Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey goes to the Vet (Peri stays at home)
Teach your children well....


In 1955 Rosa Parks decided to take a stand : sitting down. She was a 42 year old seamstress travelling to work on a segregated bus in Alabama. She sat at the front and refused to give up her seat to a white man. She was arrested for this. A one year bus boycott was organised by a young Martin Luther King and finally a court declared the segregation illegal. It was the start of the Civil Rights Movement in America. She wanted to be remembered as a person who wanted all people to be free. She died earlier this week, aged 92. What a brave and inspirational woman. We need many Rosa Parks here in Australia to stand up to the increasingly right wing and controlling government. You cannot underestimate the importance of every single person in a democracy. No matter what the odds, one person CAN make a difference.

Unlike the people counting the votes in the Launceston Council Election. Yesterday, in 13 hours, they could not reach any conclusions, even though all the other large Councils could, because – wait for it – one of their guillotines broke and it was humid. What is going on with them????? The Mayor has been elected, he is also a member of the Upper House – a state politician, as well. How can he do 2 jobs? He can’t . That’s the plain and simple truth. He should not have been allowed to stand.  I don’t think we will have a proper mayor : a full time mayor who is dedicated to our city. What a disappointment. Mind you, the Lower House ( of Assembly) sat for all of 41 days at an average of 8 hours a day. They worked for 8 weeks out of 52. That’s right, 8 weeks.  Unbelievable.

Secret_pal_dog_biscuits Harki is back to her usual self today, There was no walk as I was at ACMA’s for tea – marinated pork and smoked chicken salad!! so nice…. But we have had to play this morning with the Squeaky ball in a bag and she hasn’t been licking her paws at all. Peri was a good girl when we had morning tea with the GardyGardeners. I baked the Labradors some Secret Pal Biscuits in the shape of a bone, though I had no cornmeal so they had oatmeal instead. Apparently they are the tastiest most delicious biscuits ever. Droolable!!! I also made 68 (and one more very that was very sad) chocolate biscuits.

I have almost knitted a ball of yarn for Sue’s Branching Out scarf. There is not point taking a photo. It is the same as the last one, just a bit longer!!! I had to stop knitting yesterday as I made a mistake from being tired.

OK I went to post and the typepad site is down. Bah humbug. I won’t have time now, most probably as I am going out for afternoon tea in 35 minutes and I have dial-up and downloading photos takes a while…….

Most Excellent Chocolate Biscuits

  • 250 g butter

  • 150 g dark chocolate

  • 375 g brown sugar

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 tspn vanilla extract

  • 375 g plain flour

  • 50 g cocoa

  • 150 g nuts, chopped

  • 100 g sultanas or raisins

  • 100 g white choc bits

  • 100 g milk choc bits

I usually just use the whole packet of choc bits. Add whatever nuts, dried fruit and chocolate combinations you prefer. Leave out the cocoa and use white chocolate to make Blondies!!!  It all makes them more excellent!! And they are so easy!!

Melt the butter, chocolate and sugar in the microwave gently, stir till smooth then mix in the eggs and vanilla. Sieve the flour and cocoa and add the other ingredients, mixing well. Combine with the wet ingredients. Cool slightly in the fridge.  Bake small dessert spoons of mixture at 180 C ( 160 ff) for about 12 minutes. Cool on tray and then on a rack. Be careful as they burn easily, keep an eye on the first trayful as a guide. Today this made about 70, so it is quite economical despite all the ingredients.


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I watched a show on ABC Monday night about the life of Nat King Cole and Rosa Parks' 'stand' was mentioned and the impact that it had on the whole black community and would you believe it a couple of days later I read that she had died. Another thing in the show that highlighted the terrible way the black community were treated was when Nat King Cole was wealthy enough to buy a house in an exclusive area how the neighbours protested against him being allowed to live there. "Nothing against you and your family Mr Cole we just don't want 'undesirables' living in our neighborhood" to which he replied "Neither Do I"

There are many 'white Americans' still alive today who should hang their heads in shame!!!

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