot, Guys and Dolls, High Society, The Producers etc
  2. Harry Connick JR’s  ‘It had to be you’  album
  3. Lots of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennet, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, the rest of The Rat Pack
  4. Lots of the Beatles, Wings, etc
  5. UK Squeeze, or Squeeze songs, Cool for Cats, Up the Junction etc


  1. Share some money with my friends and family
  2. Adopt more Labradors
  3. Buy a new house with a Library filled with bookcases, a ladder that moves along the shelves, a fireplace and a green leather chair.
  4. Buy all the things I like : books, DVDs, green shoes, wool, etc
  5. Set up a philanthropic foundation , I’m not sure what for, but I’d like one


  1. My Bedroom
  2. I don’t actually want to run away…….


  1. Any colour other than green, apart from denim jeans
  2. My underwear on the outside
  3. Lycra in the community at large
  4. A bikini, except if it was the size of the original atoll
  5. Anything favoured by Kylie, Angelina, Rose McGowan, Britney, Jessica Simpson : you get the picture…

76  110 FAVOURITE TV SHOWS: ( Thought about it overnight!!)

Nope, can’t do this one in 5. Here is just a list of the favourite shows I can think of as I sit here. I bet I have missed tonnes….:

Blake’s 7

Babylon 5

Dr Who – New

Dr Who – Old

Nowhere Man

Star Trek TOS

Star Trek TNG

Star Trek DS9

Star Trek Enterprise

Stargate SG1

Stargate : Atlantis

Dark Angel

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Battlestar Galactica  - Old

Battlestar Galactica  -  New

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Quantum Leap

Planet of the Apes (not the animated one)

Red Dwarf

Space 1999

The Survivors

Time Tunnel



The X-files


The Avengers –Old

The New Avengers

Department S



The Professionals




The Saint

Starsky and Hutch



The Forest Rangers

Press Gang




The Tomorrow People

The Tripods

The A-Team

Maid Marion

The Duchess of Duke Street

Pride and Prejudice

The Onedin Line

Rock Follies

Ab Fab


L&O: Criminal Intent ( Tilty headed man)

‘Allo ‘Allo


My Family

Dad’s Army

Drop the Dead Donkey

Get Smart

Fawlty Towers

I Love Lucy

Men Behaving Badly


North & South ( British one with Richard Armitage)

New Tricks

CSI Original



Inspector Rex


Kiss me Kate



F Troop

Metal Mickey


Space : Above and Beyond

The Goodies

3 Non-Blondes

Smack the Pony

Dead Ringers

Black Books

Hamish MacBeth




The Beiderbeck Affair/Tapes/Connection

Good Night Sweetheart


House of Elliott

When the Boat comes in

Due South


Crime Traveller

Remington Steele

Little Britain


Special Unit 2


Seaquest DSV

Time Trax


Yes Minister


Jonathon Creek

The Pretender



  1. Harki, Peri, Tori and Vundy in alphabetical order so as not to offend any of them
  2. My Friends and Family
  3. Green things
  4. Not being dead, even though I have had to retire early
  5. My hobbies : reading, knitting, sewing, etc


1.      The Labradors

2.      My Computer

3.      TV and DVDs

4.      Books

5.    My new digital camera

Waaaaay below!! I am meant to tag 5 other people, but often the people who tagged me are people whom I would tag. So, if you would like to do this and you haven't before, consider yourself 'Tagged'.

The only Blockies I'll ever do!!!

Blocking_the_lacy_edged_cardigan_1 The Lacy Edged Cardigan is being semi-blocked, it is half a hoon. Do people in other places know what blockies are?? I have never ‘done blockies’ and with petrol prices the way they are, only rich hoons could afford to today. Blockies happen when noisy, music-enhanced cars driven by testosterone-filled teenagers go around and around city blocks, mainly at night, and often racing.

On the sage advice of my Secret Pal ( Hi SP!!!) I have pinned out the three pieces on Grandma’s old cutting board ( this is not my Grandma, I adopt other peoples’) and I will spray it with water till damp and let it dry. Really, I could just put it out in the rain. I like the rain, we need the rain, we have had a jolly lot lately. Mind you, there is nothing nicer than being lulled to sleep by the sound of rain on the roof.

I am a bit sad at finishing the cardigan. I want to wear it to the Knitting Coven on Tuesday. I want to make a new dress to wear it with, but I am in a tiny decline, so I will have to see. I am declined more easily these days. I don’t look too pale – I have been peering at my gums on and off all day – but I am disheartened by happenings in the world, by politics, by my feelings of powerlessness, by the unfairness and hypocrisy. It is all a bit much to bear. How do the oppressed peoples of the world cope when I am incensed by a deportation and a sale? If I was tortured by the man on Spooks I wouldn’t last 2 seconds, I have no Funds for Spooks to take, probably the Friends would get me, but definitely the third ‘F’; Family, would be the straw to break the camel’s back : “Here is what you need to know, now let the Labradors run free…”

On a happier note, ( trying to think of one) the Labradors had a lovely walk today, I bought a new magazine and made Banoffee Pie to take to dinner tonight. I can have two drinks if I want as ACMA is being the designated driver and picking me up and dropping me home again. I normally only ever have one drink when I go out if I am driving, and let’s face it, going put most often means dinner with friends. I don’t really ‘party’. True Confessions : I have only ever been to one concert, and that was Sherbet when I was about 16. I didn’t even like them that much but since my dad was letting me go, I went. It was noisy, smoky, there were no seats and all these girls were screaming and they screamed all night. I think I am a semi-wowser.

Age, however , has made the sewing up of knitting  a far more pleasant task. I didn’t mind it at all really. I watched 2 episodes of Alias and then Tea For Two. I like Doris Day. I like her songs : you can hear all the words. I think that proves it : I am definitely old!!!!!

I can start knitting something new now – Huzzah!!!!!!!!

Secret Squirrel but no Morocco Mole

000_0176 I have a Secret Pa-al, I have a Secret Pa-al. This is very good news. I will have to ask  Sharon to share some of her SP inside knowledge with me so I can be a good Secret Pal too.  Neither my SP nor I have ever been SPs before, though I know SP6 has a lot of ‘first timers’.  I expect this will mean we will all be really understanding and helpful to each other.  I am going to send my SP something soon. I don’t want her to think I am neglecting her.  I can’t put any pictures here though, in case she sees them. It is all very Secret Squirrel….

Yesterday Peri ran away . Instead of jumping out of the car and going in the gate she ran away. I can’t chase her, literally,  a semi-brisk walk is all I can muster up at the best of times. She ran next door, ate the cat food, 000_0186 ran out their front gate, up our front stairs and when I looked out the window, there she was waiting at the front door.  I knew she was bottling up her naughtiness to use all at once. Harki has found her Squeaky ball toy and has been squeaking it for 2 days. Thank heavens she found her pork chop ex-Squeaky toy this afternoon. Our ears are safe!!

Saw Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D yesterday. Well, I give it  One Star *, and that is for the 3D effects. It had poor acting, characterisation, plot development and good old USA moralistic overtones. The 3D was good and the young children seemed to enjoy it. If I had my time over I’d give it a wide berth.

The Lacy Edged cardigan is finished and just has to be sewn together. It is half a full  basket of knitting : if I can’t make it look good, at least I can say it has gone to Hell in a hand basket!!! just like Garibaldi and Sheridan. And yes, I do have lime green laundry baskets, who wouldn't?? I’m not sure if I should be ‘blocking’ it. I never have blocked before. I wonder if the Zhivago needs it???  OK, it says in the pattern book in big capital letters : DO NOT PRESS. I think this means I should not block. I will go ahead and see what happens.

000_0183 My shoes today are going out to lunch shoes with a matching handbag. I have about 10 green handbags of various shapes and form. I haven’t bought a new pair of shoes for a few weeks now, I must look again at the weekend  as the shops might have some new shoes in.

A Spring Recipe today, I love the taste of rosewater, but you could use orange blossom water instead or even grated lemon or orange rind…….

Almond and Rosewater Cake

  • 185 g softened butter

  • 385 g caster sugar

  • 2 tspn rose water

  • 225 g plain flour

  • 3 tspn baking powder

  • ½ cup custard powder

  • 180 ml milk

  • 3 eggs

  • 100 g ground almonds ( almond meal)

Preheat the oven to 160 C ( 140 ff) and grease and line a 20 cm ring  or plain round tin. Place the first 8 ingredients in the mixing bowl and beat on low for a minute or two until everything is just combines. Then increase the speed and beat on high for about 5 minutes, or until it is thick and creamy. Fold in the almond meal until just combined. Spoon into the tin and bake for  45-50 minutes : a skewer will come out clean. Cool in the tin, on a rack for 20 minutes and then turn out and cool completely.

It can be simply dusted with icing sugar or iced with a coloured glace icing and decorated with frosted rose petals………

Under the sea in the Labradors' garden!!!

Raw_materials It was courting disaster to agree with the GardyGardeners this morning that Peri is such a good girl now. When I came home  I saw a torn piece of striped box and a knitting needle, and there, up the garage stairs  was the rest of the box and more needles. My knitting de jour had been in the box instead of the big basket, and I expect I can count myself  lucky she didn’t take that outside too, it had been tipped out on the couch. So, as a consequence, I am ignoring her and lavishing love, pats and treats on Harki. Peri is very sad and has brought me all her toys and keeps bopping me with her noise and whacking me with her wagging tail.

Today I have more or else finished the Mermaid costume. It went from this collection of 'raw materials'  to a finished set over several hours.  I made the pattern up myself, and lined the front and added some wadding so it could be quilted. I also edged the tail part with gathered net.  The little singlet has a shell appliquéd to the front and I added some little frills to the straps. I just have to put the elastic in the waist and I am covering the frill inside where it is sewn on with some gold ribbon, to finish it off nicely.

While I am in sewing mode I might also sew the little sleeve bands to match the long floaty pink Swan Lake tutu. I have ribbons to embellish with as well. A_mermaid_costume

I am worn out. I woke up late and I have a bit of a cold and I have had to think for several hours in a row. Tonight I have to remember to tape The Movie Show on SBS to see Joss Whedon, and if there is nothing else on I am going to bed very very early. While I am waiting to sleep I am knitting my undamaged cardigan sleeve. I will be glad to stop using the 4.5mm. I like 4mm and smaller!.Peri has been let back into the circle of love!! She is very happy and has gone to bed, worn out from wickedness no doubt!!!!

Cheese Scones

  • 300 g plain flour

  • 4 tspn baking powder

  • 60 g cold butter

  • 150-200 ml milk

  • 125 g grated tasty cheese

  • 1 tbspn chopped parsley and/or chives

  • 60 g grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 220 C ( 200 ff) and grease and line a tray.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then rub the butter into the flour, using only your fingertips.  It should look like fine breadcrumbs. Now add the grated cheese and herbs and mix. Make a well in the centre and add most of the milk. Fold gently till a dough forms. You may need to add more milk – it depends on the humidity, the flour, the name of the day!!! Knead the dough briefly on a floured surface till smooth and then press out to a thickness of 3cm. Cut out about 12 scones with a 5cm cutter. Place on the tray close together and brush with milk and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes, they should be golden. Pull apart with your fingers and eat hot with butter, or cold later on. They are very nice toasted or grilled too.

Everything old is new again...

My_handbag The more things change, the more they stay the same. Earlier this year my Mum sent me some old photos and this handbag!! Mum knitted two, one for my sister and one for me, when we were small. It is knitted in garter stitch rib in nylon tape or something like that, with plastic covered wire handles, and a lovely self patterned lining with tiny pink and white daisies covering the seams inside. How proudly we toted things about in our totes!! And now, too many years later to count, knitted bags are ‘in’. Ha! I was ‘in’ before I even knew I was ‘in’. I suspect it was the first and only time!!!

This morning we had a brisk walk – I wore my gloves. Peri still dipped in the creek though. You can see my action shot. Actually, I am such a bad photographer that this just happened accidentally. I have added some more photos of the Labradors in the reserve to my album. Gripping stuff!!

I have finished the front and  I am onto the last piece of the Lacy Edged Cardigan : the sleeve. I have knitted 2 rows!! Tomorrow I expect to be finished. I bought the Prima magazine last week as it had a wrap dress pattern in it. The sleeves are wrong, but I will make different oneLeapy_norahs and I will have a dress to go with my cardigan!!! I think I should be able to wear said cardigan and dress next week!!!

I have been out for a delicious lunch of fish and then raspberry and blueberry pudding. Very nice indeed : all rounded off with a cup or two of Earl Grey tea. When we came home the Madcages had emailed me, asking me to buy them the fishing lure that was in today’s paper. We went for (another) walk and I chose a green lure. I was choosing, so it was green. Then, on the way homeThese_shoes_are_made_for_dog_walking  I was so tired that I nearly fell over, my legs were wooden. I had to have a big, big rest.

My shoes today are the shoes I bought for $9-99 and I wear them around the garden or to walk the Labradors to the shop.  Peri is standing up high and Harki is looking too. I don’t know what was there, but they were very interested in it. I really want to put my shoes in the washing machine to clean them but I am afraid they will melt or something.

This morning Joss Whedon was on Sunrise talking about ‘Serenity’. He will be on TDT on Rove tonight and he was on RN with Fran Kelly yesterday. If you want to listen, the audio is here: Joss Whedon.  I bought the new Empire magazine that had a ‘Serenity’ DVD attached. It had ‘The Train Job’ episode, 2 trailers, Buffy and Angel trailers and some production stills. I am hoping that ‘Serenity’ might make it here.

Cool Chocolate C ake

  • 220 g caster sugar

  • 125 ml water

  • 250 g good dark chocolate, chopped

  • 250 g unsalted butter, chopped

  • 75 g plain flour

  • 3  eggs

Preheat oven to 180 C ( 160 ff) and grease and line a deep 22cm round tin.

Combine the sugar and water in a pan and heat slowly, stirring till sugar is dissolved. Add the chocolate and butter and stir till smooth. Sift the flour into a bowl and slowly whisk in the eggs one at a time. Gradually whisk in the chocolate mixture until it is all well combined and pur into the tin.  Place the cake tin into a baking dish with enough boiling water to come halfway up the tin. Bake for  1 hour. Cool in the tin and then place the whole thing, tin and cake, covered, in the fridge for at least 12 hours. To remove from the tin, dip it momentarily into hot water and turn upside down. Decorate with chocolate curls and eat with cream and/or ice-cream.

Holey holes, Batman!!!

000_0142 Whiling away the day, I looked down at my knitting and discovered that I have 2 weird holey holes, I have pointed my needles at them!!!! I am at the cast off for the sleeve, but I must have offended the Knitting gods in some way. I am unravelling till the weird holey holes disappear and then re-knitting. At least it is only a little way, and not the whole thing. I hope to finish the right front tonight and then I can sew it together and more accurately judge how much more of the lacy edging I need to make.

The Knitting Coven is getting addicted to meeting. I actually like meeting every fortnight, as you can knit an awful lot of knitting in 14 days. We all seem to be pretty productive – well, I have plans, but you know………

We all slept in until 9-42 this morning and I only went out to post a birthday card and buy some supplies. I am making Lamb Kofta tonight in a cheating way – I bought a cute box that has all the spices you need. It is a compromise. I am loathe to buy things that are full of additives : colours and flavours and preservatives. This way, I have all the flavours I need, and nothing untoward. I tried to buy couscous but they only had the 000_0145 flavoured and coloured one. I just wanted plain.

My shoes today are lovely green suede loafers, I expect that’s what they are. They are extra, extra comfy and look so Spring-like. I am a bit afraid of getting them wet, but you only live once.

Creamy Fish Pasta

  • 500 g short pasta

  • 250 g garlic and herb cream cheese

  • 80-100 ml cream

  • 200 g fish – smoked trout, tinned salmon or tuna or whatever you fancy

  • lemon juice to taste

  • lemon wedges

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet, drain and place aside. In the same pan, gently melt the cream cheese with the cream to make a sauce. Add the fish and the pasta and stir till warmed through. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad and lemon wedges.