The Bee Gees my dance music

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Bee Gees Statue
Bee Gees Statue
Redcliffe Bee Gees statue
Redcliffe Bee Gees statue

I love to dance to most music but the Bee Gees always get my feet moving. On a visit with my friends to Redcliffes on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, I discovered a lane with a long wall dedicated to them. It appeared that the family lived in Redcliffes when the boys were children. so for the rest of the fans out there here are the pictures

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Going Down

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In the corner of South West Australia we were exploring there were at least four sets of caves for tourists to visit. we chose the easier one called Mammoth Cave. This was so named because bones had been found there, an Australian Megafauna.  which looked pictorially like a very large boar or bear type of animal. Sorry I don’t have a photo of this. Mammoth cave was easy to access and there were not too many stairs so it was a good one for me. I was not too sure as I do not really like going into small spaces but decided not to be chicken. However it was actually a very large cave easy to access  with high ceilings for the most part and wonderful Stalactites. It was very sympathetically lit and I did not use my flash much as the light bounced around.DSCF4757 DSCF4758 DSCF4759

A particularly beautiful spot was called “the Amber Shawl” it was a thin layer of “rock or stalactite” but a light backlit it and it was lovely.

amber shawl - Mammoth Cave
amber shawl – Mammoth Cave

You walk through the cave exploring different areas and then come out to an opening where you climb quite a lot of stairs up out of the cave.

exit of Mammoth cave
exit of Mammoth cave

I loved Jean Auel’s books about the early man and the cave dwellers and find myself remembering them when I am in a cave. Thinking about what  it would have been to live there, through the seasons, fires and smoke and dark oh so dark except for fires and twig torches or early candles.  I  am not sure that I could live like that I like open spaces and views. There would be no doubt these caves were used by the Aboriginal  of Australia.

If we had had more time it would have been good to have explored at least one of the other caves. We have caves in New Zealand of course and the most famous is the Waitomo Caves which are on most tourist maps. They are very expansive and there are glow worms too , many years ago you were able to get on a boat and glide on a lake very quietly to look up to the roof and see them all twinkling away. It was a magical experience. Not sure if this is still available well worth going if it is.

have you explored any caves? Could you be a cave dweller?

Cheers Lynne

 

I can’t walk past a library…….

I have always been a library lover , user and supporter. At the age of five I was taken to our local library and joined up for the junior section. Of course in those days it was all very serious, quiet and the books were fairly plain looking. I loved to read and mum knew she could always find me with my nose in a book particularly at bed time or dishes time. I decided to become a librarian from the time I went to Intermediate school and discovered more about libraries. Recently I retired after a career spanning nearly 40 years. There were breaks for various reasons but either through volunteers work or salaried I retained my library work. So of course it is as difficult for me to walk past a library ( or bookshop) as it is for gardeners to walk past a garden shop.  Here are a few of the Libraries I saw during my Australian holiday.

Bribie Island Library
Bribie Island Library
lots of areas to read, relax and converse
lots of areas to read, relax and converse in Caboolture
Newspaper and Magazine Lounge Caboolture
Newspaper and Magazine Lounge Caboolture
Computer space Caboolture
Computer space Caboolture
children's space Caboolture
children’s space Caboolture
Children's area Caboolture
Children’s area Caboolture
Caboolture Library and learning hub and art gallery building
Caboolture Library and learning hub and art gallery building
Caboolture Library Hub
Caboolture Library Hub
Green and front of Albany Library
Green and front of Albany Library
Albany Librarian enjoying the bean bags supplied for their patrons.
Albany Librarian enjoying the bean bags supplied for their patrons.

 

Art work Albany Library
Art work Albany Library
Children's outside area Albany Library
Children’s outside area Albany Library

Beside the seaside beside the sea

Augusta
Augusta
Pelicans on Hardy Inlet
Pelicans on Hardy Inlet
Augusta -  Hardy inlet
Augusta – Hardy inlet
Gorgeous colours of Southern ocean
Gorgeous colours of Southern ocean
Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin
Southern ocean
Southern ocean
Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin
Rockingham beach
Rockingham beach
Rockingham beach
Rockingham beach
Busselton Jetty and the train
Busselton Jetty and the train
aquarium views
aquarium views
little fishies
little fishies
hungry fish
hungry fish
jetty artwork
jetty artwork
Busselton Beach
Busselton Beach

There is a very old song that goes “I do love to be beside the seaside beside the sea”  so here are some photos from Busselton and from Augusta and Cape Leeuwin. Busselton is a delightful small town with a very long jetty. The jetty has a small train that you can catch a ride on out to the end of the jetty which is 1.8 kilometres out in the ocean. At the end of the jetty there is an aquarium. You go down 3 levels and you can view the fish swimming in the open ocean through heavy Perspex (?)  windows. It was amazing. Rose and I decided to walk back from the Aquarium and there was an artwork along the jetty and good views of Busselton. Way down south on Cape Leeuwin there is a very tall lighthouse and the sea was an amazing colour. We drove through the village of Augusta which is situated on the river mouth and I could easily have stayed here and paddled in the river. The Pelicans were so picturesque I had to take photos of them, we don’t see them in New Zealand.  Cape Leeuwin is where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, it was very exposed and very windy. While I was still in Perth my cousins took me to Rockingham Beach for a swim and to have fish and chips so I swam in the Indian Ocean.  One day I will try to paint one of my photos especially the sea ones just for my pleasure as I am no artist but I have fun and enjoy myself.

Busselton Beach
Busselton Beach

Works of Art

One of the things I enjoy when travelling is finding public art works. They are often surprising or telling a story and show me that the powers that be and their citizens  are cultured and support the arts. Art needs sometimes to push peoples perspectives and apparently there was quite a lot of discussion about the green sculpture in Forester Square Perth city centre regarding cost and worthiness.  This is good as it gets communities talking. These photos are from Perth and south west Australia. Enjoy.

Forester Square
Forester Square
Perth Mint
Perth Mint
Freemantle Beach
Freemantle Beach
outside an office in perth
outside an office in perth
front view of office building scultpure
front view of office building scultpure
cutout work on Albany Public Library wall
cutout work on Albany Public Library wall
Albany garden behind the library
Albany garden behind the library

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Leeuwin Light house  apparently there were lots of different cow sculptures in many different areas  but this was the only one I saw
Leeuwin Light house apparently there were lots of different cow sculptures in many different areas but this was the only one I saw

The Wanderer Returns

Hello everyone, I have been away for five weeks visiting friends and cousins in Australia. I was going to keep this blog going but found that the Ipad does not work well with wordpress ( or maybe I should say that I find it difficult). So now it is catch up time. Over the next few days I will share my trip with you and my photos. I hope you enjoy them. I travelled to Perth with my cousin Rose and we stayed with an other cousin from  the other side of my family Peter and his wife Liz. Perth is the furthest distance from New Zealand to a city in Australia and so I had only visited once before. I was looking forward to sharing my adventure with Rose. We landed after a long day flying from New Plymouth to Auckland then via Sydney to Perth and in so doing crossed a couple of time zones Perth is 5 hours behind New Zealand. Friday was a lazy day sitting by and swimming in the pool but that night we were taken into Perth city centre by train for a Night Noodle Market Experience. This was a lot of fun with yummy food to try. We then found a decadent chocolate dessert restaurant to complete our evening. We all travelled back on the train feeling replete and happy 🙂 – chocolate does that you know. Do you love chocolate?

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