Thursday, October 28, 2021


Surfing is a simple pleasure. Certain size breakers every so often swamp, half wipe-out, propel back and forth, deep enough water is one way while calm warm deep bouyant water is for when you go with the flow and take it easy, rise and fall between surprise dunkings, the feet landing on softest sand.  This is one view from a binary female. She was not a  strong ardent surfer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Power and Promise

No surfing. Dangerous currents. Red flag flying at Newcastle beach. Looks benign but don't let it fool you. 
Consider the life-saving COP26 Summit, it is a time of tremendous hope and anticipation as we plan and work to avert climate change. Imagine our satisfaction when we succeed in dealing with this critical situation.
The Australian policy to reduce carbon emissions will be rewritten the very day we get a credible government, no problem, no hurry, it's only our survival at stake, better still, take heart, the states will continue setting goals, the states are at the very coal face. What's the tommyrot about Australian values?
Says the Health Minister: 'We will be one of the most vaccinated people in the world.' Why cover one cause and neglect another?

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Wiradjuri country

Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk.  Beside Milawa Billa (Murray River) Albury. Stroll, reflect, although the above carving of a kangaroo-like figure is somehow disconcerting.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Southern Crux constellation

Beyond the train, the pandemic affected world becomes topsy turvey and the pace gathers all the way to Kulin nation. Individual standard gauge line conveys the train to the end to the southern cosmopolitan state of apprehension and Number One platform. 
 Slow Travel means excess luggage is of little concern and a sleeper cabin offers cold white sheet and isolation in a pandemic, the overall service on XPT is unremarkable.
 In comparison a flight takes no time at all yet is a crowded space. At the airport, join a long march through dim deserted food halls and lounges while outside silent jet aircraft sit grounded nose to tail. 

Friday, October 22, 2021


State borders are in flux, past travel was stealth-like.
 Cootamundra station is remote and deserted this midnight hour. Soon a moonlit train moves south away from its state of origin. 
Further on, the old Murray River is a fluid border but once across the Stynx there's no turning back. Interesting journey. Into Wiriadjuri nation. Ghosts of the Kelly Gang replay silent shoot-outs.


Elvis hangout

Retro cafe. Empty.
Not more about Delta/covid. Those who reject vax and who avoid mainstream are unlikely to be informed about patterns of infection or where the latest vax are offered or the penalties/restrictions. Talking heads, education or science make no difference.
 It is difficult to visit the unvaxed. The unvaxed put pressure on a family of vaxed and jeapodise the family.
 It was not clever to plan to open to the unvaxed on Dec 1 for they might wait till then and never make a move. Or is a small minority ok in the whole scheme of things? All right for some.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Misspent youth

Yes, back in the day city of Tamworth was a Hill-Billy centre but there was more.  Only half captured, this build is from 1866 and then a bit later on when I was a youngster it was a library when Enid Blyton books were tops. Naturally the place became a restaurant and a nod to literacy is in a decorative letter grid and in the name Williamsburg - as in burger.    10 things to do before I die:       

#8 Choose to read with more mindfulness. Rarely have I ever read to appreciate the text itself and to notice how writing is done. I could look at this now and again as a challenge. Forego the plot and pay the syntax. Not so long ago I happened to be reminded how language is an art. So it's not a bad idea to dabble along these lines.

Surf and turf

A benign tea garden claimed to have best scones on the coast. Is it Halloween?  Even more unexpected than the  skeletons was a whole roomful of 'normal' people meeting there to discuss issues around vaccination and state powers. It was only a small village. The natives are restless. The scones were enjoyable enough. 
What does it mean?  Halloween is  popularised far and wide yet is a weird  tradition for us so called rational folk so it is consistent to see a spooky approach to vaccines and climate sort of issues, science does not come into it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Memory lane

At Port Macquarie the boulders at the entrance are covered in messages. 
It is an acutely nostalgic walk. It records holidays, friends, family, memorials, clans and more mainly from the holiday caravan park beside it.
Biripi country

Some crops are vivid green others are yellow.  Canola.  The plant has tough long stems and the leaves form on the lower parts of the plant. Stray plants grow along the road sides. Yellow fades away before harvest next month. 

There is talk of a bumper crop state wide with time constraints while a shortage of workers is feared and compounded by state border closures which prevent the movement of labour and machinery. Flexibility is unknown.  Canola is also know as rapeseed and was grown as cattle food earlier on. So this is the ingredient in spreads and other foods. Polyunsaturated fats are sought but more on the exact status of canola has slipped the mind.



Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Up hill and down dale, cattle grids, creek crossings this was a back road. 
On reaching a pub where were the more agile who were about to start back there.
 Outdoor service: safe, clean, green, sunny. Covid regs are observed everywhere, QR entry, masks, distance, some vax cert, all at last count.
Kamilaroi country.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Squattocracy Redux

Some gates!  Sign of former glory?   Whisps and undercurrents from the past led to a property where my forerunners were employed. 
A close look was precluded by Delta restrictions but a word picture was given to fire the imagination.
I held onto an old NRMA map (for the detail) and was taken by surprise, my father had made notes on it when he toured there late in life. 
'I still havn't found what I'm looking for'. U2 nailed it.