I learnt a new technique from one of my photo magazines. They supplied the templates and you have to put them together with one of your own photos. So here we have the Byron Bay lighthouse as a picture in a bottle.
The link will take you to Henry Lawson’s poem, The Babies of Walloon This statue is situated at Walloon Queensland. We drive past it whenever we go to Ipswich. The poem tells the story of two sisters who drowned in a lagoon in 1891. The park has been renamed Henry Lawson Park and is the venue of an annual poetry competition. I read this piece there in 2011.
Now for the gems. These photos were taken on our honeymoon in 2006, we had decided on a trip around the bottom half of Queensland. We made a day of it on the gem fields at Sapphire. First dig through overburden from the owners sapphire mine. It’s brought in after they do a first run through it to get the big gems out. Then they charge about $5 a bucket so the tourists can have a go at making their pile. I didn’t dig just anywhere and thought carefully about where to dig, the results will be evident in the next picture. So it’s dig out your fortune, get Lorelle to wash it in the sieve and pan, have a good look through the gravel and then have another look.
This is the end result, these are all sapphires. They vary in colour, green, blue and amber. The broken matchstick is half an inch long, or 12mm. This will give you an idea of the size of the gems. I turned a torch upside down, placed the stones in a Tupperware container add some water and switched on the light. Viola! The 5 stones in the top right are probably worth getting cut, the truth is I put the packets away and forgot all about them until the other day. When you finish all the washing and cleaning, you take your treasures into the shop and the owner has a look at them with her eyepiece. She said to me, ‘I thought you only bought two buckets?’ – ‘I did, why?’ – ‘Well these stones here, hmm, you should only get that quality in about ten buckets worth, and one of them is a star sapphire.’ Her face said it all, believe me I wasn’t crying about it.
Coming home the other day and there they were, two new deer. They were interested in some hay put out for the cattle. This is a new stag, he only has six tines on his antlers and he’s a tad smaller than the other two I’ve put on here. He looks quite fit standing on the road.
Technically this isn’t a good photo. I took it a couple of years ago with my phone, while still in bed. Yes, she was staring through the window but I think it gives a good view of how close they come to the house.
That’s it for the week, I hope you’ve found them interesting and I know I’ve made one group of supporters very happy. Until next week,