After nearly two years Covid has finally caught up with me, no I haven't got
it, but the rules have finally had some effect on my lifestyle. I can no longer
attend a club I belong to.
I don't really care, it's a minor inconvenience for now but it's bloody annoying
just the same.
We are very lucky in that none of the government's overreaction affects us
so far, I wonder how long this will be the case. Mind you it's not just luck,
for years we've been moving more and more towards living in an isolated manner,
nothing to do with pandemics, that's just the way we prefer it. But it's worked
out well in this case.
Till next time then, and remember,
Don't Dream it, Be it!
Tue 30 Nov 2021
I drive down to Maryborough to get a load of pavers. On the way I stop to photograph
two trucks I noticed a couple of weeks ago.
That'll do for now, but I should be able to do better.
I borrow a heavy-duty trailer from my mate Andy at Appletree Creek and continue
on to Maryborough. Fortunately Apex Masonry are located in the industrial area
right on the highway at the north of town so I don't have to drive into the
I get home with nearly 2.5 tonnes of trailer and pavers in tow. We have a deeply
rutted part of the driveway track and of course it's been raining for days to
so things are a little slippery.
"She'll be right" I said, "the hubs are in".
Well she wasn't right, but at least I got home, well on my property anyway.
I tried a few times but no go, the wheels just spin. I check the hubs because
that's the oldest gotcha in the book. Yep, they are locked. Oh well I'll walk
the rest of the way and figure something out tomorrow...hmmm, unless.
(gets back in the cab, looks at gear levers)
Not in bloody FWD, what a doofas.
All good, with FWD engaged I just drive out
Wed 01 Dec 2021
We've had an absolute ship load of rain lately. This has caused a lot of huge
mushrooms to grow, so dang huge in fact that I didn't even have to grovel on
the ground to take these photos, I just walked under them and pointed my camera
|#35077 - Toadstool, Moolboolaman, QLD|
|#35079 - Toadstools, Moolboolaman, QLD|
OK that's enough fooling around, there's a tonne (and a half) of pavers to
unload and stack.
Thu 02 Dec 2021
Today I take the trailer back to Andy, on my return I see a couple of photos.
|#35072 - Seen better days, GoodNight, QLD|
This old 6x6 ACCO has been on my bucket list for a few years now and I thought
I'd have to ask the property owner to set foot on his land to get a shot, but
as it happens I can get a decent angle from outside the fence.
|#35073 - Implement and storm clouds, GoodNight, QLD|
Plus I revisit the trucks I photographed the other day. I essentially take
the same photo but this time it's a pano of their entire length.
|#35075 - ACCO 1830 and C-Line, GoodNight, QLD|
Sun 19 Dec 2021
Today I thought I'd just go for an aimless drive looking for photos. Well not
that aimless really as I thought I'd have a poke around my old nemesis, the
Bingera Mill. As it's no longer functioning as a mill I think it might be deserted
on a Sunday.
I'm right, not a soul in sight and I wander around for an hour or so. I don't
go inside though, that might be stretching it, for all I know I am actually
being watched but considered to be a harmless rubber necker as long as I don't
take too many liberties.
|#35082 - Mill Office, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35084 - Sugar silos, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35085 - Main building and sugar silos, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35087 - Gantry crane and sugar silos, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35100 - Crops and the sugar mill, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35101 - Corro detail, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35103 - The main building, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35104 - Decommissioned sugar conveyor, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35105 - Engines at workshop, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
|#35108 - Engine outside workshop, Bingera sugar mill, QLD|
Having done with the mill for now I head back homewards. There's a get together
in Gin Gin at 4PM called the "Crop Swap". Apparently people just turn
up, put what fruit and/or veggies they have on the table and take what they
need from the table. I don't have anything to give at this point, but they say
it's OK to just take.
But I still have some time up my sleeve so I take a back road through Wallaville,
seeing this on the way.
|#35088 - Run down farm house, nr Wallaville, QLD|
|#35090 - Run down farm house, nr Wallaville, QLD|
|#35091 - Run down farm house, nr Wallaville, QLD|
There is a really brightly coloured pub in Wallaville and I've been meaning
to photograph it for years, but by now I'm short of time so I'll give it a miss
I get to the Crop Swap location in Gin Gin just before 4PM, not a soul in sight.
Hmmm, maybe I'm too early, I'll go and photograph the Tyrepower building.
|#35099 - Tyrepower service station, Gin Gin, QLD|
Still nobody at the Crop Swap, so I drive home.
NOTE: Apparently they all turned up late.
Fri 24 Dec 2021
50 years today since cyclone Althea hit Townsville. Wow, 50 bloody years.
I remember it well, we got off pretty lightly, especially as we were just
one block back from the beach in North Ward (48 Landsborough street IIRC) .
We lost the garage door, an awning, some trees, and a plate glass window that
exploded into the lounge room. If the back door had not been open to relieve
the pressure when that window blew the roof probably would have lifted clean
All a big adventure for a 17-year-old.
Pic is at the end of my street IIRC, taken after the cyclone had passed. Mum
wouldn't let me out during it, but I'm sure that I would have got better photos
if she did.
Wed 26 Dec 2021
Yesterday I drove out to Eidsvold for xmas lunch at a friend's place. I had
a few beers so camped there for the night and drive home today, stopping to
take a few photos on the way.
|#35110 - Aircraft hanger, Kerwee Rd, QLD|
|#35113 - Derelict shed, Kerwee Rd, QLD|
|#35114 - Rusty corro pipe, Monto-Mt Perry Rd, QLD|
Stopped off in Mt Perry as well.
|#90093 - Shed and yards, Mt Perry, QLD|
|#35116 - Backsmith's shed, Mt Perry, QLD|
|#35118 - Historic shed, Mt Perry, QLD|
Mon 27 Dec 2021
Well well well, after nearly two years it's finally happened. Covid has had
an effect on me, not much of one I admit, but the enemy is approaching the gates
that's for sure.
A club I belong(ed) to has just gone full retard and decreed that you have
to be double jabbed to attend. This decision was taken at the executive level
as far as I can tell, certainly there was no general poll of the members. Of
course before long you'll have to be triple jabbed, and then quadruple jabbed,
So I've told them to jam the club where the sun don't shine, and as it's half
way through the financial year to refund me 50% of my dues as well.
Now I don't really expect them to do that, and it's only $20 anyway, I just
wanted to voice my disgust at the apartheid that's creeping across Australia.
I enjoyed my time there but don't need it, solong and thanks for the fish guys.
BTW, a friend has the same problem with another affiliated club, if you're
in the SSAA (Sporting Shooters Association of Australia) this could be coming
to a club near you soon.
Wed 29 Dec 2021
Today there's a small get together with some friends at Smith's Crossing near
Bundaberg. I photograph this old house from the highway about a kilometre away.
|#90092 - Farmhouse ruin, Gin Gin, QLD|
I did meet the owners a couple of years ago and got permission to enter the
property to take some photos, and I might do better from close up but I like
this a lot so will leave it at that I think.
After lunch at the really nice park at Smith's crossing I decide to head north
to Rosedale and see what I can see.
|#35024 - Change shed, Avondale, QLD|
|#35025 - Derelict veggie stall, Rosedale Rd, QLD|
|#35026 - Abandoned house, Rosedale Rd, QLD|
Then head west on Diamond Hill road to the highway and from there back home.
|#35027 - Creek crossing, Diamond Hill Rd, Rosedale, QLD|
I got a few nice images and had a pleasant drive through the country side,
I plan to do this a lot more in future.
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