Friday, 7 September 2012

Sepia Saturday 142; Three...

1953  with my little, much loved "adoptive" brother and his sister. When he was a young man he had a brush with death as he was badly electrocuted and was lucky to survive.  Later he died, still at an early age.

A few years later

1959, holidays in Austria; my mother holding baby Susie, daughter of my cousin. Susie was looking at my red painted fingernails and said "Zuckerl" meaning lollies.

and again a  few years later...

My mother with my first born daughter and  Amanda  sister to Susie;

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Friday; Thoughts;

Photo on the way to Glen Innes;

To doubt is wise, to ask questions is wise, it is the only way to find the truth. Titania.

© Photo/text Ts

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Thursday; Apple pie;

Apple pie,  the universal  sweet pastry nobody ever says, no thank you.  Apple pie  comes in any version. You can let your fantasy run or you can rely on the good old  varieties. 
This one I baked quickly for an afternoon tea.
I still had some butter puff pastry in the freezer which I used for the base.
A good hand full ground almonds, apples peeled and cut in thin slices arranged over the base.
Tuck  some blobs   of raspberry jam between the apples. 
Mix half a cup of cream with a little sugar,  vanilla and  1 teaspoon cornflour, pour over the apples. Into the oven at 180 C until nicely crisp and the apples are soft, around 30 min. 

Easy as pie and done in no time! It is really tasty, but my favourite of them all is Tarte Tatin, which is also very easy to produce and fresh from the oven, slightly cooled with a decadent blob of whipped more to be said. 

© Photo/Text Ts

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Wednesday; it's a dog's life;

Napping, Billy knows the best place...

“I do not particularly like the word 'work.' Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.” 
― Masanobu FukuokaThe One-Straw Revolution

©Photo Ts

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tuesday; Gondwana;

...sleeping .. Photo/Ts Rotary park Stanthorpe Queensland

Gondwana included most of the landmasses in today's Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica, South America, Africa, Madagascar and the Australian continent, as well as the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent, which have now moved entirely into the Northern Hemisphere.

The adjective Gondwanan is in common use in biogeography when referring to patterns of distribution of living organisms, typically when the organisms are restricted to two or more of the now-discontinuous regions that were once part of Gondwana, including the Antarctic flora. For example, the Proteaceae, a family of plants known only from southern South America, South Africa and Australia, are considered to have a "Gondwanan distribution". This pattern is often considered to indicate an archaic, or relict, lineage.

During the late Paleozoic, Gondwana extended from a point at or near the south pole to near the equator. Across much of Gondwana, the climate was mild. During the Mesozoic, the world was on average considerably warmer than today.

Gondwana was then host to a huge variety of flora and fauna for many millions of years. The laurel forest of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand have a number of other related species of the laurissilva de Valdivia, through the connection of the Antarctic flora as gymnosperms and deciduous angiosperm Nothofagus.

The sempervirens tree niaouli, it grows in Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand. New Caledonia and New Zealand ecoregion are separated by continental drift from Australia 85 million years ago.

The islands still retain plants and animals that originated in Gondwana and spread to the southern hemisphere continents later. But there is strong evidence of glaciation during Carboniferous to Permian time.

Photo Ts/ Mount Warning Northern New South Wales

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves) include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 (extended in 1994).
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were one of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List on 21 May 2007.

Global warming band aids?  A money spinner for some? 
The planet is fine, the people are fracked!  
The planet has always been in evolution, still is, who do we think we are? Are we better then any other living thing, because we have  developed a bigger brain? 
The planet will still  be here when all of us are gone. Evidence is still here.



Monday, 3 September 2012

Monday; third day of spring;

Frühling  ♥  Primavera  ♥  Printemps; home;

country site in the granite belt;

Cherry blossoms in a park in Warwick, Qld;

Spring has sprung 
with a tune of its own;
the bells are ringing
to let it known
it's a new beginning...

© Photos/Text Ts

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Sunday; while away... the granite belt...

goblins have been here and replaced the old fence with a new one... 

and  orchids are getting ready to flower.

Good to take a break but nice to be home!