It’s a gusher! (Yass Dam)

The wettest September day in Canberra’s records on Friday. The Yass River ran a banker and the dam filled overtop! *

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* ‘…It pelted, pelted all day long,

A-singing at its work,

Till every heart took up the song

Way out to Back-o’Bourke.

And every creek a banker ran,

And dams filled overtop;

“We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,

“If this rain doesn’t stop.”…’

 


 

[from ‘Said Hanrahan’ by Australian bush poet John O’Brien, pseudonym of Fr Patrick J. Hartigan, born in O’Connell Town, Yass, New South Wales, Australia in 1878]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Said_Hanrahan

Off the bench!

Benchseat up the back near the water tank facing the setting sunToday is a big day for me…it’s my 2nd anniversary since What The?! Day. *

Two years ago, something went bung in my brain! I stood frozen still, couldn’t move anything, couldn’t speak. But I could hear everything, although from far away, in a fog of time. They thought I’d had a stroke.

I was very, very lucky, all the scans were clear.

After about two hours my speech was normal, though laboured, and I could walk with support. Huh?!

Now repeat many times. Add alternating wheelchair, wheelie-walker, and walking stick.

Fast forward 2 years…

I’m getting back to normal, only a bit to go. I choose to think of all the gains I’ve made, even the small ones. I’ve learned to adapt and still be me, even if I have to think around obstacles. And I haven’t lost my sense of humour!

But…I’m getting back out there! Yay! You can’t keep a good day tripper down!!

So I’ve put my gumboots near the back door for my goal to bushwalk again. And I have my khaki jacket with pockets for stuff…rocks, camera gear, rubbish, binoculars.

So this afternoon, on the 2nd anniversary, I put on my coat again and we went for a drive as the sun was going down.

Taemas Bridge, Wee Jasper Road, near Yass, New south Wales, Australia

Taemas bridge over the Murrumbidgee

We parked at Taemas Bridge on Wee Jasper Road, with a coffee and a sandwich.

The bridge of steel and concrete crosses mostly a sandy bed and exposed tree trunks. Red clay gullies slash the impossible near-vertical hillside. Wire fences straddle the climb in mid-air. (How did they build those fences?)

In the hazy shadows at the water’s edge, we spotted a white crane wading. It jumped up on a rock ledge to join a blue crane.

Yep, it’s beautiful out there guys, that’s what really counts!  *18 May 2016. I wasn’t able to take new photos so I’ve recycled one that shows how it looked.

For more information on neurological symptom disorders like mine, these are great resources and support and have helped me so much:

http://www.neurosymptoms.org    and   http://www.fndhope.org

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

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/dreamy/

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

Blue Pool (‘One Shot Wonders’)

This is the place I want to be, right here, right now*, because it’s too hot…

Murrumbidgee River, Boambolo Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Boambolo blue

It was a beautiful place to come across in the late afternoon, suddenly, unexpectedly.

We had the place all to ourselves – except for the frogs and a sentinel owl.

Every turn in the river was a surprise.

We found a cool blue pool, ringed by pines.

And watched the sun leave its last colour in the sky.

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Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken 7 October 2013, with Fuji Finepix S2980

* ‘Right Here, Right Now’, from the album “Doubt” by Jesus Jones

Watch http://youtu.be/p9yVZSjzAtc for a video of wonders accompanying the song. ‘Right Here Right Now by Jesus Jones Lyrics’, YouTube by shawnNhouston.

[Song: Edwards, Mike. ‘Right Here, Right Now’, 1990, Doubt, Food Records, distributed by SBK Records and via Parlophone, 1991.]

Boambolo Road, a left turn off Wee Jasper Road, out of Yass town (New South Wales, Australia). It leads to a section of the Murrumbidgee River. 

Map of Boambolo, via Yass, NSW

The sign at the river states that no camping or fires are permitted.

‘Boambolo Section of Murrumbidgee River, Boambolo Road’ was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1995.  [http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/soe/soe2004/YassValley/heritage1.htm]

Swimming hole hideaway

One evening in Spring, we drove out with the sunroof open to enjoy the cool air and the last of the daylight.

Our planned destination was Taemas Bridge but not far from Yass we spotted an unknown dirt road sneaking off to the left. The road sign said, “No Through Road” *. So we took it!

The road passed pleasantly between grassed properties and occasional farm houses. We trundled over a small creek or two and crossed cattle grids.

We passed the large properties of ‘Wyemba’ and ‘Ravenswood’ belonging to Cavan Station (owned by Rupert Murdoch), then ‘Boambolo’ and ‘Boambolo North’.

We drove through unfenced paddocks with cattle huddled on the road. The road began to narrow to a rough track so we wondered if we were trespassing on private property. But the white road markers and even yellow traffic signs showed we were still on a public road, though it was hardly recognisable. It looked more like a stock route.

We finally reached the end of the road where the river paddocks were bordered by tall pines.

Boambolo Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Boambolo beauty. Murrumbidgee River at Boambolo.

We walked the rest of the way to the river, picking our path along sheep tracks, up and down rocky banks gnarled by tree roots. We could hear the water playing over rocks.

The criss-crossing tracks led the way to rocks and rapids, but also sand and clear pools. Frogs boomed at the water’s edge. A lone owl called to us, asking ‘Who? Who?’ we were.

A chance turn down an unknown road had brought us to a most wonderful river hideaway in a hidden valley.

We’ll have to go back to try the swimming hole on a hot day and the fishing on a grey one.  ♦

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* a “No Through Road” is a terminating road.

Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken 7 October 2013, with Fuji Finepix S2980

Boambolo Road 

Later we learned we had found Boambolo Road, a left turn off Wee Jasper Road, out of Yass town (New South Wales, Australia). It leads to a section of the Murrumbidgee River. 

Map of Boambolo, via Yass, NSW

The sign at the river states that no camping or fires are permitted.

‘Boambolo Section of Murrumbidgee River, Boambolo Road’ was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1995.  [http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/soe/soe2004/YassValley/heritage1.htm]

River view, Yass or France? (‘One Shot Wonders’)

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

Photo taken 29 September 2013