Murrurundi

Spent a week here with my son and his wife, good time in his pool when it was hot, thanks to you both. Garry and friend went for a ride.

20170106_081418 20170106_082123 Garry’s new toy. Lovely bike.

20170107_114648  My friends wee toy poodle Bella, yes she’s real, just a quick shot this one.img_5425 Young King Parrot at the bird feeder.

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Day 19

Wednesday 19th February 

Got cleaned up and headed down into Murrurundi to the General store to buy some Gluten Free bread, but they don’t get any more in until  Friday, so got bread for Don, I will get some in Quirindi on our way to Lake Yarrie tomorrow. Went to take photo’s and seeing how green it has got it’s so good. We were up taking photos of the trains down in the crown land at Murrundi and onto the private property. We have decided that with the weather so over cast and more rain coming we need power as the solar wont be getting any help, no sun. At Lake Yarrie we will get a powered site, rang the chap and all is organized, its only $20 a night. Lots to see and do in the area if the weather ease’s.
IMG_7940  Rock formations, I have been taking photos from the other side of these rocks. Storm brewing.IMG_7943  Farm land so nice and green, two weeks ago it was brown.IMG_7949
 Another image of the rocks.IMG_7969  This is going up to the rocks from the other side. It is steep, but doesn’t show it in a photo.IMG_7983  Looking down from the top of the hill.IMG_8020  Passenger train coming from North to the South.IMG_8036  Farm Land.IMG_8056  Coal train.IMG_8066  Coal in wagons. Most of these trains have at least 99 wagons, I have been counting them.IMG_8082  Horses roaming free. Lovely to see. Nice dark sky, IMG_8086

This little fella wouldn’t get off the road, after I got this photo, I got him by the tail at took him off the road, when I let him down he was gone so fast.

Day 18

Tuesday 18th February

Went for a drive to Quirindi, about 40 min drive North from Murrurundi NSW to catch up with a friend and had lunch together. Lovely old buildings and lots of history in the area, everyone’s so friendly, you just smile at them and they say hello.

IMG_7818  Fields of Milo.IMG_7824  I am lead to believe that the small spider is the male, this was on the fence when I was shooting the Milo field.IMG_7829  This is a real rail car 🙂IMG_7844  Silo’s at Willow Tree.IMG_7848  Oppppps, here comes the train.IMG_7863  We waited for trains to come while at the Silo’s and we were rewarded with two.IMG_7874  And now the third one, I just managed to squeeze between the looked gate so as not to get the wire in my photo.IMG_7923  On our way back we have noticed how green it has got with just 3 day’s of rain, wonderful for the farmers.IMG_7932 Photo of the walk bridge for when the ford is to deep to walk across at Murrurundi.

Day 16

Friday 14th-Sunday 16th February 

Well it’s been very wet since Thursday night so not a lot happening, also the town I’m in had contaminated water so we are relying on tank water.Not allowed to even wash our dishes or drink it, even the animals are not to drink it. The council is doing everything they can and handing out bottled water, so decided to go to my youngest sons place for the weekend. Was good catching up with family down where he lives. On our way home I called into the Plough Inn and was really taken with what the ladies do, they cater for Gluten Free and Vegetarian meals, as I am Gluten intolerant it is awesome to come across a shop such as the Plough Inn out in the middle of know where and are able to have a feed.  They are next to a Antique shop, here are a couple of photos from the weekend.:)

IMG_7659  This Plough Inn is at Burning Mountain, Wingen on the New England Highway, between Scone and Murrurundi.IMG_7661  The Plough Inn is built around the tree, it’s a real quaint place with beautiful food.IMG_7662 IMG_7663 IMG_7669 IMG_7672 Back at Murrurundi this evening and my son yelled out to me to get the camera quick, beautiful rainbow.

Day 12

Wednesday 12th February

Went up the Barrington Tops in NSW to a place called Polblue Camping grounds and to see the Polblue Swamps. Drove in from Scone end on the New England Highway. Went up through the Dingo gate, the road was pretty rough, we just took our time. The country side is very dry, I feel for the farmers and their animals. Here are a few images from the day.

IMG_7404 IMG_7407  Dry river bed.IMG_7410 IMG_7412 IMG_7418  Going up the Barrington Range.IMG_7425  Dingo Gate, love the gap underneath 🙂IMG_7432  Pine trees and there needles all over the ground, reminds me of NZ pine plantations. IMG_7439  Polblue camping, very large area’s.IMG_7455  This is the Polblue Swamp area, its like a big sponge. Was pretty dry and in the middle of the day.IMG_7460 IMG_7472  Another view of the swamps.IMG_7507  This is the Manning River from up the tops of Barringtons. They have a big camp area here as well.IMG_7512  On our way home via the Pheasants Creek road were all these Native Trees, they must be so old, as they were huge.IMG_7518  A wee house up the creek Rd. What stories could those walls say.IMG_7521 Love the sky in this scene.IMG_7540  Belltree’s, is a property that was home to the White Family since 1831. They have accommodation & farm stay conference center, they have all sorts, very neat and tidy property. It is still a working farm with horses.IMG_7543 This is the sign to the town. NSW

Day 4

Tuesday 4th February 

The youngest son had to head back to where he lives, we all spent some time looking at new places in the area. Some photo’s of the town of Murrurundi, lots of history here.

IMG_6513 IMG_6520 IMG_6524 IMG_6536 Wednesday 5th February

Today my eldest son returned from a trip in NZ and it’s at his place we have been staying. Very dry out here in Murrurundi and keeping the gardens watered is a big job. Once Garry was settled after his flight, next day he drove us up to some real nice spots as well, we are very lucky. Here are some images of the rock formations up in behind the town, real amazing shapes and they are so huge.

IMG_6625 IMG_6633 IMG_6678  Looking at the town of Murrurundi from the rock cliffs in behind the town.IMG_6731

Star trails from top of the hills.

Day 3

Monday 3rd February
My youngest son came up today and we did some tiki touring and found a lovely place called Paradise Park, spent some time there just chilling out. The guys went for the walk up to the Eye of the needle, very hard climb, to hot for me I stayed back. Went shooting stars that night, got some good shots.
IMG_6309  Cub all set up in my son & his wife’s yard. Doing some house and animal sitting.IMG_6321  Rocks at Paradise Park.IMG_6328  Another view of Paradise Park.IMG_6395  Night shot of the old Convent School, Murrurundi, NSWIMG_6398  Star trails and the Old Convent School.IMG_6402 Ghostly tree at night in convent grounds.