Welcome to Cowtown

We went to Cowaramup for coffee and cake this morning. I have been wanting to photograph some of the 42 life size fiberglass cow sculptures around the town. According to Wikipedia, in July 2014, the town set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people – 1,352 – dressed as cows. Mmmm …

More from Wikipedia: “The name Cowaramup derives its name from Cowaramup Siding, which was located near the town-site, on the now disused Busselton to Augusta railway. The town-site was gazetted in 1925, originally to support the timber and dairy industries. The name is believed to be derived from Aboriginal word cowara, meaning purple-crowned lorikeet.

Locals from the region often refer to the town as “Cowtown”, a reference to the use of “cow” in the town’s name and its history of dairy farming.”

We had a fun morning; and I wasn’t the only one on the street with a camera. These cows are quite a tourist attraction.

 

Federal Election and Online Shopping

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I finally tired of listening to the Federal Election results on Saturday night. I DID put in several hours in front of the TV.

Instead I went on my computer and did some online shopping for new sheets and towels (end of financial year sales). Being satisfied that I got a good bargain I went off to bed still not knowing the election outcome.

Here we are a few days later and my new sheets and towels arrived this morning!

No election outcome yet though :(. We may end up with a minority government which is a bit of a surprise to most people. It was thought the incumbent government would have a comfortable win. Time will tell …

PS I bought the Three Wise Koalas from Parliament House in Canberra 🙂

 

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 🙂

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

Here is my selection for this week’s challenge. I was surprised to see that for every landscape photo I have about twenty seascape ones! Living close to the beach today I don’t pay  as much attention to the landscape around me.

 

First attempt at a video

One of my goals for 2016 was to learn how to edit videos. Today I sat down and had a go at it with some short videos I took in February 2016 when we did the circuit from home to Perth, Kalgoorlie, Esperance and home again. It starts off with the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie Gold MIne.

I know I have a long way to go but it felt good to learn the basics  :). It is only a very short video and you may notice the salmon coloured gum trees – one of my favourite species of gum tree.

Once upon a skink :-)

A skink is not a skunk
No matter what you think
Not even if you are truly drunk
A skink is a skink as sure as ink is ink!

Now a skunk is altogether different
And never to be found Down-Under
Skinks love my home, it is apparent
How many live here – I wonder?

Skinky One is drinking out the back
Another sighted in the front this morning
Reptilian friends – we have no lack
You can be sure life is never boring!

A poem: Magpies by Judith Wright

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Magpies
Along the road the magpies walk
with hands in pockets, left and right.
They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.
In their well-fitted black and white.

They look like certain gentlemen
who seem most nonchalant and wise
until their meal is served — and then
what clashing beaks, what greedy eyes!

But not one man that I have heard
throws back his head in such a song
of grace and praise — no man nor bird.
Their greed is brief; their joy is long.
For each is born with such a throat
as thanks his God with every note.

Magpies by Judith Wright was published in Poets and Poetry by Sadler/Hayllar/Powell. Published by Macmillan, 1992

* Judith Wright was a prolific Australian poet, critic, and short-story writer, who published more than 50 books. Wright was also an uncompromising environmentalist and social activist campaigning for Aboriginal land rights. She believed that the poet should be concerned with national and social problems. At the age of 85, just before her death, she attended in Canberra at a march for reconciliation with Aboriginal people.

 

Character cottage

We went to Augusta yesterday. It is only an hour’s drive from home. It was a nice spot but we decided to come home after one night. I took some snaps of the character features in the cottage we stayed in. They should have mentioned the loo was outside – a big oversight in the advertising.

The location was lovely so we may go back to Augusta again but next time we’ll make sure it has an inside loo. I think I got a bit traumatized when we were living in Fitzroy Crossing W.A. and we found a big King Brown snake in the outside toilet :-).

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Things I thought I knew – part 1 – 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

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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 – Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.

ACST – Australian Central Standard Time.
Northern Territory and South Australia.

AWST – Australian Standard Western Time.
Western Australia.

Before this standardization in the 1890’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 …
It is 9.30am in NT and SA
And 8am in WA

Ok, I get…

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Now for something completely different …

I am taking part in BirdLife Australia’s Beach-nesting Birds Project. I have been allocated an area of beach to monitor along with another woman (see map below).

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This morning I did my second monitoring visit looking for the elusive Western Hooded Plover (pictured below).

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These delightful creatures nest directly on the beach or the nearby dunes and their nests are susceptible to being stepped on by people or damaged by dogs. They are so well camouflaged they are very difficult to find. I didn’t see any this morning but I will be back again in a fortnight to have another try.

Here are some snaps I took while at the beach.