Planet Claire

some say she's from Mars

1 year on

by Claire 11/5/2009 12:59:00 AM

Well it’s been over a year,that’s terrible!  But I’ve finally managed to find the time to resurrect my blog, even installed Windows Live Writer since everyone raves about it I thought I’d better try it.

Now after all that I have nothing more to say :-|

I did just write a long post about publishing umbraco websites though if you’re at all interested.



Beautiful Mixed Media Art

by Claire 3/13/2008 1:59:00 AM

This is my Mum's art.

I remember as a child Mum used to draw quite a lot and my Uncle Alan used to paint sailing ships which I found endlessly fascinating.  Mum, like her brother is very talented artistically but bringing up a family & running a business came first for years, a familiar story!  She probably lacked confidence as well as time. 

Recently retired, she's started painting again.  She started out with acrylics, then took up watercolor, especially birds which she is very good at, and now has discovered a passion for the abstract.  She uses a lot of collage, mixed media, and really likes to experiment with pushing the boundaries.

I'm very proud of her - go check her out! 

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More fun, this time with tracing

by Claire 1/22/2008 8:08:00 AM

Had a shot at tracing A's face in Illustrator, a la

Not bad for a first attempt?  (She wanted purple hair!)

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My first attempt at drawing with a tablet

by Claire 1/21/2008 11:04:00 AM

From a photo I took of a friend's baby who was holding onto his mother's skirt & looking back up at me.

Then I tried adding some colour to his eyes.


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Chess partners wanted

by Claire 1/1/2008 6:20:00 AM

Want to play chess with me?

I've just recently started playing Ron, who's pretty decent at the game.  I know the rules but that's as far as it goes.  My goal is to beat Ron when he's sober (beat him 3 nights ago after a bottle of wine but that doesn't count). is a great site, I'd love to see you there!  (Send me a message if you add me as a friend because I won't get notified otherwise). 

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Hot cooking tip of the week

by Claire 12/12/2007 7:20:00 AM

Sick of trying to mold patties into shape only to have them fall apart on the way to the pan, or worse still, half way through frying? 

Well go grab yourself some bulghur (cracked wheat) right now! 

Cook up some lentils in enough water to cover with assorted extras like carrot, zucchini, cumin, coriander, chilli, herbs fresh or dried.

When cooked enough & looking a little like porridge, throw in some bulghur & leave to cool.  The bulghur will swell up & absorb the extra liquid leaving a nicely moldable mixture.

Not quite as easy to shape as if using potato, but more interesting to eat, except if you can't handle gluten Undecided

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Fun ride around the river

by Claire 12/11/2007 4:55:00 AM

Yesterday we took the bikes & the dog down to Guildford with the intention of going for a half hour ride along the river & ending up cycling nearly 20km, it was great fun.  Very leisurely, perfect conditions (no hills, no flies, no blazing heat, no wind - what more could you ask for?)

Saffi ran most of the way (we discovered she can't bark at other dogs when she's running hard next to a bike!), and spent some of the time later riding in my basket.  The kids had the time of their lives, Owen peddling his too small bike (not ready to move up to the bigger one) like mad non stop.

Got onto Google Earth later & mapped our route, here it is.



Walk against Warming

by Claire 11/13/2007 8:00:00 AM

100,000 people took to the streets Australia-wide yesterday in the Walk against Warming, demanding immediate action from our politicians on carbon reduction.  Here's the ABC news report about it.  Not surprisingly Western Australia doesn't get a mention, but we were there in Fremantle, and so were thousands of others (about 5000). It was hot, really hot.

The Liberal party didn't bother to show up to say their piece, but then that's not surprising either given their complete denial of the issue - you weren't really fooled by the "Climate Clever" ads were you?  What did disappoint me was the ABC radio news reports this morning giving plenty of air time to Steve Thomas, the State shadow minister for Transport & the Environment, criticising Transperth for putting on free transport for the day and accusing the Labor state govt of politicising the Climate Change issue.

How depressing. Our politicians really have got a very long way to go before climate change is seen as a bipartisan issue, and there's no time left for inaction. 



Life | Politics

Swan Hills LETS directory, check out what you're missing

by Claire 11/10/2007 11:10:00 AM

I've just made an update to Swan Hills LETS site that lists the very exclusive & secret Wink member directory on a publicly accessible page!  Hidden are names & contact details though.  Go check it out now to get the lowdown on what you're missing out on for gumnuts.

Hey what's this LETS / gumnuts thing I hear you ask?  LETS stands for "Local Exchange Trading System" - it's a local currency trading system, not a barter system, but a proper currency that a community creates and then trades with, as a complement to the Federal monetary system.  It strengthens communities & acts as a bit of a buffer against economic downturns.  Also a great way to re-localise yourself and make new friends.  The system I'm involved with is the Swan Hills LETS system in the Western Australian hills east of Perth.  There's about 60 member families in our system & growing.

Do a google for LETS or "Local currencies" for more information.  Wikipedia would be a good start.


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LETS | Life

Home collection of household goods

by Claire 6/9/2007 8:20:00 AM

Here's a list of charities in Western Australia that do home collections.

Anglicare 9358 4055
Good Samaritan Industries 1300 855 130
Salvation Army 13 72 58
St Vincent de Paul 9444 5622
ParaQuad Industries 9381 0111

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