Results tagged “Anniversaries” from Kazza the Blank One

Platinum

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Today would have been Doug and Win Cartan's 70th wedding anniversary.  Sadly Doug didn't quite make it - he died last year.  I've known the Cartans all my life - they were members of our church from before I was born.  Funnily enough I always remember them as being "old" - they were late middle aged from when I was a kid.  And in a case of it's a small world, Doug fought with my grandfather in the same battalion during WWII.  Wonderful generous people.  

This was from their 40th anniversary in 1990

Doug and Win Cartan's 40th wedding anniversary

Doug and Win Cartan's 40th wedding anniversary

And this was from their 50th anniversary in 2000

Doug and Win Cartan's 50th wedding anniversary

Under the Sea

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Backdating again.. I'm such a slacker!!

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday nothing eventful, just UK photo labelling and jigsaw.  By Wednesday I'd labelled 1706 photos in three weeks.

Thursday morning I passed 1000 slides of Dad's scanned.  Was up to episode 7 in Lego Masters.

Friday morning I found a date on one of Dad's pieces of RADOS paper.  The ABC used to print out the runsheets/programmes on paper and the system was called RADOS.  I'm sure Mum/David could correct me on the details.  The point is they only used the paper once then it was scrap.  So Dad used to bring it home for us as scrap paper.  All the time I was living at home I used that paper.  So did the rest of the family.  In the back of each slide box, Dad has used RADOS paper to summarise what is in each box.  The box I opened on Friday had the date - December 1980.  I already knew that Dad had rearranged slides somewhat from their original order, but this put a date on it - after 1980.  Fun times.  

RADOS

Friday also happened to be the fifteen anniversary of when the sweetie and I first met in real life.  We had chicken kiev for dinner and watched Lego Masters.

Saturday I had a body corporate annual meeting for my flat in Sydney.  I've been to a couple over the years, but this year because of COVID-19 they did it as a phone meeting.  Which made it great for me - I could attend one without even leaving home!  The strata lady reckoned it was good because they got people calling in that wouldn't or couldn't normally come (like me!) and she even had one call in from South Africa for one of her buildings!

I also might have finished The Little Mermaid section of the jigsaw.  I cooked two trays of home-made potato wedges for dinner, which were epic awesome.  Then we watched some Lego Masters, which was the episode under water.  Which all tied in nicely with "Under the Sea" theme because we also watched The Little Mermaid that night.

The Little Mermaid Memorable Moment  

Sunday was bits and pieces of housework, epic pizza scrolls for lunch, Lego part picking, and bribing the magpies not to swoop me come spring time (they came flying over before I'd even seen them - so fricken cool!)

Bribery and corruption

Pretty sure we finished Lego Masters that Sunday night.  Was really happy the guys that won did, they looked like they were having fun the whole way through and their builds were amazing.

Monday we went food shopping.  Did a bit of housey stuff.  Cooked "lemon butt chicken" for dinner (just a roast chicken with a whole lemon as stuffing).  Turned out really nicely.  Didn't get a lot of leftovers though ;)

Lemon butt chicken

Long weekends are great.....

So where were we?  Saturday night.  Asleep by 9pm and slept for nine hours.  Bliss!!

Sunday I felt alive again after so much insomnia.  Mostly just house stuff and Lego part picking.  Made Sizzler cheesy toast for lunch.

Sizzler cheese toast

In the evening we had some celebratory bubbles and cheese, had Chong Co delivered, and watched BBT (three episodes from end of season 8, beginning of season 9) and Flying High.  A lovely evening with the sweetie.

Anniversary bubbles

Happy anniversary to us

Anniversary cheeses

Anniversary dinner

Sunday night slept well again.  Finished Lego part picking the sets for the weekend.  A bunch of house stuff.  A bit of jigsaw.  Chicken kiev and veggies for dinner.

Kiev dinner

I actually had good sleep every night this week, until we got to the weekend....

Tuesday was spent in Do Not Disturb mode catching up on everything from Friday, as well as the ten or so new tickets that we had because the rest of the country didn't have the day off.  Taco Tuesday!  And USA photo geotagging - fricken hard work.  

Taco Tuesday

Wednesday night spent an hour blogging, but only got half way through the week.  Continuing on now ;)

Autumn is pretty

Grilled cheese

Stumpy

Thursday traditional beer and pizza, and watched Naked Gun 33 1/3.

Friday woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner and then watched Contagion that David had brought up on DVD.  I didn't know Stu hadn't actually seen it, and neither had David.  But epic blogging fail - I didn't record the first time I saw it!  I assumed I saw it with Stu, but I don't remember when or in what format.  It was pre Netflix (I saw it for the second time on Netflix in June last year).  Maybe I saw it on TV ???  Very cool movie, underrated in IMDB.  Only gripe is they compressed the timeline somewhat, presumably for dramatic effect.  

Saturday woke up at 4:30 and couldn't get back to sleep.  Other than washing the towels, I didn't really do anything else except for the jigsaw.  Sausages for dinner and watched Identity Thief that the boys chose.  Typical Melissa McCarthy - completely silly, but with heart.  My biggest gripe is that people who commit identity theft are sociopaths with no heart.  

One of the sets I was part picking for was actually complete, so just for fun David built it.  Then I pulled it apart again, because I don't have the space to keep built models around for years ;)
Keep calm and cruise on - with Lego

Today I woke up at 2:45 and never got back to sleep *sigh*.  Did a bunch of bits and pieces on the todo list, but not nearly enough.  Had slow cooked lamb shanks for dinner which were nice enough, but it's quite a lot of work for not much meat (it's mostly all bone).  

*yawn* .. must be bed time...

Pearl

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Thirty years later.. twenty years ago today .. we took Mum and Dad out for dinner.  Being Valentine's Day trying to go somewhere nice, for four people, without a booking, was a little tricky.  But we did manage to squeeze into a place in Brighton Le Sands.

Mum and Dad on their Pearl Wedding Anniversary

January 8

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As always, on January 8 I remember three things..

This blog is seventeen years old today!  I wanted to get a mobile template applied to this blog over the break, but I just had too many things to do.  One day ..

David Bowie would have turned seventy three today.  Someone at work pointed out it was Elvis Presley's birthday as well.. which I knew but I've never mentioned here because I'm just not all that interested heh.  Edit: actually, I did, in 2015 :)

Bushfires raged through Como destroying many of our friends' homes and our church twenty six years ago.  The current bushfires are hence all too real for us.

January 1994 bushfires

Monday morning I was cranky at the STOOPID, so spent way more than my usual lunch budget on crackling pork, which was good, but *huge*!

Yum cha noodle house crispy pork

I was so full from lunch I didn't feel like dinner, but did eventually fry up some cabbage with cheese and pepperoni.  A little weird..

Cheesy pepperoni cabbage

As of Monday was 80% of the way through holiday photo labelling.

Tuesday was a somewhat better day, still too much stoopid.  Had my dinner and quota of photo labelling done by 19:30, so watched The Secret Garden.  I have a feeling I may have read the book in school.  Certainly don't remember though.  Movie was all right, but not amazing.  Filed club photos while watching.

Wednesday was filled with utter rage at the sheer hypocrisy of our change management team.  I was so angry at one point I nearly punched something.  Went to Vinnies and got a couple of (expensive) second hand jigsaws (Green Shed is better value).  Finished up to day 27 of holiday photo labelling. 

Thursday we were going to be good and not get pizza for dinner.  We got pizza for dinner.

Friday the sweetie cooked a pork larb, which was nice but needs more vegetation.  Watched a couple of episodes of Homeland.

I like this picture I saw on a website on the weekend.  What does it look like to you?

City circuit

Did usual Saturday morning stuff, then we headed out to the club for Chris and Ian's anniversary dinner.  I helped setup; they went red this year.

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Had a lovely evening.  Rob put on a heap of Queen.  I may have sung along.  Ended up back at Ian's for a very late night.

This morning we came home (I slept relatively well, just didn't get enough of it).  Just did Lego inventorying and had a nap.

Stu cooked a sweet potato and leek soup in the slow cooker which turned out quite nicely, and I finished off some lasagna sheets and made a vego lasagna (left it in the oven a bit too long though).  I just made up a bechamel sauce, and for the tomato layers just had a can of crushed tomatoes, a tub of tomato paste and some garlic and herbs.  It was only four layers (two of tomato and two of white sauce) but was pretty quick to make and used up a few things out of the pantry and fridge which was good.

Sweet potato and leek soup

Vegetarian lasagna

Then the usual Sunday night photo processing and blogging.

Temporada

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For our anniversary this year the sweetie took me out to dinner to Temporada in Civic.  They brought us the menu but then said we could do the chef's special, which was seven courses chosen by the chef, for $80pp.  Sounded good to us, so that's what we did.  Not that what they brought out was actually on the menu we saw.  Some stuff was, other stuff was on the online chef's menu, or the online dinner menu, which was different again to the paper menu we got at the beginning.  Shrug.

Starting with bread and olives.  Those olives were delicious and the bread was very soft, a lot softer than you'd expect for a dark bread.  These featured on the online chef's menu.

Temporada bread and olives

Next up was "gruyere fritters".  Crunchy and cheesy and yummmm.  Not found on any of the menus, but closest was found on the paper menu we got.

Temporada gruyere fritters

Anchovy toast (one's missing because the sweetie had already grabbed it).  I hate anchovies so Stu had mine off the top, the rest was nice enough.  Again not featured on any of the menus.  Closest to the online dinner menu, but this had lettuce hearts or something, not tomato and olives.

Temporada anchovy toast

Straciatella, probably off the online dinner menu.  This was cold, I think I would have preferred it warm (if you're going to have gooey cheese it should be warm, my opinion ;) ).

Temporada straciatella

Kangaroo tartar (sorry for the blurry photo).  This was on our paper menu, although not sure if it had horseradish?  Think I would have noticed that.  Quite nice, and I ended up mixing some of it with the straciatella which improved both dishes I thought.

Temporada kangaroo tartar

Ricotta tortellini, found on both our paper menu and the online dinner menu.  Delicious, as testified by all that lovely oil ;)

Temporada ricotta tortellini

Beef flat iron, found on our paper menu.  So awesome!

Temporada beef fillet

Broccolini with mallorquina butter, also found on our paper menu.  That "butter" was great on the broccolini.

Temporada broccolini

White chocolate mousse, not found on any of the menus.  A lovely end to the meal.

Temporada white chocolate mousse

We really enjoyed the meal, although it's very expensive (just looking at the prices of individual dishes hurts haha).  Good for a special occasion though.

So Monday.  Day four of our break.  But I didn't get anything much done around the house because I spent the morning getting organised to go to the club.  Made some cheese twists for lunch before heading out.  The previous owners of the van left a lot of kitchen stuff and tools behind which is great, but *all* the cupboards were full of stuff, with no free space to put any of our stuff.  Got a bit overwhelmed by it on Monday afternoon.  And it poured with rain.  A lot.  Had some leftovers we'd brought for dinner, and watched the start of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on tv, but went to bed before it finished.

Clouds over Bungendore

Dark clouds

Tuesday I spent pretty much the whole day cleaning out the cupboards and reorgansing everything so it fitted into the cupboards more logically, and left most of the big cupboard free for our stuff.  Did a couple of loads of washing up to wash stuff in the drawers and some of the cookware.  Felt a lot happier with things by the end.  Although still nowhere good to store food.  D&I fired up the fire in the oasis, so we had a beer with them which was nice.  Tried out the bbq.  It doesn't light with the lighter thingie, but runs ok if you light it.  Cooked some sausages for dinner and we had a nice bottle of 2011 shiraz I got in 2014.

Beer by the fire

Fire

First bbq at the new van

Wednesday morning we came home.  Thanks to Tony though for taking our bins out - they'd been collected by the time we got home, and the recycling bin in particular would have been a disaster if we'd missed the pickup.  Cooked some pizza scrolls for lunch.  In the afternoon cleared/cleaned the middle shelf of the pantry and the two drawers under the oven.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner, watched Homeland and From Russia With Love.

Didn't do much Thursday.  Did some photo filing in the morning, then headed over to Chrissie's for a bbq for lunch.  James was in town, first time I'd seen him in twenty five years, with Anita, and Susannah and Rob were there too.  So it was quite the family gathering for them.  And then they got out all the family photos that survived the bushfire (as an aside, Como Presbyterian Church reopened twenty three years ago on this day as I type this, same day as Port Arthur massacre.. moving on..).  David and Kat came over late in the afternoon and we had lamb roast and started a 2000 piece jigsaw.

Balls!

BBQ at Chrissie's

Friday Stu went to work.  David pulled apart our bedroom fan light which had died a couple of months ago.  We'd gotten a new bulb but it hadn't worked either.  Turns out the ballast had gone.  Someone let the smoke out.  This fan light had been installed in November 2008.  A "Brilliant" branded fan light we got from Bunnings.  Don't do that people.  We never could get a replacement light for it.  The last one we got was a much smaller T4 bulb because we couldn't find any the right size.  Pretty sure that was in April 2014.  So instead of trying to replace the ballast and not get a bulb that fitted anyway, we decided to get a similar sized LED oyster light and mount that instead.  It looks slightly odd, but works just fine and cheaper than a whole new fan light.  Most awesomest brother ever!

Bedroom fan light replaced

So that was done in the morning and we were like.. now what?  D/K went out for a wander round Canberra and I got stuck into cleaning out the "gardening" corner of the garage.  Too many spiders and other disgustingness for my liking.  D/K gave me a lift into town later where I met up with the sweetie for a drink and dinner for our anniversary (and they went off and did their own thing).  We went to Temporada and had quite a delicious, if very expensive, dinner.

Drink with the sweetie

Canberra at night

Stu at Temporada

Canberra tram at night

Actew teeth cones things

Saturday and David couldn't help himself, he wanted to replace our ancient fluoro kitchen/family room light fittings with LED ones.  So a trip to Bunnings (where it was decided against getting the "Brilliant" branded ones, even though they looked nice because a) Bunnings staff couldn't/wouldn't get the panel of test lights turned on to look at them, and b) they're Brilliant branded, which we've already established seems to be non-standard anyway), and then a trip to Project Lighting.  Got some flat round lights that don't quite cover up the old holes, so we'll need to sand/bog/paint that at some point.

Old kitchen lights

Pulling off the old lights

New kitchen lights

We did one of the lights in the morning, then headed out to the club to show D/K the new van (and get out of Stu's way as he was trying to study).  Had a bbq out there (we really need a new gas cylinder), then came home again, and David replaced the other light.  Had pizza for dinner, watched Goldfinger, and finished the big jigsaw.  Pretty good effort for two days. 

Sunday D/K went home and I spent the day coming to terms with the end of my holiday :(  Tidied up a lot of the house, did two loads of linen washing, got some holiday blog entries online, got some kiev balls from the shops and cooked those for dinner, watched Brooklyn 99 and Death in Paradise.

Ten days is not enough time off.  I really need those three month holiday I used to get when I was at uni... *sigh* ....

The Day After

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This morning was super frustrating because apart from about fifteen minutes scraping old sealant off the shower, all I did all morning was housework - cleaned the kitchen, dusting, vacuuming, put away washing, did another load of washing, cleaned up the dining room, cleaned up the bedroom.  Seriously it was just boring housework and nothing actually useful.  Soo annoying.

Went out so Stu could get his degree framed, then had some lunch at Can Tho, then got some new fishies (five black neon tetras for the two foot and a bristlenose for Chrissie's tank).

Black neon tetras

Chickens crossing the road

Also went and saw Serkan's fish room.  It's a pretty impressive setup.  He has one big air pump that does the whole room with bubble filters in each tank.  He has a hose which fills aging tanks at the top, and they are plumbed with irrigation to all his tanks below for easy water changes.  Very cool.

Serkan's fish room

Then home to do silicone sealant scraping and not much else of any consequence.

Went into the city (via Mt Ainslie) for dinner at Hero Sushi, which, like last time, was super disappointing.  Never go there when it's not crowded - all the hot food is cold and disgusting.  Then we saw The Last Jedi, which I'll save for another post.

Mt Ainslie in the rain

Clouds over Canberra

But I did want to post these photos today.  A year ago I mentioned that after our church burnt down in the Como bushfires in 1994 I retrieved a page of one of our hymn books and a piece of the baptismal font I was baptised in.  This is them..

Hymn book page

Baptismal font

Fifteen

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This blog is fifteen years old today.  Fifteen!!  I've been blogging for a third of my life!

Quiet day today.  Mostly alternating between scraping grout in the shower and trying to get email inboxes under control. 

Also, the kitchen is probably the cleanest its been since we moved in.  All the cupboards under the bench have been cleaned out and decluttered, and the entire benchtop cleaned.

Kitchen panorama

The sweetie cooked barbeque pork for dinner (with a nice chinese bbq marinade), roast beetroots (from Serena's garden) and a peach crumble (also from Serena's garden).  Then we watched Discovery, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Twenty-four years since the Como bushfires; David Bowie would have turned seventy-one.

IX

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Tonight the sweetie and I celebrated our anniversary and went to Bella Vista for dinner.  We had a lovely evening and talked about life and travel and finances and *stuff*.  Love you sweetie :)

The sweetie on our anniversary

For entree, I had Quaglia e Prosciutto - "San Danielle" prosciutto wrapped semi-boned quail, filled with a parmesan and mortadella farce, roasted, and served on a warm smoked pepper and spinach salad with pan jus.

Bella Vista Quaglia e prosciutto

Stu had Cestino di Pollo - chicken pieces sauteed with bacon, and mushrooms in a mild chilli and seeded mustard sauce, tossed through garlic rice and served in a crispy breadbasket.

Bella Vista Cestino di Pollo

For mains I had Panciale di Maiale - pulled pork neck slow roasted with rosemary and garlic, coated panko crumbed and fried to crispiness served with a creamy asparagas and scallop brandy sauce, and grilled mushrooms.  Not sure what I was expecting for this, but this wasn't it.  It was delicious though!!

Bella Vista Panciale di Maiale

Stu had Pesce del Giorno - grilled NT barramundi fillet set on bacon and caramelised onion potato mash and asparagus, and prawn cutlets

Bella Vista Pesce del Giorno

As always, an amazing meal.

Remembering

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January 8.  Always a day I think about three things..

1.. David Bowie's birthday.  Still sad he's not with us anymore..

2.. The 1994 Como bushfires..

3.. My blogiversary.. fourteen years old today!

Here's a couple of photos I scanned a couple of months ago.  It's dad in front of our church as it was burning down in 1994, taken by one of the firies (about the only unit that actually made it to the scene - most were out at Bangor and weren't able to get back across the old Woronora bridge due to congestion).  This photo appeared in the local newspaper in the week after the fires.

Como Presbyterian Church January 1994 bushfires

Another from the series..

Como Presbyterian Church January 1994 bushfires

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Today marks:

* twenty years since Como Presbyterian Church reopened after the January 1994 bushfires

* twenty years since the Port Arthur Massacre

* fifteen years since Alan had his first heart attack.

Memorable day for me.

VIII

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The sweetie and I have been married eight years today :)  Happy anniversary sweetie, love you!! :):):)

Ten Years

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Ten years ago tonight I met the sweetie for the first time in real life.  It was that meeting that changed the rest of my life.  Had it not been for that meeting I would not be sitting here in Canberra, having just watched through Sherlock, listening to my neighbour's loud music.  I wouldn't be in the job I am now or have a whole stack of friends that I have now.

In short it's been a pretty great ten years.

Kazza, Stu and Aurelius

Aquila saw that picture of the sweetie today and said he hadn't changed a bit.  Neither have I really, although I did point out that I'm a lot fatter now hehe.  And the reason I haven't dismantled the mosaic is that it reminds me of that trip to Queensland where I met the sweetie.

Itch

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So the sweetie and I have been married for seven years today :)

This morning I cooked cheesy potato hash browns.  Then while the pan was still hot I cooked dinner.  Then it was after 11am, and I was about to head out (to the movies with Kerry). 

Cheesy hash browns

Stronganof

Stronganof

This afternoon I did lots of housey type stuff.  But no photo sorting.  My holiday photo blogging is about to come to a screaming halt.

Dinner was beef stroganoff, then we thought we'd watched something a bit romantic, so we watched The Notebook on Netflix.  Urrgh.  Slowest.  Movie.  Ever.  Ok not really but was super slow and a few minutes in and I'm like, is this thing over yet?  I didn't really even care that much who she ended up with in the end.  Then we watched Frozen.

Three years ago today I had to celebrate our wedding anniversary without the sweetie which was super sad.  But they did give us champagne at breakfast because it was the Israeli Independence Day.  Then we went to the Garden Tomb, and the Tower of David museum, and wandered around Jerusalem.

One year on

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Last night was one year since dad died.  I've been listening to the list of "Dad songs" I posted last year.

Mum is doing well, and loving her new life in the retirement village.

There's some things I miss about dad (his technological knowledge and some of his quirks), and some things I certainly don't (his grumpy personality).  

I still have dreams that he's still alive, or that he recovered and came home to a house/garage that we'd cleared out of all his stuff.  The number of times I said "sorry dad" while we were getting rid of his stuff.. I think it haunted me slightly.

Yeah so what a marathon effort that cleanout was!  It took us about sixteen months, although it really accelerated in the last two months when mum had to move out.  I well and truly lost count of how many trips to Sydney I did!

Parents' Garage

Garage cleanout

Dad's workshop

Workshop cleanout

Dad's workshop

Workshop cleanout

Back alcove Back alcove

Back alcove Back alcove

Front alcove Front alcove

Anzac Day Weekend

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Generally had a quiet weekend.  Stu was still sick (yeah two long weekends and three days leave in between and he was sick the entire time :( ).

Friday I did a bit of house cleaning and watched Four Weddings and a Funeral in the afternoon.  I might have also made some Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac Biscuits

Saturday we celebrated our anniversary by going out for brunch at Pulp Kitchen.

Anniversary brunch

Anniversary brunch

The we did some food shopping and came home (via the church where we got married six years ago)

Ainslie leaves

All Saints

I put dinner on to slow cook (beef stew nommm).  Didn't do much at all in the afternoon (that I can remember).  

White eye

White eye

Enjoyed our dinner and watched Twister together in the evening.

Sunday I did a bit of stuff around the house then went to the War Memorial to see the model of Gallipoli, except the whole section is undergoing a big renovation at the moment til the end of the year :(  So had a bit of a wander around and had a play with Dad's camera there.

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

Blogiversary

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Also today ... significant day ..

I've been blogging for eleven years today .. happy blogiversary to me!

Also today marks the twentieth anniversary of the bushfires that tore through Como and Jannali in 1994, destroying our church and many of our friends' homes.

And it's David Bowie's birthday.

So for our anniversary we both got the day off work, and decided to go for a drive out to Captains Flat.  Cute little town, although really not much there.  The pub didn't open til dinner time on a Friday - only open for lunch on weekends.  So we had some "lunch" at The Outsider cafe.  There was only SOS mobile reception there, presumably only Telstra has a tower there.  We went up and look at the old entrance to the mine.  But sadly we didn't go out to the radar, which was half the reason I wanted to go.  Stu says "next time".

Captains Flat sign, including ducks and horses
Captains Flat sign

Residents can get emergency water supplies from here
Captains Flat water supply

A photo of the mine on an info board
Captains Flat old photo

A memorial for miners who lost their lives
Captains Flat memorial

Stu inspecting the Molonglo River (that little bit of brown in front of him)
Captains Flat Molonglo River

Isn't he a cutie?
The sweetie

Captains Flat from Beazley Street
Captains Flat

The Outsider cafe
The Outsider

Captains Flat hotel
Captains Flat Hotel

Lake George Mine entrance
Lake George mine

Lake George mine

Captains Flat from the mine
Captains Flat

Old railway bridge
Railway bridge

Church at Carwoola
Carwoola church

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