18 December 2011

THE DIGITAL STORY OF NATIVITY - ( or Christmas 2.0 )

Merry Christmas Blogger friends with a little fun!

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02 December 2011

Our Baby Surprise

Sonya, Bernie and Fox are back in OK Magazine. After another succesful 'Beauty and the Geek Australia Series,  OK Magazine foundout that Sonya is pregnant with their second child.

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13 November 2011

Depth of Field

Tomorrow morning we meet again with the U3A Camera Club. We're discussing the subject of Depth of Field especially when taking shots of flowers. I tried some, not with flowers, but with a frog.

No Photoshop at all.

03 November 2011

Pichi Richi Railway "The Afghan Express"

In Port Augusta S.A. recently, we jumped onto the Afghan Express to Quorn and back. It's a historic Steam Train trip, most enjoyable. I made a little video of the trip:

I love steam trains. This coming Sunday we are taking another steam train ride from Brisbane Roma Street station to an unknown destination but end up back at Roma Street.

30 October 2011

Swiss Cookies "Brätzelis"

We visited our friends Ben and Lyn on the Gold Coast today. Ben showed me a present he received from his sister in Switzerland. It's a 'Brätzelieisen', an electric heat press used by the Swiss to make these delicious little cookies, ususally around Christmas, but hey, we decided to try it out, so while Diane and Lyn were busy on the computer, Ben and I went to work in the kitchen.

First we mixed all the ingredients in a bowl:-

 Then we split the work. I rolled the dough into little balls and Ben placed them onto the hot forms in the machine, four at a time.

Then we reversed roles and I took a turn baking the cookies.

After a few minutes, they turn golden brown. The smell in the kitchen was very pleasant. Some of the Brätzelis we left to cool on a rolling pin which gives them a nice curve.

We were very proud of our first attempt to make some of these delicious cookies.

I don't think they'll last until Christmas

25 October 2011

Kalgoorlie Gold

On our recent trip to Western Australia, we visited the Gold Mining town of Kalgoorlie where we visited the Gold Mine Museum. There we descended down the mine shaft into the depth of the earth to see how the miners used to have to crawl through the many tunels looking for gold seams.

After we surfaced again, we were taken into the gold toom where an employee cast a genuine gold bar. Unfortunately we couldn't keep it.

Here's a little video of the experience...

14 October 2011

Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney

Today, Carol was taking us to the Sydney Botanical Gardens on a cool and overcast day. We had lunch in the Botanical Gardens Restaurant. 
The original 19th Century building facade is paired with sleek modern interiors, making Botanic Gardens Restaurant a beautiful location for lunch.

After lunch we took a tour of the Gothic Revival Government House, also located in the grounds.

13 October 2011

A Lunch Outing with Family

It's good to be in Sydney with Carol-Ann and David. To mark the occasion, the four of us went to Watsons Bay to the famous Doyle Seafood Restaurant for lunch.

At Doyle's Seafood Restaurant looking over Sydney Harbour

(left to right) Carol-Ann, Diane, Bill, David at Doyles

12 October 2011

Back in Sydney

Back in Sydney, we are staying with our daughter carol-Ann and son in law David for a few days before we fly back to Brisbane on Sunday.

Back in Sydney staying with Carol and David.

11 October 2011

The Indian Pacific Train

Another thing we have on the Bucket List is the Indian Pacific Train. This train travels between Perth and Sydney. A little too long for us, so we're just doing the last leg between Adelaide and Sydney. It is still a 24 hour journey, surely long enough to sit on a train. We do have sleeping cabins.

Indian Pacific Train between Adelaide SA and Sydney NSW

10 October 2011

Adelaide Zoo

Back at the Mercure Grosvenor in Adelaide, we are vising the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanical Gardens today.

A Panda Bear at Adelaide Zoo

09 October 2011

Motor Museum Birdwood

Leaving beautiful Hahndorf this morning, we travel to Birdwood on the way back to Adelaide. Birdwood has the Australian Motor Museum which we'll visit while we're there.

Motor Museum Birdwood

08 October 2011


This morning we are driving to another historical township Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. We've been there a few times before but always love it. I particularly look forward having dinner there tonight in the german Pub. Bratwurst and Sauerkraut og course.

The German Pub where we have dinner tonight.

07 October 2011


Today we drive to the historic township of Burra in South Australia. Diane has a college friend there, Val, who we briefly saw on our Lake Eyre trip. We promised her we would return so today we'll meet Val again.

Val and Diane during our last visit to Burra in South Australia

06 October 2011

Tp End Eco Cruise

I guess I'll let them talk me into joining the group on this Eco Tour thoday. We'll see.

Top End Eco Cruise

05 October 2011

Afghan Express heritage Train

I have been a train buff all my life and the Afghan Express has always been on my 'Bucket List', ever since we saw the train when we visited Lake Eyre. So now we are doing it. The Afghan Express service turns the clock back to the 1930s when the famous old Ghan travelled through the Pichi Richi Pass.  Wherever possible, the Afghan Express uses distinctive timber-bodied carriages built in the late 1920s for the narrow gauge old Ghan train service, and restored old Ghan steam locomotive NM25.
Original Ghan steam locomotive NM25 with the Afghan Express in the scenic Pichi Richi Pass.
The Afghan Express is the name railwaymen gave to the passenger train that ran from Terowie to Oodnadatta, through Quorn, in 1923. This was the first time a sleeping carriage was included on the train, and when an Afghan passenger alighted at Quorn to recite his evening prayers, the train was dubbed the Afghan Express by railwaymen. In time, this was abbreviated to The Ghan and eventually used by CR officials.

04 October 2011

Port Augusta

We are now a 6-people group, having met Ann and George in Adelaide. Most of the Birthday Bear Group which you may know from Diane's blogs. So in a people mover, we're driving north to Port Augusta.

Port Augusta

03 October 2011

Up Up and Away with the flying Kangaroo

Today, we leave Westarn Australia and we fly to Adelaide in South Australia, a 2 1/2 hour flight.

We are booked into the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Adelaide Mercure-Grosvenor Hotel

02 October 2011

Back to Perth for the Final Time

We are heading to Perth again today where our APT Tour ends.

Perth where our APT Tour ends

01 October 2011


Today, we travel to Geralton.

Geralton WA

29 September 2011

Monkey Mia

Today, we travel to Monkey Mia, famous for its Dolphin Feeding on the beaches.

They do a nother boat trip, whitout me.

28 September 2011


After another night in Perth, this morning we are heading north to Kalbarri.

27 September 2011

Cruise back to Perth

Leaving Freemantle, we get off the bus and onto a river cruiser back to Perth.

Freemantle to Perth River Cruise

26 September 2011


This morning we visit the harbour town of Freemantle with its fabulous colonial buildings. Freemantle was the port from where Australia II liberated the 'America's Cup' in 1983 from the New York Yacht Club  where legend had it, it was permanently bolted down.


25 September 2011

Margaret River

Margaret River, south of Perth is a terrific wine region. We have been there before. But today we again visit Margaret River and I am looking forward to see the region again.

Margaret River Winery

24 September 2011

Whale Watching

Today the tour is going on a whale-watching cruise (without me - I don't do boats), but Diane will enjoy herself.

Must be fun if you like that sort of thing

23 September 2011


This morning we drive to Albany

Albany Western Australia

22 September 2011


This morning we are driving to Esperance.

Esperance is a large town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, located on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720 kilometres (450 mi) east-southeast of the state capital, Perth

Esperance Western Australia

21 September 2011

The Mining Town of Kalgoorly

This morning we are driving through the wheatbelt to Coolgardie for a vosot to the Gold Museum, then on to the mining town of Kalgoorlie.

20 September 2011

We join our APT Tour doday

Today we are joining our APT Tour of Western Australia. We start crossing the jarrah forests of the Darling Ranges to historic York then to the quaint outback town of Hayden and explore the natural wonder of Wave Rock.
APT Coach

Tonight we stay at the Wave Rock Hotel in Hayden

19 September 2011

Up up and Away (AGAIN)

We're off again on another trip. This time to Western Australia for a Wildflower Tour then to South Australia for some exciting train journeys.

Today, we fly to Perth In Western Australia

As with our recent US Tour, this blog will be automatically updated every day or so, to show you where we are and what we are doing. So you can follow us on our travels. have fun.

16 September 2011

On Monday we're off again

Monday morning we're off again on another trip, this time to Western Australia and to South Australia.

From Monday on, you can follow us once again on our journey on this blog which again will be updated automatically every day.

Have fun following us...

Perth Western Australia

Adelaide Hills Winery

06 September 2011

Spring Garden 2011

Diane is very proud of our garden. It's spring and once again the garden looks great as you can see in the video below.

See if you can spot the gardner....

21 August 2011

The Making of an Artist

Grandson Fox
Photo by Diane

19 August 2011

The Geeks and their Girlfriends are back

Sonya, Bernie and Fox are in Sydney for the recording of the new series of Beauty and the Geeks - Australia for Channel 7. Bernie is the host. He took us to the mansion yesterday where they are filming the show.

I am not allowed to show or reveal much but a couple of shots are permitted.

The back of The Mansion

Bernie in his make-up trailer getting ready for the shoot.

We also met some of the contestants. The show goes to air later on this year, this year with ten episodes.

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18 August 2011

Things you see in Bondi Beach

The things you see in Bondi Beach. Talk about 'Free to Air TV.'

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17 August 2011

Visiting Family

We are in Sydney, visiting the family. Last night we had dinner with all of them, it was great.

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14 August 2011

Carson's Chicago

On our recent trip to Chicago, we had dinner at the famous 'America's #1 BBQ Steakhouse, Carson's. We were not disapointed the steaks were huge, succulent and very tender. If I'll ever return to Chicago, I'll eat there again.

From left - Helen, Diane, Bill and Maureen
The wine was not half bad either.

03 August 2011

Our USA trip video is finished

Here are some extracts:

02 August 2011

The Things you see in Bondi Beach

Spotted in Bondi Beach. Talking about 'Free to Air TV'

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31 July 2011

New York New York

I found New York to be a great city. Enjoy the clip

27 July 2011

My Bear Encounter in Yellowstone National Park

Here's the video footage of my bear encounter in Yellowstone National Park. I got such a shock when this bear walked right by me that it took some time for me to focus the camera. The grizzly followed a few minutes later.

20 July 2011

Route 66

I guess, everyone knows something about one of the most famous roads in the world, Route 66 which ran from Chicagp across the USA to Los Angeles. It was a also known as 'Main Street of America'. Route 66 was officially removed from the US Highway System in 1985 as it did no longer fit into the new US Road Numbering System.

Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway with the name of 'Historic Route 66'. Whatever its name, it terminated in Santa Monica CA where the famous sign still stands.
At the end of the Road (Route 66)

For more information on this historic rout

15 July 2011

Foxy is walking

Foxy took his first steps yesterday and we were here to see it. How lucky was that?

Alas our US trip has come to an end and we're flying back to OZ tonight.

14 July 2011

Back in L.A.

We are back in Los Angeles with Sonya, Bernie and Fox. We fly home tomorrow night.

We went to the Apple Store in Hollywood where we bought the iPad before we left for New York. They fixed it so now I can post blogs with the iPad, so we'll need to do the trip again.

Diane in the helicopter flying into Grand Canyon.

Flying over the Colorado River Nevada

It was an amazing trip. We travelled 6,687 km from New York to L.A. Through the heartland of the United States and we saw some amazing things.

My blog is now over but I'm sure Diane will post more details on her blog when we get home, so stay tuned and thanks for watching and commenting.