Thunderbirds are Go!! T-A-G!!!
Aurora Tasmanis

Rip Van Winkle - Rip it good!!

Chameleon_2 Huzzah!! I can function again : well sort of. Despite the luscious and overwhelming coolness of the weather, I have been struck down with the Insidious Pale Sleeping Sickness. As well as normal night-time sleeping, I accidentally fell asleep on the couch on Sunday whilst reading for 2 ½ hours, then yesterday afternoon I went to be for  3 ½ hours and only woke up because I set the alarm for Dr Who, and then this morning I took The Labradors for an abbreviated walk and then went back to bed and slept for another 2 ½ hours, only waking up because ACMA rang me.  I have had a whole extra night’s sleep in the last 48 hours. I am quite pale in the nails and gum department, so it is to be expected!! Luckily The Labradors have been trained to nap : It’s a hard job, but somedoggy has to do it!!!!

Sharon asked if I had taught in all the places on my TAG : yes, all except Port Arthur. I even went to Savage River twice!! I lived at home, in one house for 21 years, and then over the next 6 or 7 years I lived in 18 houses : departmental flats, houses, ‘barracks’ , rented houses, mining flats, mining houses…until finally I live in my house, and have done so for almost 18 years with nary a thought of moving again. I hate the whole moving house thing. I like to be in the one place all the time!!!

Katie : everyone also needs a conservatory with lots of plants and one of those lacy iron tables for a tray of tea and cakes and a circular gravel driveway with a central round garden with a fountain!!!!

It was cool enough to knit, and last night while watching Race: The Power of Illusion,  I knitted the remaining 17 row of rib and then  30ish rows of stocking stitch for the second Chameleon sock. It felt good to be knitting again, with a cold breeze coming in the windows and the prospect of a cooler day to come!! I will be knitting tonight too!!!Chairlift_at_the_gorge

Peekaboo_peacock_at_the_gorge At The Gorge last week the peacocks ( definitely not native!!!, but they've established themselves as a tourist attraction now) visited the eating area, from where you can view the chairlift : I think it has the longest span in the Southern Hemisphere???? I have been on it, so it is not too scary!!!

Due to the heat, there were not enough Chocolate Recipes, but I ma determined to finish them : better late than never, so…

Choc-Orange Truffles

  • 200 g good white eating chocolate

  • 60 g butter

  • 60 ml cream

  • ¼ cup icing sugar

  • finely grated zest of one orange

  • 2 tspn orange liqueur or some orange blossom water

  • 200 g good dark eating chocolate

Melt the white chocolate, butter and cream  very gently, then stir to combine. Add the sugar and flavouring, refrigerate in a lined tin till set. Make 20 balls and freeze them. Melt the dark chocolate and then dip the balls to coat them completely. Refrigerate till set. You might like to add a wriggle of orange zest or a little candied peel to decorate. Makes about 20.



Ah! I thought that might be the case, having an ex teacher friend it seems to go with the territory.

I can only dream about the library, conservatory and the gravel drive with the fountain, very British.

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