Halloween Warhol

Halloween wasn’t a thing, but is becoming more of a thing, in Australia.

We won’t get trick or treaters where we live out here. But I thought I would get a little into the spirit.

Problem. Where do you find a pumpkin in Spring?

Aha!

Pumpkin soup tin by candlelight
What do you think?

Happy Halloween! ūüéÉūüēł

‘The Running of the Sheep’ at Boorowa

THIS SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2016 will be the 20th Irish Woolfest in Boorowa.

Sheep on 'Windouran' property, Burley Griffin Way, near Harden, New South Wales, Australia

Carb loading for Sunday…

 

From the website: http://www.irishwoolfest.com.au :

‘Everyone‚Äôs heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona but much closer to home in Boorowa, New South Wales you can enjoy the spectacle of the ‚ÄúRunning of the Sheep‚ÄĚ.

Beautiful woolly Merino sheep are shepherded down the road by Farmer Ashley on his four wheel motorbike and his trusty Kelpies who leap on and off the motorbikes and on and off the sheep’s back.

A magical free country Festival with a myriad of activities including wool and Irish, children’s fun, and a fine Boutique Market displaying Food, Wine and quality crafts.

THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP COMMENCES AT 12 NOON!!!’

Following this is a Street Parade, Irish bands, and much more. It’s always a great day and I love the feet-stomping, thigh-clapping Irish music!

See irishwoolfest.com.au for more details.  ♦


 

Boorowa is a country town in New South Wales, Australia, 328 kms SW of Sydney and 115 kms NW of Canberra.

Creepy critters (Silhouette)

 

Flying foxes at Parramatta Park, Sydney, Australia

“Children of the night” *

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Last winter, we walked in Parramatta Park just on dusk. We paused on the footbridge to admire the silhouettes of the grand old trees in the fading light. A squabbling and screeching of ‘birds’ rippled the shadows.

Slowly we realised the heavy boughs were in fact covered with the hanging pods of hundreds of roosting flying foxes. A creepy fascination held me fast to the spot to watch them.

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Flying foxes are larger than a bat and have a furry face like a fox. They eat pollen, nectar and fruit. The colony in Parramatta Park is of grey-headed flying foxes. More photos and information here.

* quote from Dracula. Dir. Tod Browning. Per. Bela Lugosi. Universal, 1931. Motion picture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Silhouette’

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/

Photo taken 11 August 2013 with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Footbridge over Parramatta River, near Byrnes Ave, Parramatta Park

Parramatta, in the Greater Sydney area, New South Wales, Australia

 

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That thieving Easter Bunny!

Yes, that wascally wabbit is wobbing our apples!

Wild rabbit dropping by to eat our fallen apples

Robber Rabbit

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With a Happy Easter holiday to everyone.

Be safe! And don’t eat too much chocolate!

from CC, the Daytripper Sipper

Moo mobile! (‘One Shot Wonders’)

A cow car by any other name.

How udder-ly amazing.

Moo Mobile, paddock on Marked Tree Road, near Gundaroo, New South Wales, Australia

Moo Mobile out to pasture, near Gundaroo village, NSW

Well, we were out for a Sunday drive back in May and there she was – The Moo Mobile – just out in the middle of a paddock! As you do!

Got no idea why. …Well, why not?

Has to be the quirkiest thing we’ve seen while driving around.

And now I have the words of the Woody Guthrie song going around in my head:

‘Take you riding in my [cow] car. Take you riding in my [cow] car…’

and with the second verse engine noises going ‘moo-moo’. Help!

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For the wonderful, full experience you can enjoy the song on YouTube. Show your kids!

But be warned: it’ll get stuck in your head. My apologies in advance.

RIDING IN MY CAR by Woody Guthrie, illustrated by Scott Menchin

And feel free to add your own cow puns below. Here’s to a fun 2014!

CC  ‚ô¶

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‘One Shot Wonders’ series

How to find The Moo Mobile:

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Near Gundaroo village, New South Wales, Australia – 273.3km SW from Sydney, 37.2km NNE from Canberra [Google Maps]

– From the main street of Gundaroo (Cork Street), turn right into Rosamel Street.

– Continue on to Marked Tree Road. The Moo Mobile is on the left, about 2km down the road.

All tar road to this point.

Gundaroo village, New South Wales, Australia

Gundaroo, ‘Visit Yass Valley’ (on-line), www.yassvalley.com.au

Welcome to Gundaroo“, webpage by Graeme Challinor

Lights! Camera! …Santa!!

XMAS LIGHTS THIS WAY

One of my all-time favourite drives … one I count down sleeps to … is driving around the Christmas lights in town.

And this year the Yass locals have really gotten into the Santa swing of things! They’ve gone all out.

Christmas lights sign, Rossi Street, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Signs by munchkins point the way

The light displays are bigger, better and brighter! and they include lights on roofs, fences and trees, inflatables of every shape and size, moving glowing reindeer, even disco lights and a TV screen!

A lot of the little shops in the main street create sparkly window displays too. There is a town competition, judged for the best house and the best shop window.

Yass is a very hilly town, like Newcastle (in New South Wales, Australia) or San Francisco, so some of the bedazzling houses can be seen across the river valley from houses on the other side of town! 

Here’s one of my favourite sets of Chrissie lights in town, a cottage up on the hill near the high school. My money’s on it to win! What do you think?

Christmas cottage lights, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Christmas cottage on the hill

As a newbie, I felt self-conscious hoisting my tripod and Fuji on one shoulder, one foot on the gravel and the other on the dandelion path. But I had a cover story worked out…

If anyone asked me, I was going to say:

‘It’s OK. I’m the elf and safety inspector!’

Enjoy. With jingle cheers to all!

CC, the Daytripper Sipper  ♦

Moving, glowing reindeer

Reindeer, a long way from home

Christmas cottage lights, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Many shades of ‘Aah!’

Yass tramway B&W (Camera challenge Day 4)

Old tramway bridge over Yass River, in Joe O'Connor Park, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Heritage on high

On Sunday, wanting to catch the last of the sun, we buggied into town to sit by Yass River.

A picnic rug under the towering cypress(?) pines gave us a view of the river bend. We shared the park with some young blokes fishing and a family walking their dogs.

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