Saturday, August 31, 2013

Canberra's Carillon

Canberra's Carillon, located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, was a gift to the people of Australia from the British Government to commemorate our National Capital's 50th anniversary. It was officially "opened" by Her Majesty the Queen in April, 1970.

This shot was taken in 1970 and shows a relatively barren surrounding landscape (from a residential viewpoint).

(A Carillon is a bell tower which must have a minimum of 23 bells to be considered a Carillon.  This one holds 55 cup-shaped bells, each one weighing between 7 kilograms and 6 tonnes and the bells span 4.5 octaves chromatically) Thank you Wikipedia!

I shall be returning to Canberra for a holiday soon and look forward to hearing the delightful tones of the Carillon.  Meanwhile, I am liking up with James' fabulous Weekend Reflections

Friday, August 30, 2013

Blast from the past!

Captain Cook Memorial Jet Fountain on Lake Burley Griffin
with the National Library building in the background.

(This photo was taken around 1966 when I was still a teenager, living in Canberra on a
temporary transfer with my employment).

Linking up with Skywatch Friday

Monday, August 26, 2013

Antiques & Memorabilia

A visit to some of Strathalbyn's antique & memorabilia shops
was a given during our recent visit there!

.... couldn't resist this framed poster!

... nor these old cameras (not a Hasselblad or Voigtlander to be seen!)

and while I greatly enjoy ironing, don't think I'd be saying that
if I had to use these!

I wonder how many sales this machine recorded

                      .... and who could forget James Dean, the Hollywood actor who   
                                     died in a car crash at the tender age of 24?
or the essential Elvis?

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and
linking up with

Monday, August 19, 2013

Just blossoming


                                      Linking up with Macro Monday 2 and
                                                    Today's Flowers

Saturday, August 17, 2013

London House

Weekend Reflections

This was the reflection through the window of one of the many Antique shops
to be found in the popular country town of Strathalbyn. 
(The streets will be much more "alive" this weekend, as the town hosts
 an annual antiques and craft fair!)

                                   Linking with James' Weekend Reflections

Friday, August 16, 2013

A ribboned Sunrise

I was fascinated by this white "ribbon" of light just above the landscape
as dawn broke just after 7 a.m. a few weeks ago.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Paws for reflection


                                       Linking up with Today's Flowers
                                              and Outdoor Wednesday
       with sincere thanks to the hosts of both sites

Monday, August 12, 2013

Afternoon delight

Returning from a day's outing to Strathalbyn with a good friend
we were delighted to come across this section of the Angus River on our way to Macclesfield.

The sky was blue, the sun shining, river running, birds singing in the trees
and the rich green pastures showing evidence of recent good rains. What a great start to the week!

Joining in with Our World Tuesday
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A gift

Last Christmas I was given a Phaleanopsis Orchid plant bearing several gorgeous blooms. Since my green thumbs are more a shade of yellow, I feared for its survival!
However, it seems to have thrived in the warm, light & sunny location
of my bay window and this is the first of its ten (!) buds
that opened a few days ago - I'm ecstatic!

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