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Heading out to Port Stephens very shortly- and my knees have been having arthritic thing for days so am NOTNOTNOT looking forward to the bus trip.

I AM looking forward to dolphins and didgeridoo playing - Lynne and I ended up at a free didge show yesterve and I *oooh*'d and *aaaaaaaah*'d even more than I had at Tharanie's tour. Spent some time chatting to a very nice man called Jeremy who makes didgeridoos and has proposed to sell us some simple unpainted ones for $150.

I've met quite a few people who are of part-Aboriginal descent (including some quite eccentric combinations, such as one guy who is a mix of Aborigine and Swedish) and it's fascinating to chat and pick their brains about their dual heritage (especially fascinating as most of them only encountered Aborigine culture in thier late adolescent-adult lives). There's an excellent movie about Aborigines in Australia in the early part of the 20th Century called Rabbit Proof Fence which among other things explains why there are so many people of mixed descent.

I learned all sorts of interesting things about didges, such as they are made from eucalyptus trees which are hollow inside because the termites have eaten their way through the soft centre but not the hard outer layers which are filled with tannin and that to make the didgeridoo one whittles down the hard outer layer.

I'm finally getting used to Aus, no longer feel so dizzy or disorinted even though the money still startles me because it has the queen's head on it but the two dollar coins are the smallest while the 20 cent ones are huge.

I think when I come back to England it's going to seem like an Ice age.


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Sep. 14th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
is it much warmer where you are currently than in england? I'm never up on what season/warmth it is in which month for the southern hemisphere.

but if you are sad about feeling cold in england, my sympathies. my body is naturally desirous of a warmer ambient temperature than everyone else I hang out with, so I spend a lot of time wearing layers and longing for a nice down blanket . haha, ex: right now in prox's room. but then i think part of that is my body wanting to go to bed now, please.
Sep. 15th, 2004 01:02 am (UTC)
It’s got colder here since you left :-(
Sep. 15th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
my grandpa's buried under an eucalyptus tree...i always associate him with koalas now
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