Gra Nomad Wanderings

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Our kids seem to be constantly trying to upstage one another. It's just part of the life of the Keast family. I mean, why should you accept the common pecking order when with a little ingenuity, you can slip up the ladder a notch or two?

Today was Jeremy's day! He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Movement Studies, Graduate Diploma in Education. It was the conferring of degrees to the Faculty of Business. Is that enough information?

Deb, Fay and I were all proud of him. Maybe Logan wasn't all that fussed about things (see photo). Congrats Jem. Well done mate! Willie would've been so proud of you today, but no more than your parents are.
Yes, you even upstaged Logan Jack today!


Monday, September 17, 2007


This is my new bike mechanic. He's fairly young, but very focussed (as you can see.) One thing I really like about him, you don't need to hassle him - he gets straight into the work before you even ask him. Doesn't mind getting his hands dirty either. His name is Logan Jack McLaughlin from Mortdale in Sydney. His fee? A couple of Weet Bix! That's his horse behind him. Unfortunately when this photo was taken he couldn't walk, but he's just about sorted that out now. (11 months old.)
Photo courtesy of Dave McCubben - famous cyclist from Sydney.


Friday, September 07, 2007


Fay and I have been blessed with a visit from Daniel (above) and his Dad Dave for a week. They come from the Big Smoke. Daniel from Sylvania High has been working at the Western Plains Zoo here in Dubbo as part of his work experience program. (Didn't have that in my day!!)

The cheetah above had undergone a checkup and was soon to be released back into its enclosure. Daniel has had the chance to be up close and personal with a whole bunch of animals. He has really enjoyed his time at the zoo. Good onya Daniel. We've enjoyed having them both here and appreciated a beautiful Thai chicken stir fry last night. Man this guy can cook! Maybe they can stay another week Dot????

Better go bake some more choc cinnamon bars/slice for our visitors that are due next week. Seeya.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007


2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup castor sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
250 g softened butter
2 eggs
150 g choc bits
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Mix all the flour and powder stuff. Then get the eggs and butter and mix it all up (in amongst the dry powder stuff). Whack in the chopped walnuts. Put the mixture into a greased pan (35 cm x 25 cm x 2 cm) then sprinkle the choc bits evenly on top. Slip it into a preheated oven at 180º (or a tad less) for 20 minutes (or maybe 15 mins). Hey bingo! You’ve got yourself Choc Cinnamon Bars/slice!
If you haven't seen me cook, you're not Robinson Crusoe! Matter of fact there's not too many that have eh Deb, Pete, Jem? While I was doing this, Fay was making pumpkin soup, doing gardening outside AND supervising me!! No wonder some of us blokes feel a bit inadequate!
Come round and I'll cook you something. I now do, tea/coffee, toasted sangas AND choc cinnamon bars/slice!
Of course the bride isn't stupid is she? I mean she got me to put the chopped walnuts in it to make it go further, otherwise it'd be all gone by now. (I'm learning to like walnuts!)