September 28, 2012. Actually, it's taken the best part of the
month to shoot the video for this project. I finished editing it today.
I chose four villages from the Manning Valley to illustrate what
the smaller places are like. Many of them have been bypassed by the Pacific
Hwy or have been victims of the demise of the logging and timber industry,
which still exists but not like it was during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Logging is still practiced but selectively, and the focus is on re-generation
of the forests.
The villages I chose are Tinonee, Croki, Coopernook and Mt George.
They're pretty quiet places nowadays but still retain their early charm
and provide a pleasant way to spend a few hours relaxing and sight seeing,
as well as learning a thing or two about the Manning's history.
September 29, 2012. The other day I drove out to Wingham
for the Veteran & Vintage Chevrolet Association of Australia
show 'n' shine in celebration of its 85th anniversary. It was a great show
with cars from the 1920s through to the 1980s. One old bloke was sitting
in a yellow rag-top Chevy and I asked him who was older. His son volunteered
to tell me... the Chevy was almost 90 but the old bloke had already been
there. "You don't look a day over 89," I said. And a nice old fella he
was too. He told me he owed his longevity to being a dairy farmer and that
he'd traveled quite extensively around Oz in one of those old jalopies.
One time, outback, they came across a bogged modern 4WD Pajero whose driver
asked if they could tow him out of the bog. So they did, no worries. I
overheard the son saying they stick to about 30 or 35mph because anything
over that, like 50, "and you've really gotta hang on (to the wheel)." Then
they showed me why... semi elliptical springs and no shock absorbers. Enjoy