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Daisy

IMG_2686So this is Daisy.
She’s a Smithfield/Kelpie cross – not that that means anything to me – adopted from the local animal shelter, Brightside.
I confess to being just a tad wary of getting a dog, never really having been a dog person.
But J appealed and I enjoy being challenged, so here she is.

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Games on the Table

Remiss as I have been with holidays (and back pain I shan’t bore anyone with), a few games we’ve gotten to the table over the last few weeks:

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 5.30.41 pmKeyflower – an example of wonderful gameplay but I can’t abide the way everything is implemented – It feels like a game design, rather than a game.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 5.30.19 pmIn contrast, Myrmes melds theme and gameplay as well as any Eurogame.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 5.30.02 pmAsara proved to be a great introduction to worker placement for Ms. 9…

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 5.29.46 pm…and given her current obsession with Star Trek, she was happy to play Starship Catan, a game I probably haven’t played in a decade.

 

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Maria Island

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Spent a wonderful weekend celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday on Maria Island, off the east coast. A former penal colony (amongst other things), the island is now a national park. Everything needed to be taken across and back via boat and accommodation was the former prison cells.

For the shortest days of the year, we were rewarded with glorious sunshine all weekend.

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Mist on the Oval

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It’s not a very good shot as I’m still buggering about with this camera – particularly after sunset – but for me it captures the evenings closing in, the fire that smoulders through the night, the early morning mist, the uggboots and fleecy pyjamas, the exquisite home made soups (courtesy of H), and my own personal contentment at having moved somewhere with a real winter…

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