Saturday, 24 May 2014

Tree planting in Tasmania

 Tree planting next to the tree that caused all the trouble

Today, in continuation of the Australian day ceremony, i went to plant my tree at my boss Catherine's garden in Blackmans bay.

This was my second attempt in going, the first time i went the bus service seemed a bit woeful, two weeks ago at the bus stop i realised the next bus wouldn't be for five hours. So it didn't happen then.

This time, a little bit more planning was involved, as the guy that planned the Normandy invasion commented
The planning was everything and the plan was nothing

Diggin' a hole

Catherine likes planting trees, she also likes cutting them down too, but only the ones that are causing trouble.
We planted my tree next to the tree that was cut down, that the neighbour complained about and reported her to the council, apparently you can get fined for cutting down trees?

The place is only covered in trees, you'd never think someone would complain about a thing like that, but the lord givith, the lord takes away. As you can see from the photos, Backmans bay was down one tree last week, not it's up one tree. A win win scenario! Hip hip hurrah!!

After all its the Australian way.

It's nice to get out in the country, i was telling Catherine about the Molai woods, a guy in India planted a whole forest, by himself and established a habitat for several thousands of varieties of trees and an astounding diversity of wildlife -- including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers.

It was 1979 and floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. When Payeng -- then only 16 -- found them, they had all died.
"The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms," Payeng told the Times Of India.


The Forest Man Of India

I guess you have to start somewhere? And I was promised Tatty scones too, how could i refuse?

As much as i hate getting on a bus, this time i pretended i was a tourist, what was there not to like?

 One of us was doing all the work, indoors and outdoors

Tatty scones, its a Scottish thing apparently?

 And she has goats

And goats, and chickens and Guinea fowl

Me playing the part of the 'Health and safety officer', no one got hurt and that's the main thing, i think?

Totally excellent day Australia!!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Fellow have to look at the big picture!!!

So this week i became an Australian, ta da!!

I got it!!

A moment i have been waiting for for a very long time, some of you saw the photos, when i saw the photos, i knew i had to make a joke about them, and fast, so i uploaded them and tagged them as 'Citizenship, worst photos ever!'

Bad photos, bad joke. And the joke didn't last too long for me, it began to wear me down, i felt like i was going to snap. So i threw a dinner party, took more photos, those photos in the end came out well. Thank god, Buddha, Jehovah or who ever he or she is!!

Over a game of ping pong, Nickolai was losing and losing badly said
'You have to look at the big picture'
Two day's later while contemplating the picture. I realised i did forget about the big picture and it was then i remembered the online course i did when i first arrived in Hobart called 'A beginners guide to irrational behaviour'

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

Part of this course covered subconscious mistakes our minds make every day and then i remembered learning in the course how sometimes your mind can focus so much on what's visually wrong instead of the big picture. In my case i was getting all worked up about photos, when i actually got what i wanted, Citizenship, my friends were there and then i was able to let it go.

Getting Citizenship

A bit like how chicks get worked up about their wedding day, getting citizenship was a big deal for me, of course it was all mental. Another part of being a citizen of Australia, off the top of my head is...
Paying taxes
Obeying the law
Fighting for your country
Doesn't sound like fun, now does it? So why get all worked up about photos, eh brain?

As Dan Ariely said,
'As much as you can be aware of what you are physically capable of, when we are mentally aware we can make better decisions, design better health care systems, financial systems....ect'

Or as Detective Callaghan said...

There was a bit of Karaoke too

Advance Australia fair!

After all, it was a good day!
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