Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 10:17 PMI was late, like real late to make the famous Leeton Roxy Picture Theatre by 7.30 for the two movies on show. I was more interested in seeing the latter being Travelling With Birds so hopefull had more time up my sleeve. I had wanted to see this movie when it was first released at the I-Max Theatre Darling Harbor but of course that never happened. The Fivebough Fair had been running since the Friday afternoon, now here it was almost 7pm Saturday with me heading off in what was still very hot conditions for the hour & half drive to Leeton. I decided not to worry about it & that I got there when I got there which meant booking into the Motel first to have dinner before finding the theatre.
Luckily I did not have far to drive from the Motel as I made my way towards the Theatre at 9.30 which was about time to see my show. I surprised the girls in a side room to the left of the main entrance who quickly composed themselves to usher me upstairs with that down swept torch in finding a seat without disturbing the others.
I can report this movie is just fantastic & would say to anyone birder or not to go see it. I found it to be almost spell binding to watch....Just am amazing display of nature captured on film at its best in the world of migrating birds. One cannot but help think of what is to happen with Global Warming.
Later when admiring the Theatre with the Moon high over the Yard Arm from the within the Roundabout out front I was approached by the Projectionist who crossed over. He being a camera buff wanted to see what I was in possession of in taking photos & to ask very kindly "Would I like to see the Projection Room ?" Having never seen one before I took the opportunity & very interesting it was to along with a photo history of this Theatre from the 40's era.
My interest in attending this Bird & Nature Fair lay with an Address to be given Sunday afternoon by David Parker & Michelle Ballestrin from the Dept of Environment & Conservation. They would be speaking on Conservation of the Plains-wanderer bird within the Riverina.
On Sunday morning I found the Brobenah Park venue well set up with Marques & display tents of a great variety....Some of which were selling Organic drinks & Food.
I sat in on a very interesting morning Session given by Hollie Parsons & Kate Ravich from Birds Australia on a program being conducted with the Australian Musuem & Birds Aus on birds in backyards. This is an ongoing Study by Hollie of birds within the urban areas of the Sydney Basin.
If from the Sydney Urbans please see : www.birdsinbackyards.net
I had time to catch up on friends with the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalist display before my Session of interest but then sadly learnt it had been cancelled. I consoled myself with an intoduction chat to David Parker & then suddenly the tents began to come down. Not to return empty handed I got in quick to the Oranics Tent of "Ulandra View" who are located near Bethungra to get some lovely organic pork meat cuts. Having an Engel Fridge in the vehicle sure comes in handy.
Learn more of Fivebough & Tuckerbill WetLands Trust of Leeton
at : www.fivebough.org.au
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 06:05 PMJen the wrens parting words were "The Police will be after You !"
So I said in a flat tone on departing be sure to stay by the phone as I was going to grab the first kid I found on a bike.
It was a 3/4 hrs drive to Ganmain before dawn & the photos I had already invisioned. I had thought I needed to find a kid on a bike to ride along the St for me in some of these photos especially the Hotel scene. Surely one would go to the Paper Shop first thing & I could ask this lad to help out....My vision was a boy on a bike riding along with a paper tucked under is arm & with perhaps the family mutt trotting along in the dirt. Even better would be a kid on a horse or a Cowboy ! I had even asked Jen the wren the night before if she knew any teachers in town who could get some kids down there with their bikes. "Are you crazy she said even if I did know someone in town I would not would ask them to do that at dawn !" So, it was then she said the police would be after me if I were seen approaching children.
Mo & I arrived at the Main St of Ganmain with plenty of time to get a photo before the lights went out so then we stepped out to the middle of the road to take it all in.
It was silent with not a soul in sight as we walked down the middle of town. I just wished then I had spurs on to make a jingle jangle sound but then Mo stole the moment as the towns resident Jack Russel announced from ahead he wanted to know who it was that walked there.
The sun dawned & began to bath a history of Ganmain that belonged to another era, I savoured the moments as we sauntered along as if it were High Noon of a distant time.
It was about then we were rudely interupted by a vehicle coming along, so quickly getting out of the way I noticed the driver & only occupant of the ute was almost breaking his neck to see what I was doing. Moments later the ute came back & pulled in to the kerb & I felt a need to go over & say G'Day. I then had a great chat to Leo Corbett who I think must be one of the towns "identities" You know I never took a picture of him! However this Blog Program is very forgiving so I might look into doing that when next in town. Leo had a very photogenic face in tipping back his hat with a smile & telling me of when at the age of 16 he travelled to Hughenden Queensland shearing.
Time waits for no man & the light of the rising sun beckoned so I bid Leos Yarns farewell to jingle jangle back down the St to round the corner of the Ganmain Hotel.
I knew this would happen ....Not a kid in sight I mean wouldn't it just rot your socks ! I wondered what time the Paper shop opened & if I would get myself reported to the Police. We waited, I was getting desparate hoping for any early morning walker to appear. Mo then fronted up looked out onto the St & proceeded out sitting down just in about the right place ...I know we have an understanding but this was almost too much to believe as he sat there & looked down the St then up the St then at me as if to say "We did it !".
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Thursday, November 23, 2006, 10:46 PMFour Ians in the Operating Theatre together to be exact... Now no ones going to be able to beat that !
When last there at the end of Aug we had three Ians. The fourth this time being Ian McLeod who was the Technical Assistant on duty to the operation. Dr Ian Jacobson was performing this operation as before with Dr Ian Woodforth the Specialist Anaesthetist
I went to Sydney again for another implant to my vocal chord this week only this time I was telling everyone I was going for a silicon implant...Which of course was entirely true
I was to have another fat augmentation but a new procedure happened along so Dr Ian Jacobson called off this earlier operation to see how the latest treatment with silicon went. It was then decided in consultation we would go with the silicon for me.
All went well & although now somewhat croaky it is expected in a fortnights time my voice should be sounding just like Dr Jacobson would like.
I was able to catch up with Hospital staff again at the Prince of Wales Private who had taken care of me on previous occasions so that made the stay a whole lot more pleasant. Also entered the Matrix of Sydneys phone system to find & say hello to Stan Knopman the elderly gentleman I shared a room with back in Aug... Stan was just fine so that was great to know.
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Sunday, November 19, 2006, 02:34 PMThis Entry is for Sally in Anchorage Alaska who rather likes Mo, so in many ways it is a pictorial of Adventures we have taken together.
Over time we have got to know each other very well, so I know when the camera bag apppears it means Adventure time for him & his excitement will prevail until we get to our destination. Nearly all outings are just day trips from home either to the East & the Hills or to the West where the Plains begin. North being inbetween & South will take us to the River for something different.
I get the "Look" to put the window down along the way & do so where it is safe like away from the Highway...This is mostly on back roads & country lanes. Mo understands me more than I think from observing my every move, I am acutely aware of just how much he watches me & a lot of our understanding is from Looks.
With the exception of the summer snake worry & when fox baiting occurs he can in most places run about & explore as we walk.
Here we are at the Bum Tree as I call it for obvious reasons which is one of his favourite trees to climb... Foxes do this to sleep during the daylight hours & his Lordship being a terrier will chase them given the opportunity. I prefer to come here & think of a story I could make up as to how this Old Man Kurrajong Tree got tired from wandering, just looking for that perfect place to sit down & rest his weary branches. It has proven quite a challenge in other photos to get those cheeks just right ! A bit over exposed here
Mo knows I do something with the camera so has become very cooperative in posing for me, he seems to like the attention with the clicking thing
Not everything goes his way though & things can be tough at times for any model with little legs close to the ground
Or when Tim is home & the Band have practise in the Shearing Shed
I knew you would save me.... I gave you the Look !
Some Adventures happen right at home & almost become a nightly ritual
Except Mo can't climb some trees & the Brush Tail Possum knows it, so at about this point I get the All Worried Look to get him down. Luckily saying it is tea time works & we can call it a day to go inside.
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Friday, November 17, 2006, 03:40 PMOn the 15th of April I began an entry titled :
Bringing in the Sheaves at Ganmain
I am now pleased to say this has been finished.
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