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Here’s a blogging tip I found for people using WordPress blogs.
Have you ever lost your post and have been frustrated because of the time you put into it? I found a great article about the Post Revisions feature on WordPress, that keeps track of your revisions and allows you to restore them.

If you want to make an Image Gallery on WordPress like I have made in the post about Tumbulgum on the Tweed River and Uki Village, here’s a WordPress video on how to Create an Image Gallery.

Upon reviewing my posts using the image gallery, I have found that the larger ‘stand alone’ images I had inserted in these posts are now not visible – though previously they were. I would advise not using separate images in posts using the image gallery as they are the only posts that have been affected in this way.

For a post with lots of links and interesting information about the great features on WordPress, click here

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Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW, is a very unique town with magnificent beaches and spectacular views to the mountains.

What I always realise after travelling overseas is that Australia has many beautiful stretches of unspoilt white sand beaches and I am lucky that I don’t have to travel far. My husband and I often take day trips to Byron Bay and always enjoy our visits. On our last visit I took alot of photos, but have just a few on show here.
Can you guess what this picture is of?

Byron Bay Art

Byron Bay Art

View from the Pass

View from The Pass Carpark

More Byron Bay Art

Respect the Bay

Overlooking Tallows Beach

Overlooking Tallows Beach

For more of my posts about Byron Bay click here

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Uki is a beautiful little historic village in the foothills of Mt Warning (Wollumbin in the Bundjalung aboriginal language means ‘Clouds Catcher’).  It’s such a tiny place but it has a fantastic community with it’s own Uki Village website full of information and the local Uki News is on-line  for all to view. There are alot of very talented Artists around Uki and environs, and here’s a great website with a list of Galleries called Cloud Catcher.

My good friend Paola Emma of Living Moon Astrology is so passionate about Uki she has offered the following history

‘The cute name Uki, (pronounced yook-eye) may be the aboriginal word for a water fern with edible roots, but many believe that it was derived from the sign, reading UK1, the timber cutters used to put on the first quality lumber, in particular the precious red cedar, that was exported in great quantity to Great Britain in the early days.

Uki Village

Uki Village in the Foothills of Mt Warning

There is a book with real life accounts of the way life was in the Uki, Main Arm area since the first white pioneers started moving to the Tweed around 1860, called ‘The Way it Was‘ . This wonderful collection is full of fresh and interesting accounts of what life was like for the brave men and women of these bygone days. It also provides some ideas of the ups and downs in the relationship between white settlers and aboriginal people. The book was edited by Mary Lee Connery and is a very good read.

The region around Uki was, first of all, settled for lumber cutting and export. Then the sugar cane came and many dairy farms populated the area from the early 1900s. The latter soon became the commercial backbone of the Uki area. The historical Uki Butter factory, affectionately known as The Buttery, was the place where the local dairy farmers used to bring their milk and cream to be processed, until the early 1960s.

Over the last few years the Old Butter Factory has been transformed, through the dedication of community groups and grants, into a busy shopping and cultural centre. There is a good selection of shops inhabiting the Buttery including the Uki CTC (Community Technology Centre) which is run by volunteers.

Uki is also close to the wonderful Mebbin Forest National Park and the Clarrie Hall Dam (only ten kilometers from the village), a haven for sail boating, canoeing, fishing and picnics.

Uki has been hosting a colourful monthly market around the Old Buttery called the Uki Buttery Bazaar while a Local Produce market is held in the Uki Hall every Saturday’.

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It was only yesterday I had noticed my car needed a wash, but my dirty car is in good company after a freak dust storm travelled from Australia’s Red Centre causing havoc across outback towns and Sydney, before sweeping over the East Coast.

Sydneysider’s woke to a red dawn which caused major disruptions to commuters, with choking dust affecting asthmatics and people with lung complaints. It’s also a tragedy for farmers with thousands of tonnes of top soil blown away. To view some amazing images of the red dust over Sydney visit the flickr blog

The morning started off like any other, and I was enjoying my friend’s exotic garden taking photos before the dust descended on the north coast, which turned the sky an eerie yellow.

From a sunny morning

From a sunny morning

to this eerie scene

to this eerie scene

By the late afternoon the dust had dispersed a bit, but there will be alot of people washing dust from everything for several days!

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun

Dust Choked Sunset

Dust Choked Sunset

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As the controversial Repco Rally left the town of Murwillumbah last Sunday and thousands made their way out through the cane fields, this amazing vision of light descending onto earth ushered them homeward.

The desent onto earth

The descent onto earth

Eclipsing the town

Eclipsing the town

Red_Black_sky

Blinded by the beauty

Myself and other spectators stopped to watch as the sun emerged from the clouds to make it’s final descent. Blinding me with it’s brilliance, I couldn’t take anymore photos before it disappeared behind the mountains.

The final show

The final show

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Sunrises at this time of the year can be spectacular in this area. These photos were taken by me in the last week in the Tweed Valley.

Mist collects and is illuminated by the low set sun, and the landscape looks totally different.

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Even overcast dawns have their own beauty.

Stormy Sunrise

Stormy Sunrise

This photo shows the moon setting at sunrise towards the right of the photo

Moonsetting at Dawn

Moonset at Dawn

Now here’s the sunrise taken from the Tweed River minutes later.

Sunrise over the Tweed River

Sunrise over the Tweed River

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No, I don’t surf, but my Husband does. He was only complaining yesterday that there had been no good surf for ages, then today we got the call from a friend at Cabarita that the surf was up. When we got there it was coming up, and within 15 mins the carpark had filled up and surfers were coming from everywhere.

Cabarita

I once lived across the road from the headland and things haven’t changed much except I don’t remember there being whales passing back in the early 80’s. Apparently there were 2 whales cavorting off the headland earlier.  I took some photos and caught up with friends whilst my Husband got his fill of salt water.

Cabarita_Headland

Surfer

If you want regular hot surf images of Byron Bay, click here for SoulArch

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