Friday, September 9, 2011

Upper Hunter to Liverpool Plains and beyond

Hopemobile beside the creek at Wallabadah, south of Tamworth

Agriculture and mining side by side in the Upper Hunter

Blossoms in the streets of Nundle where I visited the Woollen Mills and a reconstruction of a gold mine.

And from Wallabadah I travelled via Nundle, to Tamworth. Beautiful agricultural scenery which is unusually green due to all the rain over winter.

The last three days and nights have been spent with my friend, Robbie, in her home in Tamworth. We had leisurely days in which she went about her usual activities or kindly took me to show me some of the sights of Tamworth. I also visited some family members (Stacey and Lyle, April and Hamish) and some friends (Trudi, Ella and Hamish). Robbie was kind enough to invite an old friend from my student days for dinner one night - we had fun reminiscing. Robbie is a great cook, so I've been very spoiled while I've been in her home.

This morning before I left Tamworth we went to visit the magnificent equestrian centre, opened in 2009, where the NSW Dressage Titles are are being held over this weekend. It's an impressive complex where a variety of events are held throughout the year, not only equine activities.

At 10am The Hopemobile and I left Tamworth and motored north via Manilla, Barraba and Delungra on our way to Inverell. I was born in Inverell - way back when :) - and have not been back since I was two months old. It's time to visit.

We drove through rain and wind all the way today and the road works between Barraba and Inverell mean that my vehicle is not so sparkling clean as it was when I left.

Tonight I'm staying in a caravan park, had a bistro meal at the local bowling club and am getting ready now to snuggle down and prepare for a minimum of 4' overnight. Brrrr.

Health update
  • hair has stopped falling out - in fact, is starting to grow again
  • largest tumour is pressing on nerve and causing discomfort on left side and down left leg, so plenty of Panadol Osteo is being consumed.
Daughter update - yesterday was Day 1 of Nikki's climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Her Facebook entry says -
Camp Day 1 - cold, tired & dampish but happy campers

So, all good so far. Here is the link to her blog about preparation for the climb and the reasons for doing it

This last pic is of Robbie and me at the Tamworth Lookout


Carol's Blog said...

Love your Hopemobile escapades, enjoy your time travelling Luv CP xx

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