Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Island magic

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There is a large tall Norfolk Island Pine tree in my neighbour’s front yard and it is often home to many varieties of nesting birds, all at different levels of the tree.

The last couple of years a pair of Brown Goshawks (Raptor family) have used the tree to nest and raise their babies. They have returned again and built their nest right at the very top of the tree and are beautiful to watch.

Brown Goshawk

Their first clutch doesn’t appear to have hatched and they built a second nest below the first and that has resulted in one baby Goshawk.


Earlier this year we were offered an upgrade to our internet bandwidth and speed. Of course we took up the offer to upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The consequence of that has been an opening up of what we can do on the internet without worrying about using bandwidth.

I was told about the International Space Station passing overhead and recommended an app to monitor it’s location. Well I have become a fan! I found another app (View Earth Live HD on iTunes) that lets you view live the 2 cameras on the ISS at any time. I have become a bigger fan!

One of the times I just clicked in to view where it was, I caught a space-walk in progress.


I was so thrilled. I then went looking on Facebook for an ISS page to see if there was a schedule. It talked about upcoming events which lead me to the NASA website.

I saw the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft resupply launch live on NASA TV over the internet this week.

rocket at sunset



There were even cameras on the spacecraft.

rocket viewview of earth






I will be watching when the resupply rocket reaches the International Space Station and watch it’s docking. There is certainly a lot more to see with this venture.

Cheese piecesAt a local weekend market I visited recently there was a cheese stall and after a sampling I liked 2 of the cheeses so decided to treat myself as I hadn’t been near a specialist cheese outlet for some time. I saw the price of $19.95 on the cheese and you know I assumed it was per kg. The owner did say that it was 100g and yes I agreed and he cut me off a 100g slice from the block. I asked for a similar amount on the second cheese and that ended up being a chunk. It was at about that point I realised that the $19.95 price was per 100 grams. There was no way I could back out of the sale at that point as he had cut me off 2 pieces of cheese.

Cheese view

This is what you get for $36 (the plate is a small bread and butter plate btw)

Slice of cheese

I took multiple pics of the cheese to show the sizes because no matter which way you looked at them the pieces were small. Chunk of cheese

So this cheese worked out at $199.50 per kg.

This is the most expensive cheese I have ever bought or tasted for that matter.

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