Jezebel the Chihuahua wrote in to say how much she misses Carol….
It’s hard being a small dog sometimes. Daddy has been very good today, taking me to the park and then to the Sirocco cafe in Annandale. See me in the picture below on my way to Sirocco after we parked the car.
Mummy has been fun to play with and I love jumping on her to leave my fluff on her clothing as a sign of affection! Here I am (below) after having a play with Mummy. Those are a pair of her outdoor sneakers and when I see those I know we are on our way somewhere.
It’s getting cold at night and going outside is not much fun for a puppy! Below you can see me showing Daddy how unimpressed I am with the cold outdoors. What is all that about the ‘great outdoors’?
Thankfully it is warm in the daytime and I can still get out and enjoy the lovely weather! I hope Carol is having a wonderful time in Europe so she will have lots of news for a puppy when she gets home.
Love Jezebel xx
In the article I said: ‘…the Lachlan Valley Rail (LVR) Society works on locomotives and rolling stock. Some of the equipment in the roundhouse is beautiful. The steam locomotives look solid, as though they can run forever…’
I went on to explain that the rail line in Cowra is currently not operational. Hopefully the state government and commercial interests working together will eventually reopen the line.
This is a hand operated turntable – must be hard work turning the thing by hand – for moving rolling stock.
For those of you who travel to Cowra but are not interested in rail heritage, the Japanese Gardens are a peaceful alternative. Winter is not the best time to be there, but even in winter the gardens are immaculate:
I spent my time in Gulgong visiting the Henry Lawson Centre, interviewing one of the curators, and taking photographs. A large selection of Lawson material is collected here, including some sent from Sydney when (I am told) the Henry Lawson society there closed down.
Just up the road from the well known wine area town of Mudgee, Gulgong is a quiet little historic town. Mudgee seems to be having a coal mining related economic boom and the central business district is quite busy every day. Gulgong was by no means deserted, but did not have the same high level of activity as Mudgee. In many ways that is a good thing.
After escaping Sydney, we travelled through Blackheath where Jezebel charmed the locals. In the photo she is checking out the streets of the town. She is now right at home in a guesthouse in Mudgee. See: www.thadycottagemudgee.com
I’m hoping to capture some nice images there in pixel and on film. After some debate I decided to take my old Nikon F3. With a 50mm standard lens this camera takes some wonderful pictures ( see http://www.flickr.com/photos/83648994@N05/9358166036/ for Queen Victoria in black and white) so I will use it when I am not shooting digital.
I will post some photographs of Mudgee and Gulgong over the weekend. I will save the best for a little post processing work on Sunday night. Very exciting times!
I was recently invited to cover the Man of Steel black carpet premiere in Sydney with my friend the artist, writer and journalist Bernie Burke. You can see her in the photo above as Russell Crowe takes questions. Bernie made the most of a difficult spot on the black carpet and managed to get her questions in to some of the stars and the director, Zack Snyder (below).
Follow my friend Bernie Burke on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/bernie_burke
Bernie wrote her article which is found here:
I provided some pictures for the article, though at the time of writing the publication had used none of them. I’ve now published a few on this blog. The black carpet was good experience and I found a setup I liked: One camera body with 70-200 f2.8 and the other with a mid range zoom. I might use a wide angle zoom next time such as a 20-35 f2.8 as some of the stars were getting pretty close and I did not need the range around 70 much.