Unlike the wet countries that most of my blogging mates live in, Australia is not really known for its lakes. Unless you live in Tasmania or in the outback after a flood. A large percentage of lakes in Australia are really man made (thanks Joanne) reservoirs. Here is a small selection.


Some beautiful environments in Victoria

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Five Mile Beach, Wilson’s Promonontory

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The Bluff


Cape Conron

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The Avon Wilderness

Spice of life

I love Thailand. I love their version of spicy food. While in Chiang Mai, I went for a wander through a local market when I came across this amazing sight.

These colourful curries oozed beautiful spicy odours. 30b for small serve. 60 b for a large. I had already eaten so I did not indulge, but I wish I had. See more spicy ideas here.

Later on, at this market, I noticed loud music playing. Then all of a sudden the music became more formal and everybody was motionless, except for us farang. We joined them for the remaining 45 seconds, then continued with exploration.


I dig faces, but they always see the camera and get all shy …or… pose 😦 or to be honest, I’m not patient or quick enough. Added for Ailsa’s Faces.    Chiang MaiThailandThai hill tribe girl

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Bangkokfaces 6

On the train to the “Bridge over the River Kwai”faces 2

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Grand Palace, Bangkokfaces 7

This baby elephant’s name was James Bondelephant face

Collecting lotus flowers at the Emperor’s tomb in Hue.faces 8

Trip to South Gippsland Part II

As outlined in the Part I, Jo and I had some time to kill on Sunday morning before the 60th birthday party we were attending in Foster. Jo really wanted put her feet in the sea so we headed over to Walkerville. The road between Foster and Walkerville travels along a lush green ridge overlooking corner inlet and Wilson’s Promontory. It was a cool sunny, light wind day. Being October, the sun was quite hot; certainly a hat and sunnies day. As the wind was a south-easterly and light, a heavy sea-mist was shrouding the prom and the inlet. I imagine the view from this ridge would have been spectacular on any other day. We had a quick look at Fish Creek, quickly deciding we would drop back here on the way back from Walkerville. Further on, we noticed a ridge full of wind turbines on the horizon. If my memory serves me well, I think these were the ones that were constructed after a long battle with those who thought that the blades would inhibit the recovery of the endangered orange bellied parrot (OBP). Since the towers were built, there have not been many reports of affected OBPs. The roadside was scattered with many white flowers. These were tea-trees or Leptospermum.tea tree walkerville

We arrived at Walkerville at an expansive deserted beach.walkerville beachJo rushed down to the water and put feet in, albeit briefly, as Bass Strait is often cold. walkerville sand 1

I could spend more time here but this small sojourn was finewalkerville rockpoolhole in a rock walkervilleOur visit to Fish Creek – next