“What is it you really want, Veronica?” Scooter from The Saddle Club Series 2
In the above quote, Scooter confronts Veronica with a fundamental existential question: “What does one want out of life?” Veronica has put on a series of masks that enable her to dodge this crucial question. Her parents have instilled in her their values of wealth, position, and consequent prestige, but are those values what she really wants? In our commercialized American society we are told how to look , to smell, what to eat what pills to take, what cars to drive, what constitutes romance, what constitutes beauty, and what love is about. Our parents give us their own values, but what do we really want? For some people that question remains unanswered and unexplored. The Chi exercise is a means for approaching this problem.
Rod and Brooks Newton of the Hidden Springs Wellness Center in…
Yesterday, on Sunday the 27th of April, Peter and I travelled from Dapto Station to Redfern Station. We had a good tasting Hamburger Lunch close to Redfern Station. My Hamburger was made with a chickpea patty, which was delicious. 🙂 For desert we had some yummy ice-cream. We finished our lunch early. Our plan had been to go to a seminar in Redfern. It was about a subject that we find very interesting. However it had turned out to be a miserable very wet day. We were dressed for a sunny warm day. And we had not thought of taking an umbrella along.
When our daughter Caroline messaged us from Waverly we could come to her place to warm up and Matthew would make us a nice cup of coffee, we could not resist. We decided there and then to give the seminar a miss. We just did not feel right any more to go there. We thought relaxing with Caroline and Matthew was the better option at that instance. We had not seen them since before Easter. They had been away for a little holiday.
So off we went to their place in Waverly. We arrived there quickly by train and bus. We were lucky. A train to Bondi Junction came straight away. And at Bondi Junction we immediately did get a bus. to where we wanted to go. Really an excellent connection! We knew where to get off the bus and from the bus stop it was only a very short walk for us. It did not rain very much, that meant we did get only a little bit wet. Caroline had some heaters on. That made us feel all right very soon. Being able to talk to Caroline and Matthew was great.
They made sure we caught the right bus back to catch our train to Dapto from Bondi Junction. By half past seven we were back home, had some supper and started watching our movie on ABC TV at 8,30 pm. We saw “Parer’s War”. It showed what Australians and Americans experienced in New Guinea towards the end of WW II wich is really quite mind boggling.
It is a pity that we did not feel up to it to go to that seminar. A very interesting speaker from the University of Canberra was to give the talk which in a way was to touch on the subject of “the crisis of democracy”. A few times we have been to other very interesting seminars at this place in Redfern. They often send out invitations we find worth taking notice of. However quite a few invitations we missed out on over the years, for it is not always convenient for us to go all the way to Redfern for a two hour talk. Maybe it would make a difference if we lived somewhat closer. I don’t know. We always seem to be running out of time!
I found the above adds after my consultation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I had a Carpal Tunnel Release operation in November 2013. A few weeks later I made an appointment at the above clinic. I was given treatments every two weeks and had to do some of the MAT exercises at home. After several weeks of this my body was well aligned. This week I went there for a follow up examination. This turned out to be okay. I was advised to have another follow up examination in three months time.
Thankfully my carpal tunnel syndrome has improved a real lot. My right hand is close to normal again! Also I seem to have a much better balance in my body. I would say the FINCH THERAPY really made quite a difference in my well being. Peter underwent the same therapy and is quite happy with it. This therapy helps with muscle activation. However arthritic pain is a different matter. The therapy cannot help with this. Both Peter and I suffer more or less from arthritic pain. This can be very painful at times. We are told, keeping as mobile as possible, is what we should aim for. Both, Peter and I, try to move about as much as possible.
I told one of the therapists that we were being kept very busy over Easter since we did have a few visitors staying with us and going on a lot of outings with us. The therapist asked me then if we went out for coffee. I said we did not go out for coffee so much. I should have told him then about all our different outings. But there was no time for this.
So were did we go? Just to recollect: There was one outing to Port Kembla Pool and Beach early on Easter Saturday morning. The same day we went to the Nan Tien Temple for a delicious vegetarian lunch. And of course we had a good look at some of the temple interiors and surrounding beautiful grounds.
Easter Sunday, very early in the morning, we went for a walk in the Minnamurra Rainforest. Later on we had a Buffet Lunch at the Novotel in Wollongong. When I said we had 15 people at our place on Good Friday, the therapist asked me whether I had to cook for all of them. I said I cooked lunch only for seven of us. The others came later.
I could have mentioned that our son cooked a lovely meal for us on Saturday night after we got home from the temple. He cooked Ravioli and there was a sumptuous salad to go with it.
As far as my diary goes, I could mention that Peter went already twice this week to get new top dentures fitted. Yesterday he had to see his eye specialist in Figtree. We went to Figtree together on the bus. While Peter saw his doctor, I ‘amused’ myself in the nearby shopping centre. Shopping centres make me feel very tired. And I had been up since 5 am already. We arrived home for a quick lunch. Then Peter drove me to my heart move class at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Well, that was only yesterday. I remember I felt extremely tired during the class. I like to go to these classes when I feel more rested. These heart move exercises are actually great fun. There is always such invigorating Latin American music to go with it, as well as Vienna waltzes.
This is a copy of what I found in an ABC News Report:
“Thousands of Australians have attended dawn services around the country to commemorate Anzac Day and honour the men and women who have fought and died in war.
The services mark the 99th anniversary of the first landings by Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli in 1915.
More than 35,000 people were expected at today’s national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge were surprise attendees at the dawn service in Canberra.”
I got up at 5 am and watched dawn services from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on ABC TV.
The Anzac Day March in Sydney starts at 9 am. I think I am going to watch some of this. There is also to watch the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli which is shown at 12,30 our time., and then at 1,30 pm our time there is the Villers-Britonneux Memorial Service from France. I like to watch all these sombre services with their beautiful musical displays and reciting of poems and stories.
I copied here the ABC’s advertisement for Parer’s War which is going to be shown this coming Sunday, the 27th of April 2014. The problems returned soldiers might face at home this is something to think about.
Parer’s War on ABC1
8:30pm Sunday 27 April Based on the lives of real people and actual events, Parer’s War tells the story of a man caught between two worlds and battling with his emotions — at ease amongst the troops and in the midst of jungle warfare, but struggling to connect at home and to win the love of his life.
On Wednesday was our check-up Finch Therapy day. We had an appointment for 10 am. Instead of taking the car, we travelled to Thirroul by train. We arrived in Thirroul with about forty minutes to spare and took time to look around a bit. I thought it was a good opportunity to take a few pictures.
We walked a bit further and reached our destination. Our check-ups turned out to be good. What a relief! We were told our bodies were still well aligned. But to come back for another check-up in three months.
This week is a short working week. On Monday was Easter Monday. And this week on Friday is a Public Holiday, namely Anzac Day which always falls onto the 25th of April.
I saw this sign in the window of one shop:
They advertised a wonderful package. I was thinking that maybe I should take up this offer one day. It seems to be good value.
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Following on from my recent articles in regards to the current danger facing the Great Barrier Reef I would like to take a little step further South, all the way to Tasmania if you will join me. Here too our government is trying to have the World Heritage Listing for the Tasmanian Old Growth Forests revoked to allow logging and fire bombing in the same manner that they are trying to do to allow dredging and dumping in the reef.
I suppose the Reef has held my attention simply because it is where I live, it is right beside me every day and while I have been working on other articles and with other groups regarding logging, wood chipping and Fracking I have devoted the majority of my ire against the powers that be in terms of danger to the Reef which I can now see is a little shortsighted…
I just had another look at Peter’s post about Easter Sunday, the 8th of April 2012, which happened to be our son Martin’s birthday. I just loved looking at all the pictures again. Reblogging it on auntyuta gives me the opportunity to share it with my blogger friends. I think the pictures are very lovely! 🙂
After our not so French coffee break we continued our drive up the mountain road. Thanks to GPS, installed in the car, we were always sure where we were and where we were heading. Martin had no trouble finding the place we wanted to go to, while Uta and I enjoyed the scenery. Suddenly we were stopping at the drive way
We could hardly see the house for the trees. Somewhere up the hill it must be, we thought.
Somehow we found a way up there and sure enough the reception committee was waiting for us.
We hadn’t seen our Grandson and his young family since the Christmas holidays and they had moved to a new location. There are still a lot of things to do for Tristan and he looks like a pioneer of time long gone. Still, he found the time to read his girls a story and…
Two years ago, in 2012, we were in Melbourne over the Easter period. I reblog now my post from 2012, also adding some extra information about Poyntons Nursery.
This is about Poyntons Nursery:
Poyntons Nursery was established 75 years ago on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in the Maribyrnong valley in the heart of Essendon. Situated on 3.5 acres with ample parking, we remain a one stop destination for all your gardening needs. Our staff are fully qualified and take pride in providing their knowledge, advise and passion for all things Horticultural.
The Nursery is a constant source of unusual and hard to find plants and our buyers are meticulous in maintaining the quality that Poyntons are renowned for. Whether you are looking for a particular plant, professional advise or simply some inspiration, venture in, you won’t be disappointed.
Enjoy a meal or maybe coffee in our A La Carte cafe situated high on the hill with views of the city skyline. The Boulevard Cafe also has an extensive wine list for your enjoyment, with all wines available to purchase for that special gift or occasion.
Situated below The Boulevard Cafe on Level 1 and on the gound level (adjacent to the pots display), you’ll find our two homeware shops, Poyntons Outdoor Living and Poyntons Interiors. Both provide a fabulous range of current trends in homewares, gifts and furniture.
If you have never visited us before or if you are a regular, we welcome you to come and visit our Nursery.
“Poyntons Nursery, your own Botanic Garden”
In April 2013 we were also in Melbourne, visiting this beautiful Nursery with Martin and his daughter Lauren. I copy here what I wrote about this visit last year:
Essendon is part of Melbourne. We went there to a beautiful Garden Centre called ‘Poyntons’. We admired all the wonderful displays and flowers and shrubs for sale. We went a bit further up where the cafe is situated. We had lunch there but no desert even though there was a good selection of cake available. They had some specially brewed local beer. Also freshly squeezed juices. Where we were sitting in the cafe we had a good view of the river Yarra. Our son Martin and granddaughter Lauren came with us to Poyntons. Martin drove the car there. Ample parking was available in a separate parking area.
Easter Monday was our last day in Melbourne. Not far from where our son lives in Essendon there’s a nursery, called the POYTONS NURSERY. Martin drove us there. This really made my day. It is such a lovely place. It has a NURSERY, A CAFE and a GARDEN ROOM.
First of all we made it to the cafe. Afterwards Martin selected a huge blueberry plant from the outside nursery.
At the cafe I had a pot of tea and a wonderfully fresh fruit salad with a selction of about seven different fruits. I shared it with Peter and Martin since it was more than enough for the three of us. P and M had some cake and coffee. The display of cakes looked heavenly.
Here are the names of some of the cakes that were available: Mixed Berry Cheesecake, Gluten Free Orange Clementine, Gluten…