Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A shout out for blueberries following the Hep scare.  Chinese products were suspect. Take pity on our producers. However, it turns out these are from New Zealand!  Can we live with that? 
The berries are rather good tasting.

Rail truncation work to the east towards Wickham.    Work goes ahead in leaps and bounds, after all, the state election is nearly upon us.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Plymouth Rock.  Rocks Maitland Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Rodeo, Maitland Show. Events for little kids - were they six year old kids and upwards. Very small kids rode very small calves.
  Children turned into little adults yet there is a valid role for childhood and skylarking is aok.
  I've got nothing to lose. If you stop and think, how does this sport relate to the future 'adult' male? We are told our families increasingly suffer trauma and murder by the male.  It reflects on the male's psyche.
  Lashings of domination, cruelty and toughness at an early age were part of this 'fun' event and one applauded by the crowd.  


Monday, February 23, 2015


 Barrel racing at the rodeo at Maitland show.
Heading for cover from a shower of rain it can be seen that one small section of the big old grandstand offers some shelter.  Most of the stand is fenced off  and in need of repair, I suspect.  The country showground barely survives no matter where it is, I suspect.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A little gift from Thailand. 
Something for everyone. Directions and uses: Take one to four tablespoons as a supplement.  Mix with hot or cold drinks and smoothies.  Mix with cooked rice. Use in place of butter or margarines. Use as a cooking oil (savory and dessert).  Ideal for hair and skin moisturizer.  Use as a make-up remover. Use as a sunburn prevention.
Yes, coconut is trending.  The labelling: organic, raw, unrefined.
Coconut plantations as a vast monoculture are environmentally undesirable and no better than palm oil plantations that involve clearing jungle habitat.
I am not endorsing all the above uses of coconut oil.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


  Coconut Trees are easily grown in the tropics. Most scenes are framed by a lovely fringe of leaves.  Palm fringes and flowers may serve as  decoration for a special occasion - bilas.
  The trees eventually grow tall and there is always a bit of a risk that a coconut might hurtle down. Locals in PNG would see a misfortune like that in supernatural terms 
  A plantation looked like this following a storm.  Or were the trees just past it.  I forget - lossim ting ting. In Papua New Guinea. Upper photo is the Madang Resort hotel some time ago.
Back to pre digital days as my little old camera has troubles and smartphone pics could be taken more seriously. One of these days. Maski.