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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

Dave

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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

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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

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Lead lighting windows, Crimson Cafe, Stroud NSW

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

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somewhere along the road?

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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.

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

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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

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Weston NSW, my home town

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Also in Weston NSW. Sorry about the modern infrastructure.

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Sing Choir, Sing (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Word Count: 100

Genre: General fiction

When the synagogue moved to a bigger place, the First Methodist Church moved in. They ran a soup kitchen for the poor, took care of drug affected youth, and welcomed all. No one was ever turned away. The choir sang so loud, you could hear them streets away. But now the choir is made up of pigeons which roost in the rafters, and bats which hang from them. The cacophony is completed by rats and the cats that chase them. No human has set foot in the church since the scandal. But we wont talk about that now, will we.

 

Thanks to https://rochellewisoff.com/author/rochellewisoff/ -Fields-Addicted to Purple for the prompt.

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Rome Photos

In November 2016, I had the privilege of being included in the first National ACU choir to tour Rome. I had a wonderful time. Here are some of the photos I took of my time there.

Dave

I have questioned the opulence of the Catholic Church in Rome, but I figure, someone has to own it. If it were sold and the money given to feed the poor etc, then a private person would own them, and we would then castigate that person for owning such opulence. The Catholic Church, by owning and displaying all these masterpieces, can put them on public display for the world to see. They can create a continual revenue that can be used to feed the poor for as long as there is poor.

I loved spending time in Rome, and I have tossed my coin in the Trevi Fountain, so I do plan to return someday.

Dave

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Celebration mass

I am blessed to be part of the ACU national choir.  Tonight we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the university. We are singing the mass in St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney.  The Prime minister Tony Abbott will be in attendance.

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A tired choir

We started rehearsal at 8 this morning. We had 2 hours off in the afternoon then had to perform tonight. So tired and starting again at 7:15 am tomorrow

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Sister Act?

Not quite. After being in bed sick all weekend, I sang with the amazingly talented people from ACU choir tonight for the Bishops Conference. We rocked!

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St Patricks Melbourne

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In Melbourne rehearsing with my choir, have had a great day.

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Another angle, different media

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Hunters hill congregational church done with water colour pencils and washed with water

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Congregational church. Hunters Hill Sydney

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older

The two things shown in this photo I took late last year are both well over 50 years old. The first is the Spire of St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney and the second, considerably older, is the moon.
Dave

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14/02/2014 · 3:50 pm