Monthly ArchiveApril 2009

General 22 Apr 2009 11:39 pm

Katie’s Cakes…

I haven’t made a cake for quite a while, in fact I’ve only made one since we arrived in Australia in 2005. There are a number of reasons (excuses) for my lack of enthusiasm:

– the places we have stayed in have had pretty ordinary kitchens;

– I wasn’t sure where to buy the ingredients; and

– when we packed, I didn’t think to pack all my tins and things.

So, I haven’t resolved any of my issues (other than the kitchen), but decided none the less to get back into it after getting the opportunity to make an engagement cake.  While I haven’t done a cake for a while, it did remind me how much I enjoy it.  Spurred on, I have decided to create (or ask Clayton to create for me) a section within the site so you can all have a look at my creations to date.  They may not be perfect, but they all tell a story.  So once it is up and running, I hope you enjoy…

Uncategorized 19 Apr 2009 08:57 pm

The Eagle Has Landed! (and promptly flown away…)

So I got an email from a good friend a couple of months back, saying that she was going to be in the land down under for a bit on a trip.  Never been to the Nation’s Capital, so was keen for a visit.  She’s American, but I get along with her because she has a passport, so she realises that there are places OUTSIDE of the US of A which are worth seeing.  Makes her alright in my books.

Easter Monday had us driving down to pick up Caz and her sister from the Jolimont Centre in Canberra, where all the interstate buses end up.  Except Caz’s sister was crook, so wasn’t able to make the Canberra leg.

The bus arrived late afternoon, so we went up to Telstra (Black Mountain) Tower to view Canberra.  Scoring this one off my “Places to take people” list.  It’s a good view of Canberra, but poorly placed – with Canberra being a planned city, the view from Black Mountain doesn’t do it justice.

What does do it justice is Mount Ainslie.  The view looks over the War Memorial, down ANZAC paraid, to Old Parliament House and New Parliament House.  If you stick that view into a photo with a born and bred Canberra boy and a LA based Lass you get this:

We spent the day going through the War Memorial, Blundell’s Cottage, the Carilion, Old Parly House, New Parly House, National Museum and KoKo Black (hot chocolate fix was apparently a neccessity.  Not for me – sweet enough as it stands…).  All good.

What can I say?  To catch up with close friends that you haven’t seen for a long time?  Fantastic.

‘Nuff said.