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It’s a windy day today with blue-glare skies, the kind of wind that feels like it might blow in a storm, or not.

The dome spider’s web is holding firm. Today’s first picture may not hit the mark as far as macro-focus goes, but it does show that this spider is not letting go, no matter how bumpy the ride.

dome spider - web aerials - Grunge 17 - 2 March- watermarkedDome spider 2 March 2015 - Grunge 17- watermarked-2Dome spider web - 2 March 2015 - Grunge 17- watermarked

This is us enjoying our last morning in Portland, Oregon. The city turned on another warm sunny day as if to order. We enjoyed breakfast at Lovejoy Bakery with Ann Marie and Skip and walked it off on a river and bridge walk. Thank you both for your hospitality. It was great to meet up and we very much appreciated your company.

Portland portrait - 20 Sep 2014

Bridge and river walk 2 - Portland - 20 Sep 2014Bridge and river walk - Portland 20 Sep 2014

I couldn’t resist grunging up this one.

Bridge and river walk - 20 Sep 2014

Then it was on to AMTRAK’s Cascades afternoon train to Seattle. We passed underneath the twin Tacoma Narrows Bridges and arrived at the freshly renovated King Street Station.

There’s a big American Football game on tomorrow between the Seattle Seahawks, current Super Bowl champions, and the Denver Broncos. We’re staying out at the airport where even in this precinct, hotel rooms are hard to find tonight. We’ll be navigating our way into the city before the game and are looking forward to being a part of the pre-game atmosphere as we head in to board a ship bound for Alaska. Ginny, we’ll wave towards Whidbey Island on the way out of the Sound.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Cascade Train - 20 Sep 2014King St Station - Seattle - 20 Sep 2014

It was an occasion of sadness and the celebration of a life that brought us to Newcastle this past weekend. We took to our feet around the harbour and into the city centre in search of a light late lunch. In no particular order …….

Grain silos - Newcastle Harbour

Afternoon sun on grain silos – Newcastle Harbour

 

Honeysuckle Precinct Sunday afternoon

Honeysuckle Precinct – Newcastle

James Squire

The Squire’s Maiden – Honeysuckle

 

Great Northern - 10 Aug 2014

Great Northern Hotel – Section

Old Victoria Theatre - Newcastle - FX Ancient Canvas

Old Victoria Theatre – closed as a theatre in 1966

Stage Door

Laundry powder advertising - Vintage FX

Remnants of advertising – laundry detergent

Trades Hall Newcastle - Grunge then FX Aged

The old Trades Hall – c 1890s

Technical College Grunge 04 then FX Aged

The old Technical College – 1894

Oyster BarOyster selection - FX Warm

Brisbane City Hall has recently emerged from a long restoration and renovation project to bring it up to current structural and safety standards.

It’s been a long time since I visited this building which was, up until the 1960s, the highest building in the city. The main auditorium holds more than a few memories for me, none the least of which was a performance of The Dudley Moore Trio. A post-show not-by-invitation back stage visit with my friend resulted in a meeting with Dudley himself and a program full of autographs.

Here are some images. The last shot was taken inside the clock tower lift.

City Hall - Worn 18City Hall - Worn 18 - Main AuditoriumAuditorium Dome - Worn 18 - City HallCeiling and light detail - Worn 18 - Brisbane City HallInside the clock tower - Worn 18 - Brisbane City Hall