Monthly Archives: January 2015

Spectacular Weather over Perth

Thursday 29th of January 2015 and Perth experienced a spectacular sky-show that put our Australia Day fireworks 3 days earlier in the shade! We also received a good soaking – 15.5mm in our rain gauge.

We were up at around 3am and Ian saw some intense activity on the online rain radar which he knew indicated thunderstorms. So he packed up his camera gear and took off to ‘the Zigzag‘ – a former railway alignment used to climb the Darling Range escarpment back in the days of steam. It has great views across Perth and is one of his favourite spots for a photo.

Here are some of the shots he managed to secure that morning.
A Lightning 7 copyaThere were many strikes in the city and suburbs over 4-5 hours.

A Lightning 9 copya A Lightning 6 copya A Lightning 4 copya

One  strike produced a fireball on the ground where it impacted and we suspect it was a pole power transformer written off…

A Lightning 3 copya

The storm caused power outages for 25000 homes for some time… Beautiful, but destructive nature at work.

A Lightning 1a A Lightning 2 copya

Hope you enjoy these photographs and for our Perth readers, we hope you weren’t too inconvenienced by the power outages… our modem and WIFI transmitter certainly died tragically!

In a pickle?!

After 8 plus months away on our big caravan trip, lots of people predicted we would get itchy feet. Hmmm. Maybe a little bit, especially when there is no choice but to do the mundane things of life like filing, vacuuming and home maintenance!

Mostly though it has been fun to get ‘back into the routine’, and guess what came to mind?

Mango chutney 1

We enjoy making chutneys and pickles – don’t you think they make the difference between an ordinary cheese platter or meal and something fabulous?! This mango chutney recipe from Janelle Bloom is cooked in the microwave and  makes about 4 jars – easy peasy! Just the best served up with cheese, biscuits and fruit or veges.

Picalilli 1

Do you ever watch River Cottage? If so, you may have seen “Pam the Jam” in action demystifying how to make jams and pickles, including this delicious Piccalilli. Go down to your local markets and pick up 2 kgs of your favourite mix of veges (we chose cauli, radishes, zucchini, capsicums and beans). Chop and salt them overnight, then make the pickling sauce and throw it all together. VERY easy – the only problem is waiting 6 weeks to taste it but the jar drippings were yummy!

Get the recipe here. This made 8 jars of various sizes; great for home or as gifts for Very Special People.

Speaking of jars… Do you know how to easily remove those pesky labels off old jars so you can recycle them? Let us know if you’d like the tip!