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Monday, 17 March 2014

BENDALONG 2: BERRINGER LAKE


Being a planner isn’t a bad thing. The saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” And that might be true. But being unwilling to deviate from your route, disregarding the urge to take a side road, or pause altogether, that’s the perfect way to arrive at a destination you don’t even recognize, let alone want for yourself.


Last week P:-) and I spent a few days at Bendalong on the South Coast of New South Wales- a tiny village lying between Nowra and Ulladulla.

 We stayed at the Rustic Caravan Park in our little pop up caravan.


It is a small, simple, quiet caravan park on the edge of  Berringer Lake,  an off shoot of Lake Conjola.

P:-) and I went for a walk along the edge of the lake, through the Conjola National Park.







The only trouble was that we lost the path on the way back over the hill and had to bush bash back to our camp. Luckily it wasn't too thick. It did give us a chance to have a close look at the wild flowers. There were lots of Hairpin Banksia (Banksia Spinulosa) scattered amongst the trees.



There was a much taller variety of banksia which wasn't flowering, growing across the hill and these trees left carpets of serrated leaves dotted with banksia cones.



Dotted through the trees were flowering Mountain Devils (Lambertia formosa).




I had a Mountain Devil doll when I was a young child. These were pipe-cleaner figures using  Mountain Devil fruits as heads. They were mainly sold in the Blue Mountains in the 1940s and 1950s. Mine was a ballet dancer in a long mauve tulle skirt.


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But back to the camp for lunch.





Interesting sites

1.
 Transformed Comet
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Taking the vintage camper route is Worcester, Massachusetts-based eco-designer and DIYer Mariah Pastell, who has been transforming a 1960's Avalon trailer into The COMET (Cost-effective, Off-grid Mobile Eco Trailer). Mariah lives in this lovely camper year-round, towing it to warmer places during the winter. Click here to read more.


2.
 Fashion and fine art

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 London-based photographer Natalie Dybisz, better known as Miss Aniela, has amassed a wide collection of images that present a cohesive collaboration of fashion and fine art, blurring the lines between the two. Click here to see some fascinating pictures.


3.

 Simple whimsical art
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 The world is filled with possibilities according to clever Ecuador-based artist Javier Perez. From the graphic designer's perspective, any little object can be redefined to communicate a whimsical idea that will make just about anybody smile. Click here to see more. 

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