Thrombolites

On the West Coast of Australia, your travel options are as follows,  you can take the coastal road down in the direction of Margaret River, or you can drive into a desert that won’t end for days. I took the coastal road.

Western Australia has a polulation of 2 million. And it is 4 times the size of South Africa, to give you an idea of how remote it is. And 1 million of them live in Perth, so that leaves about one eighth of a person per 10 square kilometres for the rest.

Anyway so as I was driving south I came accross this sign, ‘Thrombolites’, there are not that many signs, so take the turn off. Never heard of them but what the hell.

And seem to be from 600 million years ago, dear heaven, I had heard the land of Oz was old, but honestly.

For the first time since the 90’s I was in a town with no celphone reception, nothing, nada, no bars, in the town.. And you thought Namibia was remote.. Normally there you have 3G in town hie hie.

I know nothing of prehistoric microbiology so here is what they say.

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Or if you want the official version

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You always have the jokers around, someone changed the 20 minutes you should allow at the least for this dangerous excursion to at least 25. The English health and safety obsession seems to have made its way accross the oceans. You should prepare for 2 hours to take this 5 minute stroll down to the water. Take enough water, wear sunscreen etc etc.

And then you see  pale blond young girls working on the roads in the blazing sun without as much as a hat to protect them.

I was scandalized, in a country where there is nothing between you and the sun to offer any form of protection and they have such a dangerously high rate of skin cancer, I would expect at least that the road workers who are more exposed than just about anyone else would be issues with 500 SPF sunscreen and a Mexican sambrero at the very least. But no there they are painfully young girls, white blond holding their flags all day in that heat! Beyond belief.

Anyway no more complaining, here they are, and quite pretty I thought. At least they where genetically designed to take the sun.

And more info

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And more scenary

I liked them, quirky  but classy, almost Adams Family.

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La Mer

I painted this while living in the south of France for a while and gave it to someone who doesn’t have knowledge of art.

Strange how some things are universal though, he immediately identified it as Mary rising from the Sea, which was what I had in mind when I made it.

In that part of the world, and certainly where France meets Spain, there is a tradition of Mary(s) arriving from the sea. The next town is called Santa Maria del Mare.

Off course you can see what you like, don’t let us hold you back 😉

The Weeping Willow Tree

Did you know that Willows are from Persia?

They followed the rivers till they are now indigenous to most of Africa and Europe.

Clogs are often made from Willow wood for two reasons, it is light and once the seasoned wood comes into contact with water for the first time the pores close permanently, never to absorb water again. Cool isn’t it – and light 😉

You can use willow bark for head aches and other inflammation, asperin was named after it.

Kutna Hora

Just over an hour to the east of Prague is  Kutna Hora.

A Priest there felt like doing something different and since he was in Bohemia noir was just the thing.

The result of his efforts 😉

It is evident that he was a tidy person. And after all it is disrespectful to just abandon bones, one should make an effort. Odd really he was the first person to do something like this.

You can’t even imagine the rattling when this lot has to rise 😀

Next door is the Cathedral, a complete bore in comparison.

It is dedicated to Sint Barbara, patron saint of miners. Quite a beautiful gothic cathedral really.

Cold there even in autumn!

Elephant Garlic

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Elephant Garlic is more closely related to leeks than to true garlic. Both belonging to the lily family and the genus alium.

The bulbs are divided into large cloves, but there may also be smaller side cloves called corns. These may also be used for propagation. So you can have your cake and eat it.

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You may leave the plant unharvested if you like, they do not easily rot and left alone the plant will grow into a bigger clump over time.

You also have the decorative benifit of the flowers for months and their presence discourages pests.

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When harvested therey is quite a lot of water in the bulb, so allowing them to try in cool dry conditions may be beneficial.

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