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Further postcards from the edge…

Now more that 6,000 kilometres behind me. Tomorrow the big smoke; sin city; my old home-town, Sydney. In the meantime, here are some more  observations from my meandering through rural New South Wales:

My younger brother Andrew drove hundreds of kilometres out of his way on his way to meet up with me in Dubbo. The least I could do was let him have a cup of tea from "his" kettle! © Rob Walls 2010

The Newell Highway, NSW © Rob Walls 2010

Gilgandra, New South Wales © Rob Walls 2010

Cassilis, New South Wales © Rob Walls 2010

Cattle buyers, Gunnedah Sale Yards © Rob Walls 2010

Roadside near Cessnock, New South Wales © Rob Walls 2010

Hunter Valley vineyards near Pokolbin, New South Wales © Rob Walls 2010

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The Ebor Campdraft

A few days ago I came across the Ebor Campdraft. Campdrafting is a competition in which highly skilled riders practice the craft of “cutting out” individual cattle from a group of animals by using their riding ability and the agility of their horse prevent it from following its natural instinct to rejoin the mob.

Having “cut out” the beast they then have to guide it through a course of right and left hand turns and through a gate. That’s about as much as this particular novice could make of the event after I stopped to photograph it on Saturday. Because the finals were to occur the following day, I drove back the 80 km from Gunnedah to take more pictures. Here are a few pictures from the event:

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A temple to commerce…

In the sleepy northern town of Bellingen in New South Wales, there stands this beautiful temple to retailing: Hammond and Wheatley’s Commercial Emporium; established 1900. A lyric poem in brick, iron, glass and timber, this building proudly sings the archaic words of  a bygone age: ironmongery, millinery, drapery, even emporium itself. Proudly maintained, it evokes pride and confidence. It would be a crime if progress were ever to threaten the existence of this cathedral of commerce.

 

The temple of commerce © Rob Walls 2010

A typographical poem © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

More poetry © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

 

The balustraded first floor © Rob Walls 2010

The ground floor lit from skylights high above. © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

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More postcards from the edge…

Breakfast on the road. A serious business, best conducted under a shady tree. The kettle on the gas stove is a visual joke. The Alessi kettle was the obligatory prop in every kitchen interior of every home design magazine of the 1990s. This one was a wedding gift from my brother, Andrew. At home it gathered dust. On the road it is used every day. © Rob Walls 2010

So far I’ve travelled 4,500km in 14 days. I’m now in Gunnedah in Central New South Wales to photograph the livestock auctions before heading to Dubbo and then angling back towards Sydney through the Hunter Valley. Here are a few more observations from my visual diary that might amuse:

Antique shop and hot rod 1932 Ford, Maclean on the Clarence River

In a rash of "bigs", the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour was Australia's first. I can remember having my picture taken in front of it 50 years ago. © Rob Walls 2010

One for Guido Benschop. Blueberry orchard, Glenreagh, near Coffs Harbour. © Rob Walls 2010

Odd juxtaposition, Woolgoolga. © Rob Walls 2010

The future? Maclean, NSW © Rob Walls 2010

Quick, I need those lemons NOW! Bellingen. © Rob Walls 2010

One oil spill too many? © Rob Walls 2010

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A few postcards from the edge…

The edge of New South Wales that is…a few wry observations as I head east from Lightning Ridge to Byron Bay:

Lightning Ridge © Rob Walls 2010

The grocer's apostrophe is alive and thriving in Wee Waa, NSW...or maybe the owner's name is Pizza? © Rob Walls 2010

I'll vote for that! © Rob Walls 2010

It says "Authorised personnel only". Druids in Glen Innes? © Rob Walls 2010

Great addition to the rural landscape. © Rob Walls 2010

Theatre facade in the hamlet of Deepwater between Glen Innes and Tenterfield. © Rob Walls 2010

If you've ever dreamed of running a country newspaper...© Rob Walls 2010

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