Mt. Uncle Distillery – Phil Barlow’s home
Today we are visited Beta Barra in the morning, Mt. Uncle Distillery in the afternoon, and in the evening we will be visited Phil Barlow’s home. At Phil Barlow’s home we will got an introduction into his life and family, attended a didgeridoo workshop and had a boomerang lesson. We also had the special opportunity to purchase a didgeridoo and a boomerang.
Beta Barra is a local fish farm whose name is a pun of the Barramundi fish. Beta Barra is not an organic fish farm. However, they said that they only use salt and avoid using chemicals and the like. The owner of the fish farm told us that in Australia farmers generally try to be sustainable when they are farming. I found this statement very interesting that although a farm is not organic they are still practicing in a way that considers the environment and is sustainable.
Mt. Uncle Distillery
The Mt. Uncle Distillery is located in the Cairns Highlands on Mt. Uncle ( which is where it got its name from). It was quite a contrast to Beta Bara because it is a corporate farm that produces 1.8 bunches of bananas a year. Aside from bananas they also produce avocados. The climate there is so tropical and sunny that there is no surprise that it is considered the best climate in the world by the National Geographic. The company, like Beta Bara, is not organic. The owner told us that going organic is not realistic for the business due to the number of pests the crops receive. I think that it is very interesting how the business is thinking about the environmental aspect and the economic aspect of sustainability.
Phil ‘s Home
I thought that the meeting with Phil , an aboriginal man, and his family was very interesting. First of all, we practiced throwing boomerangs and then we headed inside to have a discussion with Phil about his life and other issues affecting the aboriginal community. After that we ate a traditional meal that was cooked in the ground! After that we tried our best to play the didgeridoo. Finally, Phil gave all of us spirit animals ( mine was a crocodile) and we said our goodbyes. I will never forget the experience I had.
“A boomerang is a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower”. ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boomerang+) . The word translates to mean ” a throwing stick that returns “. Although boomerangs were used as a hunting weapon long ago today it is used mainly for sports and recreation . ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomerang) . I remember throwing a fake toy boomerang as a child with my sisters ! Regardless of whether you are hunting or playing sports it is important to have the right throwing technique. The most efficient throw consists of vertical and straight movements instead of horizontal and flat ones. Always use your right hand to throw a boomerang properly. Grab it tightly near its edges. (http://www.ehow.com/info_8725013_australian-boomerangs.html) . We learned how to make a boomerang today. Click on the following link for easy step by step instructions on how to make one! ( http://www.ehow.com/how_8616521_make-australian-boomerang.html)
- HI: 79
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