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The house in the early morning golden light.

The house in the early morning golden light.

Jason’s Out Back Getaway House.

Sun peeping up on the other side of house.

Sun peeping up on the other side of house.

 Out in the country, in Aussie referred to as the bush or outback, I see and experience a feeling of boiphilia, an affinity with the natural world. Some would say the outback is desolate and ugly.

The children decorate the walls with love.

The children decorate the walls with love.

 If you are not observant, hurrying, wanting to be someplace else you never notice the wonder of nature. Amazing things never experienced in the city. Different to what you can find in the lush green rain forests of the coastal areas and highlands of this vast island continent of Australia.

Feral goat on track to water hole.

Feral goat on track to water hole.

 It is an 800 km/500 miles from the city of Brisbane to the town of Cunnamulla via Toowoomba, Dalby, St George. Then another 80 km to my son’s opal lease at Koroit North West of Cunnamulla.

Geoff on the excavator this open cut mining.

Geoff on the excavator this open cut mining.

 Pauline and I meandered when we travelled these roads, taking little detours, stopping to investigate everything of interest. We only travelled between two to five hundred kilometers per day. We stayed a day or more in Toowoomba, it is famous for its flower festival, It took us several weeks to do the trip to Cunnamulla. Stopping for photos of sights along the way. For us it is always the journey not the destination.

Jason checking for geodes called 'nuts'

Jason checking for geodes called ‘nuts’

 But Pauline and I have no deadlines and obligations like Jason. We are retired and have time to explore and admire this amazing world. My son Jason was intent in getting to the opals ASAP. So it was only a few necessary fuel and toilet stops. We even ate on the move to cover ground and save time. It is in total about a 12 hr. drive as the last 80 km from Cunnamulla to Koroit is over a rough gravel road.

Michael searching hopefully.

Michael searching hopefully.

 Australia is a about the same area as USA with a much smaller population so road maintenance is governed by how often they are used. On property boundaries, instead of gates, there are narrow cattle stops, made of railway lines placed with a gap wider than a hoof. They are about a meter wide and only long enough for one vehicle. When the tires run over the rails the sudden loud rippling noise snaps everyone awake.

Cool off in the water hole.

Cool off in the water hole.

 Cattle and kangaroos randomly roaming the road created a hazard. Jason slowed down to a safer speed. One unlucky kangaroo could not be avoid, if Jason had swerved any harder, towing a trail loaded with two off road motorbikes, he would have lost control.

Dry mud paten.

Dry mud pattern

 My seat adjusted like a comfortable airline seat. If I had actually been on a plane the bumps would have been unnerving, like flying through a turbulent storm. In the van the bumps only disturbed a sound sleep.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 As it was my son Jason, grandsons Geoff, Michael and myself thought the trip went well and it was a wonderful time together. Times shared in remote places out of the usual familiar surroundings make a family bond. The boys played their guitars under the stars. The stars twinkle like a billion diamonds with no competition from city lights, smog or damp sea air.

Jason and Michel examin broken discarded geodes.

Jason and Michel examine broken discarded geodes.

 It is a hard, tortured land of extremes, long spells of hot and dry with fine red dust that penetrates the smallest crevices. Then the tropical rains bucket down and the roads are a red clay bog. This is out back Aussie beyond the black stump. My photos and words will not convey how this place is, or felt to me. But in keeping with my by-line in the header ‘Try even if you fail but never fail to try.’

On opal but I still think they are beautiful.

No opal but I still think they are beautiful.

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Morning sunlight.

Morning sunlight.

Aotearoa.

Morning milking time.

Morning milking time.

 The spellcheck hasn’t heard of the Maori name for New Zealand. Actually it is the pakia name, Land of the Long White Cloud said in Maori. The spellcheck has put a red line under pakia too, it knows white man, Caucasian, honkie and gringo but it needs to learn Maori.

Pauline the fastest camera slinger in the west,

Pauline the fastest camera slinger in the west,

 Anyway Pauline and I are back in NZ that is why I have not been keeping in touch with the blogging family. We are catching up with our Kiwi family. I am having a jam packed, joyous time in the most wonderful little country in the world, Australia is the most wonderful big country.

Pauline shoots a couple of desperados.

Pauline shoots a couple of desperados.

 Pauline’s son needed us to mind the cat while he went on his honeymoon and I wanted to be on the right side of the Tasman Sea for the final of the world rugby cup, the Wallabies and The All Blacks. The Kiwis love their sport and are mad about the All Blacks.

A photographers paradise.

A photographers paradise.

 An advertising ploy was to put out a black milk bottle and a black Weetabix box featuring photos of The All Blacks team. No wonder they won with that kind of home support.

Interesting shapes on the Kaimais at Piroa on our way to Tauranga.

Interesting shapes on the Kaimais at Paeroa on our way to Tauranga.

We always get VIP treatment from our Kiwi family, so we are winners also. Laurence’s farm is better than a luxury holiday retreat. This weekend we are at Jackie and Greg’s place at Tauranga and the adjacent Mt Maunganui.

This tests me every time I visit, I think I am improving.

This tests me every time I visit, I think I am improving.

 Walking the Mount has become a traditional challenge for me. I love that walk it is a most spectacular scenic experience.

We have taken heaps of photos, done some drawing and it is one long sightseeing adventure. I have found a gym in Waiuku. I need their cross trainer to get my endorphin flowing, as my knees can’t hack the impact of running.

Another wonderful day.

Another wonderful day.

 The sun is shining and I have lots of good things to do before my holiday is over. See you later.

Check Pauline’s blog for the wedding and more on our Kiwi travels.

Pauline gets a few more tips on art from the locals.

Pauline gets a few more tips on art from the locals.

 

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A view of Sydney Harbour, CBD, bridge and all.

A view of Sydney Harbour, CBD, bridge and all.

On top of the world.

The Hawkesbury area North of Sydney.

The Hawkesbury area North of Sydney.

We departed the house we were minding in Canberra. Our flight plans did not coincide with our hosts. We left a day before they got back, it would have been nice to welcome them home but they would probably be tired and Peter was happy to mind Millie the dog and would drive us to the airport and pick up his daughter and family next day.

Wonder Woman at Work.

Wonder Woman at Work.

We were grateful for this and the enjoyable stay.

Flowering plants multiply flowers die.

Flowering plants multiply flowers die.

Pauline and I wanted to make it a warm welcome for their arrival home. Pauline Added the feminine touch to our tidy up. I know they will be happy just to be home with familiar things.

A statue at Canberra Air Port.

A statue at Canberra Air Port.

Our trip home went well only minor flight delays. That allowed me to take some photos at the airport, of sculptures, people and windows. I have plenty of photos for the Lingering Look at Windows, blog.

Best to be early.

Best to be early.

If I get organised, Pauline can tell you I just go with the flow. I am not saying I let Pauline do it all. What I am trying to say is I fit in with the inevitable changing my plans to suit prevailing conditions.

Tasteful wall decorations.

Tasteful wall decorations.

 This post is about the beauty of things that are a source of joy like flying home. Flying is always exciting providing we do not let it become stressful. Impatient to get there is a spoiler of any journey. If you have a delay there are lots of things to do.

Beautiful people.

Beautiful people to talk to.

You could walk and look at the unfamiliar surroundings. Walking is a good idea as you are going to be sitting while in flight. Observe the diverse range of people, note their dress, their moods and just watch all the activity.

Happy travellers.

Happy travellers.

 We love our home with its beautiful garden. There are no gardens liked it in our area. High fences and walls are the fashion and every inch packed with large expensive housing. If there is any garden at all it is low maintenance manicured and sterile. Nature is not welcome with chlorine in the pool instead of fish and water lilies.

Stop over at Sydney.

Stop over at Sydney.

If there is a fish pond it is not balanced naturally air pumps keep it oxygenated. Everything has to be pumped up artificially. Pauline and I have our beautiful oasis we have the best of both worlds at Burleigh.

Pauline in our back garden.

Pauline in our back garden.

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To see from a lookout you miss the intimate detail.

To see from a lookout you miss the intimate detail.

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You have to look to see.

You cannot see how productive this land is from a car.

You cannot see how productive this land is from a car.

The renowned Western Australian wild flowers were at their best, after a wet season, three years ago on our last visit. Last week was the first significant rain they have had for two years in the area. The sky is now clear blue and the red dust is all caked and settled. Pauline is ready to roam the travel bugs are biting making her restless.

Slow up and see up close there is more than wild flowers.

Slow up and see up close there is more than wild flowers.

 There is a nice scenic drive from Geraldton, on the Chapman Valley Road, through the grain-growing area to Nabawa then on to the old town of Northampton. The brochure called it ‘The valley of natural charm.’ When the wild flowers are blooming, any city slicker would agree, even doing the legal speed limit of 110 km/hr., one cannot help but notice the colourful flowers.

A White Gum by the road.

A White Gum by the road.

There is a sign look-out, we take the rutted, washed out side track. Did we misinterpret that ‘look out’ sign? Pauline negotiates the rough and gets us safely to a plateau high above the road. It is a good view but quite a challenge to photograph.  The land has had a hard, hot and dry two years, we see tortured trees and acres of parched land, it is difficult to imagine waving wheat fields. Yet Geraldton is the second largest exporter of wheat in Australia.  Lupins and legume crops are also grown here.

Wouldn't this make a lovely painting.

Wouldn’t this make a lovely painting.

We stop to look at a little Anglican Church, it is closed, looks like it has not done much of the Lord’s business for a long time. Today we appreciate its beauty and the dedication the builders put into it. Man does some of his most wonderful works when religiously inspired and also some of his worst acts in the name of his religion.

Parked at the museum.

Parked at the museum.

 We find a nice place to park, in the shade of one of the old White Gums, at the Chapman Valley Museum, where the sign said open, but the doors were closed. We could see the old farm machinery, but I was more interested in the gum nuts. I love to see the trees in blossom, but nuts fascinate me. With their vast variety of shapes and patterns and the way they look silhouetted against the sky.

The shadow of the fence and the aged White Gums with the old Toyota parked, I thought made a good photo. How could I show their character and how these trees spoke to me of years of the weathers hard extremes endured to be shade for man and a home for a diverse range of creatures, birds and animals?

Let me show you natures inspiring abstract art

 and some creatures that find a home under the pealing bark.

Home and shelter to some a work of art to others.

Home and shelter to some a work of art to others.

 When the gum tree is injured it bleeds red sap that dries like red gem stones. I cannot show you, I can only point. You must look to see the wonders of nature. Slow down, the speed of modern life distracts us from much of natures gifts. You have to take the time to look, to see and not be distracted.

Time seems to pass quickly when you are interested. I removed a small piece of bark to see if anything was there. Surprise! A host of stink bugs scurried off. They were not easy to photo using macro, it did not matter if they were blurred, haste always blurs things, and the patterns and colour of the bark was so nice. I was having fun.

Then Pauline from the wagon said. “I am ready when you are.”  Once that may have excited me, but now it only roused me from my flirtation with Mother Nature.

Northampton has a lot of history with the lead mining and the building of the first public railway in WA. running from Northampton to Geraldton. The Church and convent are impressive buildings. I will leave them for Pauline’s blog. What interested me was the Family Store built in 1910 and still hardly changed from the stores I remember as child, thanks to the elderly couple running it.

Where is Mrs Wally?

Can you find Mrs Wally?

A room behind the store displayed the best collection of old sewing machines I have ever seen. We had only $1 in small change to put in the donation jar. In the store there was a wide array of merchandise on display. There was a sparkly coloured glass crystal necklace winking at me and asking me for $20. I did not need it, or want it, still I bought it. There are always times when a birthday is forgotten, it is handy to have some nice trinket on hand.

My mother had a 'Singer' like this.

My mother had a ‘Singer’ like this.

The owner said “You know this is not an antique, I bought it in Perth last week, do you still want it?” “No I do not want it, I am only buying it to see you smile and I would like to take your photo.”

The necklace and an ethical sales man.

The necklace and an ethical sales man.

 As the sun sank slowly in the west we arrived back home completing a round trip. To down load our photos and see how much of the day we have successfully captured.  Only a memory of some of what one can see if one looks.

He is not Love bug.

He is not a Love bug.

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Together.

A brand new day.

A brand new day.

Together.

When we are home this is it.

When we are home this is it.

I am blessed with another day to spend with you.

What wondrous things have you planned to do?

We have travelled far you and me.

Still there are lots more for us to see.

The world is large, we are small.

We live in hope, but can’t see it all.

In Korea, small children in vibrant Hanbok colours.

In Korea with children in their beautiful Hanbok  dress.

Appreciate our life is a candle in the breeze.

So enjoy life’s gifts, as the birds in the trees.

Appreciate taste, smell and hear,

All life’s free gifts that are here.

 An exotic fragrance drifts on the air.

We follow our noses to see what’s there.

Attracted by the sent of  Jasmine I come close up.

Attracted by the scent of Jasmine I come close up.

Hungry to find new foods to taste,

Culinary samples from every race.

Travel hunger carries us further on,

 Curiosity drives us far, to the beyond.

Beyond the comfort of our home,

That is the price when you roam.

At the end of the day Is the time to pray.

At the end of the day Is the time to pray.

Beyond the sunset into the night,

We dance to a song of heavenly delight.

Take a chance start with a dance,

 It could turn to love and romance.

In love with all life and one another,

What a wondrous world we discover.

Happier than a king on his throne,

Together facing life’s unknown,

Two people in love with life.

Two people in love with life.

Foot note   In 1982 Pauline and I met at a dance, one week before our birthdays.

Looking into a Bromeliad flower.

Looking into a Bromeliad.

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Both beauties.

Both beauties.

Lucky Jack.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

I have often been called Happy Jack or Lucky Jack. I wonder is it because I am happy that I am lucky or am I lucky because I am happy and smile a lot? People ask, “Why are you always smiling?” “It is vanity the wrinkles are rearranged and I look better.” I joke. In fact I am advertising a good emotional state. People know I am friendly it is a win-win situation that promotes good.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

I hitchhiked most of my way around the world in the sixties. I was young the world was mine; mankind was at the peak of extravagance, before thoughts of conservation, I had not realized there was a limit to the world’s resources. Success in thumbing a ride relies on your appearance, clean and tidy, not too big a bag and most important a smile. Choose an easy and safe place for your lift to pull-up and it is a good idea to display a sign showing where you going to.

 Happy jack smiles run in the family.

Happy jack smiles run in the family.

When the lifts are scarce and the sky is clouding over it is easy to forget to smile and instead get a worried look on your face. The driver has to make a snap decision and cannot decide what the desperate grim look means so does not take the risk. I learned a smile is the same in any language it says “I am happy, at ease and friendly.” People are attracted and respond positively to a smile.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

I feel sorry for people who look for sympathy airing their troubles with a dismal gloomy face. Many people burdening others with their hard luck stories. What they do not realize is they are keeping their troubles alive, magnifying them and turning friends away. I feel admiration and compassion for a person that smiles when plagued by misfortune.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

The way to improve your chances, not only in getting a free ride, is a sincere smile. By caring, being helpful and being friendly your chances of making new friends increases and it starts with a smile. When you increase your circle of friends you increase your good fortune. The more friends you have the more chance you have of hearing about opportunities that can benefit you. It is called networking in business circles in religious groups it would be fellowship and in all walks of life it is commonsense. Smiling, being helpful and friendly promotes happiness and luck.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

An example, Pauline and I went to at a music venue we got there early. Sat at a table in a good position all available tables were soon taken. There were no empty tables but some unoccupied seats. Two seats were available at our table. Four people came in looking for a place. I smiled and said “There is room at this table you just need two more chairs.” After introductions we became friends, Terry belonged to a ukulele club and invited me along next time they met. I was looking for a ukulele club but none were advertised in the area. I went along and made more friends willing to pass on their knowledge. I am really lucky and the nicer I am to other people the luckier I get.

Be happy smile don't worry.

Be happy smile don’t worry.

The music was lively blues guitar; everyone was rocking or tapping their feet to the music. I let the music take me out on to the dance floor and did a solo uninhibited dance. I am not worried if people think I am a crazy old bloke or high on loco-weed. Musicians play better if they have an appreciative audience. I am the detonator that set others off dancing, it only takes one and others lose their self-consciousness. I do not need any stimulants other than the music, two beers is my limit. As for marijuana, one must be careful as it is sometimes mixed with other substances. You are pushing your luck if you try drugs to make you feel good. All that is needed is music a smile and good attitude.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music is a good way to psyche you into a good mood. On a treadmill in a gym is a good cardiovascular exercise but dancing is also a great workout. I am no longer young and fit but I now realize the world is not mine to exploit. Simple pleasures are the best the higher you go the further you can fall. Sharing a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Smile and be kind to others, if you are lucky the meal you share will not be your last.

Smiles make us one loving family.

Smiles make us one loving family.

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Those Autumn leaves.

Those Autumn leaves.

Why would anyone leave their home in tropical Queensland, to go to Tasmania in autumn, the beginning of winter? Well it gets you out of your comfort zone, we need challengers and on the Gold Coast it is golden sand not golden autumn leaves. A change could be the reason although everything changes. So the reason is Pauline my <pommepal.wordpress,com> wanted to go and when she asked me I gave her my usual answer, “What ever.” I like to cooperate and go with the flow. I have found things run smoother when we are obliging. Thinking along these lines I wrote this.  Hit the above link for photos and more of our adventures.

Logging in on big things.

Logging in on big things.

Life’s  Highway.

Cruising in the afternoon sun, all our work has been done.

We have both paid our dues, we have nothing to lose.

Where ever we hang our hat is home, this wonderful world is ours to roam.

To drift along with the flow, we have found is the best way to go.

Just like the birds in the trees, we are floating along with the breeze.

Smiling at everyone on the way, we make new friends every day.

We were up with the dawning, watching the sun rise this morning.

The days seem to rush past, how long can the blue skies last?

Rain must come you know, to make the flowers grow.

Rain will come and rain will go just comply go with the flow.

Rain makes the rivers run then a boat would be fun.

If the weather decides to storm, we will find some where cozy and warm.

Today we are out in the sun, meeting and greeting everyone.

As the sun sinks over the hill, I am feeling I have had my fill.

As the day finishes in a blaze of glory, I will leave behind my story.

We all have only this one life to live; it is not what you take but what you give.

If you push and shove and hurry, you only invite trouble and worry.

A helpful, kind and sharing human race would make the world a better place.

Make this your main aspiration, to be a real inspiration.

 

 

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Road to Cygnet.

Road to Cygnet.

RAINBOW RIDE.

Pauline in action,

Pauline in action,

I know I am fortunate. Why am I so lucky or am I blessed? I honestly believe it is karma. Karma is a fact in this life, I have experience it in my life. Karma flowing from one life to the next is beyond my experience. I have no knowledge of past lives so I will remain an agnostic on that issue. All I know is when people appreciate their life and give thanks, fortune smiles on them.

We had to stop.

We had to stop.

Pauline and I picked up a hitch-hiker about twenty kilometres from Cygnet, Tasmania, on a scenic dirt road winding around Port Cygnet Bay. She had faith and was bubbling over with appreciation. “Thank you! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ! Bless you!” were her first words. “Pull up.” I said to Pauline. “I can’t stop on a bend. “She protested “There’s a spot!” I said getting excited. “Too narrow!” was her agitated reply. “Alright stop as soon as you can.” Pauline soon finds a place and stops, saying to our passenger “Hope you are not in a hurry.”

Sunset to Cygnet.

Sunset to Cygnet.

I get out Pauline follows me to an opening in the trees. We show our appreciation of the magnificent sun set, by taking photos. “Sorry about that but it is so beautiful we want to share it with our blogger friends.” Pauline says getting back behind the wheel. “Praise the Lord Jesus; it is the new circle of change, good named and Good Almighty’s ancient golden Holy Spirit.” Our passenger said then told us stories of her past, beaming with joy, radiant with smiles; she looked younger than her fifty-one years. “I am going to church no hurry, I don’t have to be there for three hours, would you like to come too?” She informs us adding an invitation.

Cygnet Hotel where we stayed.

Cygnet Hotel where we stayed.

“Wow!” Pauline and I chime in together as we come to the top of a hill.  We are greeted by a stunning view, capped by the suns dying embers, closing another outstanding day. We photograph the last glorious moments of the departing sun. “Praise the Lord.” We can only agree with her and praise the powers that be. Between praises and blessings given to the wonderful creator she kept us entertained with her life stories till we reached Cygnet. “Halilulla, thank you, thank you, you are such good people, thank you, yes bless you.” Our hitch-hiker departs giving us direction to the only hotel open in the town.

Charming stairway Cygnet Hotel.

Charming stairway Cygnet Hotel.

After a good pub meal, a good night’s sleep in old-fashioned comfort. I am up with the birds to explore. All the rooms are vacant and the doors are invitingly open. It is like stepping back in time.

Old time comfort.

Old time comfort.

 All the rooms have solid wood furniture and the decor is in keeping with a bygone age where pride was taken in craftsmanship. We venture out on the long veranda fenced in lacy wrought iron, like in New Orleans.

Pauline looking at rainbows.

Pauline looking at rainbows.

Here we are greeted by a rainbow arched across a low grey background of cloud. We eagerly head down stairs to see the well maintained old architecture in the one main street.

Pauline  our hitchhiker Church and the rainbow, I got everything.

Pauline our hitchhiker’s  Church and the rainbow, I got everything.

The people take pride in their beautiful town preserving the best of their heritage.

School House Café, delicious  breakfasts.

School House Café, delicious breakfasts.

After scrambled eggs in a quaint, owner operated café, we are off on our photo expedition.

Cobweb Designs an exceptional shop.

Cobweb Designs an exceptional shop.

One shop in particular is a treasure trove of local art and hand-crafts of exceptional beauty and quality. Sue, the proprietor, is a well-travelled, interesting lady. She shares a wealth of knowledge with us as we enjoy the wondrous array of diverse art and natural curios. This shop ranks among the best of its kind I have seen in all my travels.

Susan in her shop, Cobweb Designs.

Susan in her shop, Cobweb Designs.

We are told of a dirt road that is in good condition and far more scenic than the direct tar-seal road. We are given maps and full instructions on how to find all the interesting things that only a local would know of.

Rainbow Road I call this way out of Cygnet.

Rainbow Road I call this way out of Cygnet.

As we leave this beautifully maintained, picturesque little town the rainbow still persists. The sun keeps pushing through the occasional misty shower, this only add to the beauty that surprises us around each bend. Many gentle bends give pleasant encounters as we smile the day away.

Long way to Huonville from Cygnet.

Long way to Huonville from Cygnet.

If you love nature she will return your love. If you open your heart to people they will respond.

The rainbow persists.

The rainbow persists.

 It is true, laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. Try to smile no matter how cloudy the sky, there is a rainbow somewhere. Do not look for the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Enjoy the rainbow you have now.

 

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Greeting another wonderful day.

Greeting another wonderful day.

Just Do It.

The heading for a previous post was, “Go before you go.” It is not a reminder to visit the toilet before you leave on a journey, although that is a good policy. I meant it as a reminder that life is like a candle in the wind. Any moment life’s journey could be cut short. So do not procrastinate, act now, go and carry out those ideas, dreams and plans without delay. Do not delay, this could be your only chance, strong and gusty winds are always a possibility.

On his way to greet the day.

On his way to greet the day.

To travel and experience is only one shallow aspect of this warning about inaction. There is a down to earth quote, buried in my jottings; I will dig up for you. “If I have anything coming to me, now is the time to slip it to me, because I cannot read my tombstone when I am dead.” Never miss an opportunity to show your appreciation. Spend precious time with the ones you love. The people around you need to be told of your love and admiration.

A good way to start the day.

A good way to start the day.

Displayed on a T-shirt were these words “Just do it.” A lot can be read into those words. We can intend to do all kinds of wonderful things and do nothing. It is wise to not say hurtful nasty things. But it is unwise not to pay complements when they are due and neglect to communicate kind thoughts. Better than kind words are kind actions, just doing that will make a difference in friendship and the world around us will improve. If enough people adopt this idea it is possible the world at large will become less turbulent and may become free of greed, hate and war.

Still doing it.

Still doing it.

I often write cryptic words, or words that are ambiguous. I wrote “Go before you go.” instead of “Go today don’t delay.” As a heading that would arouse curiosity I endeavor to attract many followers. Not to make money or to gain fame as an ego trip for me. I want to try and share some of the joy and contentment I have found. Things I have found that allow me to smile and appreciate the beauty of this fantastic, ever-changing world. Life is a magnificent ride if we know how to travel. I could find writing this blog hard work or as a challenging way to pass on some useful knowledge. I look on this blog as a pastime to convey some helpful tips to making life a joy.

They are just doing it too.

They are just doing it too.

The effect I make may be insignificant, but if everyone put a little more effort into being a better person the effect would be immense. The drip would soon fill the glass and our thrust for peace would be a reality. The irony of the effort I put into my writing is I am benefiting, growing and learning, keeping up, to some extent, with the fast changing technology of today. Good deeds have a boomerang effect, like karma both our good and bad actions come back. Try out my ideas, just do it, and see if it works. With practice I am sure it will be beneficial.

Life has its ups and downs.

Life has its ups and downs.

The most important person in your life is the person you are with right now. Pay them attention, show them you care. The most important thing you are doing is what you are doing this present moment. Do not ignore this opportunity give now the importance it deserves. It is these moments that make up your life. To hasten to a future occasion, often only to be disappointed, is to waste the experience of the activity you are engaged in. It is easy to get lost in the past or long for a coming event and not realize you are missing the importance of now. We rush through life wanting and longing for an unknown future experience. Stop and realize we are hastening to the same unavoidable unknown final outcome. Realize life is the appreciation of the opportunity you have to live to the best of your ability now.

A wave from Pauline.

A wave from Pauline.

I know nothing but what life’s knocks have taught me and what I have read and learnt from recognized authorities, following good roll-models, avoiding bad influences and choosing carefully what I read and watch on TV and the movies. That is how our character is built on the experiences we encounter. If you absorb negative rubbish you will suffer. If you make an effort to improve yourself in body and mind by following ethical, educated, wise and caring people you will learn and improve and find life a joy. Now you know how I do it, all you have to do is take my advice, just do it.

a refreshing way to start the day.

a refreshing way to start the day.

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Sydney The Harbour Bridge, The Gardens, CBD , looking to western suberbs.

Sydney The Harbour Bridge, The Gardens, CBD , looking to western suberbs.

 

FLYING HIGH.

The Coat Hanger and inner harbour.

The Coat Hanger and inner harbour.

People often remark, you are always smiling. I am not always smiling, life is not perfect, and everyone has problems. I am no exception to life’s laws; everything changes, grows old, wears out and eventually disintegrates. We cannot always have things as we would like. Aware of this truth, I can smile in the knowledge that I cannot cling to the pleasant and the unpleasant will pass. I smile because this is a wonderful world just waiting to be explored and appreciated.

South of sydney.

South of sydney.

When you are smiling the world tends to smile on you and I am as happy as a dog in a sausage factory. Flying to Hobart we pass over my place of birth and get a photo of the Sydney harbor Bridge.

Leaving Sydney looking south.

Leaving Sydney looking south.

It is the same age as me and still keeping up with the modern pace of life. Take a look at these photos, and you will understand why I am smiling. Pauline and I are House sitting our friend Bertal’s lovely warm house. She is off to holiday in Rome for eight weeks. We have two lovely little dogs to keep us amused.

Burtle outside her house leaving for

Burtle outside her house leaving for Rome.

I expected the weather to be cold and windy. Instead the weather is mild and mostly warm and sunny. I have thermal underwear but they are hardly necessary.

My room for eight weeks, Mount Wellington view out window.

My room for eight weeks, Mount Wellington view out window.

This is the first time I have flown with more than a carry-on bag, but the weather will change it always does. Till then I am having no problem smiling and when it does change I will rug up like an Eskimo.

Pauline at the flower show.

Pauline at the flower show.

Sunday we went on the bus to the City Town Hall to see a flower show. It was fantastic both the venue and the flowers. You will have to visit Pauline’s blog to for more on that. Click the link <Pommepal.wordpress.com>.

Pauline and dogs City of Hobart in background.

Pauline and dogs City of Hobart in background.

We left the dogs for two hours when we got back we asked our neighbor, Caroline, if they barked. Yes one barked so we now have a new plan.

One of my jobs is to feed the birds.

One of my jobs is to feed the birds.

Pauline and I are making the most of this weather. One day Pauline takes the bus exploring and I take the dogs walking. Next day I take go on the bus and Pauline looks after the dogs.

Taking a break from walking.

Taking a break from walking.

The house is two minutes walk to the beach and walkways. So it is turn about for a change of pace Pauline does the house work and I have been having fun painting a couple of garden ornaments.

The Bonsai forest, giant trees 50cm tall.

The Bonsai forest, giant trees 50cm tall.

We were taken the dogs included in ,our new friend, Kimbra’s car up to the top of Mount Wellington. It was a real scenic tour taking in the dams and parks on the way back. See Pauline’s blog for more information and photos.

Pretend you are flying high.

Pretend you are flying high.

I have put in photos I took of natural Bonsai landscapes; I just need to put in a couple of miniature Chinese statues to add to the illusion.

Making friends.

Making friends.

To quote Paul Simons “I am still crazy after all these years,” I still see animal shapes in clouds and see faces in notches on trees. The same as when I was a child. I have grown up but I do not intend to grow old.

Looking out the bedroom window.

Looking out the bedroom window.

I will try to smile even though I wear glasses and hearing aids. I could also use a shot of silicone jell in my creaky joints. We can be in pain but we do not have to suffer. Remember all things change both the pleasant and unpleasant.

Looking up to my window.

Looking up to my window.

You can spend your life like a ship, safe in the harbor, but ships were not built to stay moored in the harbor. Get out and give life a chance to show you how wonderful it can be. You could be flying high smiling, but be prepared for bad weather take a life jacket or parachute, an umbrella or an over coat or whatever it takes.

View of Hobart from Bellerive Beach.

View of Hobart from Bellerive Beach.

You know if you smile it rearranges all your wrinkles and they do not look bad at all. If you go around with a worried look on your face people can mistake it for a desperate look and think you are not a nice person. A smile lets people know you are happy and you look like a winner and it is not long before you are a winner.

Green and gold on blue in the golden hour.

Green and gold on blue in the golden hour.

Sometimes you need a bit of help like inspirational music that is why I want you to click this link  <When your smiling, the Zimmers – Vimeo>. It works for me and a good inspirational book “Peace is every step.” Thich Nhat Hanh. It is also a good idea to slow down and take a few deep breaths and let the world catch up to you.

Walking keeps you fit.

Walking keeps you fit.

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