Friday, December 30, 2011


Cockatoos sure get around and they flock to Maccas.  The trees were nice and spruce to start with.
It is just as likely that the Daily Telegraph will be found at the fast food counters. Is that a good or bad option?  Something like their coffee brew.
Sydney Herald Christmas Weekend edition offered several faith filled essays unexpected from a daily newspaper. Conventional church press can't match it. What will the demographic make of all that while the paper sees out the last of those who follow print over on-line   

Thursday, December 29, 2011


The closest I get to a tube or board riding.  Or is it rolled oats swirlling towards the finish?  Will it win on a protest?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


There's a certain easy feeling while driving when you think you know your way around a whole lot of the side streets around town. It is miles ahead of getting around in unfamiliar territory.
 I've had a Tom Tom device, love the name, for quite a while but managed to remove all the data in an attempt to make the recommended backup.  Was good while it lasted.  Pages of instuctions were located as to how to reinstall the maps.  But an overall map of a region in old print technology is still great value. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Met a flock of red feathered birds this Christmas. A few cheeky birds are at a camping site. All this is far from a product from a BBC Natural history unit.
More 'carols' from the birds as alluded to several days ago.
Now unleashed via public setting!

What will happen in Red Square?  Another brave revolt. What will Putin do? 
Christmas 2011.

A facile post.  Where is the 2011 world record held for the most Christmas lights on a private residence?  In Canberra, ACT, (according to one interview heard on ABC radio overnites). It has been You Tubed.
Google home page is also lighting up right now with Jingle bells.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Christmas 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas 2011

Window shopping at Eurolight, Kotara. Crystals hanging about. Also on sale was a light globe that can light-up in a range of any one of about 12 colours that may be selected with a little remote control. Cute.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011



A busy 'gang' of white cockies is often seen around Westfields.  Today a flock is in Mayfield.  Are they having a change of scene after 'pruning' all their favourite trees over that way? 

.....where the tree-ferns grow by the river,
...in the gullies Bell-birds are chiming,
....their lyric notes rhyming:
Orana! Orana! Orana! to Christmas Day.
....currawongs chant in wattle-tree bowers,
in the blue rangers lorikeets calling,
carols of bushbirds rising and falling.
Orana! Orana! Orana! to Christmas Day.

Orana is an aboriginal word meaning welcome.  by John Wheeler. Copyright by Chappell and Co Australia P/L trading as Warner Chappell music.


A 'front yard business' in Clarencetown that locally designs and locally builds kayaks.  elliottkayaks.com.au.  And they're winners, second in the Yukon 1000, the longest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton highway.  Time to take on the challenges in the streams around Gloucester tops etc.  And at the seaside.  Into the wild.  Along with amazing nature take care over stinging horseflies, sandflies, mossies, snakes and escapee!

Just up the street a big move has been successful. Moved from Sydney, a house clad in shingles is not an everyday sight. Shingles but not a snow flake in sight.  Was the house a bargin price or is it considered something special that warrants appropriate finishing details chosen with some care. Time will tell. 
  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011



Road works ahead.

Monday, December 19, 2011



St Peters  Bendolba.  North of Dungog. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Typical scene in Hamilton.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


People at Sydney Airport. Slide show. 35 seconds.

If you went to reside in another country would you give up your heritage?  Some Aussie ex-pats never venture far into use of a local language or out of their comfort zone. (Granted, language is a difficult task).  Others are the opposite and are early adopters.
So many of us just don't get it. 'Newcomers to Australia, should be just like us' etc etc. 'Speak English, don't form into groups''.
What is hoped for, in my estimation, is that newcomers will abide by our laws and have some measure of good will towards this country.
What's the problem? It is not unusual for any of us to have weaker degrees of allegiance and have various opinions as to the worth of local endeavours.  And no one is expected to give up their heritage. Around here, we are all entitled to have our own beliefs and customs. 
At the same time, one does wonder about correctness and watering down, of our very few established Christmas customs. Does it diminish us?  I can see the point, but, like I've said, I am still stuck in the eighteenth century and must adjust.
But, let's have full-on celebrations and acknowledge the full range of customs in a significant manner.
  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Evidence is be found that an inate spark of life is not entirely extinguished. 
What about the dangerous fugitive in the wilderness who has evaded capture for several years?  Where is he?  Surviving in the tall remote forests along Thunderbolts Way.  As in Captain Thunderbolt: bushranger!
   Then, an employee is said to have stolen 16 million dollars during his day job at Queensland Health. From his luxury apartment in designer suits he is said to have partied-on and identified with Tahitian royalty when, really, he hails from the land of the long white cloud.

   Drawing a very long bow, camping in Barrington Tops still sound AOK? What the heck! Life is full of risk. 
  

Sunday, December 11, 2011




South coast harbour and long line fishing gear.  Well, that's my guess - as to what this is.
Rightly or wrongly, images of snagged, drowned Albatross intrude.

What will Putin do?  Given enough rope and.....

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Often this pub in Islington is very lively and vocal.  

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Glam in Wickham!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Young Peoples Theatre in Hamilton. Fostering talent.

Richard 111 (and bungy jumping) is playing in Sydney and sparked off some lines of enquiry to follow up.
The old film, with Olivier, as Richard, is very theatrical from 1955, a product of its day with a host of classic English artists of stage and screen to wonder about.  The DVD came to light at Video Ezy.
A later version, 1995, stars Ian McKellen as Richard, and looks very interesting set in Britain as a fascist state and is another who's who of actors but will remain a mystery because the borrowed disk was worn out and faulty.
Annette Bening plays Elizabeth and that brings to mind the outstanding film, American Beauty, with Bening and Kevin Spacey.
Al Pacino's  Looking For Richard   -  a masterclass -   with good reviews in the 1990s has Spacey as Buckingham. Another mystery because of the difficulty in finding a copy. That's what happens when you're twenty years too late.
(It also came to light that Spacey was in LA Confidential which was a rather good entertainment.)

A Kevin Spacey Foundation exists to support dramatic art and it funds Richard's rampage - an arts entity which spans nine countries. The current touring drama is part of the Bridge Project - a Transatlantic endeavour for co-production by British and US dramatists and devoted to producing large-scale classical theatre for international audiences and Sydney became the latest destination. .So that's what makes Spacey 'tick'.

Looks perfect from this angle.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Arcade, Newcastle. Believe it had a small indoor swimming pool once.
 Surprises lighten our way.  Salute the unplanned!

A day trip provoked surprisng disbelief and humour at the gravitas and ostentation at Westfield, dare I say Arcade, Sydney. A hub for global big name designers who prove that accessories are supreme!  Wall to wall marble. Marvel.  Minimalism.  Sinister. Christmas decor far too crass and tatty. A reality check.
Cross Castlereagh Street for a refreshing change in D J's Christmas display windows where charming puppet-like figures, of character, tell a simple Christmas story. 
Back to earth again by another bonus sight, history in the making, the 99% seen in vocal revolt, in a large Gay rights march led by two staid police horses down the slippery slope to the Government's conference in Darling harbour.  Weighty Gay marriage considerations were undermined by intersecting with a toy train-ride on a stunning day by the harbour that reflects only good times and enjoyment.
What would Putin do?

Friday, December 02, 2011


Warning.  Macabre subject ahead.
On looking at a birds nest that was blown out of a tree it revealed a little bird tangled up and trapped by its leg where it had perished.
The nest was woven out of scraps of paper, string, threads, a blue hair band and spikey leaves woven around a soft lining that looked like dandelion filaments.

If there is no obsession about keeping the lawn mown it is likely that dandelions will grow to maturity and have bright yellow flowers followed by a seed head in the form of a perfect globe.  The custom is to blow the seeds off and the number of puffs needed to blow all the seeds off will give the hour of the day.  And believe the leaves are edible in salads and dandelion tea is a brew but don't take my word for it, we all know plants can be poisonous.

Thursday, December 01, 2011




Bella Vista, in Mayfield, is a unique estate in Newcastle. Old establishment on three acres. Spacious lawns, trees and gardens: pleasant but not outstanding. It acts as a wedding venue and function centre and offers accommodation. http://www.bella-vista.com.au/
Q E ll stayed there in 1954.
The estate was built in 1919 for the manager of BHP Steel Works. The manager was a Pittsburg steelmaker who pioneered the first steel making plant in Newcastle according to Bella Vista on line.
Over the years, managers, executives, royalty and important names have visited and slept over.
For some unknown reason a plaque states Bella Vista was officially opened by an MP in 1968.