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JANUARY 2019 UPDATE


Well, how about that hey! The year is well under way now and we head into the second month. Gee, it wont be long and we will be looking for Christmas trees again :)

This update still finds me in the Wangaratta area, North East VIC.

Firstly, I will start off with the weather report. The month started hot, very hot and on some days, you could have cooked a nice roast meal in a camp oven without the fire, just left the pot in the sun. Yep, hot is a good word. Day temps ranging from mid 30c to mid 40c and the mid 40c was seen on many occasions. The 4th of the month actually saw 49c with moderate Nth winds all day and a Extreme fire danger warning throughout the area. I kept checking my weather apps on the phone all day and had the warnings turned on to let me know if I needed to put my fire plan into action. I have it all set for a 40km radius. Nights were a little cooler and ranging from high teens to mid 20c. Fans in the aluminium tent got a good work out over night as did the aircon during the day, although I did try and not turn it on until early to mid-afternoon but on occasions, I had to sneak it on around midday. Very little rain again and the area is so dry, it wouldn't take much to go up in smoke and I tell you that for free. That all said, the 5th had a big change in temps and they hit around 5am that day dropping temps to mid ', nice indeed. We also had a light drizzle of rain now and then until around 3.00pm when it got a little heavier and was continuous for about two hours. First decent rain for some time. A good soaking rain too. No where near enough though, two hours is hardly worth talking about.

Did I mention the 49c temps? Thats good cos we had more of them and I mean MORE, yep not one but quite a few in the second half of the month. Yep, that's HOT. Struggling HOT in fact.

I am still waiting to see that specialist but an appointment has finally been made but a wait is needed so I am still grounded to a point. I have managed to go for a few drives as the car is nice and cool and gives the aluminium tent aircon a rest until early afternoon. My drives take place mid-morning to just after lunch time. I have some lunch then head back to the van and pool then enjoy the aircon until after dinner then just before bed hit the pool again, niiiice!

I heard about three small towns not far form Benalla and heading sort of to Yarrawonga area, all northern VIC. That have Silo Art.  First port of call was Goorambat, this was my first experience of seeing Silo Art, I had seen a water tank with art in the middle of nowhere that you might remember I put a pic in one of my updates but silos are different, they are bigger.  Goorambat had some Silos painted and looked very nice indeed. Not only those but as well even, I noticed a sign on the fence opposite pointing to a church with a mural inside so headed to check that out. The local Uniting Church has this beautiful Mural on the back wall behind the altar, it looks very nice indeed. Such a tiny old church that they have made very interesting.

Next to call in to visit and not far down the road was Devenish, they had two silos painted in the theme of Military Nurses, then and now sort of thing. Very nice indeed, In fact VERY nice. They also had a little poppy tribute set up and that added to the experience.

The last port of call was Tungamah, probably around an hour drive north west of Benalla. Again, two silos painted up to look very nice indeed. But not my favourite.

Ok then, what was my favourite? Go on guess? Yep, the Military ones back in Devenish. I don't know, they just hit the spot.

The three places including the church back in Goorambat had donation boxes set up, so a donation was placed in each one from me. If it contributes only in a small way to put a coat of paint on a window or maintain a sign, I feel good about it. Well done to the three very small towns with nothing much else there.

One thing you notice driving around these small county towns is the number of what were local shops all now closed or up for sale. Also, how dry the areas are, very dry indeed. OK then, I know that was two things, sorry.

A two-hour return trip from Benalla saw a very pleasant morning had and all from the cool Collie, well until I got out to take pics that is. Lunch was enjoyed in a nice pub at Benalla then back to the Aluminium Tent.

The month continued to move along until Australia Day arrived. I am normally and have been at Greens Lake, North Central VIC every year for the last 6 years but this year was not there and boy, what a difference that was. Instead of hundreds of noisy happy campers and fires on total fire ban days armed with boats and anything that can float I had only a few other vans near me and a 10.00pm noise curfew. Quite a few noisy kids though so actually gave the pool a miss during the Saturday and Sunday but managed to get my late-night dip in around 10.00pm. Although I did have to share the pool area with two Micro Bats who decided I was a good target and were swooping me, little buggers. I sorted them out though and went back to the aluminium tent and got my wide rim hat and had that on. Just in case. The people camped next to the pool thought I was silly at first but they too found out why. Not in the pool though but around their camp site. I reckon the bats must have thought I was intruding in their time as the pool really closes at 10.00pm but the manager gave me the OK to use it as long as I didn't do bombs into the pool at that time of night as would be noisy. Yeh sure! Me do bombs? Dont they want any water left in the pool?

Australia Day done and dusted saw many people depart, including the kids so pool time again. Kids! Yep, they have now returned to school after the loooong break. That along with no public holidays for a while finds things back to normal, mmm, whats normal though? Its now time for the Grey Nomad travellers to hit the highways and byways again.

Speaking with some of the mums and dads of the kids that were around they all say the same thing, the school holidays are way too long and even the kids get bored before school starts.

I'm not bored and enjoy my Grey Nomad lifestyle but things come to an end and that is what has taken place with this update, finished so until next time, take it easy everyone and keep safe out there.

 

Some pics below as usual.

 

DOUG

 

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-- Edited by Dougwe on Friday 1st of February 2019 04:40:55 PM

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The silo art of the Military Nurses looks grate thanks for posting it

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Gday...

STRUTH, for someone wot's sort of stuck in one place, ya sure gitten round.

I like the church mural best ... brings out the old 'hippy' in me.

Good read, stay well and keep writing up ya stories.

cheers - John



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The Sophia portrait in the Goorambat Church peaked my interest, so I sought further information www.visitvictoria.com/regions/High-Country/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Public-art/Street-Art-Goorambat-Uniting-Church.aspx

Great notes as usual Doug.

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Another good read Doug and have now listed more places to visit.

Hope everything turns out ok when you visit the specialist.

Safe Travels.



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Hey Doug,

I camped at the Tungamah Boosey creek reserve for a few weeks. Only a short stagger up barr street to the pub I found fantastic meals at a nice price and great fun conversations with the locals and "****y" the pub mascot.

It sure is a shame that with the demise of the small family farms, to broad acre cropping populations have declined and little towns are dying. I try to support them when travelling past.

stretch

 



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Thanks Doug.

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Always enjoy reading what you've been up to Doug. All the best.


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Thanks for the kind words everyone, as usual they are really appreciated. Makes the printing cost worth it.

Thanks to a 'very good' and very 'cool' car Rocky, I am able to get around in the cool so that helps heaps.




Keep Safe on the roads and out there everyone.

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Hello Doug, I thoroughly enjoyed your update.  Thank you for sharing the awesome photos the art on those silos is outstanding, you open doors for many to see places they may otherwise not be able to see.  I love going into old Churches and maybe one day I will be lucky enough to visit that one.  The Church in Beagle Bay is another I would love to visit.  

All the best for you health and happy travels.  Kind regards Kisha.



-- Edited by Kisha on Monday 4th of February 2019 07:36:49 PM

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We did a tour of some of the Vic Silos ( a friend painted the Brolgas at Tungamah) but we missed the Goorambat church, which I would have liked to have seen.
Would like to see inside Beagle Bay church too, especially as Beagle Bay is our 'local'town for 6 months or so. It's been locked each time we've been into town so far. Don't like to go sightseeing on a Sunday, but will have to find out who to ask to unlock it. I imagine it would be unlocked most days during tourist season.

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As always Doug a nice little read.  Love the bird of prey silo but nought wront with any of the other art either!

Thanks for putting the effort in.

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Good read Doug, love the pictures, aren't you glad your not up at your other stomping ground (Townsville) at the moment, too much water.
Pomme.

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Dougwe - hope the Townsville family is not flood affected.

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Another good read Doug, so thanks for that

As others have already said, your monthly updates give many of us food for thought, as we pass through the towns you have mentioned

I found January hot all over this year

Tamworth was in the 42s some days

I also notice the small towns struggling, with many closed shops, and also make a point of giving a donation, when I see a donation tin

All the best when you see the specialist


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Good to see you still having fun Doug, hang in there with those specialists they are pains but unfortunately necessary

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Thanks again everyone.

Tony, if it only gives one person some ideas or gives a small view of the playground for those that might not be as lucky as us yet to already be out here then I am only too pleased to keep 'em coming each month.



Keep Safe on the roads and out there everyone.

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Another great read, thank you for your insights. North Eastern Victoria is such a great place for exploring, cheers.



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You do find it difficult to slow down, don't you Dougie .. well written mate, but I do have a coupla questions though ..

a.   Don't your feathers get wet when you dips in the water ?

b.   .. and just how do you wear your hat ?

(This could be quite an eye-opener for us that are follickly challenged .. hehe)

Jon



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Goo to hear you are doing ok Doug , we visited that church last year also and although your pic is great it really needs to be seen in person to appreciate its beauty .
Hope your appointment goes well when you finally get there .
And we do hope your Northern family are high n dry .

All the best
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Always love reading your monthly updates Doug. Good to hear you are keeping well. Life in Northern Vic sure has been hot & extremely dry, my paddocks are dust bowls at the moment. The week before Australia day I was camping on the mighty Murray river, the Friday before Australia Day it was 47c with a hot, north wind blowing, I have never spent an unpleasant day camping but I sure did that day. I had to stay put too because I was looking after not only my boat but a friends as well. I had the water to cool off in, but it was like taking a warm bath. The cool change didn't come until around 3:a.m the next morning. The night before hadn't dropped below 31 c all night so I was a very tired, little camper come Saturday. :)

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My favorite silo is still the Brim one. So far anyway!

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