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January, 2008:

Summer Wanders #2: Hastings

Hastings was somewhere that I hadn’t been before; quite an admission when you spend 15 years living within 20km of the place!  I had always thought that there wouldn’t be too much to see there.  The only things that associated with the place were the Esso-BHP Oil Refinery, and the BlueScope Steel plant.  They are not what I would consider great sight-seeing opportunities!  What we found was quite different; a small fishing town, a busy boat ramp, and wildlife.

However it turns out that Hastings [^] is home to the most southerly mangroves in the world, and pelicans.  The only thing that seems a bit out of place is the oil tanks in the mangroves.  Along with the wonderful natural resources, the jetty is colourful and well populated.

Hastings Pelican Hastings

Summer Wanders #1: Flinders Snorkeller

It’s taken a little while for me to decide how to present the coming short series of  photos – but here we go.  We had a wander down onto the Mornington Peninsula between Christmas and New Year.  This is one of a pair of snorkellers next to the pier at Flinders – how much more summery could you get?

Flinders Scuba

World War 1: Experiences of an English Soldier

It’s been a while since the last post, sorry.  This is a blog that I keep on bumping into, and need to spend the time to sit down and read it properly.

This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. To find out Harry’s fate, follow the blog!  WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

This has to be one of the very few original ideas floating around on the internet.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Lamin for sharing this.