Thursday, 30 June 2011
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
These timbers are so inviting, so tactile. Not many people could walk past and resist running their hands across these beautiful pieces.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
The Timber and Working With Wood exhibition is an opportunity to test out all those bits of equipment a bloke (well, it was mainly blokes!) could ever want!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
On Saturday I visited the Timber and Working With Wood exhibition in Sydney.
In October this year, twenty nine of Australia's best trades apprentices and trainees will compete against the best that 54 countries can offer at the Global Skills Challenge in London.
This is Ben Cooper who is training in Cabinetmaking at Lidcombe TAFE College. Ben is passionate about cabinetmaking. You can read more about him and WorldSkills by clicking here.
The expert workign with Ben is Jason Hindes, who is self-employed at JF Hindes Cabinetmaking. He was a silver medallist at WorldSkills International in 1989. Jason wants Ben to be confident that he has performed to his best.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
In much of the world, the official change of season is at the equinoxes and solstices. In Australia, seasons change "officially" by calendar date: Spring - 1 September; Summer - 1 December; Autumn - 1 March; Winter - 1 June. Of course, plants don't read calendars, and late autumn colour is still very present even when the official designation is winter. These were taken last weekend. Indigenous seasons are another thing again, and vary from place to place.
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Click here to see more examples of Sydney sandstone.
Friday, 17 June 2011
Centennial Towers at Surry Hills near Central Station.
This is just a product of me playing with my new Canon G12 camera with the fisheye lens- like feature.
Not something you'd want to do every day, but it's fun experimenting with the features on a new camera!
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
The Southern Aurora's stainless steel carriages epitomised luxury overnight rail travel between Sydney and Melbourne from the early 1960s. The later Indian Pacific carriages between Sydney and Perth were almost identical; I remember spending 3 days to Perth, and 3 days back, playing cards and listening to the radio in a Club Car very similar to this in 1972.
I especially love the etched glass lyrebird.
Meals were freshly cooked in the galley kitchen, and served in three sittings in the dining car.
The carriages were based on American long-distance luxury trains. The first run was on 16 April, 1962, on the newly opened standard gauge rail line. Before that, passengers had to change trains at Albury, from the NSW 4ft 8.5inch gauge line to the Victorian 5ft 3 inch. Competition from road and especially airline traffic saw the end of the Southern Aurora on 3 August 1986.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Steam engines, diesels, old carriages, all on display at Central Station this weekend.
Locomotive 3265 was bulit in 1901 by Beyer, Peacock in Manchester, England. It was painted maroon in 1933 and was used regularly as the "Newcastle Businessmen's Express" during the 1930s. In 1968, after having travelled 3 million kilometres, it was retired, and relocated to what is now the Powerhouse Museum.
Restoration by volunteers began in 1998, as far as possible in line with its original specifications. It re-entered service on Sep 20, 2009, and hauls occasional steam tours run by rail heritage groups. Its "home" these days is 'Trainworks' at Thirlmere.
For more about this loco in particular, and its class in general, click here.
(Canon G12, using 'Nostalgia' feature, giving the photo an 'aged' look. Yes, I'm having fun with my new camera!)