Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Road Tripping, not metaphorically

I've been on an actual road trip this time. Caitlin and I made the drive down to Deniliquin to see Briony, she'll be home for the holidays in a couple of weeks but I've noticed the last weeks of term are the hardest, when a visit from mum (and more importantly, twinnie) might be the difference between melting down and not.
The photos are in the order they uploaded so don't expect this post to flow! 
Deniliquin has flowering fruit trees in the streets and it's very pretty this time of year. Funnily enough I saw an awful lot of flowering trees like this on the drive down. They weren't in gardens, just randomly flowering away roadside. I wouldn't recognise them without the blossom but I did recognise them and why were they there? Did the brds put them there? Were they relics of old, forgotten gardens?



Harry came along for the ride. He's decided he really likes the car. He's almost seven so it's taken him to almost old age but it doesn't matter, so long as he's happy it makes our job easier.




Silos close to sunset




Briony was taking a photo of the water tower for me and hers was a better shot but I like her being in it!




The courthouse. Quite an imposing building for a small town. Apparently it was designed for the town Deni was expected to become but it never quite grew to fit the courthouse. I struggled to get a decent photo but you can catch the feeling of it. It sits within park like grounds and has an old wrought iron fence. It was rather lovely.




The Uniting Church. It had to be Presbyterian, once, I'm sure. The congregation uses a side hall and this lovely old building is only opened on special occasions. What a pity.



A coffee stop on the way home. I feel kind of rebellious when I use a Thermos. 



This one to give you some context on exactly where we went.


 

22 comments:

  1. Seems to have been an interesting trip. Good photographs.

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  2. I'm pleased you enjoyed your trip. My dog gets way too excited in the car - he might settle after an hour or so.
    I like the buildings - they make me wonder what they're like inside.
    Sx

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    1. Once Harry understood what was happening he couldn't wait to get in the car and have a nap!
      I always want to know all about buildings, my latest obsession is what renovations, extensions and changes have been made to the sructure.

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  3. Is the 7 hr 37 min a round trip or one way? I imagine your daughter was very glad to see you both. Thank you for the photo of Harry! It's good he likes the car now. Beautiful buildings and scenery you caught there.

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    1. It's a one way trip, Jenny. It took us about 8.5 hours with two quick stops. Briony was ecstatic to see us, now she just has some study to do and marking to finish before she's home for two weeks

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  4. Wonderful. Love the silo art. The courthouse made me think of the one in Bathurst - such imposing buildings.
    Hooray for happy Harry - and what a wonderful reason to take the trip. For all three of you.

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    1. It's so long since I've seen the Bathurst courthouse but I thinkI actualy prefer it. They are imposing, thats how to remind everyone of an empire, isn't it?

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    2. oh and I meant to tell you, this year they are expecting the biggest rice harvest in 14 years!

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  5. I love the courthouse. Here, the courthouses were built in the center of town on a courthouse square where the road went one way around it. No grounds at all. We have painted water towers, but nothing so impressive. That was a long trip to take! In the medians and sides of roads we have Bradford pears that spring up, bird-planted, I imagine. A little further south I was surprised to see magnolias, full grown sometimes, sprung up. I like seeing flowering trees on a drive.

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    1. I forgot to post the other side of the water tower, that was interesting, too. I wasn't sure what all the flowering trees were, I definitely recognised some cherries. Some were pink and some white....

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  6. I'm going to have to improve on my knowledge of Australian geography

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    1. And I've sometimes had to look up parts of Canadian geography :)

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    2. Red, Brionys teaching is a specially funded one year support role for drought affected rural & remote communities.

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  7. The courthouse looks beautiful. That looks like quite a long road trip! Here in the UK a Thermos flask is seen as the opposite of rebellious!

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    1. It's 692 km and it took us 8.5 hours with very short stops.
      I know what you mean about Thermos flasks. I used to regard them as boring but disposable coffee cups are ubiquitous now so using a Thermos is truly subversive

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  8. Thanks for taking me with you Kylie, some very interesting photos and I love that red church, here they've converted some into rural theatres and even restaurants.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. There are some city churches here in Sydney which have been converted to restaurants but funnily enough, out there in the iddle of nowhere the old cinema is now a church!

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  9. Nice post & pics - vicariously enjoying a road trip in another part of the country is always fun. I love the photo of Harry - he really does look happy.

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    1. Like most dogs, he's pretty much happy if he's where his people are

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  10. Seven and a half hours - that's quite a trip. From top to bottom of Northern Ireland would take about two hours max!

    Good that Harry finally likes the car. I love the painting on the water tower.

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  11. Yes and did you see what a little bit of Australia we actually crossed? It's insignificant!

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