Friday, February 9, 2018

Sand, Sea & Sky

The homeward journey to South Australia from Victoria - 
along the magnificent Great Ocean Road.
Looking across Bass Strait towards Tasmania.

 Wishing all a wonderful, safe and blessed weekend
as I join up with Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Australian Parrots

Still in Victoria, out of Geelong en route to the Great Ocean Road,
stopped off for a coffee break (as you do), and came across
these delightful King Parrots (males) and Crimson Rosella.
(sorry that images are blurry - taken through glass window 
so as not to disturb them!)

Linking up with other bird lovers at 
(thank you for hosting, Stewart)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Surfing Australia

A day trip out of Geelong led to Bells Beach, a renowned surf beach some 100kms south-west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road near the town of Torquay.  Bells Beach is named after John Cavert Bell of the family that first took up a pastoral run there in the 1840s. (credit Wikipedia)

It was a blustery, grey day, but the avid surfers were having a glorious time.

Surprisingly, the sand on the shore was not the usual bright white colour one associates with Australian beaches.

Oops!  Maybe Surfing "Down Under" ??!

. . .  and this cute fellow caught my eye as I walked back up from the observation deck to the car park!

Sharing the Australian surf with Our World Tuesday

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Barwon River

 The beautiful Barwon River in Geelong, providing a peaceful environment for walkers, runners, kayakers and rowers. The riverside pathways are wonderfully shady too - much appreciated on hot days when walking the dog!

Joining in both Skywatch Friday
with grateful thanks to the hosts of both memes.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Extraordinary art

My recent stay in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges included a visit to the extraordinary William Ricketts Sanctuary.

William Ricketts was a naturalist, environmentalist and sculptor who dedicated much of his life to exploring the connection that Aboriginal people have with the natural world.  (For further information, courtesy of, check out this link - A brief history of William Ricketts Sanctuary

It was a great day to visit too, with temperatures in the mid teens (C)
and occasional brief showers which released the wonderful
fragrances of nature throughout the walk.

Joining in Our World Tuesday

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Shadows & more

Back to the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria (Australia) -
came across this converted chapel during my travels.

and a few metres further along that road was this stunning Hydrangea bush

..... while on the power lines overhead this Laughing Kookaburra swung by
(it was clearly the place for me to be!)

. . . and further along the road, near Sherbrooke, multitudes of 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos gathered 

Linking up with Shadow shot Sunday 2
(if you live in Australia, you'll no doubt be seeking out the shadows
as our temperatures soar into the high 30Cs and 40Cs - 
keep cool and hydrated!)
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