Friday, May 18, 2018

So sad

Awww... I was really happy when I got home. There were some nesting birds across the road that had been sitting on eggs for a few weeks and one had hatched.

It was so cool, seeing this little baby bird running around on the grass eating grubs and being all happy!

Then it got hit by a car. :(

Not even one day old. Didn't even have the chance to sleep and have one dream. So sad now. I moved the body off the road and laid it to rest under a tree. At least its spirit can stand in the branches and sing for the sunrise.

Rest in peace little bird. :'(

Friday, April 13, 2018

Before the trip

Going to be doing a spot of driving, and some sight seeing! :D Whooo!

Got most of the stuff we need packed, bit of work today, then off to the horizon in the morning.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

First cyclone

Well, after a few years of living in the Top End, we've experienced our first cyclone. At the risk of tempting fate, I have to say it wasn't too bad where we were.

There was a lot more trees uprooted in closer to the city, we saw lots of trees down, a few power lines and such.

Apparently we have another, stronger cyclone on the way in another week or so. Fingers crossed it is as easy on us as this one was...

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Prado upgrades

I like working with my hands.

Fitted some improved lighting and a cb to the Prado. Was a bit fiddley, but not as hard as I thought it would be. Had a moment of panic looking behind the glovebox and finding all the climate control stuff filling that space, but I was able to run the cables through without too much drama.

Feels good to put something together. Be nice to have a workshop, but that's a long way off.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pumpkin pie

Getting my bake on again. Had a go at pumpkin pie. The recipe was straight forward and easy to follow but the mix came out too wet.

Doing a bit of reading about common mistakes when making pumpkin pie suggests that the pumpkin I used was too wet (since I used fresh instead of canned puree).

For next time, I'll need to strain the pumpkin more or boil it after puree-ing to get rid of excess water.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week three - success!

My third week writing challenge was a bit of a cheat. I swapped the challenge from week 3 with another one. The challenge I did was to find an image online and write a story about it.

I liked the way I was both inspired and constrained by using a source image.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Second week - success!

Last week's writing challenge was to find a random story online and edit it. Turns out it is a bit harder to find works in progress online.

I did find a piece to work on - about two or so pages. There was a lot that I deleted wholesale, tightened up the dialogue and re-structured parts of it to change the order some of the information was presented. There were several bits of exposition that I cut out as well... though in the authors defence, they may have become pertinent later on in the story. They just weren't important in the section I was working on.

I'm certain the result I have can be edited further, though for the purposes of this exercise, I'm happy with the result that I have.