Friday, 28 November 2014

Fungi : Mushroom : Toadstool

I am willing to be corrected, but I suapect there is no such thing as a toadstool. Not in the real world. Not in botany. Perhaps in witchcraft or sorcery, there are toadstools. But in the real world, the one in which I live, we have fungi.

Some fungi are mushrooms. Some mushrooms are edible. Some muushrooms are poisonous. I have no idea how to tellthe difference. But, there is no way I would partake of the mushroom in my photo. I found it growing in my back lawn. It breaks down into a black, gooey, ooze.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


When a bail comes off your stumps, your innings is over.
Phillip Joel Hughes (1988 - 2014)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Johnson's Corner

George Street, the main street of Sydney, was widened in 1911. The Kerry glass-plate negative is undated, but typically, they were taken during the 1880s. It shows George Stree looking north (toward the Quay). The verandah on the left is the building that THEN stood on the corner of George and Grosvenor Streets. At that time it would have been owned by the family of Anthony Hordern. Originally, it was the site of the colony's first military parade ground before The Barracks were constructed on the site now known as Wynyard Station.

In 1909-1910, there was a Royal Commission into the planning of the centre of the city which resulted in the widening of Broadway, Oxford Street, William Street, and George Street. Three commercial buildings were erected along the George Street frontage. The corner building was officially named The Chamber of Commerce building, but everyone called it the Johnson's building because Johson had a draper's shop in the ground floor. The middle building - which I spotlight today - was The Commercial Building. The third building was the second incarnation of The Brooklyn Hotel. You can see the original hotel on the left in the Kerry image.

In the 1980s all but the facades were demolished and the three structures were amalgamated to form single floor tenancies across all three sites. The third Brooklyn Hotel is the ground floor.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Could this be Scuffy?

I tracked this little tug coming in to help. It choofed from under the harbour bridge, into Sydney Cove, and right-angled the store-boat alongside the "Rhapsody of the Seas". I might have made up that florid name, but it was something like that. It was a busy stretch of water that morning.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The answer lies in the soil ...

I am not sure what the expression "The answer lies in the soil" means, exactly. I kinda think it means that to solve anything, one needs to go back to basics. I am a gardener, and I adore getting down, and getting dirty. But, the expression has a wider and more general application. Gardening is becoming more onerous, as my balance and vision become more neurologically impacted. What more sedentary activity to replace it with. I adore reading - bought myself Colm Toibin's "Norah Webster" on Saturday - but reading can only be done for about 30 minutes at a time.

So, I went into Lincraft on York Street and bought some wool and needles. Will graduate to crochet early in the new year. Lincraft is a chaotic store that stocks sooo much. And the prices are reasonable, although the quality is not crash-hot.