Land Ahoy!

newcastle shipwreck

My family in the UK keep asking me how my tan is going… clearly they are unaware that Sydney has a WINTER. Its not all thongs and barbies. We’ve had the hatches battened down against wind and rain here for the last couple of weeks.

There is an actual river running from our back garden along the passage and down the steps. Seriously, I would not be surprised to go home tonight and find fishermen sitting in little camouflage green tents in a row along it, eating marmite sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil.

Which reminds me, why do they need camouflage tents? They’re catching fish, not commandos.

Anyway, I thought walking to work in a skirt was reckless, but some people have really thrown caution to the winds. Witness the above photo of a commercial ship wrecked on Newcastle beach, just north of Syndey, last week.

Cool, huh?

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6 Responses to Land Ahoy!

  1. Ed says:

    I don’t believe you. None of us believe you. We know you are out there in a skimpy bikini, feeling a bit hot and worrying about sunburn while you turn the skewers on the barbie!

  2. piereth says:

    They do storm clouds the proper Technicolor in Aus, I’m glad to see!

    This ship… amazing. You can hear the plates grinding on the bottom. Great pic!

  3. As the wife of a retired sailor, I can never put an image of a wrecked ship and the word “Cool” into the same sentence, much less a paragraph. How fortunate Newcastle is that that was not a tanker full of crude oil breaking up and leaking all over the beach.

  4. truce says:

    If I had been out there in a skimpy bikini I would have been a) arrested b) hypothermic. Shudder.

    Yep, its a real tourist attraction, lots of people taking shots – people are macabre.

    Ah, no, I didn’t mean that shipwrecks were cool in any way, rather that the storm weather was cool and that it was cool that a ship this big had managed to run aground in such high seas without loss of life. And yes, Newcastle and South Eastern Australia in general is indeed fortunate that the ship was empty and not an oil tanker. However, having a huge piece of metal rusting on the beach is not cool and sadly that’s what looks like is going to happen.

  5. azahar says:

    Excellent photo.

  6. truce says:

    Thanks Az, yes, it is a good shot isn’t it – not one of mine needless to say!

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