Sunday, 20 September 2015

Run, walk or just stagger!

The course for the famous Mitchell Street Mile
Today is a big day around town. It's the Mitchell Street Mile!!!

Yes, if only you were here you could be competing in the richest purse of any road footrace in Australia. There is a prize pool of $35 000.

Competitors have arrived from all over Australia and some from overseas. One from Japan looks to be the most likely winner in her section.

There are nine different categories so everyone can enjoy themselves. Would you like to be in the Fancy Dress race? 12 years and under? Defence Force? You only have to cover the distance, you know, because of the hundreds of competitors only one will win each section.

The weather is fabulous - sunny, tropical breeze, low humidity. The course is right in the middle of the city and the whole event is in the cool of the late afternoon. Lots of spectators to cheer and encourage everyone. Run, walk, or stagger - a mile is not far.

Am I a competitor? Not this year.

This is the link where you can find out all the interesting stuff. And it is where I found the map which I have posted here.

Sunday, 13 September 2015


My older sister had another birthday. She is 86. And ... the worst part is she has fewer wrinkles than I have.
It is not all genetic of course. Families do not share the good bits equally. But at 86 she is still in glowing good health.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Living luxury

Veronique Serrett
I copied the photo from the dso website.
We went out again! Another classical concert!
Aaah, yes, but this was different.

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra  (website has always been volunteers, but this year we have a special concert master. Who? Veronique Serrett.
Who? The most talented and most capable violinist in Australia, that's who. And she sure does not look like a traditional lady violin player either.

The concert was called "Realm and Resonance" and the idea was to hear music which is strongly representative of certain cultural groups. The conductor, Matthew Wood, introduced each piece with an explanation of who what when where and why. Good idea. There is so much floating around inside my brain that sometimes I do not automatically catch the right bits. I needed that help.

The concert started with Finlandia. Sibelius created a dream and the orchestra did it well.
This was followed by Romanian Folk Dances collected and notated by Bartok. Wonderful.
Next was Tzigane by Ravel, played by Veronique Serrett. OK. This piece was deliberately written to be the most difficult piece ever for the violin and was a personal challenge from Ravel to his friend d'Aranyi. There is a long section by the soloist and then a shorter section that includes the orchestra. The violinist appeared. I was a little surprised. Barefoot. Half head shaved. Attitude. We were spellbound. She knew her job!

After interval Veronique joined the orchestra as first violinist. Now wearing highest of heels and trousers. More rockstar than traditional, and most of the ladies playing that night were big on black lace.
We heard Sculthorpe's Sun Music. That's not my favourite, but it is good to see (hear) orchestral music stretched and arty.
We finished with Suite Algerienne by Saint-Saens.

So who was in the audience? Not a lot of tattooed bikies. A range of ages, including babes in arms. Rich, poor, old, young. Dressed up, dressed casually.
Who was in the orchestra? A range of ages. Not a lot of tattoos. Rich, poor, young, old.
The concert was really accessible and we paid only $20 each. Some people paid more, and got nothing more than we did for the extra money. The venue was fabulous - Darwin Convention Centre. Every seat is a good seat.

The concert was absolutely fantastic. Loved every minute, even the Sculthorpe.

Saturday, 5 September 2015


That terrible disease, Domesticity, has struck again. Quick! Grab the smelling salts!
3 small jars plus some in a dish in the fridge
Turned to a recipe book. Was that wise?

Surprised myself by making a batch of marmalade. Yes, the love of my life enjoys it on toast. Maybe he is related to Paddington bear.

But Father's Day looms and even though my own father has gone from this world other fathers deserve something special to honour their efforts. My husband put lot of effort into being a good father.

Not sure how good this marmalade really is, but tomorrow's breakfast will provide a genuine test. It seems fine to me. The process seemed quite easy although I thought making this sort of thing was supposed to be hard.

Citrus and Tomato Marmalade
500g tomatoes
1 orange
1 lemon
2 cups sugar

  1. First sterilize your jars. This recipe made 3 cups for me, but it all depends on the sizes of the orange and lemon. Sterilize an extra jar.
  2. Very finely slice the lemon and orange. Probably it is easier if you have a food processor. You must include the peel but not the seeds.
  3. Chop the tomatoes.
  4. Cook the tomatoes, orange and lemon until the peel is soft. Allow about an hour.
  5. Blitz this with a stick blender.
  6. Add the sugar.
  7. Cook for about another half hour. It will spit, so stir it often.
  8. I wonder if sophisticated families add whiskey at this point. I didn't.
  9. Test to see if it is thick enough. Put  spoonful on a cool saucer. It will not be runny when it is finished.
  10. Carefully get it into those jars. Seal them.
  11. Label the jars, and don't forget the date.