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