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Monday, November 23, 2009

Central Tableland - Moved

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My weekend memoirs of our travel to Orange today. It's about three and a half hours drive by car from the city. And early morning trip was okay and when we got home, boy! it was sizzling hot!

Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, home to Rhododendrons


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Train Window

MARYT/THETEACH conceptualized that All Doors and Windows must be opened to Everyone but only on WEDNESDAY. Enjoy good VIEWING!

Here's some of the trains that we run for our daily lives to work, home, city, mountains, other suburbs and remote places...anywhere we go for as long as it is accessible by train. Something different for my window menu this time.

Daily train cutting through the Circular Quay Railway line

XPT Train to Grafton (North of New South Wales)


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Scenic Sunday: Sea View - The Entrance

Let me rest...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Show Me the Way to go Home at TWTW

A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. ~Ambrose Bierce

Yet, I ended here. I mean I am tired living everywhere though it helps enriched my experience. Today, I can't complain for I am now peacefully and blissfully settled here. Welcome to my nest home.

A very quiet footpath that takes us to where ever we go.

The entrance gate to the visitor's carpark

This tree is the most popular habitat of our local birds. Morning, noon and night time, birds choose to frolic here. The old man has built a bird house for them to come and visit as frequently as they could. We love listening to their music, their twittering and chirping noises that condensed into a symphonic bird concert until twilight.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Aotearoa: The Land of Long White Clouds

My Skywatch Friday #19

From Dot to Tom over to Host Klaus with Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and ...Louise. SkyWatch Friday continues to create a huge sensational Phenomenon in the Meme World. Please keep Skywatching every Friday....the Sky is just above you. Look UP!

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Kia Ora, a Maori (Native New Zealander) word of greetings which means Welcome. Its Australian equivalent is G'day Mate. Now let's see what's their sky is up to.

My early morning rise viewing the lake from the courtyard of the Karaka Tree Motel, then looked up at the sky. This long cloud certainly caught my fanciful interest and made me think of the word Aotearoa - The Land of Long White Cloud which name simply means New Zealand.

As I further turned around sideways to the right, I could vividly see the length of this cloud extending further from the north to the east in rather a pretty smooth stream.

I ventured walking to town from our accommodation trying to keep myself fit for an exercise. It was a nice morning to walk having a cool fresh air and relaxing breeze coming from the lake for a company. My eyes were always focused in the sky observing the behaviour of the long white clouds glacing in the sky.

As the morning progressed so were my steps and strides. And the long cloud well, it changed into something like a pleasant pout nestling down ...err I don't know where?

The word Aotearoa is a Maori word broken up into two components: aotea for cloud and roa which means long. Wikipedia further states that in translation the word "'white' was added as it is the most common colour of cloud and it is accordingly glossed as "The land of the long white cloud". The origin or Etymology of which is found in New Zealand Wikipedia.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Old Post Office near Central Railway Station

MARYT/THETEACH conceptualized that All Doors and Windows must be opened to Everyone but only on WEDNESDAY. Enjoy good VIEWING!

As I stood one morning at Lee Street Bus Bay to go to the Northern Shore, this building across the street had caught my attention due to its distinct heritage characteristic. Then I noticed the embossed Seal or Coat of Arms above the archway door and subsequently read the name of the building Post Office.

The seal was produced by the General Post Office, Sydney New South Wales in 1838.

To the stamp enthusiasts, clicking on the link of the Seal might lead you to something interesting about the history of Australian Stamp Making.

This is the full view of this heritage building now renamed Medina Executive Sydney Central Hotel.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Watering a Deserted Parched Planet

Watery Wednesday #12

There's more water in our WATERY WEDNESDAY to fill our drying tanks. Great concept of 2Sweetandsaxy.

It's basically Summer now here though Spring is still the name of the game of our season. The feel of the drought is pretty much unwavering; unrelenting. Moonson rainfall in the past days did not help a bit.

The intensity of the heat dehydrates every fibre of human tissues unimaginable ... so I thought I would bring some with me back home the bluish lake of New Zealand: its silent and almost uninhabited pond, the tempting coolness of the harbour and the refreshing gushes of Huka Falls to cool off some southern tempers of the down underners.

The Swan Lake, not Tchaikovsky's masterpiece but Lake Taupo due to the presence of these elegant black swimmers.

The Marina: Cruising and Fishing Harbour

The Pond I spied below the country road outside the town.

The rustling waves lapping ashore. This portion of the lake is about 20 minutes drive from the main town of Taupo.

Huka Falls, a short fall having fast rapids and forceful current. See Video. It's worth the trouble.


A Rubic Post in memory of Mr Rob Barnett

I'm joining a new Meme: Ruby Tuesday#2

Sorry for being slack. I don't think my faculty is in its active functional mode. But I am posting this in honour of one very deserving beloved Friends in our lives whose gargantuan achievements as I found out are incomprehensible let alone incredible. To Rob and Trish

I took this photo in Bright, VICTORIA last 2003.

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My children are very much involved with this very caring and loving couple since they were little. They witnessed how they grow up physically and spiritually from childhood to adult human beings. Having been equipped with discernment and compassion as an Elder, Deacon and Minister and Parents without their own children, they saw how my kids endured the tribulations under grace of growing up children at home, at school and inside and outside the church.

Mr and Mrs Barnett are only known to everybody as Rob and Trish. Aussies are not particular with any distinctions or title be the subject is Prime Minister, President, Chanchellor, Commodore, lawyer, engineer, a doctor whatever; he or she is usually addressed by its own name. Gee, that would make you feel on equal footing with them, don't you?

I addressed my GP once by his title Dr Mc and straightaway, he fixed me "call me Joe". That simple and how down to earth people are here down under.

The long dining hall of the Barnett's Residence. My little girls helped Mr Barnett set up the table with china and cutleries. He taught them how to properly placed them on each side of the plate. Boy, how they enjoyed learning Home Economics from him. Taken in Aprill 2000. Occasion: Night to be much observed.

Some church friends on their tour to the Movie World in Queensland. The gentleman in red is Uncle Rob or Mr Barnett. By his side is Auntie Trish, his darling wife. They tagged the girls along so I could be free.

The little old woman in red standing on the porch of a mobile home at Ashmore Palm Village in Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The couple provided us the accommodation much to our surprise. A gift from heaven I should say.

The young girls in red posing for my camera right in their own bedroom enjoying the liberty of a Tourist Life.

Their last plunge in this swimming pool, facility of the village. The dolphin could not do anything but put up with the heaviness of this girl in red swimsuit.

Ahhh...taken in Zigzag Railway over at Lithgow. One of the tourist attraction of that place. Here's the couple enjoying the company of their borrowed girls. Pretty cold spring time at this time in 2001.

The Zig Zag is a full size, narrow gauge tourist railway located at Clarence, ten km east of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Built in the 1860s, the line was constructed to transport people and produce from the western plains of NSW to Sydney. It was replaced in 1910 by a 10 tunnel deviation.

These are among the best of the memories we have with them.


On a Hill Far Away in My World

My World Tuesday #15

A big Thank You to our very innovative Host Klaus and his dynamic team: Sandy, Louise, Wren, The Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

In somewhere is a quiet place. Please see more of My World Tuesday..

Silence is a fence around wisdom. ~German Proverb


We follow this hill on a long semi winding road

passing through this valley where green trees make friends with spring

down to this lonely plain

subdued by the slumbering dwellers. They too live in a beautiful city called Gungahlin in Canberra. Cleaner and neater. Well kept. No mess. No cares.