Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mechanical Cane Harvesting Northern Rivers NSW

The "Preying Mantis" close up .

I have been waiting for over 10 years to get photos of cane harvesting machines similar to these I took yesterday  .  Pure luck or more  pure arse actually as they started right alongside the fences  late in the afternoon with the sun over my back and the ONLY way to  get some of them was by laying on the ground  with the "Preying Mantis " coming straight at my head .   No pain ,  no gain  Holty and thank Christ the fence was there . Remember these machines arent in a static pose ,  they are working flat out to finish the job , keep the cocky / boss  happy and get home for a beer ..( wife , kids  , ??)

 I could not have scripted it better  .
Its more than likely a bloke thing but watching the "cutter" in action  is magic  and who ever invented it is a bloody genius ... . The cane ash and dust  that comes with cane cutting  for a few months of the year isn't on my TOP 10  list but a part of life living around  here  and a shit load better than living with bars on windows .  NO not jail  , I mean living in parts of Sydney   :)

I have added 30 more photos of cane harvesting machines on Photobucket  if anyone is interested  , most using a Canon 550D  and a few with the 7D  17 55 2.8 IS  and a 70 200 4L IS ..

Mechanical Cane Harvesting  Photos

Northern Rivers Cane Harvesting
Tipping from the "tracked" buggy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Joeys Golf Day Byron Bay

Had an hour or so to  kill waiting for more bike photos to happen ( they didn't ) and dropped into Byron Bay Golf Club  for a beer or two  .   I met  these guys and most if not ALL seemed to  be there for ALL the right reasons , bash a ball , have a laugh and a  few beers  . Sounds good to me .
This is the link  to the album I just uploaded to my Photobucket site. 

Joeys Golf Day Photos

And as usual make sure to enlarge the photos BEFORE you download them or will only get the smaller file size .
(Hmmm , maybe some of those swings DON'T need to be seen any closer  UP  , only kidding we are all hackers at heart .....)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ballina Triples Motorbike Rally 2012

Took a few photos today of the Triples  Rally in and around the Ballina  area and surrounds  today .   As usual the album  is  on   Photobucket   HERE .

And just found these guys have even linked to it, Trident and Rocket 3 Owners Club UK .
As well as  the   TRMA

Feel free to pinch any you wish  but remember to enlarge the photo before you download it to get the full size .

Hopefully tomorrow I can get back and take a few more of them  on the move and NOT static  , I got the Hurricane and Raygun photos I wanted but missed out on the grey framed Rocket 3 .There wasn't one there ...


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chasing the History of my Dads Family . Hoult / Holt

Most of this is off my website from a few years ago after I hit "the brick wall" . We all know what that is so I am now having another attempt to see if the world has changed in the past 5 years !

Anyone finding this blog  searching for Genealogy or family history  of the Holts  / Hoults / Vine or Vines  from in or around Loughborough, Leicestershire / Leicester or Stanford on Soar or anywhere in Nottinghamshire 1700 or 1800s please  contact me . Also anyone related to John Hoult / Holt  and Ann  "Vine ? " or any descendants of their children , John , William, Samuel Walter , James , Eliza or Hugo ( all born early 1800s )  who read this I would gratefully appreciate any information you could supply.

 Someone in Loughborough must have had a great great  grandfather  called "hugo hoult" or "samuel walter hoult" ?
They are like my name "John Vine Holt" ,  historically very few instances of useage.
Mums SIDE  (this is all OK )

The  SCHOFIELD/s of Eastern Creek and the JAMES history .
The OLIVER/s  and BALL/s  

The GERAGHTY / FOLEY information is from 2 books written by "Sister Bride Baldwin " called "Opening the Geraghty Book" and "The Geraghty Story Continues 2003....."  There is a huge amount of information in these books and I was lucky enough to meet the two sisters at Dorrigo a few years ago .