We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Teddy Bear Hunting has become a thing around my neighbourhood as we self-isolate during 2020 because of Covid-19. With playgrounds and parks shut, the idea is that children spot teddy bears at other people’s homes while they are out walking.

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I laughed out loud when I spotted my first teddy bear on an early morning week and each subsequent bear (or stuffed animal) that I have spotted has brought me joy.

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Some bears are shy and hard to find.

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I’ve also spotted rabbits during my walks around the neighbourhood. Coming up to Easter, various Premiers of Australian states have put out formal communications to ease the minds of worried children to advise that the Easter Bunny is exempt from travel restrictions. Phew!!

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Hey, hey, we’re the Monkeys!

Some bears (and their families) are taking holidays in their own front yards.

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I spotted what I thought were two bears in a garden in the following photo, but I was wrong. Not sure if the people who live here are getting ready early for next Christmas or if they are complete slackers! Either way, the reindeer and toy soldier made me smile.

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The signs are everywhere and are delightful.

Some bears are happiest when they are just hanging around…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are always around when something fun is happening.

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The idea has come from a children’s book called We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

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Early Morning Walk

Rise and shine, everyone!

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Working from home as part of Covid 19 social distancing measures means that I get to take an early morning walk around my neighbourhood at the time when I would usually be travelling on the train to my workplace in the Melbourne CBD.

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These photos are taken at local wetlands (these were called swamps when I was growing up and we knew to look out for snakes when we were around them).

A twilight walk through my Melbourne suburb during Autumn

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I’d like to show you my part of the world, which is a western suburb of Melbourne. I took the following photos at around 7pm during the middle of March which is autumn in Australia. The photo above was taken from a park near my home. I usually work in one of those buildings on the horizon but am presently working from home (social distancing).

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My area is quite a new suburb and in Melbourne new estates are obligated to provide a certain amount of wetlands and parks.

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The following photos are of flowering gums.

Spot the native bee in the photo below.

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A wetland and a bird… I have no idea what the bird is, but the photo after this is of a magpie. I saw some rosellas too but wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of them.

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Gum nuts from two different trees.

The next photo is of a native ground cover called pig-face which is a horrible name but these are beautiful when they are in flower.

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Bottle brush.

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Different barks, all Australian natives.

The following shrub is a Grevillea.

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A few trees to finish off. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus trees in the world, most of them in Australia. Most of these trees are in streets outside people’s homes.

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Queenscliff Rod Run 2019

 

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These photos are from the Saturday night cruise at the 2019 Queenscliff Rod Run. There were more entrants and people watching the cruise than I’ve ever seen before, maybe because it was such a beautiful evening, but also because the Geelong Street Rodders put on a great weekend.

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The Victorian Police were popular with spectators who cheered and asked them to turn on the police car’s lights and sirens.

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The Shane Magro Combo played rockabilly favourites.

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This year’s entrant t-shirt design:

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Victorian Hot Rod and Cool Rides Show 2019

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The 54th Victorian Hot Rod Show was on over the Australia Day long weekend in January 2019 at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne.

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We arrived late in the afternoon, so only looked at the cars still parked outside.

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He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers is crazy about T Buckets…

I’m always happy to see a Torana.

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The Chev below had a camouflage paint job.

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Singapore Noodles

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2 packets wholegrain chicken noodles

3 Tablespoons olive oil

250gm bacon

1 onion, chopped

1 red capsicum, sliced thinly

1 Cup broccoli florets

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 Tablespoon curry powder

2 Cups carrots, thinly sliced

3 Tablespoons soy sauce

Coriander and lemon juice (to taste)

Cook noodles, stir through flavoring, then drain and set aside.

Heat one tablespoon of oil then cook bacon in a large frypan. Remove from heat and slice thinly. Cook eggs, then remove from heat and slice thinly. Cook onion, capsicum and carrots until soft.

Add remaining oil, mix curry powder with 3 teaspoons of water and add to pan.

Add noodles and remaining ingredients to pan and stir well.

Victoria Sponge Bites

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I adapted a recipe for a large Victoria Sponge to make 24 muffin-sized cakes. Once they cooled down I split them in half to serve them with raspberry jam and cream.

The plate in the picture is one of Nanna J’s. (Notice the chip? She was known for breaking dishes…)

1 Cup caster sugar

200gm butter, softened

4 large eggs

1 1/2 Cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 Tablespoons milk

Raspberry jam and whipped cream

Heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.

Mix all ingredients using an electric mixer, then drop the batter into paper muffin pans.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. The cakes are cooked when they spring back when touched gently on top.

Cool the cakes for a minute, then move to a rack to cool.

Once cooled, cut them in half and serve with jam and cream.

The recipe said these would keep for two days, but ours didn’t last that long!

 

Fried Beef Noodles

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2 Packets of wholegrain Beef Two Minute Noodles

2 Teaspoons olive oil

1 egg, lightly beaten

200gm beef rump, thinly sliced

1 onion

2 teaspoons garlic

1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin rounds (I cut these into matches when I made the recipe, but found that too time-consuming and wouldn’t do it again).

2 Cups frozen peas

1 Tablespoon Maggi original seasoning sauce

3 spring onions, chopped

Cook the noodles, add the flavour sachet, then drain and set aside.

Heat the oil and cook the egg, remove from heat and slice thinly.

Cook beef, then add the onion, garlic and cook until soft, then add the peas, carrots and seasoning and cook until soft.

Stir in the noodles and egg, serve once heated through.

 

 

Mexican Vegetable Noodles

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Mexican Vegetable Noodles is quick, easy and makes enough for leftovers.

2 packets of chicken wholegrain noodles, cooked and drained.

Packet of chilli con carne seasoning

1 zucchini, diced

1 carrot, grated

1 onion, diced

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can red kidney beans, drained

1 cup grated cheese.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line a deep baking tray with baking paper.

Mix all of the ingredients except the cheese together and press into the baking tray. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for twenty minutes or until the cheese is golden.

 

 

Rockabilly Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-ups Corio 2018

 

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It’s spring, which means that it is Hot Rod season again!

Rats, Tatts N’ Pinups 2018 was on recently at the Gateway Hotel in Corio. Thanks again to Kingpin Kustoms for putting on another terrific day.

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The pair of Holden’s (used to be) as Australian as they make them…

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This beautiful coupe recently graced the cover of Cruizin’ magazine.

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Love the old Kingswood.

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It was a beautiful day for those who came on bikes.

Pablo’s Coach Builders.

Flames.

Pinups.

We didn’t see a great deal of the bands, but there was something for everyone with a ZZ Top tribute band, a KISS tribute band and rockabilly favourites, Rosie and the Top Cats.

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For a gold coin donation to charity, Rats, Tatts, ‘N Pinups is a great day out.