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Mezze is widely served in the Greek and Middle eastern world. An assortment of little dishes and tasters which accompany a nice ouzo or a glass of wine. So when you read mezze moments you will have tasty snippets of life as I live it, India for four years and now Brisbane Australia, all served up with some Greek fervour and passion.

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Looking for the Scarlet Sided Pobblebonk

There is no better feeling at the beginning of each new year then getting out there, exploring nature and just exercising those slightly fat laden thighs and hips. We did exactly that yesterday and spent a wonderful day among the canopy of the rain forest in a place called Skywalk https://www.rainforestskywalk.com.au.

A walkway built high up in the canopy of the rainforest.The rainforest is alive with the calls of birds and cicadas. We were looking for many creatures but in particular the Scarlet Sided Pobblebonk. The Skywalk is in an area called Tamborine, a beautiful plateau of mountains about an hour and a half from Brisbane, with gorgeous mountain trails and cool breezes.

The Scarlet Sided Pobblebonk proved elusive, (here is a photo taken by Robert Ashdown) which shows clearly how apt the name is - the scarlet bit that is ! There is an explanation for the bonk - its call is like a bonk or a dunk. Dont know about the Pobble though.

 It is one of the many frogs that can be sighted in this particular area.

What we did see were two Magnificent Fruit Doves also known as the Wompoo Dove. We think it was a mother and a baby as the mother kept flying off, finding some tasty fruit and bringing it back to the baby. They were extremely difficult to spot as they blend into the leaves but a flutter warned us and after that we got some lovely sightings of them. This is a photo which I didn't take but cant find who to credit it to. 

We got all tangled up in the undergrowth looking for the amazing Richmond Birdwing Butterfly which we saw fleetingly floating by- iridescent blues and greens shining against a backdrop of sky.

Later on in the day we stood at a Lookout and read the sign to see what we were looking out at, and there in front of us was Mount Misery. Here it is in the distance, that little peak. Yes I agree its miserably insubstantial, bu there is no doubting its existence in amongst the lovely green leaves. Can't imagine why it deserved to be named as such but we smiled and wished it a less miserable 2019.

Finally as if to seal the unconventional nature of the day there in that sky was the moon as I had never seen it before. Upside down. Made us feel truly Down Under !

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Brissie at sunset.

I took this photo in a moment when C had gone for a pee. Sometimes the colour and timing is just fleeting and this is all it takes to capture it. In this age of filters and photoshopping I can say I am quite proud of this one. No interventions on this at all, just captured in that flash of redness in the sky which paints everything around it and gives off a warm and all embracing glow. 
A sunset worth remembering in a city worth living in. 

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Lost and Found - Moffat Beach

Spent an idyllic day by the seaside on Moffat beach. I went into the ocean and one of the waves managed to instantly take me, turn me upside down, shake me all around and spew me out by the beach, in what I can only describe as a less then elegant exit. I had sand in every orifice and hair in my mouth. My hair scrunchy had disappeared in the froth.The feeling of being completely powerless to the force of that wave was overwhelming. No messing with this water. Reminds me of the French word which describes that sensation wonderfully : Boulouverser ! What do you do when a wave takes hold of you - Ride another - so in I went again and managed to stay, bobbing happily in the deeper water just beyond the surf. After a while I went for a walk along the beach, and there, hugging the shore line, by a rock pool, was my scrunchy. The year has started out well. Challenging yet invigorating! Lost and found. That feeling of having gained something from nothing. And for you all colours, beautiful ones, by the ocean to share. 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A Bounty of Bats for 1st day of 2019

Dougall is our excuse and off we go to the bikeways and laneways near our house. Today, the first day of 2019 was particularly quiet and serene. A gorgeous Aussie day and as the evening turned to night we saw the bats heading out to dinner over the most magnificent night sky. A good way for them to start their day as we were ending ours. 

Monday, 31 December 2018

Last day of 2018

Its been quite a bumper year and a lot has happened in our lives and our children's lives. On an individual basis mostly good but the world, oh dear, oh dear, the world seems to be getting more polarised, more uncaring, and battered by wild weather. Many Xmas presents this year were presents allowing us all to make small meaningful changes in the way we live. From Beeswax covers instead of cling film to installing a Beehive in the garden. My wish for 2019 is for change small or large which brings people together and unites all in the care of the planet. Happy New Year everyone. 

Monday, 24 December 2018

Aussies DO IT differently

The celebrations of Christmas are just that little bit different in the Southern Hemisphere. The heat comes from the sun, not the fireside, the lights come from the blaring sun, not the xmas lights, though god knows there are enough of those in the neighbourhood, and the oven mainly gives way to the BBQ on Xmas Day.
So to put you into the picture and perhaps into the mood here are some of the moments I have captured which make Aussie Xmases the funnest EVA.

The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper announcing the weather for Xmas day!

The Red Hat Society ladies at the bus stop off to their festivities - Women of all ages who wear read and purple usually, but this time just red for Xmas.

My Bus today complete with Charlie the cuddly bear, sitting in the window with his name badge and his sunnies. 

My thong Tree without which you could not have an Aussie Xmas.

And the Xmas shirts complete with surfing Santas and dancing Kangas. 

So a very Merry Xmas to one and all - North or South it is part of this lovely planet which we all share, so lets look after it in 2019 and forever more. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Gals in Australia

I organised an early Xmas present for the hubby in time for the Xmas party this weekend. Turfing of the lower garden. I found a great outfit called Desire landscaping, http://desirelandscapes.com.au and organised a quote.Quite like the name.  The weather has been wet so it was touch and go whether they could do it but Ivan called and said it could all go ahead. They arrived super early- Ivan - big and strong, and two young women. Momentarily surprised as the job was a big one. Hot day - well into the 30s and humid. The lower back garden can only be accessed by a long walk down. Each bucket of earth was shovelled into buckets and walked down, then spread over the area and then the turf arrived to be laid and rolled.The worked all day with a couple of breaks in between. I was busy tackling the ironing so with an open door I could hear their banter, happy, respectful, giggly and fun with not a swear word escaping their lips. They worked solidly and when Ivan offered to take over a harder task they  politely refused and carried on. By the end of the day this is what they looked like - gorgeous gals, fun loving, hard working, nothing prissy or precious about them. Hats off to the parents who raised them and to these young women above all. Australia, you put your money where your mouth is, and gender equality is alive and well.