A bit of a puzzle.

I follow the National Library of Australia on Twitter and this was one of their tweets.

I enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles when our children were young and I am happy to do jigsaws with out grandchildren.  I thought this was a great resource for during social distancing.  You can do jigsaws on your phone, although that would be a bit too small, on your ipad, a better size, or on your desktop computer, the ideal size.

I thought I would give it a go to see how easy it would be to navigate.

I started by clicking on https://jigex.com/1jCV

This is the result.

There are various aids on the top screenbar and the central bar.  The image on the left of the central bar lets you choose the number of pieces you want the puzzle to have.

The next symbol lets you rotate the puzzle pieces and the third symbol lets you change the background colour.

On the top bar on the left is the menu where you can open your own image to make a puzzle.  Obviously you need the image on your computer.

The symbol on the top bar in the centre lets you display only the edge pieces.

The picture symbol lets you have the picture of the puzzle on the screen at the same time if you want it.

There is also a timer for when you are doing the puzzle.

I love how you can make the puzzle pieces as big or as small as you like.  Ideal for different aged family members.

The favourite part of the whole thing is being able to upload photos as puzzles.

A fantastic resource for the family.

https://jigex.com/1jCV

There are also various apps for jigsaws.

Time!

Where on earth has the previous month gone?  I should also say almost all of this month too.  I see that it was October 31st when I last posted on the blog.  I wrote about my October reading I will need to let you know what I read in November and also December when I get posting again.

I can account for three of the weeks when I was on holiday in New Zealand, more on that later, but the rest of the time has gone in a whirlwind and now Christmas is almost upon us and I haven’t put up the Christmas tree yet.  Today is going to be very busy as I have a few things to get done.

This is the Christmas wreath I spoke about in a post way back in January.

I hope to get a Christmas wreath made this week.

We have just returned home from a quick visit to Canberra where we were able to catch up with our son and our younger daughter as we will not see them at Christmas.  It was great to be able to deliver our Christmas presents and to get the added surprise that they will be visiting us after Christmas.  I had to post our presents to our elder daughter but I know she was delighted when she received them.

Prior to our visit to Canberra I had been down in Melbourne for a week with our elder daughter and her family.  I was keeping her company while her husband was away in Ethiopia for three weeks.  I had a lovely time just chilling with her.  I was also able see an end of year theatre performance by my granddaughter and was able to watch my grandson playing cricket.

I have to admit that much of my time has been spent watching cricket on television and now the Big Bash League has started I will be watching even more.  At least I get some knitting or crochet done while that is on.

Now you know I am still on the planet and I will get back to proper posting tomorrow.

 

 

Recreating childhood memories

This is a ginger fluff.  An unusual name for a cake but it is the cake that my mother-in-law used to bake.  Her cakes were delicious.

Our elder daughter was recently visiting us and she asked me if I had Granma’s recipe.  Unfortunately I didn’t but that didn’t prevent her from finding a recipe on the internet and then she proceeded to whip it up for us.

You can see how high the cake is by using the matchbox for comparative size.  The cake was delicious and brought back many memories for us.

I am not sure which recipe she used but here is one of the many on the internet.

GINGER FLUFF SPONGE

4 eggs

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/3 cup cornflour

2 tbs plain flour

2 tsp ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cocoa

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp golden syrup

Method: Grease 2x20cm sandwich tins (deep). Separate eggs, beat whites firmly, gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition to dissolve sugar thoroughly. Add yolks all at once. Sift dry ingredients at least four times to combine thoroughly.

Sift on to egg mixture, fold through gently until colour is even and dry ingredients are mixed in. Pour in warmed golden syrup, fold through gently. Pour into prepared tins. Bake at 180C for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until elastic to touch and shrinking slightly from sides of tin.

Turn on cake cooler when cool. Join with whipped cream.

There is a beautifully illustrated version of the Ginger Fluff here.

Fixing broken links in the DNA post

I was checking the blog posts that had been viewed recently and part of that is looking at what links had been clicked.  I discovered that there were a couple of broken links on a post that I did a few years ago so I have fixed the links and here is the repaired post. This post was first published in May 2013

The ScotsI loved the cover of this book as the genetic code is set to resemble the Forth Railway Bridge, very clever.  My reason for including this book is the fact that I have been reading about a particular project taking place to trace the genetic code of Scottish folk.

One of the columns on my Tweetdeck is for Caithness, so I catch up on the latest from there.  Yesterday there was a tweet asking for people to participate in Project DNA for Caithness and Sutherland.  I clicked on the link as my dad came from Caithness.
Project DNATo participate in the project you need to visit Family Tree DNA : History unearthed daily.  Of course I should have realised that nothing comes without a cost.  To be tested for this project it has to be a male member with the family surname and the cost can vary from $49 to $339!  I don’t think I would be that keen to find out links from the past but no doubt there are those who are.

The Sutherland DNA Surname Research Project provides further information on the surname and some interesting links to other sites and at no cost!  There, that’s my Scottish traits coming to the fore again!

To put it all into perspective you need to read this article.guardian articleAn excerpt from the article:

Perhaps it is harmless fun to speculate beyond the facts, armed with exciting new DNA technologies? Not really. It costs unwitting customers of the genetic ancestry industry a substantial amount of hard-earned cash, and it disillusions them about science and scientists when they learn the truth, which is almost always disappointing relative to the story they were told.

Exaggerated claims from the consumer ancestry industry can also undermine the results of serious research about human genetic history, which is cautiously and slowly building up a clearer picture of the human past for all of us.

All the links are now working again.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff”

That is the title of a book, published in 1997, that I have not read but I have now got a desk calendar that is entitled “Don’t sweat the small stuff” You can read a review of the book here.

Richard Carlson offers 100 meditations crafted to keep your emotions in check, cherish family and friends, and deeply appreciate your life.

After Christmas I celebrated my 70th birthday with my husband and family. I am blessed to have three children who continue to give me so much joy.  I need to make sure that I don’t take them for granted.  I am one lucky lady and I hope that in 2019 I can follow Richard Carlson’s advice.  Each day on the calendar there are inspirational ideas and thoughts that should help me appreciate my life.  I certainly plan to get the most out of 2019.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2019.