Puffing Billy Steam Train

Here is a (very) short video I put together of our ride on Puffing Billy while on holidays recently. Around 1979 my husband at that time, was employed by Puffing Billy to maintain the track and supervise volunteers. It is mainly run and operated by volunteers today. I enjoyed the ride but I mostly wanted to experience some of the lovely rain forests in the hills that I remember so well. That is why I took the video ๐Ÿ™‚

This is only my second attempt at making videos and I acknowledge there is a lot for me to learn,

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Things I thought I knew โ€“ part 1 โ€“ Time zones

I am always a bit confused when Daylight Saving comes into play in Australia but I really love the way Ruth from Tasmania describes it in her blog http://www.ruthsarc.com

RuthsArc

There are a few things about Australia that I thought I knew, but I had not fully grasped until I moved here. (Apologies to all Aussie readers)

Time zones
Australia is a huge country, so has three time zones.

AEST โ€“ Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.

ACST โ€“ Australian Central Standard Time.
Northern Territory and South Australia.

AWST โ€“ Australian Standard Western Time.
Western Australia.

Before this standardization in the 1890โ€™s, each local city or town was free to determine its own local time.

So far, so good.
But then it gets quirky. International time zones are usually at one hour intervals.
Here, Central time is only half an hour different to Eastern time.

So when it is 10am in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, and TAS โ€ฆ
It is 9.30am in NT and SA
And 8am in WA

Ok, I getโ€ฆ

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express yourself

It is Australia Day (some say Straya) on 26 January so I am expressing aspects of being Australian, including my love of Outback Australia and some of our native species. Sorry I didn’t have any kangaroos handy.

I have also included photos depicting my Irish and Scottish ancestry.

 

I am not making it up …

about ageI recently had my sixtieth birthday and that means I have done a range of things in those six decades. Sometimes I surprise people when I mention some of those things. I guess we all travel our own journeys and we can never be sure where they will take us. A list of some of my adventures follows:

  • I left home in country Victoria at 17 years old to live in Melbourne and I was a bit into the hippie culture at the time
  • I met my first husband in Melbourne and we married when I was 18
  • My three sons were born in my twenties
  • I lived and worked in several remote communities with high Indigenous populations within Australia including Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Geraldton and Esperance in Western Australia
  • I was the Newman correspondent for the North West Telegraph when I was living in the Pilbara
  • I didn’t complete high school but went on to gain university entrance as an adult and have since achieved separate qualifications in management and professional writing
  • Twice divorced meant some time as a single mother of my three sons
  • I started studying theology at one stage but didn’t see it through plus I was a Church Warden, Synod representative and Pastoral Assistant in the Anglican Church
  • I was a Shire Councillor and Deputy Shire President with the East Pilbara Shire and ran as a candidate for the State Government in 1993
  • During my time working for the government I spent time in Education and Training, Culture and the Arts, Communities and Disability Services
  • I am really interested in computers and social media and love WordPress ๐Ÿ™‚

What I find interesting is the diversity of some of my activities but I guess there is some consistency in the overall story. There are a few adventures held back – I don’t want to give everything away!

Weekly photo challenge: Extra

Too much rain can have devastating consequences. These photos were taken during a wet season in Fitzroy Crossing in the early 1980’s while I was living there. People were cut off from food supplies, the bore pumps were flooded and ironically there was a shortage of water for household use. One of my neighbours was bitten by a venomous snake and had to be driven through the flood water to get medical help. I wouldn’t go outside to the clothes line as I heard something splashing in the flood water and was worried it could be a crocodile. After some time, the floods subsided and the big job of fixing the infrastructure began – until the next big rains!

Customer expectations

I have lived in the country for four years now. I get a bit frustrated with,what seems to be, disinterested customer service or seemingly no service at all. When I go for beauty treatments I ask questions about skin care and the like and the beauty therapists don’t seem to see a sales opportunity when it is under their noses.

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No doubt if I was in the city, I would be offered a whole range of solutions to my ‘problem’. I have interpreted the country service as apathy and lack of interest in me as a customer. Here I am, ready to spend my money, and they don’t pick up the cues.

Townsville City in July

Townsville City

I had a medical appointment yesterday and was again feeling disillusioned by their customer service. However, I realise now that I misinterpreted their signals. What we get in the regional towns are real people who are providing a service to their clients. They aren’t motivated by making the next sale and gaining commission from it. They relate to me as a real person – not just a customer or client. They are not acting a part in a business transaction – they are treating me as an equal – and I think that is a good thing and I can now reinterpret my first impressions.

Antony Gormley

In 2003 I went to Lake Ballard near Menzies, north of Kalgoorlie in remote Western Australia. A rather unique exhibition was on display on the salt lake known as Lake Ballard. The sculptures by Antony Gormley, were placed on site in 2003 just before I visited and stay as a tourist attraction in the region. See the Wiki link below ๐Ÿ™‚

To learn more about Lake Ballard and Antony Gormley CLICK HERE

Daily prompt: Safety first

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe …

In 1980 my former husband and I took up an opportunity to work in a remote Indigenous community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was twenty-six at the time with two sons – one was four years old and the other was only six-months old. It was a big adventure for us all.

At first I was even scared of the local Indigenous people but I later learned that I was experiencing culture shock. Everything was unfamiliar to me and communication was difficult. In time, my children helped me overcome that barrier as children tend to do.

There were deadly snakes to be afraid of too – Death (Deaf?) Adders and other venomous species. It wasn’t unusual to find snakes in our yard. Once I found one in my pantry cupboard!

Probably the scariest experience was a trip out bush to a billabong. It was a sandy track only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles. We were in an open cabin Land Rover. Some way into the journey we found ourselves confronted by a wild, male buffalo.

It was snorting and stamping its feet while it considered what to do with us. We sat still (apart from the shaking!) for several minutes. It was very angry and showing it! Each of us said lots of prayers that we would get out of this alive and the buffalo would get bored with us. I am pleased to say it eventually found something more interesting to frighten and left us alone. Phew!

We were only a minute’s walk from the beach too but the fear of crocodiles meant we didn’t go there often ๐Ÿ™‚

Great memories!

cheers

Lorraine