Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Health departments have a newish home in Hunter Street. Advocates for better mental health care are trying their best to get a share of the action. High tech services must use up the budget instead of funding for mental health staff and broad support services.
Newcastle has several new mental health facilities.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Market stall in Hunter Street Mall for delicious pizza baked in a wood fired oven set up inside a van - where else!
After building one pizza oven a former bricklayer and partner have become very successful in selling pizzas at market and at parties and is filling a demand from homeowners for more ovens.
While the cook in not an Italian, she has the 'mangia mangia' approach which celebrates food and family which recently featured on Life Matters on ABC Radio national.
From the little I have seen, old style domestic Italian pizza is a lot different from our commercial versions. My version....anchovies...kalamata olives...etc. ....non-trad rich pastry...simply delicious...occasionally
Friday, April 15, 2011
Morning tea break in Hunter street Mall. Trio of postmen park their trollies and take a seat in the sun on a perfect autumn morning. And a bizzare tree sits on a trailer - where else? Part of organizing a gardening display.
Hunter Street Mall. Pall Mall, London, is probably the first mall we heard about. We pronounce the word as maul, (as in mauled by a tiger) Pal Mal was ocker speak!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
An illustrated picture book for an owl enthuasist by Annette Macarthur-Onslow.
In another time and place, we came home from the Saturday markets with an owl. Just like the illustrations, owl would focus on an object and would bob up and down and with gaze still fixed move from side to side and round and round. It looked similar to a Southern Boobook owl.
His food included little gecko lizards we caught on the window screens. In the topics the geckos were usually found running around the walls. These were tiny. ( Just as well. In another place, what sounded like a very loud noisey rooster, on the roof, night or day, was said to be a small lizard.)
We always hoped owl would hunt for geckos and come and go from the perch at will. But no.
He starred in a scene in the local amateur production of Olvier.
The time came for a 'gone finish' sale and we moved away and with concerns Archie went to a new owner.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
In the small town of Gresford nibbling on a pine tree, is a sight not unusual and quite special at the same time. Australian King Parrot.
Another time a parrot was caught 'fishing' on the Paterson river - look closely!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Surprised at seeing these jaunty birds near Nobbys beach I have recorded the sighting. Usually the scene is dominated by sea gulls. These birds are probably Sooty Oystercatchers It takes a whole life time to spy some commonplace wild life even when these birds are supposed to be distributed over our entire coastline.
Friday, April 08, 2011
On high tide line, little critters with small blue balloons go crackle and pop if you dare tread on them. And watch out! An attached length of 'string' will inflict pain on contact with your skin and will send a surfer to seek first aid. I have never been keen to test whether the power to sting remains in these beached specimens. A number of remedies existed and wonder what the latest is?
Bluebottles have another quirky name: Portuguese man o'war ! A flock will drift into a surfing areas from time to time.
Once upon a time when washing day was a big deal, a blue pellet was added to the rinsing water to brighten the clothes. At one stage, I think, Reckits blue was known as a remedy for the bluebottle sting - a treatment since discredited.
Towards the end of a long morning in the laundry, compleate with a wood fired copper, I have assisted my mother by preparing the starch. White granuels of chalky starch where disolved in a basin of boiling water and certain items of cotton clothing were dunked in the hot slimey liquid then wrung out again. After drying - on a clothes line - came the dampening down when water was sprinkled on the clothes and they were rolled up ready for ironing day.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Still in Retroville. What era do we have here?
The Marching Koalas based in Newcastle, take music far and wide. Back from China, then way ahead is a tour to the east coast of the USA Easter 2012. New York, Washington, Orlando and Harry Potter World are among the destinations.
Their style was very new to us when they formed and began performing some time ago and they are a great act. They remain unusual.