Xmas Tea

I think today will go down in history… not only was everything cooked to perfection but I managed not to burn myself or cut a finger off in the process!
You would think that a roast lunch would be enough for anyone   😯
Starters: Prawn and Mango Salad
Main: Roast Pork, Roast Turkey, Ham, Roast potatoes, marrow, parsnips, carrots and sweet potatoes, oh and steamed broccoli, BUT we still managed to polish off cold meat and salad for tea hehe

The xmas pudd will have to wait until tomorrow night, simply could not eat another thing until at least tomorrow afternoon 😆


Merry Xmas to all xoxoxo


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Richard and Elizabeth Wakehurst – Brass Rubbing

While I was away in Melbourne I was watching an ebay auction for a brass rubbing of Richard & Elizabeth Wakehurst. It was located in Tasmania and was “pick up” only. Me being me, 😆 emailed the seller to see if he would consider removing it from it’s frame and posting it to me if I won, a shame as it was framed and is 5 feet high by 2 feet wide, but the only way for me to get it… murphys law I won it!


Fingers crossed he removes it carefully, and it won’t cost too much to have it reframed, but I suspect It will be costly. Can’t wait to see it!

The original Brass is located in St Peters Church in Ardingly, Sussex.

Richard Wakehurst Esquire was born 1385 in Wakehurst, Sussex, England. He died 8  Jan 1457 in Wakehurst. Richard married Elizabeth de Echyngham in 1409. Elizabeth was born 1390 in Etchingham, Sussex, England. She died 3  Jul 1464 in Wakehurst.

Melbourne – wrap up

Got back home last night from my Melbourne trip… what can I say… it started with the free tourist shuttle bus timetable and bus stops being changed on the day we ARRIVED, shame they had no maps to give out, terrible organisation on their part!
The drivers seemed as confused as the tourists 😆

I guess it all depends on what you want to see and experience when visiting. I wanted to see historical sites and relics and was disappointed, there just isn’t much to see. I feel sorry for tourists coming from overseas to “see Australia” as it doesn’t exist in Melbourne.

It’s dirty, ugly, overcrowded, and swings from the extreme yuppyland to just plain ugly.

Try buying something to eat for example. We couldn’t find a single deli in the CBD or even anything that sells the good ol favourite Aussie grub – Pies, Pasties, Sandwiches, etc. etc.

That being said, there were some places worth a visit and mention.
Highlight of the trip was Cook’s Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens:


Cooks Cottage

Cooks Cottage

Seconded by the Melbourne Museum where we were able to get up and close to Phar Lap and were allowed to take pics:

Phar Lap

Phar Lap

Thirdly, the Old Melbourne Gaol, where we did a night time “so called” ghost tour, ain’t no ghosts there I can tell ya, but was interesting. Only downside was it never occured to me that we would have to climb up two flights of stairs IN THE DARK and walk along a narrow passage…… EEEK, everyone who knows me, knows how frightened I am of heights, absolutely terrifying experience! Then after coming down, a few minutes later he wanted to take us back up there again, no way was I going back up so I sat on the bottom step IN THE DARK BY MYSELF, was doing okay until I saw one of the cell doors open and a white figure emerge and walk towards me…. JMJosephine I don’t know who was more freaked out, me or the staff member who wasn’t expecting any tourists to be sitting down in the dark 😆
Only downside of the tour was the price, $68 for two tickets, $30 a person plus postage, not sure it was worth the price…

Ground Floor of the Gaol

Ground Floor of the Gaol

The accommodation I sourced and booked was FANTASTIC, Travelodge Southbank, great location, easy to get everywhere, I couldn’t fault it in anyway and got a great deal on the internet for $150 a night which included a FULL breakfast for two! Thank You Tripadvisor.com

Final thoughts:

Old Melbourne Gaol – worth a visit
Fitzroy Gardens – Cooks Cottage fantastic, but don’t bother with model tudor village or fairy tree…
QV Market – didn’t bother
St Patricks Cathedral – worth a visit, beautiful, expecially the mosaic floor
Federation Square – this must be the UGLIEST set of buildings in the world
National Gallery – was closed
City Museum at Old Treasury – DO NOT waste your money, a TOTAL ripoff

Best place to eat in Melbourne – Lygon Street

I will put some more pics up in Flickr.
Here’s a video of the Myer xmas display in Bourke Street Mall (I think)


I have just finished all my assignments for my course this year!!!!
Hopefully now I will have some time for other interests for the next 3 months!!!
Oh, and more time to blog 😆

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lib-web-cats – library web sites and catalogues

I have found a very useful site for researching which libraries around the world are using Spydus. Its lib-web-cats (library web sites and catalogs) and is a free directory of libraries throughout the world. It is part of Library Technology Guides site.

“The lib-web-cats directory is mainly used by the general public to find libraries and their catalogs on the Web, but it also serves as a tool for tracking automation systems.”

After doing an advanced search I’ve found 788 items where the library automation system used is Spydus. 311 listed just for Australia (this included all branches I think)
I will definately be exploring this in more detail once I finish my study next week!

Australian Libraries using Librarything for Libraries

There are a few more libraries in OZ now using Librarything for Libraries. I love Librarything and use it to search for new authors, reviews and recommendations.
LibraryThing for Libraries enriches the online catalog with Library 2.0. tools
Just as a point of interest, LibraryThing has over 32 million books catalogued and is larger than the Library of Congress!!
They have also made images of book covers of a million books available for anyone to use for free!

Kingston Information & Library Service

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

State Library of Tasmania

Moonee Valley Library Service

Brisbane City Council Library Service 


Starting IE7 with multiple tabs

In an effort to make it easier for staff at work on the circulation desk I have found a useful tool available in IE7. We start each day with Tabs for the following: catalogue enquiry search, pc booking page, PLAIN, Libraries Australia and Google search.

At home I start with: iGoogle, Google BlogSearch, my blog, and my facebook

multiple homepages

multiple homepages

To customize your opening tabs:

Click the Tools Menu
Click Internet Options
Click the General Tab
Type in or paste an URL that you want to use as your home page in the Home Page section.
Hit ENTER and type in another URL
Repeat until you have all the ones you want
Click OK
Close and Restart your browser to see them all open at once