Bench Series : December…

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Outside the Armidale art gallery we found this fun bench/installation/sculpture. What would you call it?

Of course Jack had to try it out…


For the final month of Jude’s challenge we can choose any bench we like.

I will be telling you more about Armidale in future posts. (as time permits…)

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Look who came visiting…

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There are a family of 4, Mum, Dad and 2 babies live around here some where. I think this is one of the youngsters out on his own, he looked a bit nervous.

They wake us early with their raucous laugh. Have you ever heard the call of the kookaburra?

Here is one I found on You Tube. Be warned they are very noisy…

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Bench Series : Garden #4

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A bench at the start of the Botanical Gardens in Canberra.

Can you see the small pond alongside? It was alive with the chorus of Motor bike frogs.

To see more of the Canberra Gardens click here.


Join Jude in her “Bench Series” and sit on benches all around the world.

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Christmas Greetings from Downunder.

(This was filmed on Burleigh Beach in the iconic Burleigh Barrel waves off Burleigh Heads, my part of the world)

Fun, sun and lots of happiness sent to all my friends and blogging buddies.

May this season be filled with peace and harmony where ever you are in this big world of ours.

Cheers mates, and best wishes for 2015…

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Travel Theme : Colourful

It is almost 6 years since I spent a winter on the Goldcoast, so that means I have missed the “Winter Sun Festival” one of the most colourful festivals on the Goldcoast, held the first weekend in June every year . It is now called “Cooly Rocks On Festival

It is a real nostalgia trip back to the 50’s and 60’s. The rock n roll era, days of the huge, extravagant American cars, Elvis Presley was King and the skirts and hair styles were big and bouffant.

It is all here, the music, rock n rolling in the street and the cars, hundreds of them. A rev heads paradise.

Let’s go cruising…


Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire

Here's Looking at Yer...

Here’s Looking at Yer…


Lots of colourful characters too

Lots of colourful characters too

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Did you spot these shy kids???

Did you spot these shy kids???

Way to go!!!!!

Way to go!!!!!

Tear drops are falling on your head...

Tear drops are falling on your head…


Now who is that with TWO Elvises or this that Elvii???

Now who is that with TWO Elvises or this that Elvii???

Remember these big gas guzzlers?

Remember these big gas guzzlers?

No festival is complete without a clown and balloons.

No festival is complete without a clown and balloons.

To finish and put you in the mood here is a short video I took at the 2009 festival. Watch that cool old guy, he’s really rockin it…


Ailsa has asked us to cheer her winter days up with colour, I hope this makes you feel good.

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Rain at last…

A downpour

A downpour


It has been a while since we had rain. The plants drooped and wilted, every evening I would water them. The heat and humidity rose and the past 3 days this corner of Queensland has been sweltering in record-breaking temperatures. People flocked to the cinemas and indoor shopping complexes to escape into air-conditioned comfort.

Then yesterday afternoon the sky darkened the wind howled. Thunder and lightening roared across the heavens and it RAINED, it poured. We watched in awe the might of nature.

That evening on the news it reported that Palmbeach, a suburb only 5 kilometres south of us, had hail and rooves torn off in the torrential downpour.

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