Archive | March 2014

March Moto Madness

This month I went to my first bike rally. Not something I would usually do, but a good friend had brought his bright yellow “beamer” (BMW) over for the weekend, and there was no escaping the inevitable: to the bike rally we must go! I was pretty excited actually. Image So this was the scene: a grumbly, grey day with persistent drizzle, yet the Waimate showgrounds were packed with tents, bikes, black-clad leather bike riders, bikes… and more bikes. There was free tea and coffee too! Image Image

The dazzling array of speed-machines, polished metal and paint jobs was really quite mind blowing.

As were the expressions of dedication to the cause… Image

There were trikes of various vintages on show. Image   Image

Not bad for a first time bike rally, really.


Signs of Sydney


An offence: these inviting concrete stairs are not to be sat upon, as an official sign tells visitors to the Sydney Anzac Memorial.


Blue on blue: the amp for a peaceful city?

River out of Eden


Towamba wallaby

There’s a river out of Eden, to a small town Towamba, right on the edge of South East Forests National Park. Not much there really, but by gum you’ll find yourself a wallaby, a wombat and a shy antechinus. Then there are the bower birds, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets (all of which were moving too fast for capture on film)…

And of course my Jo-bro and co live here too…


Solar panels make the most of the sun


…as does the washing


…and this lizard!


Outside: The House of Opera

And here’s the Sydney Opera House where those white-sail walls are worth a look.



Then there’s the harbour bridge…



And the ferries…


Sam-bro’s coffee cruise

Coffee overlooking the saltwater baths.

Newcastle or “Newy” in New South Wales is a comfortable three hour train journey from Sydney central. It’s an interesting mix of industrial enterprise interspersed with beaches, pelicans, cappucino and classy red motorbikes.

Passing pelicans. These patient locals wait for fish scraps at the marina.

Newcastle Beach: warm enough for a mid-winter swim.

My brother Sam lives there too. Here he is with his BMW bike.

Round town on the red machine!

Sam's house.

Sam’s house.

Cruising round between coffee shops is an enjoyable way to see the sights. This morning coffee club in the suburbs provides plenty of leafy trees, and a good gathering place. The kids are conveniently congregated  on a nearby trampoline.

Saw a log…


Or chop it! This picture was taken at the Ross Wood-chopping Competition late last year. Team Hokitika carved out the competition (at least some of the time) and the rate at which we saw whole logs disappearing was impressive.

Street in Amata looking towards the Musgrave Ranges.