I hope you don't mind me sharing with you all. Enjoy the sights of scenic Sydney!
Indulge me please. It is not often that I get to travel interstate with my lovely daughter, let alone attend an awards ceremony!
I have never met a cow that I didn't like!Now what are you waiting for? Get some milk and get cracking!
- Gavin Webber
"The pattern of seasonal temperature odds across Australia is a result of warm conditions in the Indian Ocean, as well as cool conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean associated with the current La Niña.
The chance that the daytime temperatures will be warmer than the long-term median maximum temperature for the December to February period is greater than 60% over southern New South Wales and in the south of the South Australian pastoral areas, with the odds strengthening to greater than 75% over all of Victoria and South Australian agricultural areas. This means that out of every ten years with ocean patterns like the current, six to eight years would be expected to be warmer than average for this summer."
a. A west facing roof will generate just as much electricity as a north facing one (you would be luck to generate half of the normal output)This salesman managed to cajole this couple into signing a contract for a 2kW system with a 3kW inverter, which promised a 10 day cooling off period (sounds familiar if you have ever bought a used car). To push home the sale he used tactics like 'I have to call my manager to confirm the discount', and 'I can't keep the deal at this price long', and 'You won't get a better deal than this'. Just as they were trying to show him the door, he asked for a glass of water, which like nice hosts they provided him, and he was back at it again. After 3 long hours of badgering and hard sell tactics, they unfortunately signed the dotted line in an effort to get rid of him. No obligation free quote, no installation inspection, and definitely no morals! They were also told not to show anyone the contract or it would be null and void. Alarm bells rang out loud and clear at this stage of the conversation.
b. They would receive cheques in the mail from the government within 2 months of installation for excess energy they produce. (the retailer pays, and only if you put excess into the grid. They were recommended a 2kW system, but their energy usage would have outweighed any credit on their electricity bill)
c. The system would generate just as much electricity when it was cloudy, as apparently it all has to do with ultraviolet rays, not sunlight (bullshit detector should be active by now)
d. The proposed system was sized so that they would receive maximum payback (dubious claim)
e. That the system was top of the range and the installer was the only stockist of these quality components in Australia. (had never heard of the brand of panels or inverter)
f. The couple were mandated to sell the company the Renewable Energy Certificates (REC's) for a very discounted price. (never had this been mandated by law, sound like profiteering)
"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling." ~Mirabel Osler
Kim's Angelsey Eggs
6 free-range eggs
For the mashed potatoes and leek;
500g/1lb 2oz potatoes, peeled, chopped
knob of butter, plus extra for greasing
quarter cup full cream milk
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 leeks, trimmed, sliced
For the sauce
50g/2oz unsalted butter
50g/2oz plain flour
300ml/half pint milk
1 tsp french mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper
75g/3oz Cheddar cheese, grated
75g/3oz Caerphilly cheese, grated
For the topping
3 slices wholemeal bread made into breadcrumbs
25g/3oz Cheddar cheese, grated
25g/3oz Caerphilly cheese, grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220C/400F/Gas 6. Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.
Boil the eggs for 8 minutes in a large pan of boiling water. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and run under cold water until cool enough to handle.
When cool, peel the eggs and slice into rings. Set aside.
For the mashed potatoes, cook the potatoes in a separate pan of boiling, salted water for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well.
Mash potatoes add the butter and milk, mixing until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Meanwhile, lightly fry the leeks in a frying pan with a little butter. Stir the cooked leeks into the mashed potatoes until well combined.
For the sauce, melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Whisk in the flour until the mixture is thick and well combined.
Gradually add the milk, whisking continuously, for 4-5 minutes, or until all of the milk has been incorporated into the mixture and the sauce is thick and smooth.
Add the mustard and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Stir in the cheeses until melted.
For the topping, in a large bowl, mix together all of the topping ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
Spoon the mashed potatoes and leeks into the bottom of the prepared ovenproof dish, pressing down to form an even layer.
Arrange the slices of boiled egg on top in a circular pattern, overlapping them until all of the mashed potatoes are covered.
Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then pour over the cheese sauce. Sprinkle over the topping.
Place the dish onto a baking tray to catch any drips. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden-brown and the sauce is bubbling.
"BEFORE Gavin and his family went green, they were like most people today, totally unaware of their actions upon the fragile planet, never giving a second thought about how much energy they used."
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