And what a great month it’s been. So much has happened I had to get out my diary to check. It started out with a portrait workshop with a local photographer that I’ve just found out about. Went to see if I liked his style and manner, yes to both. So I’ll be doing more workshops with him when I’m at home.
The local Maleny Film Society had an Australian Film Festival on the second weekend of March and I managed to catch a couple of excellent films there. Then we had a massive storm one night; 200mm or 8 inches of rain in 2 hours. The lightning and thunder went on forever and no Flair did not like it at all. I was down to Obi Obi Creek early the next morning to get some shots of the creek in flood but it had already .gone down considerably. I could see where it had been which was 5 to 6m higher than normal and still managed to get some interesting shots for my Project on Obi Obi Creek that I’m doing this year.
Left the next week to travel up the coast of Queensland to Mackay to see one of my sons and then the two thousand km drive back down to Sydney to see the other two children and their families. I live right in the middle of them so it makes a bit of a drive to catch up. But there’s no rush, I’m retired!
I took a leisurely trip up the coast staying at Woodgate Beach, Tannum Sands and Causeway Bay each for two nights. Stinking hot all the way 33 – 35 C every day. Then stayed at Finch Hatton for 3 nights travelling to Eungella each day to see my son. Beautiful spot, in the clouds for most of the time as it’s over 700m above the coastal plain and cooler 🙂 Also one of the windiest, steepest roads I’ve driven on and I’ve been on a few!
Realised while I was at Finch Hatton that I had left Flair’s “C5″ certificate at home, this is required to be sighted by all dog boarding kennels in Australia to make sure the dogs injections are all up to date, particularly ‘Kennel Cough”. As she’s going into a kennel at Blackheath while I do the Masterclass I needed to get it. So I had to make a slight detour back home again to pick that up. Drove from Finch Hatton down the inland through Middlemont, Biloela and Monto before heading across to the coast and home for one night. Then off again (with the “C5” certificate) down the coast to Sydney. I made it a fairly easy trip spending a night at Evans Head, and Norah Head with two nights in between spent at Scotts Head where it rained for the whole day I was there. But I’ve been there before and will be back again as it’s such a lovely spot and we did get a great sunrise shoot in just before we left.
I’m now huddled up at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, literally. The temperature has dropped and tonight will be around 11C, bit of a difference to last week!
Next week is the second Masterclass and is being run in Katoomba a nearby town to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. These Masterclass lessons are being held in different places near to Sydney every second month for a year. I learnt so much from the first one in Feb. and am really looking forward to this one.
I’m in the process of making a new Blog to replace this one “Beyond Purgatory” as I no longer live on Purgatory Creek and my life is taking new twists and turns. I will have a link to the new site shortly as I don’t want to loose all the friends I have made on this Blog. The new one will be organised exactly the same as this one, there is no extreme make over happening 🙂 just a new name.
Hopefully by the first Friday of next month I’ll “see” you all over on the new site. I’ll be giving lots of warnings and links about the move so even if you are an infrequent ‘friend’ you should catch one of the ‘links’ in the next month. See you there 🙂