Winter thoughts

The time is slowly approaching and we will have been six months since we have been back home in Australia. Whoa the time has flown by and we finally feel like we have a handle on things. The only variable up in the air in the starting date of our house build and all I can say is that it is going to happen real soon! There have been many learning experiences which we have experienced over the last few months and because it is winter and time to ruminate, here they are:

Eat ramen as much as you can in winter though make sure to blend the shitake mushrooms through for a depth of flavour – oh and I gotta find that Kombu!
  • When moving back to your home country have a bit of a plan about where you will live – lucky we our friend offered their place for house sitting until we decided to move back into our vacant house.
  • When looking for rental properties make sure you check the glass and if it is not double pane, forget it! I know it is hard when looking for places to rent as it has to be the perfect fit but we are freezing here in our place as there are lots of windows in this house built in 1990. It is part of a bunch of cheaply built row houses and man we enjoy the location and get this – the electricity bill for 3 months was $1379!! We blame the electric wall heaters which suck up the power and we have been leaving them on overnight 😦 which is a bit silly.
  • Again this rental has had its issues with replacing the range hood, the oven is bad, the dishwasher is loud, the water heater had to be replaced and we were without hot water for two days, the water pressure is terrible when you have a shower and are doing the washing at the same time, the curtains need an extra layer to keep the cold out and the doors and windows are not sealed properly, so the wind blows in (I have made door snakes!). Still it is a house with space which is what we were looking for and we will make the most of it. This is an experience and we are noting all these problems so when our house is built we will make sure that these problems do not exist!
  • Watch for stupid laws like no animals at rentals, apparently the laws in Victoria have changed and a landlord cannot deny you without a great excuse but still we had it good in California at the fancy rental haven of Central Park with our pets.
  • Make sure everything you need is in walking/PT distance – I still do not have a car but I borrow them or catch an Uber which works but I am sure that the money is adding up for each trip. The problem I find with that is that it all takes time and that time cannot be reimbursed, therefore I lose valuable study/work time.
  • My study zone is now in the dining room right by a massive window which leads to the courtyard and it is freezing so I have had to add another curtain to the existing to keep the cold out – the landlord refuses to listen to our complaints of the broken curtain mechanism? When we were landlords we happily helped out our tenants with any problem but it seems that this guy is a tight arse, at over $600 a week he should be laughing to the bank.
  • I am grateful that we are close to school and the kids can walk, I can walk to the gym and I have found some cool classes to go to – I love my weights workout and running 5kms on the cross trainer (who knew I could run!!), the library is close, Office works has 8 cent copies for Uni printouts – which is a walk or $10 Uber ride away, we have the best felafel down the road, I love our new community, Aussies are so friendly and helpful, there is a super cool bike path by the creek or the railway line that goes for kilometres, I have some amazing local nurseries just a walk away, I found a happy place to volunteer at the community nursery, we get to look after chickens and a beautiful pig named Gigi, chickens are at school and the community garden and in general life is good and we are happy back in Melbourne.
  • Oh and patience is everything and if Plan A does not work out – be ready with Plan B.

I enjoy walking around the streets to explore because that is how I experience a city that I visit or live. And yesterday I got stuck on one side of the tracks because the train was coming so I decided rather than wait I will go up the path. So what did I find? Some street art, a community garden by the railway tracks and a cute little book library. I was on a mission to Office works so I stopped at the local cafe Eighth Nerve and enjoyed an amazing coffee – that is one thing to appreciate about being back here, the coffee is amazing and made with local almond milk!

I also know that living in Melbourne in winter it is damn cold but thank goodness for my knitting skills I am snug as a bug – when going outside I always wear a knitted hat, have my gloves on standby and wear a coat and you will be comfortable (just watch out for that wind!!) Overall I reckon the move back has been a struggle for all of us as we miss our friends in California and the amazing weather over there but that was a wonderful growth experience and now we are ready for our next phase in life. I promise we will really appreciate our new house when it is built πŸ˜€

Winter holiday in Queensland :: it’s a wrap!

For the last couple of days we enjoyed some cousin time with making some Legos and hanging out together. It had to be a low key experience as my nephew, just had an operation of getting his adenoids and tonsils out – so he was in recovery mode. This was fine with us and we enjoyed some downtime over lunch and cups of tea.

Our last day at the Sunshine Coast was spent climbing walls at Rockit climbing gym where I managed to get pretty high for someone scared of heights! We did auto belays which is so fun as you just drop to the ground gradually, though my landings were not as graceful as the kids. I reckon we will be doing more climbing after this experience – there are no pics unfortunately as everything had to be put away safely including jewellery. Afterwards we were starving after using so much energy to climb, so we went to Mint for a lovely lunch and some treats – check out this cabinet of goodness!

Later in the arvo it was time to head on over to the airport and after a quick walk by the ocean to say farewell to our relaxing time away. Where at night I got to watch Stranger Things 3 on my little biddy phone screen enjoying the soundtrack on my headphones! Here we are leaving the Sunny Coast at sunset and arriving Melbourne later that evening.

Winter holiday in Queensland :: Peregian Beach

After the rainy days we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunny Sunday which was too good to stay inside, so I said to the kids let’s go to the beach! We made it to Peregian Beach – a place where I used to live years and years ago as an art student. I love it there and remember the afternoons after my days at school I would come home and go for long walks along the beach to watch the sunsets – it was so special. The beach there is stunning and I found it very upmarket these days with an incredible bakery and a fave shop selling mid century furniture and artwork midmodoz. Unfortunately I cannot purchase anything as I have no idea what we need for our new house as yet! I did love the artwork above and a patio setting, so I went in and chatted to the owner and she said you should see the warehouse πŸ˜€ Yes please!!

Later that day we met some friends and took a walk up Mt Ninderry – a hike recommended by our Air Bnb host. It was absolutely stunning from way up high and we enjoyed the scenery as we wandered along the track, there were so many rocks formations and flora to admire.

From way up high we saw Mt Coolum, where we hiked the day before as one of the many vistas you could capture from the top of the mountain. I loved the ferns and the rocks, the mushrooms and this amazing fan leaf palm as we were going back to the car. It was such a beautiful, relaxed hike and way easier than Mt Coolum even though it was that little bit higher at 304 metres.

Winter holiday in Queensland – Part 2 :: Coolum

Part two of our holiday in Queensland was up the Sunshine coast – this is my happy place, a place so relaxing with the most gorgeous beaches and delicious food. We drove up from my parents place and then arrived just in time for lunch where we found New Earth cafe with delicious creations like this hot chocolate and vegan caramel slice – so tasty. Then as soon as it was time to check in we drove on over to our Air Bnb at Mt Coolum, so beautiful.

The first day at our mini vacay up the Sunshine Coast was to get outside and enjoy some hiking, so as we were close to Mt Coolum we put on our trainers and wandered up and up and up to the top – 208 metres above sea level. It was an excellent cardio workout going up all the stairs but there are some sketchy areas where you have to be careful where you are putting your feet because when you look down it is a long way to the bottom!

The views up top were just incredible but as the weather was still a little grey and the rain clouds were coming in which made the winds very gusty – my crazy hair can attest to that! The kids were very excited to meet an endangered tree that is endemic to Mt Coolum called the She Oak – pictured up the top left. On the way down we wandered the pathway using those thigh muscles to keep balance – thank goodness for my time at the gym I say!

And here is a panorama of the sea with those billowing grey clouds up high ready to rain on us any minute!!

After our hike up to the top of the mountain we wanted to enjoy some beach time but the surf was wicked, grey and very rough plus we got rained on! So we cancelled that idea and decided to enjoy an indoor activity.

Oh yay! We drove less than 30 minutes south to play mini golf inside. Something that we have not experienced since our time in California when I used to take Ash to play when he had a day off school. In California, we enjoyed the sunshine and hit around the little ball until the end of the course – sometimes taking ages. This course was only 9 holes and here are a couple of our faves with their references to California – west side, yay!

From behind our beautiful little studio Air Bnb we enjoyed a quiet private spot where I could enjoy some Qi Gong outside in the mornings. Where one morning I was out there in the sunshine and enjoying the bird sounds when this mama Brahminy Kite delivered some treats to her little ones up to her nest high at the top of the pine tree. Later that morning we enjoyed Otis the super friendly golden retriever in our pad for some quiet time and lots of pats.

Winter holiday in Queensland – Part 1

Winter break and it was time to head on up to Queensland to get some sunshine and maybe if you dare a bit of a swim! We stayed at this lovely Air Bnb near my families house and enjoyed some peaceful times by the pool watching the birds come and visit every day.

This little fella had a couple of other mates who came by to visit each day. I love magpies so much and their morning song reminds me that I am home again.

The kiddos really were a bit excited about having a pool where we were staying so they braved the chilly water and hopped on in when it was nice and sunny – which was most of the time.

We spent some lovely days with my mum and dad and went down to the beach for fish and chips at Suttons Beach. The kiddos love going there to collect hermit crabs and then they build them little homes out of sand.

We were in an area that I was not really familiar with even though I went to primary school down the road. Behind where we were staying were many new developments and the urban planning has included many parks within 15 minutes of where we stayed. I enjoyed walking around discovering new places for the kids to play on and this obstacle course was the perfect spot for challenging their times on how quick they can get across. Afterwards we found this interactive fountain and the kiddos got drenched on a winters afternoon!

The afternoons for me were spent by the pool knitting a scarf with the beautiful yarn I scored in Sydney – this is Hedgehog fibres yarn with a pattern with intentional holes. It was so relaxing to sit by the pool and listen to my audio book and watch the birds fly home for the evening.

A mama getaway to Sydney

Last week I took the chance to have some Mama time off as Uni was out for a break and I had some time in between the kids going on holiday! My hubby wanted me to go for a break, as I was alone with the kids as we were settling back into Australia last year. I have to say it has been a full on 6 months with relocating home, moving house and constantly clearing out our belongings. We had the last of it – 8 boxes, taken away by the Brotherhood of St Laurence last Tuesday. I hope it goes to help some families in need.

Well back to my mini Mama vacay away to Sydney. I have not been to Sydney for about 15 years – I reckon the last time I was there I was with my boyfriend (now hubby) hanging out with his friend in Surry Hills. This time I was travelling solo in Surry Hills at this super cool pad for a couple with the most amazing shower! The neighbourhood felt super safe as it is right next to Oxford Street the home of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, being a “gaybourhood” as a solo traveller it was a good place to be. The supermarket was full of hot gay men shopping and as I bought my breakfast goodies I enjoyed the dance music playing in the background.

My first stop when I landed was the train and it took 18 minutes to get from the airport to Central station where I had to drop off my bag using the most excellent porter service at $8 a day – Bag Bnb you can instal the app on your phone and book your bag at an “Angel” which is usually a local hotel (the one I used had a 24 hour reception) and it was so easy.

After saying farewell to my bag for a few hours I grabbed my camera and had a tasty Bahn mi (kick arse Vietnamese in Sydney!!)for lunch and took the train to Circular Quay to go on a tour of the Sydney Opera House. From the many times I have come back to Australia in the last 12 years I would see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from the sky and know these great icons of Australia but I have never enjoyed them in real life. So my plan was to experience the Opera House inside and out as my thoughts were, “How could I afford a show there?” But as it turns out the Opera house has many theatres and shows and they run them simultaneously. Therefore, the price point of tickets depends on the show and the theatre it is playing in, for example, there is a theatre with 300 seats which was playing Thrones – a comedy parody about the Game of Thrones. While I was there, I wanted to go and see Bangarra Dance Theatre and their tickets started at $80 for a 2 hour show – unfortunately I ran out of time and could not make it! I have not seen any of their shows for a while, so I think that will have to go on my Things to Do list now that I am home.

There were so many interesting facts that I learnt about the Sydney Opera House expertly explained by our tour guide Alexander who was excellent and oh so funny! At the opera house, I loved the tile roof – a triple glazed tile so that the roof cleans itself when it rains, and the glass that captures the many reflections including the Harbour Bridge when you look up! The interior is spectacular with wood, concrete and steel – where kids who have visited said it looks like whale baleen.

After my tour I took advantage of the sunshine and blue sky and hopped aboard the Fast Ferry to Manly, its $10 each way but if you get your Opal card for the Sydney transit network it is all good to go! And boy it was worth it just to see the icons of Australia in the perfect shot! Arriving at Manly there’s plenty of places to eat and enjoy including ice cream – yummo! But as I had eaten I took a walk through the streets of the town up to little place on the top of the point called Peace Park, it was somewhere I needed to be that day and enjoyed the lookout onto the horizon and the deep blue sea. As I was walking, I was loving the plants and gardens as my favourite tropicals are on show here in New South Wales with the hibiscus, the umbrella plant, the bird of paradise and so many other beauties that reminded me of growing up in Queensland.

The reason I chose Sydney as my destination was the Akira Isogawa exhibition that is on the Powerhouse Museum until 30 June. Many moons ago as I was leaving Melbourne for San Francisco and that was the last exhibit I saw of Akira’s clothes at RMIT in the city, I have been a long standing fan of his work. The museum had a volunteer to take me around the exhibition and explain to me the collaborations and techniques in his work. I was the only one on the tour and really enjoyed the dialogue and the back story about this exhibition. I have come back inspired to get into some sewing and maybe try my hand at a bit of shibori sewing knots, like the black and red tunic above. My take away from the show is that his focus is on the pattern and design not about the finishing of the neckline. This has always bothered me when designing, and I have learnt it is good to keep it simple when your focus is on pattern and interesting design techniques.

After the exhibition my friend had told me about the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Exhibition Centre spread over two halls. I got to see Boro kimono which is in the first picture from Tohoku “snow country” in the Aomori Prefecture, was synonymous to most Japanese with dire poverty. The villagers created the textile aesthetic out of boro, mere “rags” making their clothes and lining them with woven hemp to create warmth they layered the scratchy hemp together by stitching found textiles layer upon layer – info from Amuse Museum, Japan.

From there – the fave craft of the show were Shibori stitching kits. These kits have the pattern drawn onto beautiful Japanese cotton or linen. Using this template you then choose fabric to incorporate into the design and use floss, perle cotton or whatever threads you are used to to outline the pattern. I have minimal time so I grabbed a business card for these little projects and ran past all the fabric displays (I already have a stash in my garage) and was on a mission to find stockists of my fave yarn Malabrigo! Lucky for me I found Hedgehog Fibres, after ages of coveting the yarn on Ravelry. In the end I came out of the show with 2 skeins of yarn for a couple of projects – one being an infinity scarf using the Hedgehog sock weight. I found an amazing yarn store Yarn Glorious Yarn in Taringa, Brisbane who stocks all my yarn faves Malabrigo, Noro, Hedgehog and Madeline Tosh and thank goodness for their online shop for when I need to refill my stash. The final pic is where I have one skin of Malabrigo in my handbag and the other Hedgehog sock yarn in the small shopping bag plus a metre of Japanese cat fabric for my daughter, a merino woven scarf, some multi coloured embroidery thread for fabric beads I am making and that was it. It was such a dangerous place for a crafter to go to and not be tempted to buy anything :D.

I have to say the food I sourced in Sydney was divine! I made sure I went to vegan restaurants so I could really enjoy everything on the menu. The first night I was a bit knackered so I went to Japanese and ate sashimi as recommended by my Air Bnb host which was a treat! The next night I tried vegan Mexican at Bad Hombres Good Food and sat at the bar at the booked out restaurant and enjoyed chatting to the manager and the incredible staff – a bunch of cool folks from South America. Oh and I did find another Sydney brewed Booch at this restaurant that I took home and enjoyed in the funky designer kitchen. The creme brulee was just amazing made from coconut cream and the margarita with jalapeno reminded me of California! I have to say the crispy eggplant tacos with pineapple habanero salsa and miso caramel was a taste sensation – find the pics on my Insta page to the right. And my final dinner in Sydney was at Yullis – again a popular booked out restaurant which was all vegan! As it was just me dining solo I managed to get a spot at the bar to enjoy all the delights including vegan meringue with berries for dessert. I loved their home brewed Kombucha and noticed that they have a vegan BBQ at their Alexandria location – next time Sydney, its a date!

I did spend time on Friday with my long lost friend Mel who I have not seen in around 10 years and had a delicious lunch at her fave coffee cafe called Morning Owl in Auburn. The food there was so good and we enjoyed coffee, tea and our lunches over catching up. It is funny there are friends in your life who when you leave and come back to it is just like yesterday that you left. I have a picture but that is for us as it has one of her beautiful boys in the pic and I will have to ask her permission to post it first.

Saturday was my last day and I checked out of my Air Bnb and wandered to the Glebe markets and hung out in Glebe and walked back to get my luggage through Haymarket. The markets were very hip and hippy and I was not in the mood to dig through peoples piles of clothes as I have recently gone through my own! I am a bit of a fan of a curated vintage collection where I found at the Works Showroom just down the road, who sold many indoor plants as well! My lunch was at Cafe Shenkin an Israeli menu where I enjoyed a avocado felafel with poached egg, mushrooms and Israeli salad and it was the perfect farewell to Sydney. Sydney was an enjoyable foodie, cultural experience – I love being home and this is where Australia shines with so many cultures living and eating together in harmony, and I cannot wait to explore more in the future!

Winter grooves

Another whirlwind of a week with wrapping up the week after submitting my essays with some volunteer work. I helped out with an excursion for my daughters school to the local historical society. This was fascinating as I always like to find out the history of where I live. The above pic is of the prison in Pentridge and the clocktower is still there on Champ Street, Coburg.

After the excursion as I was out an about and the afternoon was sunny and beautiful I volunteered at the local community nursery to do some weeding and chatting to my fellow volunteers. Every time I go to Peppertree Place I find something cool, like this bamboo sculpture of a spider.

Over the weekend I had planned to catch up with friends for a picnic and bike ride off the Merri Trail. It was exciting as the four of us got on our bikes and rode towards the city on the trail. I am still in awe of the beauty of the trail and how much nature there is as you ride along. The bike trail leads off to some dirt tracks and killer hills where I had to push my bike uphill. I had the picnic goods on the back of my bike and the kids then stop half way up the hill so it was hard to work the momentum to get up the hill. Still the ride is just stunning with Ceres Joes Market Garden where we get our veggies on the trail and just down the road from our house was a super cool find. I noticed they had volunteer spots but I have to watch my time now that Uni is out and there is a lot to catch up on for this month!

Monday was a day off – yay here’s to long weekends!! My friend and I went out to lunch with the kids and afterwards took them wall climbing. It was so exciting to see the kids get up so high and then slowly come back down in their harness. I reckon it would be fun to try one day and get over my fear of heights.

Tuesday was the day for me to go out and enjoy some mama time. So I made a booking at my hairdresser who I love, with their flamingos on the ceiling. I decided to do a brilliant red I have been coveting for a while now. As I walked along Smith Street the changes are intense with Vegan Wares – a super cool shoe shop, leaving the hood. Lots of little cafes and other stores have come up in the time we were away but still tucked behind the main drag on Oxford Street I found Proud Mary Coffee. I had been wanting to visit the Melbourne shop after I went to the Portland cafe with my Aussie friend! I loved the Melbourne cafe with the wonderful staff, kick arse lunch with local pine mushrooms and delicious coffee with a local almond milk. The coffee is the biz and I knew I shouldn’t have coffee after 12pm but I had to try it and it was amazing in a perfect flat white! The building above is an apartment complex I imagine as Oxford Street is lined with the beautiful red brick buildings.

Finally with some time to go through my wardrobe and boxes from California, I am ready to pass on some goodies to the world. These are some pieces that need new homes and can be found on Etsy and Ebay – all links are here => https://linktr.ee/poppypeach_goodness

Grab some goodness to jazz up your winter if you are in the Southern hemisphere.

Brunch is the best

It is so beautiful to be living so close to nature and having the walking trail just 5 minutes away. Living just 8 kilometres from the city and enjoying this much nature it makes me so happy. The weekend was a bit chaotic as I was busily getting the last edits on my two assignments, so to go for a bit of a walk on my day off the gym was a good thing to do for a bit of a brain break.

As I was wandering I was learning about the indigenous people of the area and the how important it is to respect the land. Wandering along I was discovering many native gardens and trees to inspire the garden for our house. We need to plant a tree in the outdoor entertaining area, it is such a difficult choice as there are so many amazing native trees around the place.

Sunday was a good day to have off as I had made plans to brunch with my friends at a place they recommended in Carlton. Humble Rays had something for everyone the guys had eggs benedict, my friend enjoyed a beautiful GF feast of salmon and I enjoyed seasonal mushies on toast – so good, as I hardly get to eat mushrooms at home! The kids enjoyed sweet treats and Ash ordered the Matcha Bingsu and it was a treat alright, we had no idea it would look so extravagant. The green is matcha shaved ice which had a jug of condensed milk to add some sweetness, he said it was yummy – though a bit too sweet for me. He is always daring when we go out to eat and likes to try new things.

My time with Uni is nearly over I just need to wrap up my readings for my last week and I am on holidays for a month until the next teaching period kicks in. I have many plans like going to Sydney for a couple of days for a trip by myself to see the Akira Isogawa exhibition at the Powerhouse museum – yes!! For the school holidays I will head on up to Queensland to visit my family with the kiddos, so looking forward to escaping Melbourne winter for 10 days. And then it will be back to reality and study for another 12 weeks. The time is fleeting by and I cannot believe half the year has flown by and we have been back in Australia for 6 months already – it is starting to feel like home again.

“Speak good words or remain silent”

Stealthy like this cat who lives near our other house is how I felt this week – into a routine of gym in the morning and back afterwards to study and write and edit my assignments for Uni. I can see the light at the end of the teaching period now with just one week to go!

Friday I found an injured possum on the road and called Wildlife Victoria to help but their volunteer did not arrive in time and the poor creature had died when I came back after the gym. The little fella got run over by a car outside my daughters school and I did not want the school kids to see it so I had to get a box to dispose of the poor fella. So he was put in the big bin at the school, so sad! Later that arvo I need to be with some peeps and volunteered with some lovely people at Peppertree Place Nursery just up the road from my house. It is a very special place which has been reopened recently and I serendipitously wandered by one day and asked if I could volunteer with them, Friday I was weeding and digging in the earth for nasturtiums and chatting about possum proofing their garden beds.

My community circle is opening up now and my daughters friends mum has a local business called Smalt (Smoked Salt) and it is just delicious. So on Friday I ordered some and it was exactly what I needed to inspire me in the kitchen for Friday nights dinner. I made an amazing tzatzaki with locally made felafel and a huge salad it was so delicious. And for dessert Smalt fudge which is divine, we have managed to eat most of it this week – we will be ordering some more soon! Such an splendid end to the day.

Oh and my bike is back with me, it is so good to be back on the trail with my bike and over the weekend I went on the bike track that goes for kilometres right next to our house. The ride on Sunday in between assignment writing was perfect for a brain break and it was so fun, there were hills and it was then I realised my tyres needed to be pumped and my chain needs to be greased after its journey across the sea.

I went on my first excursion with my daughters school on Wednesday to the Islamic Museum of Australia. We went by tram with 21 kids and 2 teachers and 4 parent volunteers in the icy cold winds of Melbourne winter we walked to the tram, hopped the tram, walked again, hopped another tram and walked again – the kids were done by then! Still they were excited to be there and so was I.

It was such a wonderful experience learning about Islamic religion and culture. The educator Sharene was so engaging with her anecdotes and stories. I enjoyed hearing about a story of the Prophet Muhammed and how he would not even kill an ant to start a fire. To me this resonated with my knowledge of Buddhism and not killing any living things. After the presentation and the museum I had greater insight of Islam and how important it is for me have an understanding of neighbours in my community.

This man on the ceiling was an Islamic inventor who tried to fly off a mountain in Morocco – he tried but failed but what was missing on his flying contraption was the tail.

There were so many informative displays explaining Islamic faith and the 5 pillars in one gallery space where a friend of mine was explaining in greater detail about each one to me about praying 5 times a day on their prayer rug and its connection to yoga, which I connected immediately with my yoga mat.

Another space focussed on art and this was my favourite area. The beautiful embroidered piece of cloth is from Mecca and is only a part of a massive detailed piece which you see later in the museum in the architecture area.

The art was charming with the peacock mosaic catching my eye – it was an art piece that you could touch to feel the detail in the tile and mosaic. The arabic calligraphy is another element that I was enjoyed and the detail in the geometric art and tessellation in design detail is what I love. The surfboards were created by an artist in Sydney, with another interesting story which I will have to research next time I visit.

Presented in this display is the history of calligraphy in Islam and is viewed as and expression of the highest art form, again this was interesting to me as I always viewed it purely as Chinese calligraphy. In this calligraphic style I am drawn to the swirls and interesting pattern detail.

The connection of Islam to Australia was fascinating as I had read about this in my Indigenous studies but it only touched on the connection with the trading of the sea slugs with the Aborginals of Australia. The gallery space shared greater insight with the connections to famous Australian Muslims and the cultural connections to Australia. It is interesting how this connection can spark such a fascinating display of culture that everyone needs to experience – this is what education is about to break down the walls of ignorance and open our eyes to others. And in our education session, the kids played a game to sort out this quote, by Prophet Muhammad “speak good words or remain silent”. Just beautiful. Peace.