A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

White Lion

Having a pair of lions at your front door was a Victorian display of power.This one can be found at Schaeffer House Museum, Grafton.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Farewell Old Friend

Sad news this week that Mackellys is to close down its three branches in the Clarence Valley. The age of the country department store probably finished thirty years ago so we have been lucky to have this "dinosaur" in our midst  for those extra years.
That leaves us with just chain stores left and although they employ lots of people it just isn't the same. They are the equivalent of the hamburger chains, cheap and devoid of any service and personality.
Mackellys will be especially remembered for the extravagant displays at Jacaranda. Who could believe that hundreds would've crowded around a shop window to see a six foot egg hatch into the beautiful Jackasaurusaraurus.
It's a cliche but with  Gerards, Schaeffers, McKittricks etc all long gone the closure will really be the end of an era.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Names, Names, Names

When I was young I would've called this bird a Bush Curlew, then it became a Bush Stone Curlew, now it is a Bush Thick-Knee. Whatever it is called it remains a shy and enigmatic ground dwelling bird whose population has been greatly reduced by domestic cats.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day

Beach cricket, surfing or sand castles are ideal ways to celebrate our national holiday.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ulmarra Hotel

Ulmarra is a old river port with a wealth of beautiful buildings. The hotel is a great spot for a drink.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shark Creek Beauty

When I was a kid we loved driving over this graceful bridge, for a millisecond we would pretend that we were driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was on the Pacific Hwy and although it is no longer used by vehicular traffic it is adjacent to a new bridge built in 1987, so luckily we pass it all the time.
Built in 1936, it was the first reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridge built in Australia. It was cast in place by the Monier Company for 5,333 pounds. Its unusual design ensured that cane barges could move freely underneath.
You can just make out the faded double yellow lines on the bridge deck. When did NSW change to white lines on its roads?

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

From A Black Lagoon Could Come A Creature

Behind the Minnie Waters Shop there is a very dark swamp.
The Ti-Tree colours the water with its natural tannins.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Turkish Food @ Beachwood Cafe

Çok lezzetli yemek! Sevtap Yuce's cafe is a Yamba Institution.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Summer Patrol

During the summer holidays the Clarence Valley Council provides lifeguards for a number of beaches. It involves a lot of sitting around and watching the ocean. Although it looks like the perfect job I would not like that kind of responsibility.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When Sweet Turns To Sour

The sun is shining and life is getting back to normal  for most after the inconvenience of the flood. For rural industries on the flood plain however it will will be months if not years before things are back to normal.

The sugar industry deserves special attention as even before the flood things were very dire. Continuous rain in November and December meant that the cane could not be harvested and fields replanted on many farms. Even the farmers who did replant now find their fields under water. As it takes two years for the crop to grow it won't be until 2013 that this disaster will really impact.

Click here for final images/thoughts on the Jan 2011 flood

Please as well click on Cara's Brisbane Daily Photo to see the misery urban Grafton has been spared.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Manchester + The Big Apple = Caribbean Holiday

Who would think that in Yamba's Calypso Caravan Park you would find Britain's favourite soap opera intersecting with New York's great white way!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Iron Lady

Bawdens Bridge over the Orara River, 136 yrs old and still going strong! In 1874 Cobb and Co coaches ruled the gravel roads and bullock trains moved wool from Glen Innes to the Clarence River.
One of the oldest iron bridges in Australia, she has seen and survived over 150 floods. Into the early 21st century she happily accommodates B-Double gravel trucks and Toorak tractors albeit on a single lane and at 30kms an hour.The RTA site provides very detailed info about this grand old dame of the 19th century.

RTA click here

Bawdens Bridge is only 15mins from Grafton at the start of the Old Glen Innes Rd. I plan to progressively travel along this very historic road in 2011; it holds lots of unusual surprises.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pure Joy

Maclean Lookout offers a spectacular Lower Clarence panorama from the Devil's Pulpit to Brooms Hd. There is also beautiful mosaic couch to sit on and take in the amazing view. It's a memorial to Councillor Joy Matthews who was an exemplary local government worker and advocate for country NSW and the environment. It represents the Clarence River and Pacific Ocean.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Skywatch Friday

When it floods the reflected sky fills the earth's surface but it cannot disguise the misery and mud that farmers will face over the next few months.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Waiting For The Peak

The day has been spent watching the river, it peaked at 7.6m mid-afternoon. Our thoughts now move to Maclean and Brisbane.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flood Peak Tonight

Floods are a way of life in the Clarence and we are lucky in Grafton to have a very good levee bank system.
This is a very big flood and I hope all the farmers and those further down the river at Ulmarra and Maclean keep safe. This photo was taken late Tuesday and the river has risen half a metre since then.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Flood Foam Provides Filthy Fun

Have you ever wanted to wade in cappuccino froth up to your neck? No me neither!
The combination of flood waters and heavy seas has provided a bonanza of fun for some; and possibly a bonanza for local doctors in the days ahead.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Be Prepared

High tides and flood water are a feeding opportunity for this squadron of pelicans.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Turner's Beach Story

Yamba's Turner's Beach was formed in the 1950's by an extension of the southern break wall. In the 19th century this had been the site of the Clarence River mouth.

Until the break wall was extended in the 1950's Turner's was a very dangerous place to swim. The name of this beach recalls a terrible tragedy in 1901 when a Mr Turner, a popular young family man who worked for the harbour master, was tragically drowned there.

Today it is a very safe and popular family beach, particularly with campers from the nearby Calypso Caravan Park. In the holidays it is patrolled by a lifeguard.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Flood Threat

Eastern Australia is experiencing its wettest period since the mid 1970's.
The low level Lilydale Bridge has spent more time under water than above of late.
More torrential rain is predicted for early next week and farmers have been told to prepare for a possible flood.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Test Of Any Relationship

Putting up a tent on a windy day will be a test for any couple. I know I've failed!
This pair seem to be coping admirably with the challenge, perhaps momentarily.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Where The Clarence Meets The Sea

The Southern or Yamba Break wall was built in  several sections during the 1950's.
It is a popular location to stroll and a well known location for catching Mulloway.
This photo was taken at low tide and the water is still very turbid from recent rain in the catchment

Monday, January 3, 2011

Keep Ya Trousers On

Attached pants are always a feature at this intersection.
I often wonder who puts them up.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day of the Triffids

A Monstera deliciosa devouring the Pelican Playhouse in South Grafton.
Has anyone ever tried the Fruit? It is also known as the"fruit salad plant".

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Theme Day: Favourite Photo 2010

I have chosen this picture because:
1. It is an allusion to a favourite song about Grafton, "Flame Trees" by Cold Chisel
2. It shows the Clarence River which is the watery ribbon which links all my photos 
3. It shows our beautiful but old, congested and controversial double decker bridge
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