Class of ’47

1947 Carapark 2

The ultimate goal for many vintage caravan enthusiasts is to have a caravan and tow car that were built at about the same time. It’s like the Holy Grail of vintage vanning. This rig fits the bill perfectly – a 1947 Austin Princess towing a 1947 Carapark. But don’t expect to see the rig in your travels – we photographed it a few years back, and the Carapark has moved on to ┬ánew owner since then.

1947 Carapark 1

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Wall to Wall

Cockatoo Mural 1

We stopped to admire this mural in Subiaco a few days back. It depicts a flock of Carnaby’s Black-cockatoos, like the ones we featured yesterday. It’s titled Sky’s Chorus and is the work of artist Clare McFarlane. The mural is in a lane way off Rokeby Road, next to a swimwear shop.

Cockatoo Mural 2

HOPE

Bob Hope Statue LA

Today is the 110th birthday of Bob Hope. the great comedian was born on 29 May 1903 and died on 27 July 2003, aged 100. We saw the sculpture above in Los Angeles last month, outside the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood.

Bob was famous for one-liners like:

“You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake”

“It’s so cold here in Washington, D.C., that politicians have their hands in their own pockets”

Drip Dry

Australasian-Darter

We noticed this Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) in the Swan River near Fremantle. They are fairly common water birds and we see them in many lakes and rivers in our travels around Australia. They look rather like cormorants, but have a pointier beak and a more more sinuous neck. They hold their wings out like that for a good reason – unlike ducks, their feathers are not waterproof. So the darters have to dry out after they get wet.