Turret on turret (‘Iandra Castle’)

 

'Mt Oriel' homestead, known locally as Iandra Castle, via Greenthorpe, New South Wales, Australia

When one tower just isn’t enough.

As a youngun visiting my ‘grandparents’ I was fascinated by ‘Iandra Castle’. Iandra sort of backed onto the family sheep property between Young and Grenfell (central New South Wales) in a huge acres kind of way. I was always hoping for that country road detour to visit other rellies and a drive-by look at ‘the castle’.

A few years back we got to wander around inside ‘the castle’ on an open day! Sadly we weren’t allowed up in the turret. Can you imagine how impressive the view is from up there?  

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Cherry On Top’

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Photo taken with my old Canon Powershot A550

‘Mount Oriel’, commonly known as ‘Iandra Castle’, is the elaborate homestead of the Iandra property near the village of Greenethorpe, New South Wales, Australia. The first home was established from 1880 and completed in 1911 in its current form by Mr George Henry Greene MLC, an Englishman by birth connected to aristocracy. Greene bought 32,000 acres of the poor wooded country, clearing it to grow corn and wheat. He built Iandra up into a very successful enterprise and pioneered share-farming practices. He also built the village of Greenethorpe nearby, for his workers.

‘Iandra Castle’ is located on Iandra Rd, 11 kms from Greenethorpe village, NSW, Australia at 34°04′51″S 148°21′51″E.

It has open days on some long weekends throughout the year. See their website for details.

http://iandracastle.com.au/

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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.

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.

 

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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Weekly Photo Challenge, Adventure : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/adventure/

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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Creepy critters (Silhouette)

 

Flying foxes at Parramatta Park, Sydney, Australia

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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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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