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Hunter Valley

It ware a trip up to the Hunter Valley on the Queens Birthday Long Weekend for my mother in law’s 70th Birthday.

The Hunter Valley is renowned for it’s wines and vineyards. Unfortunately for us(not for our livers), we stayed in a homestead that was surrounded by cows for a Dairy Farm. Still you can’t go wrong with plenty of space for the kids to run around, open wood fires, great food, company and of course some great wine.

While there I thought I’d take a couple of pictures of the surrounding area

There is always a dusty Dirt road either leading to or from a homestead.


 Hunter Valley Shovel and Fork

No farm is complete without an old rusty Shovel and Fork

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Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Collapsing?

Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Collapsing?


Check out the photo of the North East end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As you can see from the photo, the drooping of the top beam at the second and third vertical beam suggests some serious structural issues.  This droop must be fairly pronounced as from the angle of the photo taken looking up, you can clearly see the North West side of the bridge higher above the closer North East Side.

Also you can see what looks like remediation work occurring beneath the road to try to prop up the third vertical beam. At the top of second vertical beam there also looks like a lot of compression in the beam there as well.

Is there potential for the Sydney Harbour Bridge to collapse? What do you think?


Bending Arch North Side


Below is a crop from a similar angled photo taken in 2013. You will notice that the North West side of the bridge beams are not visible as the beam on this side hides the beam on the far side.


Cropped image taken from the below image which can be found on

Sydney Harbour Bridge Night

Sydney Long Exposures from North Sydney

Sydney from Kirribilli, North Sydney


Long exposures of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Skyline from Kirribilli (North Sydney) with thanks to Emma and the team from Canon Collective.
 Sydney Skyline

 Sydney Harbour Bridge Opera House

 Sydney Harbour Bridge

 Sydney Opera House

 Opera House

Indonesia – Jakarta

Jakarta Indonesia.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in and out of Jakarta over the last year, thanks to Rocky, Jono, Laura and Charles for making my stays enjoyable.

Jakarta is an interesting place with immense wealth and abject poverty.  There is a large growing middle class but a large amount of people who struggle to make ends meet.

Kids skip school to carry umbrellas for workers at lunchtime to stay dry for a couple of cents.


The hotel Aryaduta was great hotel to relax in after a long day in the office

Time to relax in the hotel pool

View back towards the golf course and hotel.

View back towards the golf course and hotel.

Sun sets on another day, this time without the afternoon thunderstorm

Sun sets on another day in Jarkarta, this time without the afternoon thunderstorm



Jakarta Sunset

Sunset through the palm trees.


Jakarta motor bike Car park

If you don’t have a bike in Jakarta you can’t get around.


Vietnam Hanoi Food

Food in Vietnam

The food and more so the places you eat can be very interesting.

Some the interesting food eaten in Vietnam. although you wonder about the hygiene of the preparation area, the food is always fresh and always delicious.

Can you name that food.

 wpid-img_20140214_125000.jpgNow i’m not sure what any of the things floating around in this dish were but it was very tasty.


Whole baby birds, a little too crunchy for my likeing

 wpid-img_20140209_192158.jpgDelicious Salt and Pepper Chilli Prawns

 wpid-img_20140215_123624.jpgIn a small back alley local restaurant by day and someone house by night. The kitchen was so basic with two little gas burners. the choice from the menu, was basic. Rice and white pepper fish.


Another restuarant by day and someone’s house by nght, with the owners pants / washing hanging on the walls. but the meal was great.

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