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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.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
I would like to introduce you to my lovely Ozzie neighbour, Russell, crab catcher extraordinaire, organic veggie grower, prize avocado grower, wine connoisseur and bridge builder in his past. Now he is happily by my side, promising to take me out crabbing in the boat, while plying me with fresh bunches of parsley, spring greens and the BEST avocados I have ever eaten. Each one weighs about half a kilo. In between he identifies the snakes in my garden, introduces me to his lovely gardener and takes me wine tasting.
Russell's avo and a shop bought one !
I compete with my mandarin (tangerine) tree which is producing lots of lovely fruit. My problem is that the flying foxes love them too so every day I find the peels of the mandarins on the ground. They are good to eat but even better for juice and the taste of this mandarinada is even better than the one back home and that is saying something.
Friday, 7 June 2013
Well every birthday boy is entitled to a wish. My hubby's was cuddling a Koala. So off we went to the wildlife park and did exactly that but also spent a long time watching these docile, cuddly creatures and returning on several occasions as they sleep about 20 hours in every 24 hr period. We were lucky enough to watch them at their sleepiest and at their most wakeful. They are a threatened species as they have lost most of their natural habitat as more and more land gets cleared. They live in coastal regions, islands and in woodlands - essentially where they can find certain eucalyptus trees which form their food source.
They are not bears as they are sometimes mistakenly called, but marsupials and they produce small blind joeys who find their way to their mums pouch where they suck on her teats for about 6-7 months before venturing out. The eat a kilo of gum leaves a day which must be pretty tasteless and hard to digest so perhaps that explains why they are so sleepy trying to digest this unpalatable food.
They love their gum trees and return to the same ones. Very much creatures of comfort and habit. Sadly they do also carry chlamydia which affects them if they are stressed or unable to find food. They are protected but their biggest threat is loss of habitat. Unbelievably cuddly and cute with great balance. Not sure I could stay in the fork of a tree fast asleep like they do !
Sunday, 2 June 2013
The island is small enough to walk around and there were some lovely trails to follow. Eucalyptus and scrub for most of it to Passage Peak the highest point of the island. More than 70% of the island is bushland and that is how it should be. On our way to various interestingly named points we came across many beautiful butterflies, some birds, perhaps not as many as we expected, a curious kangaroo, which was very exciting as it was the first time I have seen them, and some wonderful flora.
Here is some of what we came across:
There were many butterflies which seemed quite sluggish flying around
Termite trails ?
Fabulously coloured rocks
Fungal fun ?
Leaf houses for ants
Last year's model ?
The attraction of colour
Look at her gridded fluorescent pattern !
Amazing swamp grass trees with upstanding rushes
On Passage Peak