Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Lindsay and Gary in Australia
Today, Lindsay and Anne hosted Gary and Anna to the Yarra Valley area of Melbourne, where we visited the Healsville Sanctuary. Melbourne is on a flood plain, but the area to the northeast where Lindsay resides, in Eltham is hilly and attracts artists, nature lovers and wine aficionados. Further out is the Yarra Valley, renowned for wine, beauty and in recent years, bush fires which wreaked some devastation. We enjoyed seeing dozens of Australia's 'only-here' species today, from the platypus swimming in its display to kangaroos sitting on the hillsides and had a wonderful dinner in a hilltop winery restaurant.
The job description is such:
Carrying around luggage and stuff
Taking pictures of vital moments
Communicating to people when you can't be at two places at once
Breaking the language barrier when it comes to Germanic and Scandinavian talk
Getting a tan in the sun, even though it is not that advisable
In any case, enjoy your stay and make good use of your limited recourses. And most importantly, give my heartfelt greetings to Lindsay. He is a remarkable fellow indeed! His thoughtful comments and the descriptions of his deeds have followed me for some years by now.
It was "Thanksgiving" yesterday, we had a modest feast. It is very much an ambivalent holiday on the US calendar because after the the rescue of the immigrants by native Americans, the genocide was just begun. Today is "black Friday", and they now have declared this to be the "remembrance day" for native people who helped the first immigrants in Plymouth, MA. What a joke!
"Black Friday", what an adequate name...
The issue I have with the US is, that they defeated an empire (the Brits) with renewed idealism and vowed in their constitution not to become the same. They broke their promise and were mongering war ever since, continuously; in Asia, Middle East, South America... wherever you look.
So many resources are being blatantly busted for no reason whatsoever except for instant gain.
It just is a crying shame.
Well, enjoy your stay, Greetings to all - Lukas.
May you enjoy every moment.
there is nothing wrong with enjoying an area "renowned for wine" and kangaroos.
although, the koalas in the tree look like they drank all the chardonney.
this is a really terrific picture of you and LL.
NIce comment Granny Fiddler, need to visit your blog again one of these days ... an other promise :)
Subversive - it is a wonderful trip - we even got back to see Lindsay a second time!
Sarah - I'll look for Paul Hogan and I'm sure he'll love to hear from you. Nice new hairdo by the way!
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