A Daily Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

P is for the Perfect Park.

Anzac Park in Glen Innes has it all. A small brook babbles through it's middle, beautiful elms and oaks form shady green avenues and at it's centre is a graceful bandstand. It was erected by the residents of the Glen Innes district to commemorate the death of King Edward VII in 1912, it's looking very good for a 100 year old.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic - The Finish


Otho St, Inverell is the finishing line for the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic. The winner was Peter Herzig (not in the picture) who rode the 228kms in 6hrs 13mins and 39 secs, the 4th fastest time ever.


There were a lot of very tired cyclists after this most grueling of events. I hope you have enjoyed this short series.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Grafton 2 Inverell Cycle Classic - Feeding Time


After the grueling climb of the Gibralter Range the cyclists need to be fed. 'Handlers' spread out over a 200m straight waiting for their cyclists to appear.


It is extremely nerve racking for cyclist and feeder as many things can go wrong as the bags are passed.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic - Pre Race


The Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is arguably Australia's toughest road race. 228kms long with the infamous 18km climb up the Gibralter Range, the 6-8 hour ride is a test for the world's best riders.


There is a real air of nervousness before the race starts. Conditions are good but there is a large bushfire in the mountains (the road had been closed the day before) and the riders can expect very smoky conditions.



With 3 separate divisions and a staggered start lots of Police are required to keep the riders safe.

I can't show you the start as I was a 'handler' for a few riders and had to leave early to be at the first feeding station at the top of the mountains before the road was closed to traffic, more on that tomorrow.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Traditional Australian Folk Art


The giant butterfly as decoration is an endangered species, I spied this rare example in an otherwise spartan South Grafton backyard.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Korora


Korora is a small ocean-side suburb to the north of Coffs Harbour that developed in the 1960's and 70's. It has a pretty beach that is often empty during the week. It's unpatrolled but is generally safe if the conditions are right (like today).


It has a lovely view of the Solitary Islands.

This post is dedicated to my Inverell correspondent. I wonder if they remember an adventure at this beach?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Magic Bus


Yamba has just celebrated the 'Surfing the Coldstream' Festival. One of the highlights was the Magic Bus from Byron Bay which provided a psychedelic public transport experience around the town.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

O is for Oxalis


Most gardeners find Oxalis to be pest as it is hard to eradicate. I gave up the battle long ago and actually think it is quite an attractive plant that often grows in spots that nothing else will.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When Betty, Phil & Anne Visited Coffs Harbour


A few months ago I blogged about the Windsor's visit to Lismore in 1954. I was reminded of another Royal Visit to the North Coast when I recently called into the Hannafords Banana Store and saw a picture commemorating this almost forgotten sojourn.
The Windsors where in Australia to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing and sailed to Coffs Harbour on the Britannia, landing on April 11th 1970.


They were then ferried by the FP7 Pay Bus ( a converted bus that ran on the rails and was used to pay wages to isolated stations and rail maintenance gangs - this is the exact bus but i'm sure it look deal better then!) to the Coffs Harbour Railway Station. At some stage they traveled to Sealy's Lookout at Bruxner Park where as the photo shows, Betty inspected the best bananas that were grown in Coffs district. The Royals were also treated to a Surf Carnival at Park Beach.
During my research I found a blog post by Donna Webeck about her dad meeting the Queen with his arm in a sling due to an accident with a cane knife, it is a delightful piece, click here to read it.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bruxner Park Sky Pier


Bruxner Park is only 10 minutes from Coffs Harbour and is a very popular State Forest Flora Reserve. The most popular location to visit is Sealy's Lookout with it's dramatic views over Coffs and the Pacific Ocean.
In early 2012 the very striking Sky Pier was opened providing even better views from the suspended walkway.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bananas with "Apeel"


Banana growing began in the Coffs Harbour area in the 1890's. The steep fertile hills were ideally suited to the industry.
I came across the Hannaford Plantation shop on the steep, narrow and twisting road to Bruxner Park.
The owner told me that business is tough and he is gradually selling off his land into 5 acre house blocks and trying to retire. In 1970 Queen Elizabeth passed by his shop on her way to visit the said park.... but that is another story I will tell you about soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

N is for the Norfolk Island Pine


Araucaria heterophylla, the Norfolk Island Pine, is from an ancient family of conifers. It is endemic to (surprisingly!) Norfolk Island, a small speck in the South Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. They can grow up to 60 metres tall and can survive cyclonic winds.
It is almost impossible to visit any seaside town in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland and not see their graceful and symmetrical shapes silhouetted against the sky. They are often planted in avenues and although they look very impressive, lots of people who share their front yard with the pines dislike them for the incessant dropping of their scaly leaves or the allergic reaction they receive from touching them.  For these reasons I think I have to add them to my Northern NSW Hall of Fame & Shame.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Hour


Here's to all the people who regularly follow my blog, today I'm shouting you a drink. A frozen Margarita is my choice but perhaps you would prefer a cold Corona Beer or perhaps an icy Lime & Soda.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Derelict @ the Xroads


The Crossroads is a well known locality in South Grafton where the Gwydir Highway, west to Glen Innes and Moree begins and the Pacific Highway from Sydney to Brisbane brushes past. It is very low land prone to deep flooding before the levee banks were built.
The Esso Roadhouse was a well known Service Station that closed a year or two ago. It has now become a terrible eyesore, boarded up and surrounded by rank weeds.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Grafton Beauty


This unusual balcony rests atop a bay window. The ornate iron lace is particularly beautiful.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

St Carthage's Lismore: Bell Tower


St Carthage's Catholic Cathedral in Lismore was completed in 1907. The tower was finished in 1911.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Perfect Day


We have had some lovely Spring weather of late, it is a great time to go to the beach as it's not too hot and you often see whales on their journey to the Great Southern Ocean.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

M is for Mona in the Mail


It's not often that you arrive home and find La Gioconda lying on your lawn, that most famous of portraits reduced to mere junk mail (but I'm sure Duchamp would approve).
One of my favourite shots was taken in the Louvre with hundreds of people spending their 15 seconds in her presence, taking a snap, while a real living beauty is ignored.
On this very ordinary day, on my very ordinary street, it was quiet, no people, just the singular sound of one camera and then the lifting of the lid of the recycle bin, and she was gone.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Reverend Miller


There is an interesting tombstone located against the wall of St Stephen's Presbyterian Church in South Grafton. When the Reverend Miller died in 1855 he was buried at the Presbyterian Manse on nearby Wilson's Hill/Bent St. By the early 20th century the Manse had been sold into private hands and in 1929 the gravestone was moved to the church.
Miller is still buried somewhere on the hill but now his grave is unmarked.

St Stephen's South Grafton

Monday, October 8, 2012

Minnie Water Store Mural


This delightful mural is indicative of the seaside diet; fresh seafood, hot chips, coke, milk and beer. The shop has recently changed hands, all the best to the new owners.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Daylight Savings Begins Tonight


It has been a hot few days with temps getting over the 30's. Tomorrow Summer will really feel close with Daylight Savings beginning at 2am.

Linking to Dragonstar's Weekend in Black & White

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Message in a Bottle


It is always a surprise to find a message in a bottle and then the  added of  excitement of retrieving and opening the paper!


Our message was a bit damp and smelly (from old wine) but fun to find.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

L is for Local Loss


In January I blogged on Australia's smallest post office in the hamlet of Rock Valley near Lismore. I sadly have to report that on Saturday it was burnt to the ground.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/10/01/rock-valley-post-office-up-in-flames-fire/
This will be devasting for the Rock Valley and nearby communities as the tiny post office was a hub of village life. Police are still treating it as suspicious. I also see in the Australian newspaper that there has been a call to rebuild it, as besides being vital to the community it was also a tourist attraction. There is a sad but lovely story in yesterdays Northern Star about Joyce Bailey who was 3 years old when the first Rock Valley Post Office began on her verandah in 1930.


Linking to the ABC Wednesday meme

Monday, October 1, 2012

Theme Day - Silhouette - Mark's Back


CVT wouldn't exist without the help and inspiration of MT; today she has also provided the snap.

On the 1st day of each month the City Daily Photo Community shoots to a common theme, for October it is Silhouette.


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