Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Thursday, December 28, 2017

CLEVELAND

For our camera club Christmas Party we went to the Lighthouse Restaurant at Cleveland Point. Always a nice spot for photos even though midday shots are not the best.







Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THE VILLAGE LIGHTS

On the first of December the residents of  Elements retirement village turned on their Christmas Lights and we all walked around the village enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Community Centre

Main Entrance

Our street




Swimming Pool, Gym and BBQ area.

David and Diane were giving out drinks outside their unit as we all walked around. Bill enjoyed one.

Friday, December 22, 2017

CITY LIGHTS

We went into the city to see the enchanted garden lights at Roma Street Gardens but the queues and the wait was so long that we turned away and went to the City Hall instead.  
 The lights were continually changing and telling a story.

 The tree in the square was also changing patterns.

 We walked down the Mall.



 A friendly photo bomber.

 The casino which is in the heritage Treasury Building.

 Sculptures reflecting the lights.

 We crossed the Victoria Bridge
 and saw the Kurilpa Bridge lit up too.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

SLEEPING IN A CONVENT.

After we left Glen Innes on our recent road trip, we drove north over the border and back in QLD towards home, but we stopped overnight in the country town of Warwick. Warwick is known as the city of rodeos and roses. We stayed in the"Abbey of the Roses" B&B which used to be s convent.

It was built for the 'Sisters of Mercy' in 1891. In its heyday it housed 23 nuns and 160 girls aged from 11. By 1987 there were only 3 nuns living there and the upkeep was too much so it was sold. It has had three owners since but the latest owners have restored it beautifully as a B&B. There are 13 rooms but we were the only guests on the night we were there and the owners let us wander around and explore.

We were shown upstairs to our splendid room.

 Our room was amazing. This was one end and turn around and this is the view....


 This is the back of the chapel. Many wedding functions are held here.

The cosy guest lounge offered free drinks.

They have a cafe open for lunches but is also where they provide guests with breakfast.

I made a short video of it.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

GLEN INNES

Glen Innes is a lovely little town in northern NSW on the tablelands just over the ranges from the coast. It is just over 1000 m above sea level, which gives it a nice climate in summer but it can get cold in winter.
Overlooking Glen Innes surrounded by lush grazing country. It was first settled in the mid 1800's and many of the old buildings are still used.

However, the old hospital is now a museum. It was chock-a-block full of artefacts from the early days in the country.
Hospital trolley

The hospital kitchen.

The Town Hall 

Originally the Commonwealth Bank but it is still used as a bank, NAB.

The Post office is a heritage building still in use. There are 50 heritage buildings in the little town.

At the end of the main street, Grey Street, the land use returns to pasture land.
A beautiful little town.

Monday, November 20, 2017

THE AUSTRALIAN STANDING STONES

In the small country town of Glenn Innes in the highlands of northern NSW there is a collection of standing stones. Unlike the mysterious ancient ones found in England and elsewhere, we know when these were erected, who put them there, why they were put there and what they mean.
The Standing Stones began as an idea of a small group of people who wanted to mark Glen Innes' Celtic heritage, where the first settlers mainly Scots arrived in 1838. In our bi-centenial year 1988, the Celtic Council of Australia developed the idea of erecting a national monument to honour all Celtic peoples who helped pioneer Australia. The Standing Stones was inspired by the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland.
John Tregurtha, a pharmacist delegated to build the array. Lex Ritchie, a tourist officer and expert bushman spent three months scouring the bush for suitable stones. Each stone had to be 5.5 metres in length and they weighed approx 17 tonnes. Only three stones could be found in their natural state the others had to be split from larger rocks. Local alderman, George Rozynski, who worked on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Scheme used his knowledge of splitting rocks without using explosives. He and another alderman, Bill Tyson spent many months drilling rocks and inserting a special compound, which split the rocks over night. It took another six months for Bob Dwyer and businessman Ted Nowlan using a 12 ton fork lift and heavy moving equipment to transport the rocks to Centenary Park.

The Standing Stones are comprised of 40 monoliths. there is a circle of 24 representing 24 hours of the day. There are 3 central stones, 4 cardinal stones marking North, South East and West and seven stones marking the Summer and Winter solstices. They are probably the first of their kind built anywhere in the world for 3500 years.
From above  the five stars of the Southern Cross are formed by the 4 cardinal stones and stone number 17 inside the circle on the path of the summer solstice dawn. The 4 cardinal stones and the circle also form the Celtic Cross the symbol of the early Christian Church.
The three central stones. One is The Australia Stone, one is The Gaelic Stone and one is The Brythonic Stone

Looking down the avenue of 6 stones, which are aligned with the suns beams, marks the dawn of the winter solstice.

There is also an Excalibur that is stuck in the rock where visitors can try their luck at removing it.

There are many more special stones, The Gaelic Stone, The Cornish Stone, The Gorsedd Stone and the heaviest stone at 38 tonnes is The Irish Stone.

The stones have been sponsored by families, businesses and councils to help pay for the cost of construction. The Stones  are the home of the annual Australian Celtic Festival, where clans, groups and artists come from all over the country and the world to take part in a huge variety of celtic activities. I would love to see that but the accommodation is booked out a year ahead. It was nice being with very few visitors at sunset.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BIRTHDAY BEAR GETS TIPSY

We celebrated Ann's birthday at the Digger's Servicemen's Club in Logan Central. Birthday Bear was already there with three cocktail glasses lined up ready to be filled. (If you are not familiar with our Birthday Bear tradition click here).
Ann recently had a trip to Fiji with George, Helen and Helen's DIL. While relaxing in the resort, they all enjoyed trying the array of different flavoured and coloured cocktails. Bear is keen to join Ann in enjoying one now and then but today Bear is going all out and having three. She is dressed in her Fijian dress, sandals and a beautiful flower coronet, the same like Ann was presented with while she was in Fiji.
 Ann is taste testing the cocktail before giving it to Bear.


 Helen helped Bear get dressed for the occasion.

We all enjoyed the meals while Bear got tipsy.
(L to R: Bear, Helen, Chris, Bob, George, Bill, me, Mary and Ann.) 
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