Monday, June 19, 2017

Walk interrupted

How wondrous it is to walk without care.

To regard facades from the past.

Until the storm clouds tell me it's time to return to the car.

Cronulla, Sydney - November 2015

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ocean grandeur.

After the Sea-Ship--after the whistling winds;
After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,

Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:

Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,
Waves, undulating waves--liquid, uneven, emulous waves,

Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
Where the great Vessel, sailing and tacking, displaced the surface.

From After The Sea-Ship, by Walt Whitman.

Maritime Museum, Sydney - August 2015

Friday, June 2, 2017

Terminus terminated.

The Terminus Hotel.
Built in 1865 and originally called Coopers Arms Inn.

It was renamed the Terminus Hotel about 1911, after the tram that terminated its run right outside the hotel (the tram has long gone).

It was the local pub for the quarry workers, sugar mill workers and power station workers.

The scene of many a happy after work drink and possibly the odd bar brawl.

It closed its doors for the last time in 1984 when it was sold privately and boarded up.

And that was that.
Eventually the building was covered in ivy.
Happily our walk was during winter so we were able to see the old sign through the hibernating climbers.

It was sold again in April 2016 to a private developer for $5 million.
And we all know what that means.........

One can only hope that it's not demolished to make way for yet more apartments.

Though I would suggest a good going over with the weed whacker.

You can see some amazing photos of the inside at Lost Collective 

Terminus Hotel, Pyrmont, Sydney - July 2016

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