Monday, 29 October 2012

My country treasures

Almost at the end of my long holiday and I've been sorting out my treasures, those purchased and those gifted. My motel rooms looks like ... hmmm, it actually looks a bit like some of the junk shops I've been haunting. My photos are taken on my iPad and are of a quality that makes me long for the next (or even the one about to come out) iPad. I thought I'd have an iPad3 by now but Apple shops are very thin on the ground in country Qld and NSW. So, apologies for the bad pics.

This is a heap of loot from various antique, second hand and junk shops around the country. Copper, brass, rusty steel, EPNS - all treasures to me. Lucky we're not all the same, huh!

A plastic sewing case, still with original instructions for getting it open. It will hold all my waxed linen thread reels for book binding and other thready pursuits.

My collection of electrical insulators grows. I've been reduced to keeping them in the garden because there's only so many insulators one small house can hold. Here there are three brown, two blue (much prettier blue than in this photo), one large white. And alongside are some railway ties, a large bolt and a thing for tightening bolts. Heavy and very rusty.

Leone gave me this large wasps' nest that blew down in her garden. There are 12 layers of nest, very beautiful. Uninhabited of course. Thanks Leone.

B at RustSmith gave me a bag of metal off-cuts, a meditation word "Grace", a bicycle cog and one of his fabulous leaves. Thanks B & F. Great to see you again.

And - just stunning, is this RustSmith cascade of coloured metal leaves. I've seen them on B's website and thought they were wonderful but to actually see them in reality! I had to buy one; only problem was choosing. I also bought a pair of earrings with tiny versions of these leaves. I left Maleny Qld a very happy shopper.

Here I'm sitting by a creek, ducks and magpies close by. Behind me is a small flock of sheep keeping company with a group of cattle egrets (birds). The sheep are greyish white, the egrets are pure white and they all look wonderful against the green of the pasture.

Following the advice of a couple of friends I have added the ability to subscribe to my blog by email. This is right at the top on the right above my profile. I've found I have a much better chance of keeping up with favourite blogs if I can get an email reminder. What do you think?

Location:Gunning NSW

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Gwydir River

On this incredibly hot summer ... Oh, wait, it's still spring ... day, I'm lucky enough to be sitting by the Gwydir River, in a patch of shade, bird watching. Bingara is a lovely little country town, pop. 1300, with some great Art Deco buildings and a really nice attitude. And this wonderful river.

The sound of birds is almost raucous, parrots, friar birds, ducks and many more competing for sound space. The river, now running fast and brown, shows signs of flooding earlier in the year.

At my feet are coloured stones, red, blue, grey, orange.

On the other side of the river there are horses, mares and foals and a couple of Clydesdale draught horses - and a donkey.

Now I'm off to add a few more birds to my list.

Oh, before I go, I must say how delighted I was to visit Fiona of Paper Ponderings and Barry of RustSmith. So good to see Barry well again. I came away with wonderful things, leaf earrings, a leaf cascade, and some very much appreciated loot for my scrap workings. Thanks to you both - always so good to see you.

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Location:Gwydir River,Bingara,Australia

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Out on the Central Slopes and Plains, NSW

Last night of our trip and homeward bound tomorrow!

After the cold nights in Orange we expected warmer weather as we went west but a chilly wind reminded us that spring was in its very early stages. It was wonderful to be back in Trangie, after nearly 30 years away. With my kids I lived (and worked) there in the 70s, which seems like a lifetime ago. Trangie is a farming community, growing cotton, sheep and beef cattle, wheat and barley. Jen and I stayed with our friends Jenny and Neil, on their property "Inglewood", out of the Trangie township.

Jen, Neil & Jenny, and myself.

Looking from the garden across to the paddocks.

Old cattle race at Inglewood.

On Sunday we all went to the Mungery Picnic Races - a race meeting on a real country race track. The track is in the middle of a huge paddock, and the punters and onlookers gathered under shelters which protected us from the sun but did nothing to keep the wind at bay. Each group of people set up an amazing array of food for lunch, an example of true country hospitality.

And they're racing...

That's our tent with the Australian flag proudly flying. And another look -

So now we are in Mudgee, very different terrain, and here along with the grain crops and livestock, there are excellent vineyards. Jen and I visited Lowe Wines where we tasted wonderful wines and heard about the ground breaking organic wines they produce.

Acres and acres of vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Masses of wisteria cover the vineyard fences and pergolas. This white wisteria was stunning.

My tasting glasses! Of course we bought some wine...

Back into town we visited The Brewery for lunch and beer tasting. I was ready for a rest after this! The food was marvellous and the beer excellent.

I'm not much of a beer drinker but these were all really nice and I did buy some Porter which The Brewery served with dark chocolate.

These copper brewing tanks were just beautiful, and someone must work pretty hard at keeping them looking so sparkling.

Tomorrow morning we'll be on our way home to Wamberal for me and Gloucester for Jen. This has been a wonderful trip and my heartfelt thanks go to Jen for her unfailing sense of humour, great company and all the hours of driving.

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Location:Mudgee, NSW Australia