Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Believe honey remains edible forever.  I gave this Allowrie Mixed Blossom Honey to family, the honey, dated July 2016, candied and sat in a cupboard so I recently asked to take it back and use it up. Sweet. How many Bees did it take to produce a kilo? Really it is a sugar, even sweeter than sugar cane.

Yesterday as a first for this season was heard the monotonous repetitious call of a certain bird that can get a mention in the media in spring. 
CLIMATE  Our winter had temperatures and a lack of rain that broke the records.  Same with rainfall in the flooded region in the US and the recent hurricanes where more records were broken.
That we have politicians that are climate deniers is staggering.
What is the nexus between conservatism, climate change denial, dead set against renewable energy, taking exercise, wearing budgie smugglers, Opus Die profile, vote no and messianic political pretencions?  Haven't they heard their Pope is outspoken in support of action against Climate change. What does it take?
The nexus must be MONEY and more money.  No matter what, profits must be made from fossil fuels -the  oil and coal; profits from plundering the seas and marine parks; from excesses rather than sustainable processes and despite the hidden subsidies. Global profits are high stakes. No one can stand in the way.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In this book ...Nature is as important to children as food and sleep....the message is about the connection to nature and the crucial part it plays in develop(ment)....for a generation of todays children the pleasures of free-range childhood are missing and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression....SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER. Atlantic Books London 2009 2010
'A cri de coeur for our children'... Margaret Stead, Guardian.

Nature and crisis....Song bird ownership, trading and competition is a large undertaking in Indonesia. Forest birds are endangered.  The forest goes silent.
The program, Earshot, on ABC Radio National, 11 Sep 2017, The Silent Forest, reveals more.  The program is available on media if you are brave enough.
I made an effort to be aware of bird life in Indonesia and while some were seen many a time it slipped my memory but no big numbers were there like in those instances where we have to use spikes to discourage them nesting on the front of city buildings or where they will literally steal food as you are about to take a bite. By and large, city birds are a different matter to wild birds.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Werewolves..... are stirring......

Power supply.  I might be prepared to turn off the power supply at night in peak summer hours if there was a good financial reward.  Tho it would be worth a lot to me.
There is never much emphasis put on reduction of household demand, just cutting back, turning off some lights etc. We could be made much more aware of saving power.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

 It wasn't all that long ago that the wharves, instead of diners, had cargo and labourers unloading 
the ships which had dark holds and cranes and stuff everywhere. The storage buildings of which two remain have been adapted.  Honeysuckle Hotel is in one and a Marine museum in the other.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Quite a crowd were relaxing along the foreshore 'path' this Fathers Day.  Honeysuckle Hotel was choker block and the food was worth waiting for.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lofty gymea lilies rival the communications towers. \
 It is believed senators are looking at legislation around media, even further concentrating ownership. In return the Australian Broadcasting corporation is looked at, strangely, with the idea of more services operating around the countryside -  just the opposite direction - and pressure to reveal certain salaries.
Next, CBS will take over a TV channel and that does not raise a storm. We could do without it. And why look at salaries paid to ABC staff what about really gigantic examples in other corporations.  There is a rich reward no matter what sort of a stuff up by the executives.  Staff do their work well and others are rewarded for losing their job.    

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Surfing. Winter. This little surf break is between the baths and a rock platform, Newcastle.  Coal ships waiting at anchor on the horizon.  The previous long queues of ships have been discouraged and stay well out of sight or manage their timetable better and that often leaves only five or six within sight.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Critically endangered tigers.  See a decent clip about Sydney's Toronga Zoo. See a new tiger experience there.  You will take a simulated flight and live life-on-the-edge in beautiful Sumatra (Indonesia).  Meet real Sumatran tigers in the jungle.  Walk in a local village and market stall.
Most importantly, see about palm oil - a ubiquitous ingredient in many of our products.  Palm oil plantations all over are supplanting jungle habitat.
 The jungle is vital habitat for endangered tigers, orangutans, elephants and more and regulates green house gases.
 In Indonesia, prolonged wildfires and smoke pollution on a vast scale have happened, the soil, the timber and rivers all need protection and policing as well as maintaining a healthy natural environment for the people and the visitors to enjoy.  Just as we need to do the same in our own 'backyard'.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 'Wine Country' is not at its best in winter. The olive trees are evergreen.  With climate change the vines will soon be sprouting new life earlier and earlier.

We are in a mini flu epidemic sad to say and many are not at their best.  We were warned and flu shots have long been available and they work - touch wood.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The flowers said they don't like nasty chilly windy weather.
The young child was shown a single bloom and how it opened and closed when squeezed - a snap dragon (or antirrhinum).
I said we were not allowed to pick flowers in the park but one bloom was sort of ok and there was just as much interest in stealing a forbidden flower as in the snapdragon effect.