Photoblog recycle: August 2015

From February 2013 the photoblog ceased its separate existence, so these images come from this blog.

Still dampish in West Wollongong

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Neil

The immediate area was not as badly hit as some; you can see The Illawarra Mercury for that.

Torrential rain has caused havoc in the Illawarra over the past 24 hours with numerous roads closed due to flooding.

Rainfall totals in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday were Bellambi – 192.0mm, Kiama – 170.4mm,  Albion Park – 159.2mm, Nowra – 181.6mm and Moss Vale – 47.6mm.

Here are some photos on my way back from the Yum Yum Cafe this morning. (Yesterday I stayed at home.)


Into spring in West Wollongong

Posted on August 22, 2015 by Neil

In Mount Keira Road early this morning.


Random Friday memory 25 – bushfire smell takes me back

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Neil

Looking from my window yesterday afternoon I saw a taste of months to come:


Saturday lunch in Stanwell Park

Posted on August 16, 2015 by Neil

Persian Danny suggested last week that we drive up to Wollongong’s north as Chris T had never crossed the famous Sea Cliff Bridge!


So we met at Steelers yesterday – more on the changes there in another post—and Persian D drove us north. We decided Stanwell Park was the place to lunch. In April 2014 I had been there on a family history quest, you may recall: To Stanwell Park: 1; To Stanwell Park: 2; To Stanwell Park: 3 – and amazing events in NSW! – and that last one begins: “Bussing it over the Sea Cliff Bridge. Wonderful!…” Go there for more pictures and an account of this rather amazing structure.

We settled on this place to eat:


The Palms.

Ian and Jo Draper own The Palms Cafe. Ian is an international chef whose signature dishes use only the best local produce. The menu features daily specials, hearty dishes as well as light meals, and all day breakfast. Dine indoors or al fresco in the sunny courtyard against the magnificent Illawarra escarpment. Drop in for Devonshire tea and cake baked fresh on the premises.

On being my own great-grandpa, and Shiraz again

Posted on August 9, 2015 by Neil

My beard has been feral lately.


Much like my own great-grandpa, William Joseph John Whitfield (1836-1925):


At lunch yesterday I showed Persian Danny and Chris T another picture of WJJ: they found the resemblance quite frightening I suspect. So I have shorn:


The lunch was at Shiraz again, even better than last time…