vanislander: Bet there are a lot of barbies going (or were)
vanislander: Hey Bruce
vanislander: The Aussie pie was good - I shared it with the gardener & I saved a piece for MY lunch tomorrow!
vanislander: - we took the same route - it was a promising start then things got messy - took me 29+ mins - I'm just happy you didn't tell me it took less than 10
AussieAl: I was within a few numbers of solving it, Van, after wasting half of my life on it, and I had a contradiction. I don’t like sudokus,
vanislander: Wonder where R2 is - he's missing all the celebrations!
TomOfLilhouse: Was also there for Memorial Day (USA - May 30th) in 2009. I love that country. At least from the perspective of Brisbane. I didn't get a chance to venture out too far. Did go to Gold Coast, but it was right after a hurricane had hit there in May.
TomOfLilhouse: I was there for the 4th of July back in 2009. Wasn't much happening....
vanislander: Al - I did today's 5* without a pause https://www.theglobeandmail.com/puzzles-and-crosswords/sudoku-classic/ It took me a very long time – with interruptions and a sticky mouse – but I persevered.
vanislander: Hi Tom - I love Aussie Day! Wish I was there ♥
TomOfLilhouse: Happy Aussie Day to our friends down under!!!
vanislander: Came home with a large Aussie pie - guess how we'll be celebrating Australia Day
vanislander: That road looks like a winter scene - no foliage Those poor singed trees
vanislander: Sorry I missed Kim - had to head out to the pie shop!
KimmyRoo: Heading to jervis bay to catch big fish
KimmyRoo: Just now driving on Sussex inlet road
vanislander: G'day Al (was away from computer for a while)
AussieAl: G’day Van, Bruce.
vanislander: Give her my regards, Bruce. Hope she's doing well ♥
Bruce: ok BBL Joys up
Bruce: wow yep will be a while b4 it clears I expect
vanislander: I thought I noticed 'phantom clicks' yesterday
Bruce: Al you?
Bruce: I'm getting post clicks, but nothing appears ??
Bruce: I hope someone catch's it
vanislander: They seem to get along so well - don't see them squabbling
Bruce: yep Love the Finches
vanislander: Nice to see the finches at Al's - birds have been scarce - maybe that cat (that might have taken the rat?)
Bruce: yes thats Baby , looks like it's a female but still a little early to tell for sure
Bruce: I can't tell if it's on screen or not
vanislander: Aww singing thanks to you, Bruce - with a mouthful too
vanislander: I just increased volume - I hear a distant rumble
Bruce: don't know
vanislander: And I guess Canberra is still bad
Bruce: not sure if you can hear it
Bruce: the surf is roaring today
vanislander: Kim was seeing smoke at Sussex Inlet yesterday
vanislander: That's a relief!
Bruce: it's Mist Van thank heavens
vanislander: Is that mist or smoke, Bruce?
vanislander: Bruce is watering the dish
vanislander: G'day Bruce & Al!
Bruce: Nice Pic's Van , G'Day
Bruce: 4 Kookas and a couple of very young Butcherbirds
Bruce: Brb It's Kooka time
vanislander: A King Parrot visited!
vanislander: Waiting for daylight - and found lovely 'memories' from Brucecam - 3 years ago
Rick: So cute!
KimmyRoo: This lady grunted at me today
AussieAl: Bbs, Van.
AussieAl: They'll be back.
AussieAl: Not recently.
vanislander: The 3 rosellas? Have you seen them?
AussieAl: That's why I sprinkled some seed on the step.
AussieAl: There were a couple of King Parrots a couple of days ago, but they haven't returned.
AussieAl: There haven't been a lot around, lately.
vanislander: It has really grown!
vanislander: A time lapse cam under there would show the grass growing
vanislander: Well we'll see, I guess. Didn't see many birds on the other cam views - are they all in hiding under the aviary?
AussieAl: I've only just revived this lead, Van, so I haven't been watching. The trap hasn't been set off.
vanislander: Thanks for the different cam views Al. Has R2 been around?
vanislander: That's my excuse for slower days
vanislander: Plus I use a mouse that sometimes has ideas of its own
AussieAl: Also true.
vanislander: I find the clock sometimes puts too much pressure and I'll hurry & make silly mistakes
AussieAl: . True.
vanislander: I pause the paper ones - put them aside and finish them later
AussieAl: I can't pause those that are on paper, just have to keep soldiering on.
vanislander: I know
AussieAl: No, that's not the way I do sudokus, .
vanislander: Maybe you should have paused while you sorted it out
AussieAl: No, I made an error that set me back about ten minutes. You would have beaten me anyway.
vanislander: Gosh - maybe my pauses added up ...
AussieAl: 24:20 Van.
AussieAl: Hooroo Van.
vanislander: It's your lunch time anyway
vanislander: Off to rummage in fridge - getting hungry now
vanislander: Then it dawned - pie plates!
vanislander: When we first met our Aussie friends, they were talking about pipe lights - I couldn't understand what they meant
AussieAl: Yep, that’s a good start.
vanislander: I'll just fair dinkum and pommy b****** ?
AussieAl: All the better. They won’t understand you.
vanislander: That would be fun - my Strine's a bit rusty though
AussieAl: Even better, put on an Aussie accent.
vanislander: Ya think? I'll tell them it's Australia Day (it's a Briish bakery) and maybe they'll give me a complimentary one
AussieAl: Do it!