The Changing Seasons – August

Regular readers will know that in August, my true love and I went on holiday – a rather long road trip to visit my mother who lives about 1,500 north of me.  In the place I live (Canberra), the winters are freezing, grey and dreary.  In the north where I went (as far as Gladstone), it is relatively tropical, although they have had some coolish mornings.  To escape the cold, many retired folk, known as Grey Nomads, regularly spend months travelling the roads of northern Australia.  We had a taste of that life for a few weeks.  I’ve tried to do a bit of a ‘compare and contrast’ photo essay to represent my August. Read more

Blue for You

This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Blue.

My thanks go to Margaret of the Ragtag Daily Prompt for today’s wonderful prompt.  If you too need some inspiration, click on the link above.  Such prompts help me make short work of presenting my holiday happy snaps.  I had hit a road block so to speak, as it was all just too overwhelming to think how I might present the story of my travels in a way that might be slightly interesting.  I hope the photos do justice to the wonderful holiday I’ve just had. Read more

I Am a Folk Festival

This is the last in my series of National Folk Festival (the Nash) posts.  The title of this post is taken from Canberra poet, Josh Inman’s poem, ‘I Am a Folk Festival‘, that I heard him perform at the Nash last weekend.  Josh said that the moment he steps through the gate he gets a shiver, a sense of freedom.  This perfectly sums up the way I feel about the Nash.  Josh said ordinary people live ordinary lives.  But the Nash is extraordinary.  It makes everything seem possible.  We can be extraordinary.  So, he would rather be a folk festival.  That really spoke to me.  I can be a folk festival too.  Is that too corny?  I guess you had to be there. Read more

Stand And Deliver

You will all be thoroughly sick of me posting about about my National Folk Festival (the Australian one) soon.  I post about the Nash like a mother posts about a new baby.  All. The. Time.  Have I told you it is my favourite place in the entire world?  Anyway, this post is about my favourite place within my favourite place —  The Stock Camp.

The Australian bush and the characters that inhabit it have become the stuff of legends;  they’ve entered into our folklore.  The traits of these pioneers – an independent streak, larrikinism, mateship, egalitarianism, belief in the fair-go, toughness, stoicism and courage – immortalised by poets such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, are meant to embody the Australian spirit.  If it all sounds to be good to be true, then it probably is.  Nevertheless, this spirit oozes from the Stock Camp at the Nash, and I love it.  Read more

On the Road Again

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  – I’d Rather Be…  On the Road Again

A few years ago, I suffered from a serious depressive episode – you know, the kind where you just want to run away.  I’m not ashamed that even though I was nearly 50 years old at the time, I still needed my mum.  So I packed my bags and headed out on the road for the 1,500 kilometre trip north to mum’s.   Read more

Snow White and the Two Coos

WordPress Daily Prompt   –  Captivating

I’ve never been much of a camper.  Until recently, I could count the number of times I’ve been camping on one hand.   For something different, and to save money, my love and I decided to take a driving/camping holiday en route to visit family in Queensland.  We had no excuses because my big boy worked in a camping store so he could kit us out.  I now realise what I’ve missed out on my whole life.  This is the story of our first night camping. Read more

Close Encounters of a Canberra Kind

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  –  Out of This World

If we could visit another society in another galaxy, what would their buildings look like?  Perhaps they might look like one of my favourite buildings, the Shine Dome, which houses the Australian Academy of Science.  The Shine Dome, which was completed in 1959, was constructed when the space race was just starting to get serious.  It is an exceptional building.  I’m grateful for the assistance of my true love who kindly took these photos for me.  I subsequently applied some filters to them to achieve the otherworldly special effects.

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Steely Land

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Weathered

This week the theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘weathered’.  I have selected two photos of weathering steel to represent this theme.

The first photo is the last part of the sculpture ‘Wide Brown Land’.

Sculpture by Marcus Tatton and Chris Viney (2010), National Aboretum

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