Archive for the ‘Australie’ Category

“Marking Time II”, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

March 22, 2014

March 2014

Opening of the exhibition “Marking Time II”, with works from Kathryn McGovern and Wanda Michalak – Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

Vernissage de l’exposition “Marking Time II”, avec les oeuvres de Kathryn McGovern et Wanda Michalak – Galerie Graydon à Brisbane

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IMG_1972opening speeches

IMG_1975speech, Wanda and Kathryn

IMG_1967Christina, Robyn, two school friends of Kathryn, Kathryn and Wanda

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IMG_1980with Sharon and a friend

IMG_1981with Tuni and Renata

IMG_1982with Christine and Hanny

IMG_1984Paola, Veroni, Sunita, Scott (happy man), friend and Mohini

IMG_1985Renata, Jacek, Bacia, Dorota and Chris

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IMG_1968Laëtitia with husband and daughter Constance

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Wollongong, Australia

March 22, 2014

01/03/2014

Short trip to Wollongong, South of Sydney, to attend the wedding of Nicole, the daughter of our friends Christine and Hanny. The wedding was going to take place on the beach, unfortunately it was raining. However, it turned out into a very nice party.

Courte visite à Wollongong, juste en dessous de Sydney, pour assister au mariage de Nicole, la fille de nos amis Christine et Hanny. La cérémonie allait avoir lieu sur la plage, malheureusement il pleuvait. ce fut néanmoins une très belle fête.

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20140301_230721Bush dancing

20140302_142010walk on the beach, the following day / promenade sue la plage, le lendemain

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Sydney – early morning / à l’aube 

 

Fraser Island and Lady Musgrove Island revisited – Australia

January 7, 2014

December 2013 /January 2014

Back in Australia for Christmas and New Year‘s Eve

En Australie pour célébrer Noel et Nouvel An

Fraser Island

IMG_9532the wreck

IMG_9575Peter, Kinga and Wanda

1528518_10152094325519346_1635247027_nstranded car, we helped them out of the hole

IMG_1770Fraser Island, East coast

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IMG_1786Peter, Wanda, Kinga, Paul

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1525033_568185819939391_958751195_nGarawongera Lake, Fraser Island

525192_10152115817579346_1805941581_nEli Creek, Fraser Island

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1544612_10152099760094346_518129790_nLake Wabby, Fraser Island

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IMG_1806Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

IMG_9584Happy Vallee, Fraser Island

IMG_9580Downtown Happy Vallee

Town of 1770 and surroundings

IMG_1838Agnes Water

IMG_1862Jenny Lind Creek and Bustard Bay

IMG_1872Bustard Head Light Station Museum

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IMG_1887Coral See / Mer de Corail

IMG_1889-2Ships lining up for Gladstone harbor on the horizon

IMG_1852Peter sliding down the sand dune

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IMG_1899Army of small crabs at Jenny Lind Creek

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Lady Musgrove Island

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IMG_1926Lady Musgrove lagoon

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IMG_9617Glasshouse Mountains

Christmas Party – Brisbane

January 7, 2014

December 23, 2013

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From Cairns to Cape Tribulation

December 25, 2013

November 2013

Cairns est seulement à une heure d’avion de Port Moresby. On s’y rend parfois pour changer d’air. Cette fois ci Wanda m’y a rejoint depuis Brisbane. Sommes restés quelques jours, histoire de reconnaître la région, rendre visite à des amis et assister à un concert de Léonard Cohen…

It is only a one hour flight from Port Moresby to Cairns. We sometimes go there for a change of air. This time Wanda joined me from Brisbane. We spent a few days in the region, traveling around, visiting friends and attending a Leonard Cohen concert.

20131123_094900Cairns market / le marché

20131123_094917very colorful / très coloré

IMG_1387mouthing of the Daintree river / embouchure du fleuve Daintree

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We did not see any. But they were there, somewhere, hiding from us.

On n’en a pas vu. Mais ils étaient la, cachés quelque part

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The cassowaries (IPA: /,kæsɵwæri/) are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.[2] There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.

Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, andfungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare.

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IMG_1399Cape Tribulation

IMG_1404Noah Beach

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IMG_1403a reminder, be carefull

IMG_1426Daintree rainforest

IMG_1432Cape Kimberley – dancing and protecting against the sandflies (a true invasion)

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IMG_1439crossing the Daintree River / traversée du fleuve Daintree

1459232_10152018873014346_1430990586_nPort Douglas, with Helene and Michael

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IMG_1443Baron Falls revisited

IMG_1445-2Mer de Corail et environs de Cairns / Coral Sea and Cairns surroundings

IMG_1448With Grazyna and Andrzej, in their amazing garden

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Leonard Cohen in Cairns20131126_202630Great concert, he gave everything he had (as usual) / Fabuleux concert, il a tout donné (comme toujours)

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I know you don’t see much on the photo. Just trying to share the feeling /photo pas terrible, je sais. C’est juste pour donner one idée de l’ambiance

 

Southern Hemisphere Summer Events

July 29, 2013

January-March 2013

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Just after the opening of Renata’s exhibition in Logan

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SunnybankPhotos - 0558Wanda in front of the “Chinese wall”

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IMG_8630waiting for the ferry

SydneyPhotos - 0598Leonie and Wanda

Photos - 0589Archie Roach, great concert

Photos - 0600Tarantino’s Django in première – good film

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Photos - 0603Robyn, Wanda, John 

Glasshouse MountainsIMG_8906Tai Mak, Wanda

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Move no 1 / 1er déménagementIMG00103-20130216-0930leaving Birkalla Street, Wanda and Karolyna

A difficult day, leaving big house and birds behind

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IMG00106-20130216-122617/46 Terrace Street, our new apartment

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IMG00131-20130308-1753close to Botanical Park (on our way to Nick Cave concert)

Dinner with Hanny and ChistineIMG_8895 - Version 2Paul and Christine

Cha Cha Char steak restaurant, Brisbane. Excellent

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IMG_8897 - Version 2Wanda and Karolyna

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IMG00138-20130310-1233-1In the aboriginal art gallery

IMG00139-20130310-1317on the ferry

IMG00140-20130315-1632Himalayan Café, New Farm

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Move no 2 / 2éme déménagementIMG00150-20130323-1539Harcourt Street, Teneriffe

A house again, smaller but more what we wanted

IMG00147-20130323-1525Wanda now happy

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“Living with Birds”

July 29, 2013

22/02/2013

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“living with birds”
Opening night of a photo exhibition by Wanda Michalak
Friday 22 February (5 – 8pm)
Graydon Gallery
27 Merthyr Rd
New Farm

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“Vivre avec les Oiseaux” – Exposition de photos de Wanda

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SONY DSCBacia, Francisco, Charliany

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For more info about the exhibition “Living with Birds” check on:

http://www.gallerywm.com/birdswanda.html

Year End in Brisbane – with Sebastian

January 6, 2013

29-31/12/2012

West End Market

IMG_8602Under the gum treeSebastian, Wanda, Paul

154486_10151307929144346_747341504_n[2]relaxing at the market

16696_10151307928934346_1275565110_n[1]Some dodgy business going on at the edge of the market ?

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528487_4924604510885_1941403199_n[1]Graffitti art 

IMG_8606Mount Coot-tha – Brisbane in background

Pre-Christmas Drinks at Birkalla Street

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IMG_0632[1]the French lesson team

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BBQ at Jacek’s

IMG_8608Marek, Gaby, Renata, Sebastian, Jacek and Wanda

IMG_8609the story of a beloved pair of trousers

IMG_8610serious discussions going on

Mount Tamborine

IMG_8616lunch at the Polish House

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397714_10151313186549346_1106453142_n[1]short walk in the rainforest

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New Year’s Eve

IMG00087-20121231-2020 - CopieGaby and Wanda ready to dive into the new year

IMG00089-20130101-0129Happy New Year – Wanda and Margozata

Christmas on Moreton Island

January 2, 2013

23-28/12/2012

Five days on Moreton Island, just of Brisbane (one hour and half with the ferry), together with Sebastian and our friends Gaby and Chris

Cinq jours sur l’île de Moreton, au large de Brisbane (une heure et demie en bac), en compagnie de Sebastien et de nos amies Gaby et Chris

sand manthe sand man / le bonhomme de sable

224895_10151314460374346_2084795307_n[1]releasing air off the tires / dégonflage des pneus

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Christmas Eve / Veille de Noël

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Christmas Day/Le jour de Noël  

16IMG_0589 - CopieYellow Patch, close to North Point

17IMG_0592 - CopieGlasshouse Mountains on the horizon

18IMG_0598Sebastian and Bruce, our old (and brave) Landrover

19IMG_8568 - Copiepicnic on the east coast, very hot

20IMG_8569 - Copiepique-nique improvisé, il fait bon chaud

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Wanda’s I-phone photo file

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528495_10151300305754346_441464538_n[2]Paul testing his new snorkling outfit at the Chrismas table

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603200_10151304465744346_1356027355_n[2]Storm on the way back home, from the ferry

Sebastians Files – The Bunker on the Beach

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Tai’s Second Farewell

December 30, 2012

10/12/2012

It is the second time that colleague Tai is leaving us. The first time was a year ago, when he still was in Houston. After only three months we  asked him to come and join us in Brisbane. We therefore wonder if this will really be the last time, there might be a ¨boomerang effect” bringing him back to us. So, as we say in French, ¨ce n’est qu’un au revoir

Morning Tea at the Office

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modest gifts including peanuts and signed boomerang

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John, Paul, Tai, Sharon and Jarod 

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John, Scott, Sharon, Tai, Paul and Jarod

Restaurant

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Scott, John, Linda, Richard, Tai, Wanda, Paul

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Scott, John, Linda, Richard

Paëlla at Birkalla Street

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the three cooks: Cris, Wanda and Gaby

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Tai, Linda, John, Jarod, Sharon, Gaby and Cris

Lone Pine

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Tai, unable to get rid of his peanuts