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#1037586 - Wed Mar 12 2014 12:38 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Thanks for the compliments everyone, the weather's been good recently so I've been out nearly every day when I could.

It's been a long time since I added any railway lines (they do all look very similar) but crossed the Piccadilly Line twice yesterday in Sudbury so added some more.

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#1037594 - Wed Mar 12 2014 01:17 PM Re: Time Marches on
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I can smell those violets from here, mmmmm. Here's a Hellebore - I really love these plants but can rarely get them to grow (this one is in a park).

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#1037609 - Wed Mar 12 2014 05:26 PM Re: Time Marches on
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I get violets popping up everywhere flopsy, they just self seed all over the place, usually in the grass.

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#1037686 - Thu Mar 13 2014 02:24 AM Re: Time Marches on
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Fred Wylie memorial statue in the Government Gardens, Rotorua. Fred Wylie was a soldier who died in 1901 in the Boer war.

Among the inscriptions on the memorial is the following:

"He recaptured unaided a 15-pdr.gun, taking two prisoners in the action at Hartebeestefontein 25th.March 1901. Promoted King's Segt. by command, subsequently joining the Seventh Contingent he was killed while leading the attack in action at Klipfontein 26th May 1901.
Aged 25 years

Fama Semper Vivat"



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#1037689 - Thu Mar 13 2014 03:33 AM Re: Time Marches on
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We came across this Black (Swamp) Wallaby while taking a visitor from the US to Phillip Island last weekend.


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#1037695 - Thu Mar 13 2014 04:38 AM Re: Time Marches on
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It's a sort of Christmas tradition in my family but if you go to my eldest niece's house at Christmas time she hands out amaryllis bulbs as an extra present. This is mine for this year ... this picture shows the first stem of four flowers but I'm now enjoying a second stem with five flowers, and a third stem has appeared in the last couple of days. The gift that goes on giving until Easter. smile

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#1037700 - Thu Mar 13 2014 05:04 AM Re: Time Marches on
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I just popped in to say that I got a question correct in Quizzyland thanks to Howie's photos. It asked for the colour of the beak of an oystercatcher. I had never seen one before Howie posted them here. smile
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#1037717 - Thu Mar 13 2014 07:26 AM Re: Time Marches on
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More sculptures from Alyn country park.


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#1037721 - Thu Mar 13 2014 07:48 AM Re: Time Marches on
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Sharon, you learn so much here, especially in the Photo Forums. Always check here first for vital information, I always say. Thanks all, and Howie too.
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#1037737 - Thu Mar 13 2014 12:16 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Those sculptures are great dot. I like to see that sort of art, where you just suddenly come across it in a park or on a walk.

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#1037741 - Thu Mar 13 2014 12:55 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Not just a photo, but an FT question as well, two for the price of one. According to my map these flats in Willesden, at least the roads they are on, were built well into the 70s, but look a lot older and had a pre-1964 sign at the entrance. Any ideas how that could happen, or are they in fact an old design made more recently?



The ones opposite are the same without the brick walkways or bay windows, I'm wondering if these just look older as the others don't, and the sign was there before the buildings were changed?

I can now update as someone found it on Google Earth archives from 1945 and apparently whatever else has changed on the maps the buildings were there already, which should solve my mystery. We still don't know why the names of the roads are different though but that doesn't matter for my purposes.


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#1037858 - Fri Mar 14 2014 03:50 AM Re: Time Marches on
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I knew there was a reason I stalked oystercatchers....lol

Approaching the Hauptbahnoff in Hamburg near the end of the 5 hour walk around the city centre. Unfortunately that was all I had time for as I had to catch the train in the morning to the next place.


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#1037890 - Fri Mar 14 2014 11:00 AM Re: Time Marches on
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A little view of one of the nicer parts of Willesden



The mystery from yesterday appears to be they closed the road with the old name half way down and changed the name of the other part so people wouldn't try and get to it directly and have to turn round.
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#1037904 - Fri Mar 14 2014 12:32 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Originally Posted By: Christinap
Those sculptures are great dot. I like to see that sort of art, where you just suddenly come across it in a park or on a walk.

Yes, thank you Christina. These sculptures are dotted all around the country park at various points and the thing I particularly like about them is that they were made by disabled people (if that's the right word for someone who can do something as brilliant as that, I know I can't).

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#1037945 - Fri Mar 14 2014 07:10 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Last weekend, Maynooth and I "went down south" to stay for a few days with my aunt and uncle. On Saturday morning, they said they were taking us to "Gnomeville". I had no idea what Gnomeville was. To be honest, it did not sound like anything I would be interested in as I am not really into garden gnomes but naturally, being polite, I said nothing and went with the flow.

However, Gnomeville proved to be quite enchanting. I did an internet search on it when I got home but nobody seems to know for sure how it got started. Gnomeville is located in the Ferguson Valley and it is an area of forest populated with thousands of garden gnomes. People just keep leaving them there and now they occupy about an acre or more of forest. There are gnomes everywhere - along the forest paths, up in trees, on and under bridges, etc.

Needless to say it is not a commercial enterprise - no gates, no admission fees etc.

The majority of the gnomes bear the names of the people who left them there and many are from overseas and interstate visitors. Many of the gnomes are set in dioramas. Lovers of puns will delight in the ones bearing signs like "Beyond Thunder-gnome", "Gnome Sweet Gnome", "Gnome Alone" etc. My favourite was a diorama created with a large TV screen, with a bunch of gnomes watching TV and on the screen it says "Don't change the channel - we are watching "Gnome and Away". (i.e. popular Aussie soap opera "Home and Away").

Photos cannot do justice to it as you can only photograph small segments. I'll post a few shots over the next week or so.
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#1038005 - Sat Mar 15 2014 03:30 AM Re: Time Marches on
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Looking across Caroline Bay to the piazza & old Hydro Grand Hotel (which is likely to be demolished) in my home town of Timaru.



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#1038045 - Sat Mar 15 2014 12:52 PM Re: Time Marches on
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These are for Ren. And anyone else who might miss hosts of golden daffodils... smile

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#1038054 - Sat Mar 15 2014 05:44 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Oh Flopsy! So gorgeous!
Carole, Gnomeville is very intriguing. T am glad there is somewhere to send them . I always thought there should be a special place, although the one I had in ind was not so nice!
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#1038068 - Sat Mar 15 2014 08:41 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Mike: lovely photo. I think I like black wallabies more than the "normal" sort : )
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#1038081 - Sun Mar 16 2014 04:07 AM Re: Time Marches on
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The Albury Range and some farmland, taking out of the car window approaching Fairlie - a town about 65km northwest of Timaru with a population of just over 700. Also known as the Gateway to the MacKenzie Country, it is located where the main route from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo and beyond to Queenstown joins the main road from Timaru to Lake Tekapo. Every Easter Monday the MacKenzie Highland Show, one of the largest Agricultural and Pastoral Shows in Australasia, is held.


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#1038082 - Sun Mar 16 2014 04:58 AM Re: Time Marches on
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Thanks very much Jakeroo. I think they're wonderful animals.

Inspired by Howie, here's a photo of a Spinifex Pigeon from central Australia.


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#1038112 - Sun Mar 16 2014 02:17 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Llanberis quarry, North Wales.



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#1038219 - Mon Mar 17 2014 04:57 PM Re: Time Marches on
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On our walk this morning Susie and I came across goats, which she thought were new playmates. I don't know how she categorises other animals. I think there are dogs, horses (which she sees a lot of) and not dogs or horses. Doesn't seem to matter to her, the only thing she is wary of are cows.


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#1038226 - Mon Mar 17 2014 07:53 PM Re: Time Marches on
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Too funny. My (long departed now) dog (Irish setter) really liked cows (they didn't mind her either) and (hold your nose) liked to both roll in and eat the "patties" when my friends who owned a farm babysat her when we went on trips. They thought it was hilarious when they said "make sure you hose her down before you bring her into the house!"
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#1038247 - Mon Mar 17 2014 10:05 PM Re: Time Marches on
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They are putting up some lovely glass office blocks in Victoria, here's one of quite a few.

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