Among the machines

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #199: Mechanical/Industrial

For this lot of photos I have gone back and found a few old ones and have added a couple of new ones. I chose to use monochrome as I think it adds to the vintage feel of my images.

Start off with some oldies

Here are some new photos never been posted before

This had to be a slider don’t you think

The most appropriate song I could think of

I have some lines for you

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

Birds on a wire

Bollards in the street

Down the tracks

Looking through the blinds

A window or more likely an air vent

My shed wall

Shutters on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence

One of the earliest songs I learnt to play on guitar

Waiting at the physios

Ludwig’s Monday Window 2 May

The Physiotherapists room are in an old Grafton house. These windows would have been at the front of the house before a latter house owner built a verandah. Now the verandah has been enclosed and is used as the waiting room and reception.

I have only shown the top half of the window as there are medical items and exercise equipment on a shelf.

The writings on the wall

My Vivid Blog’s Todays Prompt: Vandalism
John’s Cellpic Sunday

We were out for a walk around town a while ago and came across a bit of graffiti written on the wall of the underpass. I just had to add my bit and become someone who has partaken in vandalism.

Hello world – a disjointed bit of a rave from a weary soul

Wow what a weird, sometimes hellish five days. I lost power on Monday afternoon and woke Tuesday to no phone. I thought it be all back on sometime Tuesday. Boy was I wrong. There were landslides on the Highway on Sunday night so no one could get into town. They were cleared on Tuesday. So much rain. I have have well over 300mls at my place at times winds as well. I have a leak in the roof from where the solar panels are installed but I can’t get to from inside the ceiling space as it is too small. I filled a twenty litre bucket one night from the drip from the ceiling.

There hasn’t been any other damage around the house and sheds that I have found. The ground is still squelchy, isn’t that a fabulous word, some plants in the garden don’t lie wet roots while others have thrived. Some are flowering for the second time. Yesterday I spent chasing butterflies to no avail but the garden has had over 15 different species. Some flit past the window and by the time I have my camera they are gone or tease by flying high and not landing or fly over the roof.

My sleep patterns are crap. Last night I went to bed at 7pm as I was so tired and of course woke at 3am. I managed to have a light breakfast and after a while snoozed from about 5:30 to 6:15. The Brush-tailed Possums are in mating mode so there is thumping on the roof as they scamper about. In case you don’t know, possum sex is very noisy as well.

Luckily my besties place is high on a hill and the dairy flats were under water, the cows were on the high paddocks at the rear of the dairy, so she is OK. Her nearest town Lismore is like a war zone and the whole town went under water, in some places well over two metres. Her daughter, partner and granddaughter are staying with her as her house went under water as well as her business. A lot can be saved but she won’t go back to the house and the building her business is in isn’t safe. When people needed saving from the rising flood waters, the State Emergency Service put a call out for people with boats to help. The “tinnie navy” responded and around two hundred people went out and rescued people from house roofs and some inside the roof space. With no access in or out of the town and everything under water the evacuation centres set up were overwhelmed with displaced people.

Now the flood waters are receding there is mountains of destroyed belongings on the streets as well as wrecked cars that just floated in the water banging into each other on bridges where people parked thinking their cars would be safe. There is a wonderful group of Sikh volunteers who turn up to natural disasters and cook meals and hand them out for free. They are wonderful people.

It is estimated that there are about 5,000 people who are homeless but it probably is more like 10,000 and there is no where for them to go. A lot of people are opening their homes to strangers and family.

Will rebuilding happen again on the floodplain? The building that my besties daughters business was in wasn’t insured as the premium was $28,000 per year and the owner couldn’t afford that or even justify passing the costs onto people renting space in the building.

My nearest town. Grafton, missed out on flood only by centimeters but the towns further down river have been flooded. A lot of the minor damage was from storm water and the small creeks that flow through the town. The hinterland had floodwaters in the lower part of their houses but most of those were built to the 1:100 year flood levels but this exceeded that so their garage and lower areas were flooded.

I didn’t take any photos when I went to town but there are hundreds on the internet and Facebook. Here’s some from years ago. The bottom is the Clarence River near my place

I want to thank everyone for their concern and wishes, I love my blog family

Square Odds for February – Our numbers up

Becky Square Odds

Thanks Becky for an odd challenge

These are some numbers from around my nearest city Grafton. Hope you can work out the song sequence and maybe have a listen while you look at others Square posts or just blog away.

This is where I used to work

Just a letter box

A year date on a building with a few more to follow

One of the nicest pubs which has been shut down for quite a while and turned into a fruit pickers hostel

Petrol prices a while ago. They are much more now

A fancy mosaic house number

The building where I often get my coffee

Vertical house number

Quite fancy house number although does my OCD head in a bit

A card found on the footpath in the street

Songs by the numbers – pick your favourite and sing along.

One – the start of the Square Odds challenge

One for Becky

another for all of the readers

Sometimes I was blogging my squares at this time

I think I have been squaring for this long or so it seems?

When I couldn’t post and had to schedule

Sometimes we went on such a journey with our Squares

“I guess I’m gonna go
I just never know how you feel”

Sometimes this is how I felt trying to align songs with my photos

Thanks for your comments and thanks for those who listed to a tune or two. See you next Squares