Bench Series : April, bench with a view….

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Some benches just invite you to sit down, relax and enjoy the view.

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So we did…


Jude of “Travel Words” invites us to share benches we find.

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Bench Series : April, bench with a view…

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Guess where I found this one Jude????

I’ve been busily looking for benches for the past couple of weeks. They are every where. I have plenty to keep me going for a while Jude. Pop over to see what benches with views other followers of Jude’s challenge have found this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Walls

When Cheri asked us to share a wall that reveals something about a person or place, this image sprang immediately to mind.

Well here is Arno, a “fair dinkum” Aussie eccentric bloke that has spent a life-time constructing this wall, his tribute to junk,  in the far away town of Winton. This iconic outback town is also home to camel races, dinosaur relics, boulder opal, a musical fence and must not forget to have a beer at the North Gregory Hotel where Banjoe Patterson first performed the famous Aussie poem “Waltzing Matilda”.

So I present to you (tongue firmly in cheek)…..

Winton Arnoes wall

Winton Arnoes wall

Winton Arnoes wall

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Arno is now 82 years old and still lives in the house behind the wall A walk round to the front and you see his

“piece d’ resistance”

Winton Arnoes wall

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 This would be one of the most unusual walls I have come across.

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Travel Theme : Graceful

Thailand dancing

Thailand dancing

The graceful movements of the hands in Thai dancing tell a story, but I couldn’t interpret what she meant. 

Scottish dancing

Scottish dancing

The movements of this Scottish dancer were precise as she performed the sword dance to the skirl of the bagpipes. Would you call this graceful?

Jabiru changing places on the nest

Jabiru changing places on the nest

When the Jabirus take turns sitting on the eggs they do a graceful dance before changing places.

Indian Temple Dancing

Indian Temple Dancing

I have posted this photo before, but to me this is the most graceful image I have ever taken. Beautiful coordinated movements to hypnotic Indian music.


Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack” has set quite a hard challenge this week, hope you enjoy looking at the ones I have found.

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Bench Series : March Wooden Benches #2

Truganini Memorial

Truganini Memorial

I found these wooden benches in front of a memorial plaque dedicated to an Aboriginal woman called Truganini. In this rustic and peaceful setting I sat and thought about the terrible way the Aboriginal people had been treated when the white man arrived in Australia.

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 This is the sad story of the Tasmanian Aboriginals.

Truganini was a famous Tasmanian Aborigine.
In her lifetime, she saw her people decimated by murder and disease but refused to be a passive victim.
Her strength and determination persist today within the Palawah people who have lived in the region for over thirty thousand years.
In 1803, the first white settlers arrived in Tasmania, or Van Diemen’s Land as it was known then, and began clearing and farming the land.
Over four thousand Aborigines lived in Tasmania too. Fighting began and continued for many years and hundreds of Aborigines and Europeans were killed.

It was during this turmoil that Truganini was born, around 1812, in the Bruny Island-D’Entrecasteaux Channel area of Tasmania.
She was a vibrant and beautiful girl whose father was an elder of the south-east tribe.
By the time Truganini was aged seventeen, her mother was murdered by whalers, her sister abducted and shot by sealers and her husband-to-be murdered by timber fellers. Truganini was raped.

By 1830, the fighting was so widespread it was known as the ‘Black War’ and something had to be done to stop the killing.
So colonial authorities appointed George Augustus Robinson, a builder and untrained preacher to mount a ‘Friendly Mission’ to find the three hundred remaining Aborigines who were deep in the Tasmanian bushland.
His job was to convince the Aboriginal people to move to a nearby island.
When Truganini and her father met Robinson he told them he was their friend and would protect them.
He promised that if they agreed to come with him he would provide blankets, food, houses and their customs would be respected. He also promised they could return to their homelands occasionally.
Truganini could see that Robinson’s promises were the only way her people could survive.
She agreed to help Robinson and with her husband ‘Wooraddy’ and others. She spent the next five years helping Robinson find the remaining Aboriginal people.

Robinson needed Truganini and her friends to show him the way through the bush to find food and protect him , as well as to convince the remaining Aborigines to move to the island.
Truganini even saved Robinson from hostile spears and drowning.
By 1835, nearly all the Aborigines had agreed to move to Flinders Island where a settlement had been set up at Wybalenna.
Here Robinson intended to teach the Aboriginal people European customs.
The Aborigines believed Flinders Island would be their temporary home and that they were free people who would be housed, fed and protected until they returned to their tribal lands.
But instead the island became a prison and many became sick and died.

Truganani could see Robinson’s promises would not save her people and began to tell people ‘not to come in’ because she knew they would all soon be dead.
In 1838, Truganini and thirteen other Aborigines accompanied Robinson on another mission to Melbourne in Victoria but they could not help him this time.
When Truganini returned to the settlement at Wybelanna in 1842, it was without Robinson.
The man, who had promised their race protection, had abandoned them. The Aborigines had no choice but to continue their unhappy exile on the island.

In 1847, Truganini and the remaining 45 people were moved to an abandoned settlement at Oyster Cove on the Tasmanian mainland.
Conditions were even worse, but Truganini found some contentment because this was her traditional territory. She was able to collect shells, hunt in the bush and visit places that were special to her.
Some say this made her strong again because she was the last of the group to survive.

In her later years she moved to Hobart to be cared for by a friend.
Wearing her bright red cap, an adaptation of the red gum tips or ochre the Palawah people loved wearing in their hair, she became a well-known figure in town.
Truganini died in 1876 aged sixty-four, and was buried in the grounds of the female convict gaol in Hobart.
Even though Truganini’s dying wish was to be buried behind the mountains, her body was exhumed and her skeleton displayed at the museum until 1947.
Her ashes were finally scattered on the waters of her tribal land , one hundred years after her death.
Truganini is remembered as a proud and courageous survivor in a time of brutality and uncertainty.
Today, descendants of those early tribal Aborigines maintain the indomitable spirit of Truganini

In less than one persons life time a proud culture that had existed for over 40000 years was decimated.


A rather sad post this week. I’m sure if you go over to Jude’s blog “Travel Words” you will find more uplifting benches from around the world.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Reward

The winner

The winner

The reward

The reward

In the dusty, red outback of Australia camel racing is a unique and exciting part of the culture. We were in Winton the day of the races, click here to come back with me and share that day.

This young woman certainly deserved her reward. (this weeks word from Krista at WP)

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Travel Theme : Environment

Our environment it is at risk. Man is polluting and slowly killing  this world we live in. But it is the foresight and compassion of a few that have given us National Parks around the world. Places where endangered species can have breathing space and a chance to survive.

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This is the “Springbrook National Park”

Dominating the Gold Coast’s western skyline, Springbrook’s cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath.

Spectacular waterfalls, cascades and tumbling creeks are dominant features in this World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia park.

Springbrook National Park covers 6725 ha.

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As you walk higher and into the temperate Gondwana Rainforest the temperatures drop, the moss, lichen and vines drape around the trees and suddenly you turn a corner in the track and are confronted with these giant Antarctic Beech trees.

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They tower above you, some are thought to be 3000 years old.

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With out the protection of the National Park these magnificent species would be gone for ever.

Click here for another walk I did in this beautiful park


This week Ailsa asks us to think of the environment

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Bench Series : February Black & White #4



Here is my last B & W entry into Jude’s Bench Series challenge for February, and it is a mystery. I’m assuming it is a Chinese Garden, but where it is I do not know. Does any one recognise it? I really should take better notes!!!

Next month the challenge is to show wooden benches. Now I have lots of those. Maybe you have some you could share with Jude. Go here to find more details.


Thank you Jude for giving me the tip to look at the date it was taken. I have now tracked it down to the Hunter Valley Gardens

“Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, you will find the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens – over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens that will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures.

Exploring over 8 kilometres of walking paths, visitors are able to experience each of the ten individual feature gardens with a range of statuary and superb feature gardens, all of a standard you won’t see elsewhere in Australia.”

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Travel Theme : Energy #2 Fire…


Fire lighting using 2 sticks

Fire lighting using 2 sticks

Fire lighting is very hard work

Fire lighting is very hard work



For the first Australians the creating and use of fire was the source and energy of their survival.

It is not light that we need, but fire;

it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.

We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

Frederick Douglass


Go to Ailsa’s blog “Where’s my backpack”to enjoy more interpretations of energy.

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Travel Theme : Energy


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The raw energy of the waterfall as it thunders and roars its way to the ocean is an awesome sight.

Man has now harnessed all that energy.

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The water then flows out into a beautiful man-made lake.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci


Go to Ailsa’s blog “Where’s my backpack”to enjoy more interpretations of energy.

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