Tag Archives: science

I’m Back in the Swim!

5 Sep

Despite the fact that it’s technically very early Spring, I’m back in the water!

Perhaps it’s symptomatic of global warming — I simply don’t know — but for whatever reason,  we have the ideal combination for refreshing, invigorating dip.

The water temperature in the river has hit 18 degrees Celsius: something that normally doesn’t happen until around 22nd September. And more: the daytime maximum is around the mid-twenties, with copious sunshine. Add high tide in the early morning, and there you have it: the perfect prescription for summer fun!

My favourite baths

My favourite baths

 

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The Silver Lining….

12 Mar
Cumulo Nimbus over the coast.

Cumulo Nimbus over the coast.

There’s a song that tells us to look for it, but sometimes it can be elusive.

Nonetheless, my husband (and editor) Ronald Sharp captured a true example of it, just recently.

Beautiful though it is, in reality it was the forerunner of a major, adverse weather event: a tornado at sea.

The moral?

Who knows?

Maybe: One needs to be wary, even of those glorious  silver linings…….

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Even Pipe Organs have Birthday Parties!

6 Dec

Even Pipe Organs have birthday parties!

On Tuesday, 4th December, a celebration was held to honour the 4oth anniversary of the Great Hall Organ in Sydney University.

In addition, on this same day the Chancell0r’s Trumpet was inaugurated. The Organ now has 54 stops, 79 ranks and 4005 pipes.

The well-known Sydney University Organist and Carillionist, Amy Johansen, expertly performed the recital, which featured a diversity of composers: from Bach to Charpentier to Ampt: and more.

Designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Germany,  the organ was installed jointly by him and Ronald Sharp, my husband (and editor of my books).

The audience of 500 people applauded Ron in acknowledgement of his important contribution. A proud moment!

After the recital, Ron and I attended the reception, and we were introduced by Amy to the Governor of N.S.W. who is also the  Chancellor:

Beckerath-Sharp Organ

Beckerath-Sharp Organ

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC  CVO.  Such a charming and elegant lady!

All in all, it was an evening to remember!

A Springtime Sunset in Sydney

22 Oct

Silhouettes on the sunset

Sydney sunset in Spring

Sunsets have always fascinated me. Years ago,  a  superb view was ours without effort: through a back window, with a picturesque gum tree in the foreground.

Sadly, those days are long gone: redevelopment has seen to that: and what remains are mere glimpses.

Fortunately, tonight, a glimpse of red catches my eye, and I do what I’d never done before.

Camera in hand, I speed around the block to a series of vantage points,  and almost breathlessly try my luck. As a mere  onlooker, the magnificence of the sky: its colours and patterns:  is awe-inspiring.

Scientists write dispassionately about how it all comes about: through molecules, air particles, and light rays.

Somehow I prefer just to observe and admire  its glory.

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