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Compost

Our compost bin has been giving me the pip, the irits, the ever-lovin’ shits.

It’s a rodent magnet, it stinks, it doesn’t bloody make compost.

And it’s got a lean. It’s not level. Which means that you can’t turn it properly without the bloody thing threatening to topple over.

So today, I fixed it. I dug out all the un-composted crap, the hay, the stinky, slimy lumps of pumpkin and mouldy bread, and I put it into the wheelbarrow. Miraculously, I found some compost at the bottom of the bin. It even had worms! I put that into a garbage bin. Then I dug out the dirt around the bottom of the bin to make it level, and I constructed a wire barrier out of mesh and some old roof-racks that have been sitting in the garage since James crashed the car.

I popped the bin back on top and filled it up with hay, then compost, then hay, then compost. Some of it was so gross. And it stank. But I kept going until the hay and the compost was used up.

And it is good!

Hopefully this works to keep out the rodents and starts making good compost that I can use in the veggie patch.

September 29, 2013 Posted by | Ramblings | , , | 2 Comments

When good apps go wrong…

My Instagram has been playing up lately. It’s been taking ages to load and then crashes if I try to switch to photo mode, or take a photo, or sometimes even when I just look at someone else’s photos!

It’s actually been quite distressing, because the first thing that you check is ‘Am I running the latest version?’ – I was.

So then you check to see what else is running. The answer – no other apps are running (I’m a bit obsessive about that actually).

So maybe it’s my phone?!!!!!!!

Stupidly, I’ve put up with this problem for about three weeks. When all I needed to do was ask Google. “But,” I hear you say, “you’re a librarian, and don’t librarians hate Google?” And the answer is, “Hells, no!” because Google had the answer to my question – Instagram crashes when taking a photo.

The solution, it turns out, is super-easy. Power off. Yes, that’s right. Power off. Because power off clears the memory.

Who knew?

So know I’m good to go again. And I’ve already taken two photos. Aaaaah. Life’s good.
Mr Fixit

June 29, 2013 Posted by | Ramblings, Technology | , | Leave a comment

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 870 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Ramblings | Leave a comment

No more reviews here!

Hi everyone!,

If you’ve been linked to this blog for the reviews, then it’s time to make a switch!

My reviews will now be appearing on a website just for reviews. Pop over to:

Miffy reviews…

for more good stuff about books!

December 23, 2012 Posted by | Ramblings | Leave a comment

White Christmas

Trying out a new recipe because I don’t have my Mummy in the house:

http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2007/11/white-christmas-recipe.html

I’ll let you know how it goes!

December 9, 2012 Posted by | Ramblings | , | Leave a comment

Review: Hatched

Hatched
Hatched by Asphyxia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While The Grimstones are creepy kooky characters, something has been lost in the translation from marionette puppets to book form. The diary format isn’t entirely successful, especially when a single event happens on two different days, and the voices switches disconcertingly from past to present tense, and is, at one point, omnipresent!
That said, the main character, Martha, is an endearing little goth, who tries her hardest to do her best and fix things – often without any input from her odd collection of relatives. Martha’s heart is in the right place at all times, and come to the fore when her spell-created egg hatches. A sweet story for younger readers.

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December 7, 2012 Posted by | Reviews, YR Fiction | , , , | 1 Comment

Review: Gone

Gone
Gone by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gone begins typically enough for a YA novel – disaffected teen, broken family, one-time hero. But as you read on you realise that things have gone awry in the town where Sam lives. For starters, all the adults have vanished. Not died. Not left. Vanished. And what is the truth behind the break-up of his mother’s second marriage? Gone keeps you guessing and the twists keep coming. There is some violence and the baddies in Gone are just that. Bad to the core. A highly recommended series.

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December 6, 2012 Posted by | Reviews, YA Fiction | , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Bitter Greens

Bitter Greens
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This intricate weaving of history, the Rapunzel fairy tale, and witchcraft and intrigue is a triumph. Kate Forsyth takes these seeming disparate elements and draws them together to create a coherent and compelling story. Beautifully written, and, despite it’s hefty page count, 576, a real page-turner. Charlotte-Rose de Force is the darling of the court of Louis XIV. She is witty, charming and a little bit naughty. But the capricious King’s fickle tastes and open ears prove to be her downfall, and Charlotte-Rose is banished to a nunnery. At first a defiant guest, Charlotte-Rose’s will is gradually broken down into submission, until Soeur Seraphina begins telling Charlotte-Rose the tale of Margherita, a young girl given away as payment for a minor crime, stealing a handful of bitter greens from the witch-courtesan, Selena Leonelli.
Told from the points of view of Charlotte-Rose, Margherita and Selena, Bitter Greens is recommended for mature readers with an interest in the machinations, intrigue and myth of a time gone by.

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December 5, 2012 Posted by | Adult, Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Revolving around Mim and Ed, this is story is told from Mim’s point of view, as she returns items that had significance in her relationship with Ed, and tells us the story of where the item came from and why she is returning it.
While I recognise the quality of the idea behind this book, and the quality of the writing in general, this book felt like it was about 5 objects too long to me. And the upbeat ending, written outside the framework of the returned items, misses a beat in an otherwise emotionally charged story.
Also, I felt cheated that Mim, a strong feminist type, would be so blind to the shitty-ness of Ed. I could see it all unfolding, and I doubted that she would deny his true character so easily.

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December 4, 2012 Posted by | Reviews, YA Fiction | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really, really good example of Australian post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. Ashala is an Illegal – a person with special powers. In Ashala’s case, she has the gift of Sleepwalking: being asleep and yet in control of her body. With this story set in the time of the Reckoning, Illegals are shunned by the government, and some escape the towns to live free in the Firstforest. Ashala is a great heroine – strong and fiesty, and yet, as a young person, she is still full of doubt about her abilities and the path that she is taking her Tribe on.
The editing could have been a bit tighter – there are some slow bits that could have been tightened up – but overall The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a great read.

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November 28, 2012 Posted by | Reviews, YA Fiction | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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