When I started recording my original songs, whether it was solo or with Junior Chills, I recorded using the voice record feature on my tablet and phone. Not realising (pretty stupid of me) that I would still be using the same microphone of my device, I downloaded Garage Band in the hope that I would be able to make my songs sound better by editing and mixing them up a bit. Although the recording quality itself for vocals wasn’t great, the different instruments and the effects you could use was, for a novice, excellent.
I remember faffin’ about with the app for ages and I made a few instrumental tunes (such as Head of a Weasel and others which I will put on the blog at some stage). However I inadvertently decided to put together a song using only the instruments available…
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.
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!
These are some photos I took last Sunday at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple. I went there by train and bus with a group of friends for the day. It was built in 1992 and has expanded since then to encompass an institute, retreat and university courses involving Buddhism and health and well being,as well as cooking, calligraphy and other activities.
It is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and sits in the midst of beautiful, tranquil grounds with manicured trees and hedges and a beautiful lotus pond and pagoda.
I recently visited my son Jake and his partner Tash at Toowoomba. The week before was their Flower Festival and many of the public parks had beautiful flower displays. Here are a few photos I took there.