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.
There are some interesting little towns in the area, old farming properties, and of course beautiful scenery.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, even those that have been manipulated.