|I realise that I have been seriously neglecting my journal duties! I have not made an entry for well over a week!
So, since my last report we have travelled eastwards through the Blue Mountains, through places such as Lithgow, Mt Wilson, Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls. It is a beautiful region, and actually quite blue! For me, however, it is missing something - i.e. water! Yes, Australia is experiencing a particularly dry period, so the waterfalls are down to a trickle, but really I think it needs some lakes!
It can actually get quite cold up here in the mountains at night and, unbelievably, many of the hotels and motels where we have stayed have got electric blankets on the bed. Before we left home I was asked what things I would miss most on our trip and I said "my big fluffy dressing gown" - I knew sooner or later I would be right!
We visited a small arms museum which was really interesting (even for me, a Sheila!). It was really quiet there and a very old guy who was passionate about the place insisted on giving us a guided tour. The place had been a huge arms factory during various wars and used to turn out thousands of guns of one sort or another a week, employing 2000 people. There were firearms of every size and type, from great big rocket launchers, right down to tiny little guns which would have been carried in a ladies handbag. I was fascinated to see, close to, a Magnum (of Clint Eastwood fame)- it's huge! and a Colt 45 (as used by Wyatt Earp).
We visited one of the most famous sights in the Blue Mountains - The Three Sisters, three large rock pinacles, which were spectacular and also saw the routes that the first pioneers took over the mountains when they headed inland.