All posts tagged: Australia

Magpie

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Australia / Garden / Magpies / Poetry

Daddy Magpie It is a blissful day to fly The sun shines on my wings – the shiny black feathers and the gleaming white I am proud of who I am! I hear movement in the house beyond -the human is out and about I know I am safe – we have history She feeds my youngest who squeaks all day I trust her – she’s okay She looks at me and I at her […]

Welcome to Cowtown

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Australia / funny / Uncategorized / Western Australia

We went to Cowaramup for coffee and cake this morning. I have been wanting to photograph some of the 42 life size fiberglass cow sculptures around the town. According to Wikipedia, in July 2014, the town set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people – 1,352 – dressed as cows. Mmmm … More from Wikipedia: “The name Cowaramup derives its name from Cowaramup Siding, which was located near the town-site, on the now disused Busselton to […]

Federal Election and Online Shopping

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Acceptance / politics / Uncategorized / You must be kidding?

I finally tired of listening to the Federal Election results on Saturday night. I DID put in several hours in front of the TV. Instead I went on my computer and did some online shopping for new sheets and towels (end of financial year sales). Being satisfied that I got a good bargain I went off to bed still not knowing the election outcome. Here we are a few days later and my new sheets and […]

Puffing Billy Steam Train

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family history / Geography / Just for fun

Here is a (very) short video I put together of our ride on Puffing Billy while on holidays recently. Around 1979 my husband at that time, was employed by Puffing Billy to maintain the track and supervise volunteers. It is mainly run and operated by volunteers today. I enjoyed the ride but I mostly wanted to experience some of the lovely rain forests in the hills that I remember so well. That is why I […]

First attempt at a video

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Australia

One of my goals for 2016 was to learn how to edit videos. Today I sat down and had a go at it with some short videos I took in February 2016 when we did the circuit from home to Perth, Kalgoorlie, Esperance and home again. It starts off with the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie Gold MIne. I know I have a long way to go but it felt good to learn the basics  :). […]

Once upon a skink :-)

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Australia / funny / gardening / Just for fun

A skink is not a skunk No matter what you think Not even if you are truly drunk A skink is a skink as sure as ink is ink! Now a skunk is altogether different And never to be found Down-Under Skinks love my home, it is apparent How many live here – I wonder? Skinky One is drinking out the back Another sighted in the front this morning Reptilian friends – we have no lack You […]

A poem: Magpies by Judith Wright

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Magpies / Poetry

Magpies Along the road the magpies walk with hands in pockets, left and right. They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk. In their well-fitted black and white. They look like certain gentlemen who seem most nonchalant and wise until their meal is served — and then what clashing beaks, what greedy eyes! But not one man that I have heard throws back his head in such a song of grace and praise — no […]

Character cottage

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Australia / Nature / Western Australia

We went to Augusta yesterday. It is only an hour’s drive from home. It was a nice spot but we decided to come home after one night. I took some snaps of the character features in the cottage we stayed in. They should have mentioned the loo was outside – a big oversight in the advertising. The location was lovely so we may go back to Augusta again but next time we’ll make sure it […]

Things I thought I knew – part 1 – Time zones

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Australia / Geography / Uncategorized

Originally posted on <a href="http://ruthsarc.com/2015/10/14/things-i-thought-i-knew-part-1-time-zones/">RuthsArc</a>: <br />There are a few things about Australia that I thought I knew, but I had not fully grasped until I moved here. (Apologies to all Aussie readers) Time zones Australia is a huge country, so has three time zones. AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time. Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania. ACST – Australian Central Standard Time. Northern Territory and South Australia. AWST – Australian Standard Western…