Friday, December 26, 2014

New Years, Pigeon Club, Doves & Canberra Politics

Thought I'd blog.

Spending the break before New Years contemplating focus on the coming twelve months. It will be important politically for Canberra this year but I'll get to that..

Apart from the mundane my hobby is developing. This is the first year I'll be pitting my racing pigeons against the club flyers in Canberra which is a bit daunting when you see the dedication of the people in the Canberra Racing Pigeon Club.

People in the club have suggested I race my whites for a while. In fact the club has a dedicated 'white race' from Garlargambone NSW, a distance of over 500 km. My breeding stock are Busschaerts. An English racing strain. So the season should be interesting.

So.. The coming year will be interesting. I'd like to see a bit more attention shown towards the Canberra Racing Club. It really is a well run show with over 40 flying members willing to help new flyers & providing the catalyst for some great racing & social events.

My other interest is two of my daughter's developing Dove Release service. Interestingly Canberra people seem to have embraced the concept and more than just for the traditional wedding and funeral.

I was surprised to hear of the popularity with older couples releasing a pair of doves whilst renewing their vows. All up along with flock event releases sentiment seems to be the attracting factor.

Please support them on social media @SimplyDoves

This year will also see the most important political happening to occur to this town since the establishment of self government. I wait with anticipation on the distribution of our existing three electorates to five. Combined with an expanded 25 member Assembly we will see excitement not seen since the heady days of the Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party.

I think the key elements will be the demographic carve up of what has become in my lifetime quite a sprawling city. A trip from the deep dark bogun South to visit the grandkids in the far off wilds of Gungahlin yesterday by the mile crossed all three of the established electorates. New and old it will be quite a carve up.

Anyway.. It'll be interesting & I'm sure there'll be plenty of comment from the political boffins on the pros and cons for the future politicians throwing their hat into the ring when the electorates are announced.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Seasons greetings - onward to 2015

Merry Christmas!

As another year closes and we look forward to the challenges of 2015 I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday period and a productive & happy new year.

2014 has been a very busy year. One of my major projects was the development of a working 'dove flock' for my daughters' new Ceremonial Dove release business.

The flock consists of 30 pure white birds capable of release anywhere in Canberra and trained to fly home. This has been both a challenge and a pleasure & form the stock in trade of a new & unique micro-business in town.

The new year also indicates 5 years I've been jotting down notes on this blog. Although once prolific, nowadays I only post a few times a month as things that interest me arise.

Perhaps in 2015 I'll be inspired to write more but my time away from the computer is far more valuable to me today than ever. Perhaps it's age.

So seasons greetings. To the regular readers thanks for coming back. To anyone new It's a generally unplanned work in progress. Let's see what 2015 holds.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

John Gorton Hotel

Opportunity abounds. Wonderful heritage building abandoned for newer pastures looking for new life.

Or at least that's what it seems like. Pretty impressive address.

John Gorton Building set to be Canberra's newest phantom office block - via @smh The Phantom John Gorton Building

Checking out a scarred tree on Isabella Drive

I know of probably 20 or so authentic Aboriginal scarred trees dotted around the landscape of suburban Canberra. I have posted a few time...