Thursday, 21 September 2017

Pleasant Creek sold

Further to a previous post - "Abandoned in Pleasant Creek" way back in February 2008, the site was finally been leased.

According to the Stawell Times News Keenan Quinsee from Ballan is the new owner of the old hospital buildings.
He intends to clean up the site and then operate Aradale-style ghost tours.
Keenan also has other potential ideas for utilising some of the buildings (Christmas in July festival next year, a weekend night market, live music events in the summer, a bean bag cinema, wine bar and cafe and a three-dimensional artistic mural), including the very utilitarian looking concrete offices near the highway as retail space.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Glenelg

The Glenelg River rises from its source in the southern Grampians (near the Chimney Pots) and flows over 350 kilometres to Nelson on the coast, where it empties into Discovery Bay. 

It passes spots like the road-side camping area at Cherrypool, the bridge at Kanagulk, the town of Harrow, and flows into and out of Rocklands Reservoir and through the Lower Glenelg National Park.
The Fulham Bridge at Kanagulk

Canoeing on the Glenelg at Harrow

< A bend of the Glenelg as it passes below the Princess Margaret Rose Caves near Nelson.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Chief Executive Officer

It all started in 2010 with the publication of "Starring the Boss Baby as himself" (“Boss Baby”): The boss. He's here. (And FYI—he's a total baby.)
Marla Frazee’s hilarious picture book where for the Boss Baby for first-time parents become his instant minions. He is used to getting his way--drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock, and if things weren't done to his immediate satisfaction...HE HAD A FIT!! But when his demands aren't getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves.
Then earlier this year came the DreamWorks "Boss Baby" animated feature film loosely based on the book, and starring Alec Baldwin.  

And now we have Introducing the bossier baby as herself!” (some editions with the variant title “The Bossier Baby”): There’s a new boss in town... and she’s younger, shorter, and bossier than the Boss Baby ever was!
Boss Baby used to be in charge of his family, but that was before he got an even bossier baby sister. So how will he handle this hostile business take-over?

A wonderful mix of parenting frustrations and corporate bargaining.

A great book for parents, for babies, for brothers, for sisters, for children, for siblings, for executives, for minions...hey it's for everyone.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

From dawn to dusk

Another week-end, another batch of photographs -
Pano of the northern spur of Mt Arapiles, Mitre Rock in the centre, and the Arapiles silo to the right, as the morning mist was lifting.
Believe this was Wasgott's house, it's on Hauslers-Dundons Road at Miga Lake. 
The smoke from stubble burns obscures the sunset near Remlaw, while a plane to Adelaide makes it's own smoke trail. Mt Arapiles again - on the horizon.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

More than 4 seasons in 1 day

Experienced some dramatic weather on Saturday, and while I didn't set out to capture it - was just admiring it - some became part of the image anyway.
Here is a selection in the order in which they occurred, with no playing at the edit process.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A hut ever so humble

From the authors of one of Australia's favourite bush camping and 4WD guides comes a striking review of the High Country's most aesthetic and historic huts. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful full-colour photographs, ‘High Country huts & homesteads’ is a nostalgic collection of abandoned mountain homesteads, shearers’ huts, traveller’s shelters and many other lonely structures. The text portrays a short history of each hut along with many fascinating accompanying stories and importantly a GPS location.

Ranging from simple log cabins, wooden slab cattlemen’s huts, eclectic miner’s dwellings to homesteads on vast alpine grazing runs, this book presents a selection of rustic buildings with their associated structures, which have become part of our High Country heritage and a legacy of times gone by.

According to Craig and Cathy there are well over 300 huts remaining in the High Country. Each at the mercy of the elements, so it is great that they have chosen 63 of what they consider classic examples of the craft to present in this coffee-table style book.
Wallaces Hut
They refer Wallaces Hut, perched near Victoria’s highest peak Mt Bogong, a crude hut which has withstood over 120 snow covered winters, and dodged bushfires to become the oldest hut on the high plains.

It contrasts with Four Mile Hut in the Kosciuszko National Park erected from scavenged materials from a nearby gold mine.
Du Cane Hut below Castle Crag
While DuCane Hut on the Overland Track and Cope Hut on the Bogong High Plains were constructed to meet the needs of walkers and skiers.
Cope Hut
The Coolamine Homestead Complex was developed in stages from the 1880s to the end of the 1890s, for the managers and their families of the vast pastoral holdings. Its last resident only leaving in 1958.
Coolamine Homestead buildings
So should more bushfires devastate the High Country, there is now a better photographic record of the huts dotted through its landscape.
Like to visit any of the huts mentioned in the book, you may want to check out Craig & Cathy's camping and 4WD guides

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Maintenant et puis

It is sometime since I've created any 'now and then' images, or showcased someone-else's, and since I've been hanging onto these - the time has come.
The vintage French postcards show the city of Nancy - the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine in north-eastern France - and have been used as the 'then'.

La Craffe Gate. The oldest gateway in Nancy. This former guardhouse, a fine example of military architecture built in the mid 14th century under Duke Jean I, was for centuries the main entrance to Nancy.

These photographs came from a book briefly on loan from a French exchange student, so sorry no bibliographic details.
And 'Maintenant et puis' ... is French for 'now and then'!