Posts Categorized: #blogjune

Jun 09 2012
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Walking home #blogjune

If I decide to walk home from work, it is about 4 miles (about 6.5 kms) and takes me about 1 hour 20 mins. My pace slows considerably over the Brooklyn Bridge due to the amount of slow walking tourists walking in packs.

I tried walking home every night during Lent but various things got in the way and now the weather is too uncomfortable, but here are some pics that I have snapped on my phone along the way home.

Live news broadcast trucks at City Hall –

Walking Home

Walking Home

Walking up to the ramp of the Brooklyn Bridge –

Walking Home

I couldn’t imagine living right on the ramp of the Bridge… the traffic there never stops!

Walking Home

View looking back towards the Financial District –

Walking Home

Ahhh that skyline –

Walking Home

Brooklyn at dusk –

Walking Home

In Brooklyn and looking back towards the bridge –

Walking Home

My bridge –

Walking Home

On the Brooklyn Bridge looking at the Manhattan Bridge. Yeah.. I love bridges!

Walking Home

Cars cars cars!

Walking Home

The aftermath of the Superbowl parade –

Walking Home

Around City Hall –

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Our neighbourhood in late February –

Walking Home

Can’t get enough of the cables-

Walking Home

The Brooklyn waterfront –

Walking Home

With lights –

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Getting dark and the skyline sparkles –

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Home sweet home –

Walking Home

Brooklyn traffic –

Walking Home

Protests at the park –

Walking Home

Police van –

Walking Home

Fireman responding to a false report on the bridge –

Walking Home

Locks on the bridge –

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Jun 08 2012
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Roma, città aperta #blogjune

Have you seen Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City)?

If not, you should!

A really amazing film.

(I can’t post anything else about it… but if you are up for a 1945 wartime drama…watch it!)

Jun 07 2012
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Bill’s Crumpets #blogjune

By now you all know how much home baking we do – as much as possible in our little apartment kitchen! We haven’t bought store bread since February and with that, a few weeks ago Bill set about to make our own homemade crumpets! Crumpets are hard to come by here. When we lived in Chelsea, the local Garden of Eden would sometimes have them in stock and otherwise you can get them in some speciality grocery stores. Now that we know how easy they are to make, we will stick with the Bill recipe.

Here they are being cooked – Bill used special English Muffin rings to keep their shape.

Bill's Crumpets

And here they are nearly finished… with a bad photo.

Bill's Crumpets

I thought I took a photo of the end ‘end’ result but I must have forgotten.. but trust me.. they were beautiful!!

We made a stack and froze them in a large ziplock bag. Bill cuts squares of parchment paper so they don’t stick together in the freezer. They defrosted and toasted perfectly!

Now that we’ve had home made crumpets, I am converted! If you are a fan, you should definitely try making your own!

Jun 06 2012
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Cruising with the Space Shuttle Enterprise #blogjune

We see some amazing things from the Library.

Back in February we were working away when we heard a horn play New York, New York. We ran to the windows and could see a beautiful cruise ship sailing up the Hudson. It was the inaugural Disney Cruise arriving in the city with much fanfare. They also played When You Wish Upon A Star – it was just beautiful! You can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise

Anyway today, we didn’t have a cruise ship. We had the Space Shuttle Enterprise floating up the Hudson River to its new home at the Intrepid. It was quite a bit of a novelty to be able to say you saw a Space Shuttle going past your workplace!

Shuttle Enterprise

Shuttle Enterprise

Jun 05 2012
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Ahh The Badloves… #blogjune

I have been thinking about this for a while. What could really be one of the most underrated Australian albums ever?

Today I realized there was one album that deserves this accolade. Obviously, there are more contenders but, for today, it is The Badloves debut album Get On Board.

Every song on this album is just about perfect. They stopped producing music as a band way too soon but this was a stellar debut. I was luckily enough to see them live twice and both shows were unbelievable. I remember working at Parks Victoria and it was a couple of years after the Badloves were big. At that time I was working with a girl from the UK called Joanne and I introduced her to the Badloves. She played the CD over and over and over again. I hope wherever she is in the world now, when she happens to play that CD now (and maybe it is only one that she would stumble upon once per year) that it brings back awesome Melbourne memories.

Another fun memory was one night I was reading the liner notes (with the prevalence of music downloads I really miss the liner notes) and I realized my Library school lecturer was actually a cellist on the album.

If you haven’t listed to them for a while, give Get on Board a spin again. It really is a beautiful album!

Jun 04 2012
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Nail catch up #blogjune

I haven’t done a nail update for a while so here goes!

My nails were a mess when we got back from Europe so I wanted them short and plain. Here they are with a basic iridescent color. I love this one – on one angle it looks pink, the other a pearly green.

After Europe

After Memorial Day I was ready for some pink.. here is my old faithful. My nails have been growing really well lately!

After Memorial Day

And the latest. This looks quite dark in the folder but it is a very neutral color. I think my all time favourite shellac –

Ready for Mass

Jun 03 2012
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Boo to the BBC #blogjune

The Queen’s Jubilee has been something I have been excited about for months. For the river pageant, I made sure our calendar was absolutely clear. Because of the time difference, we could get up and enjoy the pageant on Sunday morning.

So naturally, I was so excited I was up at about 6am. I had plans to basically be on the couch with a great front row seat along the Thames. BBC America finally decided to do away with the eight hours of Top Gear they show a day and dedicate the next few days to the Jubilee. I was excited because we were getting the actual BBC broadcast – not a special one made for America.

For the first couple of hours of the broadcast, we meandered along while listening to many dull interviews waiting for the Royal arrival. But once the Pageant started, the broadcast didn’t improve in the slightest. We learnt hardly anything about what was happening, the shots were awful (this was baffling because even on the most overcast day of weather in London, you cannot get a shot of the Thames and Westminster wrong), one minute there was a interview with some person in the crowd in a Union Jack tie and then we would be cut straight to the Royal barge and then off to speak to someone at some twee-hipster tea party. It was truly awful and amateurish and as the weather got worse, so did the broadcast. It was brutally dumbed down and really did not offer the viewer at home anything more than watching some row boats going along a river in miserable weather with random shots of Her Majesty thrown in. Then, they basically ran out of things to say. This shone a light on lack of research by those who were hosting the segments and just a real lack of understanding of how to portray such an event to us at home.

To say it was disappointing would be an understatement but it was good to know I was not alone in my thoughts on the BBC broadcast. Almost immediately, other viewers were letting their feelings be know on Twitter and the next day, many newspapers also reported on the dismal nature of the BBC broadcast. I was thankful that would still be able to watch the many documentaries that would be shown as well as the Jubilee concert and Thanksgiving service but from the BBC, the Queen deserved better.

Jun 02 2012
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2012 Lebanese Food Festival #blogjune

Yesterday we went along to the Lebanese Food Festival for the restoration of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral – for the third year in the row!

Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as hot and humid as the other years so straight after Mass we headed down to Remsen Street to join in the festivities. The cathedral is beautiful and this event is always so successful – I hope they are getting close to their fundraising goal for renovations.

My photos are very much like the previous years… but it is such a great event, I had to share it again! It reminds me of home. 🙂

People enjoying the afternoon festivities –

Lebanese Food Festival

Dancing and games –

Lebanese Food Festival

The grill –

Lebanese Food Festival

The Lebanese Pizzas were very popular!

Lebanese Food Festival

The menu –

Lebanese Food Festival

Our dinner –

Lebanese Food Festival

Lebanese Food Festival

Lebanese Food Festival

The desserts tent –

Lebanese Food Festival

Getting there for an early dinner meant no wait for a seat!

Lebanese Food Festival

Dessert!

Lebanese Food Festival

Food tents –

Lebanese Food Festival

Lebanese Food Festival 2011
Lebanese Food Festival 2010

Jun 01 2012
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Memorial Day Weekend 2012 #blogjune

Brooklyn Borough Hall

This Memorial Day weekend was just fabulous. Humid, but fabulous! The photo above is our Brooklyn Borough Hall all decorated for the day!

The weekend got off to a great start on Saturday morning by Collingwood winning against Adelaide. This is how we listened to the end of the game –

Our BMW

We picked up our Zipcar (a gorgeous BMW that was just beautiful!) and hit the road.

Our BMW

The traffic was not bad at all and we made it Upstate in great time. It seems traffic to or from Albany works in two ways – super fast or super slow.

We went to vigil Mass at Holy Spirit in the afternoon and then later that night, Bill was going out to dinner with the guys and to check out The Avengers at the Cinemaplex at Colonie. This was his third time seeing it in three weeks. Locations of viewing – London, Brooklyn and Albany!

I caught up with Colette for dinner at the Cracker Barrell and then she introduced me to the yummiest soft serve at one of East Greenbush’s most happening places on a Saturday night – Lickity Split!

Lickity Split

I had never seen so many varieties of ice-cream in one place – Froyo, Soft Serve (in stacks of flavours), sundaes, little cups, super cones – it was ice-cream heaven and a really nice place to hang out on a warm night.

Lickity Split

I had an amazing sleep in until sometime after 9 and before we knew it Sunday morning was in full swing. This was the view from our room at the Fairfield Inn. We never get sick of this place. We stay there so much and it is always dependable.

View from the Fairfield Inn

We spent all day at the Family Homestead spending quality time with Bill’s mom and dad. Bill made us French Toast for breakfast and then I got a head start on going through my recent findings with the genealogy research I have been doing. Bill was busy preparing lunch for us all. Everyone gets together EVERY Sunday for lunch without fail and over the past couple of years we have been doing cooking throwdown challenges. This time the choice was pizza and Bill was going against niece Rebecca. Bill decided to make a deep dish Chicago style pie while Rebecca did a whole wheat crust with chicken and bacon. Bill won and he was SO happy about it! Here is a photo Rebecca posted to Twitter with her face being all sad and Bill’s jubliation. Yes, we have a champion cup and everything.

We then went off to do some shopping before it was time to head over to the Johnson’s for a bonfire. I have never been to a bonfire and had never had S’mores before so this was very exciting for me!

Check out the sunset from their backyard. It is like this every night!

Our Bonfire

Here was the bonfire just getting started –

Our Bonfire

It started to take hold –

Our Bonfire

Then it got so huge none of us could stand the heat by sitting so close to the flame!

Our Bonfire

Then it started to settle down and feel less like an inferno –

Our Bonfire

This was Bill’s first attempt at getting my mashmallows toasted… the fire was still too active!

Our Bonfire

Here we are assembling our S’mores – they are awesome! The gooey marshmallow, solid chocolate and almost savoury graham crackers mesh so well together. Oh they were SO yummy!

Our Bonfire

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture!

Our Bonfire

A funny thing happened during the bonfire – we managed to get a good wifi signal so we were able to FaceTime mum and dad back in Melbourne while we were sitting outside. It was such a treat!!

We didn’t get back to the Fairfield Inn until way after midnight and we had to be up super early on Monday to check out and get back to the Johnson’s for the Memorial Day parade in Castleton.

This was how the bonfire looked 14 hours after it was ablaze –

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We got a great postion out the front of the Elementary school and near where the judging panel sits so we got a great view of each of the groups participating. Getting there early was the key!

The parade is a big deal. Here is one of the local policeman directing traffic –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

View from our spot –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The early birds –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

This miniature collie was TOO CUTE. I need one now!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Here I am… one more Memorial Day to go and then I’ll be Citizen Jenelle Blevins. I cannot wait!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Everything is so green.. and how cute is the Castleton Elementary school? LOVE!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Rebecca and Emily were on awesome niece duty and bought everyone iced coffees and muffins!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The patriotic couple with Bill wearing his Aussie bush hat that we happened to get at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. We finally found one that fits!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The parade started and here are the veterans!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Kids decorate their bikes –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The girl guides were adorable!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The volunteer fire brigade –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The preschoolers –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The local Republicans –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The local Democrats –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The Friends of the Library didn’t let anyone down – check out their amazing float!

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The school band –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Float from one of the locals –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

The boy scouts being awesome –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

Here is an original, fully restored ambulance –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

This one said it all – SOME GAVE ALL –

Memorial Day Parade, Castleton-On-Hudson

I have a lot more photos over on my Flickr account. It was a wonderful morning and it was a beautiful display of community spirit.

Pauline and Rob then had another big BBQ lunch at their place so we managed to get to spend more time with everyone. We decided to leave Albany at 8pm to try and avoid the usual traffic and this worked a treat as we were back in Brooklyn by 11.30!

Even though we left late, it did not dampen my enthusiasm for visiting the New Baltimore Thruway plaza for some drinks… here is a beautifully retro looking Roy Rogers –

New Baltimore Thruway Plaza

The New York State tourist information booth was closed –

New Baltimore Thruway Plaza

This was one Memorial Day weekend that was so jam packed but it was full of great memories and catching up with everyone… I wish every weekend could be like that one!

Sadly, our other tradition of watching he PBS Memorial Day Concert from Washington didn’t eventuate as it was cancelled not long after it started due to bad weather. So we watched what we could. That is one Memorial Day event I would love to go to… but then it would mean missing out on everything I have just posted about!

Looking back –
Memorial Day 2011
Memorial Day 2010

Jun 30 2011
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#blogjune – Day 30 – And they lived…

Well we made it! A blog a day for a whole month and for some reason this was easier than last year… but I think I can attribute that to blogging more regularly in general this year. It has been a blast – I haven’t commented on other blogs as much as I would like so I am hoping to go back and revisit some of them over Summer.

While it is the end of the financial year in one hemisphere, this weekend we are gearing up for our 4th of July celebrations. In 2009 we did this and last year we did this. To mix it up, this year we are heading up to Albany where we have Niece Rebecca’s graduation party/BBQ and with Pauline ordering 5 lbs of sausage mince it is also going to be a Sausage Rollapalooza! On Monday we’ll skoot back to the city, hopefully stop for a picnic along the way and get home in time for some of my favourite TV specials of the year where I always end up crying at the montages they show! We’ll be recording and flicking between –

A Capital Fourth on PBS
– The Macy’s Fireworks from right here in the City
– The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Turner Classic Movies also have a night of patriotic movies so it should be fun!

There is no-one better to start the celebrations than the King with one of my favourite patriotic songs and Dad loves this song too! American Trilogy… yes!

Addendum.. Since posting this, Bill and I have had a discussion about this song and there is another discussion here about the meanings behind it.