Relaxing in Echuca

We left home on our trip to Port Macquarie yesterday among heavy rain showers. We hope these continue over the next few days to water the grasss seed that we have planted in an attempt to rejuvenate our lawn.

The first stage of our trip was delayed as the railway gates at the Bell Street level crossing were stuck closed and the traffic was not moving at all. Our detour took us further to the north so that we ended up travelling through Kilmore and Heathcote to get to Bendigo where we stopped for lunch.

The further we travelled toward Echuca, the better the weather became. It still remained cool, but it was much more sunny and brighter after we left the metroploitan area. By 3.30 we had arrived at Elenike Cottages (one of our favourite B&Bs) where our host Geraldine treated us to a very healthy chunk – not just a slice – of a very rich chocolate cake with cream.

We are staying in the Captain’s Cottage which is a quaint little cottage designed in the style of a residence of an old Murray River Captain. It’s obvious feature is a large bath in the middle of the cottage.

We walked through the redgum forest for about 400 metres to the Murray River. There has been a good bit of rain up this way and the grass is quite green. The late afternoon sun was casting long shadows between the trees and gave a very peaceful light. The river is just the same – deep banks, a strong current and many snags along the waters edge.

Dinner last night was at the local pub and then we went back to the cottage to light the fire and enjoy a bath before going to bed. Today we travel north though Deniliquin and Griffith and an overnight stop perhaps at Nerrandera.