Danboard at the beach

Music In My Head

Last night was our camera club Christmas dinner, it was great to see so many members there enjoying a meal and enjoying each others’ company.

David and I got to Altona nice and early, coming straight from work, so we took in the kite surfers and had a walk along the beach. I only had my 50mm lens on my camera so what I could shoot was kind of limited, it’s not the best for capturing kite surfing.

I had Danbo with me, so we took a shot at the beach on some of the rocks. I’m happy with how it turned out. Shot at f2.8, you can see the tiny slither that was the field of focus I had to play with.


So anyway, I’ve mentioned in the past about the scenes I see in my head when I close my eyes… kind of like there’s a mini-movie playing on the back of my eyelids. Well I always knew that I also hear sounds and can occasionally smell the environment, the music was never more obvious as it was last night, but more so because at one point it stopped and there was absolute silence. It was weird and has never happened before. The scene was quite dark, not much to see and maybe that just added to the fall of silence.


Mirrors and Glass

This weekend, we made a couple of acquisitions. First up was a new lens, an early Christmas present. The Canon 50mm, f1.2L lens, it’s a dream.

We went to Digital Camera Warehouse to look at the FujiFilm X100T, a great little camera that’s great for street photography and just as a camera to have in your bag that won’t take up too much room. I wanted one, I wanted one pretty bad, but, on seeing the 50mm in the flesh and looking at it through the camera it made me want it more.

It also made more sense to get this fine lens to add to my kit rather than another camera.

The FujiFilm X100T in Black or Silver
Bill and Jo

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

We’ve been hunting for a mirror for our new house pretty much since we moved in. We knew where we wanted to put it, but we weren’t sure of the style we wanted. We ummed and we erred right up to the point it was put in our car and we paid for it.

Sue wanted us to buy us a housewarming gift and has been on at us to pick a mirror since forever. And we finally did.

I really like it, it’s placement is great. We love it.

We got it from Mirror Mirror in Collingwood, we brought it home and we mounted it.



VicVotes and Breakfast

We have a new king, well a new Premier at least, Daniel Andrews. Long live the new regime, if you consider 4 years a long time. For the first time in Victorian history the Liberal Party has only served 1 term before we ousted them from state government leadership. The federal government will tell you their politics had nothing to do with the Victorian defeat, but they’re stupid like that.

Sure it’s not just federal politics that had a hand in their demise, but they are the same party, they operate with the same values and on they have pretty much shown throughout their rule that just like their federal counterparts, our state government was more interested in the favours they could do their friends in business than operating the state for the people.

We do need more of a focus on public transport and less on big roads, we need more focus on the people and less on established big business.

So we now have a Labor lead state, let’s hope the win doesn’t go to their head, they have a lot of work to do and really 4 years isn’t a lot of time to do it. They will be supported by at least 1 Greens seat, perhaps more as the votes continue to be counted.


I’ve been looking for something to have for breakfast that is quick and easy and doesn’t involve bread or sugar-laced cereal. I think I’ve found it.

Last Thursday we attended a Thermomix cooking night. They call it a class, but really it’s more of a demonstration of the machine while they prepare and cook recipes readily found in the cookbooks that come with your machine. I admit, I’m not a big user of our machine, David uses it mostly, but when the presenters showed us CADA I knew I was on a winner for breakfast.

CADA is Coconut, Almonds, Dates and Apple. Topped with yoghurt it makes a delicious healthy breakfast. The recipe is pretty easy: A handful of each of the coconut, almonds and dates, put them in the Thermomix with a quartered apple and pulse until it’s at your preferred consistency. Top with yoghurt and Bob’s your uncle, as they say.

The photos below are my first attempt, and I was making it for two, next time I’ll do two things differently. First of all I’ll pulse the dates and almonds alone before adding the apple and coconut. And if making for two, I’ll add another half an apple.

CADA is what's for breakfast
CADA is what's for breakfast
CADA is what's for breakfast

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