Monthly Archives: September 2015

Australian Parliament – Canberra

Just a shot of Parliament House from the car yesterday morning. We were driving back from dropping our gorgeous stray cat off at a private rescue shelter.

Spring has really hit now, and there were so many people around, heading to the Floriade flower festival. It was a public holiday in Canberra.

Australian Parliament Canberra Australia Parliament House Capital Hill Spring Sonya Heaney 28th September 2015

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Friday Sunset in Canberra

Spring must have hit, because this evening’s sunset was the first one I could get an almost-decent shot of from the back deck! The sun has finally moved over the mountains. September to December in Canberra is when you come for the spectacular sunsets. This one isn’t all that interesting, but maybe next week…

Sunset Gowrie Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Spring 25th September 2015 Sky Clouds Grey Pink Nature.

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Strange Canberra Sky

Canberra’s sky doing something bizarre at sunset on Monday evening.

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Strange Sky Canberra Australia 21st September 2015 Sonya Heaney Christopher Heaney Clouds Sunset Nature 2

Strange Sky Canberra Australia 21st September 2015 Sonya Heaney Christopher Heaney Clouds Sunset Nature 1

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Driving from Queanbeyan to Canberra on Friday afternoon

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Queanbeyan New South Wales to Canberra Australian Capital Territory Sonya Heaney 18th September 2015 Road Trip Spring Mountains Nature

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Canberra Bush Sunset

This is actually from New Year’s Day this year. Just a random shot I found when I was going through things…

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Canberra bush sunset summer Tuggeranogn Sonya Heaney Australia 1st January 2015

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More Blossoms

We spent some time clearing out my late-grandmother’s house on Saturday. All her blossoms are out, and the garden is gorgeous! X

Spring Blossoms Queanbeyan near Canberra Australia 12th September 2015 Sonya Heaney Flowers Nature

We have also picked up another stray cat. This is one of many we’ve had in recent times, and this one is such a lovely-natured creature.

Cat Queanbeyan Australia Sonya Heaney 12th September 2015

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Random Canberra Sunset

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Sunset Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 23rd January 2015 Sonya Heaney Summer Nature

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September 11

New York Fire Department McSorley’s September 11 2009 Sonya Heaney.

(Apologies for the pictures – we weren’t trying to win photography awards here!)

In 2009, when we were in New York, we went to visit the Ukrainian district of Manhattan. There’s a shop, a museum, a church, and a famous restaurant that is in all the guidebooks.

However, what we didn’t know until we got there was that the pub next door to the shop – McSorley’s – is the place the New York firefighters gather on September 11, because of some story about a fireman killed that horrible day who said he’d meet everyone there.

So we dropped by for a drink, only to find all these men and women who were involved in the horror of the Twin Towers collapse there. The pub stops usual functioning that day and just stocks the top of the bar with glasses of beer.

We were the only non-US fire-fighting, military people there. Three Australians versus a pub full (literally pressed up against them!) of GIANT men in uniform. Whoops!

I have never met such friendly people, who flat out refused to let us buy a drink. We said we should leave because we didn’t belong there, but they just kept on insisting they were honoured to have us there.

It was still a bit odd, but wow, what an afternoon.

I had met my parents in New York in the middle of their North American trip, and had two weeks there on my own, and there was my Vietnam Veteran father, and boy, didn’t he win some admiration! Not like the reception Vietnam Vets get here!

New York Fire Department McSorley’s September 11 2009 Sonya Heaney. And Ukrainian Mudeum.

The parade, with the Ukrainian museum in the background.

Then after the drinks, everyone went outside and had a small parade with bagpipes, to honour their dead.

It is one of those travel memories that will always stay with you.

Yes, I know this post is dated the 12th! But we’re a day ahead of the US in time zones here…

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Wattle in Canberra

I seem to have taken a lot of shots of the wattle! It arrives at the end of winter in Canberra, and is gone pretty early in spring, so you have to be fast!

Wattle Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Gowrie Spring Sonya Heaney 2nd September 2015 Flowers Yellow Native Plant Nature

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Bird on the Bridge

This crimson rosella was enjoying the gorgeous spring day, sitting on Queanbeyan’s historic suspension bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

Crimson Rosella Queanbeyan near Canberra Australia Spring 8th september 2015 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Bird Nature

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