Tomorrow’s fossil (Details)

 

Leaf imprint in cement path, Riverbank Park, Yass, NSW, Australia

Leaf a good impression!

 

In about 2000 CE a small town called Yass, in what was then inland Australia, constructed new civil works for connecting a minor waterway to the mercantile centre. At some time during the construction, leaves from nearby trees must have blown across the new pathway.  ♦

 


Weekly Photo Challenge – Details

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Photo taken with my old Canon Powershot A550.

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Sydney Harbour lights (Look up)

View under Sydney Harbour Bridge from Dawes Point at night, 21 Nov 2008

Under Sydney Harbour Bridge, Millers Point

There’s nothing better than a walk along Sydney Harbour shore at night. The crisp, salt tang of the air, the rush and bump of the traffic over the metal bridge, the lapping of the wash from ferries. Solid, grand and an icon of Aussie pride.  ♦

 


 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Look up!

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An old photo taken with my Canon Powershot A550.

 

Lazy bend in the river (Yass river)

View of Yass River bend beyond Joe O'Connor Park, Laidlaw Street, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

La rivière?

On a sparkling afternoon in September we went for one of our ambles along the Yass River at Joe O’Connor Park.

I was in a snap-happy camera daze of ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahs’.

Another afternoon walker was also entranced by the green pasture on the banks after a rare, good fall of rain. Cows grazed on the far hill, wandering placidly. Willows trailed their leaves in the water, teasing the fish. The fish jumped occasionally, splashing circles across the mirrored surface.

In her admiration of the enchanting view, the lady said wistfully, “It looks just like France.”

That’s a very big call to make! I wouldn’t know, as I’ve never been there.

I’ll leave it to you to decide.  ♦

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‘One Shot Wonders’ series

One of my favourite photos, from the post of 8 January 2014. Photo taken 29 September 2013.

Moo river (Photo Challenge: Dreamy)

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Cows drinking at Yass River, 'Cliftonwood', Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Unexpected guests for tea!

On Sunday we took some friends down to a favourite spot on Yass River. We sat back in camping chairs circled round the esky*, sipped coffee and ginger beer, and talked fishing and other things.

It was a lazy afternoon to sit in the shade and chew the fat*. Some young boys were swimming in the river and swinging from the tree rope to crash into the water. 

Two black ducks waddled up the bank to inspect our campsite and bathe in a puddle. We could hear many peeping ducklings but they didn’t brave the steep bank.

As the afternoon got late we walked around the park to view the Clydesdale horses, on ‘Cliftonwood’ property, on the other side of the river.

Back at our ‘camp’, we found a great herd of black poll cows had meandered down to the water’s edge across the river.

What a dreamy way to while away a Sunday afternoon!  ♦

Yass River at Joe O’Connor Park, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

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Photo taken 12 October 2014, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

* ‘esky’ – portable cooler for food or drink; chilly bin (NZ)

‘chew the fat’ – have a chat, having a lengthy conversation

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.

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’

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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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A convict inside (Parramatta Female Factory)

Original 1818-21 wall of the Parramatta Female Factory (2nd class yard), New South Wales, Australia

1818 convict wall, Parramatta Female Factory                        (2nd Class yard)

In 1838 Catherine Dixon found herself on the wrong side of this wall. She was my great great great great grandmother. So I retraced her footsteps, with my camera, to see what life was like for her ‘on the inside’.

Why was Catherine ‘inside’?

She was a thirty year old widow sentenced to 14 years transportation for receiving stolen goods [Lancaster Quarter Sessions 1836 trial register]. Her four young children were sent with her to New South Wales.

(To see a description of what Catherine looked like and more on her transportation to Australia go to Part 1, ‘A convict in the tree’.)

At the journey’s end Catherine had been assigned to M Sparke of Sydney. But soon afterward she and her daughter were sent to this place, the Female Factory in Parramatta.

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The Great Australian Blog awards


We love the very Aussie movie, ‘The Castle’ *, and since watching it we now have the saying:

This is going straight to The Pool Room!

Watch the YouTube clip here

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And being Australia Day 2014 I’m going to proudly show you what’s in our Pool Room* – as far as Aussie blogs go – the Great Aussie Blogs that I enjoyed so much during 2013 that they’ve gone into my Aussie Blog Hall of Fame!

So have a ‘coldie’, and pull up a pew, and I’ll show you ’round.*

My list of 10 Great Australian Blogs, stars of the Southern Cross: (in random order)

Kayakcameraman

Bushwalking Blog (2013 Best Australian Blogs finalist, Lifestyle category – Australian Writers’ Centre)

LCP – Leanne Cole Photography

Murray Foote (photography)

Country Life Experiment

Milkwood: Homesteading Skills for City & Country

BushBelles

Vit Peyr (photography)

Quarter Acre Blog (gardening)

Bright and Precious

And there are many other wonderful Aussie blogs out there to be enjoyed. And so many I have found already this year!

Feel free to share below others you love so we can all enjoy them!  ♦

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* ‘The Castle’ – movie credits

[Quote from The Castle (motion picture). Dir. Rob Sitch. Perf. Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Charles “Bud” Tingwell. Working Dog, Village Roadshow Entertainment, 1997.]

* ‘Pool Room’ – room with a Pool Table. ‘Pool’ is a similar game to billiards or snooker – and the preferred game in Australia. It’s played in a lot of pubs and usually has slightly different house rules from place to place.

When in a pub if you want to reserve a game at a pool table you put a small coin (that you can identify as yours) ‘in the queue’ on the edge of the table and games are played in that order.

* ‘a coldie’ – a cold beer

* ‘pull up a pew’ – take a seat