The Albany Adventure

Minerals of the Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil

Children of the Amazon - Peru, South America

Santiago, Chile. More images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustyuteimages/

The Albany Adventure turned 3 today!

The Albany Adventure turned 3 today!

ghost-man-blues:

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photojojo:

Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu made this digital multiple exposure of planes taking off at Hannover, an airport in Germany.
It’s one of those project ideas that takes a lot of time but pays off in the end.
Multiple Exposure of Planes Taking Off

photojojo:

Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu made this digital multiple exposure of planes taking off at Hannover, an airport in Germany.

It’s one of those project ideas that takes a lot of time but pays off in the end.

Multiple Exposure of Planes Taking Off

What is Malachite?

Malachite is a Copper carbonate - CuSO4 - often found together with Azurite - also a copper mineral but blue in colour

my name should here somewhere. wonder if they have new tables now???

my name should here somewhere. wonder if they have new tables now???

The Absence is over - back to real coffee and cake

Hello all two of my followers (me and the gold fish). I have been away from everything including my computer and my blog.  I have been in Europe.  I cruised from Budapest in Hungary to Amsterdam in The Netherlands via the Danube, Mein, Mein Canal and Rhine Rivers.  What a trip. Worth doing for the food on board alone.  More of that later.

On arrival back in Australia my casual employer asked me to relocate some campervans. We are at the height of our tourism season and the place is full of people from western Europe and elsewhere.  Initially this was a driving job from Darwin to Cairns. 2800 kms and 3 day job - fine - got back from that in time to be asked to take a vehicle to Broome - 1900 kms in the other direction (to the west).  From Broome another job to Perth - 2100 kms to the south - a quick flight to Adelaide and another vehicle from there to Darwin - 3,000 kms.  All up 10,000 kms in 9 days.  Had a bad case of white line fever on my return but an epic effort that I secretly enjoyed doing (once at least).

I last toured Europe in 1970/71 in a beat up Volkswagen 1500 beetle with a sun roof and a tent.  This trip was on $5 a day as we were poor but eager.  So some of what I experienced on this boat trip down the rivers (up in the case of the Danube) was a revisit.  We also went on to Wurzburg in Bavaria at the end of the boat trip as our son is at university there.  We used Wurzberg as a base to explore some of southern Germany and as I sat in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich in May 2010 quietly sipping a half litre of beer it was interesting to reflect that it was just short of 40 years since I sat in  the very same place in somewhat different circumstances. Life’s richness never ceases to impress.

One lasting impression of the trip is that Europeans have little idea how to make good coffee and good cake.  They are however beyond comparison when it comes to icecream, sausage and bread and I am also now a convert to sauerkraut. I will make more comment on this later and introduce you to the wonders of the soon to become famous, Missus Greenwood’s Chocolate Cake.  Stand by.