This blog is now dedicated to my dear husband and adventurous travel partner, Frank, who has passed away in January 2013. When I travel now, he travels with me in my thoughts. I miss him dearly. The geocaching part of our travels is also still part of my life and I hope to update regularly.
As it was again very cold after the rain of last night we
had a nice hot breakfast of porridge in bed before getting ready to leave for
Ballarat. Our plan was to visit
Sovereign Hill. For those who don’t
know, Sovereign Hill is a kind of open air museum with old buildings and the
remnants of a gold mine and mining town, which consisted partly of tent-houses
in the early days. People walk around,
dressed up in costumes of the Victorian era.
We arrived at 10 am and stayed till two. In the meantime we walked in and out of the
various shops and buildings, watched the making of boiled lollies and did an
underground mine tour, where we not only went down a mine shaft, and walked
through tunnels, but got to see a beautiful sound and light display: a story
about two Chinese brothers who worked in the gold mine. We watched the red coat soldiers and people panning for gold. We had a delicious
pie for lunch and later coffee and sweets before we went ‘home’.
Underground mine tour
Cob & Co carriage
Walking through the streets
Love those beautiful horses
And a few pictures taken from within the van on the way to Bendigo:
We left early enough for the short drive to our next stop
for the night, a few kilometres north of Bendigo. This stop (Huntly Lion’s
Park, #480 - S 36 40 11, E 144 19 34) was on the roadside, but also had a gazebo, so we were ensured of a dry
place for cooking. However, after the
initial rain and a very cold morning the afternoon ended with a splash of
sunshine and I was able to stay outside and type up my blog posts till
7 pm. How lucky can you get? Patricia was
happy with TV reception and was watching the news in the meantime and other
programs, which I don’t quite miss because I am not really big on watching TV
other than the news.