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Had a wonderful time in England (Colchester and London, mainly) and Ireland this summer. Here are some photos on flickr.

I met the lovely [personal profile] xanthe and her adorable cats Harley and Jemima - they truly are gorgeous. We drank copious amounts of tea and had some wonderful conversation. It was such a pleasure to connect. I was only sorry to have missed [profile] bluespirit_star. I hope you and Mr B. had a lovely time in the States!

Now I am back in the thick of 2nd semester. All's well. Hope everything is going fine with you all.
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DSC_0446 by gumnut_leslie
DSC_0446 on Flickr.

Photo taken with Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 70-300 mm lens from a rocking wooden boat. I am really pleased with how this turned out. It has not been touched up in any way. You can check out the slideshow of Varanasi (one of 4 places I visited in 2 weeks) here. The vast majority of the Varanasi photos were taken along the Ganga R. either from the boat or the bank, so it is what life on the Ganga looks like every morning and throughout the day into evening incense offerings.


It was a pretty amazing trip. I met some wonderful people, both Indians and fellow travellers who took the loneliness out of travelling alone - many precious memories - especially of crazy driving in autorickshaws, the Indian train experience (not to be missed!) and of course beautiful places. I really made photography a bit of a focus for myself this trip and am pleased that I got just a very few photos that I am particularly pleased with.
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Back from a lovely week in Perth, Australia. I took the students over and they seem pretty happy there, mostly. Caught up with family. Mum caught the Indian Pacific over. It was cold in Perth but warm in the sun. Beautiful blue skies. Mum and I stumbled on an All Male Voice choir performance in the Perth Town Hall the first night and we caught a 5 minute ferry to the other side of the Swan River to watch the city lights come on. I was impressed with both the modern skyline and the way the historic buildings have been kept in Perth - not torn down for the march of modernity. We visited Fremantle Port and the original prison, The Round House, based on Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon design. We also took in the Art Gallery and saw Cowboys and Aliens (terrible!).

After Mum went home, I rented a car for one day and went up to the Gravity Discovery Centre, which I had heard about on my radio podcast of The Science Show and Yanchep National Park, north of Perth. On the way back I drove down to the coastline of Joondalup - cold blue ocean and rocks. The people at the GDC were great and really got people involved in trying out all the science exhibits. I enjoyed Yanchep - I walked around the lake Wetlands Track, but even more, I loved getting behind the wheel of a car after so long and just driving! Also did lots of clothes shopping, so I feel good to have a supply of decent clothes for the next while. I have tomorrow to pack for Spain (and Marrakech), but am catching up on Torchwood, Dr Who and True Blood. I love TW ep 7! We are finally seeing a serious amount of Jack's past life (love the period chosen) and whoo whoo for the Angelo love!

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