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Saturday, 25 September 2021 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 25 September 2021
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Dog training again
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Into town today for the second dog training session at Petstock (last week was cancelled due to the COVID-19 “lockdown”). At least we got some photos this time:


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The brown Labrador in the second-to-last image looks really ferocious, but in fact he's very friendly.

Another useful facility at Petstock is their dog scales. With some difficulty manoeuvred the dogs into the corner where it had been placed and weighed them: Lena 26.1 kg, Larissa 24.0 kg. Compared to a month ago, that's an increase of 3.1 kg (13.3%) for Lena and 4.2 kg (21.5%) for Lara. The difference in the increase is interesting; could that help with her hypertrophic osteodystrophy, or be an indication that the issues are gone? Certainly she doesn't have any symptoms any more.

In that connection, it's interesting to note that their appetite today was much more than on previous days: they ate nearly double what they ate yesterday. I'm still trying to see some kind of pattern in their appetite, but today really stood out. I have bought marginally different food for them (Purina Supercoat Large Breed Puppy with real Chicken instead of Puppy with real Chicken (yes, that's what they say, though it seems that there's only chicken in there). I asked, but they weren't able to give me alternatives with fake Chicken.

Was it the new feed that made them eat so much? No, I don't think so. They showed their hunger long before they saw the food. I also noted that the pellets are considerably larger than the old normal puppy food. But that seems to be a general change, if I understand the web site correctly:

Research showed that you wanted our kibble to be larger… We listened!

The SUPERCOAT® core range now offers the same great taste in a slightly larger kibble size.


Shopping at Woolworths
Topic: health, food and drink, opinion Link here

While in town finally picked up Yvonne's prescription at UFS in Sebastopol, which went surprisingly smoothly. Finally!

While Yvonne was picking up her prescription, in to Woolworths (next door) to buy some dried beans.

Straightforward enough, eh? Yvonne had already instructed me: go past “Asian Food” and “Indian Food” to “European Food”, and there they are. But I didn't find them; I didn't even find “European Food”. So after Yvonne had picked up her prescription, she showed me:

 
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Clearly that's the (unmarked) “European food”: after all, there's Thomy mustard, Pumpernickel and Kühne Sauerkraut, all at shin height:

 
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Not anything that I would associate with beans, and I didn't see any there.

But yes, they were there:

 
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They were also at shin height and only further back. The packets showing are polenta that had spilled over into the beans section. I had removed 3 of them, but even before that they weren't visible. You really have to know that they're there. Or maybe understand how culinary choices have changed in the last 50 years.


Prosciutto-wrapped chicken
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with lemons, spring onions and potatoes (what a mouthful!) for dinner tonight, for the first time in nearly 5 years:

 
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It wasn't bad, but there were a surprising number of details to tune. Probably cooked too hot (note the charring on the edges), not enough potato, not enough salt on the chicken, lemon pieces too big. And the original recipe wanted the whole thing to be cooked on baking paper, which makes no sense. But that's why we write down the recipes, and I've updated it.


Sunday, 26 September 2021 Dereel Images for 26 September 2021
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Lens colour differences?
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Spent much of the weekend processing photos. A couple were interesting. This photo is interesting, but the background is suboptimal:

 
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That photo was taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 at 112 mm and its maximum aperture of (only) f/6.3. OK, I need a wider aperture to blur the background. How about the Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4?

 
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Certainly the background is nice and unsharp, but so are half the flowers. I really need to do some form of focus stacking to get only the flowers in focus. On the tuit queue.

But there's something else about the photos. Here the two lenses next to each other:

 
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Why are the colours so different? Is it the lens, or is it colour balance guesswork in the camera or processing software (DxO PhotoLab)? This relatively trivial photo looks like causing considerable work.


Self-crystallising sugar
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Yvonne decided to cheat for this evening's dessert: she bought some pre-prepared “self-crystallising sugar”, whatever that may mean:

 
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That appears to be the only name they have. The rest is the brand (“Wicked Sister”, a choice that I don't understand). It proved to be a relatively tasteless flan:

 
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But why “self-crystallising”? I can only assume that the advertising droids don't understand the term “crystallize”.


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