July - August 2019
  • Day21

    Road Trip Ending

    August 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Leaving Lakeside today.

    We have enjoyed our holiday in Victoria.

    This morning the drive was interesting the sun was out until we hit Rutherglen and the fog settled over countryside . I was driving and mentioned to John that it just got cold. I pulled over to take a photo and the car had a warning light on. It was 3 degrees , the car has an inbuilt warning telling you when it's this cold and that the roads may be icy. What a clever car.

    About 20min out of Rutherglen the fog started to dissipate but it was still cold now 5 deg.

    As the day progressed we finally reached 10 degrees.

    Road trip ending today.

    Visiting the 12 Apostles was great everyone needs to visit before the ocean and wind reduce the existing 8 to Zero.

    The first week we were on the road moving every day. Some of the places we stayed overnight really need a few days visit so we will be back. The 2 weeks we stayed in our holiday club resorts were also great, they both had a lot to do at the resorts and in the areas around them.

    The Hopwood's, Alexander's and Wilson's should plan a family holiday.

    Tonight we are staying at Minto Mansion to catch up with Michael, Hilda and the A Team.

    I guess it is time to say goodbye Victoria and hello Auckland in a few days.
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  • Day20

    Last day at Lakeside

    August 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Today was a lazy day at Lakeside. The sun was out today so it was nice staying at the resort.

    The morning started with us working on the video slideshow on our holiday to Vietnam. I needed a break so I made I made iced doughnuts for morning tea. Then back to the computer. As it was a nice day we went for a walk around the lake before having homemade vegetable soup. Then back to the slideshow a few more hours and we have finally finished. It was a holiday which we enjoyed for 1 month and took me 5 months to put all the pictures,videos and music together.

    Now time to cook dinner and pack up everything for an early start in the morning.
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  • Day19

    Cactus Country

    July 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Back on the road and this time to Cactus Country, fingers crossed it is not a cactus visit.

    On driving up the driveway we already knew that this was going to be intetesting.

    Cactus Country has 4,000 species of cacti and succulents from around the globe which are presented in an unforgettable journey throughout eight different garden trails.

    Is sounds really good and it was Ok but does need some maintance especially as you pay an entrance fee of $15 each (for the Oldies).

    We walked around the gardens for about an hour before heading back to the Cafe for Nacho's, Cactus Cake and Cactus Ice Cream. Nacho's average but the cake and ice cream was very nice.

    They do a Day of the Dead Party for Halloween which looked interesting maybe one day in the future when there is not a Halloween Party at Camperdown Castle.

    Our culinary day has ended as we are back on the road to Lakeside unless you call Satay Chicken for dinner a culinary expereince. John probably does as he like's all food especially my cooking.
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  • Day19

    The Big Strawberry

    July 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Next was the Big Strawberry, a big waste of time, everything was so expensive and the staff quite rude. You could only taste 3 of the spirits even though we both shared which in our eyes we should have been able to try 6. Wrong, we were told that it is against the law to serve more than 3 so the rude lady said no more as we could blame her if we were in accident and over the limit. Not sure how that is possible on a tiny sip.

    The brochure did look good so the advertising worked in their favour they just could not deliver.

    Next was Cobrawonga Estate and Nursey the brochure for sounded great. We were informed that we could experience the true taste of Australia with hand picked bush tucker spices, rubs, teas, and homemade treats. No, it was just a crappy nursery so either they have changed owners and none of this is available or extremely good misleading marketing.

    Lets hope the next place is better.
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  • Day19

    Olive Grove

    July 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Today is to be a culinary day, we plan on visiting a few places to try, taste and buy some produce from the area.

    First stop is a 45min drive to Rich Glen Olive Oil, we actually popped in the other day but they were closing. It looked so good we just had to drive in a completely different direction today just to try, taste and buy.

    Rich Glen Olive Estate is a small, family-run farm, café and olive oil producer. Heaps of fun for the entire family – from olive grove tours for the adults ( which we did not go on as it is the wrong season) to farmyard animal encounters for the little ones. With a well-stocked café and a Farmgate Store & Provedore.

    Rich Glen Olive Estate is worth a visit we purchased a few things including morning tea sitting by the fire and played tic tac toe in the garden.
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  • Day18

    On the road

    July 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Back on the road and there was one more art work we wanted to visit in the Winton Wetlands. It was a water tank which had been commissioned to thank 3 local CFA firefighters. To my disappointment, as it was not very well signposted or marked on the Art Trail map we could not find it.

    Now late afternoon and the sun is going down so time to head back to Lakeside after another great day of sightseeing in this part of Victoria.
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  • Day18

    Street Art

    July 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We continued driving into Benalla. We did not really like this town as it was quite dirty, even McDonalds needed a good clean.

    The art work in Benalla is more like street art and is painted on the sides of buildings. However, most of the smaller art is not that good, heaps better in and around Newtown but the larger murals are worth looking at. Also, the map with directions of how to locate the art work is difficult to follow in order to locate the paintings.

    What also made this a shame is that a number of the artworks were behind buildings and had huge dump bins in front of them so you could not see the whole artwork, or they were down weird alleys, again this made it difficult to take photo's and to appreciate the artists work. Benalla council advertises the Art Trail as a tourist atttaction but are not doing it justice. There is so much potential, it's a shame they are not taking advantage of what could be as wonderful drawcard to their weird country town.
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  • Day18

    Silo Art

    July 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Today was a day of culture, we followed the Silo Art Trail from Tungamah to Benalla.

    The total trail, including distance from where we are staying, is about 120km. Today was a lovely day for a country drive.

    We visited 4 different towns which had a few silo's painted in each town they looked fabulous. Some people are just so clever. Each painted Silo also had a history of what the art work represents.
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  • Day17

    Wet day in Numurkah

    July 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    A wet day in Numurkah today so I made cup cakes in the pie maker for morning tea.

    The remainder of the morning was computer work. These slide shows are never ending. I am currently working on our Vietnam Cambodia trip which requires 2 hours of music. So trying to work out the music ,download and upload is very time consuming and trying but we are getting there. 1 hour to go, I am now up to Cambodia.

    After a few hours and lunch we thought fresh air would be good. The rain has stopped but still cold. John found a winery close by so we popped in the car for a 8 min drive, I checked Google along the only to find closed Monday and Tuesday. So we turned around and went into town for petrol. We are now back at the computer.
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  • Day16

    Tongala Historic Murals

    July 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Driving to Echuca I noticed a sign which said "Historic Murals" so on the way back we went to a small town called Tongala . On walls around town they have a number of murals painted by local artist Murray Ross, which show the history of the dairy industry and Tongala.

    The drive home was a little different to this morning you could see the road as there was no more fog.

    Back at our resort waiting for the baked chicken in the oven to cook and then relaxing in front of the TV after another busy day of sightseeing.
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