Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Save the Reef,Save the world


Seeing images of the enormous mines in Australia makes me think of big open gaping wounds, wounds that will never heal.  They also put dark and gloomy images of a 'Mad Max', 'The Road' type of life not too far down the track.  Such rape and pillage is sure to have dire consequences for the earth and its inhabitants.  To me it seems like this boom is just a big greedy race for money - (ridiculous amounts of money for only a few people) with little thought for the environment now or in the future, with little thought  for what these resources are being used for, with little thought for the communities in which the mines are.....   The scary thing is that plans for more and more mines are in place.   While many of us are trying our best to live a simple, sustainable life which treads gently on the earth - it seems unfair that this is going on and there is not much we can do.

Not sunshiny thoughts today!!

PS Do you think Gina Rinehart or Clive Palmer have read the Lorax?  Maybe they should be bombarded with copies..... (although they might be too daft to make the connection!!)

Friday, 25 May 2012

A rebellious Sunflower


 
 


A self seeded sunflower has broken the rules in the garden. 

It did not believe it couldn't flower at the beginning of winter. 

It decided to go ahead and  flower anyway.

Doesn't it look beautiful all alone just standing there.  It wasn't even a sunny day.

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 "I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. " Henry David Thoreau


“You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.”  Wendell Berry
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Four mums, nine kids.....fun camping!

 
Sunset, a fire and a few beers....what could be better?



The weather was glorious!  Hardly a cloud in the sky!
 
 


This womanly tree stump made a great table, bench, place to lie....


I have never seen a beach so completly covered in crab holes.  It was like walking on a very soft massuer sandle.
 


Hours were spent wandering the beach,  digging holes, making things, finding crabs, shells and swimmming. The water was beautiful.


This is the amazing drip castle machine.  Water and sand running off a cliff made a constant drip castle.
 




All good things come to an end, time to leave the beach, pack up camp and go home.
All in all a lovely weekend away.  I love camping - it is a chance to really revel in the simple pleasures of life - a hot cup of tea in the morning whilst sitting around the fire, the feeling of the warm sun on your back, swimming in the sea, beach combing, being outside all day, an arvo beer by the fire, watching the kids explore and delight in the treasures of the beach.

Now (again) I am fantasizing about travelling around the country.  I like the idea of going on tour in one of these......


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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Cubby Picnic

 
 
 
 


Sunny asked me to make her a cubby.  So instead of making an excuse and doing all of my jobby jobs,  I made her a cubby and we had a lovely picnic of kiwi fruit, water and a Cowboy biscuit that  I made yesterday (without the M & Ms and with coconut and sunflower seeds instead - they are very yum!), then we dragged the rug into the sun and read some books together.  It was a very nice morning  and a good reminder to hang out together and  enjoy the day  instead of always doing stuff.
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