Location: Manning Valley
Date: April 2010
April 23, 2010. Yesterday, I took a little drive out to Dumaresque
Island in the middle of the Manning River. It's a farming community with
just a few roads and no shops... flat as a pancake. I saw only one other
car there. Crossing the Manning at Cundletown is a relatively new bridge.
Nearby is my favorite fig tree, a whopper which I've yet to photograph
successfully. I followed one of the two main roads to its end and saw a
sign PRIVATE PROPERTY, TRESSPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED. Hmmm. I risked
being drilled full of holes by a shotgun and photographed an old cottage
at the entrance to the property. Looks like it's been there since the late
19th century and is overgrown with weeds. Leaning against the side of the
building is a painted sign supported by two posts that would have been
the original pedestrian entrance, but it's faded now and unreadable.
From there, I followed the road to the other side of the island (north)
and came across the massive concrete supports for the upgraded Pacific
Highway where it crosses the Manning River and Dumaresque Island. The huge
structure was in stark contrast to the peaceful fields of grazing cattle.
All in all, quite an interesting little deviation from the relative rush
and bustle of Taree. Click
here for the photo album.
April 16, 2010. Here's another montage of things that have been
happening around the hood, some right outside my front door. The roadworks
guys were back with a vengeance and even bigger machinery! Some of the
roadworks pics are not in chronological order - sorry about that - but
you get the idea. Chris and Adrian, Taree's best known fence builders,
general handymen and tall-story tellers, were back erecting the side fence
to this house. The previous one was post and rail but this one is colorbond
panels. So the excitement around here never stops, folks. Chris thought
it was gonna be a piece of cake and hired a post-hole digger. Oops! The
soil is as tough as old boots, rubble, full of stones and tree roots, so
he had to go back to the manual digger - poor old bugger. Boo boo #2 was
disturbing the main waterpipe, so he had to get a plumber to fix the problem.
However, the job finally got done and it looks a treat. Other pics include
the empty carpark at the Mall on Easter Sunday, a couple of knots on the
timber wall in my kitchen that look like ET, an old derelict house just
down the road from here, and another pelican doing the hey-check-me-out-aren't-I-gorgeous
here for the photo album.
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