Archive | October, 2016

Last Day in October 2016

31 Oct

By seven o’clock this morning I was outside in our backyard to take some pictures.

This is on the North side of our house.

This area on the North side  of  our house is well shaded by large trees.

Some Lavender on the South side ready to be planted.

Some Lavender on the South side ready to be planted.

I am happy that some new yellow flowers appeared on the South side of our house.

I am happy that some new yellow flowers appeared on the West side of our house.

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!

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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.

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This Camelia kind of survived the slaughter of our trees and is just starting to get some leaves again.

This Camelia kind of survived the slaughter of our trees and is just starting to get some leaves again.

 Attempting to establish a bit of a veg garden on the West side;


Attempting to establish a bit of a veg garden on the West side;

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And following are some random pictures near the house on the West side:

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Now a few pictures from yesterday (Sunday):

Alexander and Lucas are keeping themselves busy;

Alexander and Lucas are keeping themselves busy;

They loved this cake that Granddad Peter baked.

They loved this cake that Great-Granddad Peter had baked.

We had whipped cream with the cake.

We had whipped cream with the cake.

Here Lucas is having a rest with his Grandma Monika after having been running around for a while.

Here Lucas is having a rest with his Grandma Monika after having been running around for a while.

Visiting Nan Tien Temple

30 Oct

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When going to the above link, you find some previous blogs of mine about the Nan Tien Temple.
Today we took some time to pay the temple another visit.

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Near where we parked I noticed this flower.

Near where we parked I noticed this flower.

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This is in the Teahouse where we had some Lotus Tea.

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We strolled to the nearby Lotus Pond.

We strolled to the nearby Lotus Pond.

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A Portrait of Middle Age

28 Oct

Published on Oct 10, 2016
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka
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A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

Fire at Sea, THE ISLAND OF LAMPEDUSA

28 Oct

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)

Sculptures by the Sea Pt. 1

27 Oct

Hi, Berlioz, I like this post of yours and want to reblog it.. Looking forward to seeing the second part!

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Last Tuesday we went to Sydney to see the free open air Exhibition “Sculptures by the Sea”

We had planned this visit, for that day, because the weather forecasts promised us sunshine and summer-like temperatures.

A few das earlier a mighty surf had damaged some of the exhibits.

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We started off at the Bondi Beach. And soon enough we saw the first of many sculptures.

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It is an arduous walk along the rocks from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach. Young people use it for their fitness workout. Old people like us,  hope to survive.

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This exhibition is a yearly event and this year it was held for the 20th time. The artist come from all…

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King Tide washes out Sculptures by the Sea

27 Oct

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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.

Seeing the Sculptures by the Sea, 25th Oct 2016

26 Oct

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!

This is where we started our walk.

This is where we started our walk.

A view towards Bondi Beach

A view towards Bondi Beach

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We are going to sit in here for an ice-cream break!

We are going to sit in here for an ice-cream break!

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The Gelato was very refreshing!

The Gelato was very refreshing!

Soon we were on our way again.

Soon we were on our way again.

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Once upon a time there were no walkways along this part of the ocean.

Once upon a time there were no walkways along this part of the ocean, just bush.

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 THIS IS TAMARA BEACH


THIS IS TAMARAMA BEACH

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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.

With our tea we had yummy cherry strudel and whipped cream.

With our tea we had yummy cherry strudel and whipped cream.