Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Friday, 13 December 2013
A view of Dry's Bluff viewed from my Liffey Tea Gardens in Tasmania
The trees in the foreground are just a glimpse of the extensive number of trees on our 50 acre mountain property.
Gardens round the gallery on our property with Dry's Bluff in the background wrapped in low cloud.
Another view of Dry's Bluff from one of the walkways round the property.
View of Dry's Bluff from our mountain side and looking down on our house.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Here Charlie is telling us an incredible story about a place called Murdering Island
in the Murrumbidgee River - a major tributary of the Murray River.
The recorded story says that aboriginals were shot there by early settlers
to keep them away from farming land settlers wanted by the Murrumbidgee.
(One official story is HERE)
But Charlie's story said most were driven there and also died of starvation.
They were only shot if they tried to escape - and many did try.
A view of the Murrumbidgee River near where Charlie was telling his story.
It was next to impossible to photograph the island because it just seemed to blend into the other river bank.
Charlie said that the river level was higher and it flowed faster in early colonial days.
And all the while a large herd of cattle quietly watched us.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Charlie, our amazing aboriginal, guide took us to this fascinating area.
I believe it was an area called Coolamon but still in the Wagga region.
Once this was a lake.
But this day there were pockets of water on what looked like a huge plain.
The little pegs in the ground behind the student mark middens.
We found many odd artefacts but we were warned not to handle them and to be careful where we walked.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
In the 1990s, when I was teaching in New South Wales,
another teacher - Susan McCarthy - and I took a small group of Aboriginal Studies students
to Wagga for a field trip.
Our guide was a Wiradjuri aboriginal based in Wagga.
His name was Charlie.
He took us round the Wagga region to areas used by the aboriginal people in past times.
One was this amazing tree - carefully carved to make a canoe by the Murrumbidgee River.
Charlie took the first photo for us and, in the above photo, he appears on the far right.
All he asked for payment was to be collected in our mini bus and to be given lunch.
At first, the girls only agreed to the trip because "they had nothing better to do" for the holidays.
By the end of the journey, they were excited about all the special places Charlie had shown them.
They said it was an unforgettable memory for them.
Monday, 4 November 2013
Sunday, 3 November 2013
The Carrington in Katoomba, New South Wales opened in 1883 as The Great Western.
It was renamed in 1886 as The Carrington after the Governor of NSW, Lord Carrington.
Until the 1960's, it was a premier tourist resort in the Blue Mountains.
By the 1970's, the Blue Mountains became less popular as a holiday destination
and The Carrington closed in 1985.
After 8 years of restoration, it re-opened in December 1998.
These photos represent The Carrington in those waiting years.