Like the Highway.

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This is Hum and his son. Their Nepalese.

‘Like the Highway’ he said when we first met. I used to work with Hum in Melbourne years ago. Cooking.

The dude knows how to move. He’s a gun.

He cooked goat curry for staff meals on a few drizzly winter evenings.

When he stopped cracking jokes and grinning I’d know we were in the shit.

They worked him hard at that place. He was sponsored. Earning that PR.

Over 70 hours a week was normal.

A couple of years after leaving Melbourne I was visiting town and we met up.

He was still working for the same Restaurant group but soon he’d be running his own shop.

We went to Mt Dandenong to see the view. It was Drizzly.

He showed me the cafe he was getting set up in the outer suburbs.

Then we went back to his house and  ate goat curry.

 

 

 

 

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Seals Make it Big Time.

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It was strange to see Seals so far from the ocean. Two fat, hairy, heavy things sun-baking on granite slabs 80 kilometres from the coast. They’d either made a gamble or gotten lost, but it had worked out for them. They’d arrived where the freshwater meets the salt. They had it made at the gorge.

No Sharks, no competition for food, no fishermen’s nets, very little garbage.

It was Eden for Seals.

Most people walking through the busy park didn’t even notice them… so long as they stayed still. Which I’m sure suited them fine.

My decision to respect the seals privacy by not publishing pictures of them has absolutely nothing to do with me running out of battery and having no spare. Like a muppet.