Category Archives: Geography

It’s a Bit Wet Around Here

We’ve had a ‘bit’ of rain around here recently.

So much so that the premier closed all of the schools in the region for two whole days.

It’s a bit of an epic event; the result of ex-cyclone Debbie.

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Yesterday, on the way home, we stopped at the little Red Bridge to have a look at the flooding.

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We live nearby but our little pocket of the area is completely water-free (thankfully),

so it was a bit surreal to see all this water so close to home.

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It’s more like an inland lake than a river,

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and so fast flowing and treacherous.

There was lots of debris around the area – a pole, a water tank,

and all sorts of mysterious objects

that you can only wonder where they came from and what they used to be.

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It was amazing to see.

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This is a park we quite enjoy visiting.

I dare say we won’t be visiting any time soon,

well, not without a dingy or a canoe.

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The river apparently peaked on Saturday (these photos were taken on Sunday)

so I dare say it’ll take a couple of days before the river is back within its banks.

What’s left behind will be a lot of work to clean up,

especially for all those people whose homes were in the path of this water.

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The good news is that all the dams in the area had a much needed topping up.


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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Family Life, Geography


Wonders of the World

The Brickman “Wonders of the World” exhibition was in Brisbane this past week

and we almost didn’t go.

The price!  Ouch!

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But, at the last minute, we snagged some discounted tickets

and we’re so glad that we did!

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This exhibition was brilliant!

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We spent between two and three hours exploring the exhibits

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and building our own creations.

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The theme, obviously, was Wonders of the World

and there were plenty of wonders to see.

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(It was also amusing and horrifying to listen to people talking about the exhibits.

According to one person, the Christ the Redeemer statue is in Rome.

And here I was thinking it was in Brazil.)

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We enjoyed revisiting wonders we have seen in real life.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Ancient Wonders still existed?!

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At the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

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a little Lego sculptor was still hard at work creating the exhibit for us.

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Over at the Temple of Artemis

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we saw a sacrifice to the goddess.

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And if you look closely,

you can see just how much research went into the accurate design of these buildings.

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We were impressed!  🙂

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Many of the exhibits were almost as breathtaking as the originals.

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The Notre Dame Cathedral is a building I would love to see in real life.

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Of course, the Notre Dame isn’t complete without Quasimodo.

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While the exhibits as a whole were impressive,

it was the details of each that appealed to us the most.

Almost all of them were cut-away models,

which allowed you to peer inside.

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Guess what we found behind the Hollywood sign?

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No, not graffiti, although that was included to enhance the authenticity of the sign.

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You’ll never guess.  I’ll just have to tell you.

We found ELVIS!!

He’s living in a subterranean room behind the Hollywood sign!

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“Wonders of the World” is quite a large exhibition with displays in several rooms,

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many of which are simply breathtaking.

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The Arc de Triomph is another wonder I’d love to visit.

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Just look at the detail on this model.

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Such attention to detail.  🙂

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Even the scenes around the models were fantastic.

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But, my absolute favourite model and building

is St Basil’s Cathedral in Russia.

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Everywhere you looked, in and around this building,

there was something interesting and amusing.

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If you know your history,

you’ll know whose statue is being pulled down.

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Did you see the fallout shelter under the statue?

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What about the Mutant Ninja Turtle about to collect some pizza?

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For the Minecraft fans, there’s even a creeper to be found,

if you look carefully.

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There’s even another Aussie stripped down to his budgie-smugglers?? (aka swimmers)

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I think the biggest crowd-pleaser was the Titantic model.

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Isn’t it fantastic?

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We spent the most time at this model as there was so much to see –

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people clinging to the decks for dear life,

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crowding onto life-rafts,

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the ultra-rich hogging life-rafts in order to save their treasures,

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and this dedicated postie who continued to sort the mail even in the freezing Atlantic waters.

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There are even scenes that you can see through some of the windows.

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Throughout the exhibition, we were also hunting for Eddie the Explorer.

He’s hidden in many of the scenes.

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We hunted high

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and low for Eddie.

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We found saw strange characters

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and even saw Harry Potter and his owl on a bus in London,

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but, we only found a certain number of Eddies.

No, we can’t disclose that number

as you have to enter the number into a Lego competition.

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There were so many masterpieces at this exhibition,

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as well as lots of opportunities to make your own Lego masterpieces.

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If you are thinking about going to Brickman’s “Wonder of the World” exhibition,

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save your Christmas money and definitely buy tickets!

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It is worth every dollar.

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We loved it!

(P.S.  Brisbanites, tomorrow is the exhibition’s very last day in Brisbane so run, don’t walk, to get tickets!!)

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Art and Craft, Field Trips, Geography, Technology


Heading Home

Are you sick of all of these holiday posts?

I’ve been working on these posts for ages.

I’m itching to write about anything other than our holiday.

Well this is the very last holiday post.

Doing a happy dance.


After a cream cheese bagel for breakfast in Washington,

(the thought of it still churns in my stomach…ick!),

we piled all of our luggage and accumulated stuff

into our rental van and headed north to New York,

where we would fly out that night.

But first, we couldn’t leave the east coast of the country

until we saw the Atlantic Ocean.

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So for lunch, we stopped at Jersey Shores,

for the best chips we’ve ever had,

and a quick peek at the ocean.

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Well, it looked an awful like the Pacific Ocean to me,

but what do I know.

With time ticking down, and a plane that wouldn’t wait for us,

we jumped back into the van

and hurried on to our destination.

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Two plane trips and nearly a whole day later,

we arrived home.

To the people in Australian Customs,

you were a breath of fresh air.

Sorry to say, but most of the security folk we experienced in the US

were scary and unfriendly.

Coming home, we immediately noticed the pleasant difference in manner.

It was so nice to be home.

Except for the weather!

Going from minus freezing to plus plus Aussie summer temperatures

was really uncomfortable.

And why do air conditioners only go as low as 17 degrees Celsius.

Our internal temperature gauge said that that was much too hot!




Lincoln Walking Tour

After our Memorial Walking Tour

we jumped into a taxi,

(Yes, we skipped the walking and paid for a taxi.

Best money we spent all day!)

and headed to the meeting spot for our next walking tour.

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Lucky for Hubby and Ethan,

it was right across the road from the White House,

the thing they were most upset about missing

on the day Ethan was sick.

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With time up our sleeve,

(thanks to that cab ride),

we wandered over to check it out

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and takes some more photos.

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We actually had a lot of time to kill,

which was lovely

as our feet were in a pitiful state.

While we waited we saw our first black squirrels.

We also enjoyed watching and listening to this little squirrel fellow

(you have to listen carefully, he was competing with buskers.

See how his tail jolts to the beat).

The tour we were waiting for was the Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour.

It was excellent.

We walked around the city,

stopping in key locations,

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as our guide retold the story of the night that Lincoln was assassinated.

This was the home of Major Henry Rathbone,

who was one of Lincoln’s guests that infamous night.

He witnessed the murder and later went mad.

He killed his own wife, tried to kill his children and was sent to an asylum.

Oh yes, the night was full of unpleasant, eery stories.

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Our guide did an excellent job of retelling the stories

and setting the mood.

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I particularly enjoyed the night time scenes

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as we wandered the streets of Washington.

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Check out this gorgeous building.

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It’s the Old Post Office.

It looks nothing like our dingy old Australian Post buildings.

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Of course, the final destination on our walking tour was Ford’s Theatre.

Nope, not the modern looking place that says, “Ford’s Theatre”.

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The no-named building to the right is Ford’s Theatre.

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This is where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

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The injured Lincoln was taken from the theatre

to the Peterson Boarding House

across the road.

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Here he later died

…ending our tour.

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Did you know that there were actually other assassins

targeting other key people for assassination that same night?

It’s a fascinating story.

The walking tour was a great way to spend our last evening in Washington.