Gemstones and Rocks

BANDED BOTSWANA AGATE

Mohs Hardness Scale: 6-7 Cleavage: Indiscernible Luster: Vitreous There are many forms of Agate, and Banded Botswana is one, known for its pink, gray and brown bands that loop in on themselves within the stone. Sometimes known as the ‘Sunset Stone’ for its metaphysical properties of capturing sunlight, it was also often used as a fertility stone… Continue reading BANDED BOTSWANA AGATE

Wanderlust

ONE STEP AT A TIME TO THE SUMMIT OF MT BARROSA

Over the weekend Matt thought it was time for us to harden up (mostly me) and do another tramp to the summit of one of our local mountains. This weekend he decided to choose Mt Barrosa which rises to a thrilling 1364 m above sea level. While the walk distance for this tramp only says… Continue reading ONE STEP AT A TIME TO THE SUMMIT OF MT BARROSA

Wanderlust

WEDNESDAY WIND BACK: BANKS PENINSULA

Banks Peninsula is a stunning area near Christchurch, New Zealand and is definitely a spot you want to visit if you are coming to the South Island of New Zealand for a holiday. Banks Peninsula incorporates many coastal townships including Akaroa, Duvauchelle, Takamatua and Port Levy all with something a little bit different to offer.… Continue reading WEDNESDAY WIND BACK: BANKS PENINSULA