I think this is a great blog Fibershed and a very good idea, similar to the idea of local food, the 100 mile diet etc. And very much in keeping with the idea of bioregional colour. It is well worth a preuse through past posts for some great clothing and jewellery ideas. I love the idea of sourcing all my fibre and clothes as well as my colour from within my local area. And the tourists would love to be able to go to areas and collect truly local pieces as well.
Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility.
The journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths through life. Water begins its residence on earth as it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain into a tributary or stream. In the same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. Like a river that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a specific time and place, within a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles along the way just as a river flows.
Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility. When a river breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on, as we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall hard but we always keep moving on. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what’s familiar. Water is brave and does not waste time clinging to its past, but flows onward without looking back. At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled, water does not run away from it in fear of the dark; instead, water humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we can face the dark moments of our life rather than run away from them.
Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the river.
This week I have chosen a blog that focusses on the journey to Living more Lightly on the planet. The latest post is a reminder that for most of us being minimal still means we are rich beyond our wildest dreams. And I love the fact that Joshua shares his ups, downs, struggles, the whole enchilada. He is on the way and not preaching from the lofty height of achievement.
Lots of good stuff to read and I not only look forward to his posts but always learn something.
In April next year I will be travelling to The Blue Mountains in NSW for CONTEXTART to do a workshop with the most lovely Trish Baldwin .
Also in the class will the fabulous India Flint and she talks about it here giving all the info about the class.
Now I know this class was added to the list late and I do know that we have the minimum numbers required for the class to go ahead, so if you are interested in Encaustic and why wouldn't you be, sign up coz it is going to be a hoot.
This week we are off to The Realm of Froud where you can find examples of the work of both Wendy and Brian Froud. I must admit I have been a fan for years and yes I own both of the fairy books as well as a Goblins Companion, I also saw the most wonderful Book Of Stains in a bookshop in Bunbury years ago but foolishly failed to buy and I still regret it.
Last night we had dinner at Hallams Waterfront Restaurant to celebrate Dan's birthday. This place had been recommended but we were a little aprehensive after reading a couple of online reviews.
It is easy to get to with plenty of parking and on entering it was bright and warm with the wood fire blazing in the centre of the room and supplementary heaters possibly not helped by the open door but still nice and warm, helped no doubt by the abundance of wood.
The waitresses were attentive throughout the evening and certainly eager to help even though at times there was a lag between a request and it appearing.
Upon being seated we were offered water which was happily accepted until tasting it to realise it was cooled tap water, this is one thing I find highly offensive in any eating establishment but in fine dining I find it inexcusable. We asked for the water to be taken away, and we were then offered the option of filtered water which we accepted and yes it was an extra charge on the bill.
For entrees we ordered the Seafood Chowder and Wild Tiger Prawns. Dan specifically asked if the chowder came with bread and if so how many pieces. The answer was 2-3 pieces which seemed a goodly amount. When the chowder arrived there was 1 very small piece of bread on the side. Another piece of bread was requested but it didn't arrive till we had swapped plates and so he had to lean across the table to dunk it, not an ideal solution. The Seafood chowder was also a dissapointment, if not for the chunks of seafood and a couple of mussels you would be hard pressed to detect any seafood flavour at all. Just creaminess with chunks of potato.
The Tiger Prawns where beautifully cooked, but the garlic and parmesan panisse which they rested upon was underseasoned (and I don't even usually use salt!!!) floury and flavourless, like a big wad of glueyness in the mouth. The garlic sauce though was delicious.
Onto the mains, I had a second entree of Sat and Pepper Calamari with a salad of Roasted Beetroot and Sweet Potato with fetta, greens and an Almond Aioli. This dish was a triumph a delight to eat. Dan on the otherhand paid $36 for a piece of grilled Stripey Trumpeter and a few baby potatoes which was anything but special. I do find it dissapointing when these prices are charged and you are still expected to apy extra fro vegetables. Obviously not paying attention to the dietary guidelines of more vegetables in the diet when restaurant food seems to be built exclusively around protein and starch.
And for dessert I scored a big hit with the Espresso Brulee with a espresso sauce and a cream filled Brandy Snap. Excellent I enjoyed every last bit.
Dan once more was not totally overwhelmed by the Spiced Apple pudding which he said was only ok and the triple shot long black which he ordered in a mug which came in a cup was just alittle bit too strong.
So all in all considering the bill (including 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers) came to $162 for 2, we were not super impressed. Given the choice again we probably would not return to this restaurant.
It was much better value and quality at The Gorge Reastaurant.