Benches I have seen – a Selection on Sunday
from a Canadian trip in 2010.
Benches built to last – controlled by the climate
(made of metal – think ‘snow)
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‘Just right for a sit down’ seen in Calgary, Alberta
A lovely table and bench arrangement ( complete with flowers) seen on one of the main streets. Each time we passed by it was empty, not a soul to be seen.
‘Circle for friends’ seen in Vancouver, British Columbia
Actually, half a circle by the walking path of a park whose name escapes me.
‘Cold hard facts’ on the ferry to Newfoundland
These were on the deck of the car ferry we took from Sydney Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland. It was a first time crossing for my friend Bonnie as well as me so she wanted a day sailing, ‘so I can see where I’m going’ she said! Once you leave port it’s about 6-8 hours in the Atlantic Ocean so there was a lot of sea to be seen 🙂
‘A real circle for friends’ in Vancouver
I was going round and round in circles when I saw these outside the Pan Pacific hotel near Canada Place. It was a bit cool that day and there were no sitters watching the world go by.
‘Inside or out – decision time at the bus stop in Calgary
‘Seize an opportunity’ seemed to be the idea in mind with these advertising boards on the back of the bus stop benches near the train station. Not sure the reason for the temp guage, not a nice reminder during winter lol
River at Drifting through Life is the keeper of the Sunday Selections meme. No real rules – post some photos on a Sunday – link back to River. Try to visit some of the other participants.
Having to use the iPad this week so spacing and layout may be a bit wonky. Fingers crossed 🙂
(A little late in the day – this is take two. I’ve had to work on my iPad today and when I hit publish nothing was the way it was supposed to be.)
Here is Big and Wide along with High and Mighty 🙂
3 yrs ago (back in 2012) during our winter trip ‘up north’ we visited a spot not far (150kms) from Cairns, Far North Queensland. Close to Ravenshoe we found Millstream Falls. These are some photos I never got round to showing on the blog.
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow ‘Big Millstream Falls’ is reputedly the widest single drop waterfall in Australia. A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls. Here in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range, the dry open woodland vegetation is predominately Eucalyptus.
Yes it was a bit of a walk from the car park – every now and again you’d see and hear the falls in the distance. Definitely worth it in the end 🙂
Standing there looking at all that water tumbling over the edge reminded me of another set of falls we have visited several Times before. I haven’t shown these photos either lol
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One of these days I ‘ll be able to publish a long post about what we’ve been doing – internet (even at the library) is not the best so I have to take chances and post when I can.
Would you like to see where we had lunch this past Sunday?
At a lovely little place called Dingo Beach, Down the road, Just before Hydeaway Bay, Not too far from Airlie Beach.
The pub there serves seafood with music on Sunday lunchtime and even tho’ it’s 45min drive we try to visit at least once whilst we are here. Special this week was ‘Bugs and Prawns plus salad and chips’ – plenty on the platter to share with another. Put two drinks on the table and we are right to go!
A youngish singer who knew his crowd (oldies as well as not so old) and played songs we knew. Locals as well as ‘Grey Nomad travellers’ all enjoying the great food the lovely weather as well as each other’s company
I did say close to the beach – here you can see how close. Unfortunately it was low tide – a really low tide lol I stood in the car park looked towards the pub then swivelled round and looked to the sea. The ‘sea’ is way back where the dark water is – that’s all sand with a small covering of water at the front!
(click on the pictures for full size I’m using my iPad so they aren’t the best but will give you an idea.) )
I’m going to try Maccas sometime to see if they have a better conection.
To be perfectly honest I’m going very well! We’ve spent htis past week just resting up and enjoying the quiet times here in Bowen. AND I’m coughless!
The Golfer has spent some time each day here
– just a five minute walk from ‘home’ – on the ‘really lovely’ course that runs along Queen’s Beach which you can see at the far end of the second photo. Thats the beach where I walk at least once a day. These were taken on a really cloudy day not long after we arrived.
Our ‘home’ for these seven weeks is a little fully furnished self contained cabin – bed couch table chairs linen bedding crockery cutlery cooking utensils microwave cooktop etc etc all provided. Just bring your food and you’re ready to go lol It’s set at the end of the row so we aren’t hemmed in and are closer to the other travellers and their ‘vans., some of whom come for few days or are on the road permanently (doing the Big Lap) but most are here for the season leaving their homes in the southern states about May and returning in September when the weather has warmed up.
As they say here – beautiful one day perfect the next!
So yes I’m going good – How about you?
Leaving Goondiwindi early on a rather cool morning. Yes I laughed about the lack of clothes in my last post but really it has been chilly all the way up the road. There was ice on the windscreenas we began another day on the road with another 650 km to get to Rockhampton.
Quiet days drive no traffic to slow us down – taking the wheel in turns – every 2- 3 hours so we had restful times
Lunch came each day courtesy of my personal chef lol. Lots of places provide nice clean areas for travellers to pull off the road. Much more cheaper than stopping to buy all the time.
Journey’s end – Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia!
This morning still chilly as we left for Mackay. It was good to know the roads were open – The newish electronic signs really stand out now.
There must have been loads of ‘horsey events ‘ going on this past weekend as we saw loads of horses on the road. I saw these at a big truck stop and could only get a quick shot because another very large truck was coming my way !
Leaving Mackay this is what tells me I’m nearly there – sugar cane as far as the eye can see . It’s cutting time!
Came a young girl – with shopping list and escort
Was it to the family run ‘markets’?
Unfortunately we’ll never know 😦
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Cesme Turkey (pronounced CHESH-meh) 19 October 2014
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It’s been an annoying week if you can describe a week as such.
We’ve been trying to organise flights and hotels for next years trip. The weekend we cruise (early April) is the weekend after Easter – not the best time to try booking seats on an international flight, particularly when we will be returning to Australia a month later and those flights are not available yet. Another few days, my little travel man says. I’ll put you on my list. Hotels are not co-operating either. And don’t talk about the US$ – luckily I did purchase some a while ago so all is not lost.
I mentioned a little while ago about my back playing up. Where, When or How I managed to ‘disturb’ it still remains a mystery. Using the warm water pool helped for a while but now my lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spine) has decided to make itself known as well. Hello again, tingly numb achy painful legs have come back to haunt me, this time with a vengeance. It is worse first thing in the morning so I sit a while and all is well, start to walk and ‘hello again’. Bugger!!
I wrote about this describing my aches, pains and feelings in this post three years ago and believe it or not have been symptom free since then. Now it recurs just when we are about to go off and there will be loads of walking to do. I have seven weeks to try and calm it – GP says exercise gently as much as I can concentrating on the core, build up leg muscles as well.
Then I saw the podiatrist Tuesday afternoon and he asked what I’d done to one of my toes. Did it itch? Mystified I looked at it and said I thought I’d grazed it in the pool that morning – no way he says’. That’s the start of Tinea! So it’s wash dry and cream twice a day, wear clean cotton socks each night to bed (contagious so no footsy with The Golfer) and stay away from the pool for a couple of weeks.
Bugger! Bugger! Bugger!
Definitely not a bundle of laughs am I lol
I wonder what else can go wrong this week
ps – and I didn’t even mention the current wordpress/blogger commenting fiasco!
This is a little reminder of one of our trips to Hawaii in 2006. A view along the beach in Waikiki looking back towards the historic hotel ‘The Royal Hawaiian’ also known as ‘The Pink Palace’.
The very first time we visited, which was a few years earlier than when this photo was taken, we stayed in a small apartment a block back from Waikiki Beach for a week and as a special treat moved over to The Royal Hawaiian for one night before flying home to Australia. Such luxury – they had upgraded us to a room overlooking the beach. Oh the memories 🙂
We’ve been back several times since then but I’ve never been able to find the little bench right on the beach front where I spent time enjoying the whole ambience of the place – the warm air, the sound of the sea and the feel of the sand made me feel as though I was a million miles from anywhere.
For the month of May Jude’s
Bench Series’ meme is – At the Beach
Once again we are planning our trip up north to Bowen (on the Whitsunday coast) for when the winter cold arrives in Melbourne and these signs (taken from the car last time we were up there) are a reminder of the 4 long days of driving ahead of us to get to where we are going. Close to Rockhampton on day 3 these fun signs pop up on the roadside. There are usually big smiles each time we see them 🙂
And of course with the long distances to be travelled there are signs like these to make you aware of what could happen.
so these are there to get the brain working
Then of course there are the important ones you don’t want to miss This is one of the wizz bang new digital road information signs we saw when driving south from Tully. Bowen is 2 hours north of Mackay and 2 hours south of Townsville
Whether they are new or old style When you are out in the back of beyond these are important
and even more important if the wording changes to alert you to what could be problems on the road ahead.
There are all sorts of signs to be seen at Lesley’s blog Signs Signs
Is there anything more quintessentially British than the tiny small square and diamond shaped paned windows that were used many many years ago.
The big laboratory building at Wisley Gardens shows them off to perfection.
Always a great place for a photo
(imagine being the window cleaner there’ lol)
The old historic pubs had a similar but slightly different look
It’s a look that is replicated these days for its olde worlde charm
as in the Little Flower Shoppe close to where I live.
The small paned windowed look went overseas to new countries with the early settlers
A look that had familiarity and purpose in harsh climates…..
Baker House Cottage at Coffee Cove Newfoundland
1890s salt box home now used for B&B
……..But which are very hard to see anything from 🙂
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Travel broadens the mind, they say
I find it also allows me to see many things more clearly
like how window styles flowed around the world at the same time as people.
My look at windows took place in:
England 2004 + 2010
Prince Edward Island – 2006
Newfoundland – 2010
Montrose Victoria – 2014
Is It the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram?
Actually, Chinese people are also not quite sure about that. In Chinese the word 羊 (yáng) is a generic term, and can refer to a sheep (绵羊), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊 male sheep or goat), 羚羊 (antelope), etc. There is a lack of clear definition on the zodiac “Goat” in Chinese history.
However, most Chinese people and experts on folklore believe that the Chinese zodiac animal is the Goat, not the Sheep, and they have some evidence to support their idea…
Find out more here
So it seems all three are OK but lets say that The Year of the Goat has just begun. In Chinese astrology people born in this year are described as serene, calm, gentle and mild mannered. It is suggested they should get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will do wonders for their health.
Well, ‘some’ of that could describe the lifestyle of these goats we saw last year when visiting my sister in Cyprus. Arriving back at her complex just a short distance from the local village we almost bumped into this little herd who were making their way very determinedly across the road.
It seems they are used to the traffic on the road but we drove past very slowly because they were certainly not going to give way to the car lol Which was great because it gave me a chance to have an up close and personal look at their lovely long brown coat 🙂
According to my sister they are called Damascus goats, although she had heard the word Shami used as well. I must say it was quite calming to watch as they made their way across the scrub land behind the complex with the goatherd walking along with them.
When he stopped and pulled down a branch she said he was picking off juicy bits for some of the young ones. I stood there for quite a while almost mesmerised as they made their way off to my right – answering his call as they moved off together all of them knowing where they were going.
The shadows were getting longer and as I slowly came back from my day dreaming I realised it was time for tea and a little bit of contemplation. Haloumi cheese from goats milk is delicious – goat meat is a favourite meat of many Cypriots. Were they milkers or were they being fattened for meat?
There is a very special look to the upstairs overhanging windows of many old Turkish style houses. The windows, similar to what we call a bay window were placed that way so the women in the house could look out and see what was going on without actually being seen. These are some we saw down a little side street during our visit to Nicosia Cyprus last year (2014)
Our Black Sea cruise that followed then took us to Turkey where we saw a splendid collection of restored houses located in Ayranci Street which is in an older part of Istanbul.
When we docked in Kavala (Greece) a very old city that was part of the Ottoman Empire for many years the place I really wanted to visit was the home of Muhammad Ali of Egypt.
A very old house built approx. 1780 complete with an exterior full of overhanging windows which has now been turned into a museum
The external and internal windows were glazed but the ones inside also had wooden beaded frames covering the openings to allow some privacy when the glazed window was opened.
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So here we are in Dunedin, another stop on our 2011 New Zealand cruise, ‘you must go and see the railway station’ we were told; it is a must see historic building that was opened in 1906 ans still used (albeit for tourist trains) today. The exterior is fantastic and there are windows everywhere but the really special treat is inside
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First thing I see in the foyer are these lovely archways on the wall that at first I thought were windows but they turned out to be the ticket office unglassed ‘window counters’ along with some benches in front. Maybe Jude would like this one lol
Still in the foyer I noticed small paned windows in the doors leading outside as well as a balcony with a brightly coloured window on one end.
There in the middle of the balcony was a stain glassed/leadlight window – a window depicting mainly a locomotive (steam engine). Very difficult to photograph that particular day because the balcony space opposite that would have given a better view was unavailable
Just a fabulous thing to see – so realistic.
You could almost hear, smell and taste it thundering down the tracks 🙂
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This is my contribution to A Lingering Look at Windows – January 2015
‘They’ are saying it’s much better for your health to work from home if it is at all possible.
Seen on a busy street in Corinto Nicaragua – December 13 2012
Self employed – be visible
Catch passing trade
Keep in touch with your local clientel
Low overheads – no high airconditioning bills
Work close to home
No parking fees to worry about
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Famed for its Art Decor buildings and the fact it was nearly destroyed in the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake, it turned out to be a very interesting place to visit,
Hot day + lots of walking = sore feet and a need to sit down so I was on the lookout for a bench (near the sea) I spied these near the roadside and decided Too Hot and Sunny so wandered over to the shade on the right of the picture.
Where I saw this little beauty
Nestled there in the shade of the trees that line the Marine Parade Gardens it was just what I needed.
Looking very cool and very inviting – a simple garden bench.
Somewhere to sit 🙂
I knew that behind the trees was the Pacific Ocean and in front a small garden bed – but because of the bright light couldn’t quite make out what was at the other end of the garden walkway..
Oh joy – another of my favourite things – a fountain. A large fountain (Tom Parker Fountain) and what looked like a sound shell.
Well, that was me done for a good half hour before I wandered up to marvel in the coolness of the fountain and to discover what was at the other end of that broad expanse of green grass.
If you pop over to Judes blog – Travel Words you’ll find loads of other benches