It’s A Party

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Best wishes from Australia to a young Kiwi as he celebrates his first birthday.
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Russell Corowa, Blessing The Surf

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I’ve been lucky enough to witness Russell Corowa, playing his didgeridoo in a spiritual blessing of the surfers and the surf. Russell, from the local Aboriginal Bundjalung tribe, is a legend in the Southern Gold Coast surf spots. The haunting sound of the didgeridoo, together with the sound of the ocean, is a very special experience.

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The photos were taken at Little Mali, off Rainbow Bay Beach, near Snapper Rocks, and at Froggies, between Snapper & Durunbah.

Take this LINK to read more about Russell Corowa.

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The legend of the Origami Crane

OrigamiCrane-CelebrationOfLife-SusanCharlotteGraphicsThe gift of a beautiful pair of origami crane earrings stirred an interest in the art of paper folding. Tiny red cranes are suspended from this delicate jewellery made by Karla Stevenson of Raglan, New Zealand.

Animals, birds especially, are used in many cultures to convey symbolic meaning. The large winged crane, an ancient bird, thought to have a life span of 1,000 years, embodies the spirit of longevity, good fortune, prosperity, peace, happiness, and eternal youth. Essentially, a celebration of life.

Respect for this mighty bird encompasses both admiration and fear. In Japan, having the Tsuru (crane) hanging within the home is considered to encourage good luck and joy. In Egyptian symbolism, the crane, due to its annual return every Spring, is thought to represent regeneration.

Within one culture the symbolic meaning can be divided. Generally portrayed as a symbol of love and joy by the Greeks and Romans, the crane also appears as an omen in some ancient Greek fables.

The tradition of the origami crane as a symbol of health, happiness, and peace was strengthened by the tale of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 cranes. Sadako’s memorable story is of perseverance and hope in her fight to recover from leukemia caused by exposure to radiation after the bombing of Hiroshima. Take the following link, to the legend of Sudako, and how the folded origami crane has come to represent healing and hope during challenging times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki

The Last Anzac (Biscuit)

You have to be fast. Kate’s popular Anzac biscuits disappear quickly. The sweet, crunchy rolled oat Anzac, is an iconic biscuit in New Zealand and Australia.

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According to folklore, these well-keeping biscuits were baked by the womenfolk at home, and sent to soldiers in the NZ and Australian Army Corps, known as “ANZACS”, serving overseas in World War One.

 

These biscuits have a strong historical military connection. Follow this link to a “Today in New Zealand History” recording from 1950, to hear about the spirit of ANZAC: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/sound/today-in-nz-history-anzac-day

You can find a version of the traditional Anzac recipe on the NZ Woman’s Weekly website: http://www.nzwomansweekly.co.nz/food/recipes/anzac-biscuits/

Strummin’ Pumpkin

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Ukulele cat
In a party hat
Strummin’ the strings
Doin’ his thing