Great to be back on the road but the cold is really affecting us, most mornings are in the vicinity of 1-3 degrees C for us that’s cold and add to that a cold biting wind and we are suffering but have a great time regardless.
We have visited the only painted grain silo (silo art) that we will as it’s the only one in Queensland, the others are mostly in NSW, SA and Victoria but we did see the one in Thallon. A wonderful piece of work which we enjoyed seeing, we also lunched at the famous Nindigully Pub where the meals are huge but excellent, it’s a very typical old country pub. We have been to Charleville and visited amongst other places there the Flying Doctors display as we normally do.
Moving on we explored Blackall visiting the local a wool scour (an old steam powered wool washing business) interesting seeing 100 year old machinery still working well. Blackall’s water come from a deep artisan basin and comes to the surface hot, hence the wool scour there, when showering you need very little cold water and the smell, oh the smell. A very small but interesting country town.
On the way from Blackall we stopped off in Barcaldine to photograph the monument to the foundation of the Australian Labour Party. Originally a tree it was poisoned and replaced by a symbolic one, a very interesting piece of architecture. From there to Winton to visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre. We have been there before but it was destroyed by a very bad fire. Rebuilt very recently it is very modern, almost too modern and its appeal to us has been lost. Whilst there we found the local Agricultural Show was on so of course we went and whilst there of course we enjoyed, you guessed it a Dagwood Dog.
Winton to Kynuna was next. It is reported that it’s very close to Kynuna that was the inspiration for the song Waltzing Matilda. In 1869 Kynuna had 5 pubs, now but 1, and a road house and a police station so at the pub we stayed, out the back. In 1969 Marco had stayed there whilst on a bus trip to Darwin and the Centre so now in 2019 50 years later revisited. It wasn’t any different. And finally the weather started warming up to the point where the heater and air con are now on cool and not heat.
Next stop was Julia Creek, the area previously seriously affected by the recent long drought only to be wrecked by floods that drowned many of the surviving starving cattle. The damage was evident everywhere on the approach to town but the repairs are well on the way and unless you knew you would not know from the visible evidence.
So here we are at Julia Creek having a quiet day, as a city sight tour here takes no longer than about 15 minutes and it’s been done. This afternoon the temperature has reached 28 degrees.
Until the next journal as ever.
Love and regards
Mum and Dad
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