Riverside giant (Photo Challenge: Angular)

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

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It was a cooler afternoon in late Spring, after so many hot days, so we hit the road!

We had a vague idea to run along the Murrumbidgee River from the village of Jugiong to wherever the end of daylight left us.

The village of Jugiong has been by-passed by the Hume Highway and is a riverside oasis of ancient eucalypts, a traditional veranda-ed pub and one of the best RV camping spots in the region.

It was a birthday and we wanted no fancy restaurants or silver service. The treat for the day was to sit, with a coffee and muffin for afternoon tea, by the banks of the majestic Murrumbidgee River.

We dreamed of another day when we would come back to fish under the pines and paddle the kayak in the gentle ripples – but today we had dirt roads to explore! We hitched the wagon and nosed across the bridge to the paddocks and river banks waiting on the other side.  ♦

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Angular’

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Photo taken 17 November 2014 with my old Canon Powershot A550

Jugiong, on the Hume Highway and on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, in southeast New South Wales, Australia

The Long Track Pantry, Riverside Dr, Jugiong  http://www.longtrackpantry.com.au/

Total eclipse of the moon

On the night of the 8th of October the skies were clear on our hill. Our front veranda was a brilliant place to watch the lunar eclipse unfold.

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We live outside a town of only 6,500 people, more than half an hour away from the bright lights of the Australian capital city, Canberra. So we had a clear view in the cold night air.

We watched the moon rise to the right and slowly turn red, then darken, before bursting open to a brilliant white. What a magnificent sight!

I took a series of photos over an hour and a half from 9.30 to 11.00 pm.  ♦

The lunar eclipse series as a gallery:

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Refraction’

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Photos taken 8 October 2014 with Fuji FinePix S2980

Location: Yass, south eastern New South Wales, Australia

I felt like Winnie the Pooh!

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It occurred to me that the freshly mown grass under the crabapple tree was a very nice place indeed from which to view the blossoms.

The afternoon was warm, the sky very blue, and the blossoms were there just waiting to be admired.

So there was nothing for it but to lie down, face up, knees bent, hands laced together,

and ponder and wonder and mind-wander about nothing really very much at all.

It was such a glorious sight from underneath,

with the blossoms bursting overhead, ruffling white against the blue, blue sky.

And the tree hummed with bees

and smelt of happiness.  ♦

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Winnie-the-Pooh – a teddy bear character in children’s books written by A. A. Milne

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[“Pooh Shepard1928“, Illustration to page 3 of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by artist E. H. Shepard. Scan from Bibliodyssey. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.]

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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’

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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.