Posts Tagged ‘Perth’

I couldn’t pick just one..

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Day 03- A picture of you and your friends

The core ones who have been my Australian family. Love you!


This time last year

I was living in this house.

It was an old house, in a nice neighbourhood that we were very lucky to secure the previous year.
It was situated on a main road, that had my doctor, my physio, a pathology lab, a shopping center, the cinemas, tennis courts, 3 parks, and about 8 different take away places, all within a 2/3 min walk.

The only down side to this house was it had no insulation. So it was freezing cold in winter (it was referred to as the freezer), and sweltering in summer.

We moved out in October of last year into our current home now, which we have bought.
I still miss this house and the mutant massive lemons growing in the back yard.

Ear Pleasurer

This week, I got to catch up with a good interstate friend in the form of Mikeh or Carcass, otherwise known as the drummer of The Middle East. Yes, I’ve raved about them before. Mikeh as always was good to me, and secured me entry into yet another amazing festival his band was playing in.
This time it was On the Brightside, and I even scored catered lunch backstage with the bands… we still don’t know what that yellow stuff they served us was? giant cous cous perhaps? It was gross regardless.

The Middle East as always was superb, here’s a snapshot of one of their songs I got on my iphone, with guest appearances from Mumford and Sons.

I had to leave early to play a hockey match, but a special pass saw me seeing and falling in love with these guys all over again.

I love this song so much!

Here are some memories, and how good is watching the bands from the actual stage, and being able to look out upon the crowds. AMAZING!

Thank you Mikeh. I loved seeing you again!

My Master Class

How to bake bread from scratch – with pictures (Ooh.. Lucky you!)

Duration: About 3 hours

Step 1
Wash your hands thoroughly, and ensure that you have a nice large clean counter in front of you.

Step 2

Put on an apron .If you’re anything like me, you’re going to get covered in flour
“You’re like a 5 year old baking with how much mess you make – no wait, they are tidier” Brother, March 2010

Step 3

Grab a nice big bowl, mine is purple and select your flour. You can use plain flour. I have decided to use some gourmet Sweet Bun Mix Flour.

Step 4

Measure out 500g of flour

Step 5

Sift flour into the large bowl

Step 6

Measure out 10g of yeast (always store this in a fridge or freezer), and 10g of Sea Salt (I used Lake Salt) and add to flour.

Step 7

Make a well in the dry mixture. Measure out 350ml of water. (I used 225ml’s as I was using a special flour).

Step 8

Mix in well.

Step 9

Spread a light layer of flour on the counter. Take dough and place on counter over flour. If your mixture is too runny, add more flour, if it’s not holding together – add more water.

Step 10.
Knead with knuckles and palms of hands. Flatten and stretch. Turn over and repeat until it is well mixed.

Step 11
Knead with throwing pressure. This is how we get the air into the dough. This step should take between 15 – 40 minutes. I usually take about 25-30 min. It’s an amazing way to work up a sweat, so avoid long sleeves for this stage.

The best thing about having a dog is not having to clean the floor after making bread 🙂 Thanks Benny – despite nearly tripping over you on numerous occassions.

Step 12
Place in a large bowl, or a tray and put in a warm spot (In summer, you can place it anywhere.. in winter, I place it in front of my heater). Cover it, and leave it for an hour to grow.

Guard your dough and protect it from inquisitive young puppies

I'm watching the new TMNT movie to keep me entertained

This makes the experience more enjoyable

Step 13
Remove from container, place on bench, and fold repeatedly to strengthen the bonding of the bread. Place back under cover in a warm spot for another hour.

Here I normally do all the counter cleaning and dishes.

Step 14
Preheat Oven to 250 degrees celcius

Step 15
Remove bread from dish/bowl. Place onto a pizza stone (if you have one, I don’t- sad face), otherwise place on a flat tray.

Bake bread for about 20 minutes, or until bread has a nice brown crust on it. The type of flour you use will affect the depth of the colour.

Step 16
Admire, cut, lavish in Nuttelex and eat still warm. Mmmm..

I’m still here.

So yesterday I nearly died.

I’ve never been allergic before to any form of medication. Never any food.
Only dust and pollen and zinc sunscreen.
Stuff that doesn’t phase me too much.

Yesterday was the lovely Clare’s bridal shower. The plan was to load my cupcakes into the car, drop in at the city, pick up her lingerie as a present, and then head to the party.

As I was leaving the house, i felt the dreaded migraine coming along, so I decided to take one of my new tablets just before leaving.

The traffic on the freeway was terrible, we were moving at exciting speeds of 10km per hour. I live a good fair way from the city, this was not good.

Suddenly, i begin to feel very hot, and start getting dizzy. My skin starts turning shades of purple, and I want to throw up.
Not only that, my tongue has begun to swell, and everywhere that my body was being touched, was burning hot and painful – including where my clothing was touching.

I knew instantly what this was, thank you first aid qualifications.
I was experiencing Anaphylaxis. I managed to call my best friend who is a nurse and would be setting up the bridal shower. She told me to try and drink water, I had none, so I ate a grape.
The amount of burning in my mouth from putting it in there and biting was unbearable.
I was battling to breathe, and to remain consciousness.

Still the traffic crawled.

I somehow managed to get to the house, which was thankfully nearby, where they administered some medication to try and prevent the symptons. I could feel exactly where the tablet was in my internal digestive system, as it was burning so badly.
It took me about 2 hours before I could eat anything.
It stayed in my system for about 5 hours.

My tongue remained swollen for another 3 days, and my left leg lagged for about 4 days.

Now instead of deciding what accessory to wear when I go out, I have to instead choose what form of jewelry is possibly going to save my life in the future.

Apparently it isn’t my time to go just yet…

Life’s a Beach

Live on it.

One of my favourite things, with some of my favourite people

Serious Conversations

Yup, I totally get this ability from my parents.

Here is two excerpts from the latest serious skype conversation between my brother, his fiance and I, with my parents.

Dad has just asked if I’ve got any injuries, and while I start telling him about my spinal cord injury, he gets distracted by something he’s doing. The magic flying carpet.

Oh dear! He still has no clue about the severity of it. Typical Sea Captain.