Monday, December 1, 2008

Another perspective on yesterday's photo

This gives a better idea of the size of the thing. The smaller bit of chain in the foreground above is the start of what may (?) be an extension of the flower stem. 
The conveyor chain I managed to get free from work, now I need some stainless rod for the stamen. 

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Stainless Flower

This is a flower I'm making out of stainless steel conveyor chains. Maybe it'll be ready for next year's Sculpture by the Sea!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You're Fired!

Pat was on the money last week when she rightly suggested a Raku firing. I've been learning a bit of pottery and this was the culmination of the first term. I'm not that in to the Raku look, but I guess it's a good idea to learn a bit of everything.

A hole was dug for the fire on the property of a friend of our teacher. It was really in the middle of nowhere, only accessible by 4 wheel drive . The owners live in a converted shed with solar power, gas fridge and tank water. A beautiful spot. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Theme Day: Books

Haven't  posted for a while, partly out of laziness, partly because the computer power supply went pop and had to go to computer hospital for a few days and partly 'cos we were in New Zealand for two and a bit weeks. So here's a Theme Day photo and an excuse in one hit.
Have a look here for some NZ holiday snaps.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yes I know, it's not the Blue Mountains - but you can't see that far from Canberra!

Went to Canberra (which surprisingly to many foreigners and locals is the capital of Oz) on the weekend. While there, had a quick look at Floriade.
photos by Tanya

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Speakers in the Domain

Another trip to the AGNSW to see the Dobell drawing prize. For the first time in what seems like ages there were speakers across the road at Speaker's Corner in the Domain. But while they were addressing their crowds of one, no-one seemed to notice the large rock that had quietly landed in a tree nearby.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tree Fella

Photo by Tanya

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Came home this evening (Sunday) to find a light dusting of snow. It may not seem much to you Northern Hemisphereians but it's kind of exciting to us. It hasn't snowed properly here for a few years so after this afternoon's sprinkle we're hoping tonight will be the night. Weatherzone says 0-7 degrees with snow showers for Monday. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Apple Store

One of the reasons for yesterday's trip to the Big Smoke was to check out the new Apple store.
Photo by Tanya

Monday, August 4, 2008

Anzac Bridge

Coming home from Sydney on Sunday. This is a view from the car window of the Anzac Bridge which links Sydney's CBD to the inner western suburbs.
Photo by Tanya

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Theme Day

The City Daily Photo theme for August is Metal.
This time last year we arrived home from a weeks driving holiday to find our (metal) shed a wee bit smaller than when we left.

This is a metal dog (pig?) that I made in said shed when it (the shed) was not so flat.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Photos by Tanya and Richard.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Winter Garden

The view from our back deck.                                               
Photos by the lovely Tanya.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

A trip to the football

Sydney's ANZ stadium.
Our family's first trip to the AFL was taken a couple of weeks ago thanks to some free tickets.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


The subject for City Daily Bloggers  July Theme Day is signs with the word "no".
 After much ado finding this brilliant "No" picture, I logged in yesterday to find I was too late to register!!! Oh well, here it is anyway.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Katoomba from the highway

The big building in the background is the Carrington Hotel built in 1882.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

More Winter Magic

Photographer John Tylka makes a subject for the rest of us.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Winter Magic

Every year on the weekend closest to The Winter Solstice the Blue Mountains celebrates with the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. The main  street is closed off for stalls, street performers and a parade. Lots of people get into the spirit of things by dressing up in something zany for the day.

Ever wondered where London buses go to retire?

                 Australia of course!
And this is from where the photo was taken. A recently taken over cafe called Mountain Ridges.  Very nice guy running the place who wanted to know our opinion on how the place looked and was very enthusiastic. We didn't read his business card till it was too late to ask what he meant by "vibrat and warm". Not sure if  "vibrat" was missing an "n" or a "e".

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Little Leather Anyone?

You can get your clothes made to order on Gang Gang St in Katoomba.  Apparently if you're into skinned cows this is the place for you!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Katoomba Poster Pole

About three years ago several of these poles were installed along Katoomba street for people to promote their stuff, instead of using other people's walls.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Art gallery of NSW

Went to Sydney today to the Art Gallery of  NSW to see an Adam Cullen  exhibition. We're not exactly fans of his, but like they say "art is only what you can get away with."

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wet Week

It's rained most of the week so have been kinda stuck inside.
Even Roger the wooden dog has got cabin fever!

Roger was brought to life, Frankenstein style by local artist Ian Swift who makes things mostly from old railway workshop patterns.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Back to work

You can see why I'm happy to travel so far to work. A nice quiet, air conditioned, soothing environment...not!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Over the fence

This is the view over our side fence.  Many houses in  Wentworth Falls are 80 to 90 years old, having been built soon after the first world war. They are predominantly weatherboard walls with tin (corrugated iron) roofs. Unfortunately ugly red brick and tile houses started to replace the old places in around the 60's. The weatherboard houses are now much sought after, especially by retiring or "tree changing" Sydneysiders. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Morning Ralph.

No, this is not the Blue Mountains, it's where I work at a brewery in Lidcombe which is about 15 minutes from the centre of Sydney. It's an hours drive for me each way. I'm on night shift this week (10pm-6am) so I had a bit of a wander during my breaks to get a shot or 2.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wentworth Falls Shops

Every day we take our 13 year old, deaf and blind Jack Russel, Sally for a walk around the shops. Despite her age and ailments she is physically fit and still enjoys a good sniff. Like any older lady she has trouble sleeping if she doesn't get her exercise. The shop you can see is Rotate Interiors which deals in antique/second hand furniture. 

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Where better to start than the front gate?