Friday, October 20, 2017

Tidying day

Yesterday (Thursday), I did some tidying up of both autobiographies 2 and 3, some organising for our Perth trip and various other administrative and organising things like some banking and getting my hair cut. P. went to the Convent for a tour of the chapel with Margaret N. and we had leftovers for dinner to try to clear out the fridge. Today, I did some more fixing up on both autobiographies and sent no. 2 off to the publisher. In the afternoon, the author of no. 3 died which was very sad. I was hoping to send the text off this afternoon but it's a bit late now. We're off to ANAM tonight, with Frank to hear a program led by Howard Penny on cello with works by Shostakovich, Brahms and Bartok.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gippsland adventures

On Monday morning, we picked up Franz and packed him with our stuff and headed east for Gippsland. We had a fairly undistinguished brunch in Warragul and stocked up with some provisions from their supermarket. We then went past our cottage for the night to Mt Worth State Park which turned out to be a real find. An hour-and-a-bit walk through fern gullys and tall mountain ash was very rewarding. We repaired to Twitchers Cottage which was really a very well-equipped whole house, an old farmhouse which was decorated appropriately. There were lots of birds round about the house performing and whistling. We had chook for dinner, then in the morning headed for Morwell where we went on another fine walk through the Morwell National Park which was full of noisy birds, though unfortunately you could see few of them. We then lunched at the Latrobe Gallery in Morwell and enjoyed their Magritte exhibition of his tiny photographs and a few dadaish fillums. Back to our cottage, where we had P.'s vera bolognese for dinner. In the morning (Wednesday), we returned to Melbourne. P. made real roast chook for dinner, a cut above the supermarket in Warragul (no surprise). This morning, I started to print out our vouchers and bookings for WA.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wrapping up

After the crossword was done in record time, I spent the morning wrapping up all I could on the two autobiographies while P. made vera bolognese to take away with us to the La Trobe Valley. We had left over Jhal Farazi for lunch. Now for a rest. In the evening, we had oysters then fish soup. We watched cop shows afterwards plus started preparing for our imminent two holidays.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shopping and the rest

Yesterday (Friday), P. and I did normal shopping with Franz the Corolla and Frank the person, then went to Addict for a very good brunch. Their standards keep on keeping on so no wonder they are full most of the time. In the evening, the three of us went to Noel's for a very good curry dinner and a good mag. Today, I did lots of work this morning on the autobiographies then in the late arvo, we went to Roger D.'s newly renovated house in Princes Hill. He has done a great job (obviously with Sally S.'s advice and help). It looks truly splendid. We had a very nice arvo tea, then came home for leftover pork in the form of an Indian dish called Jhal Farazi.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pedalling away

This morning, I've made very good progress on both autobiographies and will probably at least have the texts finished before departing for WA. Various other bits might have to wait till I get back. We had leftover soto ayam for lunch and finished it off. After a short arvo nap, I did some more work then P. made beef curry for dinner.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More working frustrated

I was powering away with more work on autobiography 3 when Microsoft demanded an update. 'It will take a little while' said the tag. One and a half hours later I was fuming as I couldn't get on with anything, and at the end the update seemed to have done nothing useful except disable my email. Fortunately, Shane my computer man suggested a simple solution and I'm back in action but I'm furious about the high-handed attitude that Microsoft knows best. I can now try to make up some time. In the evening, P. and I headed for the Malthouse where we had a good and substantial dinner before braving an outdoor performance of Caravan by Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks, who also performed in it, in a caravan. Fortunately, the audience were under cover as the rain started near the end of the performance requiring stage staff waiting with a brolly for an actor on exit and spraying some of the audience with windy splodges. It was an excellent play, though I am a bit bemused by an almost entirely middle-class audience perving at a play about the lower classes. The play was written by Angus Cerini, Patricia Cornelius, Wayne Macauley & Melissa Reeves, a great team, then workshopped by them and the two performers hence, as The Age review points out, has a certain lack of coherence. This seems to be a bit picky in the light of the two great performances but it is not, as the Australian asserts, in the vein of Waiting for Godot.

More working frustrated

I was powering away with more work on autobiography 3 when Microsoft demanded an update. 'It will take a little while' said the tag. One and a half hours later I was fuming as I couldn't get on with anything, and at the end the update seemed to have done nothing useful except disable my email. Fortunately, Shane my computer man suggested a simple solution and I'm back in action but I'm furious about the high-handed attitude that Microsoft knows best. I can now try to make up some time.

More working

Yesterday (Tuesday), I spent more time proofing and checking both autobiographies which are active at present. I hope to get all my work on them finished before heading off to WA. That is looking quite possible at present. When we leave, there will be still the foreword on one to come and the picture section on the other to sort out, but that should be done at the publisher, though the covers will be held up until both things are done. We had leftover saltimbocca for lunch and P. made pork belly with rice and peas for dinner. I was still ferrying stuff about both books until late at night.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Working, working

Today, I spent most of the day working on autobiographies 2 and 3 and made good progress on both, in spite of lots of obstacles. More tomorrow. P. went to Noel's to do his washing and catch up. Tonight, he made delicious saltimbocca for dinner while we did the usual Monday night things.