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 on: Yesterday at 03:01:51 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by Les303
Actually , Pat , I was blaming you for bringing the English weather with you but never mind you only have to start worrying when the puddles get this deep ;;;

 on: Yesterday at 01:10:23 AM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by Ali iPad
Thanks Alan
My grandchildren will be pleased. When I told them it was not an acceptable word either common or rare they were amazed but also quite chuffed that they knew and used an "unknown" word. I am more than happy to have it included in rare  words.
Ali in Perth 🎃

 on: October 21, 2017, 09:15:35 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by pat
Carol, we should have flown to Alice Springs from Perth on that Friday but our flight was cancelled. We had the option of flying there the next day, via Darwin!!!, or flying to Adelaide then flying to Alice the next day. Neither would get us there on the day we were supposed to arrive but we chose the Adelaide option. But even if we'd got to Alice on the Friday we probably wouldn't have seen the budgies as we'd have needed to be at a particular water hole. We saw a single budgie on our first day there and a few flocks of 20-30 birds on our second day.

Les, the outback was interesting. At one point the others had gone off looking for some bird or other but I stayed on my own looking for fairywrens. It was blissfully peaceful with not a sign of human habitation anywhere. It felt as if I could have been the only person on the planet!

And what have you done to the Queensland weather? We were in Julatten the other night when they had the most terrific electrical storm which lasted for several hours and dumped 10 inches of rain.  The owners of Kingfisher Park, where we stayed, said they haven't had rain like that for years, and never in October. We've moved since then and are now in Maryborough via Cairns and Brisbane and it still hasn't stopped bloody raining.

We're supposed to be flying out to Lady Elliott Island tomorrow but they apparently have a grass runway so I'm hoping the trip won't have to be cancelled due to waterlogging!

 on: October 21, 2017, 05:06:09 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by Alan W
Like Les, I'd not heard of the word. But it definitely is a word - it's in several dictionaries and is mentioned often enough in newspapers around the world (including here in Australia).

The earliest English language use noted by the OED was in 1942, in a New Mexico newspaper. But it's obviously been increasing in use over recent years. The Corpus of Contemporary American English has only 3 occurrences of pepitas from the 1990s, but 46 in the following decade. (I searched for the plural to avoid interference from Pepita as a person's name.)

I'll allow pepita in future, but I won't go so far as to make it a common word, Ali. Not all of us read recipes or seek out exotic snacks or read the ingredients on muesli packets.

 on: October 21, 2017, 03:56:22 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by Les303
Anything that requires a tutorial on how to eat it is far too much trouble for me.
In any case , my main priority was always going to be how well they would go with a beer.
Obviously , all that tongue work would detract from my drinking time so I think that I will trust Carol's opinion & not even try these things at all.

 on: October 20, 2017, 07:29:26 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by yelnats
The Spanish can separate the husk and the seed in their mouth so they only spit out the husk. My tongue is not so agile.

Maybe it has something to do with how fast the Spanish speak that their tongues are very fit.

I even found a youtube video explaining it (albeit with sunflower seeds)...

 on: October 20, 2017, 06:14:32 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by 2dognight

Personally think they are horrible

When you eat them don't forget the spit out the outer husk

In Spain they have got that off pat - as I am sure Yelnats would know

 on: October 20, 2017, 05:54:37 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by mkenuk
Buy them in packets. Like this. There are probably a few 'oriental emporia' near you who will be delighted to sell them as 'exotic delicacies' at ten times their real price!

Sunflower seeds too, although I seem to remember that they were supposed to be a bit hallucinogenic.
Maybe that was just an urban legend.

 on: October 20, 2017, 02:04:07 PM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by Les303
I've never heard of pepita so , at best , it would be a rare word for me.
Mind you , all my pumpkin seeds go straight in the bin as i was not even aware that were edible.
Amazing what you can learn by playing this game.
Curiosity , suitable tweaked , I will now have to have a go at roasting some pumpkin seeds.
Any tips Tom ?

 on: October 20, 2017, 11:39:36 AM 
Started by Ali iPad - Last post by Tom44
Yes, and they're tasty, too.  Hungry

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