Irregular Posts; Home AgainHomeAgain, Jiggiddty Jig‏

Saturday March 8, 2014 G’Day,      “Up before dawn?  Still lagged or getting ready for DaylightSavingsTime?”      “Both.  I was trying to postpone starting the income taxes but dreams of numbers woke me up…” I have been downloading my images; there were about 1600 on my cards.  (Meg hasn’t downloaded hers yet.)  It looks like I have some work to do.  Besides taxes, I must finish a digital slide show that is to be presented on Wednesday the 26th at AMC’s Pinkham Notch Center in NH.  It is “French Vacation on the Atlantic Coast” and part of their winter International Dinner series.  I have an exhibition at Andover’s Punchard Center that must be be created to hang at end of April, and another one for a hanging in Lynn at Union Hospital for June.  I must replace some at my studio pieces for First Saturday April.  I wonder if I have enough frames??  Hhmmn, I guess I don’t have time to sit and watch early morning EPL games from England.      “So tell me about vanning.”      “OK.  It was almost like the car camping that we did back in the 70s and 80s.” The difference is that you are not on the ground, and the “kitchenette” is inside of the van, and it was manual shifting on the “wrong”side. NZ, and to a lesser degree, Tasmania have a well developed infrastructure of Holiday Parks. (Their hostels are quite good also.)   The holiday parks are like RV Parks but vehicles are smaller than in US.  Gas is about $8 a gallon and roads are narrower...

Irregular Posts; Hong Kong

Monday March 3, 2014 Wai, “Never saw the sun?” “Nope. For five days, it was always a low cloud cover that obscured Victoria Peak and the tops of buildings more than 50 stories tall.” A couple of days the early morning sun light the sides of buildings that projected above the others. A promise not kept; a suggestion not fulfilled. The grey cloud cap reigned and occasionally drizzled on us all. HK was about walking, shopping and eating. We landed in HK from Kuala Lumpur on the aforementioned budget AsiaAir. Alice had arrived by train from Guangzhou to meet us at the airport. Since it was lunch AND budget Asia and did not serve food, we ate a dimsum in the airport. The Crystal Jade had wonderful XiaoLongBao, a shanghai dumpling with pork soup broth INSIDE with the solid pork filling. When you bite it, the warm and savory juice explodes in your mouth…be ready or it will ooze out and dribble down your chin and you will miss wonder-fullness. Hong Kong is just as growing as it was when we were here in 2006. The crane is the City Bird. We were at the Hyatt Regency in Kowloon with David and Alice. During the day Friday and Monday, David had to work, so Alice, Meg, and I walked the city of Hong Kong,; her former neighborhood and a small Nanjing style restaurant for dim sum lunch. On Friday we logged about 5 hours of city viewing-walking with rides on the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Central HK.   We meet David at 6P to get ready for dinner....

Irregular Posts; 7th Continent

>>>Wednesday February 26 – Melbourne Airport from Meg Holmes Sitting at the Melbourne airport waiting to check-in for a very late night flight. AirAsia doesn’t open for check-in until just 3 hours before departure. Yes, AirAsia is an airline! This morning was cloudy and showery so we decided to spend the day in the city rather than venture into the Yarra valley to explore wine country. We checked out of the hostel, but paid 7 dollars to leave our car in their carpark for the day. We made our way to the State Library where a Free Walking Tour started at 10:30am. About 36 people of all ages showed up, which made guide Charlotte, very happy. Charlotte led us on a very informative 3 hour walk. She filled in lots of local history and commentary and provided lots of suggestions of things to do and places to eat. We retraced a lot of yesterday’s meanderings, but Charlotte added better understanding for what we saw. We learned about Ned Kelly, the founders of Melbourne, Batman, and more. Batman was not the comic strip hero but one of the founders of the city. Also learned about William Buckley- a convict everyone thought was dead, but who actually escaped to live for 30 years with the aboriginal peoples. After the tour, we took a tapas break at Movida. Pricey tapas but really good – morcilla croqueta with apple; quail eggs with lemon crumbs; fig paste wrapped around goat cheese, and sardines with pickled vegetables. Revived, we crossed over to the art galleries at Federation Square. Then we hopped the city trolley back...

Irregular Posts; Great Ocean Road and Melbourne

Tuesday PM Feb 25, 2014 G’Day,      “12 Apostles? You saw The Twelve Apostles?”      “Saw them twice; once as silhouettes after 6 PM and once in the early morning sun before 9A.”  When these sea stacks were discovered by explorers, they were called “Pig and Piglets”.  Later they were given a more distinguished name.  The coast where they are found runs east-west.  So the good sun light is late afternoon and early morning.  There are a few viewing sites and they attract hundreds of people, especially during the 10-5 touring time.      We arrived in the Port Campbell area around 1P and decided to gain accommodation and food before shooting.  We found space in a hostel and late lunch in a local spot.  The town has 400 permanent population but in season it can by a couple of thousand.  Being Monday, there were not thousands in town.      Silhouettes of the Apostles in the late afternoon were interesting but were not “post card” images.  We returned to the Gibson Steps site before 8A and found ourselves alone on the beach with a couple of gulls and great light on the golden/yellow stacks.  The sky and sea were great blues and whites. We shot for an hour before other visitors arrived. We left Gibson and went to the main viewing site with its walkways along the high sheer cliff edges. Not many others were present yet.  Because the light had become less yellow I shot manual and under exposed by a half stop to “recreate” the missing yellows on the stacks.  The polarizer wasn’t very effective since...

Irregular Posts; The Great Ocean Road, Australia w/ Meg

Sunday PM Feb 23, 2014 G’Day,  “Port Campbell not Port Arthur?” “Yuppp!.  Been on the Great Road in Australia, west of Melbourne, for a couple of days.”  We turned the fourth of our two rented camper vans in with no further trouble.  Now I drive a tiny Hyundai sedan with automatic not manual shift!! >>>Let me insert a MegPost about Port Campbell February 23 2014- Port Campbell by Meg Holmes   The Taijistoryteller’s Way has been along the Great Ocean Road since we arrived in Melbourne Australia on Friday Feb 21.   Our stay in Tasmania ended on pleasant notes. We had wandered down the Tamar River Valley, stopping to taste wine at Holm Oak – just one winery out of the possible 20! After spending the night at a caravan park in Longford, we headed down the middle highway to the Tasman Peninsula. But wait, what’s that on the map? Andover. Of course, we had to detour to visit Andover Tasmania – in the rolling farm hills and apparently a community of 3 farmsteads and a railroad crossing. The Tasman Peninsula was quite beautiful surrounded by the Tasman Sea and southern ocean. Our first stop was the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Just in time to feed the kangaroos — yes I fed the wallabies and padmelons as I was literally mobbed by the roos. But no handfeeding the Devils, as they are voracious carnivores with sharp teeth. We watched their feeding from the other side of their area. Have you ever seen a frogmouth? I got to hold one and eye it face to face. This park was informative...