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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: July 14, 2020, 11:39:34 pm »
Glad your freezer, washing machine and dryer are sorted, K Atie, what a difference that will make.

I tried to buy a small chest freezer a month or two ago and they are simply non-existent at the moment as they are generally made in China or Asia somewhere so none are coming into the country.  Ah well, I can wait.  DH's main requirement is that it has to be able to hold a cello (freezing the instrument / bow will kill worm or other creatures that like to eat wooden things!).

Best wishes for your doctor's visit Chookie.

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:26:12 am »
I believe there is a bread that can be booked in the Varoma?????

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:40:37 am »
... what everyone else has said, CC.  I have been wondering for a while when handover was  It looks stunning, you must be "chomping at the bit" to move in now.  Looking forward to the next batch of photos!

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:34:50 am »
During our last lock down I was allowed to travel freely to Guildford every weekend as it is considered our second residence.  That has been banned this time and, because there was such short notice, I didn't get a chance to bring stocks of herbs, spices, cooking pots, tinned and dried foods, etc down here (thankfully we do have a TMX in the city, so all is not lost).

Anyway, I made our first couple of meals in this new lock down mode yesterday, i.e. with hardly any of my normal ingredients to hand!  I managed a soup in the TMX - potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes using powdered stock instead of stock concentrate.  Turned out not too bad ... then I got all adventurous and decided to make a vege curry - using only ground cumin (the only spice I had on hand).  This one was potatoes, swede, carrots and, because the vegetables looked so lonely, I tossed in a can of cannelloni beans  :P - not what you would call traditional Indian.  That one is also edible.

Note to self: get out and buy up more herbs and spices sometime soon so that I can make faintly edible meals for the next 6 weeks!

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:42:37 pm »
....  Apparently every Tuesday, at 4 am something switches on and uses power.  .??
That's weird, Chookie.  It would be interesting to find out what it is.

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Chit Chat / Re: Soft, fudgy, chocolatey things to eat
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:39:00 pm »
Those ideas are great, thanks everyone, off to check all the recipes out.

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Chit Chat / Soft, fudgy, chocolatey things to eat
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:09:28 am »
My colleague at work who got assaulted a couple of weeks ago is coming back to work on Monday.  He has had his operation and has stitches in his mouth … but that hasn’t stopped him from hinting “Soft fudgey chocolates are perfect at this stage of my recovery …” so does anyone have any tasty suggestions for what I can make for him for when he comes back to work?

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:22:52 am »
Well done on your stand with your job, Mich .. as you say it was just the last straw that broke the camel's back. 

Also your hair colouring.  I gave  up years ago - it was a losing battle; I am two tone grey / brown these days.  I remember the days back in the 70s and 80s when I used to get a perm - the chemicals were so strong my eyes would tear up, but still, I did it.  Now I just don't care.  My hair is what it is and that's that.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: July 04, 2020, 06:45:21 am »
When I get lost (sometimes on a regular basis!) I just look at it as I am seeing places I wouldn't normally see otherwise!  Sometimes it is interesting, sometimes it is good and sometimes it is a complete waste of time and no fun at all! - and sometimes DH gets really annoyed with me as well  ;)

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: July 04, 2020, 06:42:18 am »
I wash my hair every day - note wash NOT shampoo!  I can't remember the last time we had shampoo in the house; it's been years (DH doesn't use shampoo either).  The only time my hair gets shampooed is at the hairdresser (3 or 4 times a year).

When I first started this washing using just the water when I was in the shower / not shampooing routine, I felt my hair was horrible, lank, oily, etc and I was discouraged, but but before long it recovered from the effects of the chemicals in the shampoo which had been stripping it of it's natural oils etc. and I think it looks and feels great.  My scalp is also good - no dandruff, just the normal scalp doing what normal scalps do.

Maybe this isn't for everyone, and you have to be a bit brave to start out because you are a bit self-conscious - but it works for DH and myself.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: July 01, 2020, 11:04:37 pm »
Sounds like a good place to visit for fresh produce, Chookie.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:38:18 pm »
Will you will miss Lamb, Chookie?

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:37:13 pm »
Congratulations on conquering that migraine, Katie - I have never had one, and I sincerely hope I never do.  Thanks to all for birthday wishes to me and best wishes to my colleague.  He will find out on Friday if he has to go into surgery.  He seems in good spirits and his partner is working from home just now so he is not by himself all day.

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Whilst appearance helps aesthetically and it is rewarding to see a beautiful end product, it doesn't make any difference at all as soon as it gets bitten and chewed up so, as Cookie says, taste is the important thing.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: June 29, 2020, 11:11:32 pm »
I have been tied to my desk since Saturday with stock take (took 2 days longer this year for some reason).  The guys next door caught me as I was walking up the road yesterday (silver lining time!) and said to go in to see them today as they wanted to give me a birthday lunch (I don't know how they knew about that, but it is incredibly generous of them as they spent a lot of time and money setting up their shop only to be open for a couple of months before COVID struck and I know they are doing it hard).  All the small businesses along this part of our street are giving them heaps of support, though, buying their meals, forwarding information on JobKeeper, helping with advice whenever appropriate, etc.  I also take their green rubbish away every week for compost so that saves them from having to pay a commercial company to take everything away - my compost heap is rapidly filling up but I see one of my neighbours has recently bought a pig so I might visit them to see if they want to take some of the greens off my hands every other week.

On another subject, one of my colleagues was assaulted on Thursday - he is a fast walker and was simply 'overtaking' a slower walker who turned on him and punched him in the face.  He has got a couple of broken bones in his face and is to see the surgeon today.  Fortunately, he seems in good spirits but it was a terrible thing to happen.

Now, it is time for me to get back to finalising the stock take and getting on to the rest of my EOFY chores.  I'll be back again in a couple of days.

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