Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cafes here cafes there cafes everywhere! OMG!

Tasmania literally has a Cafe everywhere you turn. There are cafe's in the grocery stores. McDonald's has a separate cafe that is connected to the rest of the restaurant.  Down town in the central square there is at least two cafes on every side street. A black coffee is called a long black. Coffee with milk and sugar is called a Flat White.  Also all hot cafe drinks come standard with a frothy top. Here is an example of a Cafe Drink Menu: http://corelliscafe.co.nz/Menus/Drinks+Menu.html

The first cafe I went to was the Water Front Cafe. I indulged in a drink called an iced Chocolate. They are to die for. almost every cafe offers a form of the iced chocolate drink. Yet, no one serves Iced Tea. Here are some pictures of the Water Front Cafe.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Compare and Contrast Two Contanents

Compare and contrasting  Coastal points of Northern New-England of the  United States with the North Western Coastal region of Tasmania, Australia . I noticed as soon as I walked off the Plane and into the Melbourne Airport that Australian resident accents did not represent what Americans Identify as Australian dialect. I find people sound very much like Americans with a slight variation in pronunciation on certain words. The Crocodile Dundee Accents are only found in certain small regions of Australia. Some words may be completely different to refer to a thing or action, Like the Trunk of a car is referred to as the boot. The windshield is referred to as a windscreen. The hood of a car is referred to as the bonnet. A Garbage Truck is referred to as a Tip Truck and the dump is called the Tip. Passing a car on the road is called overtaking. Here is a video that shows a man driving on the opposite side of the street. https://youtu.be/4fcpyA9k8kI. Maddening for an American Driver to tackle the first time.

In the grocery store you would refer to the grocery cart as a trolley. Here is a good link on Aussie Lingo http://alldownunder.com/australian-slang/dictionary-cars.htm

The plant life is amazing in Tasmania. Tasmanian plants are very hardy and stand up well to ground frost. There are a combination of Trees & shrubs in Tasmania. Not only can you find  a native deciduous beech tree in Tasmania and other deciduous trees that are not endemic but you have a variety of palms that are frost resistant and species that date back into the time when the  dinosaurs roamed this region,  like the Man-Ferns. 
Man Fern Tree

Man Fern Tree

Deciduous beech, or Fagus, Nothofagus gunnii

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Leaves Of A Deciduous Beech

Except from: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/conservation/flora-of-tasmania/native-plant-species/plant-species-of-the-rainforest

 Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), or fagus as it is best-known, a humble tree, usually growing to 2 metres or less. You find it in places most would describe as inhospitable. And one of its other names - tanglefoot - is ruefully confirmed by bush walkers caught up in its twisted, ground-hugging branches. Yet this small Tasmanian tree can claim something few other Australian plants can. It is Australia's only cold climate winter-deciduous tree, and you will find it nowhere else in the world except Tasmania. This is a good PDF Guide To Native Trees In Tasmania. http://cdn.forestrytasmania.com.au/uploads/File/pdf/tassies_trees_combined.pdf

This next Article is taken from this website: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/conservation/flora-of-tasmania/native-plant-species

                               Tasmania's Native Plant Species
​​​​Tasmania is a relatively small, mountainous, island with a long history of geographic isolation from mainland Australia. Its large variety of habitats has resulted in a diverse and unique array of plant species that includes flowering plants, conifers, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and algae.

Currently there are almost 1,890 known native vascular species (seed plants) in Tasmania; 527 of which are endemic to Tasmania. The Tasmanian Herbarium produces a census of Tasmanian vascular plants which is updated annually.

Many of the vascular plant species in Tasmania are relicts from ancient times when the island was part of a larger landmass known as Gondwana. This included New Zealand, South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica and mainland Australia. Tasmania has many species of ancient origin that are closely related to species in some of these countries, particularly South America and New Zealand.

The number and diversity of non-vascular species (liverworts, mosses and lichens) in Tasmania is less well known. From work to date, it has been determined there are around 1300 non-vascular species; more species are being added as work continues. Of these, around 9% of mosses and 5% of lichens are thought to be endemic. More work is required to determine the number of endemic liverworts. To date there is no published census for non-vascular plants in Tasmania, although there is a checklist of Tasmanian Lichens compiled by Kantvilas (1989).

Even less work has been undertaken on the fungi and algae and there is currently no published Tasmanian census for these groups of species. Information on some species of fungi in Australia and their distribution can be found at: FungiMap and Fungi of Australia ( on the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website).

  • Use the Natural Values Atlas to find data on the distribution of Tasmanian native plant species.
The table provides links to further information about Tasmania's most iconic plant species.

Scientific NameCommon Name
Acradenia frankliniaeWhitey wood
Anopterus glandulosusNative laurel
Anodopetalum biglandulosumHorizontal
Atherosperma moschatumsassafras
Athrotaxis cupressoidesPencil pine
Athrotaxis selaginoidesKingbilly Pine
Blechnum nudumFishbone fern
Blechnum wattsiiHard water fern
Callitris rhomboideaOyster bay pine
Cenarrhenes nitidaNative plum
Dicksonia antarcticaTree fern
Eucalyptus ovataSwamp gum
Eucryphia lucidaLeatherwood
Histiopteris incisaBatswing fern
Hymenophyllum sp.Filmy fern
Lagarostrobos frankliniiHuon Pine
Microsorum pustulatumKangaroo fern
Nothofagus cunninghamiiMyrtle beech
Nothofagus gunniiDeciduous beech
Polystichum proliferumMother shield fern
Phyllocladus asplenifoliusCelery top Pine
Richea pandanifoliaPandani
Prionotes cerinthoidesClimbing Heath

Monday, August 24, 2015

Touring The Quiet Cone

My mother and her husband, John,  sing in the local Devonport Senior Choir. They are friends with the choir conductor , Guy Carey, and his sister Heather Carey who also sings with the choir. Heather is a reiki master, rieki teacher and she is a former Massage Therapist. Heather and my mother had talked before my visit, thinking that I would like to visit The Quiet Cone  where Heather teaches Rieki and holds a regular reiki healing circle. Heather's Web Site is: http://www.reiki-northwest.com.au/ I let them know that I highly anticipated visiting The Quiet Cone. So it was that I had  toured The Quiet Cone. The Quiet Cone's Web Site Is:  http://www.thequietcone.com.au/

What is the Quiet Cone?

The Quiet cone (TQC) is about facilitating Serenity; TQC does this through the architectural shape of the building; through the use of scent  using natural Essences as a calming and therapeutic relaxing Technique; & through the use of Instruments, such as Gongs Crystal/Brass Bowls, Didgeridoos and Chimes that act as a conduit for vibration frequencies to stimulate  the bodies ability in healing.

The exterior resembling a pyramid shape.
Entrance to the  Metaphysical Gift Shop & Teaching Rooms


The following is an explanation of the effect of sound on the human body

The Following excerpts were taken from an online article By: Harmony of the Spheres

copyright © 2010-2014 Harmony of the Spheres -- All Rights Reserved

Sound as medicine

""If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.” 

"Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system--the healer within." 

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. a New York oncologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University has been using sound healing practices since the early 1990s.  He is the author of “The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness using Sound, Voice, and Music.”

The healing power of gongs and Himalayan singing bowls derives from a natural phenomenon known as entrainment - entraining or synchronizing the body to a certain sound. Entrainment occurs when the powerful vibrations of one object actually change the less powerful vibrations of another object.

Entrainment was first discovered in 1665 by Dutch scientist Christian Huygens. He set up a room full of pendulum clocks with their pendulums swinging at slightly different times. When he returned to the room the next day, he found the sway of the pendulums had all synchronized. 

As gongs and singing bowls are sounded, the powerful rhythmic vibrations resonate throughout the body.  The sound of these harmonic vibrations stimulates the alpha and theta brain waves associated with deep meditative and peaceful states that are highly conducive to healing. They also slow down the heart and respiratory rate, creating a therapeutic effect upon mind and body. When the brain waves and body are synchronized, balance can be restored and stress released." 







Floor Mats surround the outer interior of the rim for people to relax While listening to the Meditative sounds.

OUT Back Is The Spiral Yard!
Statue in Spiral Yard

I was impressed with the space. Heather gave me the interactive tour and I left with a smile on my face. The sound of the Gongs were incredible. I had played Crystal Bowls before, but being reacquainted with their tone and vibration has hooked me again.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Today in Devonport Tasmania We went to a Devonport Senior Center choir practice session. Everyone was warm and friendly. I felt as though I was a choir member. We sang for one hour then we took 15 minute bisque tea and coffee refresher. After the brake we sang for another 45 minutes. Fun was had by all who attended. After Choir Practice I was dropped off at the Devonport Aquatics Center and swam for 40 minutes. My mother and step father John then picked me up and we proceeded to head off to Burnie. This brings me to why we chose to go to Burnie. 

About 4 days ago I fell asleep with my glasses on my face.  Upon awaking in the morning I found my glasses on the bedroom floor with the right lens  popped out sitting beside the frame.  A screw had snapped in half at the right temple. Who knows what I did to my frame in the middle of the night.  I picture myself jumping on top of them thinking that I was being attacked by a Tasmania devil or some other bizarre night terror. These are my only pair of current prescription glasses so having them fixed is important.  I chock it up to a good decision that I had brought with me an older prescription pair of glasses, just in case I needed them. So we set out on a mission to every optometrist that we possibly could visit. All of them could not fix my frame and stated that they would have to send them out to be repaired. One optometrist even quoted that it would cost $100.00 Aussie dollars.

Out of all of these stores The first one treated us the best "Eyelines." Eylines is a local optometrist chain in Tasmania. The Devonport branch is where we went to for assistance at first. The associate that waited on us was pleasant and wanted to help us but did not have the capability at their branch. She offered us two solutions. The first solution was to have my frame shipped out to be repaired but the estimated time due back would be too close to the time I was leaving, besides I wanted them fixed for the rest of my vacation. The second solution was driving down to Burnie to where their sister store was and having an associate of theirs look at them with the possibility that he could solve the problem of the split screw there because he had an array of tools and the delicate skills to repair complicated frame issues. The associate in Devonport called down to a gentleman named Brad. Brad accepted her request and arranged that we could drop by any time during the week. We thanked the associate in Devonport for her help and went on our way. This is the reason we planned a trip to Burnie.

Once we arrived into Burnie we found the Eyelines store front in the K-Mart Plaza Mall.  By this time we had forgotten the name of the associate that had the skills and tools to possibly render my frame problem.  I talked with the woman  at the counter and stated that we were referred to their Eyeliner's store because there is an associate here that can possibly fix my glasses frame.  At that point a gentleman by the name of brad walked over to my reaching out his hand for my glasses case.  He was o average height, sharply dressed and had a slight scar on his chin. He was polite and very personable. He had a quick energy about him and knew his craft well. Before I knew it he had my frame apart and he was retrieving that left-behind screw fragment from the right temple on my frame. He accomplished all of this awhile asking me questions about my visit and where do I come from. He also told me about friends that he knows who live in the states.

 I  quickly was realizing my first Australian Man Crush was manifesting in my mind.  After he finished repairing my frame I asked him how much the bill was. Looking at me in the eye he stated that this repair was on the house. I shook his hand and thanked him for being a God send as I stubling over those words and quick to correct myself. Yes indeed man crush all the way.

A few moments later John (My Step Dad) decided to go back into the Eyelines store and ask about frames. Again Brad came to our aid and treated John with personable care. He also gave John a free set of nose pads and adjusted his frame absolutely free. His Customer Service was so good that I wanted to thank him all over again, So I did.

Later that day I Went to the Eyelines web site and gave him a outstanding review for customer service. I had to leave my phone number, mabe he will call me, Ha Ha, wishful thinking.

After going to Eyelines we went to The Makers Workshop. (This excerpt is borrowed from the Makers Workshop web-page) There are not too many places in Australia – or the world for that matter – that offer the visitor something so unique you will be hard pressed to find anything like it elsewhere. The City of Burnie has managed to achieve this in its newest visitor attraction – Makers’ Workshop.

(The Makers Workshop)  This Photo was borrowed from The Makers Workshop Webpage 

(The Lobby Area) This Photo was borrowed from The Makers Workshop Webpage 

Drawing on the city’s heritage as a leading industrial center, Makers’ Workshop salutes the role of paper manufacturing in its past, while honoring the skills of its makers, innovators and artists of its present and future. In addition, the role of Burnie as a gateway to the fertile farming lands of Tasmania has not been forgotten completely, and is cleverly woven into the fabric of this fascinating place.
The center, into which a café, theater and other meeting place activities have been incorporated, is part contemporary museum, part arts center and visitor information centre, and as such, holds something of interest for everyone.
Volunteers at the information counter will help you find your way around Burnie and beyond. You can shop for some interesting locally made gifts and mementos in the gift shop or check out the latest Tasmanian exhibition in the gallery.

Life Size Statues made of paper

You are invited to try your hand at making paper under the guidance of experienced and informative paper makers. Depending on the day, there may be one or several makers working on site, producing any number of interesting things. You are encouraged to meet the makers and have a chat about what they’re making or see their objects for sale in the gift shop.
Discover what makes Burnie tick from the interpretive displays or simply appreciate the stunning giant sepia images taken by Wolfgang Seivers, still recognized as one of the world’s finest industrial and architectural photographers.
Grab a coffee, a plate of fresh local fare or enjoy an all day breakfast and reflect while enjoying the 

Life Size Statues made of paper
Life Size Statues made of paper
Life Size Statues made of paper

Life Size Statues made of paper
Henry's Ginger Beer is a locally brewed ginger ale like drink. Brewed with real ginger. The teste has a nice spice to it with a lemon Zing after taste. pleasant on the pallet.  

I am finding that Ginger Beers are a staple soft drink in Tasmania. I have always love ginger beer. In the states you can't find Ginger Beer everywhere you go. In Tasmania it's offered just about anywhere.  The nice thing about Henry's is that is specific to the Burnie area and brewed locally.