The Land Down Under

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Breamlea

A hidden gem of a hamlet on the Australian Surf Coast – my home for a month

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Breamlea Beach House – nestled in the gum trees on the lee side of protected sand dunes

 

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My excellent roomies and the first of many fine meals at the beach house!

 

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Just a short walk up this path and you’ll be treated to the sound of waves and beautiful ocean vistas!

Some of the sights on my daily beach walk . . .

 

 

 

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spanakopita Venison meatballs on homemade polenta with fresh greens

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the food . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing at Barwon Heads – when you don’t catch fish, you gotta buy fish and chips in town . . .

 

Random Breamlea activities . . .

 

The Great Ocean Roadtrip

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Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

The Twelve Apostles

While there are only eight apostles left, this popular tourist attraction is still a spectacular natural wonder and one of the most awe-inspiring I have ever seen – It is SO beautiful!

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At The Prom

Not a dance – Wilson’s Promontory – A national park at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia!

 

 

The Wombats

Although wombats apparently have been known to bite, claw and bowl over humans, the wombats we encountered at Wilson’s Prom seemed totally docile – imagine a pudgy, sluggish 40 lb hamster waddling through your campsite after dark in search of food . . .

Norman Beach at Dusk

Hike to Little Oberon Beach

 Inland to Alexandra

first wild kangaroo sighting!

 

Brunos Art and Sculpture Garden

A beautiful, magical fantasy world! Almost lost to bush fires in 2009, the owner/artist replanted the garden and rescued or rebuilt all the life-size clay statues.

http://www.brunosart.com/

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Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Melbourne

More Good Memories

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Lovely luncheon with Annalise, Penny, and Christine

 

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Groovy Greek Guys

 

 

 

Bye Bye

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Rant of the Day

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Ever since I heard the report on CBC radio this morning about K-cups and the single–serve coffee machine craze, I have been in a stew.

CC licensed photo by Randy

CC licensed photo by Randy

It is mind-boggling and depressing to think that in this day and age when people on so many fronts are working to reduce waste, so many others are buying another new machine to sit on their counter which creates so much unnecessary waste, when you can make a perfectly delicious cup of coffee in a few minutes using a French press or a simple filter system with no waste whatsoever provided you compost your coffee grounds.

The recycling program for K-cups is an energy-wasting solution to a garbage problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.

That’s my rant – now I’m going to bang my head against the wall . . .

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Deep Thoughts

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CC licensed photo by Louis Dallara

CC licensed photo by Louis Dallara

Writing can be a very effective way of organizing and recording one’s thoughts, and having been reading this morning on critical theory and perspective transformation (as opposed to doing the usual New York Times crossword), I feel a need for some cognitive back-up.

Perspective transformation involves first recognizing and identifying internalized cultural myths and ideologies, for example – “Cooking is a chore”. Fast food companies and the whole industrial food complex want us to believe this and obviously benefit from its pervasiveness.

CC licensed photo by Devlin Thompson

CC licensed photo by Devlin Thompson

Another example is the “business report”. Why is there a regular business report, but not a daily “environment report” telling us about the latest developments in that area? Obviously because the corporate media wants to dictate what we view as important, and it’s all about the money.

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Lighten up, you might say – it’s only 9:30 in the morning! And I intend to. Now that I have these few thoughts down in writing.