Archive for October, 2009

I just wanted to pass on this opportunity to see the international and award winning film Rainforest – The Secret of Life this Sunday night 1st November at 7.30pm on ABC.


I’m assured by a friend that it is well worth watching, fantastic vision and has really great information. It was filmed right on our doorstep, all around the Mt Warning caldera on the Qld – NSW border, our beautiful north coast, by David Warth of Byron Bay and narrated by Jack Thompson – so I wouldn’t miss it!

Rainforest – The secret of life, intimately follows the life and death struggles of the creatures of the rainforest. This documentary captures footage of extremely rare animals, like the amazing Albert’s Lyrebird, which is found nowhere else on Earth. This unique rainforest is home to many rare and endangered species, and is connected to many of the other rainforests around the world.

The film takes a very intimate look into the life in our local rainforests and then incorporates the latest scientific information on how rainforests are an integral part of the planets air conditioning system.

It has won a Gold Award and the Golden Tripod Award for Wildlife and Nature films from the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Jules Verne festival award for Nature films in Paris. It has recently been nominated for an award at the CMS Vatavaran environmental Film Festival in New Delhi India.
For more information click here


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As Kirra Point is one of my Husband’s favourite surfing spots, he attended the rally to save Kirra on Australia Day along with 3,000 people who turned up to paddle in a peaceful but symbolic protest. It was a great show of comradery as the surfing community came together in an effort to bring Kirra back to it’s original glory.

This prompted both Government and Council to hear the people and act on their concerns. The Government and Gold Coast City Council are now looking at moving 60,000 cubic metres of sand, 75 metres back from the shoreline into a 1.5 metre sloping sand dune from the corner of Kirra Point to North Kirra. This will be the first positive step to Bring Back Kirra and work could start prior to the December school holidays with any luck!

The Kirra SurfStock Festival will be held from Currumbin to Kirra Beach QLD, November 5th to 8th 2009 to celebrate, create awareness and bring families and communities together to have some fun.

Here’s the latest Kirra Surfstock YouTube video

It’s all go for the inaugural Kirra SurfStock 4 night and three day festival  from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November and is set to rock with a massive line up of events!
For more information click here

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The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers do a fantastic job of looking after sick, injured or orphaned native fauna around the clock. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native fauna.

Just recently a friend had a wildlife emergency with a wallaby on the way to work and luckily for the animal, the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers came to the rescue. How many of us carry the emergency phone number? 02 6672 4789

Did you know that the emergency hot line of the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers is manned by dedicated volunteers who stay by the phone on their rostered days and attend to emergencies, often having ailing wildlife in their care also.

One of my oldest friends is an absolute animal lover and has been a carer for orphaned or sick wildlife for as long as I have known her. Babies and marsupials can need feeding every 20 minutes around the clock and a lot of nurturing to become strong enough to be returned to their native habitat.

Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers has a very informative website full of information on how to be wildlife friendly and how you can help. Click here


Did you know there is a Wildlife Information Day being held this Saturday 31st October at Crystal Creek Miniatures to educate and answer questions?

This information session is organised by the Tweed Shire Council, Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers and Friends of the Koala, amongst others.

For more information, view the  Wildlife Info Day Poster

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There’s not much my husband couldn’t tell you about surfing as he’s been an avid surfer for over 40 years. He has many stories of his adventures in the early 70’s driving from Sydney to Byron Bay to catch the endless tubes of the north coast.

Those were the days when there was a wharf at Belongil where a waste pipe pumped blood from the Abattoir into the ocean, and surfers had to be ever vigilant on the lookout for sharks!

Just last week we were in Byron Bay and my husband was recognised as a big wave rider from Cronulla Point – which was pretty amazing as my husband left Sydney in 1979 to enjoy the great surf on the north coast.

Here’s some YouTube video footage of cyclone swell at Byron earlier this year.

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This a wonderful story. People giving their energy and time to help others always inspires me. Story Dogs is an organisation that was started this year in Murwillumbah by two women passionate about children and reading.

Story Dogs has followed an American program by training dogs to go into primary schools to assist slow readers in grade 2. Story Dogs mission is to make reading fun for children so they become confident lifelong readers and believe that no child should be left behind in literacy.

Each child spends 20 minutes with the dog and owner and reads a book chosen by the teacher. The child gains confidence by reading to the dog and their reading skills improve. The non-judgmental, loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic. Children relax, open up, try harder and have fun reading to a friendly and calm dog.

I wish this program was available when my youngest son had reading difficulties as he just absolutely adores animals and I know it would have been beneficial to his confidence and focus. Volunteers join the organisation which currently has 3 dogs helping out at Murwillumbah East Primary School.

Sammy with Tayla Reading

Child Reading with Sammy

Sammy the greyhound will go into serious story dog training with an 8 week puppy school class, and then he will be assessed. He has the temperament, greyhounds love children, but he’s not keen on sitting. The program is anticipated to expand to other primary schools in the Tweed region
To view Story Dogs website click here

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I have found that the Bangalow Markets are the most aesthetically pleasing markets as people enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful grounds taking in all the sights and sensations that the market offers. The large Camphor Laurel Trees create a lovely atmosphere and provide shade, which is a pleasant relief from the heat of the day.

The Bangalow Markets have been on the 4th Sunday of the month since the early 80’s and are still very popular for locals and tourists alike. It’s also pleasant to stroll into the historic village of Bangalow and explore the unique and boutique shops.
For information and Bangalow Markets website click here

A website has just been launched to provide an online business hub for market stall holders near and far, and promote the alternate market place as a viable growth industry. Byron Bay Market Place enables Stall Holders to exhibit their product profile and source other stall holders. It already has an eclectic range of stallholders products profiled and more will be added.

North Coast Markets - A Great Day Out for the Family

North Coast Markets - A Great Day Out for the Family

The website contains individual market stall profiles, a chat room, and a blog for stallholders to publicise their stalls, which includes a comprehensive local monthly market schedule. It even has a link to the Bureau of Meteorology to check the weather – which is very important for outdoor markets!

The north coast is renowned for its monthly market circuit which has been established for over 30 years so it’s fantastic that a website has been gifted to the community for the huge amount of stallholders to connect and share resources.
Byron Bay Market Place now online  click here

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I recently made an Eggless Date and Ginger Cake with spelt flour and uploaded the recipe to Scribd – which is a document sharing service known as ‘The YouTube for Documents’. It was started in 2007 to share a wide range of documents and now claims to have 10 million documents uploaded.

I looked for a tutorial on embeding a Scribd Document into a WordPress Blog and the one I found was out of date as Scribd had obviously upgraded since it was made. I wanted to embed the recipe into my blog so I explored the site and discovered how it’s done. I decided to make a Tutorial on How to Embed a Scridb Document into a WordPress Blog (shown below) as I like to create things and share them.

The first tutorial I made and uploaded to Scribd was How to Insert YouTube Video into a WordPress Blog. To view tutorial click here

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