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A trip to PROV

A couple of months ago I made a visit to PROV, the Public Record Office of Victoria.  I had already used their online services to view wills and probate records of my ancestors, however records created after 1926 are not yet digitised and need to be viewed in their reading room.  I had quite a long list of wills and probates I wanted to view, so decided it was time to make the effort and visit in person.  The reading room in North Melbourne is open Monday to Friday, but also the second and last Saturday of every month.  It just so happened the coming Saturday was the last Saturday of September and they would be open.

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Posted from North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Beetroot relish

There’s a cafe in North Melbourne, called Pocket, which serves a delicious breakfast bagel of bacon, fried egg, cheese and beetroot relish.  Inspired by this, and having finished a jar of chutney a friend had given us, I decided to make my own beetroot relish.

The recipe below is a combination of three online recipes.  Give it a go and feel free to tweak the ingredients to come up with your own version!  I’ve been using the relish in my own egg and bacon muffins, on home made hamburgers and with corned silverside.  It’s really quite versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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Beetles devouring our lilly pillies

Over 12 months ago I spotted a bright green beetle on the outside of the window. It was similar in size and shape to a ladybird, but instead of red and black it was bright green.  I took a photo, admired its shiny shell then promptly forgot about it.

The deck in our backyard is bordered by several lilly pillies which have been looking sparse.  I took a clipping to the local nursery and they suggested I spray the trees with EcoPest oil, an insecticide which uses paraffin oil as an active ingredient.  I did this, and repeated the process several weeks later in order to eliminate any pests which might have hatched since the initial spray. Hoping I’d eliminated the pest, a month or so later new growth appeared on the trees and they were starting to look healthy.  A few days after spotting the new growth, I noticed the leaves were being eaten again.  The pest oil hadn’t solved my problem. Then, one morning while enjoying breakfast in the sun I spot the culprit – one of the bright green beetles I’d been admiring a year earlier!

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