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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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Landscape acrylic

Finished a literature assignment so rewarded myself by painting.

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River in the Rain

My favorite lunch spot is even good in a downpour

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 #1

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A deserted Bridge on a forgotten river, and a busy walkway on the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney

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More river views

I found another spot on the Cooks river to stop and take some photos. Hope you enjoy these.IMG_1939 IMG_1945 IMG_1950 IMG_1955 IMG_1956 IMG_1960 IMG_1965 IMG_1968

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River Views

Where I painted the Ghost Gum yesterday was on the banks of an often forgotten river in Sydney called Cooks River. Here are some photos from a wonderful park on Permanent Avenue where you can access the river. I hope you enjoy them.

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