Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Full Moon

Tonight is a full moon and the skys are clear with no clouds to hinder the view of our glorious mother moon in her splendid fullness, she radiates her full light big and strong in this time of strength, love and power. A time of new beginnings, starting afresh and creating from a blank page. This energy last for 3 days prior and 3 days after the actual full moon.

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At this time the moon is in her beautiful and radiant Mother aspect and we give praise to all mother goddesses such as Anu, Hera, Isis, Demeter, Freya, Luna, Diana, Spider Woman, Chaos, Frigg, Morrigan, Ta - Urt.

This gender association is a generalisation, and (as with most symbolic meanings) there are departures. Moon symbolism in Native American tribe (Navajo, Eskimo, Pueblo come to mind), along with African, Japanese, Maori, Teutonic, Oceania, and Sumerian-Semitic groups refer to the moon as a masculine force.

It is a very intuitive time and we are able to have confidence and see everything with full awareness and we can productively work with our intentions concerning matters of the home, money, progression, renewal, cycles, transition, balance, love, fertility, dreams, creativity and matters of emotion can be cleared in this moon power. A time to share knowledge and enjoy the fruition of our labours or release what is not working in our lives. Quiet inner work and meditation is very empowering. Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and attainment of desire. The nature-wise, and cosmically conscious Native Amercian Indians recognized the full moon in each month as having a specific outstanding restorative quality.

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Know that the intention you put forward is “out there” in the universe and time is gathering all the circumstances and other people’s intentions and time frame together to make this happen the best way for all concerned. Planning medical treatments such as operations and inoculations are also better not done at this time of the month as wounds bleed more and form more scar tissue.

What is intriguing is the means by which the moon wields her force and influence. She is considered a luminary, but she produces no light of her own accord. She is reliant upon the sun’s light to reflect (mirror) her image to our earthly eyes. 

This method of projecting light makes the moon a symbol of subtlety. Clarity, reflection, and indirect deduction are gained by passive means. Where the sun will boldly bear down its blaze upon a given philosophical subject – the moon softly enfolds our attention – illumining our psyche in a gossamer glow that is more open to esoteric impressions.

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The full moon affects the gravitational pull on Earth and all related with it, from tides to body secretions and blood circulation. The body is made up of 70 to 80% of water. It is assumed to also have an effect in any kind of electromagnetic energy and because the spiritual world is believed to manifest in some EMF frequencies, spiritual manifestations and activity might be enhanced under full moon.

It has been known for centuries that the full moon can affect people’s consciousness and behaviour. We all know from astrology that each of the planets, and the sun and moon, have an influence on our feelings, emotions and consciousness. The moon affects our emotions because the moon influences water; just as the moon causes the tides, it exerts a pull on the watery components of our body, and we feel this as emotions.

Our body has a field of energy – the aura – which is the same as the aurora or magnetic and gravitational field of the planet. We are all One, a part of the Universal Life Force; and it is natural to be aware of the greater cosmic system, which is as much a part of our consciousness as our brain is.

As human consciousness evolves and moves from the individual awareness to an awareness of greater integration within the whole cosmic system, we also expand our understanding of the unity of life and develop a love of all things, in the realization that We Are All One.

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The time of full moon gives us a great opportunity for meditation which is a powerful tool in the service of humanity, when the mind is employed as a channel for receiving light, love and desire for good, and directed to all human consciousness. At full moon the earth and sun, the solar centre and energy force of life on earth are in alignment. When we are centred we are best able to make the intentions of our continued path to walk clearly. The energies of Full Moon can be instrumental in moving forward towards your goals.

"Meditation is the soul of rhythmic nature, as everything in the universe. The soul lives and breathes her way through it. The rhythmic nature of the soul of meditation should not be overlooked in the life of the aspirant. There is an ebb and flow throughout nature, and the tide of the ocean we see the beautiful representation of an eternal law. ... the idea of the cyclic response to the impulse of the soul finds itself behind the activities of morning meditation, the recognition of the noon and evening recap. In aspects of the full moon and new moon, we have a greater ebb and flow. "(Alice Bailey)

Take the time to observe, mediate, and work with the moon for yourself. Connect with her many faces, and apply your intuition to your life goals. If you work with her she will shower you with inspiration, expansion, and liberation.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sight

After a dear friend and mentor and my wonderful husband both had cataract surgery this week, I thought I would talk on the wonder of sight and how very fortunate we are to have been blessed with the ability to see.

From the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you go to sleep at night, your eyes are capturing all that happens about you during the day and recording those events. It is the sense of sight that is considered the most complex of the five senses.

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As you focus your sight on an object beams of light bounce off it and into your eyes through the cornea, which is located on the surface of your eye - a protective coating so to speak. The light rays then pass the pupil the dark centre of your eye into the lens. As you keep looking at objects the iris of your eye the coloured ring around the pupil shrinks or expands depending on the amount of light available. The lens focuses the image through a jelly like substance called the vitreous humor onto the back surface of the eyeball called the retina.

This retina has 150 million light sensitive cells called rods and cones within only a surface of about your thumbnail. The rods identify the shapes while the cones identify the colour, once this information is collated it is sent to the brain upside down. The brain then turns the image the correct way up and tells you what you are observing in the visual cortex area of the brain. A new born baby sees the world upside down until it develops and learns to turn the picture the right way up.

Due to the sensitivity of the eye it has the eyelid, eyelashes and eyebrows all assisting to keep it free of dust, dirt and sweat particles. Then we have tears which will form to wash away any particles that do make it into the eye cavity keeping it clean and moist. We blink every 2 - 10 seconds for 1/3 second which means your eyes are closed at least 30 minutes a day just whilst blinking, all this happens to ensure the eye is clean.

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So much is happening in such a small amount of time each and every time you view something. Now think of all the work that is happening instantaneously as you scan a room, look over a landscape or look at the very fine detail or an insect etc.

Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye called  the crystalline lens that has developed a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibres over time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. Many patients' first symptoms are strong glare from lights and small light sources at night, along with reduced acuity at low light levels. During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens's transparency.

Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens implant is inserted. Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist in a surgical centre or hospital, using local anesthesia, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient.

Photo Source http://en.wikipedia.org Magnified view of a cataract
in a human eye seen on examination with a slit lamp.
The Ancient Greeks believed that eyes emitted a small beam of light that allowed them to see. This makes sense as Theia, goddess of sight, mothered the god of the Sun, Helios. Theia is said to be the female counterpart of Aether. This makes sense as she was a daughter of Heaven and mother of the Sun, Moon and Dawn.

Theia (pronounced THEE-ah) is the Greek Goddess of sight and the lights of the sky. She is one of the Titans, daughter of Gaia and Ouranos (earth and sky), and sister-wife to another Titan, Hyperion, God of observation. The Titans were the powerful beings who preceded, and gave birth to, the Greek Olympians. Their three children, Eos(Goddess of dawn), Selene (Goddess of the moon), and Helios (God of the sun), were the personifications of the lights of the sky. Theia also had dominion over precious metals and gems, which seemed to shine with their own light, and was associated with an oracle at Phthiotis in Thessaly, under the title Ikhnaie (the tracing goddess) which could shine light on the future. People came to see the light concealed within the darkness of their problems. Theia’s name, which means “sight,” is also seen as Thea, and she was alternately known as Aithre (clear sky), Euryphaessa (wide-shining), and Ikhnaie (tracing).

She represents the faculty of sight and the ability to assess situations clearly, the removal of the blindfold of self deception.

Photo Source http://en.wikipedia.org In the frieze of the Great Altar of Pergmon in Berlin
the goddess who fights at Helio's back is conjected to be Theia.
May you both heal speedily and go on to see the world more clearly as a result of the wonderful surgeons who used their skills to remove your cataracts. Enjoy the unimpaired quality of vision again noticing that the colours are brighter, images are sharper, and objects that were hard to see before surgery are back in focus again. With your improved vision overall life satisfaction and enjoyment of all will be immeasurable.  







Monday, 18 March 2013

Autumn Equinox

On 21st March it will be the Autumnal Equinox here in Australia, when the night and day are of equal length. With winter on it's way it is a time for gathering and preserving your produce if you are are a gardener. The last of the summer fruits such as plums can be preserved for use over the winter. Jams and pickles are made with the plentiful supplies from the garden.

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With the end of day light saving in a couple of weeks we really get the feel of the year turning and winter approaching as it becomes dark early in the evenings. It is a time for balance, introspection, conservation, mediation and repose. Reaping the rewards of the work completed through the summer months and taking pleasure in the results of this work takes place as we acknowledge the waning of the sun.

The colours of the season begin to appear around us in the trees as the leaves turn to the reds, oranges and browns of autumn, the morning start with the mists of fog and the dew resting quietly on the leaves and grass. It is part of the continual cycle of life and flow of all that is in the world - birth,  life and death. As the crops die away the seeds are left as the promise of the rebirth of the crop during the spring and the harvest once more. Just like a circle that has no start and no end life continues as the wheel of year turns and we take time now to reflect on the next stage we are entering.

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These seasonal changes find corresponding echoes within our own internal bodies. This is the time that is essential in our spiritual work and is often overlooked. To start nurturing ideas for long term goals adding action plans to those ideas over winter so that the creativity can start and the ideas will come to fruition over the next spring and summer. Giving hope for the coming future with the grounded intention over the coming months of what it is you truly wish to manifest into your life. We are completely responsible for how our life is created, and everything starts from the first thoughts then added to with our careful planning of how to proceed and what actions that will need to be taken in order for the idea to come to full fruition. 

It is also appropriate to acknowledge those times when things need to rest whether that is ourselves or ideas that perhaps need to have time to grow in strength before the next action step is taken. Maybe funds could need to be gathered (perhaps a time to ensure all invoices are sent, tax returns completed etc.) to continue on with the plans you have in the growing seasons ahead. 
Photo Source http://www.365halloween.com One of the earliest known
representations of the Autumn Equinox, a symbol of balance, found in an
ancient megalithic site in Ireland.
The Autumn Equinox has been known by many other names over the centuries. Cultures from around the world call it: Alban Elfed, Fall Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Cornucopia, Higan or koreisai, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus, Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Mabon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Witch’s Thanksgiving, and of course the first day of autumn.

The Role of the Mother Goddess during the Autumn Equinox is explained below from http://belsebuub.com

Traditionally, the autumn equinox is a celebration of the harvest, as it is when summer has finished giving its fruits, which are collected in preparation for winter. But there are other indicators given by the most ancient sacred sites that mark the autumn equinox. Descending passages into subterranean pits, lit by the star of “Satan”. Seven-scaled feathered serpents of light descending giant pyramids. A giant pyramid aligned to the equinoxes built on a cave symbolizing the underworld. Seven giant statues facing the sunset that leads to growing darkness.

What was known to the ancients, and is known here today, is the part darkness plays in the work of spiritual transformation. Those in the orthodox superstitiously fear it, and many in the new age completely ignore it. But at the autumn equinox it can be found in the cycles of nature, and the alignment of our planet – and traces of it can be found here and there in ancient legends and myths that have become distorted over time.

Photo Source http://www.365halloween.com The 7 Maoi of Easter Island
facing the equinox sunset at Ahu Akivi 

In ancient Summeria, the goddess Inanna descends into the underworld at the time of the autumn equinox. And in Greek mythology the goddess Persephone descends at the same time, before returning to the earth again at spring. In Egypt, the mother goddess Hathor was associated with the Milk Way during the third millennium B.C. when, during the fall and spring equinoxes, it aligned over and touched the earth where the sun rose and fell. Soon after the autumn equinox is the Hindu celebration of Durga Puja, which is the celebration of the Mother of the Universe, the warrior goddess Durga of which it is said Kali is an aspect (both are the consort of Shiva and have strong associations with Shakti, the tantric practice with the sacred fire of kundalini).

In ancient spiritual teachings there are often multiple deities. This can be because there are multiple aspects of spiritual forces, principles, and figures, and each deity represents a certain aspect to illustrate their role. Marriage and birth between gods in mythology can represent their connection and relation with one another, alluding to them being part of the one. While the mother goddess has loving qualities, she also has fierce, powerful, punishing, and destructive ones.

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The goddess Kali destroying the egos in the divine fire,
with her foot upon Shiva.
The divine Mother goddess, symbolized as a female of great power, is a feminine aspect of each person’s own spiritual being. She has different roles, but in the autumn equinox her role as the one who fights alongside the person doing the spiritual work and destroys their egos, with her connections to death and the underworld, is most prominent. This is most clearly portrayed in an aspect of the divine Mother found in the depictions of the Hindu goddess Kali meaning “she who destroys,” who brandishes a weapon in her hands which beheads numerous demons. Her hands are bloodied and the heads of her enemies hang around her neck. Her enemies are the egos of the person, and she fights them within the person working to change. Kali is said to inhabit a cremation ground, which is the place where the egos are killed and destroyed in alchemical fire.

This is also why some ancient texts often state that one should offer animal sacrifices to the Gods, and specifically to Kali. Unfortunately many have interpreted this literally, when really the animals are symbols of the egos (or seven deadly sins) which are animalistic in nature, such as anger, pride, greed, envy, lust, etc. Offering our egos as sacrifices before the gods means that we are removing darkness from within ourselves, which is a form of sacrifice because we are giving up something inferior to gain something superior, which is the light, and thus also “pleasing the gods.” The egos are also depicted in images with Kali as evil people, because they are as separate evil personas within our psyche.

The Warrior Aspect of the Goddess Found Around the World - The Mother goddess is a feminine spiritual part of us, which has been represented by different cultures around the world, but with amazing similarities – showing the universal nature of her existence.

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The Aztec Goddess Coatlicue with an astonishingly
similar necklace, skirt and appearance as Kali.
Like Kali, the Aztec goddess Coatlicue is a Mother goddess with her deadly and destructive side emphasized. It is said that in her both the grave and womb exist. She bears an astonishing resemblance to Kali, with her teeth, breasts, and tongue bared, wearing a necklace made of human hearts, hands, and skulls.

In Egypt, Sekhmet is the mother goddess Hathor in her destructive aspect, and as an icon appears to be thousands of years old. Sekhmet has the head of a lion and dresses in red, the colour of blood, and is said to be the fiercest of all goddesses. Her name means “powerful one,” but she also had titles such as “Mistress of Dread,” “Lady of Slaughter,” “Lady of Flame,” and the “one before whom evil trembles.” She is the female warrior goddess, and it was said that death and destruction were balm for her warrior’s heart. Like Persephone who married the god of the underworld Hades, she was also said to be married to Ptah, an Egyptian god associated with the underworld, creation, and darkness. Both Kali and Sekhmet were said to wreak such fierce destruction that they had to be placated to stop them from destroying humankind.

Incredibly, in Buddhism, the warrior aspect of the goddess also bears a resemblance to the Egyptian Sekhmet, Aztec Coatlicue, and Hindu Kali. She is Senge Dongma (Simhamukha in Sanskrit), who was created to destroy demons, and like Sekhmet, she has the head of a lion and can be the color red. But also, like Kali, has been described as the colour of dark clouds like those that bring rain or storm, and can appear as dark blue or black. Again, like Kali, she too is associated with cremation grounds, she holds a ritual knife in one hand, and a scull cap of blood in another, and has a headdress of five skulls and three eyes as Kali is sometimes depicted with. Like Kali and Coatlicue, her eyes are wide open, her tongue, teeth and breasts are bared, she wears a skirt made of tiger skin, and a long necklace made of human bones and severed heads.

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The Sumerian Goddess Inanna and her lions.
In Hinduism, the goddess Durga who is closely connected to Kali and is also a fierce warrior wielding numerous weapons to slay demons, is depicted as mounted on a lion or tiger, paralleling the lion part of Sekhmet and Senge Dongma. The Sumerian goddess Inanna was known as the Queen of Heaven, and as a goddess of sexual love and warfare. She was a powerful warrior whose chariot was drawn by lions and was often symbolized as a lioness in battle. The lion and tiger are both ferocious and powerful, and all are their prey. They are symbolic of the spirit which has the power to defeat evil.

Senge Dongma is known as the “Guardian of the Secret Tantric Teachings,” and is depicted as circled by flame, with mythological links to a cremation ground. Kali is primarily a tantric goddess who inhabits the cremation ground. Durga is “Keeper of the Flame.” Sekhmet is known as “Lady of Flame.” The fire is the sacred fire of kundalini, which is tantric. The warrior aspect of the goddess is so intimately related to tantrism and fire, because it is in the fire of sexual alchemy that she destroys the demons, the egos, and also why she is linked to cremation grounds – the place where the egos are incinerated in divine fire.

The same deathly aspect of the mother goddess can be found in Greece as Hecate and Persephone. In the Pistis Sophia (an ancient esoteric Christian text), Jesus explains how the soul of a murderer is taken down into the chaos before Persephone and the receivers punish it with her chastisements for a time. Hecate has been depicted as a giant woman holding a torch and sword. It is interesting to note that at least Hecate (a pagan goddess) was demonised and degraded by the Church who associated her with witches and sorcery.

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The Greek Goddess Hecate with a sword and snake
in her hands, her arms like those of a strong warrior.
At the autumn equinox she descends into the underworld with the initiate to destroy the egos. In the spiritual work, it is this feminine power that has this role. Thus, Kali is also known as the mother and redeemer of the universe.

The autumn equinox is when the initiate, the person working towards enlightenment, must descend with the aid of their divine Mother (the female warrior goddess) into the underworld/chaos/abyss/hell, to fight the egos and evil within, to emerge with the light and knowledge gained in darkness and later ascend. It is a time of sacrifice and death where the seed within a person must die (symbolized by the wheat, rice, barley, or corn), forming the basis for the divine alchemical sexual fire that the Mother uses to destroy egos so that the Son can be born within a person. The autumn equinox is a time of preparing the way for the Son to be born at the winter solstice.

The symbols of this preparation can be found throughout the ancient world, in the cosmos, and indicate what to go through to awaken spiritually.

The spiritual meaning of the autumn equinox has been obscured with time, much more than the other three events in the wheel of the year. This is because as the spiritual work was lost, the esoteric meaning became vague and must have seemed to represent sinister, evil forces. Thus the symbols were given other meanings and turned into other things in the way that Santa Claus symbolizes Christmas day. Parts moved to cross quarter days and meanings changed into celebrations of the dead, of evil spirits, harvest festivals, bonfires, sacrifices, drunkenness, and debauchery. Fortunately the builders of ancient sites such as the Great Pyramids left the message of the real meaning in their architecture, which mirrored the meanings found in the cosmos and survived in sketchy details through myths, legends, and religions throughout history.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Lakes Entrance

Staying at the farm in the Lakes Entrance area of Victoria was so restful and soul nourishing. With no other properties near the farm I had a profound feeling of being alone in nature. No mobile signal or internet being available also allowed me not to be distracted by the everyday workings of the world as I sat on the verandah viewing the paddocks with sheep, cows, pigs, geese and numerous bird life and the sounds of nature for company makes you take time for yourself that is otherwise sometimes lacking.

Our cottage at Kookaburra Farm Stay.


Farm grown vegetable garden.


Kookaburra Farm Stay's beautiful tranquil garden at the farm.

This mother pig had given birth a few weeks before we arrived at the farm.

Four very healthy baby piglets.

Geese were free range and a source for local restaurants.

Sheep were also raised on the farm and then supplied as meat products to the local community.
Listening to the earth wake each morning and go to sleep at night was something very special we do not hear in the city. Then there are the night sky's which can't be put into words, with more stars than you think are possible to view all the way down to the tree line. Just standing and watching in the stillness and dark makes one feel very humble.

We did drive along the Great Alpine Road to Mount Hotham standing 1868m one day and the country side was breathtakingly beautiful.


A rare site of an Echidna in the wild. We were actually blessed with two sightings of Echidna whilst in Victoria.

Grandview Lookout at Orbost.
The river was friend and foe to the locals unleashing mighty floods and leaving rich alluvial soil.

The original road bridge beside the new concrete bridge.



The slab hut was built in 1872 by settlers to Orbost living upstream from Orbost. It was reconstructed in 1987 using original slabs and building techniques. Orbost developed from 1881 as the population increased and settlers came to farm the rich floodplains. 

The Tourist Informaiton Centre in Orbost was the most wonderful surprise a shame there is not a prise for the most loved and well cared for centre in Australia this would surely win.



A gentle 15 minute loop track winds it's way through temperate rainforest on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek with sheltered sitting areas amongst the Lilly Pilly and Yellow wood with vines twisting skyward and palms towering overhead. The Cabbage Fan Palm is the only native palm to extend into Victoria.

Cabbage Tree Creek walk was another stop along the road were we stretched our legs.
The view from Mount Hotham.

The Big Merino in Goulburn was wearing a splendid hand crafted scarf.





Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Kookaburra Valley Farmstay

We went for a drive along the Eastern side of the Peninsula through Merricks, Balnarring, Hastings to Tyabb. All lovely little villages with the friendliest people.
There were hay bales as far as the eye could see.

 
Hasting had a lovely marina.

We then went to Arthurs Seat, which was named after a similar mountain in Edinburgh Scotland in 1802. We walked to the Seawinds Gardens with it’s wonderful views a large 34 hectare park within the Arthurs Seat State Park.

A very large seat to fill at the top of the mountain. 
The park was filled with curious kangaroos.

A view from Bay Lookout.



At our accommodation at Nepean Country Club Resort these birds made a great welcoming party. 


We also went to the Famous Portsea Hotel right on the waterfront at Portsea. The end of the road atmosphere sets the scene for the million dollar holiday mansions of Portsea. Melbourne’s rich and famous have built here from the 1860’s through to the 1920’s and the buildings are statements sitting on the edge of cliffs overlooking the waters.
We had lunch at the Hotel built in 1927, seating on the terrace looking out over the bay with the most stunning views.


Looking back towards the hotel from the waterfront.
After lunch we went for a walk approx. 5 kilometres in length out along the Port Nepean Discovery Walk to the very end of the Mornington Peninsula.
During the last century in Australia with migrants arriving from all over the world it became essential to have quarantine for livestock. Many new settlers brought their own sheep, horses and goats to help settle into the new land. It was known that rinderpest and foot and mouth disease could rapidly infect local livestock so conditions had to be put in place to ensure the health of these animals. The jetty and holding yards were built at Observation Point in 1879. Later quarantine yards were established at Melbourne Zoo and Coode Island.



Fort Nepean is at the westward end of Point Nepean. The turbulent waterway between Port Phillip and Point Lonsdale is known as the Rip. Today the heads provide the sole access point to Port Melbourne. The rip is still considered one of the world’s most testing navigational challenges. Mariners of old described their passage through the treacherous currents and reefs as “threading the needle”.
Although the walk was quite long the views were well worth the effort.
The Fort Nepean & Quarantine Station from 1858 complex has tunnels and gun emplacements, the tunnels at the fort were extensive this one was going to the engine room down by the water’s edge.
This is the beach where Harold Holt disappeared.

We also drove to Lakes Entrance and stopped at Mt Barkly Lookout Kalimna.


A view of the entrance to the lakes at Lakes Entrance from Jemmies Point.

On our way to the Den of Nargun we came across this wonderful echidna going about his day.

The Den of Nargun has great cultural significance to the aboriginal people especially the women of the Gunnai/Kurnai community. Tradition has it that the Nargun lives there a fierce being of half human - half stone. The Nargun was feared because it took children who visited the rockpool. Spears thrown at it were reflected back to the thrower. The den a cave under a rock overhang once had stalactites hanging from it however visitors unfortunately took these as souvenirs. Some can still be seen today.

The Den of Nargun in the Mitchell River National Park and has the Woolshed Creek running through it.
Looking closely you can see me at Bluff Lookout where I stayed while Kevin walked down through the valley to the glen at the creek.



We drove through the park to Billy Goat Bend, where the Mitchell River has carved a natural amphitheater through the 350 million year old sandstone. The Mitchell River is the only major Victorian River that runs wild and freely from its source to the sea, starting as a series of streams from the moss bogs.

In Bairnsdale there is the most unusual Court House built in 1873 that we have ever seen.
We are staying in the Lakes Entrance area at Sarsfield on the Kookaburra Valley farm which is an idyllic cottage in farmland about 15 minutes drive from Bairnsdale. This is the view as we wake in the morning from the front door or bedroom window such a special serenity exists here no noise other than that from the birds.


The view once the fog had lifted. There is no phone signal and therefore no internet available so I am being forced to have a real peaceful time, Kevin is driving into Bairnsdale each day to work at the library and I am staying on the farm even the owners of the property go to work during the day so there is nobody around for literally miles and miles very peaceful and soul renewing.