Wooragee School

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These two handsome lads go to wooragee school. 

Living in Wodonga their parents had many options when it came to choosing a primary school. 

Wooragee came out on top. A small rural school, only two classrooms, much like the Chocolyn  Primary that I went too.  

Wooragee School has a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden Centre. 

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Every Thursday all the students are involved in the schools vegie patch and preparing a meal for themselves. 

It is a brilliant program. Not only does it teach the students about where there food comes from, they grow herbs, fruit and vegetables. They learn food prep skills, hygeine, table presentation, cooking and cleaning.  

I was thrilled to see Stephanie Alexander and her school program as part of Gardening Australia this week. 

Three cheers for Stephanie Alexander. 

 

 In the 'back paddock'    

In the 'back paddock' 

 

The school even has its own 'back paddock' Nature Reserve. A beautiful piece of land with a small stream and large enough to have an outdoor classroom and fire pit for evening sessions learning about the night sky and nocturnal animals.  

Challenge letter Z

Tick!! 

Paul's challenge was simply ' get home safely and in one piece'.  

Done.  

Part two of the challenge story was that when I got home he would cook a deep fried camembert dinner for me.  

Done.  

Debora and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner. My spring rolls with homemade date and tamarind dipping sauce. Paul's deep fried camembert with his homemade chili plum sauce and Deboras crunchy wild greens salad. Superbe!!! 

 

 Yep! That was certainly worth coming home for!!! 

Yep! That was certainly worth coming home for!!! 

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Radio interview number two

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Just across the road from this auspicious mosque in Brunei, is the funky Progresif radio station. 

Earlier in the year on my way to the UK to pick up my motorcycle, I was interviewed by the station.

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Six months later, I'm back in Brunei and doing a second interview with the station. The presenter this time was the eloquent and articulate Nick. Harri was part of the interview too. 

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My Brunei friend, Nora came along to support me in the interview. This photo is of her infront of an embroidery of the Taj Mahal.. Today Nora and her husband are travelling to India to view this spectacular piece of architecture. Bon voyage.  

A walk in the park

Brunei has Some beautiful parks. One of them is in the middle of the city, we decided to go for a walk, hot and humid as it was. All natural vegetation, ie jungle. 

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 Ouch! These pebble walks are to be walked barefoot. It's like a reflexology treatment. 

Ouch! These pebble walks are to be walked barefoot. It's like a reflexology treatment. 

 Ouch, ouch.  

Ouch, ouch.  

 Nora and I after the walk, having a fresh coconut juice. 

Nora and I after the walk, having a fresh coconut juice. 

 Aji at the waterfall. 

Aji at the waterfall. 

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 from the waterfall we walked up to the reservoir where it was much cooler. 

from the waterfall we walked up to the reservoir where it was much cooler. 

Skin Diving to 4m

My snorkelling day was shared with four beginner scuba divers and their instructors. During our lunch break we were in four meters of calm water and one of the instructors came to the surface announcing he'd just touched the bottom without his air tank. So the challenge was thrown out there and we all had a go. My first attempt was close but not close enough. My ears hurt. They showed me how to equalise and then I had a second attempt. Yep. I touched the bottom. Pretty excited about that. flippers allowed but no bouancy vest. 

 One of the dive instructors heading for the bottom.  

One of the dive instructors heading for the bottom.  

 and on the way up again. 

and on the way up again. 

 My turn to try to reach the bottom, with flippers.  

My turn to try to reach the bottom, with flippers.  

 yep. Winners are grinners 

yep. Winners are grinners 

 The sea floor.  

The sea floor.  

Watching cormorants, part two.

Pelong Rocks, off the north coast of Brunei is protected as a wildlife santuary.  No one is allowed to visit to walk on the island as it's home to a pair of rare white kingfishers. Snorkelling around the island is however permitted. 

Pelong rocks is also home to a 500 year old legend, where there was a cockfight between roosters belonging to The Sultans family and the Chinese. Both roosters died at the end of their fight, the winner died and fell into the sea forming Pelong Rocks.  

While snorkelling today I found this pair of cormorant.  

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 And then there was one  

And then there was one  

 Back together again.  

Back together again.  

We're off to the farmers market

 Nora and I are off to the market with Aji, her husband. 

Nora and I are off to the market with Aji, her husband. 

 Not by boat, but by car 

Not by boat, but by car 

 Plenty of green veggies for me. 

Plenty of green veggies for me. 

 And a great assortment of chillies 

And a great assortment of chillies 

 such a colourful market

such a colourful market

 I've forgotten what these are called, but boiled up they have a very nutty flavour. 

I've forgotten what these are called, but boiled up they have a very nutty flavour. 

 Fresh ginger

Fresh ginger

 This poor little fellow was looking for his mumma  

This poor little fellow was looking for his mumma  

 we then went home and had an amazing lunch with all our fresh veggies and some durian. Smelly stuff and not quite my favourite of all the new foods I sampled. 

we then went home and had an amazing lunch with all our fresh veggies and some durian. Smelly stuff and not quite my favourite of all the new foods I sampled. 

Improving your brain function with labyrinths

Most of you will know I've had a fascination with labyrinths for quite some time.  

After visiting the 13 ring labyrinth on the floor of the Cathedral at Chartres in 2003 I decided to build one onto the garden at 5 Cooper Street. That didn't quite get finished but I'm not finished with labyrinths yet. 

 the National Geographic photo of Cres Island stone labyrinth. 

the National Geographic photo of Cres Island stone labyrinth. 

Next year I will travel back to Croatia to visit the labyrinths on Cres Island.  I didn't know they existed until I bought a beautiful National Geographic photobook, "Croatia from Above",and dang! There is a photo of a stone labyrinth. It was too late to head back to northern Croatia so I decided I'll just have to go back in 2019 and make sure I have more time to have a proper visit to Cres Island. 

 Just one of the 270 labyrinths on the London Underground.

Just one of the 270 labyrinths on the London Underground.

A few years ago the London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary  As part of the celebration 270 different labyrinths were placed in the stations. They are beautiful in their simplicity and large enough for you to run one with your finger. great stuff, I love it❣️

 

Whether you are running a labyrinth with your finger or actually walking one, you can use the experience in many ways. One way is to be thinking of your problem as you walk in, ponder in the centre until you have that light bulb moment and then use the time walking out to explore how you might achieve your solutions.

Just the mere action of turning left and right and doubling back on yourself opens up neural pathways and this then improves your memory and problem solving abilities. That's got to be a good thing doesn't it? 

 

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There are several labyrinths in Victoria that I've walked, near the Dandenong and near Violet Town and a beautiful big one in Launceston at the back of one of the Churches.  

And one day I may even finish the portable fabric one that I have started. I have stored it in the garage at Sulphur Creek!! 

 This labyrinth pattern is one of the Nazca lines in Peru.

This labyrinth pattern is one of the Nazca lines in Peru.

Royal Enfield in London.

And it was a given that I would track down a Royal Enfield dealer in London. 

 And I bought myself a nice cardi!!! 

And I bought myself a nice cardi!!! 

 The RE Concept Store  

The RE Concept Store  

 Awh, and look at the bike in the middle. It's actually a model later than mine and like all Himalayans in Europe has fuel Injection and no carbies or choke. It also has an upgraded magneto. 

Awh, and look at the bike in the middle. It's actually a model later than mine and like all Himalayans in Europe has fuel Injection and no carbies or choke. It also has an upgraded magneto. 

 A great display of old RE ads and news articles on the wall. I certainly enjoyed my visit.  

A great display of old RE ads and news articles on the wall. I certainly enjoyed my visit.  

Ace!!

Every motorcyclist worth his/Her salt must visit the Ace Cafe whilst visiting London?

This iconic cafe first opened in 1938 and soon became a favourite hangout for morocyclists. Very popular with the Ton Up Boys in the 1950's and the Rockers in the 1960's. Rock'n'Roll Bands often played there. Today motorcyclists come from all over the world, the walls are lined with newspaper cuttings from the 50's and 60's documenting the Mods and Rockers cafuffles. Live music is still a feature as are theme nights, special guests and it's often a film and tv show location. Charlie and Ewen started there're Long Way Round here, Top Gear often use the cafe. And now one of my stickers adorn their walls. 

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 It's an easy cafe to find as there are motorcycle cut outs on walls and fences all around the area, pointing towards the cafe. I really don't know why/how Diego found it so difficult to get there. (Refer HU Italy story)

It's an easy cafe to find as there are motorcycle cut outs on walls and fences all around the area, pointing towards the cafe. I really don't know why/how Diego found it so difficult to get there. (Refer HU Italy story)

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And now I'm off on foot!

well really, it's trains, planes and automobiles with the odd ferry and fishing boat ride thrown in for good measure.

 

 It felt a bit strange this morning, no helmet, jacket and boots. Just a back pack and sandals!!

It felt a bit strange this morning, no helmet, jacket and boots. Just a back pack and sandals!!

 Liverpool Sttreet Station

Liverpool Sttreet Station

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 Paddington at 6 am 

Paddington at 6 am 

 I'm no soccer fan but I did get enthusiastic about Croatia in the World Cup. To me, they won it!! And the Airline is very proud of their efforts. 

I'm no soccer fan but I did get enthusiastic about Croatia in the World Cup. To me, they won it!! And the Airline is very proud of their efforts. 

 and boats!!

and boats!!