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A turbinectomy is not a funny hat!

Hello to my fellow bloggers ๐Ÿ˜Š. I apologise for not being very present on WordPress. I’m recovering from nose and sinus surgery so am not up to doing much anyway. I had a total bilateral turbinectomy including my ethmoid sinuses and the shaving of my septum that was all wonky and blocking my nostril.

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I should be back on my feet and baking in a little while. I’m looking forward to being able to breathe easier and smell things better very soon. I should also be looking much more glamorous than I do in the above picture ๐Ÿ˜œ. I am recovering at my in laws Maxine and Johns house in Perth and they are spoiling me. Love them to bits. Jason and I will head back to the cool of Albany tomorrow I think.
Take care everyone and I’ll be back soon xox

Springish type equinox!

Hello to all in the blogosphere and may your day be going splendidly or your night time as well. I’m currently getting my bones into gear to start attempting to tackle the protecting of my fruit futures from the dreaded fruit fly invasion. Oh how I hate and abhor those little tiny flies just doing what comes naturally.

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See that little fruit fly on my rosemary bush? The flowers have only just come out on my ancient apricot and they’re already rubbing there legs with glee!

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Here’s a close up of the nasty little aphids I discovered on my double grafted nectarine tree yesterday. As its only small at the present I was successful in spraying them with Pyrethrum till they were dead. They haven’t spread to the new growth on my other fruit trees yet but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled.

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This is my newish Trevatt Apricot just coming into flower.

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This is the gorgeous blossom of my Satsuma plum. The tree is thick with it this year. It was severely affected by aphids last year and has come back beautifully this year thankfully.

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These blossoms belong to my Santa Rosa plum which sits next door to my Satsuma plum. It is also nicely covering the whole tree this year ๐Ÿ™‚

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These blossoms belong to my old Apricot which I always think is going to die any year now but keeps surprising me. This year I shall get fruit without maggots in it, I’m determined. Nylon bags are at the ready to go on!

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These are my blueberries just starting to get into flower and fruit stage. Cannot wait for these little purple beauties to arrive in force.

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Here is a little millipede climbing up our newly painted garage wall the other day. Amazing little critters and such an ancient little fossil creature still alive today ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is my lovely Princess Lavender. The bees adore it as do I. I need to purchase lots more of these little plants or maybe just take some cuttings from these and get them growing.

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This is one of the Kookaburras (a member of the Kingfisher family) that live and hunt about our house. Very adept hunters.

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Here it is eyeing Jason and the camera off.

I end this short springish blog off with a few photos of the delectable and always amusing Molly who is forever telling us what we should be doing for her.

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I’m just waiting for a call to come through guys. Can you answer it for me?

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Hmmm what shall I do now? I’m in the mood for some ripping about in the sunshine.

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Well, this is fun! Now I’m up here what can I see, apart from my human taking my best angle in this photo?

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The morning has been SO exhausting that I must immediately lie down right here on this nice warm newspaper you don’t need to be reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a lovely day/night wherever you may be fellow bloggers.

Sunday at the Market and other town photos.

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This is the back of our local fishermans and produce market that is held every Sunday at the boatshed in Albany. People can sit out here with a lovely coffee and look at the boats or birds and in warmer weather, watch their children have a little swim or a paddle.

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This is one of the friendly pelicans sitting way up high on a lamp post preening his/her feathers after a swim. You don’t tend to walk under lamp posts down here for obvious reasons ๐Ÿ˜€

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This is one of the tugboats that operate from the port in Albany. Behind itย you can just see the woodchip pile waiting for a boat to come andย take it to Japan to make it in to paper.

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This is the other one. Behind it you can see the big silos full of grain waiting for ships to come take it away.

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This is some form of sculpture that is shaped like a tree with a windvane/weathervane on top. It was a very still and breezeless day.

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This is one of the local seagulls who posed nicely for us.

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This is a photo of the old quarantine station that new immigants had to stay in miles away by road from the town of Albany but a short boat ride otherwise.

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This is Bald Head off the coast of Albany.

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This is the start of Ataturk Channel, the entrance to the port of Albany. Huge ships pass through here with the help of those two tugboats you saw earlier.

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This is looking back over Middleton Beach and twowards Emu Point and the water at the back is Oyster Harbour. The ranges at the back are the Stirling Ranges.

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This is our Entertainment centre. It hosts lots of fun events and local dance competitions. In front of that are a few yachts and catamarans that head off whale watching nearly every day when the season is on.

It was a lovely Sunday. There were young boys out fishing off the jetty as well as family groups having a great time. We just wandered about with a nice coffee each enjoying the day and taking the odd picture. We’ve resolved we must get back to going for walks together in the finer weather. Good for the soul and the body ๐Ÿ™‚

Bye for now.

Sanity savers for my workplace!

Work has been horrendously busy of late. What with the new hospital and laboratory build, everyone is still finding their feet and working out how to work in their spaces. Yesterday was particularly bad as we had two people off or away and lots of patients to bleed and lots of outpatients attending our laboratory as well. This morning I got up early (5.30) and made everyone a batch of Raspberry and white choc muffins. It sure cheered them up!

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First I assembled my ingredients.

2 cups of Self Raising flour

3/4 cup of Raw Caster sugar

1 cup of White chocolate bits

2 eggs

1/3 cup Rice Bran oil

1 cup of Buttermilk

1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries

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I sifted the Self Raising flour and Raw caster sugar into a bowl.

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Then I mixed the eggs (beaten), rice bran oil and buttermilk all together in another bowl.

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I mixed the dry and the wet together.

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Next I added the white chocolate bits, mixed in well and then folded through the raspberries.

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I’d prepared my muffin cases before hand.

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Then I added roughly a quarter to a third of a cup of mixture into each muffin case and baked them in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees celsius (160 fan forced) for 28 minutes.

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Voila!