After the pet store, we were planning on taking a drive to the Blue Mountains. We got as far as the Penrith turnoff where we saw a sign for The Museum of Fire..... Hmmmm... It sounded interesting so we took a detour and are very happy we did! We found a beautifully maintained little museum. Some of the modern day stuff hadn't been updated since the late 80's though - this was the only disappointment. But each and every exhibit was clean and well maintained. There wasn't a fingerprint to be found on all the highly polished brass work. Check out the pics!
This was just a few of the stacks of fire engines on show - if I had to hazard a guess, I'd say there were probably at least 30 or 40 engines. And most of them in full running condition - a lot of them have got historic car number plates and are taken out for parades
There were some seriously interesting brass branches (the nozzle thingy on the end of the hose). This one must've created a really wide blanket of spray. Considering that their pumps couldn't push out as much pressure as those of today, it's a wonder that they could spray more than a few metres with something like this.
The "Baby" Dennis. This is an approximately 1/3 scale model of the Dennis F.44 fire engine - it is self propelled using two 12v batteries to drive an electric motor. Scott was itching to take it for a spin!!!
This is known as a "Blitz Truck" Bushfire Tanker. It's a monster! This is Ford F.60 ex RAAF refueling tanker from the 60's which was converted to a water tanker with a capacity of about 3600L. It was given a lick of paint and spruced up & handed over to the museum in '81 by the Medlow Bath Bushfire Brigade.
This is a horse-drawn Furphy Water Cart from 1880 and was used on farms, in the military for taking water to the troops. The driver of the cart would collect & pass on news and gossip at each camp. However, the information couldn't always be trusted. The word Furphy is still synonymous with dodgy info or a rumour and is still around as an Aussie slang word. (haven't come across it yet tho).
Aaaaah..... this one's pretty cool - and BIG. Another bushfire truck - this one from Old Bonaldo.
I haven't seen these in South Africa but they're probably around. This is a BRILLIANT idea for houses on the edge of a bush/mountain area. Basically how it works is that there is a hosepipe and shut off valve attached to your gutters. You turn the tap on and it starts to fill up your gutters from below - once they start overflowing, it creates a curtain of water around your house. Now why didn't I think of that?
We'd seen it all and were starting to get peckish.... Guess what we found....!
It must sound totally insane for us to have eaten (and thoroughly enjoyed!) lunch at the Spur when we have all these new and exciting places to try.... We've seen, smelled, tasted and touched so many new things in the last couple of months. We just wanted something familiar. It was truly a lekker meal!
Sunday, 20 April '08
The weather's been so dreary of late and we just wanted to get out and about so headed off down to Darling Harbour again. When we went to the aquarium a few weeks back, we bought a combined ticket for the Wildlife park next door so this was our main attraction for the day.
Here's a little video clip as a still picture doesn't do it justice.
And now you're just going to have to wait until the next post to find out how damn sexy I look in my new hat! LOL!