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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 12:37 pm
Birthday present for [personal profile] zorana  after we took a trip together and I scoffed at the notion of her buying a painting while we were there. I have now successfully finished a painting AND made a birthday present AND made good on my promises. Wondering if I should now dismantle my little painting nook or line up another challenge.  Many thanks to [personal profile] chaosmanor  for the lovely (and far nicer) photography.

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 11:04 am
There are three flowering on my path to the dog park. don't you just want to push your face into them?

Redcap blossoms - don't you just want to put your face in them?
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, February 25th, 2013 07:21 pm
The inevitable shower is not a deterrent :(

Kiba in the swamp + Dearth Kenobi and his Young Apprentice = The inevitable consequences of the Dark Side
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, February 14th, 2013 10:48 pm
...I mean it's not like we can legally get married but it feels right. It really does. We all discussed it a few days ago then went shopping to see if we could find something we all liked and took ourselves out for dinner.

Happy Valentine's Day QFHC <3
Valentines Day
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, February 11th, 2013 11:39 am
  • Kenobi and Kiba mugged a 2yr old last night :( He had a very seductive yellow ball, they picked it up off the ground and we gave it back but there were kiddy tears of ball stealing distress. *winces*
  • Life seems to be composed of tiny things right now. I've cleaned most of my room and eaten a lot of fruit and read a lot of fanfic.
  • I have a new, fluffy pillow and one of those banana ones for reading with - it's great!
  • I've ordered a bunch of yarn from Etsy and I'll hopefully find out what it actually looks like soonish. I feel some knitting coming on and I totally blame [personal profile] littleboot for this.
  • I replaced the AC adaptor that Kiba ate - ironically it was the recharger cable for the phone+tablet battery recharger thingie - which took me multiple attempts and an eventual actual electronics store (Altronics) who were excellent.
  • I've survived yet another week of OTW stuff Six weeks so far… and that's taking a lot of my energy right now.
  • The sunrise is lovely right now, I can see soon I'll be getting up in the dark but not yet!
Sunrise this morning
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 07:57 am
  • Hobbit again last night with zorana - made better by giant beanbags. Still fun, Thorin's constant smouldering makes me giggle though.
  • Doing all the personality quizzes! Colour Personality Enneagram
  • OTW update: Five weeks so far… did I tell you I have a manifesto?
  • The Redcaps are blossoming again \o/ I also saw a tiny little cocoon - hard to photograph in the wind but so delicate! So precise!
Redcaps are starting to blossom Cosy little home
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 08:06 am
Day 1: Perth to Balladonia (947km)
  • 6:20am - Leave [personal profile] transcendancing’s house with fully laden car (Tetris achievement unlocked!)
  • Meckering, buy petrol
  • Southern Cross, buy petrol
  • 12:30pm – Lunch at Coolgardie (decide to skip the Kargoorlie pit detour)
  • Coolgardie, buy petrol
  • Norseman (lakes were most lovey) buy postcards
  • 5:15pm – Arrive Balladonia, buy petrol, eat food, write postcards, shower, sleep
Lakes after Norseman

Day 2: Balladonia to Ceduna (983km)
  • 6:30 am – Leave Balladonia
  • See eagles feasting on dead roo, take photographs of eagles, but not roo.
  • [personal profile] transcendancing pulled over for speeding by very, very nice police. Woe
  • Cocklebiddy, buy petrol, take photos, buy stuffed squid, name squid ‘Cockle’
  • Wave at Madura, think about tea, identify [personal profile] transcendancing is ill
  • Mundrabilla, buy petrol
  • Wave at Eucla, drive up non-flat bit to great excitement
  • Cross Western Australia – South Australia Border (wave)
  • Stop at Great Australian Bight to stare, take photos
  • Nullabor Roadhouse – definitely not Narnia
  • 8:15pm Arrive Ceduna, order food, eat, walk, bathe, sleep
Cocklebiddy

Day 3: Ceduna to Adelaide (634 km)

6:30am – Leave Ceduna, admire sunrise
  • Poochera, buy petrol, take photo of dinosaur ant, chat to lovely store owner, do not make ‘screwed the poochera’ jokes *gives [personal profile] prk a filthy look*
  • Wudinna, buy petrol
  • 11:00 am Cowell, admire ‘crap’ art show in public toilets, no seriously, art show
  • 12:00 pm Ferry from Luck Bay to Wallaroo (2 hours not driving was good)
  • 2:00 pm – Wallaroo, locate hospital, medicate [personal profile] transcendancing’s throat infection
  • Arrive Adelaide, arrive Juliette and Damian's, soak up warm hospitality and peach cobbler, discuss pterodactyls
Dinosaur ant Poochera
Day 4: Adelaide to Melbourne (728km)
  • 6:30am – Leave Adelaide and drive up into hills (sunrise thankfully blocked by hills)
  • Murray Bridge, buy petrol
  • Kaniva, sleep in Windmill café for 30 mins - v. good idea (staff were fabulous)
  • Wave at Stawell, discover it is pronounced ‘stall’
  • Ararat, buy petrol
  • 4:30pm - Arrive Melbourne, cuddle [personal profile] littleboot
  • Union Hotel, Brunswick, eat food, cuddle [personal profile] littleboot
Day 4 - Kaniva Windmill Cafe
Day 5: Melbourne to Perth
  • Sleep in, drink tea, cuddle [personal profile] littleboot
  • Arrive at cafe, hug [personal profile] hope, [personal profile] skud, [personal profile] japester and [personal profile] littleboot (just in case), eat all the food
  • Drive to airport, fly home, cuddle everyone, laundry, food, shower, sleep
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, January 14th, 2013 08:13 am
  • Dentist has replaced a 15 yr old filling, it takes ages for me to go numb so we chatted a fair bit. They think the fact that a tooth now vibrates when I call the dogs post-braces coming off is hilarious and then I TOTALLY blew his mind by pointing out that Tolkien says dwarf gender is not visually distinguishable and that half of Bilbo's travel companions are probably women. I know dwarf women were actually 1/3 of the dwarven population and rarely traveled but since they are post-war refugees I think anything goes.
  • Beach with woofers was sad for Kenobi - on leash until stitches come out .. soon... sooon
  • Lunch in Freo with [personal profile] lilysea in which we lay about in various desirable locations and chatted - lovely, hot day.My Saturday lunch date
  • Home with some very dodgy email reading when the traffic lights were red, followed by some rapid email sending and bolting out the door again
  • Furniture shopping with [personal profile] cupidsbow 
  • Accessibility Design, & Technology Meeting (AD&T) plus Board Meeting Two weeks so far...
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, January 7th, 2013 08:30 am
  • Kenobi is recovering from having 4 lumps removed - he obviously thinks he's fine (for which I am grateful) but quite likes being allowed on my bed and is indulging us.
  • Kenobi resting
  • Kiba still haaaaates thunder and spent this morning bouncing outside to defend us from the sky until I gave in and locked him in the laundry - at least this way he's not scrambling madly up the outside walls :(
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 08:25 am
We did a glow in the dark themed party with glow in the dark body paint and UV lights strung up in the house and near the inflatable pool. I had a lot of fun giving people temporary tattoos and letting [personal profile] fred_mouse's youngest draw all over me. There were a lot of mustaches  which I don't entirely understand but are clearly important.

[personal profile] artisanat kindly gave me permission to use his photos from the night so here's a lovely one of people wearing glowstick art in front of the stargate.

New Years Eve
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012 11:30 am
My beloved [personal profile] transcendancing is moving across the country, her stuff and her car are going too so we are making a road trip of it in late January.

If you want a postcard from somewhere on the way now is the time give me a postal address!

Roadtrip route
samvara: Cartoon picture of Agatha Heterodyne and text "One cannot be corrupted by science, and science alone is my master!" (GG - Science)
Sunday, December 9th, 2012 09:33 pm
When the QFHC bought our house last year we were told by the previous owners they participated in the Christmas lights tradition. We bought in late December, had 3 couches and the fridges for New Years, and moved in January so lights weren't exactly on our radar back then.

I thought it would be nice to do something this year and since we're not big Christmas people I did something the entire household could get behind. A stargate.

It took me about 2 months of weekends - although a lot of this was thinking and workshopping - and on that note special thanks to [personal profile] maharetr, [personal profile] chaosmanor and[personal profile] cupidsbow, Andy, [personal profile] madradish and the many people who contributed wonderful encouragement and a steady stream of ideas.

Here is the entire process.

Fwd: Sending Stargate Project from iThoughts



Stargate powered up
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 07:57 am
Sunset
  • Pre-storm skyline was amazing yesterday - that tiny black dot in the left-middle is Kenobi running back to me. I took this using the IOS6 panorama feature three times then using Autostitch to sew the three layers together
  • Kiba is getting better at coming when he is called but is far from reliable. He also hates thunder and spent last night vocalising on my bed
  • Home from work today due to no sleep last night. Bleh
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 07:31 am
  • Recovery from laproscopy proceeding, have failed to adhere to 'no heavy lifting for a month' rule but that was never going to happen
  • Cheque from grandmother's estate surprisingly hard to deposit, this felt very final. I have not been able to delete her contact details from my mobile either.
  • If you scotch-guard your finger, your iPad will not work as well. Don't ask.
  • Kiba likes red apples and green beans, the fruit bowl is not safe :(
  • WTF PerthWTF Perth
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, November 12th, 2012 07:52 am
We have a new woofer in our lives! Kiba is 1 yr 4 months (July 2011) and an energetic boy who can apparently clear 6" fences. We're utterly smitten and will photograph him continuously from now on :p His settings are FULL SPEED and nap... with a gap in the middle for cuddling.

Kiba

[personal profile] chaosmanor has taken some wonderful photos of him.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 07:44 am
His (speculated) birthday was on Friday, we believe him to be 11 so I got him two new balls and chased him around the house with them. At the park he promptly bullied the owner of a throwing claw into flinging balls for him and had the BEST TIME EVER.

At the park

He was pretty stunned when we got home and I broke out the doggy painkillers. He spent the afternoon and evening either slumped on various soft things or hobbling stiffly around looking sad. I figure it was worth the sheer glee of the park earlier.

I also found this photo of him on my phone from back in June when it was too cold to be happy ;p

Cold afternoon snooze
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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 04:48 pm
I fell like I'm 99% working night and day but I found some time to trial a panorama application that stitches your many shots together into a single view.

Heck of a view... View from high up - picture appears to curve in the wrong direction but tres cool view.

Skyline with incoming rain - L. took this one L. took this, long distance avoids the curve problem

Water feature lit up Or this water feature where it's less obvious

Bladerunnerish view from hotel Totally reverse curved but makes me feel like an extra on Bladerunner
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, January 20th, 2012 08:34 am
  • Melbourne trip for Adacamp was awesome. Melbourne was everything people said it would be if they had left out the weirdly claustrophobic tram cables webbing the sky and the anti-alfresco lifestyle.
  • House [1] Settlement on 24th; may possibly have resolved all issues. Termite treatment guy turned out to be one of those contacts you make when you both have relatives who were exiled to Siberia in WWII.
  • House [2] Totally moved in, boxes still everywhere and new hobby is drilling holes in walls, cursing, and installing shelving.
  • Local park is fantastically dog friendly and even has a pond for the swamp monster to fling himself in. We will have to play obstacle croquet as the turf is a little rough but it should be good for picnics, BBQs and emergency bubble blowing.
  • First jog around the park was under a lovely sunset and todays weather is confusing the heck out of my 'summer' brain.
    Sunset over new local park  Summer I'm confused