Monthly Archives: March 2013

Here’s to you, William Robinson…

After lunch in the City, strolling home through the Queensland University of Technology precinct Ron and I wandered into Old Government House and lucked upon a terrific (free) permanent exhibition of the paintings of William Robinson.

Old Government House dates from 1862, making it pretty old by Australian standards. It housed 11 Governors over 48 years. The wife of Queensland’s first governor, George Bowen, gave birth to two of their children in the House. I assume the Diamantina River and town of Roma are named for her, and the town of Bowen for her husband.

Old Government House, Brisbane

Old Government House, Brisbane

William Robinson was born in 1936, and is still living in Brisbane. Winner of the Archibald and Wynne prizes and various other accolades, William is a great painter of landscapes and quirky scenes.

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Whither the corner store?

Once upon a time, we had an abundance of corner shops in our towns and cities, but they have gradually been eased out by the longer hours of the big chain supermarkets and our comfort with getting in the car to head off shopping at big centres and malls (instead of strolling down to the corner – and paying perhaps more for our purchases).

On my cycles I go past some of the survivors – open at the civilised hour of 6:30am (not so civilised for the proprietors no doubt), and here are two. Love the old Billy Tea siding.

Hoogley Street corner shop

Hoogley Street corner shop

An's convenience store

An’s – An saved up and built a house on the back – hardy immigrant behaviour!

Some other pics from my cycling mornings:

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Down by the river

Today I cycled along the Brisbane Corso, a favourite route, and saw a rainbow in the heavy southwestern skies.

Rainbow over Brisbane River

Boats, earthworks and a rainbow

The cats’ whiskers are in flower …

Cats whiskers

Orthosiphon aristatus

… as are the golden penda.

Golden penda

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Trusty has a rest against a paperbark tree.

Paperbark and bike

Probably melaleuca leucadendra

A new horn on an old bike. Noise: blit — blat! Reckon it’ll clear the path.
Bike horn

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Floral Sunday

Today I cycled to Roma Street Parklands – these lovely gardens were the brainchild of Colin Campbell, a much loved horticulturist who died last year, and for whom a large section full of bright blooms, sculpture, trees and water features has been named.

Flower beds

Flower beds honouring Colin Campbell

The water dragons were out in force, scaring the tourists. And the blue fairy wrens flitted through the shrubs. Glorious park for a rest stop.

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What’s flowering

…in our garden, after the rain…

Bauhinia

Bauhinia

Ptychocarpa

Our own ptychocarpa

Pink hibiscus

Delicate pink

Red hibiscus

Outside the kitchen window

Yellow hibiscus

Yellow hibiscus

Bush with white flowers

Mystery bush

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Joys of cycling: Myanmar (4)

Cycling in central Myanmar is most enjoyable. Many of these photos feature scenes in Bagan, site of many impressive pagodas.

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Joys of cycling: Myanmar (3)

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March 4, 2013 · 1:37 pm