A sleep in until 8 for breakfast and departure at 9am. First stop was Old Dadswell Town owned by Max and Jenny with nostalgic and historic memorabilia. There are self contained cottages for people to stay in ( including the bakery, the bordello, the Bank and several others), all beautifully furnished. We wandered around looking at everything then had scones, jam and cream cooked by Jenny in the Town Hall, with a roaring fire and a humorous talk by Max. Passed through Stawell and Ararat on the way to Ballarat for lunch at the Flying Horse Bistro at the trotting club, then headed for home. Judith picked us up at the Stamford and we arrived home at 5pm to the sight of my glorious roses. A great trip and I would certainly travel with Lamble’s again. Vickie, our team leader and Kim, our driver looked after us all the way. Great weather every day, good fellowship and lots of laughs with everyone, and friendships strengthened.
14 October 2017
The last silo we saw was in Rupanyup and it pictured two sporting youngsters of the town. It was done in monochrome. We then headed for our overnight stay in Horsham and after a short rest enjoyed dinner and a lot of conviviality with fellow travellers. Thinking it over our favourite painted silo was the one in Rosebery which featured a man with a horse.
Left Swan Hill at 8am. On to Sea Lake and Lake Tyrrell, a salt lake from which salt is harvested. A lovely lilac colour. It has become very popular with Chinese tourists who come to take photos, particularly at night with the night sky reflected in it, so much so that the town of Sea Lake has been revitalised. On to Patchewollock for the first of the painted silos - very impressive. We stopped here for morning tea, then on to Hopetoun where the tour leader insisted on stopping to take a photo of us in front of the Post Office. Then to Rosebery where we saw one completed painted silo and the artist was actually working on the second one. Then on to Brim where the silo depicted 4 inhabitants of Brim, including an 88 year old lady, Win, who joined us for lunch at the Brim
In and told us about the paintings. To Sheep Hills next where the pictures were of aboriginals, and this silo was the most colourful.
13 October 2017
The very dark picture in the last lot was a fence at the settlement made of Mallee roots piled up like dry stone fences.
Still 13/10/17 - At dinner the waitresses were all done up in Halloween costumes with spiders’ webs draped around and skeleton chocolates just because it is Friday 13th. Earlier I meant to say we went on a paddle steamer not a paddle boat (bit of a difference). After dinner we went back to the Pioneer settlement to see the “Heartbeat of the Murray” which was a sound and light show depicting the history of the river since time began. Very spectacular with strobe lights and water jets lit up with brilliant colours. Hoping to see the stars tonight as they were identified to us at the observatory but a bit of cloud cover made it impossible.
A very full day so far. After breakfast we went to the Catalina museum at Lake Boga. During WW2 flying boats were repaired at Lake Boga and the museum was packed with interesting memorabilia. Then we went to the observatory and saw videos of the planets and space. There was also a display of glass, beautiful and unusual pieces. Back to Swan Hill, we were dropped off in the main shopping centre to get our lunch, then we went to the Pioneer settlement for a paddle boat ride on the Pyap along the Murray. After that we had time to see some of the settlement and enjoy a ride in a horse and cart and also a 1925 Dodge. So much to see - you could spend a day and still not see it all. Back home for a rest before dinner and the Heartbeat of the Murray show tonight.
12 October 2017
Set off at 8.20 from Stamford hotel detouring to Knox Club to pick up more travellers. Off through Lower Plenty and on to ring road to Calder Freeway. Stop at Kyneton for morning tea then on past massive roadworks which will be the Ravenswood interchange. Through Morang and lunch at the Bridgewater Hotel followed by a short walk along the river. A short stop at Kerang where there are lovely parklands and children’s play areas. Large solar panels on a block opposite, and we also noticed a paddock full of panels in the countryside. Through to Swan Hill, passing Lake Boga on the way - we will go there tomorrow. Arrived just after 4 and settled into the motel. Dinner at the motel preceded by a walk.