Thursday, August 2, 2012

Local Thief, Vacuum, Jurassic?

An amazing story, a thief returned stolen items to a house together with $50 to Thiefrepair a broken screen, his note was full of apologies and said he would also be doing community work to atone. Oddly enough, the family didn’t even realise they had been burgled, it apparently happened whilst they were out for a walk. The police point out that even though the thief returned everything, he/she might still be liable for prosecution, this may not be the first offence even if the note said it was. It sounds genuine to me, but what a dreadful situation when someone has become so poor they feel burglary is the only answer. There is no doubt things are getting harder for people, we notice things are tight these days, groceries having gone up a bundle, and the drought won’t help anything either. Maybe I should take up burglary too LOL. One grouse of mine is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there to help seniors in health and financial difficulties.

What with one thing and another, yesterday turned out to be ‘one of those days’. It started off with the woman who cleans for us thinking she had to turn up an hour vacuumlater, no idea why she got that idea into her head. Then I was trying to prepare stuff for supper and kept being called away either by her or Matt for various reasons, finally she told us that the vacuum wasn’t working properly. On investigation it turned out that the belt was broken. Not bad for about 10 years or so. I then started phoning places for repairing vacuums, the first place didn’t repair Dirt Devils, the second place, I left a message, the third place their vacuum repair person had broken his leg in May and still wasn’t back, the fourth place didn’t do Dirt Devils either, however, they did recommend Duffy’s which was close by. Brilliant. We had the belt and Matt tried to do it himself, but found he just could not stretch it far enough, went to Duffy’s and the guy, Greg, fixed it in a few seconds flat, put a sticker with the shop’s name on it on the vacuum and didn’t charge us a cent. As the store is virtually round the corner, we were delighted. I also ordered some more belts from Royal who make this vacuum. It is a heavy beast, but very powerful.

Jurrasic DinoA report in the news, an Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, is planning to build a real life Jurassic Park and has been having deep discussions with the people who cloned Dolly the sheep about cloning a dinosaur. As the article says, didn’t he see the ending of the movie? The park is also supposed to have a Sky Needle, a casino and a giant Ferris wheel to rival the London Eye. The article describes him as an eccentric. If he is planning to have a real live dinosaur running around loose, I would say he definitely is eccentric.

This looked a really nice, refreshing salad for this continuous hot weather. I found it at I was going to post the Mushrooms Canada recipe, but as it was so similar to the last recipe, I thought I would save it for a day.

Sicilian Fennel Salad

Source: Saveur Magazine

4 servings

In Sicily, this salad is traditionally prepared with wild chicory, a slightly peppery, Sicilian Fennel Saladtender leafed green. When unable to find it, you can substitute arugula.

3 blood or navel oranges

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Freshly ground black pepper

2 bunches trimmed arugula

2 medium fennel bulbs, cored, halved and trimmed

1/4 cup oil cured black olives


Trim off and discard peel and all of the white pith from oranges, then slice crosswise into thin rounds and set aside. Mix together extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar in a large salad bowl, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Tear arugula into large pieces and arrange in the salad bowl. Slice fennel bulbs into long strips. Toss salad just before serving, adjust seasonings, then arrange orange slices and black olives on top.

Have a great day



  1. Replies
    1. Ain't that the truth. Jurassic Park was quite frightening enough.

  2. good grief, we hardly have room for the animals we currently have roaming the earth. Shame he can't use his money to protect a few of the present critters that are endangered rather than spend all that money on trying to bring back something long gone and wouldn't fit on the earth as it stands now. If scientists could do it, and that's a BIG if, they wouldn't stop with one, I'm sure.

    Good deal on the vacuum. I finally had to buy another one this past year. I still have my 30 year Kirby. It works better than any other vacuum I've had. Just so damned heavy.


    1. You're so right Sia, rhinos for a start, plus all the exotic animals which are being killed and captured for all kinds of invalid reasons. Can you imagine a real Jurassic park, how terrible.

      I am surprised you have had your Kirby for 30 years, the guy at the store said he had never seen a Dirt Devil as old as ours and in such good condition. Our Dirt Devil is very heavy too, it has a Hepa Filter and works beautifully but is a bugger to heave around.

  3. Clive Palmer is certainly thinks differently. He has plans to build another Titanic too. He's also apparently decided he wants to go into politics and is seeking endorsement from the LNP.

    1. Why do we need another Titanic anyway, and as for politics, glad he's not my countryman, he might populate parliament with dinosaurs, hmmm, on the other hand.......