Tag: Scarborough

557. Sunday 11th June 2017. Guess who went to Canada so lets open a few Doors…

Monday 5th June

Up bright an early to drive Donnis to Brisbane Airport. Generally the trip is around an hour give or take 5 minutes. The flight leaves at 10.40 and she has to be at check – in 2 hours before the flight. That is peak hour traffic time so we believe leaving home by 6.30 will be enough time to allow for traffic on the M1. Hmmm! The first 50 Klms were normal traffic conditions. Lots of cars all zooming along at 110 Kph or greater but traffic was flowing. Once we reached the southern fringes of Brisbane (some say it is the northern fringes of the Gold Coast) on ramps were loaded with cars joining the M1. Five lanes became four lanes then three lanes and traffic stopped. From here until we turned off on the Gateway Bridge Motorway traffic crawled along, stop start with those usual cretins who weave from one lane to another thinking they are getting somewhere faster. All they do is push the other cars a little further back making traffic worse behind them.We wave at them as we pass them 50 metres further down the road. Ur time plan has paid off. We arrive at the airport at 8.10. By the time Donnis finds a trolley for her bags and works her way to check in it is 8.20. I have breakfast at McDonalds until I get the message that she has checked her bags and has a boarding pass. There was a complication. Last night we checked her in on line. Today the Air Canada staff told her that dual passport holders are treated differently and they have to check her in manually and there is no point checking in on line. WOT THE!

She’s leavin’, she’s leavin’, she’s on the ship now and leavin’

Standing by the gangway, tossin’ streamers over my way

I find it kinda hard believin’

(With apologies to singer songwriter Kevin Johnson)

Sob sob boo hoo.

Sunday 11th June

Nothing much to report since Monday. Just doing little jobs around the house, playing bowls, Table tennis, helping other people in the village with their computer, tablet and mobile phone problems.

This week we will have a look at some doors which caught our attention over our years of travel.


The town is on the Warrego Highway, 340 kilometres (210 mi) west of Brisbane, the state capital.

It has a twice weekly railway service.

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Miles Railway Station located about 350 Klms northwest of Brisbane.

It was formerly known as Dogwood Crossing located as it is beside Dogwood Creek. That was its official name in 1844 when there was little more than a few tents scattered along the creek. Formerly named Miles in 1878 when the Post Office was opened. Originally an agricultural location growing such things as wheat, sorghum, barley and cotton ( a water hungry crop). Later it was also found to be ideal as pasture for sheep farming and so it went for the best part of about 140 years. Now it is a centre for controversial industries such as electricity generation, coal mining and thereally  big controversial new industry, Coal Seam Gas and the dangers of fracking. On the one hand the town was beginning to feel a decline in wealth and population but the new industries are bringing people and businesses back to town.

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Old Bank Chambers at Miles Qld.


Coledale and Scarborough are northern beachside (or should I say Cliffside) suburbs of Wollongong. Here the escarpment, which is part of the Great Dividing Range _which runs along the eastern Australian seaboard from the tip of Cape York all the way to Victoria – comes to the closest point to the sea. In fact the cliff edges for around 10 Klms falls sheer into the sea. Once upon a time the entire area was a maze of cola mines dug into the cliff face.

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Private residnce on clifftops at Scarborough NSW.
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Private residence on clifftops at Coledale NSW.


Inverell NSW is a town nearly 600 Klms northwest of Sydney.

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Inverell Town Hall

The town is on the Gwydir Highway and the first commercial building was a trading store on the McIntyre River in 1853. Originally the area was known as the Green Swamp. Apart from sheep pastures the district owes its original wealth from diamond mining. Imagine that! When we think of diamond mining we think of De Beers in South Africa or Argyle Mines in Western Australia. Inverell NSW is not well known for diamonds since mining ceased there in 1922. However in recent years, a possible new mine is being proposed at Bingarra, not all that far from Inverell.


Highgate Hill

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Strange homemade door.

The Hand Made Naturals store makes and sells skin care products. In their spar time they collect fallen tree limbs and branches and make doors. If you want to know more about natural skin care products then have a look here.   https://www.naturals.com.au/


Lightning Ridge

Aaaah! The Ridge. I do not know why but this dry and dusty outback NSW town has a sort of charm which entices us back. All the eccentric people live here. (does that mean we are eccentric?) The Ridge is world famous for Black Opals. On this occasion we visited the site of the original shaft dug by Charles Waterhouse Nettleton in 1902.260115 nettleton Many hundreds of shafts have been dug in the area since then. Many thousnads of shafts have been dug at The Ridge and surrounding districts since 1902. A few people have made a vast fortune. Many live on pensions hoping for a big find…one day. The builder of this house came for a visit and stayed. Looking for some of the worst roads in Australia for your next outback adventure movie? The Ridge has the worst roads umm err tracks some disappearing into the unknown becoming nothing more than dry and ancient creek beds leading I know not where.

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Open doorway of a private residence at Lightning Ridge. The house is made from bottles and has not yet had a dor attached to the doorway.

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Airlie Beach. Qld

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The Port of Airlie Qld, Marina and Cruise boat harbour is a very modern facility opened in November 2013.

The builders of Port of Airlie spent a lot of money, time and effort building a new first class marina and harbour. The owners of a Morrocan Restaurant went to a lot of trouble and very little expense converting modern premises into an old bazaar style eatery. On Tuesday nights diners can sit on cushions on the floor and watch old black and white movies…about Morrocco.

Uralla NSW

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Private residence at Uralla NSW.

Uralla is an old mining town probably more famous for a bushranger who is buried here.Captain Thunderbolt terrorised the district robbing the rich and giving to the poor…Thunderbolt was poor.

Mt Tamborine Qld

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Hand Made Mt Tamborine Qld

First opened up for settlement in 1878. It calls itself the Green Behind The Gold referring of course to the Gold Coast. These doors are on a retail property called The Handmade Cottage. Mostly the handmade are dolls. Dolls of every description. Dolls everywhere. Some handmade timber bits and pieces but the crowning glofry are the dolls.

531. Sunday 5th February 2017. Heatwaves, itchy jellyfish and Boston Marathon…

Monday 30th January

In last weeks post I mentioned we went for a surf Sunday afternoon.

During the evening I started to get an itch on my neck. The itch turned into a sting and I thought maybe it was a spider or ant bite. On close inspection Donnis noticed a rash on my neck. Liberal application of Stingose did not help. Well it did eventually did calm down enough to enable me to get to sleep.

This morning I wore the same shirt which I wore last night. There was a light tingling on my neck so I put the shirt out to be washed.

Hmmm! What caused this stinging?

I recalled that yesterday while at the surf, Donnis and I floated around in a lagoon like body of water between the beach and the sandbank. We noticed little blue floating creatures which were not Bluebottles nor the other stinging creature known as a ( scientific name Blue Glaucus) Blue Angel or Blue Dragon. So a bit of research and I found the creature is called a Blue Button Jellyfish (scientific name Porpita porpita) which is not a jellyfish but does have stinging nematocysts which will cause skin irritation. They are not dangerous, do not have a painful sting but the keyword is irritation. That’s what most likely got onto my rash shirt and caused the irritation yesterday.

Blue Button jellyfish.

Wednesday 1st February

Friends Tony and Dawn arrived on their way to Brisbane. We had a gastronomic delight for dinner. Hamburgers and Potato salad.

Thursday 2nd February

In the morning Donnis and Dawn went window shopping. They did not find any suitable windows but compromised by buying clothes. Tony and I socialised in the pool. Many other villagers brought conversation with them.Tony joined in with conversation. Later when our skin was wrinkled from being in the water for so long decided it was time to walk home… all of 300 metres!

Sunday 5th February.

It has been a quiet heat wave week so we stay at home and do whatever we do such as swimming, Tai Chi, Line Dancing,, Bowls and Table Tennis. Oh, I forgot cycling. Other than that we stay indoors and hide away from the heat.

So… it is time we visited and knocked on a few doors.

This specimen  is on the Harts Pub, Cnr of Essex and Gloucester Sts The Rock, Sydney. This is what Harts Pub has to say… “Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.”

– Henry Lawson

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Harts Pub, The Rocks, Sydney. Look at the size of the keyhole. Imagine lugging around a key big  enough to fit in there.


One of the original Sydney venues on the craft beer scene, Harts Pub has been championing an all-Australian craft beer line-up since 2009.


Originally a private residence spanning three terraces, Harts Pub survived the post-bubonic plague demolitions in The Rocks to become home to a range of characters, including Margaret Fulton – one of Australia’s greatest gourmet pioneers.


Renovated with an eye to historical accuracy, Harts Pub is proud its reputation as one of Australia’s iconic craft beer venues, with a rotating array of beers, and a specialty beer-matched menu.


“Bubonic Plague!?!?! In Sydney???


It was something I never learned about in school. Or out of school for that matter. Bubonic Plague umm err plagued Sydney town between 1900 and 1925. An excellent article with photos and information on how the plague was spread and finally overcome can be found here…


More information and photos can be found here   https://gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/index.php/galleries/purging-pestilence-plague/


The doorway to this house in Tilba Tilba south coast NSW is typical of the houses in the area.

Central Tilba

I have written about this town before. Called Central Tilba it is not central in the Tilba district. The tinier village of Tilba which competes for the same tourist dollar is more central. I will try to make this confusing area a little less confusing…or will confuse you even more. Tilba Tilba is the area once encompassed by the Tilba Tilba Council area is now under the control of the Eurobodalla Shire Council. Within the Tilba Tilba area is the small town of Central Tilba and further down in the valley is the village of Tilba. Most of the area Tilba Tilba is off the main Princes Highway so a detour is needed to get there. Once in the village it is worth taking a stroll and even stopping for a meal at one of several quaint eating establishments and or a cold beer at the Dromaderry Pub.


Uralla Central West NSW is an historic town for a number of reasons.

Uralla Mill

One such reason is this is where the infamous Captain Thunderbolt was killed and interred here. However that is nothing to do with this door.This door was on McCrossins Mill a flour mill built in 1860 and continued until around 1890. Since then it has had a number of owners and uses. Currently it is the home of McCrossins Mill Museum and Function

Uralla Mill Museum



The old Bank of New South Wales building, finished in 1886 still looks a grand design and construction..

Bank of NSW Inverell. The new bank – Westpac – is now next door.

As well as being the centre of banking in the wealthy district of Inverell it also included the managers residence. As was the style in those days, bank managers were treated with awe and respect. These days the building houses a number of businesses including real estate, food cafes and ladies fashions. It seems a bit of a come down to my mind.

This old door can be found at Lawrence Hargreave Drive Scarborough NSW, a northern suburb of Wollongong.

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The old ramshackle building (it was once a busy store in the heyday of Scarborough) sits atop the cliffs overlooking the many moods of the Pacific Ocean which ceaselessly pound away at the sandstone. The sea is constantly trying to recover that which belonged to it.

St Peter’s Cathedral Armidale was consecrated for worship in 1875.

St Peters Armidale

Like most churches it went through a period of wealth and influence. This lasted for probably 100 years or more. Like most churches it has fallen into a period of decling congregation. Despite those falling numbers the church is still well maintained and cared for.

All I can say about this door is that it is on a house in the central New South Wales town of Glen Innes in the New England District.

Glen Innes

I have no knowledge of the house it is entrance to. Nice door though.

This strange door is the entrance to an even stranger store at Highgate Hill a suburb of Brisbane on the south side of Brisbane River.

Hand made Naturals. Notice the incredibly secure locking system.

The store is called Hand Made Naturals.  It is worth a visit even just to shake your head.

This afternoon Donnis and I went to the movies. The plan was to visit an Event Cinema at Robina to see La La Land. On arrival we discovered, after waiting in line for ages the price of tickets is $19.50 each. WTF? The same Event Cinema chain at Australia Fair has seats at $10.00 each. How can that be? The movie theatre across the street run by another cinema chain, Readings also has $10.00 tickets. We left Robina and went to Australia Fair and watched the powerful movie, Patriots Day, about the 1913 Boston Marathon bombings. At the end of the movie when patrons are quick to leave, nobody moved for several minutes. There was no talk. Donnis was drained by emotion.

Only another 5 days before we begin our New Guinea Cruise.

BTW the itchy sting rash courtesy of the Blue Button Jellyfish saga last week has a post script. The rash is gone. The itchyness lingers. Much reduced but it becomes itchy from time to time.