Down time.

Hello folks 🙂
I’ve been busy filling in for a workmate whilst she has a well earned holiday away from the laboratory. Here’s a little of what I’ve been doing in my down time.

Making Orange and poppy seed muffins.


These were a very easy recipe that used oil and buttermilk that gave them a very nice crumb texture. They were meant to come with a cream cheese frosting but I felt it would detract from the lovely citrusy flavour and the poppy seeds would give you a teeny euphoric lift anyways 😉
I made a yummy Garlic prawn risotto for our tea last night and it made so much that we will be eating leftovers for tea tonight.


I also spent most of the afternoon making a whole big pot of delicious golden chicken stock which I’m about to pack into individual freezer bags for future recipes.


Our house is pretty much finished being externally renovated excepting the last few coats of paint and wood oiling and the lights being put in. The carpenters came and cleared away all the wood pieces and planks they’d left behind and I was able to get in and weed a part of my garden that I hadn’t been able to safely get to for most of the year. Still have a bit to go there but it’s looking better. I have to move a pear that is dormant at the moment, from where it is to a spot up a terraced section of the garden where I can also plant another pear to help pollination. I wondered why I never got any pears till I learnt that pears need two to produce fruit. Talk about a naive gardener 😛 I feel spring in the air. The sun is just that little bit warmer and it’s rising in the sky just that little bit earlier in the mornings 🙂
Here’s a picture of my newest acquisition in the pet stakes. He doesn’t make a lot of noise thankfully. I won’t be getting neighbours hammering on my doors saying he wakes them up early in the mornings 😉

I haven’t really thought of a name for him yet. The little metal kitty that was my mums is looking a wee bit terrified of him judging by the look on his face.
Here is a photo taken in a large shopping centre in Perth recently whilst I was on a mission for some child friendly gifts. The things you can do with Lego is amazing 🙂


I will leave you with a final photo of our favourite little French restaurant Lavender Cottage. It is where Jason and I go on our date nights and sometimes, if we have days off together we get to go there for one of Elis soufflecinnos! Magnificent cappuccinos with and inch of creamy froth on top 🙂


Have a wonderful life and, in the words of our dearly departed Robin Williams (as Mork, from Ork), Nanoo, Nanoo!

11 thoughts on “Down time.

      1. People just don’t think when they are in the pits of depression, how their act is going to impact on their family, their friends and in his case, the world. People spend so much time wondering if they could have helped, if it was their fault, etc. He must have been severely depressed :(. Seems like most “funny men” are not all that funny underneath…

    1. Hi Wendy . Yes we do get busy in our down time but it doesn’t always feel like work does it 🙂 . I don’t know why I get so angry when I hear about suicides. I feel for the pain they obviously are in yet I feel more for the poor family left behind with lifetimes of pain for them 😦 so confusing are my feelings.

      1. No 🙂 It doesn’t always feel like work 🙂

        Suicides trigger all sorts of emotions for people, I guess too our own particular experiences come into it alot…depending on what we relate too most. I think it’s terribly tragic for the families left behind too. 😦

      2. I love the tin rooster, such a dapper lad! I like the looks of the muffins, but where oh where is the recipe 🙂 Truly a great loss, I can’t imagine what his family is going through.

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