Saturday, August 08, 2009

Railway tracks and other things

This is a hodge podge of bits and pieces.
The railway signals interested me on my walk, one by the tracks of the cockle train, this is sometimes a steam train and in summer a diesal but the train runs on school holidays and at week ends. I rather like the slightly overgrown nature of the whole thing. It is a wonderful run from Victor to Goolwa and most of it along side the beach, called the cockle train as people would take it from Victor to gather cockles along the surf beach at Goolwa.
So a signal, another signal and the odd shapes of the playground

Then an out of focus button I have beaded, I used to do these ages ago and was reminded of it with new ones in the bead and button magazine, whatever I did scan or photo it was not clear but fun to make so I have covered a few more buttons to do some more.
Then the orchid in our bathroom at the moment. It is a native dendrobium, one that has been crossed with another native dendrobium to make this lovely thing. I have lost its label so no idea what it is but they flower at this time of the year. Native to New South Wales and Queensland, we have to keep them under cover down here.
We are slowly trying to get together our trip to Europe and England in October, so far we are staying with friends in Germany, then hopefully I will find somewhere reasonable to stay in Paris for a few days and then on to London, same thing, need to find somewhere to stay that we can afford and finally a few days touring in a hire car, Yorkshire and North Wales I think, hope.
Of course the plane ticket is not booked and so far we are looking at train from Frankfurt to Paris and then to London. If I play my cards right we will be in London for the Knitting and Stitching show.


ArtPropelled said...

Oh there's my orchid! We have ours growing on my favourite little tree in the garden. It is such a joy when it flowers isn't it?

I'm so enjoying all your "windows" into your life in Australia. Lucky you, going to Europe. London is one of my most favourite places.

Gaara said...

Congratulations to Robyn for winning the "loot". Penny, you probably know this already but just in case you don't - Have you tried using the "macro" mode on your camera? It's for close up photos, less than 2 feet, it's a little flower-like icon on your camera. Just press your button half way down to focus and shoot, it might help with the close-ups such as the gorgy beaded button. Our little group are doing button swaps this year, so it really interested me....cheers from Jan Simpson

annie said...

One is introduced to so many lovely things on your blogs. These blossoms are just lovely. And you have so many things bubbling on your back burners--what an interesting life you two lead.

Wanda said...

How creative...a little work of art on a button...
and a trip to Paris and wonderful for you!

Robin Mac said...

Love the photos Penny - hope you really do get to play your cards right so you can be in London for ally Pally - that would be the icing on the cake. Cheers, Robin

BT said...

What an interesting post Penny. Love that railway and the signals. That beaded button is beautiful, I'd like to have a go at that. Jim loves orchids, me too and that one in your bathroom is just stunning. Now if you get to Wales, you can just hop on a ferry and travel to Ireland!! Don't miss it.