Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A morning walk

I'm near Kingscliff, Australia. At the border of New South Wales and Queensland, it is not a remarkable place - but even here, it is.

My morning walk here started with a pod of dolphin diving in and out of the waves as I walked onto the beach. The surf was breaking and the dolphin would leap out from the crest and back in, and I could see the bodies of the rest of the pod inside the waves, backlit by the rising sun.... it was amazing. And the pod swam north along the beach as I was walking, playing and seeming to be delighted with the high surf. They disappeared as I came to a pod of surfers which also provided something fun to observe.

Then, in the mid-day, I walked up the Byron Bay headlands to an old lighthouse, and happened in on a volunteer led tour up the tower to just beneath the lens. Lovely site, and great reminder of the tiny chances that come our way when we get out into the world with curiosity at hand.

I'm in 'nowhere particularly special' Australia - and there is special all around.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Bronte Beach

This is the site of my morning walks, around the corner from the house.

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Art in the legacy of old industries

A month or so ago, during the Sydney Biennial,installations were placed all over the city. Out on Cockatoo Island - a former prison, then shipyard, then industrial center - installations were all over the island - a sculpture of created clouds that floated over the buildings, cliffs and meadows.

Inside one of the halls, an artist had taken a shipping container and turned it into a massive filigreed space.

Out, in the old prison courtyard, letters had been placed out along the walls and edges. Folks wandering around could move them around, spell things and change them around.

And I wasn't sure if this was an art piece or a part of how things are seen.

This was really fun - a spun sculpture of plastic, little motors and sensors and tension wires. As you moved around it, the plant-like feathers moved, and motors would gently vibrate, and a bit of scent was released. Lovely.

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Wild Life

Centennial Park is a lovely part of the city - broad lawns, massive trees, black swans, lakes and little water ways. And flocks of black Cockatoos with shots of yellow beneath the black.

And for some reason, each time I go through there's a drum and fife band practicing.

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Monday, October 01, 2012


Sydney surprises me sometimes - feeling quite connected and aware of the world, but being so small.

A bus passing by today proclaimed The Walking Dead Season 3 would air only '33 hours behind the US.' Both a testament to the ubiquitous use of downloading to keep up with the rest of the world - and to the distant scale of 33 hours.

A poster a while back showcased a very nice young woman I'd met several times - a part of the arts and the biking scene here. I saw her face daily for almost a month on the posters, a reminder of how small a community it is.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Bronte House

Just up the street this weekend, the Bronte House, a Victorian cottage, held one of its annual open house events. For just a small donation to the volunteer group, I could wander the gardens and the main rooms of the house.

A private couple lease the house and grounds from the Waverley Council for $1 per year, but on the condition that they pay the maintenance of the grounds and keep the main rooms dressed in period furnishings - and allow the public in on four weekends per year. Its a unique spot and lovely home.

Flowers, trees, ferns, and shrubs border stone paths, fountains, and contemplative spots. It seems like it'd be a lovely place to live.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dinner in the Rocks and a Gallery

Tonight was a lovely dinner in the Rocks at Jo's place - we ate in the art gallery to an audience of passersby.

Thanks Jake for the images!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My garden here and at home

My fellow gardeners have sent me photos of my garden back home - and I've taken a few of my balcony garden here in Sydney. I'm not doing any real gardening - other than enjoying the flowers, the scent and the presence of them.

And Michael Marx in the garden back home has kindly sent me some images of how it's growing this Spring.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


So I've been here almost three months! Crazy. It's been fun - from lawn bowling to scuba diving - and of course busy with meetings and research and things like that. Despite carrying two phones with me (plus a wireless 3G device) everywhere - I've taken almost no photos. So I'm sharing some that others have taken.

From an evening of Lawn Bowling - photos mostly by Lauren Serota (
Camperdown Bowling Club

Lauren convincing the ball to go where she wants it to.

It's all about the socializing.

Amalia and Andrew in appropriate whites.

Joseph bowling for the win.

Getting ready to continue the game - and the classic little Sydney houses in the background.

Andrew and I talking.

And our new temporary office building
- photos also by Lauren (
It's round and bright and sunny - and you have to watch the ball to find the open lift.

Right in the heart of the Central Business District.

In the other building - on the second floor - every day people seep in from other floors for intense, sweaty and Axe-filled ping pog competitions. They literally last hours. (Photo also by Lauren)

From an evening of Manly Mussels - photos by John Prolly ( - Classic!
John's photo of the delicious mussels specials Lauren, Jennifer, and I got. I've since discovered other wonderful places for mussels in Sydney.

On the ferry over to Manly Beach.

Classic Sydney Bridge.

And the Opera House of course.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter in Sydney

Happy Easter from my place in Sydney.

And the first of the frogs to arrive.

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