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Taking Time Out

After spending the last four years as a Trainer/Assessor, my voice has finally gone from a sexy growl to a downright rasp. Time then to take stock at what is important in the work/life balance and so have decided to tip the scales more in favour of the life scale. To that end, I have taken a few months off to rejuvenate and headed south to a little village on the NSW South Coast. I am house sitting for a relative who is away for a bit so it has worked out nicely.

Now I would tell you the name of the village but no one here is keen to see the crowds that exposure would bring. Suffice to say, it is a sleepy little village that somehow managed to survive the fires that ravaged this part of the coast earlier this summer. Surrounded by burned out National Parks, this village is nestled in a small oasis of bush where the native fauna and flora can recuperate peacefully as they rebuild their numbers. The fire ground is starting to show signs of life although there are many places where there seems to be little green showing through.

Waking early when there is little that needs urgent attention seems so much easier and, to make the most of the day, the lake calls for a spot of fishing. The choice here is to fish the shore, paddle the kayak about or perhaps take a surf caster to the ocean to try for a tailor or two.

The easy option is always fishing the lake shore where this morning it yielded two nice flathead; not big, but big enough for the pan.

Now it doesn’t come much fresher than hooked at 0730, on the barbecue at 0830, and eaten before 0900.

And so it would seem that the work balance is fading fast as an appealing option for this traveller. Maybe it is time to get serious about seeing what there is in this world. Please leave me a “Like” as that is what it takes to get a blog like this off the ground. Would love to hear comments you may have about your travel experiences.

Cairns…. A Working Visit

Saturday morning in Cairns and I am sitting in a café right on the esplanade drinking my second Cappuccino of the day. The weather is warm however, a gentle breeze is keeping the sultriness of humidity at bay. The coffee and Small Breakfast are delicious at Muddy’s Cafe and I highly recommend it as an eatery in your next stay in Cairns  

This is a relaxing day after a week doing that other job, which keeps me from my wanna be work and lifestyle.  It was pleasant not to wake to an alarm, although I did miss the breakfast cutoff at the Ridges Hotel where my company has put me up.  One should never complain but someone has to do the hard yards.  This is not my first visit to Cairns for work and, I hope, not the last. I have still to find time to visit the reef which Cairns is one of the jump off places.  Ah….. maybe next weekend..

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Around me there are a mix of folk from families, with their boisterous children, to a couple clearly on honeymoon, oblivious to the world around them.  The usual gatherings for silver gulls and pigeons, waiting ever patiently for a scrap of food compliment the scene. The gulls skulk on the outskirts of the crowd as if they know the distain common folk hold for them.

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The pigeons on the other hand are oblivious and happily wander through the crowds seeking out crumbs or even landing on the tables and chairs to get a first pick should an unwary diner look away from the plate.

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Today, with the temperature in the 30’s, shorts and light clothing are the norm although there are still a few who are in jeans or tights. I am one of the jeans brigade as I discovered a shop at the night markets selling jeans made of Bamboo cloth.  The sales pitch is that the cloth is cool and wicks moisture away from the skin.  Today is the test of such claims and so far they appear to be right on the mark.  Although it is warm, I am not feeling as hot as I am sure I would have been in cotton. 

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Enjoying a cappuccino and needed a photo to capture the moment. At the table next to sat an old guy, well, a day or two older than me, who said he would do his best. Thank you, Italo, for your valiant effort. Hard to do with such a rough subject but I think you nailed it

 

I found these at the Cairns Bamboo Boutique at the Night markets, where the staff were super friendly and helpful.  They also share a stand selling oilskin bags and products along with hats and belts made from Australian products.

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I don’t claim credit for this photo but thank you to the person that put it on the internet

The beauty of Bamboo in the current world is that it grows quickly and without a high water demand. For those of who are eco-conscious, this is a product worth supporting.  On the face of it you would not see anything different to cotton, however, time will tell as to longevity.  As always though, I am prepared to give it a try.  My thoughts so far on this , now very warm day are well on the positive.

What are your thoughts on this emerging product? Is it something you would use or are you a diehard cotton fan?

 

The Three Apostles

Apostle Birds

Another photo from yester-year. These Apostle Birds are known by many different names around Australia. Most of these names seem to relate to fast food: Hungry Jacks, MacDonald Ducks, Kentucky Fried Choughs, among others. They are a very socialble bird with gatherings of up to 100 birds during the winter although they stay in much smaller groups of around 10 during the breeding season.

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