June 26, 2012. After much buggerizing around with the technicalities
of movie making, I finally got the Driving Around Taree vid finished
and uploaded to Youtube.
June 17, 2012. Took a ride on Lachlan Valley Railway's 3237
steam loco yesterday. We broke down at one point... a problem with
an axle bearing, so that'll put paid to any more steam trips this weekend.
I'm lucky to have booked the first one. There was a diesel loco at the
ass end so it pulled us back to Taree.
We also had to pull over to a siding to wait for a freight train as
well as the XPT to pass on its way to Sydney, so we were stuck out in the
sticks for about an hour. I shared a booth with 5 talkative and jovial
people so we managed to pass the time okay. There was an English couple
in their '80s, a retired pilot, an arty type of bloke who lives at Tinonee
(a small country village just outside Taree), a retired Italian and me.
The English couple and the Italian have been living in Oz since the '50s,
and they love it here. "Best country in the world," said the English woman.
When I first arrived at the booth, before we left Taree, I poked my head
in and said, "Oh, no, I'm in a booth with a bunch of old blokes." They
all looked at me and said, "Whaddaya think YOU are!" Hehe.
Ours was carriage #1 but it was at the tail end, so I got more wind
noise than loco noise. Still and all, I shot some decent footage, especially
on the platform before the journey began. There were a million people,
most with cameras, but the commotion added to the atmosphere. At one stage
I stood on a bench (despite the wobbly legs) and shot over the top of the
crowd. On board the train, I knelt on the hard floor and did several shoots
leaning outside an open window (bit hard to lean outside a closed one).
When I stood up again, it was a real struggle and I had to hang onto the
window sill. I ain't getting any younger ya know. But it was all worth
June 3, 2012. Most mornings I peruse the newsgroups looking
for shots of various types of cars, particularly from the 30s and 40s.
I was a kid when my older bros brought home their fancy (and sometimes
not so fancy) chariots. I found the art deco dash fittings and leather
seats that looked more like plump buttoned sofas absolutely fascinating.
The plush felt hood lining and molded timber-look window frames made the
car feel cozy and inviting. Luxury on wheels. Yes, the rich, warm smell
of those interiors and the throaty burble of the old side-valve V8s...
unforgettable. So here's a small collection of old Fords given a new lease
on life. Click
here for the photo album.