Friday, December 31, 2010

The Hot, the Loud and the Proud; Hibiscus;

This is my favourite red Hibiscus, its flowers are double and as big as a dessert plate. It is very hardy too.

I always liked this Cuban variety; its striking colours of yellow and red; easily propagated from cuttings.

Isobel Beard is a little diva, only shows off her gorgeous flowers when she wants to.

Hawaiian elephant ear grows to a tall bush; wonderful, big double flowers kissed with pink.

As it is the height of summer I thought I let some of my Hibiscus show of their hot, loud and proud flowers.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

It does not look to good in the house of Parliament;

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a
Nativity Scene in the Australian Capital this Christmas

This isn't for any religious reason.

They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men
in Canberra .

A search for a Virgin continues.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses
to fill the stable.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My World Tuesday; from Rainbow beach to Surfers...

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Soft sunset over Rainbow beach. On the horizon winks Surfers Paradise.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Politics/ Weakileak;

Hope for a better World

!"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive." - Thomas Jefferson

Long live Wikileak; long live Julian Assange;

Wikileak is an organization which challenges the corrupt behavior of Governments. As governments are “democratically elected by the people, the people have the right to know what sort of games they are playing. Politicans are not above the law. It is our right to know.

We all know politics is a dirty, hidden game. A big, bad bruise.

Politics has always been the rotten part in people’s history. Its war cry has not changed, deceive, rob, lie and terrify.

Luckily we have today the Internet and Wikileak which the rotten bunch in high offices do not like because their evil doings are exposed.

There are a few, perhaps a handful of gracious, honest and candid Politicians in the world. The majority are a despicable bunch of …..

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My World Tuesday; Gold Coast; Southport;

A huge car park has been converted to a wonderful park; where people can take a picnic, swim safely and go for walks.

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The Mercedes Benz enthusiasts came together for a chat and a picnic. I liked this number plate, the car belongs to a young Japanese fellow.

It was cloudy, but not to hot which was good. Quite windy, even the apartment buildings swayed!

Going home.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Cooking is fun; beans ain't beans!

Cannelini beans, not from a tin!
Recipe TS
Photos TS

The first step is to soak the beans the night before you want to cook them.

Here are all the ingredients you need.
Olive oil, I use cold pressed virgin olive oil.
Onions and garlic.
Tomato paste and fresh tomatoes, I use organic tomato paste and I use frozen tomatoes from my garden. Herbs from the garden, like basil, laurel leaves and thyme. A little curry and salt and pepper.

First you make a sofritto from 1 onion, a few garlic knobs and the herbs. Do not fry it, just gently
sautee or sweat until a little softened then add 1 teaspoon curry, let it sweat for an other minute or two.

Add fresh or frozen tomatoes, tomato paste and cannelini beans. Add 1 cup of water and

stir, let the beans simmer until the beans are nice and soft. (Add more water if necessary. It has to be nice and creamy.

The finished product is delicious, can be reheated or frozen. Enjoy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Challenge;

A challenge is a general term referring to things that are imbued with a sense of difficulty and victory.
A demanding or stimulating situation;

From day one we human beings are challenged by life until our death. The word "challenge" is not a simple word but it is ambiguous in a certain sense.

Word History:
Middle English borrowed chalenge from Old French. French chalenge came from Latin calumnia "trickery, false accusation", a noun based on the verb calvi "to deceive". So a challenge was originally a false accusation.
The sense of confrontation carried on but the general meaning of this word moved from a negative to a positive sense somewhere along the way between Latin and English.

This Impatient plant has found itself a challenge growing from a crevice where the seed has lodged itself. It battles other challenges like being eaten by voracious grasshopper who likes its tender green leaves

The goldfish in the pond face every day the challenge to escape being a meal to a silver gray heron. I have made them hide away places to give the challenged fish a chance to escape.

Are you facing any challenges at the moment?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My World Tuesday;Towns from a bird's eye view;

Airport Charleville;
Qantas scheduled its first fare paying passenger service from Charleville to Cloncurry, via Longreach and Winton, back in 1922.

Charleville is in the heart of Queensland's 'mulga country'. It is the largest town in the south west of the Outback region and was gazetted in 1868 and later named by the Government surveyor of the day, Mr WA Tully, after a town in Ireland where he had lived.

In March 1888, rail transport reached Charleville. This railway gave Charleville a direct link with the state capital, Brisbane.

Cobb and Co, the famous coach company, based their largest coach making factory in Australia in the township of Charleville in 1890. The factory was moved to Charleville because the wood used in coaches made in factories closer to the coast would split and crack in the dry, dusty conditions of Western Queensland.

The mulga country of Queensland's outback is rich in history, flora and fauna. The stars almost touch the end of your nose at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory where clear nights and a low horizon combine to give visitors a great night time experience. Kangaroos, emus, birds of prey and a wondrous variety of Australian native wildlife can be seen whilst travelling this area.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Spring arrives in my garden;

Wisteria in all its glory in my garden; please click pic;

Subtle changes are here overnight. The wisteria's branches are still bare but covered with fat buds wanting to burst into all their purple splendor.
Where ever I look they are all ganging up to make the best of spring. In the wild garden Hovea has put on a purple show with its small pea flowers. Birds are busy gathering dry sticks and grasses to build their temporary shelters to rear their young ones.
Tiny frogs well hidden in foliage are simultaneously calling and answering, " are you free"?
Spring in my area is short but very sweet.

Lines Written In Early Spring by William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

William Wordsworth 7.April 1770 - 23.4.1850 was a romantic at heart. He was born in spring and died in spring.

Monday, August 16, 2010

At Sunset Time;

At Sunset Time; Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872 - 1904

A down the west a golden glow
Sinks burning in the sea,
And all the dreams of long ago
Come flooding back to me.
The past has writ a story strange
Upon my aching heart,
But time has wrought a subtle change,
My wounds have ceased to smart.
No more the quick delight of youth,
No more the sudden pain,
I look no more for trust or truth
Where greed may compass gain.
What, was it I who bared my heart
Through unrelenting years,
And knew the sting of misery's dart,
The tang of sorrow's tears?
'Tis better now, I do not weep,
I do not laugh nor care;
My soul and spirit half asleep
Drift aimless everywhere.
We float upon a sluggish stream,
We ride no rapids mad,
While life is all a tempered dream
And every joy half sad.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Teacher...

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me...It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.

One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth and compassion.
This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too."
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied..."The one I feed."

Have a nice day...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Silvery Moon;

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The Moon
The moon has a face like the clock on the wall
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. The average centre-to-centre distance from the Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometres (238,857 mi), about thirty times the diameter of the Earth. The common centre of mass of the system (the barycentre) is located at about 1,700 kilometres (1,100 mi)—a quarter the Earth's radius—beneath the surface of the Earth. The Moon makes a complete orbit around the Earth every 27.3 days(the orbital period), and the periodic variations in the geometry of the Earth–Moon–Sun system are responsible for the phases of the Moon, which repeat every 29.5 days (the synodic period).
The Moon's diameter is 3,474 kilometres (2,159 mi), a little more than a quarter of Earth's. Thus, the Moon's surface area is less than a tenth of the Earth (about a quarter of Earth's land area), and its volume is about 2 percent that of Earth. The pull of gravity at its surface is about 17 percent of that at the Earth's surface.
The Moon is the only celestial body on which human beings have made a manned landing. While the Soviet Union's Luna programmewas the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft, the United States' NASA Apollo program achieved the only manned missions to date, beginning with the first manned lunar mission by Apollo 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972–the first being Apollo 11 in 1969. Human exploration of the Moon temporarily ceased with the conclusion of the Apollo program, although a few robotic landers and orbiters have been sent to the Moon since that time.

The proper English name for Earth's natural satellite is, simply, the Moon. Moon is a Germanic word, related to the Latin mensis and Ancient Greek (menas) both meaning month, and (Mene) (alternate name for Selene in Ancient Greek) It is ultimately a derivative of the Proto-Indo-European root me-, also represented in measure(time), with reminders of its importance in measuring time in words derived from it like Monday, month and menstrual. The related adjective is lunar, as well as an adjectival prefix seleno- and suffix -selene the Ancient Greek word for the Moon). In English, the word moon exclusively meant "the Moon" until 1665, when it was extended to refer to the recently discovered natural satellites of other planets. Subsequently, these objects were given distinct names to avoid confusion. The Moon is occasionally referred to by its Latin name Luna.

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some excerpts from Wikipedia

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Devochka....Diamonds are a girls best friend;

Devotchka, (Little girl) the oldest diamond mine in Siberia.

1897 the Tsar ordered exploration of Siberia for precious metals. An estimated 40'000 people died looking for jewels in the ground that could be polished to fit into rings, tiaras, bracelets, jewellery boxes and glittering eggs for the "Nobility"!

In mineralogy, diamond is the allotrope of carbon where the carbon atoms are arranged in an isometric-hexoctahedral crystal lattice.
After graphite, diamond is the second most stable form of carbon. Its hardness and high dispersion of light make it useful for industrial applications and jewelry.
It is the hardest known naturally occurring mineral. It is possible to treat regular diamonds under a combination of high pressure and high temperature to produce diamonds that are harder than the diamonds used in hardness gauges.

Diamonds are specifically renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities; they make excellent abrasives because few substances can scratch them. As a result they hold a polish extremely well and retain their lustre. Approximately 130 million carats (26,000 kg (57,000 lb)) are mined annually, with a total value of nearly USD $9 billion, and about 100,000 kg (220,000 lb) are synthesized annually.

Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones since their use as religious icons in ancient India. Their usage in engraving tools also dates to early human history.
Popularity of diamonds has risen since the 19th century because of increased supply, improved cutting and polishing techniques, growth in the world economy, and innovative and successful advertising campaigns.

Diamonds are thought to have been first recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could then be found many centuries ago along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari. Diamonds have been known in India for at least 3000 years but most likely 6000 years
The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adámas), "unbreakable, untamed", from ἀ- (a-), "un-" + δαμάω (damáō), "I overpower, I tame" and is the real-world origin of myths about a superhard metal called adamant.

In 1813, Humphry Davy used a lens to concentrate the rays of the sun on a diamond in an atmosphere of oxygen, and showed that the only product of the combustion was carbon dioxide, proving that diamond is composed of carbon. Later, he showed that in an atmosphere devoid of oxygen, diamond is converted to graphite.

The most familiar usage of diamonds today is as gemstones used for adornment, a usage which dates back into antiquity.
The dispersion of white light into spectral colors, is the primary gemological characteristic of gem diamonds.
In the twentieth century, experts in the field of gemology have developed methods of grading diamonds and other gemstones based on the characteristics most important to their value as a gem.
Four characteristics, known informally as the four Cs, are now commonly used as the basic descriptors of diamonds: these are carat, cut, color, and clarity.

Some excerpts courtesy Wikipedia

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Hope is this Thing with feathers;

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Emily Dickinson 1830-1886

Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Hope is like a new leaf;

Hope is a waking dream.
- Aristotle

Hope is a pink flower;

Hope ever tells us tomorrow will be better.
- Tibullus

Hope is like a sunrise;

Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Hope is like a mist in time;

Hope was personified in Greek mythology as Elpis. When Pandora opened Pandora's Box, she let out all the evils except one: hope. Apparently, the Greeks considered hope to be as dangerous as all the world's evils. But without hope to accompany all their troubles, humanity was filled with despair. It was a great relief when Pandora revisited her box and let out hope as well

Sunday, January 10, 2010

There is more to the humble Mug...

A mug is a sturdily built type of cup often used for drinking hot beverages, such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Mugs, by definition, have handles and often hold a larger amount of fluid than other types of cup. Usually a mug holds approximately 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of liquid; double a tea cup. In formal settings a mug is usually not used for serving hot beverages, with a teacup or coffee cup being preferred.

Whereas ancient mugs were usually carved in wood or bone or shaped of clay, most modern ones are made of ceramic materials such as earthenware, bone china, porcelain or stoneware. Some are made from strengthened glass, such as Pyrex. Other materials, including plastic, steel and enameled metal are preferred where break resistance is at a premium. Techniques such as silk screen printing or decals are used to apply decorations; these are fired onto the mug to ensure permanence.

The oldest drinking vessels recovered by archaeologists were made of bones, they hardly had a handle and thus are not mugs.
The first mugs are related to the Neolithic Stone Age and pottery vessels which were found in China and Japan and date to about 10000 BCE.
The first pottery was shaped by hands and was later facilitated by invention of the potter's wheel (date unknown, between 6,500 and 3000 BCE).
It was relatively easy to add a handle to a cup in the process thus producing a mug. For example, a rather advanced, decorated clay mug from 4000–5000 BCE was found in Greece.

With the development of metalworking techniques, metal mugs were produced from bronze, silver, gold and even lead, starting from roughly 2000 BCE and were hard to use with hot drinks. Wooden mugs were produced probably from the oldest time, but most of them could not be preserved to the present time.
The invention of porcelain around 600 CE in China brought a new era of thin-walled mugs suitable both for cold and hot liquids, which we enjoy today.

A continuousdeformation between a coffee mug and a donut illustrating that they are homeomorphic (topologically equivalent)
The mug serves as one of the most popular examples of homeomorphism in topology. Two objects are homeomorphic if one can be deformed into the other without cutting or gluing. Thus in topology, a mug is equivalent (homeomorphic) to a doughnut (torus) as it can be reshaped into a doughnut by a continuous deformation, without cutting, breaking, punching holes or gluing. Another topological example is a mug with two handles, which is equivalent to a double torus – an object resembling number 8. A mug without a handle, that is a bowl or a beaker, is topologically equivalent to a saucer, which is more evident as a raw clay bowl can be flattened on a potter's wheel.

Stylish, Narrow and tall espresso mugs are also available today.

Puzzle mugs
A puzzle mug called fuddling cups consists of three mugs connected through their walls and handles.
The inner holes in the mugs walls are designed in such a way that the mugs must be emptied in a unique sequence, or they will drain.
Another puzzle mug contains a small siphon hidden in a rod placed in the mug center. The cup holds liquid if filled below the height of the rod, but once filled above that level, it drains all liquid through the siphon to a hole in the its bottom.
The whistle mug or hubblebubble is not a puzzle but rather an amusement mug.
It has a hollow handle which can be blown through the mug like a whistle. With an empty mug, only one note was emitted whereas a filled mug produced melodious trills and warblings.

Mug derives from an English slang term for face, dating from the 18th century.

A mug shot, or booking photograph, is a photographic portrait taken after one is arrested. The purpose of the mug shot is to allow law enforcement to have a photographic record of the arrested individual to allow for identification by victims and investigators. Most mug shots are two-part, with one side-view photo, and one front-view.

mugging - assault upon a person with intent to rob, a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm.

A person who is easily deceived or victimized:

Some exerpts courtesy Wikipedia.