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dock life, freight…

Port of Portland has everything on show.

I marveled at the mammoth mounds of woodchips towering almost double the height of nearby buildings. How do they pile it up like that?? How many trucks does it represent??

The stacks of logs resembled matchsticks from my vantage point, but were anything but. It amazes me how a few logs crosswise under the pile can support such huge weight without cracking apart. Nature at its powerful best.

Forestry is a saga of an industry, kind of how wineries are sagas, taking years and much patience and trust to reach profitable fruition. Seeing the masses of logs at the port highlighted for me the huge effort involved to fell the trees, prepare them for transit, then move them to where they’re wanted.

On the way to Portland were seemingly endless kilometers of pine plantations, with some zones recently felled. It got me to thinking of the huge endeavour it must be, and the huge area needed, to grow enough seedlings to replace those trees on their way to a new incarnation as timber.

Logistics, incredible.

instant…

Instant turf, ain’t it great. Once you had dirt, now you have lawn. Ping it’s there! Out of nowhere!

Not quite, there’s a farm amidst the wineries in Langhorne Creek, South Australia where they lovingly tend vast tracks of turf. It looked lusciously inviting, but I thought it best to keep off the grass 🙂

instant turf

gutted…

Occasionally random events offer a representation of life events sent to test us. A Sunday morning recently I woke at 5.15am to hear a neighbour say “It’s on fire!”. We marvelled in our nightclothes out in the cold as an abandoned van was engulfed outside our building. The next morning taking these photos I was struck by how a fire so quickly put out could thoroughly vaporize most of the interior. Somewhere, however, someone will make the most of the remaining metal husk and turn it into something useful again. And that’s the take home message of today’s post. Despite how blasted out and pulled to shreds we can feel by traumatic events there is a way forward, we can be renewed, and, although initially seemingly impossible, the silver linings and priceless gifts are revealed in time.

vibrators gangs…

vibrators gangs

Almost buying these drawers just for this sticker 😉

For the life of me I can’t fathom what these spare parts could have been.

where cars go to die…

What is it about the country and everyone needing to collect dead cars? :-/

need more than one colour of course New Age

Where: Birchip, and many other country towns around the world!

bush bridge…

Would you drive across this incredible example of outback ingenuity? Wow, what a find!

Where: Leg of Mutton at Lake Albacutya. If you can work out where that is you’ll be the only ones there – this campsite with firepit is not marked on the map.


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