By seven o’clock this morning I was outside in our backyard to take some pictures.
The East side of our house is Body Corporate area, whereas the three other sides belong to our private area and are fenced in. Yesterday we had our family visiting. The two great-grandsons wanted me to take them to the backyard. They enjoy running around in there from one side of the house, to another one and another one and then back again. Four year old Lucas runs as quickly as he can, and two year old Alexander has fun following his big brother. It gives me great joy to see them running like this.
Caroline and Matthew were staying with us, and we had apart from Lucas and Alexander also four additional adults visiting us for afternoon coffee. Actually, our daughter Caroline had spent the whole weekend with us. Sunday night she had to fly back to Darwin. Mathew drove Caroline to the Airport in Sydney. We went along with them to farewell Caroline.By 9.30 pm we were back home again.
Caroline had purchased for us 15 small lavender plants and did clear the area that was to be planted. While Caroline was busy in the garden, Peter and I took off for a visit to the Temple. Caroline and Matthew had advised us to do this. We gladly followed this advice!
This morning, while I did some washing, Peter took to planting the whole lot along the fence on the South side. He used diluted fertilizer from our worm farm for the plants and then covered them with mulch. It turned out to be beautiful sunny, but early in the morning there was a very cool breeze which I did not like at all!
By the way, today is the wedding anniversary of Ryan and Ebony who are the parents of Lucas and Alexander.
Published on Sep 27, 2016
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary observes Europe’s migrant crisis from the vantage point of a Mediterranean island where hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing war and poverty, have landed in recent decades. Rosi shows the harrowing work of rescue operations but devotes most of the film to the daily rhythms of Lampedusa, seen through the eyes of a doctor who treats casualties and performs autopsies, and a feisty but anxious pre-teen from a family of fishermen for whom it is simply a peripheral fact of life. With its emphasis on the quotidian, the film reclaims an ongoing tragedy from the abstract sensationalism of media headlines. (New York Film Festival copy)
Yesterday, we started our walk near Bondi Beach and walked all the way to Tamarama Beach. The walk took us about three hours, from 9am to 12am. It was a sunny morning, about 24C, but there was a bit of a cool breeze. This is why we did not get too hot. Besides, there were a lot of steps, which made me walk extremely slowly. I was glad that I had remembered to bring my walking stick along. The walking stick was a great help in negotiating difficult parts. It was also good, that a lot of the path was provided with lovely shiny railings that I could hang onto! Naturally, we spent a lot of time just looking and taking pictures rather than walking!
I show in this post mostly my pictures, but some of the above pictures are pictures that Peter took with his camera.
We went back to Bondi Junction by bus and treated ourselves to some wonderful cherry strudel and herbal tea! From Bondi Junction Station we went home to Dapto. It had been a nine hour day for us, and we were very tired, but happy that we had achieved what we had planned on doing: Seeing this years’s Sculptures by the Sea.
Tomorrow is the day when we want to travel to Sydney to have a look at this year’s Sculptures by the Sea.
Peter reminded me to reload the battery to my camera. I did it, and now I’m looking forward to taking a lot of pictures!
Today, only a few more pictures from one of my early morning walks.
The trees you see in the above photo are not far from the front garden with these flowers in it:
While I took a picture of this huge tree, one of the residents approached me, asking me why I took a picture of this tree. After I explained I just liked to take pictures of trees, he started a lot of talking about this tree. Apparently he was very concerned that this tree was in the wrong place, already damaged and in danger of falling over which might cause a lot of damage. It is an Australian protected tree. To remove it, you had to get permission from the council.
King tide washes out Sculpture by the Sea
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Perhaps better named ‘sculpture in the sea’ this year, several artworks were damaged as a result of king tides at Tamarama Beach.
King tide washes out Sculpture by the Sea
A rare site as this year’s Sculpture by the Sea is pounded by a king tide at Tamarama Beach
This was not the media attention Sculpture by the Sea was expecting for its twentieth anniversary edition. The world’s largest annual sculpture exhibition held along Sydney’s coastline between Bondi and Tamarama Beaches could reasonably have hoped for celebration of its success in bring art to the beach.
Instead one sculpture has been destroyed and at least three sculptures have been severely damaged by a king tide that engulfed Tamarama on Monday afternoon.
Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea (SXS), David Handley told media that they had planned for the the high tide and had moved several sculptures further up the beach in order to protect them . But the tide was beyond what had been expected and the combination of a high tide and pounding surf was ‘unprecendented’.
‘We just didn’t expect that the tide and the surf was going to be as big as it was,’ Handley said.
Less than a week after the opening of the popular festival, a crane and excavators will be brought in for the clean up.
Handley said organisers would wait for the tide to recede to do a full assessment and damage report.
It is estimated that waves measuring two to three metres were hitting the beach and hammering the sculptures at the peak tide on Monday afternoon.
In the events 20-year history only once has an artwork been washed away – in 1998.
Image / video source Instagram @ danny_wh
DAMAGE BEYOND REPAIR
Collingwood artist Bronek Kozka’s artwork Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing was literally picked up by the huge swell and dragged down the beach as onlookers watched.
The sculpture is beyond repair.
It is a bizarre twist given the piece dealt with offshore processing of refugees, largely delivered by the sea.
Bronek Kozka’s destroyed sculpture from king tide
Two further sculptures were washed from the walkway between Bondi and Tamarama and into the sea – a piece by Elyssa Sykes-Smith A Weighted Embrace and German artist Angelika Summa’s Alien: Self Consciousness Is A Virus From Outer Space.
Kozka’s sculpture rested in a heap next to Sang Sug Kim’s 1.4-metre tall carved marble artwork The Window of the Future, which was submerged but remained steadfast.
‘With the base and the sculpture, it was two tonnes. That’s how strong the water was,’ commented Handley.
The remnants of Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing were brought to shore on Monday evening. The other two artworks will be retrieved at low tide.
Artists often ask to have their work close to the waters edge, the scooped beach at Tamarama a natural arena for viewing sculpture is also a highly popular site for artists.
Sculpture By The Sea is showing 24 October to 6 November.
I always find my walks more interesting when I can take some pictures while I am walking, that means I really like to just stroll along. Taking pictures gives me an excuse to walk at a leisurely pace. I like to walk slowly so I can better notice a few details about what is beautiful to look at.
Right now, I think I need a break from reading articles on what is going on in the world. There’s just too much to read, and I cannot possibly read everything that interests me. However, I am very glad that so much information is available on the internet. Unfortunately, sometimes it just gets too much. For relaxation I’m now going to publish some more pictures that I took on a little walk a few days ago.
I started this post in the morning. It is evening now. In the meantime Peter and I watched the above Video. We watched it with several breaks in between. You can find this video also here on Dr. Stuart Bramhall’s site:
Stuart did write a film review about it. It is a BBC production directed by Adam Curtis. Stuart says that in this fascinating documentary, Curtis explores the link between the rise of Putin and Donald Trump, the Brexit vote in Britain and the fabricated War on Terror. Having watched this video now, I must say that I too find this video fascinating. While watching it, I often thought, that we live in a crazy world. Really, it is extremely difficult to see what is “normal” in our world. We all seem to be manipulated by one power or another. Now back to my pictures.
That morning I took at first a few pictures in Lakelands Park. One of my neighbours came along and talked with me for a while. I took some photos as she went further along the footpath. She said she wouldn’t mind if I took a picture of her. However, the close-up photo I took of her did not turn out very well. So I am not going to publish it.
During my lifetime I have developed a taste for a variety of foods. I have enjoyed culinary delights of all types and different cultures. Seafood of various kinds have titillated my palate, and made love across a bed of my taste buds, Oysters have seductively danced around the maypole of my tonsils, and crayfish have found haven in the depths of my appreciative stomach. Now with those words, I set the scene for my forays into the larders of the oceans deep.
Somewhere back in 1988, I found myself as a deckhand on board the shark fishing boat The Rhonda Lee trawling out of the port of Bicheno Tasmania, this boat was a long line fishing boat; long line fishing is where a fishing line is run out for a many kilometres with smaller branches running off at intervals with baited hooks, these lines can run out up to…