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Sunday, November 12, 2017

BRIDGING A FRIENDSHIP

When we were visiting Grafton, we were so lucky to meet a blogging friend, Karen from "Pieces of   Contentment". I have always admired her photographs, her quilts and the stories about her big family. She is so calm and "content" and yet she doesn't have an easy life. She is an inspiration. It was a convenient coincidence, that without knowing, I had booked a B&B in the same street as where she lives. One afternoon, Karen took us for a walk which took us over Grafton's iconic double decker bridge.
Photo taken from the WWW.
 The bridge was opened in 1932. It has a pedestrian walkway on both sides of the lower level.


 It has a rail track on the bottom level and a two way road on the upper level, with a very tight bend where the road accesses the city. It is very narrow and very tricky to navigate if a BW truck is coming the other way, as it needs both lanes to turn the corner.

 There is also the town's water pipeline on the lower level.

 From the bridge we could see the ever beautiful Jacaranda trees and ...

the usually peaceful Clarence River .

 But at the moment a new bridge is being constructed and not before time. There is a lot of congestion on the road trying to get onto the bridge.

We walked a short way along the bank of the river, where we saw two big yellow tailed black cockatoos high up in a tree. I like the yellow spots on its cheeks.

My lovely blogger friend and now a real life friend, Karen. She showed us the gorgeous Fig Tree avenue.



21 comments:

  1. Always great to meet a blogging friend as I know so well :) a special post with lovely photos. The yellow tailed black cockatoo I have never seen before, not even in pictures. Those jacaranda trees in bloom are stunning, the bridge an impressive feat of engineering.

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  2. Nice blogpost, always fun to meet a blogfriend!

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  3. I can't decide which is more amazing, the fact you booked on her street or that amazing bridge that has some of everything. love the cockatoo pic

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  4. It's always a pleasure to meet a blogging friend in person. You got some excellent pictures from the bridge.

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  5. A great looking trip. It is fun to connect with fellow bloggers. I've done it twice now.

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  6. A real friendship bridge, lucky for both of you. Wish all bridges would 'do' walkways! As always the jacaranda caught my eye:-) Take care t'other Diane

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  7. Terrific photos. You were wise to bring the camera.

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  8. It was a pleasure to meet Bill and yourself Diane and share a little of our town's beauty together. :)

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  9. I'm very impressed by the bridge. It must be fun to be on the bridge when a train uses it. You are gathering friends all over the world. That's great.

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  10. Hello Diane,
    Very great shots. A wonderful bridge.
    Nice to see that special train.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  11. Visiting your blog via Sandra's MadSnapper.
    A double bridge, walkway and waterpipe all compacted in one stretch---wise planning.

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  12. What a great adventure, Diane, and even more so because you were able to connect with a fellow blogger. We have done the same in years past and it’s always been very nice. That double decker bridge was amazing too!

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  13. Hello, what a lovely visit and surprise. I have visited Karen's Blog, it was so nice you two were able to meet. I love the views of the river and bridge. The trees and blossoms are gorgeous. Pretty photo of you and Karen! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  14. Oh that’s so nice to meet a blogger! I will check out her blog. The birds cheeks are so unusual. Beautiful bridge, tree. Isn’t congestion part of our lives now, here always construction.

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  15. Oh how lovely to have met Karen. I enjoy her blog very much.

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  16. Oh how fab Diane. The Jacaranda trees, the bridge.. but most of all meeting such a lovely new friend.

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  17. How lovely that you got to meet Karen. I too follow her blog and she really is an inspiration in so many ways. Nice to see your beautiful set of images. Hailing you from beautiful and wet Vancouver, Canada. ♥

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  18. I also "know" Karen and would love to meet her! (As I would love to meet you) As usual, you are on the go to new adventures.

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  19. What a lovely time you had in Grafton with all those beautiful flowers, great old buildings, and to top it all off to meet a new blogging friend! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

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  20. How nice to meet a blogfriend ! It seems that the flowers are blooming now !

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