Guitar Scene: The Spira “Unk” Guitar

September 20, 2018 Ben Rogers

John Joseph Rogers from Millicent (South Australia) and Grace Mabel Beatrice Fitzgibbon from Williamstown (Victoria) were married in 1917. They lived in a modest weatherboard house on a vineyard in Merbein, North-West Victoria. John Rogers had purchased the virgin land and planted it with grapevines – primarily sultanas – soon after the Merbein irrigation settlement was established in 1909. John and Grace raised 13 children on the property. My father John (Jack) was the first-born, whilst the last was Kevin, born in 1931, and later to be known throughout the clan as “Unk”. […]

Recap Scene: Watch The BLOCK with Rosemary Walton – Episode 28

September 20, 2018 Mandy Hall

Last night it was dodgy accounting, or something, that Scotty harangued B&C over (they just said yep, whatevs, make it right and we’ll pay it) and by all accounts tonight Sara will be donning her dibber dobber nappies to try and take them down. And we’re in the middle of a cooking challenge, which is in the middle of Hallway/Laundry/Powder-room week, which is a short week because of the Friday public holiday. […]

Recipe Scene: Spiced Blueberry Cake

September 19, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I found this recipe in the Australian women’s Weekly Simply Bread cookbook. I’ve copied the recipe as is except I renamed it a cake as to me it is definitely more cakey than bready and I adjusted the cooking time. They instructed to cook it for 1 hour and 45 minutes, but it only needs 45 minutes. Also I
substituted the molasses for golden syrup. The cake ahs a beautiful spiced flavour and the blueberries add another really delicious dimension. They suggest it I served with butter, but I really don’t think it needs it, it is a terrific cake as is. It also makes lovely little cakes as well – I often cook this batter in friands tins. […]

Recap Scene: Watch The BLOCK with Rosemary Walton – Episode 26

September 17, 2018 Mandy Hall

Not sure if any of you caught the must-see-tv of A Current Affair between the News and The Block tonight but Jess was on it and they were talking about trolls and she read out some of the nasty correspondence she (and Norm) have been getting on Facebook and Twitter. Honestly horrific slurs on their character and appearance, plus we learn that Courtney has been receiving death threats over the pool. Jess, clearly does get affected by the words by real people, but she seems to have a great attitude to call it out and ultimately laugh it off. I’m (touch wood) pretty immune from the worst of the worst trolling and I love Social Media stay safe and be nice everyone! […]

Recap Scene: Watch The BLOCK with Rosemary Walton – Episode 25

September 16, 2018 Mandy Hall

There’s been a number of opportunities this week to take a gander at The Gatwick in all its completed glory (if you do a hashtag search or three on Instagram you’ll probably see more than you bargain for with some people uploading photos of stuff that hasn’t gone to air yet)… I took some sneaky snaps but mindful of where the show is at, I’ll only post a couple of little photos that don’t give anything away. […]

Recipe Scene: Apricot Rough and Cherry Ripe Truffles

September 13, 2018 Kate Delbridge

These are so ridiculously easy, once you have made them you will keep them in
your repertoire. With only 4 ingredients that you probably have in your
cupboard, the only slightly time consuming bit is dipping the truffles in
chocolate. But if you’re in a rush you can simply roll them in desiccated coconut
or dust with icing sugar. Or if you’re REALLY in a hurry you can form the mix
into a log, roll in coconut then slice into discs. Sometimes I make a batch of each
variety – when they are coated in chocolate you can’t tell which is which so you
can either decorate them each with different piping, or decorate them all the
same and make it a lucky dip! […]

Recap Scene: Watch The BLOCK with Rosemary Walton – Episode 22

September 10, 2018 Mandy Hall

Walking home earlier today past the next Block and looks like the previous tenants have left a bike for Scotty (reportedly it’s his preferred mode of transport around town when he ‘lives’ here for the shoot), chained up to the fire hydrant at the front. Site’s officially secure and preparations must be imminent! And we’re only half way through the Gatty season… […]

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