Friday, April 30, 2010

Royal Hotel in a country town. Built of sandstone c 1870. Quiet morning in Cassilis except for occasional barking dogs. Cassilis has a population around one hundred people.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

 c smart 
From a Swatch Watch idea, a long story evolved about the car. Swatch Mercedes Art or Smart has variations and has been know to form leaning towers. But then, this was Canberra!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


In 1938, glass tiles made an appearance here and a milk bottle took shape. Dairy Farmers Corner was a landmark in Hunter Street West, Newcastle.  A car dealership is found there now probably for Mazda and Peugeot. While Klosters BMW occupies the adjacent corner.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Why look at a ray of light backstage when the Volatinsky Trio, trained in Odessa, Minsk and Kiev, was on stage? The showwoman who played the cimbalom was a sparkling entertainer.

Friday, April 23, 2010




I bet one of those instruments is a.... hurdy-gurdy!
Mega-fauna roamed the festival
Instruments: Try before you buy!
Any excuse for a song by the red shirted songsters

Thursday, April 22, 2010


At the National Folk fest in Canberra this troupe were preparing to dance. What national dance? Could be Macedonian.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Back with Thomas Hardy at the National Folk Fest in Canberra. Visitors from Auckland NZ were among the Morris Dancers.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


















Das Auto. Some distance is seen between two cars after a collision, in Canberra.


Sunday, April 18, 2010





Still but not still in Canberra.where the water was very active. Then at 4 pm the magic ceased, the pump was turned off and the last drops were caught falling into Lake Burley Griffin.
All water - no ash or steam.

Saturday, April 17, 2010



Late Sunday In Canberra. Once the men-in-suits were out of the way, a load of ice on a sloping bank had snowboarders take off, jump onto a pair of picnic tables and back to earth, in full view, no less of Parliament House, High Court and National Gallery!
The National Galley has Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay in Paris exhibition drawing to an end with an unprecedented number of visitors. Add to this, ABC radio will go live from the gallery this starry night from 2am for several hours as part of the closing hoo-ha.
To any other gallery under renovation: please loan us your priceless collection. It will be underwritten by the National government.
The Feds will have lots of spare cash if they renege on the health budget. Their rehetoric about funding is absurd, largess does not come into it nor contingency, funding of services is what it takes, is a normal right and is the purpose of revenue.
At the same time, a well thought out revolution to rationalise our health services is required - a task that gives the top layer of government something to justify their existence.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Grasshoppers met this car as a result of travel across the south west of the state from Adelaide.
Van in lower photo has unique paint work with or without grasshoppers.

Thursday, April 15, 2010















Why have these storage boxes appeared at the Fisherman's co-op? Very large quantities of Mullet are netted at this time of the year.
The fish are transported away to be processed and they yield a number of products.
Other fresh clean examples are sold all year and are economically priced and are said to be delicious when smoked although this art may have been lost. The flesh can have an 'oily' flavour and some discolouration at times.
Some say the quantities of mullet have declined. No wonder, some say the fish are caught before they have spawned in the local rivers. The price offered to the fishermen has been unsatisfactory and some have declined to harvest the mullet.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Well of Wisdom. Inspiration from Japan expressed in the town of Cowra.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Elioth Gruner. Spring Frost 1916 Emu Plains. Art Gallery of NSW 

Lower photo: School children at the gallery. What do they think? I first saw this painting at the gallery when I was a youngster and have been pleased and reassured to discover it again.



















The bright days and starry nights of Canberra, ACT.  Axes mark the city layout and Lake Burley Griffin is manmade.  (Walter Burley Griffin was a Chicago architect who won an international competition to design  the city round 1912.)  Population 329 000.

Friday, April 09, 2010















Early morning and about to leave the caravan park, these bikies had been to WA to a meeting and returned round the top end and were on the home run after covering a massive distance. A Wicked camper was also making tracks.











Not more about milk. Loved by campers and others is long-life milk or UHT milk.
Believe the company, Dairy Farmers, did a lot of work to perfect this handy product. Early it was taken up by caterers, eg, in airlines, and it must be perfect for export to those countries with hot weather which, ideally, is unsuitable for dairy farms.
For that reason, it was even unusual for dairies to start up in northern NSW. 
UHT milk is considered unsuitable by some experts.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


Out of town, the weather was glorious today. Afterall, we were on the Golden Highway!
  The day before had fog and rain all day long.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Coffee at Royal Newcastle Centre hospital foyer.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Ducks or Geese in the park.