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Goldfields and Wildflowers - Day 15 & 16 @ York

Day 15
We packed up & hit the road by 9am headed in the direction of York. We stopped down town at Perenjori on our way through town to see the cut out metal artwork.

Driving past he entrance to Ballidu townsite we had to stop to take a photo of this sculpture.

Passing through Konnongorring was reminisced about attending our friend Annette's daughters wedding at the local farm with the reception at this very hall (Colleen married David). The wedding can be found on our blog it is called A wedding country style.
It holds special memories in our heart. It was such a lovely wedding by the hay bales on Davids parents farm. Beautiful memories.

There were many vans on the roads today travelling & very few other traffic.

We chanced our luck at the Travellers Rest Caravan Park at York & are set up for 2 nights. Th sites are all drive through. Ian has checked the weather the report stated it would be 0 overnight. We are not too worried as we have our donnas & a heater if required. A sunny 20 degree day is also forecast.

We have met a few of the locals which includes a nesting wattlebird with 2 babies at our site (hard to photograph, sorry) & a nesting Tawny Frogmouth 2 doors down a Sue & Stuart's site.
We also had a very friendly butterfly visit us at afternoon tea time.
We are enjoying a quiet night in tonight with a glass or two of wine.

Day 16
A leisurely start to the day & then we headed to the York information centre, the Town Hall, which also has the Library inside. We are in search of Wildflower sighting locations. We checked out the two suggested locations, the York Golf Course, known as the we Oswald Sargent Reserve & the Orchid Reserve.
Wildflower sightings.

Back into town for lunch at the local bakery & a walk down the main street. A must do in York is a visit to "The Sock Shop." Where you can buy Australian & New Zealand made wool products & some are even made locally in York. We each bought some locally made woollen socks. Whilst checking out the new and the old free camping caravan spots we found some local straw artworks part of the Wara Art Trail. This is a Japanese technique of turning surplus straw into sculptures. The artworks included a Bilby & a Turtle.

We also found the old pharmacy building, originally used by Oswald Sargent who the Golf Course reserve is named after. Oswald came to Australia as a 6 year old in the late 1880's and trained and became a pharmacist in York. His passion was botany and native orchids in particular. A local flowering gum is named after him.

Deborah found a delightful shop called Patchwork on Avon & just had to go inside & look around. The shop closed at 2 and we arrived just after. The owner noticed my curiosity in the shop peeking through the window & kindly invited her in. Needless to say as she is a fabricologist, Deborah saw the potential and purchased some material, very special material to add to her collection for future use.Deborah also found a unique pin cushion to put to use in the future.

Tonight's menu, Tasmanian Salmon, jacket potato & steamed vegetables.

Posted by iandeborah 14:19

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Deb some gorgeous orchids there amongst the wildflowers. I hope there’s still some in flower down Hopetoun way early in October. We can’t get away again until then, and I’m so looking forward to it. You’re really wetting my appetite for small country towns. I loved the Bilby and the turtle too, and the bike sculpture - loved it all. Travel safe.

by Chris Riley

Chris, just wait till you see what we stumbled upon in Brookton on our way home today. See you Wednesday for a morning walk.

by iandeborah

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