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ECO LIFE // fred hollows reserve

We are all aware of climate change and the environmental issues facing our earth, with most of us doing our best to try and improve our carbon footprint. I want to celebrate the beauty of nature as well as share any ethical, sustainability and eco-conscious information I find useful in my own life.

Going on a weekend walk I stumbled across Fred Hollows Reserve which is a hidden oasis in the heart of Randwick. This two hectare park is a natural area originally called Glebe Gully, spanning between two major roads and tucked away between dense housing. It is an easy short walk along a well designed boardwalk that follows the gorge leading to a footbridge crossing over the creek. With lush vegetation of ferns and tall trees creating a magical canopy, it transports you to a tropical rainforest in the middle of an urban area.

Historically it was used by early settlers for hunting and woodcutting until the land was subdivided in the 1880’s. Neglected and under threat as high rise apartment buildings were developed in the 1960’s, it was thankfully saved by conservation efforts. Weeding and replanting has restored the landscape and encouraged native animals to return like the rare Gully Skink. In 1993, the reserve was renamed in honour of renowned humanitarian and eye surgeon Fred Hollows. This parkland is an encouraging win and perfect example of the benefits of preserving the environment.

TYPE-RIGHTER // waverley cemetery

 

Waverley Cemetery sits above the cliffs at Bronte, giving the heritage-listed site one of the best locations in Sydney. Opened in 1877, it is occupied by many significant Australians such as poet Henry Lawson. His grave wasn’t easy to find, but an old hand painted metal sign lead the way, which was as simple and unassuming as his grave.

There are many grand, immaculate Victorian and Edwardian monuments adorned with beautiful inscriptions, crests and insignias. Walking around and looking at the creativity and craftsmanship on display is a lesson in typography from another time. It is interesting to see which fonts and symbols have been used to represent the person, marking their life and their final resting place.

TUCKER TIME // india v australia

India v Australia – sounds like cricket right? So with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force across most countries, many of us aren’t venturing out as much as we used to. Lots of restaurants and cafés are offering takeaway or delivery options which is great but I’m still cooking a lot. The extra time to plan meals has allowed me to be more creative and try cooking dishes I’ve never made before. I thought I’d experiment with making a traditional dish that represents a country’s culture and cuisine. This cauliflower tikka masala was a delicious vegetarian version to represent India, and I also added potatoes (recipe here). Sausage rolls were an obvious choice for Australia but I swapped the sausage mince for lamb and used carrots, celery and sweet potato as they were the vegetables I had on hand (recipe here). It was such a great test match that I still can’t pick a winner…

MASTERSTROKE // colour block

Pardon the pun but I couldn’t help myself! Wandering around suburban ‘blocks’ to find this gorgeous art using ‘colour blocking’ turned out to be a perfect combination. This was a fashion trend where an outfit revolves around a palette of multiple solid colours, usually in bold and bright shades.

The first image in Rozelle has window-like panels with murals of people peeking out to reveal themselves or parts of their faces. Painting these in black and white gives them contrast and depth to the colourful background. The second photo is in Ultimo and is an architectural piece reflecting the surrounding city buildings. Located on the industrial historic site of the former rail line, it has now been converted to a pedestrian pathway and cycle way known as The Goods Line. These graphic and abstract designs follow the ‘colour block’ style and brighten up these walls while adding character to the area.

 

STREETSCAPES // callan park

The changing of seasons from autumn into winter has made it perfect to go for walks on the weekend. Callan Park is a vast parkland covering 61 hectares across Rozelle, Lilyfield and down to Iron Cove. This gorgeous heritage-listed site has beautiful landscaped gardens you can wander through, complemented by city and harbour views.

Originally built in 1885 as Rozelle Psychiatric Hospital, it closed in 2008. There are countless historic sandstone buildings, some that are still being used but many of them are abandoned and derelict. It has faced demolition because of the decay, but locals and a volunteer group are fighting to protect it. There have been proposals to include more recreational facilities to add to the sporting grounds and picnic areas.

This idyllic spot is a great place to exercise, catch up with friends or take a guided tour. Events and exhibitions are frequently held to not only bring the community together but to also let the public enjoy this special place.

DEAR DIARY // earth day 2020

Marking 50 years today is Earth Day 2020 and the theme for this year is climate action. It seems even more relevant now with everything the world is going through with COVID-19. Apart from the obvious health threat, there are the human challenges of social distancing, changes to the way we live and the economic repercussions. It has been well documented how the effects of closing down factories, restricting air travel and limited car usage has drastically improved the pollution in the air, oceans and waterways. Since self isolating, I think most of us have been far more careful about waste and more thoughtful of actual needs over wants. Once the quarantines are lifted, it will be interesting to see if we continue this conscious thinking as individuals. Hopefully the companies and manufacturers also have a rethink about their own practices and learn from these lessons. Every action can make an impact, so if we are enlightened after this we can all bring about change and strive for a new future.

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