(Get to the pictures already!)
I'm officially back from my annual month off.
I was unofficially back on the 8th of Feb to blog the Victorian bushfires. And thank yer on Victoria's behalf to all those readers who clicked through to the donation sites from TIS.
A couple of days ago the tally for cash donations was $138 million. The donations in the first few days were mainly up around $100 a go, so a lot of that is from us 20 million Australians. But the rest of it came from outside Australia. Thank you, world.
Blood donation sign-up (for burns victims) or ring 13 14 95. Give money online to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal or at 1800 811 700.
If you missed the broadcast of the national day of mourning, go to ABC iView or YouTube.
A weekday morning in the heart of Bustling Downtown Gosford. Looking south along Mann Street from the footbridge that goes from the railway station to an arcade with a bookshop down the bottom and offices up the top.
The wee bit of grass you can see on the edge is the wee park outside the station and any sunny weekday will find half a dozen drunks there. The blokes in the green shirts are council workers not drunks.
The squat brown brick building at the end of the park is the tourist info thingo. You can get a nice map or three there.
That very tall pam looks like a Cabbage Tree Palm which is a local native plant.
Just before those matching tower blocks in the background is Jephson's Corner. (You can't actually see it here so don't strain yer eyes trying).
Also on Mann Street are the sturdy Hotel Gosford, the lovely Art Deco funeral parlour, the yummy little old sandstone church, and the pleasant war memorial across from the Blackett and overlooking the wharf.
Gosford is at the northern end of Brisbane Water.
Couple of old shops in the main street of Bustling Downtown Gosford. The one on the right is dated 1934.
Gosford Wharf on a weekday morning. The ferry is the Lady Kendall II. It's the biggest ferry on the estuary. It does tours with a lunch thrown in. Popular with the tourists and a nice ride from what I hear.
The Lady Kendall II is not to be confused with the Lady Kendall, the wreck of which was raised at Koolewong in 2007.
That's Iguana Joe's on the left edge there, of Iguana-gate fame.
Ferries to Mariners games at Bluetongue.
Empire Bay (on request) 6:15 pm
Davistown–Central Wharf 6:20 pm
Lintern St Wharf 6:30 pm
Saratoga– Veterans Hall 6:35 pm
Woy Woy (on request) 6:45 pm
Arrives Gosford Wharf app 7:15pm for a 8:00pm game.
Other ferries timetables
Lady Kendall II tours
Nice old local photos and stuff at the Mahony family history. Scroll to the bottom for more photo links.
Nicked the link off of Our Steve who got it off a bloke who read his local history piece in the local rag. (3 degrees of bloggfication.)
* Footy at the Ducktionary