Bees and Beetles

The bees seem to be enjoying gathering pollen from our lavender bush.

These beautiful flowers on our photinia are attracting some cute little brown beetles.

Inspecting a lovely white iris, this long legged insect has an amazing set of feathery antennae.

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Lunch Box Muesli Muffins

2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ cup light olive oil
¾ cup oats
¾ cup coconut
¾ cup sultanas
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1¼ cup SR flour
½ cup milk

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs then add the sugar and olive oil and mix well.  Stir in oats, coconut, sultanas, cinnamon and lastly add the flour alternately with the milk.
Pour mixture into 12 muffin cases and bake in a moderate oven 160°c for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot.

These healthy little cakes, are quick to make and perfect to add to lunch boxes or for a snack with coffee.

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Killcare to Tallow Beach walk (Video)

Walking in Bouddi National Park from Killcare to Tallow Beach, after a bushfire had ravaged the area, was an awesome experience.
Majestic rock formations, previously partly hidden by undergrowth, are now exposed. Beautiful new growth is appearing on native plants, in protected pockets along the track.

Enjoy the music of: Slow Tango by Andrew Huang (YouTube audio library)

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2018 Spring Flower display at David Jones Sydney (Video)

The flower display at David Jones’ Sydney store is beautiful. There are wonderful displays in every window surrounding the store, and inside, the super-sized arrangements reach the ceiling. Attracting large numbers of visitors, and taking many hours to assemble, this is truly a spectacular sight.

I hope you enjoy the video while listening to the music of:
Forever Yours by Wayne Jones (YouTube audio library)

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Pagodas on Bullimah Beach (Video)

Walking on the boardwalk and around the cliff path from Putty Beach to Bullimah Beach, we were pleasantly surprised to find many stone pagodas. Made from stacked rocks, the pagodas made an amazing sight. Beautiful expanses of tessellated pavement and wonderful rock formations, as well as a cave hidden under overhanging rocks, made the 700m walk worthwhile.

Putty beach is located in Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast of NSW.

Enjoy the video while listening to the music of: Entire by Quincas Moreira (YouTube audio library)

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The Pool Garden (Video)

The Chinese star jasmine which is planted beside the swimming pool, frames our Buddha statue. Ornamental ducks add movement as the wind blows and surprisingly, the ducks always seem to be in a little group. Bamboo panels erected to mask the fence, make a nice backdrop and add a calming effect. The plants we selected include – blueberry ash, photinia, murraya, polygala, strelitzia, bromiliads and rosemary.

Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of: Wishful Thinking by Dan Lebowitz (YouTube audio library)

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St Alban’s Road Ramp on the Old Great North Road (Video)

The St Alban’s Road Ramp is situated a few kilometers north of the Mogo campground, in the Yengo National Park. The campground is a good base for exploring part of the convict-built road ramp (featured in this video) on the Old Great North Road, which once linked Sydney to the fertile Hunter Valley.

Enjoy this video while listening to the music of: Campfire Song by Chris Haugen (YouTube audio library)

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Toowoon Bay beach walk (Video)

Toowoon Bay is a picturesque, horseshoe shaped and protected beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
Walking from Toowoon Bay to Shelly Beach, you pass beautiful sandy beaches and amazing tessellated pavement.

Enjoy watching this video of pristine beaches as you listen to the music of Lazy River Rag by Dan Lebowitz (YouTube audio library)

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