Monday, April 30, 2007


No proper walkies today. Stopped after a couple of hundred yards. I am absolutely buggered. This happens every now and then and is something I'm learning to live with. Thank yer for all the nice get-well-soons.

Banksia cones

This is a banksia tree at Point Clare. Banksias are named after Joseph Banks. Who was the botanist on the Endeavour when Cook came to suss out Australia in 1770. That's 18 years before the first whitefellas came to stay in Australia.

Cook was of course the last captain to tour Australia successfully, as many a cricket fan will tell you.

Banksia cone
(Big one)

Banksia cone off the same tree. The leaves had smooth edges and the flowering cones were bright yellow. Some were going to seed.

Banksia seed cone
(Big one)

Cones gone (left) and going (right) to seed. Off a different tree (saw leaf banksia) but you get the idea. At the top and left of the left cone there's a few opened pods and in the middle a few still unopened.

The left one played the bad guy in Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.

Good banksia photos

Saratoga, Daleys Pt, Woy Woy & Koolewong from Brisbane Water Drive Tascott

This is today. There's a bit of breeze and rain coming up from Sydney but plenty of warm sun to potter about in. Good day for being out and about.

Left to right: Saratoga, Daleys Pt, Woy Woy & Koolewong from Brisbane Water Drive Tascott.


Railway Street Woy Woy144 Railway Street Woy Woy
(Click on them for big versions)

Lorraine AKA 144 Railway Street Woy Woy, has been painted. That's her before photo on the left and her after on the right. I like both versions but she's a damn sight easier to photograph in the new colours. She was built in about 1912 and had a refurbishment several years back.

Another look

How close to the houses was the 2006 New Year's Day fire at Umina? Bloody close as Mark Simpson's photos show.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fairlight to Fagans Bay

Got up in time for lunch today. Made a sandwich, bunged it on a plate, sat down in front of it and nearly chundered. The guts are playing me up again. Spent the last two nights on the bloody loo in a jumper. Am thoroughly shat off.

On the upside, it's good weather for staying indoors and sleeping. The sky is a uniform undercoat grey and it's just the right temperature for laying on the sofa under a quilt swearing at the crap on TV.

Woy Woy to Gosford Cycleway

Went walkies at Point Clare last week. Off Brisbane Water Drive between the Point Clare roundabout and Fagans Park, down Collard Road, into Welwyn Avenue past Fairlight and left beside the underpass at the bottom of the street.

The cycleway goes from next to Woy Woy Wharf along the west side of Brisbane Water past Koolewong, Tascott, Point Clare, Fagans Bay and West Gosford and finishes in Gosford at the sailing club on Masons Parade. It's the route of the Woy Woy to Gosford Bay to Bay fun run and I'll be walking it again this year.

Hole in tree

Just for pretty. A tree near the path.

Garden, Cycleway & Fagans Bay

Some people's gardens come right down to the path. With the backyards being so close to the path, resident dogs have plenty of cyclists and walkers to bark at all day.

That's Fagans Bay in the background.

The flowers I thought were rhododendrons but apparently they're not. I'm buggered if I know what they are then. I see the buggers everywhere and I've been calling them rhododendrons all this time.

Bromeliads beside Woy Woy to Gosford Cycleway

These I know are bromeliads. One of the Dear Old Things downstairs has got a tiny greenhouse crammed to the brim with the buggers. Quite spectacular some of them are.

Okay. I'm going to settle down under the quilt and watch the Antiques Roadshow.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Anzac Day

It pissed down. In fact, it pissed down for three days straight. Monday, Tuesday and ANZAC Day. It pissed down on dawn services all over New South Wales and it blew a cold wind at the dawn service at Anzac Cove.

Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

It stopped raining for just long enough to take some photos. There was supposed to be a parade through Woy Woy at 9.30 but it was rained out. Bummer.

The sign says:
"Gosford City Council
A place of remembrance"

The coffin-shaped object in the left foreground says:

That's Pelican Island in the background then Saratoga.

Flowers & rosemary on the Memorial at Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

The wording for all faces of the memorial is here in last ANZAC Day's post.

Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

From the north-east corner looking towards Parks Bay.

Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

Jump to plaque wordings

Some of the abbreviations on the plaques I know, some I'm having trouble getting explanations for. We'll start with the ones I know.

Not in any sort of order:
1st AIF/ 1 AIF - Australian Imperial Forces in World War One.
2nd AIF/ 2 AIF - Australian Imperial Forces in World War Two.
RAN - Royal Australian Navy
RN - [British] Royal Navy
RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force
L/CPL - Lance Corporal
AB - Able Seaman
LAC - Leading Aircraftsman
LS - Leading Seaman. My great-uncle was a Leading Seaman in the RAN. LSM amy also be Leading Seaman.
SGT - Sergeant
STD - Steward
TPR - Trooper
PTE - Private
Para. Btn. - Parachute Battalion.
SPR - Sapper. Wiki says: A sapper is an individual usually in British or Commonwealth military service. Called a combat engineer by the Americans, a pionier by the Germans and a génie by the French, a sapper may perform any of a variety of tasks under combat conditions. Such tasks typically include bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defences as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair. In other words, the sapper's tasks now involve facilitating movement of allied forces and impeding movement of the enemy's. Sapper (abbreviated Spr) is the Royal Engineers' equivalent of Private.

These two I think I've got right:
F/AMB - Field Ambulance?
GNR - Gunner?

If you know what they are, bung it in the comments so we all know. This here is an ed-you-mick-ay-shun webthingy.

There's hundreds more at the Australian War Memorial Glossary.

Top row, left to right:

2. A.I.F.

1 A.I.F.


Middle row, left to right:
"NX 118238
2nd A.I.F.


"SSX26117 $ 34305
R.N & R.A.N

Bottom row, left to right:
1. DIV. HO.
1. A.I.F.


1 A.I.F

2/15. BTN.
2. A.I.F

Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

Top row, left to right:
14. BATN. 1.A.I.F


2. A.I.F

1. A.I.F

2/24. F/PARK CO
R.A. 2. A.I.F

3.BATN. 1 A.[I.F]

Middle row, left to right:

"S 4420



"NX 96690
2nd A.I.F

Bottom row, left to right:
15. F/AMB.
1 A.I.F

33.BATN. 1.A.I.F

2.5. A.G.H

15.BATN. 1. A.I.F

2. A.I.F

4_10_ --"

Woy Woy War Memorial Park ANZAC Day 2007

Top row, left to right:
S. GreenHalgh

A. Lowe

4. F/AMB.


A.I.F. VET--
2. A.I.[F.]
3.4. []"

Middle row, left to right:


"NX [1]7019[?]
2nd A.I.F.

"NX 151862
2nd A.I.F.

"NX 67219
2nd A.I.F.

Bottom row, left to right:
2/6. F/REG.
2. BTN.

2. A.I.F.



"2.A.I.F." appears to mean 2nd AIF, and "1.A.I.F." to mean 1st AIF. AIF means Australian Imperial Force.
"The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was the name given to two all-volunteer Australian Army forces dispatched to fight overseas during World War I and World War II.

* First Australian Imperial Force (1914-18)
* Second Australian Imperial Force (1939-45)

Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, Australia had a very small regular army and reservists in the Australian Citizens Military Forces which could not be deployed overseas. Therefore the AIFs were formed in 1914 and 1939 respectively." Wiki

And while we're here, let's not be forgetting the Turks lost more boys at Anzac Cove than us and the Kiwis put together and along with whitefellas there was Aboriginal ANZACs in the firing line as well.

Lest we forget

Monday, April 23, 2007


Lovely gloomy day today. The sun's barely had a look in and it's been raining on and off. It's nice and chilly. I've been prancing about in the bedspread worn as a cape, tracky daks and uggs. I did not go walkies in this outfit. The rain would've wrecked my uggs. In fact I did not go walkies at all and instead bring you more of Bustling Downtown Woy Woy.

Gnostic Forest & Cafe The Boulevard Woy Woy

Gnostic Forest & Cafe, The Boulevard.

Not sure of the age of this building. Can't find it at the photos site the library put up. Had a sticky round the back though and it's about the same age as the wee warehouse or whatever the bottom photo used to be.

That's the Old Woy Woy Pub on the left edge of the picture. The old factory is opposite this corner.

Craft's Chambers Chambers Place Woy Woy

Craft's Chambers Chambers Place.

This place is some sort of health centre. Can't tell how old it is. It's had a reno, maybe when it was extended in 2003 but the shape of its front half suggests it's older than that.

Love that wee balcony with the vine slowly engulfing it. The building behind is the back of the pub or the bottle shop, the bizzo under the vine on the left on the picture is the cafe's courtyard (nice sunny niche on an autumn morning) and the footy oval is just out of frame on the right.

Gnostic Organics Chambers Place Woy Woy

Gnostic Organics Chambers Place. I've had a decko at the back of this place and on the grounds of that decko I'm putting it down as circa 1920 and of no particular style.

A fruit & veg shop. Directly opposite Craft's Chambers, next to an op shop (right) and that's the back of Noonan's in the left background.

The Boulevard & Chambers Place Woy Woy

Click on the map for the annotated version.

All the Bustling Downtown Woy Woy photos

Ghost ship

How cool is that deserted yacht mystery? Probably not all that cool for the three blokes missing from it but it's a regular Marie Celeste and makes three. Maybe the water spout got them.


Wednesday's post will be on Thursday and I intend to spend Wednesday playing two-up and getting legless.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Snakes alive!

Good thing I was too slack-arsed to go walkies this morning. Woulda missed the beasties on show at the local shopping centre.

Baby freshwater crocodile Deepwater Plaza Woy Woy

Isn't he beautiful? He was getting a bit irritable by this time but couldn't bite anyone with the wrangler person's hand round his head.

He's a baby freshwater crocodile, a freshie. Proper name Crocodylus johnstoni.

Freshies live in northern Australia (Woy Woy is in south-eastern Australia), lay eggs and live at least as long as humans, grow to the length of a basketball player and weigh as much as a sulky teenager. They eat insects, fish, frogs, lizards, turtles, bats, birds and incautious tourists.

Photos & science-y stuff & how to be croc wise in croc country.

Carpet snake Deepwater Plaza Woy Woy
Embiggification, sharp enough to see the pattern)

Carpet snake, also known as the Diamond python. Proper name Morelia spilota. Mainly goes out at night, eats small beasts after squeezing them to death, painful bite, lives in coastal New South Wales so is a local, gets to 2 or 3 metres (6.5 - 9 feet).

Reptiles of NSW Wetlands - Dept. of Natural Resources.

Turtle or tortoise Deepwater Plaza Woy Woy
(Embiggification, blurry)

Didn't hear over if this fella was a turtle or a tortoise. You can see most of his neck there I think. It was long and snakelike.

Spotted python Deepwater Plaza Woy Woy
(Embiggification, fuzzy but servicable)

The only way is up, baby! He was beautiful. He felt soft and warm and smooth. (Make your own dick jokes.)

Spotted Python, proper name Liasis maculosis. Lays eggs, doesn't bite, goes out at night, eats small beasts & birds, average length as long as yer arm, lives from Cape York Peninsula to far northern NSW.

Fauna Rescue of Queensland - bit of science stuff & a photo.
Queensland Museum has a cool photo.
Snake buying advice

Did you know herpes is named after snakes? Neither did I but it's right there in the Oxford. The Greek for reptiles is herpeton and snake-fanciers are called herpetologists.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Floating life

(Hardys Bay walkies #2)

Hardys Bay is across the water from Ettalong, the suburb of the Woy Woy Peninsula where the Palm Beach ferry docks. It's on the Bouddi Peninsula along with Wagstaffe, Pretty Beach, Putty Beach, Lobster Beach, Box Head and Killcare. (Map)

Hardys is chockers with wooden boats. Today's lot are a fraction of what's there.

Bellbird Star Hardys Bay

Bellbird Star moored off the public jetty at Hardys Bay. Looking smart in her fresh paint.

Alma & Bellbird Star Hardys Bay

And here she is again with her friend Alma. Love that little flourish over Alma nameplate.

Two boats in Hardys Bay

Don't know the names of these two. They were just pleasing to the eye. They were moored next to the Bellbird and Alma.

Those houses in the background are on Araluen Drive Hardys Bay and the aptly named Pretty Beach is on the other side of the ridge and Wagstaffe beyond it.

White launch Hardys Bay

Is this a launch? My knowledge of boats is restricted to knowing which end goes forward (the pointy one). Moored near the public jetty at Hardys Bay.

Lady Kendall II & green yacht in Hardys Bay
(To the embiggulator!)

Lady Kendall II (the ferry) and a green yacht in Hardys Bay. The green yacht (right of centre) is very interesting. I've never seen a design like that before.

I like this view. The ridges make a lovely composition of earth, water and sky and the sun haze softens the ridges and makes Koolewong and Point Clare in the background look like far away mountains.

Skinny house Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe

Is the house in the middle there the narrowest house on Brisbane Water? Might be a couple of inches wider than this one in Woy Woy.

Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe. The blue house on the left you saw Monday, it's the holiday rental beside the Wagstaffe Wharf.


Sorrento House Sorrento Road Empire Bay

Got a photo of this one just in time. The bulldozers have been at work and its gone now. In its place there will be some of the most generic and boring luxury units I've ever laid eyes on. That's them on the sign.

It was Sorrento House Sorrento Road Empire Bay. Previously blogged.

Today I was going to have a good crow about how more Australians win the Nobel Prize than any other nation, including America. This is particularly smirk-worthy in the light of America's population being more than 10 times bigger than Australia's.

However, I'll keep my crowing to a minimum out of respect for those poor bastards who copped it yesterday at Virginia Tech.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Lemonpeel Cottage

(Wagstaffe walkies #2)

Wagstaff Hall Mulhall Street Wagstaffe

Wagstaffe Hall Mulhall Street Wagstaffe. The local community hall, as evidenced by the community look about the place and the notices in the windows on the right.

The style could be Federation (circa 1890 - c. 1915) but I doubt if the building is. Didn't find a date on it and can't find a date for it online. Going on what I can see of the population growth in Wagstaffe, I'd guesstimate it at Inter War (circa 1915 - c. 1940), bearing in mind that community buildings often have retro designs where local residents are startled by more up-to-the-minute stuff.

Brett and Sarah were married there last year and say it has "polished floor boards and white french doors that open onto a verandah, which overlooks the water". There's a nice bit of lawn out there off the veranda, right next to the ferry wharf. The Killcare Wagstaffe Trust meet there apparently and the Bouddi Society shows flicks there and there's tai chi and you can hire it for functions and all the usual community stuff.

There was a young kookaburra sitting in the pine tree (right edge of photo) having a mid-morning chuckle. The kookas have been very active lately, much more than this time last year.

All today's photos are within cooee of each other and the wharf. Wagstaffe's not a big place. It's got five streets.

Holiday rental Wagstaffe Wharf

Rather pleasant. A holiday rental right next to Wagstaffe Wharf and this dingy photo.

Lemonpeel Cottage gate Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe

Lemonpeel Cottage gate Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe. My favourite house name of all the house names I've seen so far. Most of those I've seen so far are along the lines of Didjabringabeer, Ruo Emoh, Dave's Shack and Thistle Do.

Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe

Wagstaff Avenue. Might be 1900s (Federation) might not. Probably is. Ditto the place on the right. That was even nicer but had, from a photography point of view, a badly placed bush.

You can see how close the bush is. Birds could be heard whistling and the kookaburras laughing and a couple of cockatoos flapped among the trees. Over that rise is Lobster Beach and the mouth of Broken Bay leading out to the Tasman Sea.

Wagstaff Avenue Wagstaffe

Smart-looking Inter-War California Bungalow (circa 1915 - c. 1940) on Wagstaff Avenue, one block back from the water. Love the contrasts of the white and greens and purple and blue. Today was a great day for photos.

Bloody hell, it's dinnertime already. I've been fart-arsing about on the computer all afternoon. See yer Wednesday.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Play Misty for me

Went off at six this morning on my walkies. Dawn wander around the local streets sans camera. It was lovely. It was nice and nippy, perfect tracky daks weather and my nose tingled in the cold for the first few minutes. The light of an overcast dawn was soft grey and the kookaburras were starting their morning chuckles. If I wasn't such a lazy bed-loving bugger I'd do more autumn dawn walkies.

The sky was overcast most of the morning but I got some more blue-sky photos from Davistown:

Misty moored at Davistown

Misty. Never in all my walkies at and ferry trips to Davistown have I seen anyone on this boat. I suspect it's someone's holiday cottage. She's moored off Paringa Avenue and Illoura Reserve.

Restella Avenue Davistown

Restella Avenue. The style of this place I'm going to put down as Fishing Shack (circa 1900 - c. 1940). The left hand part of the house, the roof with the 1980s Federation bits on it, is an old fishing shack/holiday house/starter home I think.

Then there's been a few add-ons since then. If we look closely at the middle section of the house we can see what looks like a second veranda roof behind the bullnosed (curved) veranda roof. See it? Then behind that a two-storey roofline. The two-storey roofline suggests to me a second storey was added onto the back of the first add-on. I don't think that is a second veranda but a single-storey add-on.

Looking at the width of the weatherboard on the walls, I'd say the weatherboard went on in the 1970s with the two-storey add-on. The carport looks seventies as well. Then the bullnose veranda either in the 1980s when the Federation bits went on and then the angled two-storey roof at the right in the last few years.

The garden I'm putting down as mainly seventies and eighties with most of it, including the palms, going in in the seventies.

Paringa Avenue Davistown

Paringa Avenue. This one isn't on my hist list but I'm bunging it in Federation (circa 1890 - c. 1915). It looked the right age in the flesh, the chimney fits well enough, the flattened X pattern of the veranda railings fits and the general shape fits, in an Arts & Crafts way.

The leadlight door is rather pleasant. The light was in just the right part of the sky to catch it. I think it might be genuine. I'm no expert on leadlight but it doesn't look like one of those 1980s-90s repro jobs. Those ripply panels look too real. I'll put ten bucks on it being Art Deco. Which either puts the house at the end of the Federation period and into the beginning of the Inter War period, or puts the door added on later.

Paringa Avenue Davistown

It's nice and sunny and warm again this afternoon. I'm off to the balcony.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Leonora Avenue

(Davistown walkies #4)

Davistown foreshore & Mount Pleasant Saratoga

Low tide, slouching photographer. Nice place to sit for a bit though. Davistown foreshore at Leonora Avenue, looking west-north-west to Saratoga's Mount Pleasant.

Lovely warm sun today. Blue sky, not much breeze. Wandered about gazing at other people's gardens for a bit then sat under the trees on the foreshore having a bit of a doze. Very pleasant.

Erna Angela Kinns Davistown



Sit awhile and rest your feet
Enjoy the scenery from this seat
For where you are now I loved to be
By the water beneath this tree"

Thanks, Nan. Much appreciated.

There's another memorial seat at Umina Beach. Bob Da Silva's.

Foreshore at Leonora Avenue Davistown

Leonora Avenue house seen from Nan Kinns seat on the foreshore. There's 4 houses in Leonora Avenue listed in my hist list as "'Emoh Ruo' et al. ...6-12 Leonora Avenue Davistown ... c.1915, 1920".

I love these houses with the closed-in verandas. They're the business in a waterfront situation. This one's not in the best nick though. Looks orright in the photo but in the flesh it could do with a bit of work.

Illoura Walk Davistown

I like this park. The fact that you can see right across it to the boats on the other side appeals to the kid in me. It's on the knob of Davistown, the bit of the foreshore/Illoura Walk at the elbow of Malinya Avenue.

Lintern Wharf & Rileys Island from Davistown foreshore

Lintern Wharf and Rileys Island from Davistown foreshore, Daleys Point in the middle background and the two wee hills of Yattalunga in the left background.

Bonus question, or answer, or whatever

Found this:

Codock II & Pelican Island Woy Woy

Nice big picture of the Codock II AKA the Cockatoo ferry leaving Woy Woy Wharf. (Previous post on her)

Okay. I'm off to have a nice lump of carrot cake and a cuppa tea on the balcony. Is autumn the best or what?

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Chocolate Day

Hare & bilby

Easter Bilby

Bilbies are small bandicoots about the size of rabbits. They have long pointy bandicoot noses and big rabbitty ears. For the biologists among you, they are Macrotis lagotis (Greater Bilby) and Macrotis leucura (Lesser Bilby). The word bilby comes from the Yuwaalaraay and Wiradjuri languages of NSW.

They live in the bush in hot dry areas and in wattle groves. They come out at night and eat pretty much whatever they can get their tiny hands on. They live in burrows and carry their young in pouches like kangaroos. The bilby's pouch faces backwards though, to stop it filling up with sand when they dig. (More)

Bilbies are an endangered species. The Easter Bilby is flogged in supermarkets and by Darrell Lea to raise money for bilby rescue. They're endangered mainly because of foxes, feral cats and those bloody rabbits.

Pictures & movies of the Greater Bilby
Fauna (animals) of Australia

What's with the eggs?

So what the fuck does rabbits and eggs have to do with some guy waking up in a cave after he got nailed to a cross?

Long ago and far away (from Australia anyways), in pre-christian times, religious celebrations revolved around the seasons.

In the darkest days of winter (Yule) the last of the preserved fruits and the vegies that weren't quite rotten were eaten up in a big feast to celebrate the spring to come, harvest time (Hallowe'en) was celebrated with corn and pumpkins, summer with dancing about in the sun and getting pissed on the grape crop and spring (Easter) was celebrated with symbols of rebirth and renewal like bunnies which breed a lot in spring and eggs, which are delicious and also symbolic of new life and stuff.

So Easter basically means 'the sun is back and so is the fresh food'. In the northern hemisphere, where the majority of Australia's culture comes from, Easter is in spring. We have it in autumn because it's autumn here when it's spring in the northern hemisphere.

So happy Easter, peeps.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Bustling Downtown Woy Woy

Some photos I've been meaning to post for a while. Bustling Downtown Woy Woy stuff. The three by two block area around the railway station that is Woy Woy's central business district.

Blackwall Road Woy Woy

Blackwall Road, opposite Woolies (Woolworths), near the Library and next to the wee brick church.

The Talk of the Town/Optometrist/Florist building is all the same brick and has 1940s windows on the top left hand side. The seventies windows and the white brick on the top right hand side I'm guessing enclose a nice sunny veranda that served the flat upstairs when it was a flat upstairs and not an office as it probably is now.

The Tonkin Drysdale Partners building there on the left is pure seventies. Hideous. If I remember right the back is pure seventies as well so either the land was vacant or they pulled something down to build that.

Out of frame on the left is a small arcade-y type building with a shoe shop and some offices upstairs. On the right edge of the photo you can see a bit of the Westpac bank.

Chambers Real Estate Blackwall Road Woy Woy

Chambers Real Estate Blackwall Road Woy Woy. Opposite the Library and Oval Avenue, next to the travel agent (out of frame right) and Checka's bakery (Colonial Village Bakery, out of frame left). Chambers is also the name of the street Oval Avenue joins up with.

I like this one. Inter-War Functionalist (circa 1915 - c. 1940) is what I'm thinking. There's not much to go on but those stripes in the brickwork say Inter-War Functionalist to me.

Clocktower building Railway Street Woy Woy

Clocktower Building Railway Street Woy Woy. Not my cup of tea at all. Well, okay, I like clock towers just not the building holding this one up. Too bloody eighties and I'm hating the proportions at the bottom. The bloody thing looks like it's teetering on its toes.

Having thoroughly dissed it I have to admit its footbridge (the overhead bit to the right) is bloody useful when one is headed across to Deepwater (Deepwater Plaza) in hot or rainy weather.

See that graffitti on the tower? Bloody taggers get into the engine room (or whatever the techo word is) on their way to tagging the tower and they interfere with the clock mecahanism. It's pretty good now but a couple of years back locals would be tapping tourists who'd just looked at the clock on the shoulder and warning them it said a different time on each face.

Those looking from the train can see the Clocktower easily and see where the footbridge continues out the back of the building and across to the carpark.

Railway Street Woy Woy

A little row of shops directly opposite the railway station in Railway Street. The fish-measurers used to have their fish-n-chip shop where Mortgage Choice is now. The veranda and balcony on Mortgage Choice and the dentist is not old. It went up last year or the year before. I find it quite pleasing to the eye and excellent shade on a hot summer day.

The shop under the number 18 used to hold some place selling glitter and flounces, possibly for ballet. I think it moved to Gosford. What the red shop held is on the tip of my tongue (or the tip of my fingers since I'm typing). Might've been a plonk shop (wine shop) but don't quote me on that.

Note the bike shop. They moved to this shop after a fire in their previous shop 50 metres to the left of this photo.

For now I'm putting the style of this wee row of shops down as Inter-War Free Classical (circa 1915 - c. 1940) due to the symmetry and the age of the materials. Keen-eyed readers will have noticed the old bricks down the side if the building (right hand edge of photo) and noticed that althought the beige section appears fairly young you can see from the age of the side and the shape of the facade at the top that's it's just been fiddled. In fact, it was fiddled with last year, as you can see in the Railway Street photo.

Tsunami fails to demolish Woy Woy

Yesterday there was a tsunami warning from Far North Queensland to Sydney. In Queensland they scarpered into the hills, in Sydney the life guards herded bewildered tourists off Bondi and in Woy Woy I was probably scratching my groin about the time it hit Umina Beach.

In short, it was a no-show. In Australia anyways. It ripped the shit out of the Solomons. Poor bastards, as if they didn't have enough trouble with all that civil unrest shit.