Friday, September 16, 2005

A Walkies To Remember

I thought I'd be a little adventurous today and take the ol' maingy mut for a walkies.

Well, heck, it was a beautiful day and I couldn't resist but take the camera and show you the sights of good ol' Piney Lakes.

So with an old dawg bringing up the rear and a camera at the front we begin our expedition...



Piney Lakes' lake isn't really what I would classify as a "lake". If I were given the naming rights to this... this... pond I would have changed the "P" in "Piney Lakes" to "T" transforming it "Tiney Lakes".

But hey, the water fountain keeps the masses entertained...



... and spews out this great looking water into the air so that the whole neighbourhood get's to enjoy the "flavour" of Piney Lakes, and not just those that walk around it...



But... we press on. Into the deep dark jungle we go...



Now you don't need to be a world-renowned botanist to realise that Piney Lakes doesn't really have the most fascinating walk trails in the world. There are no tourist runs that go through this stretch of the earth, nor are their any professional scenic guides to lead anyone through... in fact, even though nobody really likes to admit around this neck of the woods it really is... come closer, I'm going to need to whisper it... I don't want to be held responsible for a local war...

Piney Lakes is a swamp!

NO!

Yep - it's a conspiracy.

It ain't a lake. Nor is it an "up market" pond. It's a smelly stinky swamp no matter what the local council would have you believe... and speaking of local councils... would you believe that this local council has decided to beautify the area by displaying local "art" along the walk trail?

I don't know how you can beautify a swamp, but dammit this council's going to try. Heck, I don't know why they don't charge for the privilege! My eyes have never been so blessed, and no doubt your's will too...

Here we have the first item which can easily be distinguished as a stork... a big stork... the block thing under its feet is what I think is supposed to resemble a house of some sort. Hmmm... not quite sure what medication the artist was on while creating this fine piece... could it be that the local coucil resembles the bid ugly bird and we the people the tiny house?? Or maybe this is an Australian rendition of Sesame Street with our very own Australian big bird... a big stork!? Aaaarrgh, I'm standing still too long and the mozzies are starting to nose dive...



Next, on the left of the Piney Lakes walk we have... ummm... gee I don't know... are they stools for little people!? Or ash trays for the smoker that perhaps doesn't know how to dispose of their cigarette butt in a fashionable manner?? Or, wait a minute... they're beer can holders!



Even the dog wasn't impressed (obviously too many of the darn things to individually pee on)...



Back to the right we have the council helping the local bat population by creating all these BATchelor pads (ok I'll admit it... that was pretty lame). And I'm sure the women of Winthrop would LOOOVE *more* rat-like critters with wings in the area!



And then back on the left we come across another fantastic piece of art... another friggin bird?? Ooooo wait let me guess... it's a... a... a pelican! Great! This is probably the only piece that makes complete sense.



So there we have it! There are a couple of other pieces but the old dog is beginning to waver and looks completely buggered.

Lastly, we come across this odd piece of art that looks like a standard warning sign... Boy those local artists are getting good at imitating real life.



"But what the hell's ashphalt?"



Dog... lead... ashphalt... can't quite understand what the artist is trying to portray there???

Dog doesn't mind.



So, on the trek back home the old dawg continues to bring up the rear...



... or should I say the FAR rear...



I gotta admit though, I envy dogs... the world is their urinal, anything that protrudes out from this earth is a legitimate peeing target (just don't stand still for too long!!)...



"Only 7 more poles to go!" *heavy panting*



So there you have it... the long and short of Piney Lakes! I don't think she'll win any awards for being the eighth natural wonder of the world, but hey, not many walks have art, BATchelor pads, old dogs and strange men with digital cameras around do they?


Ryan

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