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Friday, 15 June 2018 Dereel Images for 15 June 2018
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Garden flowers in early winter
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And here we are into our third winter in Stones Road! Today was middle of the month and time for the monthly garden photos.

Winter is the time where autumn meets spring. The roses are still flowering, but so are the first of the spring bulbs:


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Strangely, the Narcissus started flowering before the Snowdrops.

In addition, the Solanum lycopersicum (better known as tomatoes) are still going strong:


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The tomatoes will probably not ripen on the vine, but barring a severe frost I can pick them and let them ripen inside. I already have a number which are just waiting to be eaten. It looks as if we still have at least a month's supply.

We can tell that it's winter though, because the Arums have started flowering:


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And despite my concerns, the Senna aciphylla is really flowering more obviously at this time of year:


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I've been keeping my eye on the Alyssum in front of the house since they suffered so badly from lack of water in the summer. They're still there, though not as good as last month:


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The Anigozanthos that we planted in the island in front of the house seem to have died—maybe the soil was not porous enough. But the red one that the Marriotts gave us when we moved in has long recovered from Sasha's attention and is now flowering happily:


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Our Banksia integrifolia tree has been growing quite happily, and it's now the best part of 3 m tall. But no flowers—until now. Now we have three, if you count the first two growing out of the trunk:


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I wonder how they'll continue.

Some late summer flowers are finally giving up, including the Cannas and the Buddleja, though we still have a couple of Canna buds:


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The Hebes have also almost completely finished, but there are still a couple of odd flowers:


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To my surprise, the Carpobrotus have been flowering sporadically for some time. Maybe it's a leftover of the dry spell in the summer:


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I wonder how that will continue.

The flowers we bought in Pomonal in the spring, the Grevillea bronwenae and the Eremophila nivea, are doing well, better than for a while, as is the prostrate Grevillea that we bought some time ago:


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And the newly planted Lavender and Lilac are doing about as well as can be expected:


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Our Staghorn fern has had an accident largely unrelated to the season. After nearly 10 years, the board to which it was attached has rotted away:


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I'll have to find out how to remount it.

And finally the Westringia fruticosa are starting to flower more profuseley and look like bushes:


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Saturday, 16 June 2018 Dereel Images for 16 June 2018
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House photo day again today, and once again I had difficulty with the control point detectors not wrapping around. Last week I managed to work around it by adding the first image a second time at the end of the stack, but that didn't work today. Here two examples:


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Clearly the first image is completely broken. At first the second image looks OK, but suddenly we have gained an extra bird bath and horse trough (the black thing in the background):

 
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In the end I gave up and ran the control point detectors on euroa, my Microsoft laptop. That, too, had its strangenesses: by default there are these strange vertical line detectors, which in my experience work very badly, and once again I couldn't find out how to disable them. I was able to simply remove the control points and realign, and that worked, but it begs the question: if this setting is not visible, is there maybe a different setting that isn't visible that causes my problems?

But it also confirmed that the issue is related only to the control point detectors: I could take the output of euroa's control point detectors and process it further on eureka. Somehow this problem requires so much background information to solve.


ALDI kitchen stuff
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Yvonne was in town today and brought back some stuff from ALDI: a frying pan suited to induction, and these strange “Crêpes”:


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They look particularly strange, but so are the instructions:


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What's missing there? The quantity! If it takes 8 to 10 seconds (6 to 8 kJ) to heat one crêpe, it will take 6 times as long to heat all of them.

On the positive side, they specified the power of the microwave oven. And sure enough, it took about 15 seconds to heat two of them at 1199 W to the point where pressure built up in the plastic tube.

But they tasted like they looked. They were tough! That's the last time we buy them. Spent much of the evening looking at recipes, but it looks like a lot of work.

The frying pan proved to be almost identical to one I bought last year, with one exception: it doesn't work properly. The (ALDI) induction cooker has no problem with the old one, but it can only recognize the new one from time to time. Back it goes.


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