Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

Off we go!   1 comment

Many of you who have been reading this blog for sometime will know we have considered staying in Australian for an extended length of time 4 or 5 years.  We have had the opportunity to do so, but ultimately we are homesick.  We miss our friends, family and the oldness of the UK.  So today we booked our tickets home to the UK.  We are doing the journey home in two legs.  The first is on the 4th September from Melbourne to Bangkok (with a brief stop back in Kuala Lumpar).  We are spending 4 weeks in Thailand sightseeing, taking more photographs, seeing friends and DIVING!   The second leg is Bangkok to London.  We will arrive in the UK on 4th October, in time for the run up to Christmas…….It will be good to see the old place, friends and family.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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Posted 08/08/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia, UK

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Skydeck   1 comment

For Kerry’s birthday we decided to experience the Skydeck (here’s a link to more infomation). The Skydeck is situated in the tallest building, measuring 297.30 metres, in Melbourne. It dominates the skyline. We travelled (at an ear popping 9 metres per second) to the 88th floor for some truly breathtaking views of the city and well beyond, from out vantage point at 285 metres. Clearly visible where many of the places we have already visited; The Tennis Centre, Royal Botanical Gardens, Central Shopping Mall with its districtive glass cone, Australian Centre for Moving Images, Federation Square and The Shrine of Rememberence. We could also see Willamstown, Yarraville and Altona. Every now and again up there you had to steady yourself as the structure moved ever so slightly in the wind. It was well worth the money.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

A time capsule, a wreck and a view   Leave a comment

Out and about in Altona, Kerry and I went for an afternoons walk into the nature reserve.  At the top of the look out point was a plague  informing us that a time capsule is buried there from the year 2000.  This capsule is to be opened in 25 years time.  It’s interesting when I considered the length of time that the capsule is to be buried for.  In my view 25 years really isn’t a long time.  For me this highlights an interesting aspect of Australian society.  With their country being so young in terms of settling, late 18th century.  25 years appears a long time to them.  To me, being from the UK, where I would think nothing of visiting a National Trust property anything up to 800 years old and with our history dating back hundreds of more years than that it’s nothing.  Just think about the Blue Peter capsule buried in 1971 for a year 2000 opening for just one example.

We got some great views of the city from up there along with a chance to photograph a burnt out car on the beach.  Being a photographer a chance to photograph all than rust and wreckage mmmmmmmmm.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Mid winter……Victoria, Australian style   Leave a comment

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Posted 09/07/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Meet up   Leave a comment

Kerry and I had a great afternoon meeting a bunch of new people at a meet up in Melborne. Meet up are a world wide organisation designed for social events along a particular theme. Here’s a link to their website for more information. Out meet up was in the Royal Botanical Gardens which we last visited in January, when it was summer. And involved a walk around the gardens, partly with a guide pointing out interesting stuff and partly just chatting and getting to know new people. Despite the winter season the warmer climate meant that many more of the trees had leaves on than I expected.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Sunlight   1 comment

More Melbourne photographs.  This time a big oldish church we found on the outskirts of the city centre.  We arrived just at the time of the day when the sun we streaming through the windows giving the interior a fantastic golden glow.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 29/06/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Parliament   Leave a comment

This was a cool visit on one of our trips into Melbourne City.  It wa sa short tour, but free so I can hardly complain.

The parliament building is split into two halves.  One is the Victorian Legislative Council, called the upper house.  The other is the Victorian Legislative Assembly the lower house.  One chamber has plush velvet seating the other plush leather.  The decorative detail of each chamber with gilt work was amazing.

Here’s some more info on the building. 

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Posted 28/06/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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