From hotel to eternity (Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold)

The old Commercial Hotel, in Yass New South Wales, Australia

Poor old pub, on its last legs.

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This grand old watering hole sits abandoned in the main street of Yass (New South Wales, Australia). It dominates Comur Street and is one of the oldest and largest buildings in the centre of town.

The last drink was poured around 2005. The poor old Commercial Hotel has sat idle since, a wry smile across its tooth-gapped facade. The chatter and din of merrymakers just a memory echoing faintly across the floor boards.

In its heyday it was one of 27 inns in Yass or nearby. It was the coaching stop for Cobb and Co. coaches connecting Yass to the railway that terminated at Gunning at the time, half an hour away, and to places further bush.

Although the pub sold in 2010 it has remained abandoned, slowly falling apart bit by bit, helped by some wanton vandals. The beautiful wrought iron has been broken panel by panel. Precious stained glass windows and door panels have been kicked in.

Last year, though, some effort to band-aid the decay was made. The downstairs doors and windows facing the street were painted with bright murals to celebrate the ‘Turning Wave Festival‘.

But as I was taking these photos on Sunday a passerby told me that the Commercial was going to be pulled down soon and a three storey building with shops and apartments built instead. History gone.

But a new beginning awaits!

So raise your glass to the poor old pub and ‘be on yer way home now’.  

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Threshold’

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/photo-challenge-threshold/

Photos taken 2 March 2014 with Fuji FinePix S2980

Commercial Hotel, established in the 1840s, cnr Comur and Lead Streets, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

For some photos of the interior of the pub see the real estate pages from May 2010.

 

Paddock Perfect: the pastoral way, not the Highway

Bookham – Illalong Rd South – Bowning (New South Wales, Australia)

On a beautiful, gloriously golden, sunny afternoon on the June long weekend we opened the sun roof on ‘the buggy’ and rumbled out for a drive and a cuppa.

Illalong Rd near Bookham, New South Wales

Illalong Rd near Bookham, NSW

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Our TOP 10 ‘Hidden Treasure’ day trips (Part 2)

Canberra region

We’re still on the lounge room floor, pouring over our old beloved map, looking for our best 10 ‘hidden’ day trips. (Though this is seriously hampered by the cat sitting on top of Goulburn… and ok, let’s face it, most of south-eastern New South Wales.)

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Our TOP 10 ‘Hidden Treasure’ day trips (Part 1)

Canberra region

One of our favourite things to do is to pour over maps on the lounge room floor looking for a road we haven’t been on and which can be conquered on a weekend day trip.

Our old map with our routes marked - NRMA Canberra & SE NSW Touring Map 2 (1999-2001)

Beloved old map with our routes marked in black

Over twenty years of country lane cruising, dirt bashing and map meandering in the country around the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) we have been some places!  So with not-so-flexi knees now we’ll get down on the rug to scan our beloved map and pick out the best of the ‘hidden’ day trips we’ve enjoyed.

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