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Nov 11 2013

Life’s good .. and the days are long!

SunriseDays go so slowly when you get up before sunrise.

After going to bed before dark, unsurprisingly I was up this morning to watch the sunrise, and a beautiful one it was too. The countryside with its open spaces and trees makes for great scenery. Dead gum trees with branches reaching for the sky make the perfect silhouette against the backdrop of the gold, orange and purple sunrise.

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Nov 07 2013

As spring moves into summer, the wattle is replaced by bottle brush

Bottle brush - summer's comingAah, back on the farm. A bit late, but we’re here.

Usually we come down on Friday night after work, but Doc had the 7 year old for a sleepover. By the time he went to his mother’s and we packed up, it was almost lunch time before we left, so we didn’t arrive until around 3.30pm.

It was nice to drive in during the day and check the changes in the scenery. As spring moves into summer the wattle is replaced by the bright red bottle brush. It’s enough to make even the Hume Highway look good.

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Nov 04 2013

From flood to drought (and back again?)

Below are pictures showing the changes in the dam at the farm over time. The first was taken in June 2012, then Christmas 2012, August 2013 and the last one in November 2013. That’s big changes in a short time.

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Nov 03 2013

My night at Cremorne Point Manor

Storm over Sydney Opera HouseOnce again I find myself on the wrong side of the Bridge.

The lovely Jean-Claude has been inviting me to come and stay at Cremorne Point Manor, so finally we decided on a day. The day before we were going it was gorgeous weather, and I was getting excited about my trip on the Harbour. But as has been the norm in Sydney lately, that was followed by a shitty, overcast and very, very windy day. It was so bad I kept one eye on the Sydney Ferries website all day to check if they were still running. The Outdoorsy One called me a couple of times “Are we really going to catch a ferry in this weather?” she asked.

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Oct 24 2013

It’s festival time in Sydney – but don’t ask for a glass of wine

Karumba-sunset2Sydney’s gearing up for summer, and festival season.

I love Sydney in summer. I love the heat, the beach lifestyle, drinks in the beer garden,  barbecues, the Sydney Festival and, of course, the New Years’ Eve fireworks.

The only thing I don’t like is the choice of wine at festivals.

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Oct 21 2013

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Sunrise Chilli Beach4When we were on the Cape back in 2011, we went out to Chilli Beach. We nearly didn’t.

People we met told us it wasn’t worth going to – too many tourists, too dirty, too windy. But then Scotty from the quarantine station convinced us. He told us the wind would die down for a few days at least, and all of the Cape was beautiful. He was right, it was still, and very beautiful. But the people who told us not to go were also right.

It was filthy.

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Oct 16 2013

Sunset and champagne

Sunset at the farmWhen talking about the most photographed icons in the world, sunset is rarely mentioned. Yet I think there are more photos of and more blogs dedicated to sunsets than to anything else anywhere.

Whether watching it with the love of your life, with friends, or alone, a sunset needs nothing more than a glass of champagne to make it magical.

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Oct 10 2013

How to eat a mango and other tropical fruit stories

passionfruitI’ve just had my first mango of the season. Summer is here!!!

I love the summer, apart from the weather the fruit is one of the things I love the most. Especially the tropical fruit. Mangoes, mangosteen, papaya, durian, rambutan. Even the names are exotic and exciting. Surely it’s only in the tropics that somebody would think to call a fruit “passion”.

Possibly after the way eating it in the tropics makes you feel.

Imagine sitting on the veranda overlooking the Coral Sea (yet another evocative name) in lush tropical heat with fans whirring languidly overhead, and cutting into a dark purple ball to release the tangy odour and suck out the bright yellow flesh and dark seeds of a passionfruit. Or eating a mango with the thick, luscious nectar dripping down your fingers, waiting to be licked off.

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Oct 07 2013

The romance of camping – yes, really

Coffee on the balconyDo you get that reaction from people when you say you’re going camping? You know the one – their nose turns up, the corners of their mouth turn down and they get a slight shiver all over their bodies – as if something particularly bad smelling has just wafted past them.

Or is that just my friends and family?

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Oct 06 2013

The colours of Australia

Colours of Australia

Colours of Australia

Australia is a country that gets under your skin.

The red dirt of the outback is justifiably famous. The red centre contains some of the most instantly recognisable and visited icons in Australia – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka. Three places rich in the dreaming that is at the heart of the oldest culture on earth, and all three stained with the rich red of the desert sands. Add in the blue sky and the amazing wildflowers and birds you have the colours of Australia.

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