Wordless Wednesday – JulyinGeelong

Wordless Wednesday – JulyinGeelong

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Western Beach Road Geelong at 6 PM.

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A cool winter night across Corio Bay….

North Shore in the distance.

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Contrasting the first two shots is this beautiful Acacia tree in bloom.

This acacia is known as the

Cootamundra Wattle.

My father always referred to this scene as the first sign of spring.

I am carrying on the tradition.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Black and White Tuesday: Upward

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Inspiration for this week’s Black and White Challenge are random photos taken while travelling.

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To begin with  repost of the Grand Staircase at Paronella Park in Queensland.

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A winter tree in Geelong.

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Finally, during a visit to the Geelong Botanical Gardens in early January I discovered that Californian Red Woods can grow in our climate.

This has to be my favourite of this post…

…I like big trees.

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A-Z Challenge – D

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Because this is my first A to Z entry, no to mention a late entry, I will start with “man’s best friend”…..our dogs.brandyy-dc_2-3

My $6M dog when he was a pup.

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Our Labrador enjoying her remodelled bed.

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Ginger, daughter of $6M pup.

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Ginger having her morning tea.

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Mainly reposts this week. Hope to do better this week.

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Share Your World-2013-Week-24

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If you had to eat only three meals/food for one month, what would you choose?

Depends who you ask.  I think I am reasonably tidy, others may disagree.

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For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

Bland or mainly lettuce are the meals I like least.

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Do you prefer eating things with nuts or no nuts?

Definitely no nuts.  Love nuts but not in ANY meal.

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For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering?

I am not a good cook so it is much easier to purchase.   

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Masterpiece 2

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Part two of this week’s challenge

Masterpiece.

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Below the waterfall was an ideal place for swimming.

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Our guide told us that Paronella Park was a popular recreation venue for allied soldiers during World War II.

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José would give Australian soldiers a towel so they could dry themselves after a swim in the creek.  However, American soldiers had to pay one shilling (about 10 cents) for the use of a towel.

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Mena Creek_5564ParonellaCan you picture yourself relaxing away from every day life or the horror of World War II?

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Share Your World-2013-Week-23

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Are you mostly a clean or messy person?

Depends who you ask.  I think I am reasonably tidy, others may disagree.

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As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get?  How about now?

I had a sweet tooth, still have.  However, I don’t like copious quantities of anything.

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Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?

Yes!  Has to be.  Think of spec of dust floating around a room….we are on one of those specs.  Has to be life on another one.

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Have your blogging goals changed?

Yes.  It was going to be a ‘writing’ blog until I discovered photographic blogs.  Now I am not sure if my blog is good enough to continue.

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SYW commences on Mondays

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Masterpiece

My contribution for this week.

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In 1913 José Paronella arrived in Australia from his home town of Catalina in Spain.  He worked tirelessly for 11 years before returning to Spain where he met and married Margarita.  Their honeymoon was their trip back to Australia.

In 1929 José purchased thirteen acres of virgin scrub along Mena Creek where he commenced to build a pleasure gardens and reception centre for the enjoyment of the public.

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The Grand Staircase was built first so that they could carry river sand from the creek to make concrete, followed by construction of the house and finally the Castle.  All concrete structures were reinforced with old railway track.

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The Park was opened, to the public, in 1935 and pictures were shown in the theatre every Saturday night.

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While it is now largely in ruin it is still a fascinating place to visit

and only about an hours drive from Cairns.

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When commissioned, in 1933, the Hydro Electric generating plant was the first electricity system in Far North Queensland and supplied power to the entire Park.  Parts of the water canals were still operating during our visit.

(Source: http://www.paronellapark.com.au/history.html)

A masterpiece of its time

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