Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time.
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.


 
 
Jenolan Caves - flowstones
This week l thought l would share with you some more photos from our recent trip to the Blue Mountains. Whilst there, we had the opportunity to visit the famous Jenolan Caves for the first time.  The limestone caves are an iconic Australian landmark, and are visited by over 250,000 visitors a year.  Again, if you are ever in the Sydney area, you have to put this on your list of things to do.
The caves are believed to be approximately 340 million years old, which makes them the world's oldest known and dated open cave system.  Mind blowing huh?
Whilst there we did two guided tours of different systems, and saw so many impressive limestone formations.  Our tour guide was fantastic and explained how they’re formed by tiny water droplets falling from the cave roof, leaving behind a tiny deposit of calcite crystal.
There’s so much to learn about caves and limestone formations.  There are the well-known stalagmites and stalactites, but also other formations like the ones in the photos above.  They’re called flowstones, and they form when flowing water leaves a film of calcite.  They cover the original rock or mud floor, and sometimes (like in the photo) the lower portions hang free, making a fringe or shawl of stalactites
It was such a wonderful experience, nature is nothing but simply amazing!
 
Hope you've all had a chance to get outside this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.
 
Note to readers participating in the link up.
Please use the following points as a guide: 
  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature. 
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address.
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.   
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post. 
 
 


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Guest post today - Life With The Crew

Oh it's a happy day today.  My on-line blogging friend, Katie from Life with the Crew asked me to do a guest post for her blog whilst she’s away on holidays, and l jumped at the chance. 

I’m a big fan of Katie’s and have been following her blog almost since she started.  Amongst other things we share a love of animals, in fact one of the first things l loved about Katie’s blog was her line that she lives in a house with too much fur! Oh how l could relate, a woman after my own heart.

Katie asked whether l’d like to share a story about one of the animals we have in care, and l thought maybe l’d share a rescue that happened last week.

Check out Katie’s blog, Life With The Crew and my first ever guest post here.

thankful Tuesday

{thankful Tuesday}
Linking up with my blogging buddy Katie from Life with the Crew.  
Practising gratitude and acknowledging the wonderful things in our lives.
 
 
Feeling really grateful this week for the friendships my daughter has made.  Pictured here is her best friend, who came for a sleep over at our new house during the last school holidays.  These two have been friends since the baby room at daycare, when they were about 18 months old.  Friends are such an important part of life, especially when you're growing up.  I'm so glad that Bella has such strong friendships already and l know they're a really positive thing for her.
What's really cool is that l've become really good friends with her friend's mother.  So much so that if the girls ever do stop being friends, we've agreed that we're going to continue. 
I'm really grateful that such wonderful people have come into our lives.


Monday, 21 July 2014

morning, noon and night - Sunday 20 July

{morning, noon and night}
Linking up with the wonderful Kim from Mothering with Mindfulness
Sharing three little peeks into our day.


9am Writing birthday wishes in a card for a friend who is having a party today.

 
1pm One of the most thrilling piƱatas l've witnessed.  Check out the size of that stick. 


7:30pm Some more Pioneer Woman magic enters our house.  This time it was her Chicken Pot Pie

Friday, 18 July 2014

this moment

{this moment}
 
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Linking up with Amanda from Soule Mama
Hands down the moment of the week was hearing Archie Roach sing.  Archie is a well known Aboriginal singer who visited our area as part of this week's NAIDOC celebrations. 
You might remember l wrote this post last year about Archie and his song "Took the children away" which highlights the plight of the stolen generation. What an amazing man, l'm so grateful l had the opportunity to see him play. To sit in a mixed audience, of which almost half were Aboriginal, and listen to this song together was a pretty powerful experience. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Reconnect with nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time.
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.
 
 
 
 
Pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens)
I think it’s fitting that an Aboriginal lady first taught me about Pigface.  It was back in high school when l was doing work experience at our local National Parks office.  The local Aboriginal Ranger asked if l was interested in going out to Yuraygir National Park with her.  It’s always been one of my favourite places, and protects 65 kilometres of undeveloped coastline.
We were out having a look at the dunes, when she pointed out to me the mass of creeping succulents covering the dune face.  Pigface has long trailing stems, thick fleshy leaves and bright pink, and almost daisy-like flowers.  “That’s good tucker you know”, she said. 
She showed me how after the flower dies, the fleshy base of the flower becomes a fruit.  You discard the skin and eat the pulp, which tastes a lot like salty strawberry or kiwifruit.  Pigface was an important food source for the Aboriginal people living along the coast, and apparently the proper way to eat them is to squeeze the bottom of the fruit into your mouth to collect the juice, seeds and fruit.
Now whenever we’re at the beach, l always search the Pigface for any fruit and show whoever is with me how to eat them.  

Hope you've all had a chance to get outside this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.
 
Note to readers participating in the link up.
Please use the following points as a guide: 
  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature. 
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address.
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.   
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post. 



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

thankful Tuesday

{thankful Tuesday}
Linking up with my blogging buddy Katie from Life with the Crew.  
Practising gratitude and acknowledging the wonderful things in our lives.
 
 
"And suddenly you just know....it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings" Meister Eckhart.
 
This week l'm really grateful for new beginnings.  As most of you know, we've recently moved into our very own river cottage.  After living in our old house for almost nine years, to sell up and buy elsewhere has been a big change for all of us.
But the change is good, really good.  This house is bigger, more in-line with what we like and want.  And the one acre it sits on, is magic.  The place has something for all of us, including our animals (l'm sure the dogs think they've died and gone to heaven). 
And there's a certain energy that comes from new beginnings.  Everything is new and exciting and we've got so many ideas swimming around in our heads it's hard to know where to start. The future looks brighter, and everything seems to be bathed in glorious, golden winter sunshine. For this l am truly grateful.