Archive for December, 2009

Adobe Community Help is an online support service that enables you to find the best answers for your Adobe product questions.

Here’s a video on how Adobe Community Help brings together instruction, inspiration and support from Adobe and community experts around the world.

People are probably aware of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player, but Adobe is a huge company with many software products.
To view products click here

If the Adobe Community Help can’t give you the guidance you are looking for, I would suggest searching on Scribd

Most people are familiar with Adobe Photoshop for editing images and my Photoshop tutorial on Scribd has been very popular.


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I have to confess that I have taken Christmas off this year and left the north coast for an overseas holiday with my husband and youngest son – to fulfill a desire to visit the beautiful beaches of Southern Thailand after 22 years.

Phuket – Krabi area is famous for spectacular limestone rock towers, island out crops and beautiful beaches. We enjoyed a longboat tour of the islands and snorkelling amoungst tropical fish in the pristine waters of the coral reefs and it’s been a fantastic experience for our 13 year old son.

It took a few days to penetrate the heart of the country and find the genuine honest and kind Thai people that we remembered them to be, but I am affraid we have been disappointed by the overdevelopment and greed that has invaded this beautiful region.

The end result is realising what I already knew, that there’s no place like home. The north coast of NSW is a fantastic place to live and for a laid back lifestyle it’s hard to find better. I just have to make time to get out and enjoy the many beautiful beaches we have access to on the north coast – it’s heaven right here!

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.
Thanks for all the support I have had for this blog and encouragement along the way.
Best Wishes to all

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Recipe.

At gatherings on the North Coast we are often asked to bring a plate to share, and with Christmas upon us I’d like to share a delicious gluten free muffin recipe for those that cannot partake of all the rich and luscious treats available.

At a recent gathering, gluten free dishes and deserts were put together at one end of the food table. This is not to ostracise those that are gluten intolerant, it was a courtesy to those like me that unfortunately have a restricted diet.

For gluten free melt in the mouth muffins, you can’t go past this Blueberry Muffin recipe with chocolate chips and icing sugar on top.
This recipe makes 12 muffins and is absolutely delicious!

For more recipes click here

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Uki is a beautiful little historic village in the foothills of Mt Warning (Wollumbin in the Bundjalung aboriginal language means ‘Clouds Catcher’).  It’s such a tiny place but it has a fantastic community with it’s own Uki Village website full of information and the local Uki News is on-line  for all to view. There are alot of very talented Artists around Uki and environs, and here’s a great website with a list of Galleries called Cloud Catcher.

My good friend Paola Emma of Living Moon Astrology is so passionate about Uki she has offered the following history

‘The cute name Uki, (pronounced yook-eye) may be the aboriginal word for a water fern with edible roots, but many believe that it was derived from the sign, reading UK1, the timber cutters used to put on the first quality lumber, in particular the precious red cedar, that was exported in great quantity to Great Britain in the early days.

Uki Village

Uki Village in the Foothills of Mt Warning

There is a book with real life accounts of the way life was in the Uki, Main Arm area since the first white pioneers started moving to the Tweed around 1860, called ‘The Way it Was‘ . This wonderful collection is full of fresh and interesting accounts of what life was like for the brave men and women of these bygone days. It also provides some ideas of the ups and downs in the relationship between white settlers and aboriginal people. The book was edited by Mary Lee Connery and is a very good read.

The region around Uki was, first of all, settled for lumber cutting and export. Then the sugar cane came and many dairy farms populated the area from the early 1900s. The latter soon became the commercial backbone of the Uki area. The historical Uki Butter factory, affectionately known as The Buttery, was the place where the local dairy farmers used to bring their milk and cream to be processed, until the early 1960s.

Over the last few years the Old Butter Factory has been transformed, through the dedication of community groups and grants, into a busy shopping and cultural centre. There is a good selection of shops inhabiting the Buttery including the Uki CTC (Community Technology Centre) which is run by volunteers.

Uki is also close to the wonderful Mebbin Forest National Park and the Clarrie Hall Dam (only ten kilometers from the village), a haven for sail boating, canoeing, fishing and picnics.

Uki has been hosting a colourful monthly market around the Old Buttery called the Uki Buttery Bazaar while a Local Produce market is held in the Uki Hall every Saturday’.

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After an eventful and busy year I have completed my Web Design course at Kingscliff TAFE. Reflecting on all I have learnt, it has been an amazing journey and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Web Design and much more about the web.

My course was Certificate IV in Web Design where a lot of the focus was on using Adobe Programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, and a taste of Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, Contribute, Premiere Pro and Adobe Bridge.

I also learnt a lot about navigating the web, Scribd, Blogging and using WordPress software which I have enjoyed the most. Blogging and marketing are a big part of the web these days and here’s a post I made about How Blogging Can Help You get a Job. The course also contained units on personal development and getting a job – plus lots more.

I found an interesting article on how you can make many different websites using WordPress called 30 Untypical WordPress Sites.

Learning about Disabilities and the Web was very interesting and important for anyone designing for the web. For our first blogging assignment on Accessibility of Websites for People with Special Needs I created a blog about Web Support for Visually Impaired and posted my research on it.

I could say I enjoyed learning programming languages such as JavaScript, Pseudocode and algorithms, but I’d be lying! CSS and HTML are alot easier!

Apart from all the technical stuff, we also had some practical lessons in Graphic Design which was great. So you can see there’s alot more to web design than just making some pages and linking them together.

Now that it’s over I’m going to enjoy a long holiday and look forward to what the new year will bring. This is not the end – just the beginning!

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Bananas are in abundance on the north coast when it’s banana season and can be purchased very cheaply as it’s a banana growing region. Often I have peeled over ripe bananas and put them into the freezer to be used in the future for cooking.

Bananas are very versatile and are delicious cooked into cakes, bread and muffins. They can even be used in milkshakes and smoothies after freezing.

A favourite for some is Chocolate Coated Bananas which are made by inserting a skewer into the bottom of the banana, dipped into melted chocolate and put in the freezer for homemade cold treats. Kids love them!

Here’s a recipe  for an Egg Free Banana and Date Flan made with Spelt Flour that was given to me lately and is really yummy!

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For all the Web Designers on the North Coast and beyond, I have created a Website Questionnaire with 20 Important Questions for clients to answer to ascertain their needs.

This questionnaire is the first step for clients wanting to have a website created. Web designers need to identify the desired goals of the website and business requirements before planning can begin. Clients need to complete these questions so the web designer will be able to work more efficiently with this information and produce the desired results.

I have uploaded it to Scribd and can be printed or downloaded from here.

For my other Scribd tutorials click here

For a list of 46 Questions for a Web Design Project click here

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