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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friends from afar

Orchids survive in the strangest of places and sometimes the pampered greenhouse pet takes a shine to life in the great outdoors. A homecoming so to speak. One of the beautiful Laelia Cattleya crosses from tropical South America is such an orchid. Set free to grow on the log of a fallen tree on the banks of a creek in South East Queensland, it provides a glorious site. Seems quite at home among the gum trees and the Australian wildlife.

Probably infra dig according to some environmental enthusiasts, but in my books one little orchid is not going to do much harm. And the Kookaburras are laughing.

Who knows. Maybe way out there un the jungles of the Amazon some guy is planting an Aussie Dendrobium at this very moment.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lunch by the river

Enjoying a great Aussie tradition. A feed of prawns. Never better than during Easter break. Balmy autumnal weather. CityCats gliding silently by the Regatta Hotel ferry stop on the far banks of the river. Plump and pink Australian Banana prawns cooled in ice with the trimmings near at hand. Baker's rolls, spring onions, lemon wedges, unsalted butter, green capsicum and red ripe tomatoes. Quick! One shot for the records. No cooking and very little cleanup. A good white wine and tangy citrus lime juice for non-drinkers. Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Man of many hats

Max Fulcher wears many hats. Author, city born and country raised, Max was college educated, served in National Service (Royal Australian Navy) and trained in advertising (The Myer Emporium) to become a MYER director at 27 and co-owner of a successful advertising agency at thirty. He encouraged a raft of talented baby boomers in their professional start and led an experienced marketing and promotional team before setting his cap on Asia and the Pacific - travelling with camera and sketchbook creating a goodly amount of freelance material for mass print media and glossy magazines.
From his working residence in inner city Sydney, a garden he called Rangoon, MaX edited a black-and-white monthly entitled GRAPHICS in which interviews with celebrated artists, photographers, and designers revealed the how-two of successful careers to young up-and-comers in the creative business. The workshops and consultancies followed. Invitations to parties and product launches at Rangoon were hot ticket events.
Having returned to home state Queensland to grow orchids (2000 of them in a six acre garden he created in the Noosa hinterland) the author now resides in West End, overlooking the Brisbane River. MaX draws freehand on the Mac from real life orchid specimens - reinventing his previous pen-and-wash and watercolour originals as fresh works of art for today's most exciting web of communication - the internet network.
Available for interviews, creative consultancy and as a speaker at garden/boutique events he continues to encourage and educate those wanting to extend their creative skills email max@maxfulcher.com or feel free to browse the Max's orchid and travel photofiles

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Big Mo makes a good read

A warning for spin doctors. We may not know WHO you are but we are wakening to WHAT you are up to. All thanks to The Big MO. What an informative read. Mark Roeder's new book alerts us to the overwhelming forces working inside momentum (big mo). Putting the banking fiasco to one side, The Big Mo focuses on havoc created in human affairs as we follow-the-leader like a bunch of lemmings. Momentum being the leader. Boom/bust and random reporting spring from nowhere overnight to take hold as established fact. We comply with 'popular' thinking. The author asks why is it so difficult "to dissent from the crowd even when an individual knows it is the right thing to do." Don't ask me. Go read the book. Like I said, it is an easy read and a wakeup call for all. The chapter on the environment is a real eye opener.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Songbird visits the new apartment

Our first visitor to the new apartment. Six stories up and well on the way to heaven a friendly little Australian Butcher Bird has arrived to make acquaintance. In glorious voice just on daybreak he gets to visit us around mid/late morning. Perches on the glass balcony railings to survey the Brisbane River and refuses to accept food offerings – probably a good thing. Feeding wildlife is not the right thing to do. They best fend for themselves. No doubt our little hero visits other apartments but he is such a joy to share. And that glorious voice. Regular as clockwork. Just on daylight. Rain or shine.