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Stroud Parade


View from Silo Hill

ABOVE: View from Silo Hill

 

Today was the first day of my annual leave allottment (technically it starts Monday) and so I decided to get out and do something. The Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition seeemed to be the thing to do today. So I decided I would offer my mother and her husband a seat in the car and head off to Stroud. Turned out only my mother would be coming. Disappointingly the day was wet and miserable – a typical Australian winter’s day I guess. Still, we thought we would go and have a look anyway.

 

Stroud House

ABOVE: Stroud House

 

We arrived at Stroud just as the main street was being closed for the parade. So we got our park and headed into the centre of town to gain a reasonable vantage point, with the option of some shelter should the weather turn especially bad. We got our place easy enough. Stroud was fairly packed for the event, but not as much as I thought it may have been – the weather probably kept many away. Still, a pretty good turn out.

So off they went, a whole menagerie of marchers in the big parade. It was an odd bunch, some seemingly out of tune with the country in which they marched and the context of the town. Everyone was having a ball, particularly the kids who seemed to be the targets of the often thrown lollies and sweets that were being hurled from the floats and marching rag tag line of marchers. There were North American Indians, whip crackers, witches and wizards, some rather fat ballerina types (pictured) and many other odd characters. There were also the police (representing 150 years of police work), firemen, SES and other services – even church floats, a debutante ball float, school groups – as it went on and on for some time. There were musical groups, including a couple of groups of Scottish bands and a ukulele group.

 

Ballerinas

ABOVE: The Ballerinas BELOW: Marching Police

Police Marching

Debutantes

ABOVE: Debutante Float

 

Having attended the march we decided to not stay as the weather was rolling in again. We took a quick trip up to Silo Hill to enjoy the view and headed back to Gloucester.

Australia: Western Australia


Cape Le Grande National Park

This photo shows the coastal scenery of Cape Le Grande National Park through a cave on Frenchman Peak (Western Australia).

Frenchman Peak

Australia: New South Wales – Warrumbungle National Park


View from the Grand High Tops

 

View from the Grand High Tops

 

The photo above was taken during my first major trip around Australia in 1998. The Warrumbungle National Park was my first stop in that holiday. This photo shows a view from the Grand High Tops.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve: Coffs Harbour Jetty


Today’s photo was taken during my recent visit to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in New South Wales, Australia. The photo shows the view from Muttonbird Island towards Coffs Harbour Jetty and Coffs Harbour.

 

Moonie Beach Nature Reserve


Today’s photo was taken during my recent visit to Moonie Beach Nature Reserve in New South Wales, Australia. The photo shows the view from a headland in the reserve.

 

Dorrigo: Griffiths Mountain Top Lookout


Today’s photo was taken during my recent visit to Dorrigo in New South Wales, Australia. The photo shows the view from the Griffith’s Mountain Top Lookout overlooking the Bellinger River National Park.

 

Dorrigo National Park: SkyWalk


Today’s photo was taken during my recent visit to Dorrigo National Park in New South Wales, Australia. The photo shows the view from the SkyWalk at the visitor’s centre.

 

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There are times when you need a temporary inbox – especially when testing a web application or some site that requires an email address in order to view, etc. Today’s link is to a site called tempinbox.com, which allows you to have a temporary inbox that receives email only.

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