A couple of hours’ drive, down the Hume Highway from Sydney, is the historic village of Marulan … probably more known these days for its truck stop and service centre than for the facilities the village itself offers. I always stop for a wonderful meal or coffee on my trips – the cafe and restaurant owners are so delightful. Good old fashioned service, and lots of local chat!

Baldock’s General Store, pictured here on a stormy day in November, was built in 1870 by a Mr Cunningham. How iconic is his corrugated iron storage shed sporting the Billy Tea sign! Over that end of the verandah also you will see an info sign – the town has begun giving Historic Walking Tours. It is amazing how much history can be packed into one little village.

Processed in Photomatix from a single jpeg, -1, 0 and +1 and tweaked in CS3.

Sony R1
Manual settings
ISO 160
Metering centre weighted
Auto WB

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Rosalie. These days we just drive down the highway and give little thought to the fact these old buildings are there. Next time I will definitely call in and check the town out♥

  • Every trip I call in … I still haven’t seen everything! There’s a quaint tea room behind the Wattle Glen antique shop (original convict hewn sandstone blocks) run by a wonderful senior lady, and she has so much local knowledge as well as books and info on the area… as well as home made scones and soup etc! I just hope they don’t get a renovation bug in the area and spruce everything up beyond recognition! Thanks for the fav Bev.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • SharonD
    SharonDabout 4 years ago

    Great pic Rosalie, lotsa character.

  • Thanks Sharon – I can’t help taking shots every time I go through. Everything is so authentic.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 4 years ago

    Excellent colour and detail Rosalie, has a lot of character!

  • Hey Craig – pleased you like it. The whole village still has some character, thankfully!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 4 years ago

    Marulan is lovely – the pub there is nice too and used to have good food.

  • The pub is now another great uninhabited relic which I haven’t processed and put up yet. Would love to be able to buy it and use it for a photographer’s retreat!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    Given the weather conditions you and the R1 have combined to produce an excellent photo of this delightful piece of Australiana. I blew this right up to full screen to get the full effect because I can remember passing through this village in 1983 when we were en route to somewhere or other to take some school photos. Until I saw this I had forgotten all about it and it’s quite amazing how a photo can bring old memories flooding back!
    Take care

  • Photography is the most wonderful trigger! I must print more out and put them into albums – so nice to just browse and indulge in nostalgia. Glad it brought back memories for you my friend. And glad it stood up to the full screen! xx

    – Rosalie Dale

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    Photos taken with an R1 will ALWAYS stand up to full screen viewing!

  • How right you are my friend!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • GailD
    GailDabout 4 years ago

    Love these old stores. Or old buildings in general. Great Rosalie.

  • Would love to get inside it actually! If I keep chatting up the locals I may make it one day. Thanks Gail.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 4 years ago

    Great find,these old buildings have a lot of charcter and I always stop my car when I see one

  • I think my car almost anticipates me now and stops for me!! You need to do a little NSW tour Hans … the southern highlands area is excellent for historic buildings.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 4 years ago

    Stunning find and great PP work

  • Just off the highway on the way out to visit mum Warren. So many small villages that way with old buildings. Thanks for the encouragement.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • hootonles
    hootonlesabout 4 years ago

    A superb image !
    A general store I would love to visit

  • Wouldn’t it be fun to have it stocked with all the old produce from the period! Thanks for the compliment

    – Rosalie Dale

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