Showing posts from January, 2020

Walking in Sydney inspires a grammy award winning song...

via Twitter a video of Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas breaking down her Hit Record 'Bad Guy' talking about walking in sydney.

After winning the Grammy Awards for song of the year, best new artist and album of the year, Billie Eilish completed the sweep of the Big Four with the final award of the evening, winning record of the year for “Bad Guy....

25-6 January 2020

lots of learning this weekend starting with #utsthinkbig forum  rethinking nationism with 
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt (UTS) – Moderator Alison Whittaker (UTS) Associate Professor Pauline Clague (UTS) Patricia Cornelius (Anthem) Professor Susan Page (UTS) – Facilitator Procession from Town Hall to Barangaroo
After a short slow tram ride, joined the procession down George Street from Town Hall to Barangaroo - at the tail end with the Eora Nation Fire Truck
Watched opening of show but didn't stay for the vigil.

Buruwan ParkAfter  a morning of Bushcare weeding at Cadigal Reserve (with bonus bush turkey sighting). 

Reflected on the turkey in a new light following Wesley Enoch's suggestion that totems may help us connect with country.

Heading back home I shed a tear at Buruwan Park a b

Plastic Recycling Review

The Return and Earn machines in NSW is going gang busters. Though it only takes 
Cans (e.g. soft drinks) Bottles ( e.g. beer bottles) Cartons (e.g. milk cartons) Juice boxes or poppers Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must… Be in good condition (not be crushed or broken) Be empty Have the label attached  These items aren’t accepted, but can still go into household recycling. They’re often used at home. Any milk containers that are 1 litre or more Glass wine b…

Mining Sleuce with Riffle Base

This was on the verge for most of January 2020. First dumped outside the North Annandale, then migrating to the Annandale Shops. On 23 January, I finally succumbed and took it home.  Puzzled by what it was, I sought the help of the facebook group StreetbountyInnerWest
The group came up with four leads. Part of a BeehiveWashing BoardRoof Vent (eg in a Gable)Mining Sleuce With these leads this object would appear to be a Mining Sleuce Box with Riffles to strain the gold.
"After the soil of a hillside was turned into a slurry with water, it waschannelled down the hill into sluice boxes, where minerals were caught on “riffles” in the boxes."...

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Riffles are the timber battons across the base of the box Mining to use a Sleuce rocker box (also known …

Len and Dilys Williams and the Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Leonard Mervyn Williams and his wife Dilys came to the Hunter Baillie in 1956. The church was in decline and the threat of falling masonry had made it impossible to obtain public liability insurance. (p39, Hunter Baillie) Dilys conducted alternate services at Leichhardt and Hunter Baillie Presbyterian churches with her husband and was inducted, in 1969, as the first woman Elder in NSW. (p41, Hunter Baillie). Ferguson Library Archivist mentioned in her talk at the church on 4 September 2010, that Dilys Williams in the 1930s had applied to the Presbyterian Church of Australia General Assembly to be Accepted as a candidate for the Ministry. Her application was "laid on the table" and was never dealt with. The stained glass window on the northern side of the church was restored in memory of the Williams' time at the church.
"Back in the 1950's after first attending Sunday School in the morning the older children were then taken into the church f…

Construction of the Glebe Island Bridge 1899

"The Glebe Island Bridge, across Johnstons Bay, is of state significance as it demonstrates one of the earliest examples of an electric-powered swing bridge in Australia" .... Glebe Island Bridge Heritage Listing

"With regard to the Glebe Island Causeway - This work, which was commenced in Apriol 1898, consists in the construction of two high embankments as approaches to the new Glebe Island Bridge, 202,195 tons of ballast filling have been used in the work which is being done by day-labour, 140 men being empoyed. A timber staging has been constructed under contract b etween the western and eastern embankments in order to carry othe stone trucks, and the timber abutments of the bridge have also been erected under contract. Glebe Island Quarry - during the year 51,890 tons of ballast and 1,483 cubic yards of dimension stone have been obtained at the quarry on the north s…

Harvesting and preparing coffee beans (Annandale 2019)

Used online instructions for harvesting and processing coffee ready for roasting,  but still not sure whether Berries should be picked when red and fleshy or black and more dry.