Monday, June 30, 2008

I didn't know we were sick?

I think they meant Patience.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Johnnos friday whatisit

Well done wife does Botox injections...this is a pen that the pharmacy company gives out

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Farewell, so long and goodbye..

Tomorrow (Friday 27th June) will be a bit of a sad day; one that I knew was near. It’s the last day any of us can call this old house the family home. That familiar feeling that can only come from a home you have lived in for a long time will be gone. You get to know every creaking board every scratch and who made it. You know what needs fixing but never seem to get it done. As I enter the lounge room (I rarely go in there now) and look at the bare mantle and photo free walls I feel a little bit alone as though I am leaving a friend behind. I can remember the cold and wet Saturday morning we first moved into 1215 main road kalorama way back in 1967 and seeing this house of many doors, its seemed so big and I guess it was when compared to our other home. The yard was overgrown with walnut, lemon and apple trees, hydrangeas and rhododendrons where scattered everywhere. Now the new owners will make it their home and they want to renovate rather that rebuild that makes it ok. Now we move on, lets see what tomorrow brings.

Frangipan flower

Frangipans we found whilst going to lunch in Northbridge, Perth WA

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Meet Marvin, men's answer to Maxine Men strike back!

Meet Marvin, men's answer to Maxine Men strike back!

How many men does it take to open a beer? None. It should be opened when she brings it.

Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman? Because a woman who can't even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.

Why do women have smaller feet than men? It's one of those 'evolutionary things' that allows them to stand closer to the kitchen sink.

How do you know when a woman is about to say something smart? When she starts a sentence with 'A man once told me....'

How do you fix a woman's watch? You don't. There's a clock on the oven.

If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first? The dog, of course. He'll shut up once you let him in.

I married a Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.

Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes a woman's sex drive by 90%. It's called a Wedding Cake.

Why do men die before their wives? They want to.

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head
and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

In the beginning, God created the earth and rested. Then God created Man and rested. Then God created Woman. Since then, neither God nor Man has rested.

Monday, June 23, 2008

A notworthy laugh

When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less, I needn't hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress. But now that I am older, I've set my body free;

There's comfort of elastic Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes My feet have not forgiven; I have to wear a nine now, But used to wear a seven.

And how about those blasted tights -- They're sized by weight, you see, So how come when I put them on The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses As the print's been getting smaller; And it wasn't very long ago I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to grey and my skin no longer fits, On the inside, I'm the same old me, the outside's changed a bit.

Crossing the Ditch - kayak

Hi Patty

Thank you so much for your support of our Crossing the Ditch expedition. We were glad that we were able to take you along the voyage across the Tasman with us.

We certainly wish we could have gotten back to you whilst on the Ditch but unfortunately we didn't have the bandwidth out there!!

Sorry about the delay in replying to you, we have been inundated with emails and we want to get back to every one individually, on top of this we have been working flat out on the presentation of our expedition.


James and Justin
Crossing the Ditch
World First Trans Tasman Kayak Expedition

On Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:45 PM, Patty Beecham wrote:
Blimey, I am so proud of you. I have two sons, 21 and 18, and I am so proud as a mother, and as an Australian, that you undertook this amazing adventure. HOW LUCKY ARE YOU?? I bet you have discovered things within yourself, and your soul, that you didn't know you had. Bloody well done mate!! *thumps back heartily.


Johnnos Tropical friday whatisit


China is ready for the Olympic tourists...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Teaching the Bear to cook

So I am trying to teach my sons to cook, but unfortunately the eldest moved in with his girlfriend before I could move on from boiling water to Lesson 2; not burning toast.

Determined not to be outwitted yet again by my other smart remaining boy, I attempt to teach my youngest something, anything, not so much so he won’t starve, more so that no girlfriend of his will come to me in the future and complain that he can’t cook or worse, never cooks.

It’s my anti daughter-in-law-whinge strategy.

Being a typical 18 year old, he considers it his male duty to catch Glandular Fever, *motherly sigh, so I cook him fresh chicken soup for lunch one day to sooth his sore throat.

He doesn’t eat any of it, but I woof it down and just can’t eat it fast enough.

I have impressed myself!

In the following weeks, as he gradually recovers, he begins to experiment, asking me again to make the chicken soup, whilst he watches. Overcome with motherly pride, I manage to loudly sing to three Kylie songs, do a little dance, and whip up another successful batch, all the time stirring and teaching my son.

In my imagination
There is no complication
I dream about you all the time

I am in awe of myself, again. This is my recipe below:

Quick Chicken and Corn soup

Tear flesh off bbq chook sitting forgotten in back of fridge. Make tiger sounds "like a tiger!"
Have glass of wine. Cooking is hot, thirsty work.
Half fill large saucepan with water, add 2 big chicken stock cubes, diced chook, BIG heaped spoons of both ginger and garlic (don't pussyfoot around, make them big)
Add fresh corn shaved off the cob, shake chilli powder over pot, add Tabasco, look hesitant.
At this point it is important to adapt recipe to suit your own needs, so if married with kids, yell at them mindlessly "Come inside! Go outside! Do your homework! Empty the bins" If you are single, mutter things about your mother, but be prepared to run if she re-enters the room and hears you.
If you want to make this soup for the next day, add 1/2 cup pearl barley. It gives it a nice mouth-feel. I may have just made that up.
Bring to rapid boil. Keep tasting and adjusting chilli, Tabasco sauce to taste. Add, taste.
Toss in a good shake of soy sauce, and one more for luck. Add fresh ground black pepper, add spaghetti broken up. Simmer for another 10 minutes, enjoy!

Now as it turns out, I was trumped by my son, who outwitted and out-cooked me with his own version. The student now turns into the teacher, but it’s all good, and I am not offended.

Ok, I was but I only sulked for 2 days, so that’s gotta be good, right? My job is now to take photos of him whilst he cooks, and to continue singing to Kylie.

Ok, she isn’t a great singer, but neither am I, we compliment each other.

Better the devil you know
Better the devil you know
Woh woh who

Bear’s Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

Butter, onion, garlic, button mushrooms, cooked chicken, mustard, chicken stock, white wine, cream, cracked pepper
Soften the onions, add garlic, add mushrooms. Cook for a bit. (Teen term for ring your girlfriend, then come back and re-check soup)
Add the mushrooms, cook some more. (See above, this time ring your mates or get onto Msn and chat)
Add the wine, then the chicken. Cook a bit more. (Yadda yadda)
Add the stock, mustard, and cream. Cook a bit more, (*sighs) then take out about 1/2 to 3/4 and blend – it will look like a dog’s breakfast once blended but tastes really “awesome” according to my son, and he should know, he’s the man!

Everybody’s doin a brand new dance now
(cmon baby do the loco-motion)
I know youll get to like it
If you give it a chance now
(cmon baby do the loco-motion)

Miss ya Bods!

Today it's threee years since Bods left us. Miss ya matey.

Food Bloggers needed, quick!

I am regularly asked how I come with ideas for blogs on my food blog. I find blog topics so easy to come up with; but my problem is that I don’t have time to write them. For the past few years, I’ve had a food blog topic file on my laptop which I constantly add new food blog ideas to. So I thought it might be useful if I made a few changes to the list and blogged about food blog topics that I’ve come up with in my file.

For food bloggers who post every couple of days, there’s a year’s worth of blog topics for your food blog right here. I’ve kept a few good topics for myself – so make sure you subscribe to my RSS Feed.

If you don’t have a food blog but have been itching for sometime to start one check out a previous post about The secret to creating a Food Blog.

Here’s 100 Food Blog Topics which I hope you write about;

1. An experience at a new restaurant
2. Your favorite cooking show
3. Favorite cookbook and why you like it
4. Your favorite gourmet food store
5. Online Food – ten of the best food websites
6. Australian Foods – A look at native foods from down under
7. Talk about your local farmers market
8. Foods high in antioxidants
9. Grab an ingredient you’ve never cooked with before
10. How you decide on a dinner party menu
11. Interview your favorite chef
12. Discuss popular food magazines in your city
13. Your favorite celebrity chef and why you like him or her.
14. Ordering food and wine online – what’s the best sites?
15. Food and Wine matching
16. Menu for the perfect date
17. What makes a bad dining experience
18. Tasty breakfast menu ideas
19. Creating a healthy BBQ menu
20. Discuss popular food magazines in your city
21. Kitchen appliances you can’t live without
22. Review the latest cookbooks available
23. What type of cookware do you prefer – aluminum, copper, stainless steel, teflon
24. Food Blogs that you read
25. Analyze popular smoking woods
26. The ten best restaurants in your city
27. What type of coffee beans do you buy?
28. Your favorite dining experience
29. How to make the perfect Sunday Roast
30. Tasty Brunch – Ten easy brunch menu ideas
31. Interview your favorite chef
32. What brand of kitchen knives do you prefer and why?
33. Healthy lunch ideas on a budget
34. Duck ten different ways
35. The best BBQ marinate
36. Five of your favorite red wines
37. Five of your favorite white wines
38. Everyone loves lobster – The perfect lobster recipe
39. Garden Gourmet – What grows in your garden that tastes good
40. Bakery Secrets – ten tips to the perfect loaf
41. Pizza Time – how to make the best pizza dough
42. Beer and food matching
43. The ultimate hamburger
44. Five local gourmet salts to put in the cupboard
45. Hollywood Cuisine – Films which feature food
46. Pasta Time – How to make your own ravioli
47. Fridge Cuisine – What’s in your fridge?
48. Just what is wattleseed?
49. Steam Cuisine – 3 courses from the steamer
50. Creating the perfect pasty
51. Sweet and Savory muffin ideas
52. Interview a celebrity chef from your city
53. Diner Menus – are they all the same?
54. Ten local cheeses worth tasting
55. Your favorite vegetarian recipe
56. Cooking the ultimate roast chicken dinner
57. Plane Food Sucks – analyze the food on your recent flight
58. Ten different ice-cream flavors worth making
59. How to make the perfect omelette
60. Ten different cookie flavours worth baking
61. Creating a healthy dessert menu
62. Fine dining on a budget
63. Talk about upcoming cooking shows
64. Steaming and smoking with Paperbark
65. Home made sausages – Ten unusual flavours
66. Healthy fast food ideas
67. The ultimate sandwich
68. Local Food Festivals
69. The perfect picnic hamper
70. Espresso desserts – recipes using coffee
71. Breaky Bagels – gourmet breakfast on the run
72. Healthy low fat salad menu ideas
73. Creating gourmet soups
74. The ultimate hangover breakfast
75. How to cook the perfect steak
76. Risottos with a difference
77. Food ideas with champagne
78. Ten healthy fruit smoothies
79. Foods that taste good and are good for you
80. The perfect salad dressing
81. Finding a restaurant to dine at
82. The perfect Christmas Day menu
83. Your favorite spice mix and spice rubs
84. Barbeque tips and secrets
85. Healthy one pot cooking
86. What to look for when selecting a steak
87. Cookware and kitchen utensils in your arsenal
88. Leftovers – discover yesterdays food today
89. Ten ways with mayonnaise
90. Unknown Food Myths
91. What’s the best wine for cooking with?
92. Five low cholesterol meal ideas
93. Superfoods you should be eating
94. Full Strength Beer vs Low-Carb Beers
95. Analysing frozen TV dinners
96. Summer cocktail ideas
97. Organic food vs Non Organic Food
98. Late night dining – critiquing the room service menu
99. Chopping boards – Wooden, Plastic and Glass
100. How to season a frying pan

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Don't You Just Love Those Drug Company Marketing People?


Porsche or is it a SMORSCHE ?????

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Weekday "What is it"

I haven't done one for a short while, so here it is. Easy peasy. All will be revealed Thursday morning, down under time.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My Sunday boat ride in Cathys Boss's boat

Lamington Nature Trail Walk

We went into the Park we got halfway when confronted by this snake sunning itself next to the path we were walking. One more step and we would have been bitten so we turned round and went back to the guesthouse.

Lamington National Park

We got up to Oreillys Guesthouse in Lamington National Park just in time to feed the birds.

Alpaca Farm

After leaving the winery we drove on and found an Alpaca Farm everywhere after the recent rain is so lush and green now

O'Reillys Winery

Then it was on to O'Reillys Vineyard just outside of Canungra. Beautiful grounds and picnic are with a running creek and a known place to see Platypus if your lucky in the lake.

My Weekend

It started Saturday night at a cabaret then up early Sunday morning for a hot cooked breakfast in canungra at the Country Outpost Kitchen. The best cooked breakfast i've had in ages well worth visiting.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Church Gate

I thought this church gate was lovely, it is in Alverstoke, Gosport.


While I was staying with my sister, we took a little drive round Gosport. This is at the Haslar Marina, a few quids worth there.

Johnnos Friday the 13th WHATISIT

Answer is a jugglers pin

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chooky Dancers delight

here are the Chooky Dancers performing at Woodford's Dreaming Festival last weekend.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Answer to what is it

River crossing in NSW.Batemans bay I think.

Seaman Dan on the BBC!

Ray Mears is currently on TV in the UK, following the footsteps of some Australian explorers. This week he visited the Torres Islands. In the last 10 minutes of the programme, he interviews Seaman Dan! Thought you might like a look, follow the link, but its only online for the next 6 days!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008


Here's looking at you kid! It's an emu's beak.