Monday, June 19, 2017

Walk interrupted



How wondrous it is to walk without care.



To regard facades from the past.



Until the storm clouds tell me it's time to return to the car.



Cronulla, Sydney - November 2015

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ocean grandeur.



After the Sea-Ship--after the whistling winds;
After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,


Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:



Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,
Waves, undulating waves--liquid, uneven, emulous waves,


Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
Where the great Vessel, sailing and tacking, displaced the surface.

From After The Sea-Ship, by Walt Whitman.

Maritime Museum, Sydney - August 2015










Friday, June 2, 2017

Terminus terminated.


The Terminus Hotel.
Built in 1865 and originally called Coopers Arms Inn.



It was renamed the Terminus Hotel about 1911, after the tram that terminated its run right outside the hotel (the tram has long gone).


It was the local pub for the quarry workers, sugar mill workers and power station workers.

The scene of many a happy after work drink and possibly the odd bar brawl.

It closed its doors for the last time in 1984 when it was sold privately and boarded up.



And that was that.
Eventually the building was covered in ivy.
Happily our walk was during winter so we were able to see the old sign through the hibernating climbers.




It was sold again in April 2016 to a private developer for $5 million.
And we all know what that means.........



One can only hope that it's not demolished to make way for yet more apartments.



Though I would suggest a good going over with the weed whacker.


You can see some amazing photos of the inside at Lost Collective 

Terminus Hotel, Pyrmont, Sydney - July 2016

This post will appear on Tom the Backroads Traveller's Tuedsay Treasures next week.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Toppled tower

The Sydney Harbour control tower at Barangaroo.

Built in 1974 to allow 24/7 supervision of shipping in Sydney Harbour after two ships collided in 1972.



The public complained.
It was an eyesore.

It was closed in 2011 and was marked for demolition when harbour control moved to Port Botany.



The public complained.
It was of historical significance.



Barangaroo, Sydney - July 2016

Friday, May 12, 2017

Winter weather



Drip drip drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune as you fall all around.



The words from a Bambi song reverberated in my head as I listened to the rain outside.
Even though it was more gale than shower
And it was June.

Looking back at these photos and news articles from 11 months ago I'm reminded of the "weather event" that we experienced here.

A massive storm was forecast and we were told to batten down hatches.
Not having any hatches to batten down, I brought in a few things from the deck that could be blown away in a strong wind and just waited to see what would happen.
False alarms had happened before.

It was a lovely Winters day.


The grown up puppy and I played in the garden.


Then during the afternoon the wind and rain came.  Through the evening and night the storm built, whirled and danced a waltz of destruction.

Image source ABC News

Some foolish people ventured out to take photos.

Image source Manly Beach Facebook page


We were lucky - the extent of our damage was a slightly flooded carport.

Others were not so lucky.

Image source ABC News 

The next morning, on the way to work, I took a wander along the beach to see what was left.

Image source The Daily Telegraph




The promenade was littered with debris and sea life fatalities. 




I thought of the wildlife and was happy to hear at least some received a helping hand.

Image source ABC News


Sydney, June 2016

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The visual delights of Melbourne.


Today I will not badger your ears with banter.
Today I will seduce your eyes with sights.

A picture heavy post, 
so let us dive in.

Come with me on a visual tour of glorious Melbourne.

A city of beautiful buildings,















spellbinding shops,










 laneways, arcades and eating,















groovy rides,




 

 peaceful parks,






and fabulous fashion.


I couldn't help including the mini fashion photographer running around with her mum's camera.
















Unfortunately the sounds, smells and tastes are not included in this tour.
To experience them all I highly suggest that you take a trip to Marvelous Melbourne Town.
You will not be disappointed.

Melbourne, Victoria - May 2016









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