A hidden gem of a hamlet on the Australian Surf Coast – my home for a month
Breamlea Beach House – nestled in the gum trees on the lee side of protected sand dunes
My excellent roomies and the first of many fine meals at the beach house!
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 . . .
It’s all about the food . . .
Fishing at Barwon Heads – when you don’t catch fish, you gotta buy fish and chips in town . . .
Don’t fall off the dock!
my worm broke again
It’s a beautiful day!
that’s a lot of fries
Random Breamlea activities . . .
Settlers of Cattan
The Great Ocean Roadtrip
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!
At The Prom
Not a dance – Wilson’s Promontory – A national park at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia!
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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
The Jungalwalla homestead
My first wild kangaroo!
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
morning view from the deck
Little Hawk at archery practice
Our generous hosts Ron and Penny
Now that’s what you call a rain barrel!
kangaroos always stop and stare
sunset from the deck
View with rose garden
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.
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
Old Gum Tree
Really old Koala
Me and the koala
Koala munching on gum leaves
Jungal Reunion Concert
before the show . . .
Dinner at Jim’s Taverna
cooking demo at the Greek Festival
Cretans vs Pontiaka
Art Gallery Display
The Yarra River
Typical detail on Victorian Era houses
Victorian Era house detail
More Alley Art
More Good Memories
Lovely luncheon with Annalise, Penny, and Christine
Groovy Greek Guys
Bikes at Little Creatures Brewery
The Band Who Knew Too Much
At the Minya Winery
Tropical fruit bowl
Inaugural compost dump
Last Australian Cappuccino
Last Australian Breakfast
Next time you go to the beach, bring your magnifying glass . . .
sand magnified 250 times
After stewing yesterday about the hopeless state of the world, I was cheered to read these beautiful, soothing, hopeful thoughts from Charles Eisenstein. Check the link below the photo:
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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.
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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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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.
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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.