cleaning gear

It's Saturday and my hands smell of bleach. Shower-cleaning isn't as arduous as it used to be before I discovered thick bleach, but it is a bit stinky - and often hard on the clothes I choose to wear through the process. I never think to get into old clothes, and end up with clean white spots where the splatters of bleach have hit my jeans and tshirt.

I find a good way to clean is to do it in the advertising breaks in a movie on television. Today, it was a movie called Hawaii, staring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydon. It's amazing (to me, at least) how much I can get done in the 5 minutes of advertising they slice a movie up with. Before I know it, the movie is over and I'm sitting in a bleach/pino-clean smelling house!

Album Launch

Tonight is the Snowdroppers album launch at the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne. Willo and I have been looking forward to it all week. It promises to be foot stompingly good and drenched in beer. We first saw these guys at a berlesque show at the Hi Fi bar in 2007. We had a rollocking good time that night - due in a large part to the music, though the skantily-clad women didn't hurt either.


For the last 3 months or so, I've been video corresponding with my sister in New Zealand. It's so lovely to find her video on our channel on a Tuesday and settle down to listen as she talks to me. I record my returning video on Fridays (though lately it's been Saturdays) and so it goes. I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone who wants an easy way to stay in touch with family. More than the news she tells me, I see her lovely face and expressions I know so well - she shows me what she's bought on and sometimes I hear or see her family in the background.

We don't have any rules except the video needs to be no longer than about 4 minutes. We don't have any punishments or penalties for missing our deadlines (Tuesday for her, Friday for me) because we are both busy people and sometimes, it's just not possible.

What I love best about it is because we're sisters, there's nothing glamourous about it. We don't make any effort or care what we look like or sound like etc - we just talk to each other and it's so great.

Fudge Recipe for Sarah

The talented Ms Sarah H asked for my fudge recipe - and because I know it's my execusion that is causing failure of my fudge outcomes lately, I will share it - I proved years ago and over and over that the recipe is sound. So for Sarah and anyone else who would like to make fudge, the recipe is as follows:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 25 grams of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Put sugar and cocoa into a saucepan. Mix to combine. Add milk and butter. Heat gently, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved and butter melted. Bring to the boil. Do not stir. Let mixture boil until the soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Add vanilla essence and leave to stand for five minutes. Beat with a wooden spoon until thick. Pour into a buttered tin. Mark into squares. Cut when cold.

NOTE: 'soft ball stage' in sugar making is a temperature - if you have a candy thermometre, the temperature you're looking for (apparently) is 235 degrees Celcius.

WARNING: sugar boils at a very high temperature - IT WILL BURN YOU IF YOU LICK THE SPOON! or stick your finger in the pot etc. So be careful out there, people.

Digital Photography

Years ago I bought a Nikon dSLR. I loved and continue to love my camera. I paid a lot of money for it and in return, I managed to get some really nice photographs. I know a little bit about photography - bits here and there - but have decided to attend classes to learn more.

Chaz and I will be going to this digital photography class every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks. That alone will be a lot of fun - he's such an ethusiastic, positive, creative guy just being around him is energising. We'll be doing our homework between classes and he promised that we can have a drink after each class.

It will be fun, and I'll get to learn after all this time how to *really* use my camera in off-road style!