Spirit Creatures of Australian Aboriginal Lore

IMG_1063Interpreting the world around us, or understanding a world that is as spiritual as it is physical is one of the most delightful challenges I have experienced in discovering the ancient Lore of Tribal Australia. As I child I wandered the Aussie bush with an often wary childish delight. There you can feel the presence of many worlds, the touch of ancient spirits and come to understand more deeply the legends of Aus’.

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The Red Heart of Aus’ – The Macdonnell Ranges

Macdonnel rangesFor over 300 million years they have stood sentinel, a time span in which man barely figures. Once they rivalled the Himalayan mountains, in an eon before the Himalayan mountains were even conceived, but now they are worn down to the earth. They are one of the greatest and oldest mountain ranges on the planet. Continue reading

Australia’s Remarkable Pre-History

In this article I am going to ask that you come on a journey with me, one back in time and beyond our own culture, the culture you are most familiar with. I am going to ask that you leave this behind for a moment and come travel back beyond the time of Australia’s written record, back into pre-history.

We are going to go beyond the dogma of an English colony, that of a penal settlement in Sydney Cove 1788 which was a colony of men and women enslaved by a military and social ‘upper’ class who commonly saw themselves beyond the law. I want you to step with me into a strange new world. It is not Terra Nullius as the English insisted, it is a healthy and thriving culture that had travelled a vast landscape for tens of thousands of years. This is a time before the English arrived.

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Nulla Nulla

Nulla_Nulla_Cover_for_Kindle copyAvailable for only a few days is a promotional download of the e-book Nulla Nulla and find a Breath of Yesteryear

A trip into Colonial Australia as told by Cecil Roy Mackaway

This is an account of growing up in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. The tales and the vernacular used are of an era now passed. Join Cecil as brings to life the world of colonial Aus’

For other books on travelling around Aus’ see “Around the Campfire” and the stories from “Discovering Australia and Her Lore”

Jan also writes novels on contemporary Aboriginal Australia. In The Dreaming Series, you will walk with the Shaman as they struggle to survive in a contemporary world. Each book from The Dreaming Series is a tale in its own right, each book will step you into a world hidden from your own.

To discover more of the ancient Aboriginal Lore, visit the page dedicated to exploring this Lore in “Australia an Ancient Land”.

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Albany WA – Discovering Waugal

Being welcomed into the Albany Shire as a traveller and freecamping life-styler has been a great experience. We have spent two weeks in the region (and quite a few bucks) in exploring the towns, sandy tracks, shores and inlets of the beautiful region. Our friends, finding little welcome in recreational bush camps in Esperance Shire, joined us in Albany Shire and together we explored many of the sandy 4×4 tracks, inlets and bays looking for good fishing and camping spots as well as seeking out local pubs and eateries for a lunchtime feasts and roving snacks. It was a LOT of fun!

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.18.43 amWhat we discovered also were traces of our ancient Australian Lore and pre-history in legend that dates back into the ice ages, the last of which was some 20,000 years ago. I love that Australia has such a long history evident in this region. I love that I am so close the bedrock of creation and I love seeking out all those wonderful legends of creation, which can be found simply in the land around us. Legends and Lore which I try to bring to readers in my novels of The Dreaming Series and the growing series of tales of The Spirit Children.

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Blogging, Travelling and all that Biz

Volcano 4With the new year comes the time to organise and reflect on the year past. I’m deep into this now, organising my writing and busy editing past posts. I’ve been blogging and writing publicly now for a few years and I’ve been with WordPress for about 18 months. I must admit I find the WordPress site the easiest to negotiate… even when they occasionally get it pear shaped with the date stamp thing as with one or two past blog. There simply is no better, or easier way to stay in contact with family, friends and my readers, as well as those great adventurers who you meet constantly on the road. Like souls and others who are living the dream and holding life by its horns as they tour the country.

thumbnail blogMy latest project has been to gather up my postings into some order, mostly for my elderly Mum who is wanting to read these and can’t manage a computer. Hence…  I have released a anthology of my blogs in a pricey full colour print and a cheap large e-book both with many full colour pic’s. It has been an interesting exercise for me.

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When the Earth Began to Breathe – Stromatalites & Thrombolites

clifton lake walkMillions of years ago, when life emerged from the waves it was stromatalites and thrombolites that made it possible. They breathed oxygen into the atmosphere and life eventually moved onto the land once water had begun to fall from the heavens, nourishing the earth. 600 million years ago the ancestors of thrombolites and stromatolites produced the oxygen needed for life on land to exist and their ancient colonies can be found today in only a few rare places around the world.

ThrombalitesThey look like rocks but are really ancient forms of microbial communities that produce energy from sunlight. These ancient forms of life are found in specialized environments around the world. They require water to survive. Stromatalites need saline water and thrombolites require a greater measure of fresh water.

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