Australia: Recipe For Damper Bread

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The aborigines of Australia

A favorite of the aborigines.

Recipe for Australian Damper Bread:

This is traditional bread baked in the coals of an open fire or in a Dutch Oven (huge lidded cast iron pot) but nowadays we bake it in a normal oven. Of course there are as many variations as there are days in the years but the basic recipe is as follow:

Ingredients
4 cups self-raising flour
3/4 – 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Method Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and mix in the sugar.
Rub in the butter with your (clean) hands until a fine breadcrumb texture is achieved.
For a well in the top of the flour, pour in the milk and water, and mix well with a knife until the dough come clean from the sides of the bowl.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and silky, like a baby’s bottom.
Shape into a mounded loaf, (some people cut a deep cross in the top) and bake in a preheated oven, 200 c / 400 F, for 25 minutes.
Then lower the temperature to 180 c / 375 f and cook a further 10 – 15 minutes until done.
The loaf should be a light golden brown colour and sound hollow when tapped.
If you are “game” try cooking it on a camp fire; nothing beats that extra smoky flavour, especially using Australian Eucalyptus wood to give it that special something.
If you are cooking in an oven at home, try putting a few Gum Leaves in the over to smoke as your are cooking the bread.

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Damper Bread is very similar to Irish Soda Bread, and probably developed from recipes brought over by Irish immigrants/convicts. Variations of the basic recipe are seemingly endless, but you could try substituting other liquids, such as beer for a darker colour/flavour, or varying the ratio of milk to water, and so on.

Try adding more sugar and butter and some dried fruits for a dessert damper. Basically use your imagination. If you are cooking on an open fire you could try wrapping the dough in aluminum foil before you place it in the coals, or even try wrapping the dough around a stick and cooking suspended over the flames.
Good Baking!

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Who Are Our Spirit Guides

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A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

The Spirit Guides are extensions of souls in a sense, and they are always connected with The Source of All That Is. They are our helpers in the spirit world.

They come from all walks of life and many times are our departed friends and ancestors who have come to guide and assist us. Many times we have known each other through many incarnations and existences in the other world. It is always a matter of choice to become a guide: not all souls choose to be spirit guides.

There are many souls who continue their spiritual evolution without choosing this elevated purpose, and often times they choose to be a guide, then choose not to for a time. As with all things, because of free will, the choice is theirs.

The decision is often made depending on how it will fulfill their own spiritual evolution, and the ones they are assisting. 

The Guide’s consciousness is more elevated because they exist at the same level of consciousness even if they choose to take a physical form. Many times, they remain in spirit form and communicate telepathically, enabling them to fulfill many missions at one time.

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The Tree of Life

Even when they are in the physical form, they are still awake to the promptings of the soul, thus enabling them to assist in many ways. 

This enables them to access the Akashic  records to better understand the issues before us. 

The Guides and Masters, as well as all of the other evolved souls, can choose to reincarnate with only a part of their energy while the other part can remain in spirit, all the while existing at the same level of consciousness— the higher self level. They as well as those of us in physical form become omnipresent, meaning we can be in many dimensions simultaneously.

We are only aware  of the reality we are focusing on, and for most we only briefly “see” or “feel” other dimensions, times, and realties, leading us to inquire and learn more of our spiritual existence and our relationship to the Divine Creator. 

The Spirit Guides can choose to continue guiding other souls when part of their energy is reincarnated, if they decide to,  and they can even guide the incarnated part or parts of their own self.

It is a complex operation, many facets make up the whole and an unlimited set of possibilities. 

Many times to complicated for our humble human mind to understand. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Sedona Airport Mesa

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Written by Gary Wonning

The Airport Mesa vortex is located in West Sedona on Airport Mesa. The view is outstanding; you can get a bird’s eye view of the whole town of west Sedona. Besides overlooking West Sedona, Capitol Butte, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Seven Sisters and Boynton Canyon can also be seen.

Looking south you can see Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

Your comments are welcome

Lets Keep Politics Out of Important Issues

Where did common sense go?

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

Often times matters of extreme importance are clouded by politics and once that process begins, regardless of the issue and it’s importance, half of the population will be against any change only because it has been taken up as a banner of a political party.

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Climate change or global warming is a prime example.

Before the year 2000, everyone was on board, and still are about our concerns about the environment. In fact many strides had been made making our environment cleaner than it has been for years.

But, once it became a political football in the year 2000, and if you disagreed with the prognosis of certain politicians you were automatically deemed ignorant, ill informed and politically incorrect, it instantaneously annihilated half the population of the United States, once that half becam indignant, the other half followed suit. 

Since that period of time, almost nothing has been done except hurl brickbats at those with an opposing view.

How much better it was before this came about.

So it is with many of our other social issues, when the people decide for themselves, without the interference of political parties, much better results can be obtained.

The American people are intelligent enough, both sides of the political spectrum, to decide right from wrong. Once politicians and the media gets involved, all bets are off.

The same goes for all our other issues, racial, sexual, economic, etc.

Unless  politicians have been involved in the private sector, the only skill they have is getting reelected.

They know nothing concerning how the world operates.

It’s time they begin assuming the roles they were destined to follow,  the roles designed by our founding fathers.

They are our representatives in government, not our leaders.

We, the people, in America, are our own leaders.

We can be quite good at it if left alone by big brother.

get out of our way, we got this.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

James Madison: Government and Religion

Written by Gary Wonning
James Madison made a journal entry, June 12, 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the General Government to inter-meddle with religion. … The subject is, for the honor of America, perfectly free and unshackled. The government has no jurisdiction over it.”

This is one of the basic tenants of our government and thus our country.

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The founders believed one of our most important rights guaranteed by God, was the freedom to practice our religion as we see fit, without interference from government. 

They believed in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. We have a God given right to practice our spiritual beliefs according to our conscience. 

No one should have to sacrifice their spiritual beliefs because someone doesn’t agree with them , and no one should have to give up their beliefs because they own or operate a business. 

Let’s face it would you want to give your business or money to someone and support them, if for whatever reason they didn’t like you or support what you believe in. 

I wouldn’t, there are plenty of other businesses I could do business with that would be more than willing to take my money and support my beliefs. 

If you, or the business owner has an issue with the beliefs of the other, take your business elsewhere. 

It only makes sense to me.

Let’s just live and let live, why create conflict when there doesn’t need to be any. 

Common sense in a confused world.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Sedona Vortex

Written by Gary Wonning

an excerpt from my book. The Portals of Sedona.

In addition to being a beautiful and serene place; even in ancient times, Sedona has always been famous as a spiritual power center. The vortexes produce some of the most remarkable energy on the planet.

I have found the vortexes in Sedona both exciting and spiritually inspiring. If you are at all sensitive to the energy, the experience of entering one of these vortexes, and letting the energy flow into you and through you, can indeed be overwhelming and life changing.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Our Thoughts Transcend Time and Space

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A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

Although my thoughts sometimes transcend time and are never heard from again, many have much better results than I.

We all hear stories about how someone has had a feeling about another getting sick or in accident and knowing instantly there was an issue.  Many times the individual will contact the person who is sick or injured and be surprised to discover their feelings were justified.

The Aborigines of Australia, as well as many other native cultures believe in a sort of Voo Doo, where a person will stick in pin in a doll representing the person they desire to punish for some dastardly deed, and the person targeted, although sometimes thousands of miles away, will feet the pain and  fall sick or injured as a result.

These events aren’t uncommon, so how does this come about?

We live in a cosmos of many dimensions, separated by a thin veil, and our thoughts have consequences and transcend time and space.

Every thought we have creates an action corresponding with the thought we have. Even though we are unaware of it, these thoughts travel through and transcend time and space until they arrive at the proper time for them to materialize.

Many times, the two people involved in the act of Voodoo have a similar belief even though the actions of one is unknown to the other, the mere  circumstance of them both having similar beliefs is enough to trigger a response from the other.

Once the action is put into motion, the thought travels through time and space until it finds a recipient, once the recipient is found the action is completed, and the unsuspecting soul is placed under the spell. Often times, the intended victim is not aware he or she is someone who would believe in such a custom, it can be hidden in the subconscious waiting for the proper time to rear its ugly head.

People who have a strong common bond, such as relatives or friends, who many times have been together lifetime after lifetime and have developed strong bonds will likely develop the psychic bonds or almost become attached at the hip.

People who have been close in this lifetime can also develop the same bond and instantly know when the other soul is having an issue.

For instance, when I was in basic training during the Vietnam era, I became intensely sick with the flu one morning about 3AM, at the same time, my mom woke up dad and told him I was sick. She knew this even though I was a thousand miles away.

Our thoughts do transcend time and space, in the same fashion many times people have flashbacks to other times and lives and are able to recall something from hundreds or thousands of years previous.

We live in a fascinating universe, there are many mysterious puzzles just waiting to be solved.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome