Friday, May 31, 2013

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FLORA AND FAUNA
OF COASTAL AUSTRALIA

Along the mountain highlands
are lush temperate rain forests,
with giant ferns, moss bogs
and a cool, constant mist.
There's a sweet smell in the air.

Closer to the coast are groves of eucalyptus,
with sleeping koalas and wild parrots
who sometimes get quite friendly.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

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AUSTRALIA'S
RUGGED COASTAL BEAUTY

Drive south from Melbourne,
and you're on Australia's famous
Great Ocean Road.

The pristine, icy cold waters of
the Antarctic Ocean . . .
soft sandy sprawling beaches . . .
and magnificent sandstone pillars 
standing guard against massive cliffs.

Sparsely populated towns
dot the coast line, 
with lots of public "pull overs"
to explore the geology and
hand-carved eucalyptus trunks
along the way.

Hike to the edge, if you will.
(Warning signs aren't too subtle
to remind you of the danger.)

A trip through a coastal rain forest
on tomorrow's blog, including
wild parrots and furry koalas.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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SCENES FROM MELBOURNE

Tucked in the southeast corner of Australia,
Melbourne is a surprisingly sophisticated city,
a feast for the senses.

Just 200 years old, "Melbin" is a blend of
classic Victorian architecture, shocking modern styles,
setting trends in art, fashion and food.

Recently Melbourne finds itself in the center
of the coffee world . . .
and site of the recently held
2013 World Barista Competition.
(More on that in future blog posts.)

Some scenes from this past week!
(Tomorrow, images from Australia's 
natural beauty from the southern coast.)



Sunday, May 19, 2013

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HOPPED AWAY
NO BLOG TODAY

Gone "down under," mate!

I hopped away to Australia
(on assignment),
so I'll be gone for a while
(returning 5/28.)

Covering the World Barista Championship
in Melbourne, and a little sightseeing.



Saturday, May 18, 2013

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ROGUE DINING EVENT
AT MISSOURI WINERY

Missouri is blessed with many small
artisanal wineries, producing excellent
varietal white and red wines.

One superb winery is Sugar Creek Winery,
situated in the rolling hills of Defiance, Missouri.
The Rogue Underground Dining Society
held their 29th gourmet dining event
at Sugar Creek, pairing their 7 courses
with appropriate wines.

The view, the food, the wines, the weather,
the guests, the chefs and staff . . .
it was a beautiful evening.

(Now it's time to pack for my
assignment in Australia.)

Friday, May 17, 2013

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THE JOYS OF
A PERENNIAL GARDEN

To witness the first blooms
of a home perennial garden
makes us glad we started gardening.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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GLASS GATES
IN THE ROSE GARDEN

Dale Chihuly's glass installation
for the entrance gates to the rose garden.

(Missouri Botanical Garden.)