(Bensville walkies #1)
Winter in Woy Woy.
Actually up the road a bit in at Hastings Wharf in Bensville but I couldn't resist the alliteration.
This is looking west towards Woy Woy. What you can see is the end of Shelly Beach Road in Empire Bay (left), Cockle Channel between Empire Bay and Davistown, and a bit of Davistown on the right where the mangroves are. That's Kyoga Avenue, Romford and Alkoomie Close in Davistown. Not that you can see the houses. Away in the distance there you've got yer hills and ridges behind The Bays on the other side of Woy Woy.
Bensville is the orange dot near the right hand edge of the map, bit under halfway up.
Bensville is a wee town in a quiet bay on the eastern shore of Brisbane Water. It has just under 3,000 peeps, four shops, a park, a scout hall and the wharf.
In March 1788, just after landing at Botany Bay, Governor Phillip, the boss of Straylya's first colony, came up from Sydney and had a sticky. He looked round near Bensville and other parts of Brisbane Water and went back to Botany Bay. (More on that.)
This is Davistown seen from Bensville.
Bensville is named after Ben Davis, of the local ship-building clan. He built 15 ships there in the 1870s. Davistown is named after another of the Davises. Bensville was called Sunnyside before it was changed to Bensville. Very apt. (More on that.)
Bensville scout hall nestled in amongst the mangroves and casuarinas and gum trees.
Mangrove tree. Just for pretty.
Cloud sandwich. There was one cloud. This was it.
Nice moody snap of the wharf itself
Fabulous Bensville photos by Bobesh
Moon or Mars?
Whatcher reckon? Do we go back to the moon and learn more stuff about it and probably about us or do we aim for a colony on Mars?
Peak of Eternal Light (coolest name ever for a lunar colony)
What's in it for us? (SETI Home board on what would spur Mars colonisation)
Mars Society Australia (Cool photos & mock-ups)