Bryn Cymro

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An anniversary of sorts

June 2014 is here—can it really be forty years ago that Australia played Chile in Berlin on 22 June 1974? It’s a commemoration of sorts for me, as it has … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 11 Comments

Espresso dreaming

Every day for a decade and a half now on the way to and from work I drive down Princes Street in Carlton, tracking the snail trail of peak hour … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Blitz on Jaywalking sidesteps ongoing questions about the car in the city

Police in Melbourne stage their periodic blitz on jaywalkers. Police have issued over 600 $72 on-the-spot fines. These always elicit the common response of “haven’t they got anything better to do and … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

What’s Moomba?

Parents — wanna go to Moomba? Kids— what’s Moomba? A B&W film from 1965 makes it look like the 1860s, but there are some interesting floats including the Department of Science … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Summer swoon

Wisteria, rose, rhododendron, maple, orange, rose, hibiscus, cherry, magnolia, daisy, azalia — none were at all happy when we got back from the beach yesterday after the record heatwave in … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

“…a baskit of aprecockes…”

Our third Christmas on Bryn Cymro and we now anticipate with delight the apricot crop. This year’s harvest surpasses all others, the tree heaving with tightly-packed baubles. We picked around … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Miniature Tea-Set

My great great great grandfather Wilhelm Nitschke (his daughter Anna married Carl Robert May) was originally a coppersmith by trade, and came to Adelaide in 1849. Nitschke was born in … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

Trifles light as air

On 1 February 1858 the Australasian balloon, piloted by Joseph Dean, made the first recorded crewed balloon flight in Australia. Large crowds witnessed the event from vantage points on Yarra … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Hole in the sky

Watching the sky in the evening is like watching the sea — every sunset is extraordinary in its own way.

April 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Flights of fancy

Cloud spotting I came across this curious bird one evening, or was it …

April 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Balloons ahoy!

March and April are a balloon spotter’s paradise. At this time of the year I am often drawn outside at breakfast by the whoosh of the burner. Then it’s silent, and the … Continue reading

April 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

The prettiest parlour

Cleaning up around the trampoline in the back yard the other week, found myself eyeballing this beautiful spider (Nephila edulis). The surprisingly strong yellow web was strung between the trampoline … Continue reading

April 10, 2011 · Leave a comment
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