Jan. 22nd, 2012 12:38 pm
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One of the things I missed most when I moved here was having roses in the garden - Mum and Dad got me a rose for Christmas but as it was well into the flowering season I didn't expect to see any until October - but when I went to water the rose this morning I found a bud! There's another smaller one too. I'm thrilled to bits! I'm very much looking forward to this one opening up in the near future.

This has been a very bloggy weekend but I had to share this. Now I'm off to work - I've been called in and must get moving!
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I've come to the realisation that although going to the end of the year is a nice idea, my daily photo journal has run its course and has just become a source of stress. So instead of going on with that, starting now I'm going to aim to post something new at least twice a week. It might be a photo, something that's happening, a book review, a craft project, something cool I've found... anything really.

And thank you Katie. Your parcel arrived in the mail today and it is truly wonderful. I promise the bookmark will tour many wonderful books and when one is worth writing about I will write about it here.

Today it's something I found while reading my RSS feeds, this is from

A Girl You Should Date

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
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I'll run a catch-up post soon, but not tonight.

The photo journal will continue to the end of the year with a photo for each day (if not posted on the day) but as 2012 dawns... I'm going to find myself a new challenge. My heart just isn't in this one anymore.


Dec. 5th, 2011 11:14 pm
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I have a few days to catch up on and I'm afraid I'm keeping the text brief. I was going to write quite a bit more but I confess there have been better days than today (but the world's still turning so I'll cope!)... but I don't want to leave the catchup longer. This photo was taken when a co-worker from another site had a day off so took the litter of puppies they were puppy-sitting a couple places for socialisation and cuddles. They really brightened that day!

Craftiness and more )

Back to the wedding again for today's photo... they had a photobooth set up at the reception with lots of props. It was all kinds of fun! There were a lot of great and fun photos that came out of that booth but this one of Mum and Dad is my personal favourite.


Nov. 30th, 2011 01:20 am
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A bit of a catch-up I'm afraid. Apologies for all of this in one hit. These were the fish at the restaurant the other night. I'm not sure how well you can tell but some of the fish in there are HUGE.

Sunday night we went down to the beach after dinner - probably should have been all responsible and headed straight home but... it was so NICE there!

Aaaaand this is Amy and Barnaby's veggie patch. It's coming along quite well I think :D


Nov. 27th, 2011 01:19 am
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Friday was the work Christmas party - it was a lot of fun but the only photos I got were of the fish tank and even those are on my phone which is charging in the other room so... the other thing that happened was that Skyrim finally arrived in the mail. Waiting for installation, patching on a connection that was behaving patchily and getting some basic until-the-next-patch-comes-out fixes put in I finished this book. A good read... it's also published under the name 'Eon'. I have to go find the second book next week!

Skyrim itself, once some control and graphics fixes were put in, has been good so far. I can't honestly say it's as quite up to the standard of Oblivion or Morrowind, but they do set one heck of a high bar. I'm looking forward to playing more of it, these games do tend to grow on me :)


Nov. 25th, 2011 12:50 am
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This is a travel bug - I've got it ready for a new geocache I'm placing. I'm awaiting review so there's a chance it won't make it but I really hope this one does go through :D I'm rather pleased with it. Only time will tell though :)


Nov. 24th, 2011 12:19 am
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Pretty bears. Which looked much less fuzzy on the smaller screen on my camera. Sleep now. *klunk*


Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:28 am
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Two photos from my first trip overseas in 1999 on choir tour - the first country (England) and the fourth and last (Thailand). :D Love old photo albums. I get to reminisce AND see how far my photography has come. These are some of the better examples... a few others might clean up well with some work one day.


Nov. 20th, 2011 01:44 am
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Early nineties extremely American version of Trivial Pursuit - we were playing around with the question cards late at night. Sometimes the questions are more fun than the answers :D

Today I did some geocaching, placed a new geocache, and picked up the new Dresden Files Fool Moon comic hardcover bindup from Pulp Fiction Comics. It's very, very pretty :D


Nov. 18th, 2011 01:45 am
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Last night I was having more "fun" with the connection here so two days in one hit again. I took this photo while out geocaching - I was waiting for people in the other direction to disappear so I could thoroughly examine something without looking absurdly suspicious.

Also, someone at work was taking part in a mango fundraiser. I split a box with another friend from work - already eaten one. It was delicious. The rest will ripen over the next week or so then face similar fates.


Nov. 16th, 2011 02:35 am
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I spent most of the day relaxing - a day off is a wonderful thing... this is a flower from Mum and Dad's garden - I dropped over there this evening. There's always something looking great there.


Nov. 15th, 2011 12:35 am
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I'm being devoured by mosquitoes in the night. I wonder if I can bring this into service to help fend them off?
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I learned to solve another kind of sudoku today - I got the hang of it fairly quickly. What you see here, (modified to remove numbers as it's a geocache puzzle) is my first false-start. I didn't get too far and made a minor error. Second time went a lot better but about 2/3 the way through I made an error - the GPS co-ordinates produced by the puzzle were impossible. Once I worked out what the error was I was able to backtrack to just before that. Most sudoku don't really allow that, but because of the method of solving this I was using this kind of puzzle allows it. Anyhow. Third time I got it out without any particular difficulties. I put the co-ordinates through a checker and it turns out I was right :D I shall have to go find it soon...

Also, had dinner with my parents. Mum made a thoroughly awesome lasagne.


Nov. 13th, 2011 01:45 am
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Some internet troubles last night, so you get two photos this evening... the first was taken on time, just didn't make it here.

Yesterday was mostly a work day, there were a few people away so I was kept rather busy. All good though :)

I did some geocaching today. Some of which was done in piney locations. I hope to make 200 caches before the end of the week. After today's efforts... three to go!


Nov. 10th, 2011 11:44 pm
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Some of you know, some of you don't, I work in a library in a community centre. I visited the drop-in centre to say hello this afternoon and was promptly drawn on :)


Nov. 10th, 2011 12:13 am
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I was running about taking photos and experimenting with converting them to black and white tonight. It was rather fun!

This was my favourite, one of my oldest friends too...


Nov. 9th, 2011 02:24 am
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The Secret Santa Cacher left something for me :D A wonderful pleasant surprise...


Nov. 7th, 2011 10:58 pm
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Another weekend photo today, because not much happened that was particularly photographable, and I've been too tired tonight to get all crafty.

On Sunday morning, before it was possible to get a hot breakfast anywhere, we passed through the homestead that Barnaby is staying in to drop off and pick up bits and pieces and to have coffee (very important). The location is fantastic - I took some photos including some of birds in the trees taken at 30x zoom. I could identify the galahs easily enough but this bird I wasn't so sure of. It was only when I viewed it on the monitor that I realised it was a bird of prey - I suppose being at the very tippy-top of the tree and not in a more secure position might have been a give away...

A bit of a look through some websites on Australian birds of prey leads me to believe this is a Black Shouldered Kite.


Nov. 6th, 2011 11:17 pm
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After a fantastic bacon-eggs-and-everything-else-too breakfast and a spot of geocaching in Jamestown I started heading back towards Adelaide. This photo is taken along a road in the Bundaleer area where I was doing more geocaching - shortly after I took this panorama shot I took a walk all the way to the very top of the hill in this photo. The view up there was spectacular but photos just don't do it justice. I can definitely recommend the climb though! It's not as bad as it looks - there's a path part of the way up that isn't too steep and the rest of the time I walked along the ridge of the hill. A bit longer, but not nearly so steep!

After finishing up caching in the area I continued home, stopping for two more caches further on, to visit a cellar door and to take a ride on a miniature train at the Hobbies Alive festival in Clare - I saw the signs as I was passing through town and thought it might be fun to check it out. The train in question was a fantastic replica of the old Glenelg trams. There were quite a few other trains including one absolutely stunning little steam engine which had stopped to top up on water and coal while I was at the station. The drive home was beautiful - the weather was much better than yesterday and it made the drive a pleasure. I must do this again...


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