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A change is as good as a holiday, or in this case, better.

I’m bored again. With my blog themes, or should it blog’s themes. I’ve just a quick scout around and with all the possible themes, paid and free, that are available, I keep coming back to the same few.
When I read blogs I know what I like and what is nice to look at. There are also some that insult my senses. It’s mainly the theme rather than the colour, but regardless of what is writen, I just don’t want to be there. This may be silly, but I have actually unsubscribed from several blogs for this reason alone. Yes, I am that shallow. We are a visual society, things have to be easy on the eye, aesthetically pleasing and all that. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in my case, blog themes are on my dart board right now.
I do like all themes I’ve picked for my blogs, but sometimes we need a change. Nothing else will change, just the layout, and the widgets, the catch phrase, and the… no, nothing will change once the theme is sorted.
What have I got presently? Well, there’s Coraline, Matala, Indent & Ideation, Retro-Fitted and one I’ve played with from time to time, Manifest. I like each one of these for their own qualities, Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven are also favourites for their simplicity and ease of use.
Now which one of these will I choose, or will they be something else again. There’s a chalkboard which is cute, but unusable, the holiday abroad one with a timber background. For both I want something I can add my own header to, change the background colours and tweak as I like to get the right balance, and with both being semi business orientated, easy to navigate without being blinded by too much stuff. Sensory overload is not my aim.

So while I go off and waste time check out the themes, what do you use and why? Do you also have a dislike for certain themes?
And because I can here’s a picture of a fuchsia a friend took a few years ago at our old place.

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Jen. 🙂

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Food Friday – cafe review

Hubby arrived home yesterday and as is our ‘routine’ we went out for lunch.  I usually get to choose the place – he’s too tired from travelling and is happy to let me do it.

RedRed is a small cafe located in Salamanca Square. Salamanca Square is located behind (the world-renowned) Salamanca Place, a stones throw from the wharves and Hobart City.  It is located in a disused quarry which is now lined with a hotel and apartment complex. The ground level is occupied with eateries, clothing and gift shops.  There is plenty of room sit and enjoy the ambience and let the kid splay near the central fountain.

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It is understated and classy but not too pretentious. The decor is black and white with splashes of red. Black and white walls and singular tables while bright red booths that would seat about 8 line the walls.
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The pictures on the walls are plain but catch your eye – black and white with a splash of red.
The Paris scene, a couple, the lady in red. The Tower of London with a red double-decker. The Spanish bul fighter with his red cape. And the construction workers high above the city on a beam with a red lunch box (I’m not sure as I didn’t go to look closely)
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The red water bottle. Beautiful against the white table with expensive looking tumblers (I wouldn’t call these glasses)
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The menu us simple yet has a touch of elegance. A small selection of both entrees and mains with an equally small but impressive list of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
We shared the skewered mushrooms as an entree. Hubby went outside his comfort zone and tried a mushroom for the first time. While he didn’t dislike it, he wasn’t going back for more.
They were crumbed (really subtle flavours that complimented the mushroom beautifully) and fried to perfection.  It was served with a mesculen (the peppery lettuce) and a spicy creamy dipping sauce.
These were perfect for two to share, but a little much for me on my own at lunch time.

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Normally we would have separate items for the main, but yesterday we both chose the steak.  It arrived accompanied with the best chips, a little salad and a smoky bbq style sauce. We were told the sauce is the one they have with their sticky pork ribs but were playing switcheroo with the menu.  It would work better with the ribs.  As we chatted, I mentioned mustard, so he brought some out.  Clove Dijon.  Hmm. The dijon part was good, smooth and creamy but the clove aftertaste was not to my liking.  I kept on with the sauce instead.
We ordered our steak medium rare – as always – but given the thickness it could have been a little more on the medium side. Still full of flavour and very tender.

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We finished with a cappucino which had good flavour and (for me) strong enough, but it wasn’t very hot. I like to linger over a good coffee, not be able to gulp it down.
Even the cutlery was red. I would love to have these knives in my kitchen.

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The wait staff waiter was attentive and informative. Eager to make sure everything was good but not getting in the way. Turning up at the right times and always polite.

This is somewhere we will have to return to, but with so many cafes ans restaurants to choose from, who knows when it will be.
Jennifer 🙂

Tiger

More fun stuff from my youthful mind. I have not changed this except for re arranging the words.

TIGER
Deep golden yellow,
The dark brown stripes.
He glows in the sunset.

Moves like a ballerina,
Graceful, lithe, silent.
The strong jaws quickly their devour prey,
They lie, comfortable and sated,
Stretched out, lazy and tired.

They play with their cubs,
Frolicking in the grass, huge paws playfully smacking them,
Restless. Waiting for the moment.

His green brown eyes, shiny in with anticipation,
The next kill, the feast.
He cleans his fur, with a tongue like sandpaper,
As he waits for night to fall.

Strong and majestic.
He prowls the night.
Rules the territory.
Slinking through the trees, unseen by the prey.
Unsuspecting, and unaware.
A shadow amongst the trees,
Not seen in the moonlight.

She is sleeping peacefully, surrounded by her cubs,
Warm, and quiet, but restless still.
Waiting, the next meal, the new day.

He returns from the kill.
A shadow once more.
Gliding, sliding, quietly through rocks, grass and trees.

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Jennifer 🙂

(Picture courtesy of National Geographic)

Oh what a beautiful morning…

Put simply, the sunrise was gorgeous this morning and I actually managed to get outside to capture one or two shots. IMG_6638

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Have a great day 🙂
Jennifer

A new winter wardrobe…

Everyone knows I love clothes. And bright colours. I have now found – thanks to two friends – the home of my new winter wardrobe.
Keshet. A bright and funky wild shop in the city which sells amazing Tasmanian designed clothes. Insane colours, insane patterns and oh so comfortable. The price is dealable, which makes it even more desireable.
One such friend is now selling these clothes at our local market. After all she totally rocks the crazy patterns and loud clothes, so it is perfect she is selling them. And given the fact I think she buys all her clothes from there already.

I had bought a wrap top from them a month ago, hot pink no less. And a few weeks ago found a gorgeous dark teal cap sleeve wrap top – it brings out my eyes apparently – that is super comfortable and easy to wear over a long sleeve top in cooler weather or with a tank top when it warm.

While I love bright colours, I am not a fan of out there patterns, I just don’t have the confidence to pull it off, not like Rachel. Which is funny, coz she said to me today the bright blue jeans I wore were more out there than any of the crazy patterns she was selling, and she just couldn’t do it. Go figure. I was not at all worried, or self conscious of the colour. Maybe the patterns make me feel like a hippy left over from the 70’s…?

Checking out her rack (ahem, clothes) I found some gorgeous new items and will be doing some serious saving I think. I am more of the plain clothes with a bright accent to stand out, or a basic pattern with a bright highlight. I’ll be the one wearing the dark skirt or skants with basic grey scale pattern with a hot pink, or bright red wrap top. Or maybe my bright blue jeans with a plain poncho.

Should I, could I, wear the hot pink wrap with my bright blue jeans… You won’t miss me then. Or is it just asking people to look??

20130310-223057.jpg love these ponchos, in muted colours (I saw purple, brown, black, navy) an oh so comfy outfit topper.

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20130310-223305.jpgfunky bright patterns, but I would prefer something more like this…

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And looking a little dishevelled after a full day out and about… My teal Keshet top over black long sleeve top and my bright blue jeans (accessorised with black and silver jewellery and black flats).

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Bright clothes in winter? You bet. Black is boring, neutrals are nothing, but colour will bring a smile to your face.
Jen 🙂

You can also check out the Keshet website and my other post over at Woodbridge Market.