Still learning…but this is me. Love physical exercise like yoga 🧘🏼♀️ pilates or balance 🤸🏼♂️plus a bit of pump 🏋🏼♀️ but also happy to just walk 🚶♀️ I believe we’ve lost our way when it comes to food & am a proponent of J.E.R.F. Just Eat Real Food & very little processed or packaged food. Love my garden, especially when I grow my own produce. Not very good at it, but that’s ok. At 71 life is pretty damned good, healthier than I was 30yrs ago & intend to stay that way for as long as I can. Wiradjuri country.
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So partner has gone to do some shopping. I am too tired to go anywhere, and I was going to go back to bed, but a pedestrian, shifty AF, turned up in the street and started doing odd things, standing in the rain, and Wonderdog did her full big girl bark,standing on her back legs, and roaring at him - she is a good judge of character, and now I am all edgy again.
Adopt, or... steal? (The more traditional approach.)
BTW, we had hokey-pokey ice cream in Western Australia when I was a kid.
Ten things Australians should adopt from New Zealand
I went up a very steep mountain dangling from a steel cable. The views were incredible and these pictures do not do them justice
the view to the north, towards Thailand from the top of Langkawi SkyCab. A series of forested ridges framed by hazy ocean with a hilly island in the distance
Looking down at the SkyBridge, a steel walkway hung between two peaks
a weird-looking monkey sitting on a post next to a souvenir shop
G’day tooting friends. I feel like I’ve hardly been online today - maybe because I haven’t 😁. Vinnies day today but didn’t last more than a couple of hours before I started to feel my back, still got a few things done that needed doing.
I had a phone call from a friend today. She asked if I wanted to help her clean a house for a friend of hers who is selling it, cash in hand. She’s now not very happy with me for saying I didn’t want to! Part of my reasoning is cleaning a whole house for sale is damned hard work & I considered my back & my leg & the fact I really don’t care about money even though yes - it would be nice. It takes me twice as long to clean my own place nowadays. She doesn’t seem to understand & thinks I should want to do it anyway 🤷🏼♀️.
Apart from that little issue - I’ve quite enjoyed my day. #Thursday #Vinnies
Such a long day’s travel yesterday, winding up with a family dinner, when all I wanted was to unpack, shower & go to bed. Managed to excuse myself from the conversation to do just that. Yay me! @actuallyautistic
A cow peeking through trees and underbrush at the edge of a field.
A lush garden with blooming flowers in raised beds, a green watering can, and a small blue shed with a heart-shaped cutout in the door. Trees and shrubbery in the background under a cloudy sky.
Our herb garden is flourishing. We have mint (lots), rosemary, sage (two sorts), oregano, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lavender (three types), tarragon and thyme. We've added some succulents as companion plants.
This week my wife is trimming and drying herbs and our kitchen smells wonderful 🙂
More stories about beaches and food
I got a little taken with the dining on the beach at sunset concept when I arrived here. It is bloody special but it's also probably not where the best, and certainly not the best value, food is. Surprisingly, the prices here don't vary much/at all between on the beach and on the main road, certainly for food and massages, though they do for rooms, of course.
I was also a bit spoiled with my first sunset dinner - a fabulous red duck curry which has been the dining highlight of the trip so far.
I liked it so much I went back the next night and had fried pork belly (tiny bit dry but very yummy) and a creamy Tom Kha Gai, which needed a bit more (some!) chilli but still lovely.
The next night, having found some pedals to hire, I went on a little adventure to another beachside restaurant at the next beach for a decent (not spicy enough) pork larb, and...
blue tablecloth with a plate of rice, a plate of fried pork belly, a glass and a bottle of soda water
that blue tablecloth again, this time with a bowl of creamy Tom Kha Gai (coconut) soup and the same glass and bottle of soda water
a red tablecloth and a plate of pork larb (minced pork salad) with some styled cucumber slices
Guess where I'm not dining tonight?
OK so I went on a great Adelaide street art tour (see below, recommended) - and it didn't stop raining for a moment! We did a lot of huddling beneath eaves while looking at art. This weather can f*ck right off.
Yesterday I went to Cradle Mountain (where I saw a baby wombat) and noticed a plant on the Dove Lake track that I didn't know. Turns out it is a Green Mountainlily, a plant endemic to Tasmania that has only one close relative species which grows on New Caledonia.
It is an ancient species, dating back 120 million years and is easy to miss as it doesn't look anything special.
They don't seem to realise what they're saying.
My name is Senator Michaelia Cash. I earn a six figure salary from the Australian public. I'm opposed to workers (that's those that do the actual work in the nation instead of talking all day) receiving an $804 tax cut. #auspol
Today I moved on to Phuket Old Town, which is very photogenic, if a little overrun by tourists at this time of year
a two storey corner building painted a garish bluey-green colour which might be turquoise
a two storey terrace building painted an almost fluorescent greeny-yellow
a section of a four storey building painted black with vines running over its balconies with many ferms and other green plants on the ground floor
Yes I'm at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, about to head off on a proper shiny streamlined long-distance train to Adelaide (and from there by train to Perth).
As always, I'll be writing posts about my trip exclusively for my patrons at Patreon... feel free to join at https://www.patreon.com/timrichards
Melbourne Mastodon Meetup!
On: Thursday 18 January, from 6pm
At: The Quiet Man pub, 271 Racecourse Road, Kensington
PT: Newmarket Station or Tram 57 (Stop 24).
We can meet for a drink in the front bar, and there'll be a table booked in the dining room from 6.30pm. (Find menu etc here: https://www.thequietman.com.au/)
If you can definitely make it, could you let me know by replying below? Then I can get the numbers right when booking the table.
See you there! (Please boost for reach)