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Lunch-Guests

Mum and I had a drive through the Orara Valley, and stopped to have lunch at the Kafe Kookaburra, a favorite stop of ours in Nana Glen (where my sister lives).
If you ever happen to find yourself up on the Coffs Coast of Australia, I highly encourage you to turn off the Pacific Highway towards Nana Glen, it's just beautiful country there, and the Kafe Kookaburra is an -excellent- place for lunch.

Black-dress Dinner Party

The magpies clearly agreed with us, as they swooped down onto the table next to us as soon as the occupents left.

Dinner Guests

But wait! Who is this trying to muscle in on the magpie's grub?

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Why, it's a Blue-faced Honeyeater!

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was1
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, nice shots of the birds, they're so neat looking.
kanawinkie
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Aren't they!
I've learned I simply can not go anywhere without my camera now-a-days. I find the most beautiful things in the most surprising places.
pseudomanitou
Jan. 3rd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Dammit... these images you post keep leaving me feeling like all the wildlife in America had the color drained out of it and it leached into your neck of the woods.
kanawinkie
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
That's good, because that's certainly how I feel too.
At least regarding bird-life.
I've certainly only really got interested in photographing birds since I got here and (similarly) was struck by the colours.
Thinking back on American birds, I can't help but think "how dull.." Even the bluebirds or cardinals.

The longer I spend here, the harder it is to contemplate moving away. So I think I won't :)
Now to convince everyone else to move to Australia...

*grins* on that note, while Australia isn't a vegan nation, it IS a country very proud and supportive of its own produce; fresh food being a strong point.
It's absurdly easy to be vegetarian here, with beautiful fruit and veg markets often dual-weekly, year round. I've had better produce from local places consistently since I arrived a year ago, even when I was living in Sydney.

From that branch and after experimenting for a week and a half, I've deemed it easy to be vegan as well. Cafes and restaurants are still the hardest places; but all of them have vegetarian options, and in most cases the only thing keeping the "vegetarian" dish from being "vegan" is cheese.

Oh, and supermarkets also stock this Soyco product which I can't remember if it's available in the States or not. Their marinated tofus are hands down, the best tofu I've ever eaten and still wolf down like a starved child every chance I get.

I could go on... but do I have to?
pseudomanitou
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I've thought about moving, but I have too much of a life here, so... like you -- I'd need to figure out how to move EVERYONE over to consider it.
kanawinkie
Jan. 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Alas!
Well, I already know the -real- trick is to lure people over for a visit, and after they fall in love with the country, THEN get them to stay.
So in that regard, if I have a couch available for you to crash on, and you've got the spare cash and/or time (I know, I know, rare commodities both.) you're welcome to stay at my place. That goes for Kami as well, of course.
pseudomanitou
Jan. 3rd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
You're very daring inviting both Kami and myself. The sight of us together can be a bit much :)
kanawinkie
Jan. 4th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
All I ask is for no marathons in my house ;)
pseudomanitou
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
*head-desk*

And here I keep thinking that because someone didn't reply to my LJ, they didn't read about that...
kanawinkie
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
*snicker!*
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kanawinkie
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well, they (the cafe) do server breakfast all day; so maybe they were after a syrup or jam?
Apart from peck things over briefly they left the food-stuff mostly alone.
My hunch is they really just wanted to annoy the magpies and I mean really; who wouldn't? ;)
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