Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee – Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer Lovin’

Dear Friends,

I often share with you beautiful places I’ve been to combined with some exotic food or exquisite dessert I’ve been eating. So you might be surprised to learn that there’s something I really enjoy…and that’s camping in the summer. Camping means simple food that tastes great. Here’s my favourite – a steaming cup of freshly made coffee and a sweet and sticky finger bun topped with delicious coconut icing.

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I love Summer and I love iced buns!

Yum!

Justin.

 

Thorn Tree In The Garden

Dear Friends,

When I think of cactus, this type usually comes to mind. It’s like the ones you see in the desert.

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Now look at these thorny barrel cacti I found at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Who would have thought they grew in such amazing shapes?

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This snake cactus gave me the creeps – I kept imagining it was about to wrap itself around me. I felt very uncomfortable.

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Then I noticed this fellow. He wasn’t looking comfortable either.

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I wonder if he sat on a prickle!

Justin.

Outside Inside – Weekly Photo Challenge – Container

Dear Friends,

Judging by the labels on the outside of these  containers, the contents might be a little unusual and you would be forgiven for thinking that New Zealanders make some very strange choices when it comes to food.

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But have a look inside and you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.

Don’t judge these containers by their covers!

Justin.

The Heat Is On

Dear Friends,

Strange things have been happening in Kuirau Park in the centre of Rotorua.

First I saw this sign.

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What’s so dangerous about thermals?

I wear my thermal underwear all the time in winter!

Then I noticed steam rising from the water of this lake.

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The water looked so inviting, like a giant hot tub. It was crystal clear but it smelled quite strange.

Next I came across these bubbling pools of mud.

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I’ve heard of people having mud baths in Rotorua, but I hope it wasn’t here.

It was like the earth was about to boil over.

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Then I remembered: Rotorua sits on top of an ancient volcano.

I hope it doesn’t blow its top any time soon.

Justin.

Giants – Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

Dear Friends,

I met a giant this week at Mammoth Cave, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

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Zygomaturus trilobus is just one of the Megafauna who lived in this place long ago.

P1050949He was a friendly creature and very sprightly for his age.

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I wouldn’t like to run into him on a dark night though.

Justin.

Sweet About Me

Dear Friends,

My trusty Pocket Oxford Dictionary defines the meaning of the word ‘remarkable’ as exceptional or worth noting.

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From the outside, The Remarkable Sweet Shop in Arrowtown didn’t look all that exceptional, but once inside I was overwhelmed by the amazing selection of sweet treats.

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There was fudge, in flavours from passionfruit to hokey pokey – fabulous.

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I couldn’t decide which chocolate-coated creation I liked best.

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And the lollies! I was simply lost for words.

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In the end I needed help to make a choice, because I just couldn’t carry one of everything.

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 Believe me, I tried!

Justin.

Weird Science

Dear Friends,

One of my favourite places in Brisbane is the boardwalk along the river from Southbank to the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery precinct. Every time I go there I see some of the local wildlife.

Have you ever seen a spoon-snake? This one was in the garden near the Queensland Art Gallery Café. While spoon-snakes are extremely rare and elusive, they are also quite tame.

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I didn’t go close enough to this lizard to find out if he was tame. He looked very fierce and I didn’t want to interrupt him while he was perfecting his camouflage skills.

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My favourite creature is this giant silver cicada. He lives on Melbourne Street between the Museum and the Performing Arts Centre. His wings glisten like rainbows and he sings beautifully.

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The most unusual creature I’ve seen in Brisbane was this…

well, I’m not entirely sure what he was.

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Does anyone know?

Justin.

Hound Dog – Weekly Photo Challenge – Contrast

Dear Friends,

Meet my new friend Lulu!

She’s a Great Dane and when I say great I mean great.

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She’s huge!

Her owner decided she should keep a tight hold on me just in case Lulu felt peckish. One snap of those mighty jaws and one small beaver would be gone in a flash.

It’s a dog’s life.

Justin.

Animal Magic

Dear Friends,

At Noosa National Park there is a great walking track which follows the coast up the cliffs to the lookout. Along the way is a stand of eucalypt trees where there are some furry inhabitants. When I arrived there were several people peering upwards, but I couldn’t see anything at first. Like everyone else I kept looking and it was only when he moved that we finally saw him:

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What’s in the tree?

Can you spot him?

All I can see

is a koala’s bottom.

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He’s quiet and sleepy,

perched up high.

I’d like to see more

of this small furry guy.

He’s handsome and loveable,

and cute as can be.

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I know who!

It’s me!

Justin.

Between You and Me – Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

Dear Friends,

You will know from past stories that birds and I don’t always get on and I’ve had some scary moments with feathered creatures.

But when I sat between these birds I felt right at home.

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We seemed to have lots in common.

Justin.

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