Monday, April 9, 2012

Marisa missed out on our afternoon tea because...

Now we know why Marisa missed our afternoon tea! She must have had a date with Wicked Ink! How cool does she look??
.. but I did warn her about the decisions we make in our younger years ...  we have to take the consequences for when we get older.. keep going to the gym ... tighten those arms!! We don't want to see those birds all droopy!
But wait.. by the time they MAY get that way, I won't be around or be able to see them anyway!! Phht!! Have a good time and stay young forever Marisa!! All those warnings I gave her about where NOT to get a tattoo.. not the arms, not the neck,not the boobs or tummy, not the knees or thighs.. all sag potential; I didn't leave her many parts eh? But she went for it and looks awesome!! XXXX

emotions in balance

Refreshed our old site  and looks really bright and crisp! So much work for us two oldies.. what with ftps, ssr's, htmls, sso's, etcs, .. phew.. at our age I think we did ok! Ian put so many hours into it so hopefully will be rewarding for him (and me!) More web sites to come. More about the training now!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A girlie day at Michelle's New Home

Had a wonderful afternoon.. Michelle went to so much trouble with her Royal Albert tea set! She made the best pastries.. beautiful sausage rolls ( I want the recipe!) - The very, very best cupcakes ever ( I want the recipe!); and stunning assorted, very classy sandwiches! Just so much excellent cooking by Michelle! Marie and I were so impressed! She gave us a tour of her new home..really a lovely designed house.. every aspect is just gorgeous! I am so very happy for her and Anthony! You can tell it's 'high tea'.. look at Maries's little pinkie!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ian's Book

FINALLY PUBLISHED – Ian's book, "Beat Depression the Drug Free Way" – late last year as an e-book, and is available from Amazon and of course the direct link. This direct link takes you to the ‘package’ of two books, explained below.
PS. Even affiliates can promote through Clickbank Marketplace!
It has been at least 8 long years of research, and writing and rewriting, editing and re-editing, so now it is available to all and sundry! Selling as a two part package, both books represent the ultimate in turning around the wave of depression, not only in our individual lives, but the lives of those we love and society in general.
The accompanying workbook (as the second part of the overall package/program) called, "Unlock Your Depression and be Free,” is a self-help handbook with mp3 therapy sessions from Ian. 
The main book, available on its own on the Amazon site, presents a shocking but very educational awareness of how depression is not just about an illness, but has also become a money-making industry for pharmaceutical companies (and other medical interests) worldwide ...  and how we have been convinced there is a 'new disease' in our modern society. The workbook, however, compliments the main book with short therapy sessions, almost like you would have when visiting him in his clinic, for ending depression, anxiety or stress ... and all uncomfortable symptoms without medication! Well worth the $37.00 as a complete program of help and self-help!! 

Monday, February 27, 2012


Well.. it's been over a year since I put a post on this blog. One of our saddest days - last Thursday morning our gorgeous staffie, Minka passed away. She was 14  and 2 months exactly. She was finally so tired.. her back legs and hips were playing up for a couple of months but she tried ever so hard to keep us happy and we in turn cared and loved her.. carried her as much as we could up and down steps. And picked her up if she stumbled. Thursday morning she could not get up at all and for the very first time had no interest at all in food. I cried as then I knew she was telling us.. it was time to let her go. Dear oh dear...We miss her so much - she certainly was a special girl and gave us 14 years of adoration, affection, loyalty and friendship. And those eyes.... those adoring eyes... we miss her but thank her too...
she did love her tiny pink socks which protected her little feet on our floor

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Bike

The Yammie, the Gunmetal Ghost.

A word from Ian on his beloved girl...

I had spent my whole life hating the idea of motorbikes. My Dad was sustained injuries to his head (and some brain damage) when he piled his Ariel Square Four into a telegraph pole in 1939, and he spent the rest of his life paying the price. But in 1996, I was walking through a shopping mall in Richmond NSW, and spied a beautiful new two-toned Honda Shadow being displayed as the prize of a raffle. I thought it looked particularly retro, what with the colour and the spoked wheels and all, so I bought a ticket.

I’m one of those people that when I buy a ticket for anything, I expect to win it.

As the prize-drawing day drew near and past, I twigged to the fact that I had not won this bike. It played on my mind for a while, and one day I walked into the local Honda dealer and bought the bike.

As it happened, it was the very same bike that had been used in the raffle display, but not the bike that had been won.

So, I walked out of there as though I had won the raffle. Just nine thousand dollars difference!!

I didn’t know how to ride. I enrolled in the Stay Upright course, and in no time, I was staying uptight.

Because of my age, I was able to immediately ride a bigger capacity bike on the road, so away I went. I traveled all over. Melbourne, Adelaide; all around country New South Wales. The bike was big enough for me and met all requirements except one…..I couldn’t buy good enough after-market accessories to make Annette’s ride comfortable. That is, not a very good pillion seat available; no good footrests – all of that.

So, within a year of buying the Shadow, I was enviously looking at Harleys and the bigger Jap bikes. I decided that (at the time) I didn’t want to go through all the hoops that one had to go through to prevent my bike being pinched – and that was seriously on the cards if it had been a Harley that I’d settled for, so we decided on a 1997 Yamaha 1300cc V4 Royal Star Tour Deluxe. This was the beast with all the comforts for a pillion passenger, and all the weight and grunt to handle long haul holidays.

Here was my second-only motorcycle and I had opted for something that tipped the scales at nearly 500Kg!!

It didn’t take long to get used to the weight, and before too long, we had chalked up quite some miles on the beast. That was when I started in on some “extras” for the girl. For BOTH of the girls, I should say.

I bought a Corbin tour seat from the U.S. and installed an electronic cruise control. I had the whole bike painted in my own special colour combination, and had airbrush additions added to my own design.


I haven’t conquered the Nullabor yet, and probably won’t after all my trips from Adelaide to Perth in a Beetle, but she’s done the rounds. At time of writing, there’s about 160,000 Kms on the clock, and we expect a lot more to go. She has seen roads from the frozen tarmac of Cradle Mountain in Tassie to the melting bitumen of the Hay Plain. She’s still going strong.

We’ve had a bit of a think about trading up, but I’ve believed that that would only be trying to keep up with mates who seem to have a new bike every year. We don’t see the point.

We are both very accustomed to the old gunmetal ghost, and she still purrs along beautifully or rockets along with a snarl, depending on how we feel.

In the intervening 13 years since we first threw the leg over her, we have had to replace 2 clutches (expected), one differential (expected at 100,000) and one rear brake disc (expected).

The Gunmetal Ghost is almost as much part of this family as is Minka and our Weber Barbecue.

Those Corbin 'comfy' seats
The Yammie, the Gunmetal Ghost.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ian's cooking tonight.

Well, Ian discovered something last night that probably EVERYONE KNOWS….or maybe everyone but me….

Vietnamese cooking.

And this is from Ian............

"I have known that in many cases, the Vietnamese don’t always use the wok in the same way as the Chinese and Thais. I’ve known that they often “part-stew” their chicken dishes in the wok by keeping heat lower and liquid up a bit. This has been a known, but I’ve never bothered to investigate it.

I once saw Luke Nguyen on tellie doing something similar and ignored it.

But I decided to follow the recipe last night of Pauline Nguyen’s Lemon Grass and Chilli Chicken (except for one SMALL addition – the soy sauce). And it was one of the best meals I have EVER cooked!!!!!"

500gm chicken thighs

2 Tablespns fish sauce

1 Tablespn caster sugar

1 lemon grass stem (white part), finely chopped

1 teaspn pickled chilli (I used sambal oelek)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 Tablespns vegetable oil

1 bird’s eye chilli, sliced (I of course, used 3)

½ small white or red onion, cut into wedges

125 ml chicken stock

1 small handful coriander for garnish.

+ 2 teaspns light soy sauce

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces (approx 3 cm)

Combine fish sauce, sugar, half the lemon grass, pickled chilli and garlic. And soy sauce.

Mix well to dissolve the sugar.

Fold in the chicken through the marinade, cover and refrigerate 4 hrs or o’night.

Place large saucepan or wok over medium heat. Add oil.

Fry remaining lemon grass and chilli until lemon grass starts to brown.

Add chicken. Stir and seal all sides.

Add onion and continue to fry for 2 minutes.

Add chicken stock, cover the pan or wok, reduce heat slightly and cook 5 minutes more.

Remove lid, increase heat and stir until liquid is reduced.

Serve with plain rice and garnish with coriander.

Bloody sensational!!!! Simple but gorgeous.

(other sins: at time of adding onion, I also added ¼ green capsicum, shredded finely.

I also added a tablespoon of finely sliced – shredded – mint leaves right at the very end).

Do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!