Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lentil as Anything

Tonight (or more correctly - this afternoon) Mimos gathered at Lentil as Anything in Abbottsford. Lentil as Anything is a restaurant that serves organic, vegetarian meals in a homely and relaxing environment. The unique aspect of Lentil as Anything is that there are no prices on the menu. As their website quotes, "We embody a philosophy that challenges and defies our money driven consumerist society. Our philosophy of "no set prices" is a social experiment that encourages people to have an internal conversation with their conscience and their own ethics. You choose what you feel is an appropriate amount to pay for the food and service provided." So after you've finished the meal you put whatever you consider the meal and the experience to be worth in a box on the counter.
There were about 20 of us who gathered for an early dinner. We couldn't do a large group discussion but we chatted with the people around us and caught up with what each of us had been doing since we last gathered together.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New Additions to the Dobson Home

Yesterday we took a trip out to Coldstream with the intention of adopting a kitten from the Victorian Animal Aid - but we got two. Reginald (Reggy) a male grey tabby and Taffeta (Taffy) a female calico. They've settled into the family really well. Taffy is a bit shy and has taken some time to warm up to us all but Reggy is full of beans and very curious. They love playing with each other - which is why we got two. They're both curled up on the rug next to my desk as I type.
Lots more of Taffy and Reggy to come.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Lads

One of my favourite bands - The Lads - have recently released their new studio album called simply - The Lads.
There is a combination of some of the Lads classics and some new tracks.
Genuine edgy rock with a hint of humour make the Lads a great live act. I saw them first at a Youth Alive event in Melbourne about 4 years ago and got hooked.
They're in Australia this weekend for the Australian Gospel Music Festival - pity it's in Toowoomba - not that there's anything wrong with Toowoomba - it's just a long way from Melbourne.
I'll leave you with the lyrics from a Lads classic - Beetroot Stain

I thought I was a loser
That I wasn’t good enough
I could not see how You could care about me
Or how I could deserve Your love

But You, You specialise in comebacks
And over time You’ve made me see
That even though I may not be perfect
You will not give up on me

Your love, love is like a beetroot stain
That never ever goes away from me
Your love, Your love is with me everyday
I know Your love is here to stay with me

Things can get a bit confusing
But there’s one thing that I know
That You will stay, You really care about me
And You will never let me go

What's Your Theological Worldview

I remembered doing this online quiz a few years ago.
I came out as expected as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan - phew
You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox


Reformed Evangelical


Roman Catholic








Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal


What's your theological worldview?
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Holiday Photos

Thomas, Matt and Kate jumping waves at the Sorrento back beach
Waiting for the ferry to take us from Sorrento to Queenscliff and back again.
Aboard the ferry on the way to Queenscliff
Wesleyan church in Queenscliff - now a bookstore.
Getting tangled in the rope puzzle at Arthur's Seat Maze
My achievement for the week was to complete two 1000 piece puzzles. Originally bought for the kids but a little too difficult for them yet - do you think I was sick of seeing brown after doing the bears!!!!


We've just had a week away at Nepean Country Club in Rosebud. Yes, we're timeshare owners but not through the "come to our 90 minute talk and get a free weekend holiday" routine. A few years ago we looked into all our options for annual family holidays - camping, caravan, cabins etc and we decided that timeshare was best for us.
We bought our week through the Trading Post. We own a share in Nepean Country Club which is ours forever and can be sold or bequeathed like any other property. We pay an annual maintenance fee of around $500- for our week.
This week can be exchanged for use at any of thousands of resorts worldwide and I know of people who've bought 5-6 weeks of timeshare in Australian resorts exchanged them for weeks in resorts around the world, have travelled around the world staying a week in each resort and then sold the weeks when they returned - a pretty cheap overseas holiday!!
Also we have access to bonus weeks. Bonus weeks are posted on the web by resorts who have empty units for hire. You can usually only book them up to 8 weeks ahead but they are usually $150-$300 for 7 nights in a fully fitted out 2 bedroom unit. We've just booked a week in Marysville in May for $225- and we've taken bonus weeks at Kyneton and Yarrawonga in previous years.
Each year for the past three years we've taken our regular week in the Easter school holidays at Rosebud. We get a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry. All the linen, cooking gear, appliances and cutlery and crockery is provided. All we have to bring is clothes, toiletries and food. This certainly saves time on packing and everything is basically set up when we arrive.
Nepean Country Club is well set up for families with 3 tennis courts (2 indoor), a heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool and spa. There is also mini golf, squash court, pool tables, and a fully equipped gym.
It is next to the Eagle Ridge Golf Course and half price green fees are available to resort users. Our unit this year looked out onto the golf course. The next post will have some photos of our week away.