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Thank you very much and best wishes to you in this holiday season, Larry

Taken early spring in 2012. The yellow crop is Canola in flower.

Martindale Hall is a Georgian style mansion near Mintaro, South Australia built in 1879. The architect was Ebenezer Gregg of London, and the chief supervisor was Adelaide architect Edward John Woods. Due to the specialist nature of the work involved, 50 of the 60 tradesmen used were brought from England, and they returned when it was completed. It was built for a wealthy bachelor pastoralist, 21 year-old Edmund Bowman Jr. However, debt and drought soon forced the Bowman’s to sell all their holdings. William Tennant Mortlock (son of William Ranson Mortlock) bought Martindale Hall in 1892. His son, John Andrew Tennant Mortlock, developed Martindale Station and built up an impressive collection of artwork which was displayed at the Hall. The Mortlock Family bequeathed Martindale Hall and the estate to the University of Adelaide in 1965.

I served aboard HMAS Melbourne a 20,000 ton displacement carrier / vessel but this was something else. (70,000)....Originally it was built 45,000 tonnes but grew over her lifetime... extra fuel tank capacity was one reason.

Here are some statistics that are quite extraordinary:

It is the longest serving Carrier in U.S. Naval history that served from the end of WW2 up until and including Desert Storm.

Imagine 4500 men packed inside a floating city 1,000 feet long and less than 300 feet wide!

Midways barbers gave more than 13,000 haircuts every month (sailors were expected to get a trim every 10 days)

Six galleys cooked 13,500 meals per day whilst as many as 1000 loaves of bread were cooked each night.

She set the record in 1973 for being at sea for 327 consecutive days.

The ship burned up to 250,000 litres of fuel per day in a massive power plant generating 212,000 hp and enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 1 million could bull its way through the ocean better than 33 knots.

Each of her 4 propellers weighed 22 tonnes each and measured 18 feet across.

Each of her 2 anchors weighed 20 tonnes...each chain link weighing 130 pounds.

On the 4.2 acre flight deck,(3 and 1/2 inches thick) affectionately known as Steel Beach,2 steam driven catapults sent jets thundering off the bow from 0 to 170 mph in 2 seconds!!!

Beautiful place,lovely harbour and I like the reflection!! LIKE!.Thanks for join in the group and welcome.Best regards from united kingdom,James.

My great great great great great grandfather William is buried in the churchyard adjacent.

He was born in 1717 and when I visted Cornwall to research my ancestry, his headstone was the very first one that I looked at within the churchyard.

Pomposa Abbey is a benedictine monastery (circa 874)in the comune of Codigoro near Ferrara, Italy. Its free-standing belltower begun in 1063 and standing at 48 m, is one of the finest surviving belltowers from the Romanesque period.

The centrepiece of the monument is a 21 metre-tall granite obelisk. Atop of the obelisk stands a gilded bronze statue of a lady, holding out a laurel wreath as if placing it upon the head of the nation.(Not Shown)

At the foot of the obelisk are two (ungilded) bronze figures, representing those Luxembourgish soldiers that volunteered to serve for France during WW1; one lies at the base of the statue, having died in service of his country, whilst the other sits, mourning his dead compatriot.


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