Location: Manning Valley
Date: May 2014

May 29, 2014. Cars again but this time it's a classic 1920 Dodge Bros Booklet, a collection of beautiful pen and ink drawings of Dodge cars in various scenarios plus drawings of the chassis and working parts. The artwork alone is worth a look. Click here for the album.

May 21, 2014. And here we go again... another 50 photos of historic autos from the first half of the 20th century in everyday situations - plus a few extras, including shots of a neat 1920s motorhome. Click here for the photo album.

May 7, 2014. It was last April that PJ had an altercation with a power pole out front of this house, which busted the awning casing. My first instinct was to drive 2 blocks up the road to a canvas repairer to see if he could salvage it somehow. But I didn't make it. Instead, I turned into a street, the awning spilled out all over the place, and the flailing arms damaged two parked cars before I could pull over and park. It made a helluva racket. Not my day, to say the least! I walked home, rang a bunch of peeps, but had no luck in getting help until, out of desperation, I phoned the local Ford dealer (I'm a customer there) and they were kind enough to send someone out to get me out of trouble. In the middle of all this, the owners of the damaged cars wondered where the hell I'd disappeared to and called the cops, who arrived at my front door accusing me of leaving the scene of an accident. But I managed to sort that out without any more dramas.

So then all the insurance followed and got stuffed up in the process because there are two policies, one for the slide-on camper and one for the ute. It took a month for the NRMA to unravel the mess and advise me that I needed to make two claims - one for my awning and another for the two damaged cars. It was only then that I paid the excess of $650 which had held up proceedings, not only for me, but also for the owners of the other two cars.

Then, of course, Easter holidays came along which meant repairs to PJ had to wait until now - today, in fact. But all's well that ends well, I suppose. I drove down to Great Lakes Caravans, Nabiac, this morning and, while the new awning was being attached, wandered around with my Nikon. Luckily, I spotted a sulphur crested white cockatoo while checking out the caravans. I was expecting him to fly away at any second until I heard him say, "Hello, Cocky!" Ah ha! The local pet cocky, or perhaps the establishment's guard-a-too. In any case, he was happy to let me get a couple of good shots.

Then I doubled back to Nabiac township and did the touristy thing, taking shots of the village before I headed home back in Taree. Click here for the photo album.

May 1, 2014. The bloke who's posting historic photos of autos in daily situations is at it again. Click here for the third photo album.

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