Thursday, April 23, 2015

The calm and bird calls seem strange two days post east coast low.
Bits and pieces of vegetation are scattered all over, large tree branches and whole trees have come down throughout town which makes it difficult to restore power despite extra crews arriving from other places.
  We never lost power supply, it has been said before, there is a reason for our good luck because of some infastructure on the same line.
  Many school kids are having an extension of the holiday break as schools have not reopend.
  People have difficulty living with uncertainity. They have expectations.
Just imagine the results after a full blown cyclone.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

                                                                                                                                              
   Turkish Delight or  Turk Lokumu - giving rest to the throat.
  Take two saucepans. In the first one place 4 cups caster sugar, 11/2 cups dark grape juice and juice of 2 lemons or limes.
Boil till soft ball stage.  Remove from the heat.
  In the next saucepan place 1 cup cornflower and 1/2 cup grape juice.  Stir to a paste, add 2 more cups of grape juice.  Simmer on a low heat till thick, stirring
all the time. Pour the hot syrup into the thick cornflour mixture stirring all the time.
  Simmer on a very very low heat for about an hour.  Stir every now and then.  It will get very thick almost solid at the end.
  When sure it is really really thick and your arm hurts remove it off the heat and add 2 tablespoons rose water.  Pour into a greased tray.  Leave uncovered 3 hours.
  Lightly oil a knife and cut into squares or do this - mix 3/4 cup of icing sugar, not icing sugar mix, and 1/4 cup cornflour and roll each piece in this.  Store in air tight
cool place - not fridge.  Keeps 1-4 weeks.
We are surrounded by windy stormy rainy weather.
 Never before have I heard of as much destruction in the Hunter as regards uprooted trees, downed power lines, loss of power supply, loss of phone services, roof and fences, schools and institutions closing their doors but no real flooding in the suburbs but flooding of the towns and roads of the hinterland.  
A dreaded east coast low, a Pasha Bulka storm, quite a change from the benign.
Council workers and chain saws soon opened the road again.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Electricity supply is no longer a simple service for which we pay to cover the costs.  That would be too good to be true. Too good to last.
 Now it is a commodity and a means of making cash.
 Every man and his dog is into electricity.  The country side is full of utes rushing here and there and belonging to power companies. 
Hope it means good service. We are paying for it.

 The above ute is not from that industry. Those dogs are more like farm dogs.
Anyway, its a dogs life, dogs left out in high summer temperatures, more as a commodity, an accessory, they will swear they love their faithful dogs, tough love.
 Believe dogs can only sweat via their tongues. How well do they manage in searing heat of summer confined to a metal ute in order to bark and protect a tradies belongings.
Strangly, animals have a new independent supporter in NSW parliament.
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Digger

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The photo is from Harry who was in the card yesterday.
Which one is Harry? Impossible to say.
I am uninformed about military uniforms but noticed the sort of slouched hat which could be Aussie style.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Post card from Harry in France dated 14 September 1917
To Dear Mother
Hoping that you and Dad are keeping in the best of health and that this war will soon be over and me safely back home with you all again
From your loving son Harry
I can't get envelopes big enough for cards
Memories of the war years have special significance just now.