Australia

Video: Australia’s Wild Weather


Ex-cyclone Oswald has created havoc all down Australia’s east coast. This video shows just one example of some of the idiots who show no commonsense during dangerous conditions.

Australian Cricket


When I was younger and fitter I used to play cricket, so I’m still quite interested in the game. In fact, I did hope to play some cricket again, but my car accident finished that off.

Being an ‘old’ cricketer I like to watch the cricket and I am dismayed by some of what I see in Australian cricket these days. There is plenty of great cricket and good cricketers in Australia. Michael Clarke is playing the best cricket of his life and then you have David Warner, the new fast bowler Jackson Bird, etc. However, I am dismayed by plenty also.

The ‘rotation’ policy or player management, or whatever they want to call it is simply a disaster that officials don’t get. ‘Fess’ up and admit it was a mistake – please! Australia’s spin stocks are terrible and it is simply frustrating seeing some of the bowlers being consistently picked to bowl spin – I’ve heard some of the commentators saying  ‘he needs to spin the ball.’ Yeah, that’s a no brainer for a ‘spin bowler.’ The number of players being picked without having the opportunity to have a fair go and yet the odd player or two who should have been dropped ages ago have been able to play on and on and on…

The battle of the Australian batsmen with swing bowling is a problem of course, but that is something the batsmen need to learn to cope with and is simply part of the game. Australia has very little in the way of swing bowlers these days (and spin by the way), so I don’t think picking other batsmen will make a great difference. The battle with swing is great to watch, yet the good batsmen will develop the means to stand up and be counted in the face of quality swing bowling.

I’m sure there is plenty of other things to think about, but they appear to be the biggest challenges facing Australian cricket. The Ashes will be very interesting.

Welcome Rain


After so long without decent rain, the seemingly perpetual heatwave and the horrific bushfires across Australia, the weekend rain was very welcome. I’m not sure how much we got here, but it was great and made a huge difference to the grounds at work (I’m the Head Gardener). More of course is needed, but it was a most welcome start to ending the drought – which hopefully will be the case.

Quambi House


This photo of Quambi House was taken at Stroud in New South Wales, Australia. It is just one of a number of old heritage buildings in the town.

 

Quambi House

Unknown Grave – St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church


This photo was taken in Stroud at St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church in New South Wales, Australia. It is an old grave with an inscription no longer able to be read.

For more on the church visit:
http://www.stroudfriends.org/

Unknown Grave

Church Bell – St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church


This photo was taken in Stroud at St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church in New South Wales, Australia. It is of course the church bell.

For more on the church visit:
http://www.stroudfriends.org/

Stroud Anglican Church Bell