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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:38:00 +0000Oh goodness, gracious me! It has been six years since I last posted on this blog. I didn't realise the time it's been six years - I can hardly believe it has been so long since I wrote on this, my first ever blog. I had the bright idea of this being my blog where I would detail my trips and holidays but somehow it didn't seem to work out that way.
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:08:00 +0000This post is more like putting my thoughts on paper so to speak (or in this case typed in a post). When I created my first blog (Melbourne Daily Photo) it was to have a blog like others I'd seen and do one on Melbourne. About the same time I thought I'd love to do one about my travels, hence "The Travelling Teapot" was born. Originally I was going to document my trips and travels and I started off with my Alice Springs trip, didn't finish it, then started on my time in the Top End (Darwin and surrounding areas). Then it sort of became blogged down (no pun intended) and I didn't post here for ages.
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Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:34:00 +0000Yellow Water Billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. There are beautiful lily-covered wetlands, floodplains, backwater swamps and river channels.
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 08:44:00 +0000Haven't really had the time to post here for a while, but here are a few of the places I've been to.
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:22:00 +0000Friday 23rd June 2006Hawana, how are you? Hawana is Tiwi for hello. This little moppet hid around the trees as we approached and peeked around and smiled shyly. His name is Bom Bom. which I was told means bottom. Tiwi Design, located on Bathurst Island, started from a small Catholic Presbytery in 1969. Two young men, Bede Tungatalum and Giovanni Tipungwuti, worked with the art teacher, Madeline Clear, to produce woodblock prints.The artists soon began to transfer their designs onto silk screens and printing textiles quickly became a major activity. Today, Tiwi Design artists provide diverse works across many mediums, including fine art sculptures and paintings. This bird was created at Tiwi Design at Nguiu on Bathurst Island and was hand carved by Mario Munkara whose artwork is fine and therefore higher priced.Another lady also wanted to purchase it. I made sure not to put it down while I contemplated buying it as it was fairly expensive. I'm glad I bought it.Mr. Munkara goes "walkabout" selects a suitable branch which he brings back to carve. On the day I visited I was fortunate as he had just returned that morning and kindly consented to pose with me. Ngaruwanajirri Arts CentreOne of the ladies who make beautiful paintings.Tiwi Art marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Nguiu+NT&sll=-37.756111,144.851829&sspn=0.012011,0.01929&ie=UTF8&ll=-11.146066,130.896606&spn=3.806859,4.938354&z=8&output=embed" width="425" frameborder="0" height="350" scrolling="no">View Larger Map[...]
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 01:22:00 +0000Playing the didgeridoo.
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:40:00 +0000Monday 19th June 2006After a late start to the day, I did a sightseeing tour with AAT Kings at 2.00PM.One of the places we visited was the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory which is located at 19 Conacher Street Bullocky Point Fannie Bay, and set in a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour.Darwin HarbourI felt privileged to see paintings by Albert Namatjira - one of Australia's great artists, and perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter. Above: "Ghost Gums" by Albert NamatjiraTowards the end of the tour, we stopped at the Botanic Gardens which has, among other things, this beautiful fountain. It gets switched off at 5.00PM and we were lucky enough to arrive in time.Fountain at George Brown Botanic GardensLocation Details - Museum & Art Gallery frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=19+Conacher+Street++Darwin+NT+0820&sll=-37.756313,144.85184&sspn=0.012249,0.019076&ie=UTF8&ll=-12.425513,130.838242&spn=0.029337,0.036478&z=14&output=embed" width="425">View Larger Map[...]
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 23:46:00 +0000Friday 23rd June 2006Our guides Teabag and John told us of Fr Francis Xavier Gsell who established an Aboriginal mission at Nguiu on Bathurst Island in 1910 and worked there until 1938. During Bishop Gsell’s time, Catholic schools were established in Darwin, on Bathurst Island (two schools: St Therese’s and Xavier Boys’ Schools), and at the Santa Teresa Mission in Central Australia.The story of Creation of the Tiwi Islands is a fascinating one. When the earth was flat and in darkness, an old blind woman, Mudungkala rose out of the ground during Palaneri time (dreaming) carrying three infants. and started going north. In her tracks, the fresh water that bubbled forth became the Dundas Strait.After travelling on, forming the Tiwi Islands and their waterways in her wake, she then said the islands were to be inhabited with animals and covered with vegetation so that her three children would have food. She moved south, leaving her children behind and disappeared.The Dundas Strain separates Melville and Bathurst Island from Mainland Australia and Nguiu is around 80 kms north of Darwin.The interior of St. Therese's Roman Catholic Church is beautifully decorated in the Tiwi design.Teabag told us the Tiwis follow the old rules - strict rules by today's standards in Australia and elsewhere.Brothers and sisters are not allowed to talk to each other after puberty. If he wanted to give his sister a book, he must leave it in a place - he indicated the hollow of a tree. A message would be sent along by several people, and then his sister would come and collect the book.Not until they were both old and grey haired could they meet and speak with each other.There are four skin groups - mullet, pandanus, sun and stone - and when a young man is looking for a wife, two of those groups are taboo. Talking to a member of the opposite sex from the wrong skin group meant a very harsh punishment - they were beaten with a long punishment stick which broke their knees and elbows. Today it is more modern - the family gets together and gives them a flogging with smaller sticks.[...]
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Sat, 18 Jul 2009 05:05:00 +0000Out in the far far way we wentAlong the dusty tracksTo where the sun beat down by dayAnd the sun slew back by nightOf an ancient land with clay red earth that white men never cameUntil the time of sailing ships that change the face of this great landA face that tweren't the same.But out there in the dusty red earth desert of the wildA dark man roamed with childer three and wife and familyThe tribe for that is what they wereLived freely off the landAnd tended it with care and loveAnd doused it with their painsOf lave and loving of this land These people dark did dwellAnd nurture it with passion trueAnd keep the land and tellTheir childer all of stories from theDreamtime land they cameA dingo calls across the plainsThe winds howl across the skies and a tree rustles its leavesAlong the road by a dimly lit wayA waterhole gently lapsThere comes a creature of the wild to drink in dissarayIts tail droops and it takes its fillOf life to slake its thirst For in this land of red clay earth and soil and gums so tallThis precious water comes to fill the hollows of the landWith billabongs and coolibahs that stand in majestyUnto a far horizon of wondrous sights to see.Australia my country!You are filled with many strange delights andThose of great beautyThe cockatoo with snowy breatsAnd parakeets so boldTheir colours like a rainbowThat dance with blue and gold.A tale to you now will I tellOf raging thunderstormsAnd lightning strikes and floodingsIn this land of contrast fellWith heavy downpourTo a dry and arid landA land so vast and huge and wideA land with desert storms. And as I looked up to the sky and saw the clouds did burstWith fervent prayer I asled for more to come to feed the earthThe lightning flashed across the skiesWith bright and silver lightAnd landed on a tall ghost gumThat set the night alightThen came the men with sacks of clothTo fight this rolling blazeA blaze so huge it rolled and spanOut of control of manAll through the nights these men of oldDid fight with all their strengthTheir might and power of less accordTo quench the mighty lengthOf bushfires burning, burning, burningThat did engulf the landAnd after it did take its tollOf foresty and floraThere are the blackened stumps,And carcasses fills the nostrilsWith burnt out auraBut then, then look! a new shoot comes forthComes forth to regenerateAnd it will grow, grow tall and strongJust like its parent grewFor fire is needed to replaceThe old ones with the new.And should you go one starry nightOut in to the far beyondRemember those who came beforeHelped make this future land so brightA land so filled with contrastOf power and beauty and might. [...]
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Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:44:00 +0000Saturday 17 September:After arriving in the Alice around noon, I did something that was on my "to do" list - went camel riding. Pyndan Camels had the best prices - so that decided me. I chose the Twilight Safari. Well not exactly chose - the other times were fully booked! As it turned out, the Twilight one was best because after the Safari was over, the camels had to be fed and we all took part.Above: ShadowsOn the safari, camels make long shadows.Above: Camel trainThe camel "train" had a maximum of 12 plus the driver. Riders are sorted according to height and weight. A young Chinese lass sat in front of me. (The heaviest sits at the back). I should perhaps point out, that since then I am no longer the heaviest having lost heaps of weight - but that's another story.:-)Above: On SafariMost of the camels had exotic sounding names. My camel, was called "B.J." Bit of a let down. Two little known facts about camels- 1. They have incredibly bad breath - yeewk! 2. The camel behind me kept on sniffing my camel's...er...rear end. Seems this is what camels do - don't ask me why, I'm not a camel.The first five minutes on the camel were incredibly scary. I was terrified I was going to fall off - silly thing for a grown adult, but there you have it. Had I been able to get off I would have done so. Fortunately I was not able to - get off that is.After the first five minutes or so, I realised that if I moved my body in time with the camel's gait I was alright. Once you do this, it is a very relaxing and soothing experience. Camels have a very awkward movement and you sway this way and that. We saw some incredible scenery and joked that if the camel driver walked off and left us, we had no idea where we were. Feeding the camels:After the Safari was over, we all helped feed the camels and handle them. There were several babies amongst them.We found them to be very gentle creatures and it was the most amazing thing being in the middle of the desert with the dying sun and the silence of the Outback. The man who owned Pyndan Camel Tracks was helped by his wife and their young son, who I think from memory was around three years old, was a delightAbove: Mother Zillion and 4 week old babyThe baby camels were very cute and the mothers are very protective. Their hair is very soft.Something hilariousWhen you first alight from your camel if you think there's no "side effects" then think again. We found that none of us could straighten our legs, and all had to stand with our feet about this far apart (indicates with arms a distance of about 85 cm) and the only way to walk was to stomp one foot at a time as though our legs were in a permanent position. Everybody was in hysterics - we all looked so ridiculous, and almost split our sides laughing. It was just such a wonderful day and so rewarding an experience.[...]
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