. . . I guess you could say we were looking for adventure. On Friday I visited the Merredin Dryland Research Institute with my colleagues Kevin Foster and Daniel Kidd. To get there we had to drive several hours down the Great Eastern Highway. This hot ribbon of asphalt stretches 370 miles, linking the city … Continue reading Get your motor runnin’, head out on the (Great Eastern) highway. . . .
Category: Perth, Australia
The bad news: We have not struck it rich panning for gold in the outback. The good news: We did find plenty of gold at the Perth Mint. At the mint, we learned about the history of gold in Australia and how its discovery led to a population explosion and rise of the Australian economy. … Continue reading Gold!
Bringing the farm (and more) to the city: the Subi Farmers Market
Our beautiful little burb of Perth is called Subiaco (but everyone here knows it as "Subi"). And every Saturday morning it is home to a really fantastic farmers market. In fact, we started hearing about the wonders of the Subi Farmers Market pretty much as soon as we arrived in town. So naturally, we were … Continue reading Bringing the farm (and more) to the city: the Subi Farmers Market
Here’s how you harvest subterranean clover seed in Australia
When you think of the legumes typically grown for forage in the US, alfalfa, white and red clover, and even soybean often come to mind. In many parts of Western and Southern Australia, however, subterranean clover "sub clover" is king. So much so, in fact, that over 23 million hectares of the region is planted … Continue reading Here’s how you harvest subterranean clover seed in Australia
Iced Coffee in Australia
When you order an iced coffee in Australia, don’t expect the typical over-sweet Dunkin’ Donuts material. When you step through the inviting door of an air-conditioned cafe and ask for an iced coffee, they’ll ask you if you’d like “whipped cream and ice cream with that” to which you reply, “sure!” because you didn’t fully … Continue reading Iced Coffee in Australia
Australia Day Weekend
January 26th was Australia Day. This year, it happened to fall on a Friday, which--here in Perth--meant a three-day weekend full of festivities, frivolity, protests, and cultural events. We had the opportunity to witness all four. Perth (January 26, 2018) Our Australia Day experience started in the Perth Central Business District (CBD) where, perpendicular to … Continue reading Australia Day Weekend
The real reason we came to Australia . . . for the candy!
Sadly, most of America's supermarkets harbor only a small fraction of the vast diversity of candy that exists on our planet. Lucky for me, Australian supermarkets are a veritable rainforest of chocolate treats. Even candy brands that are staples in American stores seem to have come to Australia and evolved into a dizzying array of … Continue reading The real reason we came to Australia . . . for the candy!
Just another day at the office….
We've been in Australia for exactly one week. During that time I've managed to get settled into my new office at the University of Western Australia (UWA), gotten to know my Australian colleagues a little better, received my UWA ID card and a UWA email address, and had the UWA IT folks configure my university … Continue reading Just another day at the office….
Six Days in Perth: A Photo Essay
We have been in Western Australia for six days and our skin is fried. Once concealed in the cold of a New Hampshire winter under jackets and hats, it is now exposed to the rays of an Australian summer--rays that inexplicably penetrate the layers of SPF 50+ we keep dutifully applying. In short, we are … Continue reading Six Days in Perth: A Photo Essay
A sabbatical blog?
I have a great job. It is great because I get to do research for a living. It is great because I get to work with fantastic colleagues and exceptional graduate students. It is great because I get to spend time in a classroom with enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in learning … Continue reading A sabbatical blog?