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« Reply #240 on: February 25, 2007, 06:56:26 PM »

ROCKY CAPE - FAR NORTH WEST COAST OF TASMANIA
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« Reply #241 on: February 25, 2007, 11:23:58 PM »

I will present this story without comment ......

The Examiner Newspaper 12 Feb 2007.

We don't want to stop at 10 : Mum[/b

A Brisbane couple who made world-wide headlines for having two sets of quads through fertility treatment are expecting baby number 10.
Life in the household of Dale and Darren Chalk, of Strathpine in Brisbane's north, is about to become even more hectic with the couple revealing they are pregnant again.
And despite being plagued with morning sickness, Mrs Chalk,28, said they couldn't wait to have more babies.  "It's not morning sickness, it's all day sickness, but hopefully it will soon pass," she said.  "We adore children, so there are no plans to stop at 10."  They have been assured this is a single pregnancy.
Mrs Chalk and her husband, a taxi driver, became parents to quads in August 2004 using an anonymous sperm donor through the Queensland Fertility Group.  Emma, Ellie, Samuel and Joseph were born 13 weeks premature.
The Chalks made international news when they gave birth to another set of quads born in October the next year - Sarah, Alice, Matthew and Milly.  However, Milly was stillborn.
The Chalks have another daughter, Shelby, 4.
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« Reply #242 on: February 25, 2007, 11:25:49 PM »

Awwww - I can't help myself.

Who needs immigration?

Can you imagine the anonymous donor's face if they all turned up one day on his doorstep  "Daddy......."
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« Reply #243 on: February 25, 2007, 11:35:23 PM »

Quote from: "Tibrogargan"
Awwww - I can't help myself.

Who needs immigration?

Can you imagine the anonymous donor's face if they all turned up one day on his doorstep  "Daddy......."
LOL! Tibro, I really have enjoyed reading your thread here, keep up the great work!
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« Reply #244 on: February 27, 2007, 04:28:28 PM »

PIE FLOATER

Unique to the state of South Australia the pie floater is a minced meat pie floating is a sea of thick split pea soup and topped liberally with tomato sauce, which is more savoury that American ketchup. Typically, they are only available extremely late at night from caravans (pie carts?) parked around inner Adelaide.

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« Reply #245 on: February 27, 2007, 04:29:40 PM »

VIEW OF HOBART WITH MOUNT WELLINGTON

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« Reply #246 on: February 28, 2007, 07:37:07 AM »

OMG! all those babies at only 28...eeek! Takes a special person to do that, that's for sure.

Your pictures you are sharing are very breath takingly beautiful. I like to pop in here with my morning coffee, it is relaxing to read the posts and pictures you post.
 thank you for adding to my peaceful mornings Smile
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« Reply #247 on: February 28, 2007, 12:30:40 PM »

I like this land down under - beautiful scenary, amazing wildlife, friendly people and a relaxed attitude; but there must be other culinary dishes native to Oz other than the pie floater.  That picture is truly disturbing.  I have never seen pea soup that green.
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« Reply #248 on: March 01, 2007, 05:04:02 AM »

Thank you monkeys for your kind comments.
Leslie, I agree that the pea soup is a strange colour - hopefully it is the lighting or the photography.  Laughing
We do have a very varied cuisine especially the past few years with all the influences from many other cultures.
Years ago the main foods were good solid British cooking : roasts and puddings etc, but over the years there has been a few dishes that are considered exclusive to us.
Pictures (and I will post any recipes if any monkeys would like them)

Roast Leg of Lamb, served with baked veges and green peas.  Topped with mint sauce and gravy.



Famous meat pie.  Meat can be minced or diced and cooks in its own gravy.  Flaky puff pastry.  Family size can be served with mashed potatoes and veges.  Must have the tomato sauce.



Damper is large scone loaf.  Was originally made by travelling stockmen while on their long cattle drives and baked over open fire.



Outdoor meals are popular with family and friends gathering for a barbeque.  Usually meats cooked are sausages, chops and steaks. Served with salad and icy cold beer or wine.

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« Reply #249 on: March 01, 2007, 05:12:54 AM »

More Aussie Food :

Vanilla Slices (or custard squares).  The slices shown have passionfruit icing on top.  Also on plate are chocolate eclairs for BTgirl Wink



Anzac Biscuits. A firm chewy cookie which keep very well and were so named because they were baked and sent to our troops in the first world war.



Pumpkin Scones



Lamingtons which are made from squares of day old cake covered in melted chocolate or chocolate icing and rolled in coconut.

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« Reply #250 on: March 01, 2007, 05:14:58 AM »

This is as Australian as you can get  Laughing  Laughing

Vegemite on toast

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« Reply #251 on: March 01, 2007, 05:22:28 AM »

For all the seafood lovers : A Seafood Platter.  Would contain hot and cold seafood - lobster, moreton bay bugs, prawns, oysters, crabs, calamari, scallops, fish fillets with salads and tropical fruits.

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« Reply #252 on: March 01, 2007, 05:24:39 AM »

And if you have any room left there is a pavlova topped with whipped cream and fresh seasonal fruits :

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« Reply #253 on: March 01, 2007, 05:28:04 AM »

And for when all the monkeys drop in for an Aussie barbeque I have invited our Robots to do the cooking for us :

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« Reply #254 on: March 01, 2007, 06:36:59 AM »

LAVENDER FARM

The lavender-rowed hills of Nabowla in North-East Tasmania might seem an unlikely place to produce a world leader in essential oils industry.  Volatile oils are extracted from a wide variety of plant materials including sandalwood, eucalyptus, mint, anise and neroli, and used for flavourings, perfumes and medicines.

Bridestowe Estate at Nabowla is the largest single producer of lavender oil in the world, producing 3.5 per cent of total world output.  The essential oils industry is now huge worldwide.  But it could have stayed a cottage industry without the brilliance and ingenuity of industry pioneer, Tim Denny.  
 
It was Mr Denny’s ground breaking research at Bridestowe that revolutionized the steam distillation extraction process around the world.  For years he had been convinced that the orthodox theory of steam distillation, set out in 1910, was wrong because it defied the second law of thermo-dynamics.  “This law states that heat cannot be transferred from cooler to hotter bodies by any continuous self-sustaining process’” he said.  “Here at Bridestowe we worked out the right way that steam did in fact extract the oil”

The new distillery equipment he installed increased the oil yield by 20 per cent and also reduced the time required to extract the oil from the loads of flowers.  It also improved the quality of the oil to a point where it could hardly be matched anywhere in the world.

Mr Denny’s father established the estate in 1921 with seed from camphor-free French lavender.  The climate and the fact that there are no native lavenders to cross pollinate with the pure lavender was what brought him to Tasmania.

The 120 acres of rolling fields of lavender are a spectacular sight when the lavender blooms in December and January and then there is a 5 week long harvest.
The café on the property also serves lavender flavoured ice-cream.
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« Reply #255 on: March 01, 2007, 06:38:54 AM »

LAVENDER ESTATE :

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« Reply #256 on: March 01, 2007, 06:40:30 AM »

VIEWS OF THE LAVENDER FIELDS :



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« Reply #257 on: March 01, 2007, 06:56:44 AM »

WOW!!! those fields are absolutely GORGEOUS!!
 and Yummmyyyyyy all that food. And vegemite *drool*
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« Reply #258 on: March 01, 2007, 04:39:07 PM »

BRISBANE RIVER

Tales of a river - by Phil Hammond

March 01, 2007 11:00pm Article from: The Courier-Mail

WE GRAVITATE to water. To enjoy a cooling breeze from the front of a speeding CityCat, or a picnic beneath a shade tree on the shore at New Farm Park, is to appreciate the moody and mysterious grandeur that is the Brisbane River.  If you have plenty of cash, you can buy a home with riverviews.

The german shepherd, with a koala riding its back, was once the welcome to Lone Pine Sanctuary for visitors who took the river route. And even though the pleasure boats have been ousted from their old North Bank moorings below the Treasury Casino, the MV Mirimar still gives new generations pleasure with its daily Lone Pine trips.

The wool stores these days are up-market blocks of units, but the big water dragons still sun themselves on the rocks up Indooroopilly way. Where once there was industry, children now play in riverside parks such as the Octopus Garden at Colmslie, or the showpiece Rocks Riverside Park near the river's Seventeen Mile Rocks. The youths who used the coal barges sliding past Toowong for target practice with .22 rifles are grown up. Dredging is a memory, and since it stopped the waters have cleaned up. Not quite as clean yet as when colonial soldiers could paddle knee deep near Tank St, ease their hands in, and flick sizeable fish ashore. Dozens of community groups plant trees, remove rubbish and repair the river's tributaries, but familiar still in the creeks are tennis balls in the tide, flushed in stormwater from distant streets, along with choking growths of introduced plants.

On September 25, 1824, when John Oxley was exploring the reaches upstream of the Bremer junction, he noted metre-long sharks. Today, the bull sharks, in packs of up to 70 according to marine research, maraud far up towards Mt Crosby.

Water destined for Brisbane's consumption flows steadily from the wall of Wivenhoe Dam to the Mt Crosby treatment works. For most of the 56km, as far as Kholo, it is a worthwhile canoe adventure, with fast flowing races around tight bends and calm stretches bordered by cow paddocks. From the days when forests of hoop pine and river gum grew right down to the shoreline camps of local Aborigines, to the city Riverwalk – a 15-year project to create 34km of continuous riverside walkways and boardwalks – the river has been a fascinating story.

Far up near Esk, you can enjoy SEQWater's Lake Somerset Holiday Park, launch a tinnie, and with a $7 fishing permit, try for everything from red claw crayfish to Mary River cod and saratoga.



View of Brisbane River showing part of River Walk.  Story Bridge in far right of photo
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« Reply #259 on: March 01, 2007, 06:20:52 PM »

MORE VIEWS OF BRISBANE RIVER :

Ferry passing close to the CBD



Night view of city skyline and river



Moon over Brisbane CBD

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