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18 September 2016

Western District awash

The farm fence was submerged this week by all the rain here in the Coleraine area. Hibernating snakes all got a wet wake up and a sheep was swimming down the street in Casterton.
This image is the same place as the one above, taken from the bridge the next day with all the flotsam caught in the fence wire. Bit of work ahead to replace it all. At least the dams and tanks are all full.
This image of the nearby Nigretta Falls

is from The Age and please do click this link to it's entry World Of Waterfalls. Not only did flying kangaroos wreck their rental and inspire them to publish several images of kangas leaping across their bows but they went in November when the falls were dry - here is their image of that:
World Of Waterfalls I wish they could see it now.

11 July 2016

Koalarama

On my way home from shopping [in Hamilton, Victoria 3300 the heart of the wonderful and woolly Western District]
eventually he left the road ...
and went up a tree.
That was all cute and groovy and I mooched further toward home only to find


a tortoise on the road. sigh. of course I had to pick it up and put it safely away from the hurtling logging trucks which most certainly would not swerve to avoid a fatal end.
If Copperwitch [hi Coppy] was writing this post she would make it hilarious. She shops at Southland which probably has koalas and tortoises too.I can only sigh.

06 July 2016

Wannon Falls 3300

Often I drive from Hamilton to Coleraine and pass these giant boomerang gates.
This delirious sculpture [no designer credited sadly] was erected at theWorld Of Waterfalls"> Wannon Falls Reserve entrance in 1963 on the Centenary of Dundas Shire being established for the area around Hamilton. Follow that Shire link to read about the 1.32 million sheep here.
"World Of Waterfalls">Wannon Falls have been the consistent subject of significant art including works by some of Australia's most celebrated colonial artists, such as Nicholas Chevalier, Eugene von Guerard, Louis Buvelot, S. T. Gill and Thomas Clark." - more detail from Victorian Heritage database. Here is an image [thank you Goobertron at Panoramio] of the actual waterfall, an anti-climax after the reserve gates in my opinion.
Swiss painter Buvelot was there in 1868. The Queensland Art Gallery has this one -
The Art Gallery of NSW has Russian Nicholas Chevalier's 1860's depiction, but chooses not to share it anywhere, and the National Gallery of Victoria chooses to not display this 1857 ink work by Eugene von Guerard:
and in 1860 Thomas Clark "a terrific painter" gave it his best shot -
. Out here in regional Victoria where there is less of a 'built environment', history is more evident to a modern traveller, and I cannot help thinking of the 1860's being a traffic gridlock of all the artists passing each other as they came and went on the roads between their scenes.
A waterfall is a wondrous thing, but it doesn't beat those boomerangs. The Western District rocks.

11 June 2016

Casterton's Annual Kelpie Muster

Well darling readers I was there this morning for the 20th annual shebang and this pic is the actual muster where skilled working dogs compete on the banks of the Glenelg River. Below are the other competitors mounted and waiting with their dogs.
Dogs dogs woof woof it was dog city from far and wide you wouldn't believe the range of number plates from distant places. The next pic is my friend Julie Honey and her famous clever dog FLASH a rare Miniature Kelpie - he's the one in the red bow tie winning the Kelpie Egg&Spoon Race in the main Street.
I mainly shopped the muster - the stubby holder, bumper sticker and food food food. Tomorrow is the great auction of talented dogs where they go for thou$and$.  I don't really need a pet but I may be a sucker for the concurrent auction of a special edition VicRoads rego plate with a Kelpie on it. Watch the freeways my friends. Woof Woof.

21 April 2016

I went to Casterton

It is only 30 kms up the road and very pretty in Autumn.
Dame Mary Gilmore, the woman on our $10 banknote lived in Casterton, Victoria in 1907 when this substantial hotel was designed and built.
However, she escaped and the hotel is now closed down. Young Mary Jean Gilmore had been taken by her husband to the Strathdownie sheep station and if I look up I can actually see the Strathdownie road from my window.  Vistas can be good out here in The Western District.
When that hotel was absolutely thriving in a wealthy community 30 years on, it got some neighbouring buildings in a completely different style.
Murrell's Shoes is charming example of Art Deco and has not been ruined:
It bravely faces the stonkingly Art Deco Casterton Town Hall. Totally Style Moderne in every way.
That dog-on-a-rock is there because Casterton [named for a place in Ireland] is the home of The Kelpie muster - an event where $12,000 has been paid for one dog [I wonder though, how mixed the seller's emotions were as he left without his clever doggie].  Those red dogs which are so focussed on sheep herding originated in the Victorian Casterton when it was noted by her Scotsman owner that "one of Kelpie's pups" would be just as clever at moving sheep as she was. There are A LOT of sheep around here.

No Kelpies needed at No Place For Sheep however. A most excellent Australian blog I commend to you. Follow the link to vent your spleen on Bananaby Joyce, Donald "7/11" Trump or the witless Tara Brown who has been in a slummy Beirut slammer for much more than 60 Minutes.