Sweets for Diwali

Sweets for Diwali

The festival of light appropriately celebrated in Bob Pressey’s lab meeting. How cool are they!!!
The orange ones are Carrot, Green = pistachio, and the pink ones are a bit like coconut ice.
Well done becs!

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First meal in the new appartment



Avocado salad

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Now that’s a Pancake!!


Tropical Mango, passion fruit yogurt, blueberries and Nutella – The eagle eyed will spot the healthness of wholemeal flour used sparingly through the mixture


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We still don’t have a bed, or sofa, or table. We did borrow a coupe of plastic garden chairs from Yvette – along with a large mattress, many glasses, some very nice cups, some towels and some cutlery – just writing this list is making me wonder what we actually bought ourselves!!! OHH that’s right the coffee machine!!! and what a score it was!! Of course our normal coffee machine The one that no doubt anyone reading this Blog is acquainted with, the one of many thoroughly enjoyable coffee’s in delightful company is safely through the Suez Canal on route to our new home in Dunedin. (Well at least part way through the pirate strewn oceans on route to a storage yard in Dunedin).

In any case some remedy was required to make the morning start more bearable, once the practicality of appearing on Yvette’s doorstep every morning for coffee before work was deemed a non-starter.

But back to the story – goodness me how to go about buying a coffee machine. How could it live up to one so perfect sourced so lovingly from Italy itself. We started with ringing round all the shops. decided to check out the BIG W. On the phone they said they had two models one for $150 and one for $200. When we got there there there was a third model which of course was the model that I liked the best 🙂 But with no box, price and no bar code (well not one that any of the three assistants could find) what to do. The lady in charge of the section said if we really liked it we could take it as is for $50 dollars. We decided it was worth the risk, how hard can it be to work a coffee machine??? ….

A week of gorgeous coffees later we’ve decided it was our lucky day.

p.s. Walking to the counter I found the price (on the top not the bottom of the machine). Luckily it still didn’t have a box and they’d already offered it to us as a last of a line discount ($228 down to $50).

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Zac’s amazing shrinking dinosaur

Zac's amazing shrinking dinosaur

This is Zac’s amazing shrinking dinosaur.

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Fruit and veg from the Market

Fresh Tumeric from the MarketYeah Townsville has a great Sunday morning market! Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of cool South East Asian Vegetables. and all the cool “exotic” fruit that you can’t get in the supermarket but think you should be able to cos after all you are in the Tropics!! Yeah!! six different types of Pineapple and 7 types of banana – including PINK ones …..

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How to make a drumkit

Last night we made the coolest drum kit. It’s possible we were over achieving a bit but Zac had to collect:

A balloon,
A rubber band
A tin can

Of course a long discussion ensued as to exactly which tin can would be the best. The pros and cons of various containers were debated till it was clear the only sensible course of action was to sacrifice some of the balloons and rubber bands on a trail run. Before we knew it we had an entire drum kit.

check it out…..

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