It’s a long weekend this week, a slightly unexpected one.
On Sunday, we went out to Fort Lytton, which is at the mouth of the Brisbane river, near the port. It’s been there a long time, but it’s not full of buildings. It is mostly cannon emplacements, to ensure that people didn’t sneak up the river.
My stepfather is a volunteer guide there, which is why we went. On the first Sunday of even months they fire the guns. On this Sunday there were also a few horses parading and a historical reenactment group and a Vietnam vets bikie group, so it was pretty busy.
My phone battery was close to dead, and my husband left the camera at home (he picked me up from the gym, so all on him )
The parade ground and re-enactor’s tents. The earth rise in the background is one of the fort walls.
The inlet where heavy items came off the boats
The former quarantine station buildings and the horses.
Hanging out near the big gun
The two smaller guns. Quite a noise from these, and an even bigger noise when the bigger gun went off.
The guns were part of the protection, but the main work of othe fort was electrical mines that were placed in the river in times of heightened security fears. The fort had an electrical generator ( late 19th century) and the mines could be monitored and detonated from the fort. It’s mostly concrete bunkers and grass now, but they are slowly adding things- as money comes in.
The re-enactors were playing cricket on the parade ground
It was a very hot day, the sun was bright, and they were in very warm clothes.
A different activity from our usual habits