Stopping at Goulburn

From Gundagai we travelled on the Hume Highway towards Goulburn.

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This fruit salad was absolutely delicious!

We stopped at Belmore Park in Goulburn:

We always love to have a toilet break there when we travel past Goulburn along the Hume Highway. Opposite the park in Montague Street is the Courthouse and the Roses Cafe:

http://www.therosescafe.com.au/about.html

Peter took pictures of the courthouse. Then we went to the Roses Cafe for some tea and fruit salad.

Our next stop was Robertson where we bought some pies at the pie-shop to take home. One hour after that we arrived home in Dapto. It was still early afternoon of Tuesday, the 3rd of January 2017. We had left home for Melbourne on the 27th of December 2016. It was good to be back home. First of all we had to open all the windows in our house and put some ceiling fans on because the air felt rather humid.

We had had a very good time on Monday, the 2nd of January, with our grandson Tristan and his family. And it had been great that we could spend some time with our son Martin, getting to know a bit more about Melbourne again and celebrate the arrival of the New Year in Melbourne. It is summer in Australia. So we had had some pretty hot days in Melbourne, and strangely enough, also quite a bit of rain!

Our next Stop: “Dog on the Tuckerbox

Tuesday, 3rd of January 2017

Monday evening we had arrived at Holbrook feeling very tired. We stayed in Holbrook in a motel and had a good rest The next morning we got up early and went for breakfast to the Holbrook Bakery.

https://auntyuta.com/2017/01/11/on-the-way-home/

Soon we travelled on along the Hume Highway until we reached the “Dog on the Tuckerbox” near Gundagai. (Tuckerbox means Lunchbox.)

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From Wikipedia about the Unveiling in 1932:

“The monument of the Dog on the Tuckerbox was unveiled in 1932 by the then Prime Minister of Australia, Joe Lyons, on the 103rd anniversary of Australian explorer Charles Sturt’s 1829 crossing of the Riverina’s Murrumbidgee River.

The monument was the creation of Gundagai stonemason Frank Rusconi, another of whose works, the Marble Masterpiece, is on display in town.

Gundagai, 386 kilometres from Sydney, lies along the Hume Highway which runs inland from Sydney to Melbourne.”

“Moses’s poem, Nine Miles from Gundagai, was first published in 1938, several years after the statue’s unveiling. Jack O’Hagan’s song, Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox (5 miles from Gundagai), was published in 1937.”

And now to another link in Wikipedia:

https://janedogs.com/dog-on-the-tuckerbox/

The above link leads to an interesting article about
The Origin of the Pivotal Word ‘Sat’
The Original Writers of the Fable
and the many different versions all ending in:

… for Nobby Jack has broke the yoke,
Poked out the leader’s eye
and the dog shat on the tucker box,
Five miles from Gundagai.

At RUBY’S MOUNT KEMBLA RESTAURANT

Today,  Sunday, Caroline and Matthew invited us to a five course Degustation Lnnch, degustation meaning taking a small amount into the mouth to taste the quality of the food.

 

 

Our five course meal was excellent. We sat there for hours enjoying one course after another. We took pictures of most of the courses. As an entree we had tiny cups of delicious soup, also some warm bread and butter. The bread seemed to be damper and was probably baked on the premises. The restaurant is up in the mountains. It was warm, but not too hot. All the rooms were open to the outdoors. No air-conditioning needed! I thought this was great. We felt as though we were being in the country. We were surrounded by lots of things from country life in the past. And we were only a fifteen minute drive away from home! Quite amazing really. The service by the staff was first class. And all the dishes were beautifully presented. We had no problem eating everything on our plates, for the portions were small enough not to fill us up too much.

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These scales are probably from the time when this place was a village store and Post Office.

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Opposite the restaurant are some restored old miners' cottages.
Opposite the restaurant are some restored old miners’ cottages.

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This is what the restaurant looks from the front.
This is what the restaurant looks from the front.
This easy chair was great for relaxing.
This easy chair was great for relaxing.
Our table was in a separate small room.
Our table was in a separate small room.

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These were sugar cubes for our coffee.
These were sugar cubes for our coffee.

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A perfect Day at Bulli Beach, 6th of December 2015

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We had lunch at the Bulli Beach Cafe. The sugary flowers were to be eaten later on. But after lunch we went to the beach first.

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Peter waits for the coffee.
Peter waits for the
coffee.

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The coffee has arrived and we can eat the cup cakes.
The coffee has arrived and we can eat the cup cakes.
Some cup cakes are left over.
Some cup cakes are left over.
Matthew reckons the glove compartment is a good spot for taking some cakes home.
Matthew reckons the glove compartment is a good spot for taking some cakes home.
Caroline and Matthew are about to go back to Sydney.
Caroline and Matthew are about to go back to Sydney.

Pictures of our first two Weeks in January 2015

This lonely rose decided to delight us with its colour.
This lonely rose decided to delight us with its colour.
We are looking forward to harvest this tomato!
We are looking forward to harvest this tomato!
I think this is the first picture I took when we arrived home in the afternoon on New Year's Day 2015.
I think this is the first picture I took when we arrived home in the afternoon on New Year’s Day 2015.
A few days later I took this pictures after it had been raining a lot.
A few days later I took this pictures after it had been raining a lot.
This mat needs to dry out.
This mat needs to dry out.
It has been raining a lot. So our front lawn still looks green.
It has been raining a lot. So our front lawn still looks green.
Peter is back home from a bit of shopping.
Peter is back home from a bit of shopping.
Near the back is growing a lot of grass in some places. We call it our 'meadow'.  In past summers we sometimes had there only bare soil!
Near the back is growing a lot of grass in some places. We call it our ‘meadow’. In past summers we sometimes had there only bare soil!
On the 7th of Jan 2015 we packed away our Christmas Tree.
On the 7th of Jan 2015 we packed away our Christmas Tree.
The computer screen next to the tree reminds me of Lucas on Christmas Eve.
The computer screen next to the tree reminds me of Lucas on Christmas Eve.

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Lucas enjoys A N D R E R I E U Under the Stars. LIVE IN MAASTRICHT
He just loves the Music!

The foot stool he found under the Christmas Tree table. He figured it out totally by himself, that if he got that foot stool out to stand on, he would be better able to see everything.

 

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These raspberries we bought did not taste as good as the ones that Martin bought. Martin’s raspberries tasted so very good: They reminded me of what raspberries tasted like when I was a kid.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

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Have a picnic or BBQ and relax with your friends & family

On Tuesday, the 30th of December 2014 we met Tristan, Stephanie and their daughters Kianga (7) and Jakira (6) at the Blue Lotus Water Garden. They provided everything for a BBQ, such as sausages and salads. Martin had brought along some pieces of watermelon as well as a good selection of fresh berries, custard and cream.

We arrived early and waited near the entrance for our grandson Tristan and his family.
We arrived early and waited near the entrance for our grandson Tristan and his family.

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Tristan and his family have arrived.

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We enter the garden.
We enter the garden.

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This is our great granddaughter Kia.
This is our great granddaughter Kia.
Here Kia is with Jaki.
Here Kia is with Jaki.
Tristan with his two daughters.
Tristan with his two daughters.
Tristan, Martin and Stephanie
Tristan, Martin and Stephanie

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Caroline, Tristan and Peter. I  had asked for a wheelchair when we bought the tickets to enter the garden.
Caroline, Tristan and Peter. I had asked for a wheelchair when we bought the tickets to enter the garden.
Kia tries out my wheelchair.
Kia tries out my wheelchair.

I soon found out I could quite well walk around the garden. But I used my walking stick since my left knee was still bit sore.

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Mother and Son
Mother and Son

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All this Tris and Steph had deposited here for our BBQ lunch.
All this Tris and Steph had deposited here for our BBQ lunch.

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Pictures from January 2013

It seems we didn’t take many pictures in January. There aren’t any pictures from our visit with friends and the friends visiting us. But there are a few picture from the funeral of one of our friends, also a few pictures how things in the garden have grown.

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One of the church windows.It was an extremely hot day. Still a lot of people turned up for the Mass.
One of the church windows.
It was an extremely hot day. Still a lot of people turned up for the Mass.

 

Peter always works hard to keep down the tree growth around our house.
Peter always works hard to keep down the tree growth around our house.
This picture is taken from our front door.
This picture is taken from our front door.
It seems this elephant is guarding our front door.
It seems this elephant is guarding our front door.
Luscious growth in our little backyard garden.
Luscious growth in our little backyard garden.