Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We all know I was on my way to the Zoo on Sunday......

well, you do if you read yesterday's post, so you might be wondering why.

Let me tell you.

To tie in with the release of the movie Walking With Dinosaurs, our Zoo has constructed a Dinosaur exhibit. And I wanted to see it.
I charged up the camera batteries and caught the bus into town, then walked to the Zoo, passing the bat trees on the way.

Ready to see some dinosaurs?

Here we go...

information signs beside each dinosaur were really handy, since the only dinosaurs I recognise are Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops.  I've never even heard of the Apatosaurus. Here's what he looks like...

of course there's more to him than just a head....

This exhibit, (the whole thing, not just this dinosaur), was very popular, families with kids were everywhere! I almost tripped over several toddlers who'd escaped their prams. I was too busy aiming the camera to watch out for them.

The Apatosaurus needs his enormous tail to balance his long neck.

Ornitholestes. Another one I've never heard of. My grandson S could name every dinosaur that ever lived by age three or four. Kid's a genius! Smarter than me anyway, when it comes to dinosaurs.

Most of these are mechanised with moving heads and sounds.

How about those claws! Girls, wouldn't we all love to have fingernails that strong? But prettier of course.

Ornithomimus. This one was thought to be speedy and smart.

Looks quite a lot like the previous one, probably from the same "family".

Pteranodon. I'm disappointed they didn't have Pteradactyl, but this will do nicely.

I imagine he is a similar size to a Pteradactyl.

Now here's a name I'm familiar with. Stegosaurus.

4.5 tonnes of animal with a spiked tail. Imagine 4.5 tonnes stomping through your lettuce patch!

Triceratops is my personal favourite, wait till you see what they have here....

A mum and a baby!

look at this cute little baby dinosaur. He's smiling!

mum Triceratops would growl every now and again, warning us away and keeping her baby safe.

Possibly the most well known dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus.

Fierce teeth,

huge tail, but tiny little wonder he roars so much. It would be impossible to scratch an itch with those arms and he probably couldn't hold his food either. No dainty nibbling for Tyrannosaurus.

The Velociraptor was smaller than I thought he would be.

He actually looks quite cute.

The exhibition is open until the end of the school holidays.

Monday, December 30, 2013

things are a little batty here

In Botanic Park, I mean.

I was on my way to the Zoo and took a small detour into the park because I like walking across the small bridge....bridges are a favourite thing of mine.

I happened to look up and saw what I first thought to be large, oddly shaped pine cones, then one fluttered his wings.....

Fruit bats. Or just regular bats, I don't know the difference and since none of them appeared large enough to be Dracula, I wasn't worried.

You won't believe how many.....

These are in one tree and this is just a few branches,

a branch or two on the next tree....

they were this thick on four trees.

The Zoo is right next door, so the bats hang around for left over food I suppose, after the animals get their fruit and veg. Bats do eat fruit and veg don't they?  Why else are they called fruit bats?

For those who might be a little squeamish looking at bats, here is a sculpture to take your mind off them....

I don't know what it is supposed to represent, if anything, but I certainly do like it.

Come back tomorrow and see what else I've photographed.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Selections # 152

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.
There are several other participants now though:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the gardens surrounding these flats I live in.

It's early summer here, so most things are flowering...

this lovely stand of daisies,

which follows the curve of the footpath,

in a semi crescent shape.

had to stand on my tippy-toes for this shot, I'm not tall enough to look down on them otherwise.

A little further around the footpath is this.....

..magnificent magnolia tree,

with buds and blooms galore. 
No captions for the next few photos.

aren't they just beautiful?

A little further around is this hedge which also curves to follow the footpath. See that low green bush in the back left?

Here's a closer look....

it has tinsel,


and lights. 

Not many of the flats here decorate outside, perhaps I will next year.
We could start a trend, this occupant and me.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Let's take one more walk, a short one this time

We'll walk along Ellen Street, with a side view into Alexander Street.  **

Many years ago, Ellen Street looked like this....

Railway tracks went straight down the middle ending at the Railway Station....
the view you see is the shopping and hotels side of the street, the Railway Station is on the wharf side of the street. 

and there was no platform, so people stepped down into the street off the train.

In the 50s, trains ran at night too, (possibly even in the 60s) leaving Adelaide in daylight and arriving in Port Pirie quite late at night. We arrived on a train named The Bluebird in 1958 at about 9-10pm. I remember climbing down a short set of steps to the road, then walking across to the footpath.
Dad had accepted a job offer from the Port Pirie branch of the South Australian Gas Company and was to start work the next day. (SAGASCO, dark green shirts, red logo stitching)
So here we were in Port Pirie, five of us, late at night, with nowhere to stay. A house had not yet been made available.

Right on the footpath where we stepped off the train was the small shop front of the Gas Company, and someone must have been there to greet us, as we were ushered inside and led up a flight of stairs to the storeroom, I think, my memory is a little hazy here, with another room beyond it. This is where we were to stay until a house was available.
SAGASCO is no longer there, but the building is.....

it is now Image Hairdressing and those windows upstairs are where we looked out at the street below. I don't remember which window, but I do remember going up and down the stairs and walking through the shop to get to the street, or out the back to the toilet. We were asked not to play in the shop and being only young, we did as we were told, but sometimes sat on the stairs watching customers while waiting for Dad to get home from work.

I think we lived there for about three weeks, then a house was available and we moved to the Risdon Park area and I was enrolled in the Risdon Park primary school. My most clear memory of that school is a girl who swung high on the swings and fell off, breaking her arm. My clearest memories of the house are Mum's veggie patch which took up half the backyard, and we three kids all having chicken pox at the same time.

Let's get back to Ellen Street.

the old Railway Station has been cleaned up, prettied up, repaired, and is now a Rail Museum.  I'd planned on going in for a look-see, but it wasn't open when I walked past and after walking the beach-school loop, I was pretty tuckered out. The next day of course, I'd had enough and came home instead.

Next to the Railway Station/Museum is the Port Pirie Post Office. I remember it being green and I could be wrong, but it certainly looks a lot nicer now.
then comes the old Courthouse, it's quite small, which explains why they built a much larger one down by the Police Station. I'm glad they kept this though and renovated it, history should be preserved as much as possible in my opinion. I'm not sure what the building is used for now.

Next in line.......
the National Trust Museum. There is a building in between  the Courthouse and the Museum, there's a grey roofline in the previous photo, but I don't remember what it is and why didn't I take a photo??

All of these buildings are on the wharf side of Ellen Street, with the shops being on the other side.
The sandstone building to the right of the photo above is.....

the old Public Library, where I spent so many happy hours reading, reading, reading, mostly in the winter when it was too cold to be at the beach in the water. I don't think it is used as a library anymore, there is a new, big, modern library building at the end of Ellen Street, right behind the Visitor's Centre, between it and the railway station that was built across from the high school.

Along the centre of Ellen Street, where the railway tracks used to run is a wide median strip with.....


and the best of all.....

old train wheels embedded in the soil, a reminder of Port Pirie's rail heritage.
I love these, there are three sets along this stretch of the median strip.

Finally, here's a look at the Hotel/Motel I stayed at.....

quite a big place, on the corner of Ellen Street and David Street.

a closer look, so you can see the Christmas decorations.

I've just realised we didn't do that little **side walk into Alexander Street, we'll go there next week.