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Challenges and country roads

You may or may not know some of the challenges that I face at present with health and university. Some of these challenges I have brought upon myself and others I have had thrust upon me. Some more have come from isolation, mental illness and co-vid 19.

Oh God, I hear you say, enough of the hard time stories, the challenges that are common to all, or some at least. I agree. Since I have given myself the task of 5 units, or 50 hours per week at University this semester, and since my illnesses don’t allow me to do some of the things I used to enjoy, I said ENOUGH.

So on the weekends for the last month, I have decided to walk out of my apartment, leaving the computer behind, taking my phone only for a navigation aid, and getting into my car, just drive. I live in the most beautiful part of the world. I am surrounded by the Australian bush, and where it breaks, a vineyard. A little drive takes me to hamlets, small country towns that are both rural and rustic. I may not be able to walk far but within a 100km or so of my place, there are most beautiful things and people to discover.

I take photographs of course, as the digital images are reminders of what my brain forgets sometimes. Bringing an image to the screen makes my heart smile all over again. I shall try to caption most of the pics. enjoy


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A house in Patterson NSW

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Timber supplier Patterson NSW


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Office of a timber supplier, Patterson NSW


Dungog NSW

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Patterson NSW

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Church in Patterson

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Hunter River, Patterson NSW

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Old Railway Bridge in Patterson NSW


Lead lighting windows, Crimson Cafe, Stroud NSW


I wanted to show the old house across the street through the window

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somewhere along the road?


Inspired by Cee’s Challenge “Benches” WP site

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This general store is in a village called Stratford, which happens to be on the Avon River. No sign of the Bard though.


Golden Wattle, coming into bloom on the last weekend of winter. Laguna NSW


country mailboxes. one for parcels, one for letters

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Art Gallery. Bit different to the Louvre. Laguna NSW

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World’s Oldest Tennis Umpire chair. Somewhere NSW.

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Maitland Courthouse

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Near Morpeth NSW

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near Lorn NSW


Weston NSW, my home town

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Also in Weston NSW. Sorry about the modern infrastructure.


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Mannering Park

I took the long way home from Catherine Hill Bay. About 10 years ago, I lived in Mannering Park and took some great photos there. Mannering Park is located on the very south end of Lake Macquarie. It is about 120km north of Sydney. It was getting dark when I arrived last night, but I cranked the camera up to 6400 iso and took some pics as an experiment. here are the results.



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Catherine Hill Bay

Well yesterday was not the best day to take photos, but I went out just the same as I wanted to try out a new tripod I bought during the week. There is still a lot of smoke in the sky and the sea mist made things not so sharp as I would like. Catherine Hill Bay was formerly the main port that was used to transport coal to all parts of the world. It has been closed for many years now. The town is an old town with workers cottages. Unfortunately developers are encroaching on the area and it is no longer as secluded as it was. Here are some of the photos I took._MG_2691 (2)_MG_2697_MG_2699_MG_2704 (2)_MG_2707 (2)_MG_2716 (2)_MG_2721 (2)_MG_2724_MG_2733_MG_2743 (2)_MG_2746 (2)_MG_2752

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Belmont baths. One week later

I had previously posted some beautiful sunset pictures I took from Belmont baths last week. In contrast, with all the smoke from bushfires increasing. This is what it is like this afternoon.

It’s eerie.

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Sunset at Belmont Baths



Last Sunday, I met with a photography group to capture the sunset from Belmont Baths, which is on the east side of Lake Macquarie in NSW Australia. It is usually a spectacular place for sunsets. This week it was made even more so with the smoke in the air from the bushfires. One bushfire was directly west of the lake, which made the sunset very dramatic. I hope you enjoy the sunset, created by God, captured by me.


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Flower of the Day: Jacaranda

I always thought that the Jacaranda tree was a native to Australia. They seem to pop up everywhere. This tree was next to a unit I was looking at renting yesterday. I love the carpet of purple flowers the tree creates at the base. The flower is so soft and delicate. The tree grows so easily from the paper-like seeds which are found in their hundreds from split pods in late January. The seeds scatter on the wind. I so love the unique colour of the Jacaranda flower. There really is no other purple, or lilac colour just like it.

This photo was taken on my Samsung phone.





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Flower of The Day Challenge: Grevillea

In my part of the country of Australia, we are enjoying a spring that sees a bursting of colour on various native trees. Most prolific in the bush is Grevillea Robusta, more commonly known as Silky Oak. This grows wild as the seeds are spread easily by the wind as well as birds eating it.

The Grevillea that is most widely grown in the domestic garden is called ‘Robyn Gordon’.

The Robusta has a profusion of bright golden flowers whereas, I could probably say, most other grevilleas are a pale pink or on the red spectrum.

I have attached some pictures below. I hope you enjoy them.


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Flower of the day challenge

Ok so I know I have posted Roses before but these had exquisite perfume and a beauty to match. I wish we could all scratch and sniff.

I am seeing a lot of native flowers coming into bloom right now. The main one I see in the bush where I currently live is Grevillea x grandiflora which is the silky oak. I haven’t yet been in a position where I could stop to take a photo of them, but promise I will soon. In the meantime, here is a photo of a glorious Eucalypt trees that I spotted at a rest stop.



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Flower of the Day challenge 

A fellow blogger, Cee, offers us a challenge to take a photo of flowers every day. 

Here are mine for the day. I think they are daisies.


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Flower of the Day.

The roses looked very beautiful this morning. I hope you like them too.

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