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Photos taken at Eden Killer Whale Museum on NSW South Coast


Skull of Old Tom, famous leader of a pack of killer whales who helped whalers in Eden harpoon other whale species such as the baleen whales.  This is the only recorded instance in history.  His teeth on the lower left jaw are worn down from grabbing the whalers’ ropes.  His skeleton is in the Eden Killer Whale Museum.  The whalers gave the killer whales the tongue of the harpooned whales as a reward.




Humpback whale’s lower jawbones
Old whaling boat


Australia is now an anti-whaling nation, and Eden was named the world’s number one place to watch humpback whales migrating by National Geographic in 2014.


Inside of old whaling boat from early days of whaling in Eden

Lovely old tourist poster of T.S.S. Merimbula


Another early whaling boat.


View from Eden Killer Whale Museum Lighthouse


The sun valve used in lighthouses from 1900s – 1960s.  It earned its inventor Gustaf Dalen the 1912  Nobel Prize in physics.  This one was in the museum.

Society Online Has Its Villages Too

Great site.

The Neighborhood

There exist a Society Online that remains undiscovered, yet are doing things that may contribute to a more civil, peaceful society, through beauty, art, activism or sure presence of self. Season V sets off on a journey of knowledge & discover to make contact with other neighborhoods like ours. .

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb

As we approach Opening Day of The Neighborhood’s 5th Season, the only limitations, even the most original and imaginative collaborative of artists cannot conquer, is its value in the minds of its supporters, fans, friends, family and the performers, that have benefited from its stage.

(name, city & The Neighborhood show/post)
Shrestha Bibash, Kathmandu Nepal, Mark Safe: Eyes on Nepal & Young Black  Men
Marla Davis, Denver Colorado, The Lives We Live,  A Star is Born
John Akers, Los Angeles California, A Star is Born


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Some Photos of Grevilleas and Agapanthus

Here are some photos of a grevillea called Coconut Ice, which has just started flowering for the first time.  It has about 22 flowers in various stages on it at present.  I have 2 grevilleas in the driveway, and the other has flowered on numerous occasions, so I was beginning to think this one which was purchased a couple of weeks earlier than the other was a dud.  The white agapanthus are over the fence in my neighbour’s year.









New Year’s Main Resolution

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This year I have once again decided I am going to make a concerted effort to lose weight and get fit.  My main weakness has become eating sweet biscuits with my morning coffee or tea (who am I trying to kid, I will eat anything sweet, anytime, anywhere    e.g. chocolate, cake, muffins, toast with lashings of jam etc).  In fact if I keep going this way I could rival the infamous Blue Whale in time!

My main focus is to try to cut back my sugar intake.  I have read so many convincing articles lately on the evil effect of sugar on the body and recently saw “That Sugar Film”  (which I heartily recommend) made by an Aussie actor Damon Gameau, who consumed 40 teaspoons of sugar in various concoctions (as well as just eating the sugar neat) which scared the Bejesus out of me.  He was inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Supersize Me” when he ate nothing but McDonalds meals for 30 days.  Apparently the average person consumes approximately 40 teaspoons of sugar a day by eating various processed food and drinks as well as so called “healthy” foods, apart from having it in tea or coffee.  Some people dispute this assertion, but when amounts of sugar are added up from labels, it is staggering how much one can eat in a day without realising it.  The introduction of processed food including low fat items has increased the amount of sugar we have in our diets massively.

Anyway, I have started trying to kick my addiction by throwing out an opened packet of chocolate chip cookies, although I did go to a friend’s house on Monday with some of my walking buddies, and she had made the most delicious Christmas cake and shortbread, and it seemed rude not to have a slice of each.  On the bright side though she did have 4 beautiful Tawny Frogmouth Owls sitting on a couple of branches of a turpentine tree (3 together, and one loner by himself).  It was a beautiful sight in the rain, and I wished I had my camera with me.

Well, wish me luck with my attempt to control my unhealthy habits.  I walk the dog every day (except for the last 2 when we have been having a torrential downpoour – 185mm in 2 days!), and walk with friends twice a week, but my calorie/kilojoule intake is clearly more than the energy I am exerting.

Happy New Year to you all, and may 2016 be a year full of hope, joy, friends and family and great adventures!







Lesson from Little bee….

I like the simple ideas of this post. If we all practised living more simply and thoughtfully the world would be a better and more beautiful place.


This morning, I went for a walk, the air was so fresh and cooling as now is raining season.

Rain brings away all the dirt and heat in the air.

As usual, I am practicing mindfulness walk. I took a few photos  from little bee which make me to further contemplate about my action whether it bring harm or benefits to environement….

Here you go:

Can you see who is working early? Can you see who is working early? Be mindfulness!

A bee was working hard to  collect nectar from flower. A bee was working hard to collect nectar from flower.

He has accomplished his mission and plan to leave the flower. He has accomplished his mission and plan to leave the flower.

Do you see any damage of the flower after the lovely bee collected the nectar? The flower still look beautiful and alive! Do you see any damage of the flower after the lovely bee collected the nectar? The flower still look beautiful and alive!

How do you feel after you looked at the photos?

The little bee was extremely careful to take care  of his resources the flower, how about us?

Do you ever think whether our…

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John Knapp-Fisher: poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting

Lovely piece and watercolours.

That's How The Light Gets In


John Knapp-Fisher

I was saddened to read of the death this week of the poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting, John Knapp-Fisher.  He was one of the few artists I have shaken by the hand, the result of having sought him out at his small roadside studio and gallery at Croesgoch on the road to St David’s in 2011.

Then, he was approaching his 80th birthday, and the reason for our quest was that we had known and admired his work for thirty years, having discovered it while we were on holiday in Pembrokeshire.  Born in London in 1931, he moved to west Wales in the 1960s. It was there that he began to paint his distinctive landscapes, inspired by scenery near his studio in Croesgoch and the harbour at Porthgain.

John Knapp-Fisher in his studio

John Knapp-Fisher in his studio

This is part of the post I wrote after meeting John Knapp-Fisher in 2011, followed by an additional gallery of his…

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Asian Brown Rice Pie

This delicious  vegetarian recipe from only takes 10 minutes to cook, is healthy and sustaining as well as economical.   It is nice for a quick lunch with salad.  Other veggies can be substituted for Chinese one (e.g. zucchini, mushrooms, carrot).



Asian brown rice pie
Fresh Living – May 2005 , Page 51 

Recipe by Gemma Purcell

Photography by Louise Lister

  • 1 cup (200g) medium grain brown rice
  • 400g Asian Stir-fry Vegetables
  • 2 teaspoons oil, plus extra to brush
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  1. Cook the rice for 25 minutes until firm according to packet instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Slice the snow peas in the stir-fry mix into thin strips and thinly slice any large pieces of broccoli. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry mix. Stir-fry for 4 minutes or until soft. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir through. Transfer to a large bowl. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush the base and sides of a 20cm springform pan with oil. Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of sesame seeds over the base and two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan.
  4. Add the rice, eggs and coriander to the stir-fried vegetables. Mix until well combined. Spoon the mixture evenly over the base of the pan and press firmly. Sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Remove from the pan and slice into wedges.