The Tingle Forest

We love walking through the bush and chose our accommodation in the middle of the ancient Tingle Forrest.  The walks through these Tingle Trees was a unique experience.  We felt so little in amongst those giant trees.  The Red Tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii) of south west Western Australia is one of the tallest trees found in the state.  The common name, “tingle”, is believed to be derived from a Noongar word for these trees.

The Red Tingle is the tallest of the three trees ( Rate's Tingle Eucalyptus brevistylis and Yellow tingle Eucalyptus guilfoylei  are the other two) typically growing to a height of 8 to 55 metres (26 to 180 ft) and has rough, stringy and furrowed grey-brown or red-brown bark. It can have a circumference up to 24 metres (79 ft) round at the base and grow to a height of 75 m (246 ft). The tree can live for up to 400 years.

It has a dense compact crown that forms a heavy canopy. The tree flowers between January and March producing a white blossom. The trees often have shallow root systems and grow a buttressed base.  Forest fires often act to hollow out the base of the trees creating a large cavity.

The distribution of the species has been shrinking due to climate change over the years. They are now found primarily in Walpole-Nornalup National Park and in a few isolated sites outside the park in the Walpole area at the juncture of the South West and Great Southern regions along the south coast of Western Australia where it grows on hillsides and in gullies in loamy soils.

Take time to enjoy the sunrise

When was the last time you got up early enough to watch the sunrise? And, no, I don’t mean peaking out your window. I mean, sitting outside on your private deck, wrapped up in your fluffy white bathrobe or blanket, sitting in solitude, and watching the sunrise from start to finish. From the point where the stars are bright until the last of the circle is above the horizon.  There’s just something about having a flat landscape and being able to see the entire scope of the horizon that makes it special – being able to watch the whole world wake up.

One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing pace.  There is more to life than increasing its speed.  Life has a lot of simple things you can enjoy. But if you move too fast you will overlook most of them. Sometimes in life we must hurry. But overall, life should be less hurrying and more noticing. Life is the present. There is a beauty and clarity that comes from the simplicity of standing still and watching a sunrise. 

Cooking with Skal in Nilla's Italian Kitchen

Last night Skal International Albany Australia met at the home of John and Nilla for our October members meeting.  We had a great time as Nilla's Italian Kitchen came alive with the busyness and chatter than comes with a group making and cooking pasta.  Nilla is an amazing cook, passionate, with a generous and warm heart, it was always going to be a great evening. We made Red Green and white pasta to match the Italian flag.  Together with a pork ragout she had made previously it was a restaurant quality meal.  And for the new vegetarian (me) there was burnt butter sauce with sage to toss through the pasta.  And did I mention the cake?  I have no idea how to pronounce it but it was the most amazing Italian sponge cake.  I did see half a bottle of cointreau going into the marmalade filling in the centre.  

It was a great evening with the mayor of Albany giving us up to date information of all tourism events and projects happening in the next few years.

Thank you John and Nilla for another fabulous evening.