Category Local Getaways

Ending Our Silo Tour Along the Murray River

We headed home from our overnight stay, and wonderful dinner, in Mildura planning to take a couple of days to meander along the Murray Valley Highway through Swan Hill and Echuca. The Murray is Australia’s longest river, at 2,508 kilometres in length. It rises in the Australian Alps, and drains the western side of Australia’s highest […]

Silos Tour – Part Two

Heading north from Warracknabeal, we first stopped at the little town of Brim. I have a friend who plays senior cricket and one of his compatriots is the owner of the Brim General Store. Wavel MacPherson is over eighty years age and plays in a national over-seventies cricket competition. I found him in his office […]

Silos Tour – Part One

Today, we started our real tour of the silos. We began our day with n extended look around the town of Stawell and then visited the silos at Rupunyap, Sheep Hills and Brim. We are staying overnight in Warracknabeal. Before leaving Stawell, we stopped in the main street to see if we could find the […]

Beginning Our Silo Art Trail Tour

We are taking this week off to visit half a dozen tiny entrepreneurial towns in the Wimmera and Mallee Regions of Western Victoria that have decorated their old grain silos with murals to form a giant outdoor art gallery. We will combine our visit into a circular tour that includes the Grampians the Murray River […]

Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk

I’ve had two occasions to visit this beautiful area of rainforest over the last month. The first was with my friend John, when we went for the purpose of photographing some of the fungi that appears there in winter. The second was with a family of German visitors who stayed with us for a few days […]

Visiting Van Gogh

Last week, we visited another superb exhibition at the Victorian National Gallery in Melbourne. This is one of the regular art exhibitions organised by the Gallery of famous works from around the world. The last time we visited the Gallery was to see the David Hockney Exhibition. This Van Gogh exhibition is about the life of […]

Summer Days in Central Victoria

The early days of January are a good time to get away for a few days and we have just spent the last few nights at the RACV Resort at Creswick. We last stayed there with Cathy and the girls a year or so ago. The resort is on the local golf course and was […]

Christmas and New Year 2017

The weather here in Melbourne has been quite variable over the Christmas and New Year period. The temperature has changed considerably and to use an old expression, it’s been up and down like a ‘whore’s drawers’. Christmas Day was hot at 36C and then it cooled down to about 20C for other days. This is […]