Melbourne and Back

A Jaunt to Melbourne

A jaunt to Melbourne is in order and so we pack the car up with the requisite and head across the sandstone curtain, always a good plan!

A roaming route is planned and we are heading to Corowa for the first pit stop. Here there is much to enjoy. Exploring the story behind Tom Collins AKA Joseph Furphy author of Such Is Life and at times noted as 'the father of the Australian Novel' is part of the plan. The Furphy family had the Furphy Water Cart business in Shepparton - to be further explored tomorrow.

Corowa, Rutherglen and Howlong are gold towns but today the farming and viticulture are the dominant industries. 

The town of Rutherglen is very picturesque:

Dinner was delightful. At the pub with the hanging bicycles we ordered Duck, for Ian and Lamb for me - yum!!

Shepparton and the Furphy story

The plan for today is to head to Shepparton and find the Furphy Story. A quick wander through the farmers' market in Corowa then on the road for an hour or so and we arrive in the busy Sunday morning action of Shepparton and it's colourful cows.

This one just needed a little rest - the cow that is.

A friendly lady at the information centre sent us off  - because we asked - to a park two blocks down where there is a commemorative statue of Joseph Furphy AKA Tom Collins who wrote Such Is Life. My reason for wanting to find this is that only recently did I find out about the Furphy story. Joseph has been called an autodidact whose writing is both loved and not loved. He did, however, write to Miles Franklin when My Brilliant Career was released complimenting her work and they met once in Melbourne. Our return journey will include some of the Miles Franklin territory.

A further exploration of the Furphy family was to be found at the Shepparton Motor Museum. Here the Furphy Company has a story to tell as makers of the water carts, and many other creative metal goods for the last 150 years. Included in the current production is the fencing around the forsehore of Sydney Harbour.

Although Joseph gained notoriety for his writing his brother seems to have had some skill in the pithy saying that is on the water tank... plus a few others in the list. A talented marketer as well as a master craftsman.

The Water tanks/ carts have travelled the world and were well known on the battle fields - it seems that the idea of "a Furphy" may have come from soldiers gathering around the water tank (the water cooler of today) and speculated about what may or may not be happening but with no factual information it was all a 'furphy'.....

A Visit to Como House

We have a day for our leisure and decide to visit Como House. I last visited here when I was very young so it seemed like a good idea. Access to the house is limited but the grounds and gardens were very green.

The entrance to the house and the lady is at the gate.

 The lady by the fountain.

The gentleman in the vegetable garden with the chicken coop in the background.

A Wedding With A Twist

Today is the wedding of Eric and Meridy but it is also Melbourne Cup Day. These two facts are not exclusive and the event has been planned for maximum celebration.

Friends and family gather on a sunny day to be part of this special moment.

A happy group.

The checkerboard trio and with the bride!

A fantastic day for one and all.

A Winding Journey Home

The return trip to Albion Park will take us a couple of days as we wind our way back through the Snowy Mountains and check out some less visited towns.

Today we called in at Healesville

Ian sitting comfortably post our coffee break. I have had a morning of finding many a lawn mower business and Healesville didn't disappoint.

From Healesville we did much winding through these magnificent trees in the Yarra Ranges National Park…

and on towards Mansfield...

This 'scarred tree' is a record of the removal of the bark by the local indigenous peoples  - Taungurung - for constructing a canoe.

The information Centre at Mansfield also has the horseman and his dog herding the cattle. This is an area also known for the Man from Snowy River.

Onwards we go through Victorian high country.

And then afternoon tea and scones in Beechworth..

Our destination for tonight is Yackandandah – with this outlook from where we are staying.... A great day on the road!

From Yackandandah to Talbingo With So Much in Between
Breakfast in a cafe in Yack (as the locals call it) and on the road it is. First stop for a happy snap Tallangatta East a town that was moved in the 1950s to expand Lake Hume as part of the Snowy Scheme.

then on we go to Snowy River Country.

It was here we discovered that there is a visitors centre at Murray One power station. A must see - so off we go.

Coffee and refreshments enjoyed here and just as the Snowy Scheme is big so too are the chocolate bullets sold at their cafe!

Ian hanging around some of the large insulators.

View from the cafe - very pleasant.

We wound our way through the bush covered in hues of white, deep, rich golds and soft yellows. 

There was even snow on them there mountain tops.

and lots of water running down hills.

Afternoon tea in Adaminaby, another town that was moved because the original town was flooded, but it does have the Big Trout which is my catch of the day!

The last stretch is into Talbingo, the birthplace of Miles Franklin. A very beautiful small town with lots of kangaroos, birds and I hope to find a little more about the celebrated author.

Bird Songs and Miles Franklin 
Our final day on the road for this trip and it began with the most spectacular bird song symphony. So many calls, so many birds on a still, sunny morning.

Having our morning cup of tea with the birds.

Once we packed the car up we headed for Talbingo Dam to check out more of the complex Snowy Scheme.

No tourist Centre here but the power station is still there with six pipelines - the size of which is around the door way where Ian is standing. Up we drive to overlook the dam.... kangaroos on the road and birds singing but no signs of any other action.

Standing on the dam wall.

Overlooking to water storage from the high lookout. The ridge on the right is another spillway.

Back on the ground floor, as such, and there is the Miles Franklin Park and a marker pointing to where the home stood where she was born. Again the Tumut river which it used to be at this point is now a pondage -a small water storage behind the weir of the run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant.

It was great just walking around the place where Miles Franklin and her family once were.