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Monday, October 01, 2007

Days 8 & 9 Sydney Holiday.

The Botanical Gardens at Orange NSW.

There is an extensive “Australian Flora” section as well as many exotic trees, shrubs, and flowers.

One of the many Acacia (wattle) varieties on display, there are very few better sights than a large clump of wattles in bloom.

This bust of Banjo is located at the site of his birth in 1864

This memorial to “Banjo” stands proudly outside the Tourist Information Centre at Orange, it features a likeness of “Banjo” exerts from two of his poems and plaques naming the annual “Banjo Paterson” poet of the year for the last 10 years (there is space for the next 15 years also.)

Closer and against a lighter background you can see how the detail is achieved by slots cut from the steel outline.

The same treatment given to his famous “Man from Snowy River

Near Orange; Some lush pasture, again in an ideal setting.

Here is an ideally located little Farm House in the foot hills just outside of Orange (where they grow apples, cherries, peaches, but not oranges!!).

A fairly hazy shot of the “Three Sisters” at Echo Point Katoomba.

Even more haze here as we look across the valley.

It was also very windy, if you look at the tops of the trees you can see they are blowing quite strongly from right to left.

Last but by no means least; this is Jane the receptionist at the Orange Council run “Colour City Caravan Park” where we are staying, we have voted Jane as the most obliging and pleasant person we have dealt with on the trip so far.

Day’s 8 & 9.

The AFL Grand Final was a football lesson by Geelong Cats to Port Adelaide; with a scoreline of 163 to 44 the 119 point drubbing set a new AFL record for a grand final.

After waiting 44 years since their last premiership the celebrations in Geelong (Victoria’s second largest city) will continue for weeks, many of my family and friends are Geelong supporters so the win has been very well received by them.

Day 8 of the holiday saw us up early and out of Sydney, we called into the “Blue Mountains” west of the city on a very windy and hazy day the photos are not any where near as sensational as the scenery but we couldn’t do anything about it so what you see is what you get.

We then traveled on to the rural city of Orange (population 38,000) where we will spend a couple of days, the countryside we traveled through today is really beautiful, with rolling hills, plenty of trees and all nice and green with the clear blue sky that Australia is renowned for, I have no idea why it was so hazy in the Blue Mountains as it was great elsewhere.

The disaster with photos from Bondi Beach last night came about by; having downloaded them from the camera to the computer I proceeded to erase them from the camera….. only to find that I had somehow deleted the photos from the computer without saving them….. some terse words followed!!

Day 9 was almost an R & R day, all we did was go for a drive to see a couple of memorial sites honouring my favourite poet A B (Banjo) Paterson who was born here in Orange in 1864, and then a pleasant hour or two at the magnificent Orange Botanical Gardens.

Mae of the Dae.

I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
Mae West


Pamela said...

I was especially interested in the 3 sisters.

South of us (in Oregon) are the Three Sisters ... and they are troubling right now as there is bulging on one side.. which is indicative of magna movement.

wattles is such an australian sounding term

Pamela said...

oh yeah... we were all in love with the man from snow river

Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ Good post and pictures.
Sorry you lost some photos.
Marcus rang today to come visit and stay a night either tonight or tomorrow night. Looks like the latter now. They are taking the boys to the snow - probably tomorrow.
Enjoy the last few days of your holiday. Take care, Love, Merle.

Stuart said...

Couldn't agree with you more about the vista of acacias, Peter. Is this turning into a gardening blog?

Puss-in-Boots said...

So, why has Orange got lush green pastures...have they had rain? And we haven't? I call that favouritism.

You and Warren are doing what I want to do some day...just travel and see places at leisure. Drive carefully, though, both of you.

kenju said...

Very nice pics, Peter. But why would you take a lovely plant with a pretty name (acacia) and call it wattles???

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ When we were there in the Blue Mountains, I loved the story of how the name of the “Three Sisters” (at Echo Point Katoomba) came about... their dad didn't want them to be harmed, so had them turned to stone! Sounds like a REAL DAD to me! ~ jb///

JunieRose2005 said...

I am enjoying your travels, Peter!

Junie Rose

Lee said...

Wonderful pictures and post, Peter. And the great "Banjo". It would be un-Australian to not love A.B. Paterson!

Jamie Dawn said...

It's a shame you lost those Bondi Beach photos.
That would make me steaming mad too!!!

Man From Snowy River - I like that movie!

So, they don't grow oranges around Orange??
How sad.

Great photos!!
Great trip!
Jane does look like a nice lady.

Rachel said...

Oh, these are such great pictures. I love that little farm house sitting back there. That perfect blue sky!! Very pretty country.

Cliff said...

What a coincidence Peter. I was just brushing up on the Snowy River poem (a local trailride is this weekend and it might be called for.) and then went blogging at your place and here's Banjo. I have a niece in Perth and my brother from New Mexico is a cowboy poet. His daughter took him to the top of Mt Kosciusko. He recited the poem and drew quite an appreciative crowd.
The Banjo sites would be at the top of my list should I ever get to Austrailia.

Miss Cellania said...

That sister on the left looks a bit upset!