Australian Gold Rush in Ballarat, Victoria Then and Now

Fun Foto Old and New, #loveballarat, #ballaratgoldmuseum Ballarat, Australia Travel Series #1

My friends in Australia, The Eternal Traveller, aka Mrs. ET and her husband’s family, escorted me to the Gold Museum in Ballarat. Not to pick up so loose gold, unfortunately, but to learn the history of the Australian Gold Rush.

Aside: We did some panning at Old Sovereign Hill, where I became enormously rich thanks to their generosity.

 

Fun Fotos Old & New, Ballarat Gold Fields

A famous artist at the time, Eugene von Guerard, sketched many pictures of the evolving mine fields in Ballarat. The museum displayed one of them looking in the exact direction at the distant mountain as the window. So I shot a picture of them both at the same time, the old and the new.

For more Old and New visit Cee Neuner’s Fun Fotos site.

CFFC runs weekly challenge starting every Tuesday.
CFFC runs weekly challenge starting every Tuesday.

Camping and catching up

Unlike most of us, Leanne Cole takes photos, then spends time processing them artistically. Many of them look like post cards or magazine covers to me. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Mount Sterling and Craig’s Hut are not places I visited, but this post gives you an idea of Australia countryside and the flowers you might find. The summer flowers while I’ve been in Australia will impress you with their bright colors. Leanne adds a bit of artistry to her flower photos. Many of her posts tell you how to accomplish the same effects with your photos.

Camping and catching up

It has been a very busy couple of weeks. So much happening and many days I have no idea where to start.

Camping

Well, that was something very new, I have to say. I had to get a tent, a mattress and not much else, which was good. A friend and I decided that for some places we really need to be able to camp. We got our gear together and planned our first trip.

That first trip was to Mount Sterling and Craig’s Hut. It is a very famous hut that sits on top of the mountain. It was made for the movie The Man from Snowy River in the 1980’s. It has been built to look like the huts that many of the cattlemen and horsemen used for shelter when they were allowed to graze their animals up there.

It was quite incredible. You can see across the top of the mountains. It was quite hazy but okay for photos. The area around the hut was cleared so you could see it. There were also places for picnics and toilets, always good. It was a hard place to get to and you really need a AWD or 4WD to get up the road. It was an experience.

Please click on her post below for the entire article. Be sure to tell her that you know me. 🙂

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Peace and Longevity

Will We Live Longer Via Pictures?

I’ve always loved Japanese gardens. We lived near Washington Park in Portland, OR in my first apartment I shared with a roommate. They are having snow there now. I doubt if those gardens are increasing anyone’s longevity if they have to shovel snow. It might be peaceful, though.

Peace and Longevity
Japanese Garden University of Southern Queensland

You are going to have to be satisfied looking at these serene pictures. I want to experience peace and long life in person. Does it get any better than this? I’ll let you know so you can plan your trip to Australia to live longer yourself.

Peace and Longevity

by Carol Sherritt

Peace and Longevity
Japanese Garden University of Southern Queensland

October: A Garden Portrait Japanese stroll gardens are places of contemplation and harmony where visitors can wander along meandering paths through thoughtfully planned landscapes.The Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba is the largest stroll garden in Australia. Its traditional design includes large rocks, a tumbling waterfall and a central lake surrounded by sweeping lawns and sloping beds of Japanese and Australian native plants.

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Finding new places and catching up

While I was in Australia, I saw Lake Elizabeth on a map, but here you get to see it up close through Leanne Cole’s eyes. Leanne processes her photos to make them unique. Her website describes what she does and how she takes her photos, so you can learn something to help you where ever you go to take your photos.

These posts are from her WordPress.com site. Leanne has a new site now, which is her professional site.

Finding new places and catching up

by Leanne Cole on March 13, 2016

This next week is set to be a very busy time for me. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, and there are places to go and take photos. Though first let’s start where I always do.

Book on Banyule Flats

I went out the other morning and got my final images for the book. I have done nearly all I have to now. On the morning I went out I was greeted with the most beautiful sunrise, which I took photos of. I now have the cover shot for the book and I’m really happy about that. I did take some long exposures as well.  Now I have to coordinate the book being put together and get it published.

Lake Elizabeth

We went to an amazing place up the back of Lorne called Lake Elizabeth. I have to say it was a lovely surprise. When we got to the car park I kept saying, are you sure there is a lake here, as we were in the middle of rainforest. We had to walk a bit, and do some not so nice uphill, but it was worth it. As I am sure you can see from the photos. Of course, plans are being made for a return trip. I believe camping was mentioned as well. Mmm, I’m doing some of that in a couple of weeks, will see how that goes first.  The things we do for our photography.

The photos are the walk to and from the lake and the lake. I do love how the light comes through rainforests and catches foliage. All the images were taken with the Nikon 28-300mm lens, the perfect lens for a walk like this.

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The Bush Chorus

Now That’s What I’m Talking About

The real Australia has to have a kangaroo or two. I can see Kalev in her eyes. She looks lovable, doesn’t she? But WAIT, Carol said it was noisy. What’s that next picture?

Bush Chorus Australia
Ms. Kangaroo

The Bush Chorus

by Carol Sherritt

Close to home #5

Bush Chorus
Cicada mom.

Sundown National Park, 45 kilometres south of Stanthorpe, is one of the more remote and inaccessible parks in south west Queensouth-wester leaving the New England Highway and travelling along Sundown Road, the dirt track into the park is four-wheel drive only. Driving through open forest, with glimpses of the mountain range up ahead, we feel completely isolated; midweek, the road is empty except for a lone kangaroo almost hidden in the trees.

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Walkabout Around the City

Carol and I traveled from Brisbane, Australia to Melbourne then to the gold mines of Ballarat for about ten days. While we were there, we met our blogging friend, Leanne Cole, a fantastic photographer and artist. We had several excursions together, which I will “get sorted” when I get back to the United States. I’ll create my series of posts then. Meanwhile, I’m working on my Australian dictionary!

While I’m away you have been enjoying The Eternal Traveller’s posts about Australia on the odd numbered days. Leanne has given me permission to publicize her posts on my blog as well. So you can find those on the even days.

Please click over to her blog to catch all the photos.

Walkabout Around the City

by Leanne Cole on March 28, 2016


Usually I do this post with a catch up and let you know what I’m up to, but to be honest, time is running out this weekend. I’m off tomorrow on a small camping trip. I know, hard to believe, but yes I’m camping. Nothing too much just overnight. I will tell you more when I get back.

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No Photos!

California Winter to Gold Coast Summer

Manny is going on this trip. He’s been to Australia before. He is sitting on top of my clothes I’m going to pack. I’m debating about taking my tripod. It weighs about 8 pounds, 1/2 of my allowable weight on the plane from Brisbane to Melbourne. I definitely will not need it to kayak. This post is part of Carol’s series, Close to home #6.

No Photos!

by Carol SherrittKayaking with Straddie Adventures When I hear the words “Don’t bring anything you don’t want to get wet,” my plan to take beautiful photographs of the sea disappears with my camera. …

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Walking to the Top of Australia

Does This Look Walkable?

Within our county in California, we have the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney. Vince and I talked about hiking up it with a friend two years ago, but have I told you that I tip over sometimes without reason? We both opted against it. The top of Australia does not look as forbidding. What do you think?

Mt Kosciuszko
Mt Kosciuszko

Walking to the Top of Australia

by Carol Sherritt

When I was young, my family went on a caravanning holiday to the Snowy Mountains. While we were there we climbed Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko. Dad was able to drive to within 700 meters of the peak, and we left the car at Rawson’s Pass to walk up the track to the top.

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Top of Australia, Mt Kosciuszko in Snowy Mountains

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Going Up?

Going Up for Me Is Going Down Under

My friends Carol Sherritt and Leanne Cole worked together to plan this perfect trip for me. So I plan to feature their blogs on my WordPress.com blog while I’m gone. I will post as well, but I don’t know how much time I will have. I don’t want you to forget about me while I’m gone! And I want you to experience their beautiful blog.

You’ve heard of the famous Gold Coast? Hold on to your hats!

Going Up?

by Carol Sherritt

Q1 Tower, Gold Coast

It’s always lovely to go on a long holiday to a far-flung destination. There are times, however, when it’s not convenient or cost effective and a staycation…

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Waistlines Go West in Western Australia!

Miss Me Yet? I Just Got to Australia.

Waistlines Go West I think means spread out! I’ll be at the east coast of Australia from Dec. 26-Jan 16. I’m starting with my western waist from birthdays and Christmas feasting. I can’t imagine what is going to happen if my waistline goes any farther west!

Another Great Eternal Traveler Post

The bounty of the Margaret River region of south-west Western Australia is renowned for its quality, freshness and lack of food miles. There are more than 120 wineries, eight breweries …

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You Know You’re In Australia

Round Australia Road Trip #28

By Carol Sherritt

Introduction

Thank you, Carol Sherritt and Leanne Cole for planning the most wonderful trip for me. I’m on my way today.

I won’t be able to see everything. I don’t think anyone has. Australia is a big place. Enjoy this mini trip around the country.

Round Australia Road Trip #28You know you’re in Australia when kangaroos are having breakfast on the lawn, there’s a sunset picnic on the beach, this is the only phone that works, beer… Round Australia Road Trip #28

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On The River

This is a post from my friend Carol Sherritt so you know where I’m going. On Dec 26, 2016, I fly from LAX to Brisbane. The day after I land, we fly to Melbourne to see our other blogging friend, Leanne Cole. Carol is a teacher like I was, and a professional traveler. Leanne is a professional photographer, and I have much to learn!

I’m so excited, but I want to say thanks to my husband, Vince. He hates to travel. He obliges me sometimes. But three weeks is a long time. And Australia is a long, long trip from California. He did not want to abandon his home and his dog for three weeks. I appreciate him on so many levels.

He provides me a beautiful, well-maintained home, then allows me to jet off by myself leaving him to fend for himself. For me, this trip is an adventure of a lifetime to visit blogging friends from FAR away. But I would not have the freedom to travel if he did not appreciate my need for freedom to see the world.

Thank you so much, sweet husband.

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On The River

Fondly known as the River City, Brisbane is defined by the broad stretches and tight bends of the Brisbane River. The 76-year-old Story Bridge is one of 15 crossings connecting both sides of the city…

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Wednesday Wing….Writer’s Craft series by @RayneHall #wwwblogs #WritersTips

Before Rayne’s credentials impressed me, I wanted to read her books because of the titles. Rosie Amber introduced me to them on her resource page. You will have a link to that page or you can find it on my page of Writing Tips http://wp.me/P7tP3I-de. Check out her many resources.

Rosie Amber

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about Rayne Hall’s writer’s craft series of books.

During my time of reviewing I have suggested to many authors that I believe their writing would benefit from the advice Rayne gives in her low priced easy to read writers craft series.

I have read The Word Loss Diet which is a full of useful tips on ways to slim-line your writing, cut down your descriptions and remove watery weak words. It’s a fabulous way to polish your manuscript before publishing or if you’ve had reviews which suggest the writing needed tightening. No one wants to be labelled as a novice writer.

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Published your book, but it’s not selling? Why Does My Book not Sell? Written for the Indie writer, but with…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up. Baring it all, blog milestone and Christmas Party

You will especially love the cat’s Christmas video. I loved the memories at this party! Merry Christmas all! 🙂

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Welcome to the weekly round-up and I have finally got around to changing my profile photo from the sun-tanned me with our Spanish garden in the background. To be honest there has been little opportunity to stop and take personal photos in the last year but since I was spruced up for our first Christmas drinks with the neighbours, I got David to get some snaps.

I think I have changed the photo everywhere including Amazon where it can take a few days or sometimes weeks for it to appear. And so this is me… up to date and good for another year.

We had a great evening, and our neighbours have been very patient as we promised them a drink six months ago!  I was  a little nervous as the neighbours behind us actually built our home 20 years ago and after selling it ten years ago had not…

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Winter Bloom – Book Review

This sounds like a must read for my long plane ride. I’m picking it up because of this review. 😀😀

The Book Review Directory

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Winter Bloom

This story begins when Eva Madigan, recently single and relocated to Ireland with her young son Liam, stumbles upon a long neglected garden. Although she has never successfully grown anything, Eva is drawn to the overgrown walled lot.  After initially rejecting Eva’s request to try to revive the forgotten acre, the icy owner best known for murdering her husband agrees to allow her to attempt the feat.

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Meet Guest Author Hugh W Roberts…

I met Hugh as I read both Janice Wald’s and Terry Webster Schrant’s books. He has a delightful English sense of humor. I look forward to reading his book. 🙂

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hugh-w-robertsHello. My name is Hugh W. Roberts and I am dyslexic. Once upon a time, that last word was very hard to say and for many years it stopped me from doing what I always wanted to do – write.

In February 2014, I discovered Blogging. On the day I published my first post, new doors opened for both my writing and I. I haven’t looked back since then and at the time of writing this am very proud to say that I am about to publish my first book of short stories.

I live in Swansea in South Wales, in the United Kingdom, with my civil-partner John and our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby. I was born in South Wales but spent most of my life living in various parts of the UK, including London where I lived and worked for 27 years. We returned to live in Wales in…

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Where Can You Find Magnificent Red Rock and Artisan Culture in One Location?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Rock, Paper, Scissors #Sedonatrips

For a fabulous girl’s week off four of us booked two suites at Diamond Resorts Los Abrigados Resorts in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Pronounced T-lockey-pockey, this 1970s Sedona landmark means “best of everything.”

It's always rush hour in Sedona on Hwy 89A
It’s always rush hour in Sedona on Hwy 89A

We took this picture last March when the sun smiled through the sky’s blue eyes. Today the November’s sky’s mood turned mopey. The rocks tried to cheer it up in the morning, but by 2:00 they had lost the battle.

 

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Determined to enjoy the fine rocks in spite of the drizzling rain, Darlene and I ventured back down the hill to scout out different rocks. We ambled into Renee Taylor’s art and jewelry gallery accepted a glass of orange juice and a chocolate cookie and started rock hunting.

Kristen at Renee Taylor Gallery told us about this valuable rock.
Darlene loved this piece of larimar jewelry.

The piece of paper attached a specific value to this rock that reached deeper into my pockets than I cared to delve. Therefore I cut it off. However, I did, enjoy learning about these rare larimar stones from Kristen.

Kristen at Renee Taylor Gallery
Kristen at Renee Taylor Gallery

“Larimar is …composed largely of pectolite, …(a combination of) calcium and sodium.”

“Although pectolite is found in many locations, none have the unique volcanic blue coloration of larimar,found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean..” Wikipedia.

My favorite piece of larimar jewelry
My favorite piece of larimar jewelry

The twenty paper dollar bill in my did not go far – even to start a lay-a-way program. So we meandered through the shopping center snapping pictures of Thanksgiving displays decorating the cement fountains.

Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.
Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.

“Cut it out, Marsha. You missed me smiling.”

“Sorry, Fountain Woman. I would cut the picture out of my post if I had a virtual pair of scissors.”

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What Could Be Worse Than Landing in a Bed of Roses?

Watch out for flesh-scratching cacti on a desert trail!

 Cee’s Oddball Challenge 

As Darlene and I hiked towards Courthouse Butte near Sedona, AZ, we came across these beds of cacti.

bed of cacti near Courthouse Butte in Sedona

They had no redeeming beautiful velvety flower!

close up of cacti near Sedona

Trust me these spikes are not kind to bare skin!

For more oddball pictures check out Cee’s Oddball Challenge.

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