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Cripple Creek – Blue Mountains

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I climbed down to Cripple Creek yesterday. It runs behind our home and I hadn’t been to it for a few years. Here are some of the images from the bush walk and you can read more about it in the article called Exploration of Cripple Creek.

Kelly Has Gone To Canada

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

A couple of weeks ago our younger daughter Kellyanne flew off to Canada for a year or two. Although she will be greatly missed, I am just so happy for her and look forward to hearing about her adventures as she explores Canada and other places. Within a week of arriving in Vancouver where she is making her base, she attended the Calgary Stampede in Alberta. She even met a cowboy named Chuck!

Listen to my song Kelly has Gone to Canada.

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Kelly about to fly out

Kelly Has Gone to Canada

Kelly has gone to Canada
Oh, Canada.
We wish her well
She’s in our hearts
In Canada.

Our little girl
A woman grown and flown
To Canada.

And though she’s far away from home
We’re happy for her as she roams
In Canada.

Waltz your matilda
Across the seas
To Canada.
Visit the places
You’ve dreamed about
Near Canada.

Kelly has gone to Canada
Oh, Canada.
She’s in our hearts
She goes with our love
To Canada.

Lennox Bridge Lament

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Graffiti is defined as words or drawings scribbled or sprayed on walls and the like. The verbs in the definition suggest that speed is an obvious characteristic of this anti-social practice. Let’s face it, you don’t want to get caught performing an act that deliberately defaces property that is not your own to do with as you wish.

The other day I drove down to Emu Plains via Mitchell’s Pass. A picturesque, bushland descent that can momentarily transport you back many years, it necessitates the crossing of Lennox Bridge. This bridge is the oldest, surviving bridge on the Australian mainland. As I drove across this sandstone, horse-shoe shaped bridge, I saw blue painted graffiti scrawled along both walls of the deck. I returned the same day and photographed this vandalism. I did consider for a couple of days whether to post pictures and further popularise this senseless act. Unfortunately, vandalism has been a part of the bridge’s history. It’s isolated position makes it an easy target.
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I have spent many happy times at Lennox Bridge. It’s a special place. Over the years I have also enjoyed taking school students on many excusions there. I have photographed the bridge, drawn it, written a short history and also a song about it.Graffiti is often considered to be a clandestine, anonymous act. However, the “tags” left on the bridge do suggest elements of vanity. This year will see Lennox Bridge turn 175 years old. Surely it deserves better treatment than this.