In Egyptian mythology, the Ogdoad (Greek “ογδοάς”, the eightfold) were eight deities worshipped in Hermopolis during what is called the Old Kingdom, the third through sixth dynasties, dated between 2686 to 2134 BC. First it was a cult having Hathor and Ra; later changing to a cult where Hathor and Thoth were the main deities over a much larger number of deities; and even later, Ra was assimilated into Atum-Ra through a merger with Atum of the Ennead cosmogony. The number eight plays an important part in Gnostic systems, and it is necessary to distinguish three different forms in which it has entered in different stages of the development of Gnosticism. The earliest Gnostic systems (such as the Ophites) included […]

Otway Coast

The Otway Coast comprises a popular beach and national park section of the Great Ocean Road on the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Lorne and Apollo Bay. The townships on the Otway Coast are: Separation Creek, Wye River, Kennett River, Wongara and Sugarloaf. This coast seems to have two essential features that we love: mountains and ocean. Our plan is for Dee to run an eco farm-stay somewhere along the Great Ocean Road, while I figure out what to do with Hack Street. “Little House” — Eco Kit Home 2BR eco-friendly kit home 1 ensuite, 1 main bathroom walk-in robe in 1BR “green wall” for herbs near kitchen large covered/coverable deck/sun-room (think “potting shed” at Grounds […]

Our dream home

Thoughts and wishes for our dream home on the Otway Coast. Essential features: cathedral ceilings over open-plan dining and lounge area loft bedroom with inside balcony to open-plan area small “inset office” reached via gantry walkway home automation There’s plenty of ideas still on the outskirts of Melbourne page.

Outskirts of Melbourne

We lived, for a short time, at the base of the Dandenongs in the outskirts of Melbourne. We actually bought a house there (which we named “tinderbox” for its history as a victim of Black Friday, and an all-wood home in a forest) and moved up to Canberra, then inner-west Sydney. We wanted the house to be our ancestral home, a place to grow a family and get old and all that. It wasn’t to be. Whilst we eventually sold the place (for a loss!), it gave us some ideas about our dream home and also practise at renovation — even if I now feel like it was basically Dee who did all the work. I don’t think we want to live […]