The calendar

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Sunday: Calendar

Every year I try to get a calendar that will bring me joy when I turn over the months. My 2019 calendar had Salvador Dali prints, an artist whose works I have loved ever since seeing the print for December 2019, Soft Construction With Baked Beans (Premonition of Civil War) 1936.

Surrealism isn’t for everyone. A style of art I really like. My first time in Europe I managed to get to two Dali Galleries in Spain.

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Brian’s tomato relish

This recipe is a compilation of four recipes. I took what I liked from each recipe, modified after a few goes and here is the result. Let me know if it works for you.

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Brian’s Tomato Relish

INGREDIENTS

9 Roma Tomatoes, halved

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 large brown onion coarsely chopped

1 dried chili, chopped, some seeds removed

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons palm sugar

Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon seed mustard

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

METHOD

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and chili, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until aromatic.

Add the halved tomatoes stir until the tomatoes are covered with the onion mixture. Add the tomato paste, stir and coat the tomatoes until the tomatoes start breaks down.

Add the cider vinegar, stirring until starts to boil.

Add the palm sugar, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix through.

Put a lid on the saucepan, simmer stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes have reduced and are mushy.

Mash the tomatoes with the spoon and cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Remove the skins if you wish.

Place into sterilised jars

I promised that I would post this recipe for someone ages ago. Sorry I can’t              remember who it was.

 

Sights, smells and sounds of fire

The air is thick
with smoke
vision a grey white haze
the fires smell
invades the house
and nostrils
sounds of helicopters
startle the birds
bucket swinging
it flies overhead
water it cries
a blessed relief

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Weekly word prompt: Giving thanks

 

Abundant

The Photo for the Week prompt: Abundant
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Rouse

When I first set foot on my bush property one thing I found was an abundance of Jumping Ants (Myrmecia pilosula) They have nests in the ground but also forage in trees. Yes they can jump 10cm or more. So it is not best to rouse Jumping Ants. As you can see, they are quite quick to emerge from the nest and attack.
You may wonder why, they are just ants. These Jumping Ants also have a very good pair of mandibles which can grip on quite hard and also have a sting.

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Yes, a sting!!! It is like having red hot needles inserted into you skin and a painful sting which can last for quite a few hours afterwards. Jumping Ants can be found almost every where in Australia but aren’t all that common in urban areas..

Related, unsurprisingly, to the Bullant who also have the ability to give you a nasty bite but their bite doesn’t last as long and only gives you a welt or two,

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Yes, Jumping Ants are in abundance still as they live in the bush or forest where I also live. Their nests can be up to 50cm high and up to 60cm in diameter. These nests are very solar energy efficient. The Jumping Ants also lie to decorate the outside of the nest with seeds, coloured gravel, charcoal, sticks and even the small invertebrates corpses they have slain.

They have excellent eye sight and I have seen them on leaves about to jump when I have been around a meter away. Jumping Ants will continue to advance until you are far away from their nest, probably about one kilometer lol

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It was the sheer number of Jumping Ants I encountered when I was clearing the land, fencing and building sheds and houses that gave rise to naming of my property.

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Durranbah is the indigenous name for Jumping Ants

 

 

A few favourites

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Your #Favourite Photo

I have a lot of favourites so to condense down to a few is a challenge in itself.

I love flower photography
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Blue-banded Bees are always a favouriteblue-banded_bee_basil_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018
Rainbow Bee Eaters small and colourful190107_blog_challenge_birds_rainbow_bee-eaters
Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies are a treat to have in the garden190213_wordless_wednesday_orchard_swallowtail_butterfly
Getting photos of Royal Spoonbills was a quest completed181117_silent-sunday_royal-spoonbill_lawrence-wetland
The ever favourite water drop181220_blog challenge_light_water drop
Sunset is upon ussun_sky_fence_post_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just anothersunset2_orange_named_caniaba_march 2019
Grass seed heads are always a favouritegrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
The Moon Flower that blooms on a Full Moon A favourite photo among lots of people171019_blog challenge_glow_moon flower
The Full Moon reflected on water somehow just grabs memoon_full_reflection_pool_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Varieties of Brown

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Brown

In nature – a leaf
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a Brown Pigeon watching mebrown-oigeon_named_binna-burra_oct-2016
a Common Brown Butterfly171115_blog challenge_letter M_butterfly_common brown
Brown Honeyeaters love Grevillea flowersgeoffs garden_grevillea_brown honeyeater_named_oct 2017
From the past a rusty chainrust_chain1
A Hereford cow on a farm enjoyed her photo portraitcow_whyralla_named_feb 2014

And some days your hair just gets out of control
poultry_show_fluffy_brown_chook_named_lismore_april 2019