Beach Culture – Downunder

Surfing

Merewether Beach, Newcastle, Australia…

Photo: Baz – The Landy

Soaring like a bird (Over the ocean)

newcastle, australia

Newcastle, East Coast Australia.

Crikey, that looks like FUN…

Photo: Baz, The Landy

A Tawny Frog Mouth (Australian Wildlife)

Night-jar, owls
Tawny Frog Mouth, Australia

I captured this picture of a Tawny Frog Mouth sitting in the backyard this morning. Standing tall and silent it kept a close eye on me as I clicked away.

Doesn’t it have such lovely textures that blend in so well with its environment?

Australia hey, strewth you just have to love it.

And by the way, Merry Christmas!

Photo: Baz, The Landy

Nobby’s Beach (Newcastle, East Coast Australia)

beach pavilion
Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle, Australia

How good is this, a bike ride to the beach and some lap swimming in the ocean pool just as the sun pierced the eastern horizon…

And boy, do I need to get some exercise and fitness back into me, after all there are mountains to climb, eventually!

But for now, two weeks of cycling, swimming and kayaking, strewth, it’s a tough life, but us Aussies’ are used to this tough life 😉

Photo: Baz, The Landy

Temari Ball – Marion’s Artree

Marion's Artree
Temari Ball, Marion’s Artree

Temari is a Japanese art form that involves intricate weaving of fine threads and this wonderfully crafted example was offered for sale at Marion’s Artree.

 Recently, I wrote about the work that Janet and her sister Leah were undertaking to raise money for a research and support group for Meniere’s Disease and it culminated last week with a stall they ran in Leah’s hometown, Newcastle, a beautiful city the north of Sydney, at the Hunter Valley’s Art Society summer markets.

Meniere’s disease led to the premature death of Marion, Janet and Leah’s sister a few years ago.  She was much loved and had many friend’s in the art world…

Marion’s Artree Stall was the most popular of all the stalls on the day and they raised a substantial amount of money that will now be donated to the Research Foundation that is working towards a cure for this disease.

Tim Owen, Member of Parliament
Janet, Leah, and Tim Owen

The local member of State Parliament, Tim Owen, spent time helping out the girl’s on the stall, and the local TV Station took an interest, which gave them some prominence to highlight what they are endeavouring to achieve with Marion’s Artree.

And there were some lovely pieces of artwork that was donated by artists’ from all over Australia in support of this project.

Bravo to the girl’s, what a great success!

Meniere's Disease
To the Memory of Millie Marion
Photo: Baz, The Landy