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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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mosaic road is now following Kelly James
2 days ago
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I have got something fabulous in my garden and I feel like showing it off. Excuse my boasting but I have this amazing ornamental artichoke !! There are two or three more growing up beside it. Tough globes amongst silver fernlike frondy leaves . I love them. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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My dogs are both family members and best friends and it will certainly break my heart to say goodbye to them in 3 weeks time. So much of my day revolves around them and no one could ask for better companions. No matter if I am happy or sad they remain constantly by my side, wagging their tails and grinning their doggie grins. Lucy will turn 15 in 4 weeks and as to be expected, she is looking grizzled and more fragile by the week. Of course I must face facts that she may not be around when I return... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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And it is a bad one and of course involves sugar !! Frozen soft serve yogurt shops are springing up all over the place and I cannot keep out of them. Last night's indulgence consisted of two flavours - coconut and rose with lychee, sprinkled with lychee jelly cubes. I fear the term yogurt is a very loose title for such a confection. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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A lovely lady from my home insurance company came today and we trawled through the long list of stolen items. She made the whole claim thing very straightforward. Luckily I had serial numbers and receipts for the bigger items. Smooth sailing with the new for old policy !! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at mosaic road
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My house looks like a tip and the dogs and I are semi camping. Boxes of household items are piling up in every room and most of the cupboards are empty bar vital domestic necessities. Not a pretty look !! Chaos in fact reigns especially after the break-in this week and the theft of so many of my personal belongings. I really do have to try and keep calm but my brain is often in overdrive as I try to sort out what to pack and what to store plus now I have to deal with police reports and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at mosaic road
I left the house at 8.15 and on returning at 1.15 from work found the door open, broken glass everywhere on the porch and the house ransacked. I called 000 and waited for the police. Every electronic item has been taken and all the chargers, all my jewellery, my heart rate monitor, a new suitcase even a box of chocolates. They left a mess as you can imagine. The two guard dogs must have left their posts for the duration. So now comes the task of making the claims and dealing with the insurance company. To their credit, they sent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at mosaic road
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Slowly and surely, I have been getting a travel company off the ground, offering bespoke tours to Morocco. The website is still a work in progress but there are three pages up for viewing if anyone has a moment and wants to take a look. Feedback is very welcome !! I would love for anyone who is thinking of travelling to Morocco to contact me as I have a wonderful guide and many wonderful tour options on offer to suit all budgets. Morocco is such an amazing country with both snow and desert and so many adventures to be had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at mosaic road
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Why , when I am buying lovely crispy apples, grown here in Australia, do I put them in a plastic bag made in USA ?? Can't Australia make a plastic bag ?? Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at mosaic road
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For any cook, beginner, family or even gourmet chef, this must be the quickest, easiest and most satisfying meal to make. It is literally a throw together concept using anything - meat or veg, fresh ingredients or frozen, even leftovers, all bound togther with a thin egg batter. Hopefully everyone will eat it too. It can be served hot or cold and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I used sliced leftover potatoes and tiny diced bacon pieces in mine. You can not go wrong, I promise !!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at mosaic road
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This week I was give an amazing box of chocolates, bought to me all the way from Berlin. The store , Rausch Plantagen Schokolade, where they came from was first opened in 1890 and apparently many royals are among their customers. Their chocolate is made from single origin cocoa and each bar in my special box is made up of a different percentage of cocoa. The box , resembling a wooden cigar box, remains untouched by me as yet - it is such a lovely thing to have. I will keep it like that for a little while - till... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at mosaic road
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I don't enter many competitions and I certainly don't take prize winning photos so this just was just my lucky day. I did what was required - I shared my snaps - and won churros for two at San Churros in Windsor. Yum !!!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at mosaic road
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As I have a new adventure unfolding before me I am wanting a new look blog to reflect my lifestyle change. And I would prefer not to pay for it. So while I fiddle with trialling other platforms I have chosen a new name and a new header. Manningroad is now Mosaic Road and I will continue with Typepad for now. Our life is made up of so many little pieces , some smooth , some rough. We are what we are because of all these different and often oddly shaped bits and pieces called life experiences. Some are bright... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at mosaic road
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Thank you to everyone who has sent greetings to me via FB, text and phone call. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing and loving friends and family. Since the same auspicious date a year ago I have had 2 very different adventures to Morocco and a very memorable trip to Boston and NYC. Also I have entered a very convoluted long distance relationship , spent many hours in the gym, walked dogs endless kilometers and drunk many a long black. And most importantly I have laughed, laughed till I have cried in fact, on a daily basis... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at mosaic road
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It is beyond me to understand how someone can create such a perfect and sublime dessert. The word cake does not do it justice. It is a work of art. Someone with unbelievable skills created not just this one but fills a whole shelf with such delicacies on a daily basis. I am a rustic throw together cook so I take my [chef] hat off to someone who creates food with such incredible finesse. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at mosaic road
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It's gone, sold today !! Although I am not leaving for quite a few weeks I had to make a call on the car right away. The registration was due this week so it was either sell now or pay the $750 and sell later. As there is another family car, waiting in the wings and undriven just currently, I decided to sell now. It would be impossible for me to live without a car so I am lucky I can drive "Ruby" till my departure. So this afternoon I loaded in the Cocopop and we drove to the dealership.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at mosaic road
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At coffee on Saturday after our workout I encountered this little tiny 8 week old mini poodle called Henri. The owner had Henri tucked down his shirt peering out. Our table of dog lovers quickly comandeered this baby with everyone having a "hold". It was the sweetest thing and so weeny. The owner had his coffee and then left the cafe forgetting his charge then rushed back in panic . Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at mosaic road
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For my past 5 years of blogging I have been waxing lyrically about soup. I never tire of the endless variations and it is good for the soul and good for the budget. Today I think I have managed to squeeze my 5 serves of vegetables into one bowl and they are all different colours too - so my inards should be very happy plus there is nothing more comforting when it is only two degrees than a hearty bowl of vegie soup. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at mosaic road
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Today I am doing something I am very bad at. I am going to be an in-patient. I will spend the day {or hopefully only the day} in hospital having some eye surgery. I do not like waiting round and I do not like missing out on coffee and breakfast and I do not like fuss and bother. So I will have to draw on inner reserves to keep smiling and just aim to get out of there as soon as possible. The procedure is elective and I am happy to have it but I am a restless fidgety type... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at mosaic road
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Today, as I do once a year every July, I took a three hour spin class that mimics the Tour de France. It is a tough 3 hours that includes some entertainment to take our minds off the Alps we are ascending. Can Can girls, French music, cow bells and even healthy nibbles are all part of the class. By the time the last time trial was done all I could focus on was the thought of a long hot bath or should I say "bain". Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at mosaic road
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I took a roof top tour today and got quite a few surprises !! We covered quite a bit of distance and went up many, many stairs in order to see what was on the top of 6 different buildings in Melbourne. Many of the roof tops are flanked by enormous modern sky scrapers or look over crumbling chimneys on buildings that have seen better days. It was a fun tour to take with friends on a bleak wintry day. And what's more it was free. Four hundred volunteers set aside this weekend to share some of the city's hidden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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My daughter received an amazing surprise this week. She opened a parcel and found a tiny bottle with a wonderful little note inside. A very exciting little note too from a lovely friend and so creatively and beautifully presented. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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Last night my youngest daughter and I celebrated the end of the working week together. Some people drink, we eat and these Asian dumplings certainly cured our assorted miseries. Perfect comfort food with lots of leftovers too. It would probably be better if it was not revealed that we also had salted caramel frozen yoghurt topped with halva but I could not keep that bit to myself as it was another higlight. Gym twice today though !!!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at mosaic road
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We have a little family ritual going and all sit down to eat our body weight in pancakes on Sunday mornings. My son has become the short order cook using kefir, ricotta and banana. Kefir is a bit like buttermilk and makes the pancakes puffy and delicious. We had cups of brewed cardamon coffee today. The coffee comes from Israel and goes perfectly with food and family . I am onto my second cup !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at mosaic road
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I am , as of yesterday, officially an empty nester. Final child moved bed and belongings to a shared house. It is something I don't mind but don't necessarily embrace. It happens to all of us at some point. Luckily the canine companions are staying put. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at mosaic road