Honeymooning Cousins & Sheep Shearing In Australia

I’m sure that being the observant readers that you are you would have noticed that for the past three weeks I’ve only been posting my Friday Funnies posts. Well, if you were one of my list subscribers you would have known that I’ve been busy entertaining some cousins from Italy who were over from Italy. They were actually on their honeymoon and had decided to spend it with their family, which I found to be quite an honor.

Naturally we wanted to show them a good time and I have to admit we found it to be quite a challenge. Luckily my Scenic Adelaide blog was able to provide me with some places to take them too. Even though spending so much time with them was pretty tiring we enjoyed every bit of it as it allowed us to come to know them so much better, something you can’t do from technological advances like Skype or FaceBook.

Learning To Shear A Sheep

Naturally, knowing something about the person helps you to work out the sort of places

English: shearing a sheep at the Shearing Shed...

Shearing a sheep at the Shearing Shed

that they would find interesting. As it turns out he was a man of the land, a farmer and someone who likes the simple things in life. That being the case it was most fortunate that they arrived while the Adelaide Royal Show was still on.

Having over a hundred sheep himself he was most interested in everything to do with sheep and so we made sure we took in the sheep shearing exhibition. The first thing he noticed is that we don’t tie down our sheep’s legs, something he found really strange as his sheep aren’t so docile.

He did tell us though that unlike our merino sheep the fleece from his sheep wasn’t worth much and that he was lucky to get 50 Euro for the whole lot. What he does make money from though is the milk which unfortunately is a lot more labor intensive as it involves him milking them twice a day.

As far as shearing goes Aussie shearers can shear 150 -200 sheep a day and can strip a sheep of it’s fleece in under 3 minutes! Me, I reckon I’ll stick to blogging.

I’ve learned so many things from their stay here, some of which I will share on this as well as some of my other blogs, especially the Scenic Adelaide one. One thing for sure is that I’ve grown a lot closer to my cousins and I also have a better appreciation of those who live on the land and what they have to go through. If you think about it, if it wasn’t for them we would all be a hell of a lot worse off.

                       Address delivered by Hon. Henry H. Crapo, Governor of Michigan, before the Central Michigan Agricultural Society, at their Sheep-shearing Exhibition held … College Farm, on Thursday, May 24th, 1866

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Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.  :thumbup_ee:

A couple of months after that I wrote another post called Search Engines Both New And Old & How They Affect You which featured a video comparing Google and Yahoo with Bing and Wolfram Alpha. Well, almost three years later and I’m happy to report that another search engine has entered the fray. Although the guys behind it refer to it as a web application I’m of the opinion that it can be a lot more than that.

I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire

wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.

 Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).

It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.

Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it. Read the rest of this entry

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Good Friday And What It Means To Me

In reverence to Good Friday I have made an executive decision and decided to forgo the Friday Funnies for this week. Instead I’m going to write about what Good Friday means to me. I know a lot of you will probably skip this because you’re not religious but please don’t because I honestly believe that the story behind Good Friday can hold special significance even to those who don’t believe in a divine being, a God who loves us so much that He gave his only begotten Son up for sacrifice, a choice Jesus made willingly.However, before I get to that I want to state to all who read this post that I do believe.

I Believe In God

I believe in God, a God who loves us and is so powerful that He created all that weflower have and see around us. No matter how great man’s achievements are they pale to insignificance when held up to the beauty and magnificence of even God’s smallest creation. God to me is the Almighty, He is the Father of all and as a Father He wants all his children to enjoy His creation, to learn, to grow and to prosper and all He asks in return is that we believe in Him and in all that He has done for us. I also believe that alone is not enough as He also wants us to live a life that is pure, full of love for Him and those others who are also his children and therefore are also our brothers and Sisters.

I Believe In Jesus

I believe in Jesus! I believe that he is the Son of God. I believe that He walked amongst usJesus On A Cross as a man, that he suffered all the things that we suffer and that He did this in order to know everything that we go through. I believe that although He went through all the temptations He did not succumb to one of them. I believe that as the Son of God and because of his great faith He performed many miracles while amongst us from the changing of water to wine to the raising of the dead. I believe that he suffered the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross for us so that all who believe in Him and all that He did for us can be saved. I believe that He arose on the third day, that he ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, our God.

What Jesus Went Through

There are many who have made the ultimate sacrifice and of those many are reckoned as heroes. One that comes to mind is the brave and gallant soldier who steps in front of a comrade to save him from a bullet or even throws himself on a grenade sacrificing himself so that others can live. As brave as those actions are they are usually instinctive and done on the spur of the moment. One has to wonder how many of those brave and gallant people would go through with that brave act if they had the time, hours, days or even weeks, to reflect on what they were about to do.

I think of how stressed I get when thinking of the upcoming dentist appointment, or even when having to go to the doctors knowing that I could possible get an injection,,,,I hate needles :no_way: I can’t even imagine what Jesus willingly went through knowing full well all the suffering that was in his path.

There was one movie that gave me an inkling of what Jesus had to go through and that was Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition) I try to put aside viewing time every Easter to watch that movie so that it highlights just a little what Jesus went through for us.

If I have any regrets in life its that I’m not as good a Christian as I good be. I know I am far from perfect but I do know that all those times when I do the right thing it’s because I took the time to reflect on all that Jesus went through, asking myself what Jesus would have done if he was in my position.

I love reading the bible because it teaches me so much. Every time I take it up I learn something new. If people would only take the time to follow it’s teaching the world would be a better place. I know it’s helped me in my blogging career because I was able to take the time to reflect on it’s teaching. That’s why I don’t let people’s personal preference affect the way I feel or think and why I am able to offer them a polite discourse rather than attacking them angrily through the comments.

If nothing else, the way that Jesus carried Himself while He was on this earth is something that everyone should aspire to.

Happy Easter everybody. May the love of Jesus guide you in all that you do.

Photo credit for Jesus carrying the cross goes to Jesus Carrying the Cross, a photo by Photo Dean on Flickr.

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