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Monday, 30 June 2008

THE GOOD MASTER by KATE SEREDY

I admit to not having heard of this book until one of the ladies at Craft today asked me to check the Bookmooch site to see if I could get a copy.
Well I was lucky, as there were 3 copies of the book, and I have mooched one of them to get it sent to me.
The story is set in Hungary, and searching on Google, I found that the author has 2 other books - THE WHITE STAG and THE SINGING TREE.

Received another 2 books in the mail today via the Bookmooch site, and I reciprocated by posting off 2 books I had been asked for - one to New South Wales and another to West Yorkshire.

Will say yet again - a wonderful concept.

DAVID HENRY SMITH AND EMILY KITCHEN

I am now another step closer in my family search for my great grandfather.
Today I received a copy of his death certificate, which shows that his second wife's name was Emily Kitchen.
He married Emily at the age of 70 years, and she lived to a good age as well, as I located on the Brisbane City Council site (Grave Location Search) the burial details.
Emily was 103 years, and David was 93 years when he died in 1990.

Now my next step is to apply for their marriage certificate.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

4 INGREDIENTS COOKBOOK

I bought this book a few days ago, and last night cooked one of the recipes - BAKED RAVIOLI.
I had never thought to cook the ravioli this way before, but it is definitely a lot nicer, layering the ravioli, pasta sauce and cheese.

For dinner tonight, I will cook the TANGY PORK CHOPS.

LUMINA BREAD MACHINE

Well after only 6 months, the bread machine gave up the ghost. Being under warranty, I was able to take the machine back to my local ALDI, and get a full refund.
So I am now the owner of a KENWOOD BREAD MAKER (BM250). Made my first loaf today, and looks good - haven't given it the taste test as yet. This machine also has the option of making Gluten Free Bread, which is a bonus.
I think that the Lumina machine may not have been slotted in correctly, and somehow the paddles jammed.
While on the subject of food, a recipe that was featured on the Sanitarium Nutrition Service website is - TWO POTATO BAKE.
Very tasty potato dish, and I halved the recipe, as there is only me and my husband.

INGREDIENTS;
1kg sweet potato, peeled & thinly sliced
1 kg potato, peeled & thinly sliced
35g packet salt reduced French onion soup
2 x 375g can light and creamy evaporated milk
3 slices wholemeal bread, crumbled (I used packaged breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts (I used slivered almonds)

Layer sweet potato and potato in a 20cm x 35cm rectangular ovenproof dish.

Preheat oven to 180degreesC. Sprinkle with soup mix. Pour over evaporated milk.
Combine fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs, parmesan and pinenuts and sprinkle over potato.
Bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour or until golden and slightly thickened.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

BOOKMOOCH

This website is just wonderful and I have received quite a few books this week:

PEARL COVE - Elizabeth LOWELL
THE DARK IS RISING - Susan COOPER
FLESHMARKET - Nicola MORGAN
PARDONABLE LIES - A MAISIE DOBBS NOVEL - Jacqueline WINSPEAR

Have started reading the Maisie Dobbs story, and am hooked. I enjoyed the first two novels - MAISIE DOBBS and BIRDS OF A FEATHER, so when I saw Pardonable Lies on the bookmooch site I wanted to read it.
It looks as though there is a new story as well = MESSENGER OF TRUTH.

HISTORICAL FICTION BLOGS

I made mention in a previous post about the blogs; well I had a great time yesterday afternoon working my way through just a couple - such wonderful links on the sites that you get involved at looking at all the great books that people are reading etc.

Good Reads is a site that I joined, where you can list the books that you are currently reading, what is on your shelf, and give reviews on the books that you have read. Wonderful site.

Another one I spent a bit of time on is called HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
http://historicaltapestry.blogspot.com

Have only touched the surface of this site, but pretty rapt with what is listed and the layout of the site.

It seems that my "to be read" list is getting bigger and bigger (isn't it great). Now if only I could just hide away from the chores and read with interruption!!

Saturday, 21 June 2008

RECIPES FOR BREAD MACHINES

One of my favourite bread recipes comes from a magazine that I bought from the newsagent - THE GOOD LIFE BREAD BOOK, which has a wonderful array of bread recipes - for bread machines and by hand.
The recipe is for a CRACKED WHEAT AND SUNFLOWER BREAD and I add a few extras:

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 2/3 cups wholemeal flour (I have used both bread mix flour and wholemeal flour)
1 cup bread flour (I am using Bakers flour at the moment)
1 tsp bread improver
1 1/2 tablespoons milk powder
2 tablespoons cracked wheat (I add Wheatgerm)
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
310ml water

I also add a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

This recipe is done on the basic setting of your bread machne. Put the ingredients in the order that your bread machines requires. This makes a 750g loaf.

HEART OF THE DREAMING BY DI MORRISSEY

I am a fan of this author, but admit that I didn't get wrapt in this story.
Read as very wishy/washy and prefer the author's later books which have much better story lines.
Ones that come to mind are TEARS OF THE MOON and the sequel, KIMBERLEY SUN - which are set in Broome; THE VALLEY (story covers history, families and a mother and daughter search for the past - set in the Manning Valley of New South Wales).

Noticed in my book journal that I had also read THE LAST MILE HOME, and my comments mirror the ones above. Very bland characters.

THE REEF - a bit slow at the start,but interesting sections on the diversity of the Reef and the studies being carried out. Also brings in tourist developments as well.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

CLARENCE ADAMS/EVELYN ELSPETH ADAMS

I have gone back through my records, and realised that I do have a marriage date - 26th August 1937 in Brisbane.

No dates of death as yet - so that is the next step.

CLARENCE WILLIAM ADAMS/EVELYN ELSPETH WALDRON

A few more names to add to this family connection, via a contact from the Genes Reunited site. The contact is relaited via the Waldron side, and kindly sent me information from a book that was printed, no doubt from another Waldron family member.
Helping to fit the pieces to the puzzle, and I need to delve deeper into the Adams side to find out more. Haven't been able to find a marriage for Clarence and Evelyn - maybe I should search on the New South Wales records.

Evelyn's parents were Albert Samuel Waldron and Edith Emma Reynolds. They both worked at Newstead House - Samuel went to work there as a Coachman, looking after the horses and met Edith, who was a housemaid at Newstead House.

DAVID HENRY SMITH/ROSINA GARGARO

Monday, 9 June 2008

DAVID SMITH AND ROSINA GARGARO

After researching these families for a few years, and feeling despair about ever having contact from someone connected to these families, a contact has been made via the Genes Reunited site.
David and Rosina were my great grandparents on my mother's side, and have always wanted to find out more about their lives.
My contact lives in Sydney, and I am in the process of sorting through the old family photos that my mother has given me, as well as other paper work.
David Smith was born in Grays Essex England and was the youngest of reportedly 12 children (that was something I didn't know).
Always a thrill to find distant relations in Australia, and also in many other parts of the world.

NICOLA THORNE

I have just finished reading "A Place in the Sun" which is the 4th volume of the saga featuring the Askham family. A great story and was able to follow all the families, eventhough I had not read all of the others in the saga.
This author is good to read and over the past few years I have read -
NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE ()1st book in the Saga
MY NAME IS MARTHA BROWN - great story which is woven around an actual event that occurred in England in 1856 in Dorset.
THE HOUSE BY THE SEA
COPPPITTS GREEN
THE BROKEN BOUGH; THE BLACKBIRDS SONG; THE WATERS EDGE; OH HAPPY DAYS

Would recommend this author for anyone.

Friday, 6 June 2008

HISTORICAL FICTION BLOGS

Our Book Group meeting is next week, and when I prepared the newsletter, thought that the ladies may be interested in accessing some of the blogs that deal with historical fiction.
The recent magazine of the Historical Novel Society (Solander) has a good article on the many blogs that are on the net.
In our discussions we often chat about different historical eras, and always get stumped with the english monarchy, mainly because we can never remember the time periods and who was ruling when.
So I have copied the article and will hand out at the meeting.

Once again, I am sure that just by entering Historical Fiction Blogs into Google, there would be numerous sites that come up.

KNITTED DISHCLOTHS

My stash is getting low, now that I have posted off 5 of the dishcloths to a friend of mine. Had sent her a few last year to see whether she would like using them, in preference to the shop bought sponges (YUK). They must have been successful as she sent me an email a few days ago, requesting some more.
In lieu of payment, she offered to get me something that I couldn't access in our area, so have asked her to keep her eyes open for 8ply 100% cotton yard.
Haven't seen much around here, but I know that I can buy it on the Net.

Maybe I will have to force myself to get back to the knitting shortly. Have numerous patterns for the dishcloths and the latest batch I found on the net has all the Zodiac Signs.

KNITTED BALACLAVA

One of my brothers has a friend who has gone to work in The Hague, and asked Paul to get her a knitted balaclava. So he immediately contacted Mum, of course.
Anyway, after much searching on the net for a pattern, I found a few which I then mailed to her. She particularly didn't want to use a Circular Needle, as she is not comfortable using them.
The latest update I have had from her is that eventhough the pattern mentioned Double Pointed Needles, she is using straight needles, and going to work the pattern from her experience knitting teddy bears and their clothes.
If all goes well, she will rewrite the pattern she is using, and then I can post it on the site for anyone else that would like an easy pattern for a balaclava.

GRANNY RIPPLE AFGHAN

I have been hooked on the crochet again, and have finished another Afghan - the pattern was kindly provided by one of the ladies in our craft group. She had made a few changes to bring in line with the terminology that we Aussies are used to.
So I decided to search on the net and came across a good site - pumamouse.com.
No need to add that I found a few patterns that I could tackle, and have now started on a Double Ripple Afghan.
My next project was going to be a Navajo Rug, but after 3 attempts, I decided that maybe I was a bit too enthusiastic and my capabilities were up to it.