July already. Where is the year going? More to the point, where did last week go? I just didn’t seem to find the time to blog at all….but more on that later.
Fortunately, I still had a bit of time to get out and about. Here are some of the cool things I saw -
This is part of a construction that used to be in operation back in the day when Blackwattle Bay was part of a working port. I love to see that hook hanging between the trees (don’t worry it is perfectly secured…) I always think of pirates and smugglers when I see it, as well as rapscallions who may well have met a grisly fate for drinking too much of the Captain’s rum.
Bushells is an iconic brand of Australian tea. I love seeing the old ads for things on the sides of shops or cafes. What I wish though, is that the shopowners would restore them before they crumble away for good. I think it’s too nice a part of Aussie history to lose.
Some clouds are just perfectly formed, all bouffant and springy. I often wonder if there are competitions between clouds to see who has achieved the springiest look. And are you higher up in the cloud echelon if you achieve a more pure white look rather than being spotted with specks of grey? Are the rain clouds ostracised for always putting a dampener on things? Haha. I liked this one above the city.
It is no secret that I like neon signs. Whenever I see old neon shop signs being dismantled I get a terrible tug in my heart thinking that classic sign might end up in landfill. It is a dream of mine to get a big warehouse and gather up all the old neon signs around here and keep them. Crazy, I know. I like this sign which is on top of a local pub. It makes me think of something I might see in a David Lynch film or on Route 66 in the US.
Urban decay is a big problem in the city. It is heartbreaking to see once beautiful old buildings and other structures just crumbling away and none more so than the gravestones in St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Newtown, leaning against each other nervously. It is another dream of mine to help restore this historic cemetery. It would be such a shame to see it completely fall into disrepair.
I love seeing the boats at Blackwattle Bay. It never fails to cheer me. They smell like adventure and possibility. If you look to the right of this photo you will see the structure the hook in the first photo is attached to. I assume it was originally used for loading cargo. I am so glad it is still there….such a cool part of local history.
Thanks for coming on a walk with me. So glad to have you come along…..