Thursday, January 27, 2011

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium in Cairns

FOUR YEARS. GO. - A Campaign To Change The Course of History

Bike the Earth

This Saturday Chris and I will be presenting the Awakening the Dreamer
Symposium in Cairns in collaboration with the Cairns And Far North
Environment Center, before Bike the Earth heads off overseas. We would love
for you, and or your friends to come, and for you to pass on the attached
invite to any contacts you have in the area.

It will be a day of connection, grounding & inspiration. We are looking
forward to gathering all those that are making Cairns & the far north such
an amazing well of action, commitment & understanding of the beauty,
vitality & value that this particular area is for the locals, Australia &
the world.

Please RSVP by Friday 4pm 28th Jan to:
Sarah Hoyal - 4032 1746

The details of the day are as follows:

Bike the Earth
in partnership with CAFNEC presents the

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium

Saturday 29th January 2011
Cominos House
27 Greenslopes St,
(Crn Greenslopes & Little Streets)
Cairns. ,
10:30 - 17:00.

$20+ donation (includes a light lunch)

Sarah Hoyal
4032 1746

We look forward to sharing this inspirational event with you all. Please do
call me directly if you wish to ask me any questions about the even or the
day. The following links are also worth checking out;

Please check out our site especially the 4 Years Go video on our front page
and our "Blog, News & Info" tab for more about what we have been up to.

the reason why we are doing this right now and the video (please do watch
this) is also on our website.

http://www.awakenin gthedreamer. org
the event's website for more info about what the symposium is, why and where
it is from. Again the video is worth watching.

The ride has been a honour and pleasure. We have been able to provide
inspiration, connection to the huge global movement we are part of & support
around specific solutions to active and soon to be active communities,
initiatives & individuals along the way. Many who are already committed,
have found that we provide a deepening of their commitment & reconnection to
the bigger picture plus the personal reasons why these individuals have been
so in action. Sometimes this has come when resignation has or is about to
set in helping to lift them from this space into optimistic recommitted
action. We have also had the pleasure to inspire individuals who have not
been so active to make a deep personal commitment to be part of the change
that we have been documenting all through Australia.

We look forward to meeting you all. If you have any question please call me

Roland Smith
Bike the Earth
0421 921 923

Bike the Earth
Australian Contact
www.biketheearth. net

0421 921 923

Monday, January 24, 2011

The waiting game

Quite a crowd at the Flecker Botanical Gardens this weekend as visitors hope to see Titan Arum, the largest flower in the world in bloom. Not yet but it must be soon. Maybe the burst of fine weather we are experiencing as Cyclone Anthony drifts away from the coast might encourage 'Hannibal' and 'Spud' to do something.

STOP PRESS! Monday: It decided to open today:-)

David Rentz has been fortunate to have a closer look at these incredible plants and has some amazing photographs in his blog BunyipCo.

Friday, January 21, 2011

'HEARTfelt' Opening Night

(Click to enlarge)
Info from Cell Art Space:

HEART FELT – 5 Feb – 5 March 2011

Please join us at Cell Art Space, 109 Lake St at 5.30pm sharp to officially launch Heart Felt. From 6pm – 8.30pm meet the artist and enjoy food and drinks at Twelve Bar Café, Cnr Lake & Shields St.

Felt Art

Sangit is a felt maker and artist and Heart Feltis a collection of wet-felted pictures, wall hangings and sculptures. The brilliant colours and rich textures of her work with merino wool and silk expresses the joy and intensity that is possible in day-to-day life once you connect with deeper levels of yourself, the levels where creativity and love live.

Sangit also creates a lot of wearable art like scarves, hats, vests, belts and bags.

“I have always loved to express myself through painting and drawing and now I have found my ultimate medium: painting with dyed wool that I can not only see but also touch, the tactile aspect of felting has changed my whole approach to art and is very important to me.”

Heart Felt is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

More details on

OPENING NIGHT FRI 11 February 2011 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Please join us at Cell Art Space, 109 Lake St at 5.30pm sharp to officially launch Heart Felt. From 6pm – 8.30pm meet the artist and enjoy food and drinks at Twelve Bar Café, Cnr Lake & Shields St.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Wet Season in Tropical North Queensland

This is the currently overgrown path to our 'permaculture' backyard garden consisting of chillis, eggplants, sweet corn, pineapples and passionfruit and an assortment of tropical spinaches,chokos and sweet potatoes. Unfortunately the path to the garden has now been blocked by an eight legged interloper.
Look closely, can you see her?

Back view

Front view with suicidal reddish coloured boyfriend hanging around at the top left back leg.
Here's a video update of her today getting funky with a freshly caught cicada surrounded by an ever growing group of amorous males - possibly her next meal!

More about the The Golden Orb Spider from people who know more about them than me.