OK, the blog has had a makeover. I bit the bullet and paid for an upgrade so that I can more easily add photos to the site. There are now galleries and even a slide show on the home page. I am on a very steep learning curve here so please be forgive me if you end up getting notifications of new posts etc while I am learning.



New England Region

We were in Armidale for about a month. In the time we were there we did some great driving and walking tours.

The information centre has a brochure for a self-guided walk around Armidale. This walk is well worth doing as it gives the opportunity to have a good look at the buildings and go at your own pace.

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There are some interesting little towns in the area, old farming properties, and of course beautiful scenery.

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Armidale has a wonderful art gallery with many famous artists featured. A lot of the art works have been donated by a bloke named Howard Hinton. Check out this link to get an idea of the amazing contribution this man made to Armidale http://www.neram.com.au/portfolio-items/collection/

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We drove down to Tamworth and caught up with our niece at the Landmark horse sale. We hadn’t ever been to an event like that and it was a bit of a surprise to see what some of these horses can go for.


One day we went for a drive into the Styx River Forest Reserve (not the Tasmanian Styx) so that I could have a go at catching a rainbow trout. We had a wonderful day but no fish stories to tell.

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On the way back home we came across some bee keepers who were busy collecting the honey. They were ok with me snapping a couple of photos and they even gave us some honey comb straight out of the hive.

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Saumarez started out as a squatting run in 1835 held by a squatter named Henry Dumaresq. He sold it to H. A. Thomas, who then sold the run to Francis White in 1874. A homestead was built on the property in 1888 and then a second floor added in 1906. There are guided tours of the house, but no photos inside are allowed.



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A local group held a poker run from the showground. Motorbikes came from everywhere so I took the opportunity to wander and check out some very nice machinery.

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I hope you enjoy the pictures, even those that have been manipulated.


One Comment on “

  1. Hi Jack & Annie! The photos and news of you’re travels are fantastic😀. Rod and I are well and things are good. Keep in touch, Tania


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