Sunday, September 28, 2014

A visit to Nagambie

The new car was three days old and we felt it needed 'running in', so we took it for a country drive. Btw, because the letters GP are included in the number plate, we have called it The Doctor. (GP=General Practitioner) Whiteangel recently drove through the country town of Nagambie when heading north for warmer climes and I remembered the town fondly. That's where we shall go. The huge attraction of the town is the lake and it is lovely. Nice work by whoever funded and built the boardwalk.


Bit hard to see, but a lad is swinging out on a rope over the water.


Very nicely done.


Black Caviar is a famous race horse, still alive but retired.



We were looking after Dog Jack, so he came along for the ride to Nagambie. It is not a spot I would choose to sit Jack, if you consider what is above you.


One line says "World Record - 25 undefeated starts". Impressive.


I really liked this pelican sculpture.


This is a very flat area within the state of Victoria. Many towns still have their centrally located water towers.


We certainly won't be taking the new car on the road this driver has been along.


There always seems to be a few old cars around in countryside on a fine Sunday.



"Major Mitchell, explorer, passed here, on 9th Octorber, 1836."


The main street is nicely divided by a wide area of grass, facilities and gardens. We lunched at a local bakery. Jack was admired by passing folk and attacked a large dog passing by, while he was tied up. Silly Jack, you are not in a position of power when you are tied up.


Not too far out of town to the north is what is supposedly Australia's only bridge with a curve in it. Kirwans Bridge crosses the Goulburn River and is a single lane width with two passing areas. It was deemed unsafe some years ago and closed, but heavy lobbying by many people resulted in funds being eventually found to repair the bridge.


A very peaceful area next to the bridge.


We followed the signposted Winery Trail. I tried checking details with my phone but amazingly there wasn't an internet signal just a couple of kilometres from town. We found no wineries on the Winery Trail but we had earlier passed a sign pointing to this one.


Oh no, a couple of kilometres of unpaved road. New car, dust, cry.


However, the winery was very good. We sampled some wine and bought three bottles, yet to be opened. R pointed to a spittoon and suggested I spit out the sampling wine.  I don't think so, my love.


Everything was well maintained, with this shed full of historic farming equipment.


We were in at least two wine cellars in Europe and I don't remember them being especially cold, but this one was freezing.


A nice sitting out area overlooking water through the bush.


Lovely old hand made bricks at the entrance. It was a longer drive than we thought, but we made good time on the journey home. The next day Household Management insisted the car had to be washed, so it was.


18 comments:

  1. Andrew, the city seems very interesting to visit. wine cellars are very interesting I have been to wine cellars but it was not too cold ( in Germany).I love your trees.

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    1. Gosia, I just don't understand why this one was so cold and European cellars much warmer.

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  2. I adore that pelican

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    1. John, and wise to have it mounted very high, out of the reach of spray cans.

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  3. What a lovely outing. Love the board walk - and the pelican. And only spit out wine which is truly vile.

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    1. EC, sound advice about the wine.

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  4. Lovely outing, how did the new car go did it pas the test.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, it did and we learnt a few more things about it.

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  5. Love all the photos. The boardwalk especially and those lovely old hand made bricks. Really nice day out for you and R, I'm glad you took us along.
    Did you know Black Caviar is a mum now? Had a baby girl recently.

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    1. River, I did not know she gave birth. In her own image, we hope.

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  6. Haha, we got our cars about the same time and we both did the same thing - a long daytrip to break them in!
    I've never been to Nagambie, it looks quite nice.
    Black Caviar was indeed very impressive. Eclipsed another very impressive one, Makybe Diva, which had retired only a few years before. Amazing there were two such great horses within such a short time span.

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    1. Jackie, the horse with the best drugs wins. I shouldn't say that. You do wonder how they just keep getting better at times.

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  7. My car is the Doctors Wife - Idris.
    Black Caviar had a foal recently, so she's still busy!

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    1. Ah yes Fen, I remember that. I bet baby BC is worth a lot of money.

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  8. Thanks for the link :)
    It's interesting that you went to Nagambi too..but the new car does need somewhere to be go.
    I hope you enjoy your wine.

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    1. WA, it seemed about the right distance for a day trip and friends had been there recently, and it is a place I rather like, where we used to stop off when visiting my late father and step mother in the north of the state. One bottle is down, at a restaurant tonight and I wasn't the driver.

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  9. I don't like horse races because they hit the horses with whips :( But I think Black Caviar is sublime.

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    1. Hels, as I was writing the post, that was in my mind. We are conflicted.

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