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October 12, 2015 / diannegray

On the homefront

I had a great week last week. My daughter’s visit was just what I needed to get out and about, see the sights and eat loads of great food. She showed me how to poach perfect eggs and make hollandaise sauce. We also made Bacon and Egg Breakfast Dumplings. She is the food photographer extraordinaire so you can drool over the pictures of the dumplings on her Little Food Blog.

(…but I’m sure she won’t mind if I steal borrow one…)

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Dumplings

And yes – they tasted as good as they look!

After the excitement of the week, hubby and I were sitting around watching TV on Saturday and he said he had an itch on his head. When I checked the suspicious itch I found he had picked up a little passenger in the field – a tick. Luckily (for him) I had watched an ABC documentary a few months back about the newest and most effective way to remove a tick. This amazing product is actually a wart remover (yes, I was a little suspicious as well). In Australia it is sold as Wart-Off and is a spray that freezes an area.

I was pretty excited because I had bought some after watching the show just in case of an event like this. I grabbed him, dragged him outside for better light, promptly pushed him to his knees, grappled his head and snap-froze his little passenger (I have a great bed-side manner).

It worked! The little blighter froze so fast it had no time to pump poison into the area or dig it’s little legs in deeper. It was stiff as a board and dropped off beautifully.

Hubby survived the tick, but I’m not sure if his pride is still in tact.

I also created a few more pictures for my ***Arty Bits*** this week.

The first one was taken during the dog walk on Friday. It had been raining and the leaves were full of beautiful, plump water droplets. I noticed after I had taken it that there were two green ants waiving at me from the unopened buds.

I called it After the Storm

After the Storm

The second one is a beautiful Wild Flower.
I called it Wild 

Wild Flower

Have a great week! xxx


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Oct 12 2015 6:57 am

    When I know there’s a tick on me, I can’t wait even two seconds. If it’s already dug in, I grab it and yank it free. Then I wrap it in tape to die a long, lingering death ’cause I despise ticks. They’re common up north, but I haven’t run into one yet in Florida. That makes me happy.


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 7:14 am

      We rarely get ticks on us (but the dogs wear tick collars). A “long lingering death” made me laugh and I totally agree that’s what they need. The only problem is they start pumping poison as soon as you squeezed them (little ratbags!) I despise ticks as well, but not as much as leeches – yuck, anything that wants to suck my blood is the enemy as far as I’m concerned.

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Oct 12 2015 7:03 am

    Wow, using an over-the-counter liquid nitrogen spray to freeze and remove ticks. Very interesting. We always teach the tweezer removal technique in medicine, so as soon as I read your post, I did a quick search of the medical literature to see if this treatment has been recommended. I found some recommendations for it in Australia, just as you’ve mentioned here. I’ll have to see if this catches on elsewhere. You’ve piqued my interest, Dianne! And your pictures are so pretty.

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    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 7:18 am

      I hope it catches on elsewhere, Carrie because it’s so effective. When my son had a tick many years ago the doc squeezed it with tweezers and pumped all the poison in. He was extremely ill for some time so I’ve always been keen to find a safer method. The freezing doesn’t give the tick time to dig in and release toxins. I think it’s an awesome idea and now I know it works! As a US doc, I’m so glad it’s piqued your interest!:D


      • Carrie Rubin / Oct 12 2015 7:39 am

        Yes, you have to be careful with the tweezers no doubt. And now my scalp itches… 😉

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      • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 7:45 am

        Haaaa! So did mine after that. All day! lol

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  3. danniehill / Oct 12 2015 7:24 am

    Now I’m hungry, for eggs– not ticks


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 7:26 am

      LOL! I was tossing up whether or not to put the tick story in here after the beautiful pic of our lovely brekkie, Dannie. 😉

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  4. nrhatch / Oct 12 2015 7:25 am

    Cool tip about the tips. And lovely pics. So glad you enjoyed your daughter’s visit.


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 7:27 am

      It was wonderful, Nancy. And the tick tip is very cool indeed 😉


  5. Jill Weatherholt / Oct 12 2015 7:35 am

    I’m so happy you had a nice visit with your daughter, Dianne. Thanks for the tick tip! I don’t like those things. 😦 Nice pictures…they made me hungry. 🙂


  6. Luanne / Oct 12 2015 7:35 am

    This post really runs the gamut (whatever a gamut is). Mouthwatering yummies, gorgeous photos (that make me want to cry), and a disgusting tick story. Woot! I love it! I wish my daughter was a cook and baker instead of an actor LOL.


    • Luanne / Oct 27 2015 11:50 pm

      Just visited said daughter. Ugh. Wishing even more she was a cook/baker or ANYTHING than an actor.


  7. Susan A Eames / Oct 12 2015 7:50 am

    Delicious looking bacon and egg dumplings followed by gorgeous plant pics… you’ve excelled yourself, Dianne!


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 9:09 am

      Thank you, Susan – what a lovely comment! 😀


  8. Jenny Ackland / Oct 12 2015 8:02 am

    We had a cat with a tick in Turkey a few years ago. I googled what to do, we were remote from a chemist, and one idea was to use dishwashing liquid. So the poor white cat got a squirt of green on the back of the head, the tick reversed out and I was able to grab it with a tissue. Had had no previous experience with ticks before but it was super distressing for us.

    The dumplings – yum. The plants shots are beautiful. Love your posts Dianne!


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 9:12 am

      Strangely enough – I heard from my neighbour this morning that dishwashing detergent is excellent for removing ticks! We we discussing it over coffee about an hour ago. It’s a great idea and I’ll know what to do next time if I don’t have the spray. Thanks so much, Jenny!
      I’m really glad you like the plant shots 😀


  9. EllaDee / Oct 12 2015 9:11 am

    Not only are you an amazingly talented in the arty & wordy sphere, you’re a genius. This summer looks like being a particularly bad tick season… Wart-Off is now on my next pharmacy visit list 🙂
    I love your arty bits photos, I envision them in a book or on a wall. No wonder your daughter is talented. Yum!


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 9:14 am

      Tick season has certainly started early, Dale 😉

      I’m now blushing at your awesome compliments. You’re a darling xxx


  10. avwalters / Oct 12 2015 9:38 am

    I had to look hard for the ants, so I’m calling the first artsy photo “Where’s Waldo?” The visit from the cooking daughter sounds like just the ticket to inspire treats on the home front for a while. As for those ticks–we have them, but haven’t seen any yet. When we do, I’ll be torn between wart removal and dishwashing liquid!


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 2:50 pm

      At least we know we have two effective ways of getting rid of ticks now, Alta. I think the detergent one is great because we mostly have that at hand 😉 I’m glad you found the ants, I’ll name them both “Waldo” 😀

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  11. anotherday2paradise / Oct 12 2015 10:59 am

    Those dumplings look so scrumptious. Lucky you! i think one of my worst nightmares would be to get a tick embedded in my scalp. Glad you knew what to do. I absolutely love your ‘artsy bits’. The first one reminds me of Christmas table decorations. 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 2:52 pm

      Oh yes, Sylvia – that first one is very Christmasy now I look at it.
      The tick thing is hideous. I wouldn’t like it either. I had on in my eye once and that was enough for me. Ouch! 😉

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  12. agjorgenson / Oct 12 2015 11:43 am

    Great food, tick adventures and a bit of avante garde art! Quite a week!! Glad to hear you got the tick problem under control. I have a friend who had a run in with a kind of tick that dealt him symptoms rather like a stroke that took a number of weeks to outrun. They can deal some nasty stuff.


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 2:54 pm

      Those ticks are awful, Allen. They paralyze you if they are left for too long (we’ve also had a dog die from one). It’s good to find them early (but that just depends where they are because they’re sneaky). I’m glad you enjoyed the food and art 😀


  13. pommepal / Oct 12 2015 12:24 pm

    You are going to miss having your daughter around Dianne. What delicious food you have been having. Your arty photos are really colourful too. But the best part of this post for me is that freeze stuff for ticks. They seem to zone in on me whenever we are in tropical areas and I have had them in VERY embarrassing places. I have put it on my grocery list and will get a bottle later today. Do you know if it works on leeches? So far I have not had to deal with a tick on any of my surrogate house sit animals, as you say they all have tick colours or have had the spray treatment. Do you think it will work on pets too?


    • diannegray / Oct 12 2015 3:00 pm

      I haven’t had the opportunity to try it on a pet yet, Pauline, but I imagine it would work as long as you can get through the hair. It would work on a small leech because the opening for the spray is only small and you have to hold it down on the skin for about ten seconds while it freezes (you’ll see what I mean when you get some). I’ve had some massive leeches on me so I know how big they get! Yucky, I hate the things…
      I haven’t had a tick in a very embarrassing place yet (touch wood!) But I have had a leech there. Gross! LOL 😀


      • pommepal / Oct 12 2015 6:49 pm

        Especially gross when some one else has to do the removing!!!!


  14. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 12 2015 3:05 pm

    You had me at dumpling. I love them, they look amazing, so the bacon and egg is inside them, what a clever girl she is, now on to the tick…cringe, thanks for the wart off advice though, in case I meet one those nasties. I laughed at your description of what you did to hubby. Fifty shades flashed through my head. Lovely photos as usual sweety. xxx


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 11:49 am

      Haaaa. A reminder of Fifty Shades, love it! When I come to Melb at some stage we’ll catch up for dumplings. I love the things but have to drive half a day to find a place that makes them here. Now I have the recipe they may become a staple at the RUC 😀


  15. Zen A. / Oct 12 2015 4:27 pm

    I am looking through your daughter’s blog right now and my mouth is watering more and more with every picture. I know I’ll be trying out the Haloumi pomegranate pine nut salad very VERY soon.

    I’m glad to hear you had a nice week, and those pictures are absolutely lovely!


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 11:51 am

      I’m so glad that you are looking through her blog (and I know she reads the comments here so she’ll be thrilled!) You’re a darling xxxx


  16. Roy McCarthy / Oct 12 2015 10:39 pm

    Your talents increase by the day Dianne, but should not you be showing your daughter how to poach perfect eggs etc?


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 11:57 am

      I’m an awful cook, Roy. I have no idea where my children get their kitchen talents, but who am I to question when they love creating awesome cuisine for me to taste 😉


  17. mcwoman / Oct 13 2015 12:15 am

    I love your photos.


  18. mrscarmichael / Oct 13 2015 1:24 am

    just followed your daughter – what could be more lovely, beautiful food, beautiful pics of food and done by a beauty to boot #proudmuma


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 11:59 am

      Absolutely #proudmuma. My daughter will be thrilled. Thank you so much – and bon appetite! 😀


  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 13 2015 4:32 am

    Dumplings to droplets – you’ve had a fun week. I had fun reading about it and seeing your photos.


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 12:00 pm

      It was a great week, Sharon. I’m so glad you liked the pics 😀


  20. Charissa / Oct 13 2015 6:18 am

    Those dumplings look delicious. Kudos to your daughter. The tick story is horrifying and fascinating. I didn’t know about the wart-off method. Glad you got it out of him. Bedside manner is overrated, right?


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 12:02 pm

      Yeah, that bedside manner they all talk about is way overrated, Char (LOL) 😀

      I’m now using the dumplings recipe a lot and have become a little too popular with the neighbours 😉


      • Charissa / Oct 14 2015 6:07 am

        Yeah, I’m wishing you lived a LITTLE closer to me. But those dumplings might be a little ripe by time they got to my house from yours.

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      • diannegray / Oct 14 2015 7:12 am

        LOL – so true 😀


  21. Colline / Oct 13 2015 9:36 am

    Those dumplings look delicious!


  22. Daphne Shadows / Oct 13 2015 10:08 am

    That really works??! No way! Thank you for passing it along! I hope I never have to use that advice. lol I really like the first picture, the one with the red leaves. Beautiful. 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 12:05 pm

      I’m so glad you like that picture, Daphne, it’s one of my faves 😀

      I hope you never have to use my advice either, but if so, it really works! 😉


  23. restlessjo / Oct 13 2015 5:43 pm

    So glad you had a lovely time together. How could you not? 🙂 Never heard of bacon and egg dumplings but I’m game! 🙂 And I really love the first of your creations. Have a happy week!


    • diannegray / Oct 14 2015 7:09 am

      The bacon and egg dumplings were delicious, Jo. My daughter comes up with some awesome recipes 😀
      I’m really glad you like that first picture, its one of my faves 😉

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  24. cocoaupnorth / Oct 13 2015 6:46 pm

    You really have great ideas for your Arty Bits, Dianne. Have you thought of showcasing them on Instagram? By the way, your daughter has a fabulous Instagram page:-)


    • diannegray / Oct 14 2015 7:11 am

      I haven’t gone the Instagram way yet, Cocoa. I need to learn all these things 😉 My daughter will be wrapped that you had a look at her Instagram page! 😀

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  25. jannatwrites / Oct 14 2015 7:50 am

    I had to laugh at the comment about your bedside manner and the image I have of you manhandling him as you took care of business. Ticks freak me out but I’ve never had one latch on to me. Then again, those green ants kind of freak me out 🙂 but the flowers are gorgeous!


    • diannegray / Oct 15 2015 7:55 am

      I’m so glad you got a good giggle out of this, Janna. I’m not the gentlest of people! lol 😀


  26. the eternal traveller / Oct 15 2015 2:53 pm

    I must remember that tick remedy. I hate ticks. Your daughter’s eggs sound a lot better than the ones I had to endure at the Bungle Bungles! Nice arty pictures this week.


    • diannegray / Oct 16 2015 9:58 am

      Haaa – those eggs at the Bungle Bungles were certainly playing hard to get 😀
      The tick remedy is great. It’s so handy to have that spray pack in the cupboard 😉

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  27. Minuscule Moments / Oct 16 2015 6:03 am

    Dianne your daughters website looks amazing I signed up and can’t wait to try that recipe. Ticks give me the creeps I will be getting some wart off quick smart is it safe to spray on animals I wonder? Your photography is beautiful, the first one almost looks like a painting. Looks like you are having a wonderful spring.


    • diannegray / Oct 16 2015 10:01 am

      I’m sure it’s safe to spray on animals as long as you can keep them still for about 20 seconds (I know that would be hard with my dogs) 😉

      Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment on my pictures. I’m very flattered xxx


  28. jmmcdowell / Oct 16 2015 6:08 am

    Ugh, ticks are a serious nuisance at best here and often carry Lyme disease. Our field crews treat their clothes with chemicals because the little buggers are so plentiful. But the idea of treating any of them that reach the skin with liquid nitrogen sounds very tempting!


    • diannegray / Oct 16 2015 10:07 am

      I totally agree – ticks are just disgusting and Lyme disease is a very serious illness indeed. We used to pull them out with tweezers, but this just pumped the poison in and made people even sicker. The instant death with the liquid nitrogen is awesome. I’m so glad someone realised it’s potential for ticks. It’s amazing what people come up with and test to help others 😀


  29. Amy Reese / Oct 16 2015 3:09 pm

    Wow, your pictures are gorgeous, Dianne! I’m so impressed you knew how to take care of a tick. Hubby is lucky to have you. And to think you went out bought the stuff. Hey, it’s good to know about this wart off spray. I never would have guessed. Sorry I’ve been missing your posts. I somehow unfollowed you. Don’t know how that happened. I will catch up!


    • diannegray / Oct 18 2015 9:09 am

      This happens to me too, Amy. Sometimes I think someone has stopped posting and then I realise Word Press has decided that I unfollow them. It’s weird!

      I’m so glad you like my pictures xxx


  30. Sheila Morris / Oct 19 2015 4:31 am

    Kudos to you for your swift first-aid tick freezing techniques – please tell your husband how fortunate he is to have such a rescuer on site. I had a tick bite me when I was living in Texas and Teresa was far away in South Carolina. It itched me for more than a year! My removal wasn’t as successful. 🙂
    The flowers are breathtaking, Dianne…really amazing.


    • diannegray / Oct 19 2015 8:30 am

      Those ticks are hideous little things. Our pack wear collars to protect them, but they’re not completely guaranteed so I spend a fair bit of time checking them (and they love it because they think it’s a massage!) lol 😀
      I’m so glad you like the pictures – wow, I love the word “breathtaking”! I’m very flattered xxx

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  31. Britt Skrabanek / Oct 19 2015 7:07 am

    As lovely (and yummy) these photos are, can’t we see some pix of you manhandling the tick? Kidding, kidding.

    Great story, as always. You’re like Wonder Woman meets Crocodile Dundee.


    • diannegray / Oct 19 2015 8:36 am

      LOL – I love your words, Britt 😀 If I’d had another hand I would have taken photos of the tick removal. I wish I had Wonder Woman’s physique (not so much Crocodile Dundee) 😀

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  32. Jacqui Murray / Oct 21 2015 7:51 am

    That breakfast dumpling looks amazing. No wonder it’s my favorite meal. I checked out your daughter’s blog. She makes me hungry.


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2015 8:31 am

      She’ll be very happy about that, Jacqui. She’s an awesome cook (I really don’t know where she gets her skills because I don’t like cooking) 😉


  33. ParentingIsFunny / Oct 23 2015 3:06 am

    She’s a food photographer, and you’re a nature photographer. I love it. Keeping the skill in the family. And she can cook, too. What a blessing for you! It must be fun to have someone make you fancy foods every now and then. And to tell you how in case the mood ever strikes you. For me–it wouldn’t. I’d just enjoy having someone else cook for me! 🙂


  34. tchistorygal / Oct 29 2015 12:46 am

    The food looks delicious. I’m coming right over! Oops, I don’t like ticks, but it’s nice to know how to get rid of them, and even better that you know how to administer the freeze-out. Finally, those pictures are amazing. If I had any wall space at all, Id love to hang the first one in my office! 🙂 Have a great day.


    • diannegray / Oct 29 2015 7:27 am

      I’m really glad you like the pics, Marsha. I’m really enjoying the “other side” of a creative process 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Oct 29 2015 2:16 pm

        You can’t be on the “other” side of any creative process! that would be uncreative, and that’s just not you! 🙂

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  35. Sheila / Oct 29 2015 10:50 am

    I hope your husband knows how lucky he is (even if you did have to grapple with his head for a bit)! That made me laugh just picturing it all. I love your artsy bits, especially After the Storm. That’s so funny that you captured the ants waving at you! 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 31 2015 6:30 am

      I’m getting quite behind on my blog posts, Sheila. I’ve got a heap of work to do, but I really want to create some more pictures as well. You’ve just inspired me to get cracking again 😉


  36. Polysyllabic Profundities / Oct 30 2015 10:26 am

    All of your photos are simply amazing!! Hope you are well. 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 31 2015 6:36 am

      I’m so glad you like them! I’m flooded with work at the moment (which isn’t a bad thing) so I’m getting a bit behind in my blogging and arty bits – I must organise myself and drop on over to say hello to you 😉

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  37. roughwighting / Nov 2 2015 8:00 am

    Yum, and Yuck, all in the same posts. I love food pictures. My stomach is growling. And of course, having that time with your daughter is priceless. But I HATE ticks – my guy has gotten bitten – the one time it ‘took’ was when I was away to not take care of him, and he got Lymes. Luckily, we got it treated quickly with antibiotics. So tell your husband to appreciate your freezing technique. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 2 2015 11:51 am

      Oh no! Your poor hubby 😦 I’m glad he got his Lymes treated, it’s a horrible thing. I’ll tell hubby how lucky he is to have me. Heeee. Whether he believes me or not is another thing 😉

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      • roughwighting / Nov 3 2015 9:16 am

        I’m SURE he knows how lucky he is. ❤


  38. reneejohnsonwrites / Nov 2 2015 1:11 pm

    The food part of this post is quite tempting, the tick part–less so. Be careful with those things. Lyme disease is a scary thing. Happy Fall Dianne!


    • diannegray / Nov 7 2015 6:56 am

      I’m so glad you like the food part, Renee 😀 You’re right about the other – yikes, I don’t like ticks at all xxx


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