Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ask and.

Christmas baking began this weekend Chez Taph and TOF.

No sooner had the first fruit cakes hit the oven than I realised we didn't have enough cake containers for the 8 cakes to be made.

I blame the massive cull we did when moving house and finally consolidating collections in August.

A moan about not having enough Tupperware left our Facebook friends incredulous and a little gleeful at our predicament.  In a reply post I suggested a visit to the Green Shed might yield some cake tins but I secretly held little hope this close to Christmas.

Such sanguinity is borne of years of op shopping disappointments. It is a truism of op shopping that one cannot expect to find the exact thing one is after first off.

A lunchtime trip to Mugga Mugga yielded not only two Christmas themed tins in the exact sized required but a piece of furniture I described to TOF that morning to store our laptops and portable devices that I didn't know even existed.

cross posted from I Op Therefore I am Canberra

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


TOF and I were anticipating a move later in the year.  He had been offered an interstate transfer and for the last little while we'd been looking at the real estate market in Melbourne, discussing where we would like to live and how we would like to live, what was important in a home and what was optional.

Then the last Federal budget hit and although nothing was said, we suspected the move may not happen.  This suspicion proved correct last week.

However, one foggy, freezing Sunday morning a month or so ago we were out door knocking for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.  As we finished our area, a house was being opened for viewing.

A week later.  Oops.

We settle in two weeks and are looking forward to living in the same house for more than a few days at a time for the first time in more than five years.

And so the consolidating, the culling and the packing begins.

I have culled about a third from stash, finding welcoming new homes for all of it.  This is what stash looks like now, in our new garage (we have access to the garage for storage).

We have also moved most of our preserving equipment and stash over.  This is the great wall of Fowlers Jars (added to since this photo was taken).  There will be no further accumulation of jars.  Ever.

 And will we need all those jars?  Spring will tell.  We have a lemon, a lime, several yet to be determined stone fruit trees, an olive, an apple and this sweet espaliered miniature pear.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Test Post for Angelo

Me and the Papal Visit Committee, 1986
SOURCE:  ACT HERITAGE LIBRARY, Canberra Times Collection
 Showing Angelo how easy it is to add content to Blogger.

Further Information at http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Hot in the city

We've had a week of hideously hot weather.  Over 33 degrees Celcius, most days much higher.

The absolute best part of knitting in public on really hot days?

Being able to answer the incredulous stares and comments by slowly smiling, peering over the top of my glasses and in a deadpan voice, saying