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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bega March 30th 2010

Even tho’ some computers invent their own viruses when they see another of my blogs coming…here it is…. Cows, lots of cows, relentlessly shuffling towards the milking shed. And not your old wooden-slat, bendy roof, iconic rural shed but an all-steel, concrete floored, gleaming, stainless steel pipes and tanks…and no-one in sight. It all looks somewhat authentically rural but it’s not. On closer inspection, like rolling down the window, the stench hits you. This is not your rich country smell of cattle and wet hay, of memories of Royal Show livestock sheds, of small farms of my youth, it’s unnatural, almost chemical, it stinks of something really off. This is the smell of 21st century mechanized, industrialized, milk manufacturing. The cows are like robots, cowbots?…the thick mud stinks, The dust was blowing into every crack ... read more
washing away
still washing away

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bega Valley December 22nd 2009

I sort of wake and roll over. The first pinky tinge is gathering strength on the hill horizon. Not long after I moved in to the caravan I was well over the narrow bunkish bed and built a frame, got a bed base from the Salvos and a Q-size mattress. It all fitted in with about a poofteenth to spare, believe me, this bed will not be getting out, and now I have built some cupboards and it is totally locked down. And the bed is right at window level. So, it means the bed is actually an infinity bed, or a horizon bed, you know? You look out to the edge and its just the wide open valley and the pink dawned hills to the east. 3 metres from the window my family of Eastern ... read more
1mm rain = 36 litres water
car park
sunrise over the horizon bed

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bega Valley September 9th 2009

Two big bulls have been moved to the house paddock. They are looking forlorn…actually they’re looking ‘for lawn’ but it’s all frozen over. Maybe they are forlorn, it’s 5 degrees below zero and the ground is white to the horizon. But more depressing for these big guys is the disappearance of 95% of their job satisfaction. Nowadays everyone wants artificial insemination. These bulls are very placid, laid-back (or comatose?) occasionally picking at bits of grass and then just gazing, more gazing than grazing, blissed out or spaced out? They are big, reddy/brown and curiously furry, with low ears and a ragged topknot. Not your sleek, Aberdeen-Angus-Naugahide-look-a-likes, much furrier and no horns, which is always nice when they are up in the house paddock, a few metres from the veranda. Borne on a cold dawn. By 6.30 ... read more
Chilli strings
I should've spent more time in Machu Pichu
Cleopatra's bath? 25,000 litres of milk!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bega Valley July 8th 2009

BROGO DREAMING Is there anyone left out there??……..Blog resurrected. In brief, for those of you who came in late, I got back to Australia, I mothballed the passport (for a while), bought some land and plan on building a house. The Kingdom of Billy is 25 acres (almost 12 hectares) on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere, it is really steep so I get fabulous views, I can even sea the Ocean, at Tathra, 20 kms away. If you’ve got Google Earth go to E 36 35 00 S 149 48 15 And the new phone is 0408 48 48 75 So there you go, I’ll try and get some photos up but it’s difficult to give a true picture of how it is. And my first video, does it work? But this ... read more
KoB Panorama2
KoB Panorama3

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 27th 2008

MERRY XMAS ETC. The BIT (back in town) sessions. I had to get a new mobile number 0432 425 842 (don’t ask, it was another unfortunate Optus moment) THE LAMB THAT THYME FORGOT. Having suffered severe lamb withdrawal over the past 6 months I have been absolutely going the pig. Check the first meal back pic. Backing up a bit…..and it is making me shiver to recall just how cold it was but here we go…. THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA(?) well, Chicago A WINTER WONDERLAND….I’M WONDERING HOW LONG IS WINTER IN THIS LAND Cincinnati railroad, Grand Union Station, a majestic, fabulous, art-deco structure celebrating 75 years. You can see it for miles, a giant arch dominating the skyline, out where it is, looks like it was the centre of town, about 100 years ago. The ... read more
sleety, snowy, slushy stuff
the stadium
snowy 'burbs

North America » United States » Kentucky December 2nd 2008

La Habana to Colombia via Panama…… Medellin airport is a long way from the city…the closest flatenough land I suppose…the taxi pulls out of the airport before asking me where I’m going?…when I tell him he doesn’t know the hotel…flags down another cab, no idea either…back to the airport…a gathering of cabs argues about the location…I had booked online, it looked impressive in the photo on their website, and they did have a website (?) eventually we get there, one of several hundred el cheapo hotels, the neon sign looked vaguely like the impressive façade of the website ….up the narrow stairs which barely held me and a skinny suitcase….but friendly people, nice little kitchen jammed into the courtyard…dead centre of the old city….just fantastic…lots of galleries, museums and the sculptures of Medellin’s favourite son Fernando ... read more
almost finished - NYBG
Almost Horizon Pool
Botero, Medellin

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana August 21st 2008

Ah, the Malecon, the broad boulevard that runs around the waterfront. Many cities have a Malecon but my favourite is in La Habana. A favourite evening stroll, the stream of bicycles, bici-taxis, ladybird 3 wheeler cabs, roaring dinosaural old Chevies, Fords, even Caddies, omnipresent little white Ladas with oversize blue domelights of the Policia, and amongst them all, occasional, sleek new Benzes and Audies of los ricos. In the early mornings fishermen try their luck while joggers run away. At the Eastern end of the Malecon huge freighters slide through the narrow channel into the port. Still guarded by the massive old fortress walls of El Castillo where the ceremonial firing of the canon resounds across the city every night at 9pm. The big seawall has withstood the day-to-day Atlantic swells and occasional hurricanes for a ... read more
waterfall under Brooklyn bridge
Me and Granma
International Date Line

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga June 16th 2008

If these are the famous Trade Winds….I can do without the trade. Tearing ourselves away from the magic of Bora Bora in the Society Islands we set off for Rarotonga in the Cook Islands some 500 miles SW. The first day or so was really quiet we even had to drive for a while but then had Big Red up and hauling us along. Thursday came the front, wind blowing 20 - 25 knots and the seas just went berko. Sloppy, choppy big waves but no rhythm or rhyme, a violent washing machine action, not your smooth sloppy front-load this was your big Kelvinator on max agitation cycle. Waves were breaking right over the boat, sloshing over the cabin, flooding the cockpit, in my little bed I was looking up and watching water flooding over my ... read more
Sometimes I sit and think...
Me and my friend, Evee and Jim
Bora Bora Sharka sharka

Oceania » French Polynesia June 3rd 2008

And just as the reformed alcoholic becomes the most strident teetotaller so the vitriolic green flash naysayer may become its most tediously vocal supporter. We were sailing from Morea to Huahine, an overnighter so we would get there mid morning. The sun was setting off the port bow and M, Jim and I were watching the last moments. As always, waiting for this so called ‘green flash’. You may recall some colourful comments in previous blogs about this subject, for me in the same league as UFOs, crop circles and Bigfoot. (Not to say that some of the green flash proponents still don’t seriously need medicating but…) Then, as the last of the sun was about to disappear, a green dot appeared. Not so much a flash as a small green point of light. M, Jim ... read more
adjusting the sacred ceremonial centrepiece
1st sight
Bora Bora dawn

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti May 19th 2008

PARADISE LOST and REGAINED?… Just walk away Renee…. CAN YOU BE MORE (S)PACIFIC… NO MAD NOMAD HERE… AN ANENOME OF THE PEOPLE?.. Infernal, Internal Thermals…and much, much more!.. Nuku Hiva, now a memory, but something transpired there, it really got to me, I’m still not sure what it was…..more later maybe Unlike the Galapagos Islands which were basically conventional volcanic islands - you know, cone shaped, sloping lava fields to the sea, calderas, tunnels all that stuff, the Marquisas are far more topographically challenging. (and, as there are English, French and Spanish spellings, even differing names for many of these places, you may notice some inconsistencies !!) The Marquisas, enormous tortured rock mountains, stratified layers, peaks and rolls, huge cliffs jutting vertically from the water 100’s of feet, high crested peaks to 3,000 feet, constant clou ... read more

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