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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

West Wylong via ChookyBlue to Armidale

Very photo heavy post
We left West Wylong in the rain and traveled all day in grey skies. We stopped outside Parkes to have a look at the "Dish". As you can see it wasn't a nice day.

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This dish was involved in relaying pictures the day of the first moon landing.

Then it was onto ChookyBlues place(475km) for a 2 night sleep over. It is funny meeting someone you have chatted to on line for such a while. It was as I expect we were like old friends. It was great to meet the Chook family and have time to just sit and chat. Tony and I had a great time Chooky is so warm and welcoming it was great. We laughed and talked . Here are some snaps of our stay.
The creek that was very watched (well the level anyway).

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I often see these marker and until these last few days have never paid much attention to them. This creek is very close to Chookys place you may remember her photos of the flood. It is the short way out of her house. Mr Chooky thought we could drive through it.
As city slickers we erred on the side of caution and took the long way.

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Some birds around the house

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The girls who provided a very yummy lunch

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The Warrumbungle Ranges

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We experienced umbrella grass something we don't get in South Oz.

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The boys showing their muscles

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When we met Chooky in town she said the road to her place was a bit wet but she thought we would make it in our car.
To say the drive out there was a little nerve wrecking was an under statement.
To add a little excitement to the very wet boggy road were these.

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Tony and I were constantly amazed at the amount of water laying around, on the side of the roads and in the paddocks, so very different to South Oz.

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The chooky children thought I was mad as I kept saying how cute and sweet the cows were. They could tell I was a city slicker.

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I could have taken this one home LOL.
Yesterday afternoon we went for a drive with Chooky. Our top speed on this road was 60km she drove it like a true rally driver, dodging cows as we went.

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Saly this morning we had to leave. It was foggy as we drove off on the wet, slipper cow covered road. LOL.
I must admit this morning we didn't have to dodge the cows they were all out in the paddocks.

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The day brightened up and we travelled 453Km to Armidale
The Warrumbungle ranges

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Lunch in Coonabaraban

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On toward Armidle forcasted temp over night -2 Celcius.

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Thank you Chooky for a wonderful visit remember you now have to come see me in Adelaide.

14 comments:

Dawn said...

Hi Leanne, I have just spotted that your away on a wonderful adventure by the pictures, I do hope you have a fabulous time, now I am going to read back some...
hugs Dawn x x x

Helen said...

Hello Leanne, wonderful pictures and thanks for sharing them. O I so wish I could take the same trip through Oz. Keep those post coming. I enjoy reading them & getting homesick :)

Trash said...

Loving the second pic of the two boys bestest, both trying to get a proper mouthful of dinner without taking their eyes off each other because you just never know.

Shirley said...

There is a sattelite dish in Cheshire and if someone is listening in to someone else's conversation and being nosy they say they have ears like Jodrell Bank. I am loving the road trip.
Love Shirl.x

Gillie said...

Thank you for the pictures, glad the weather improved!

Chookyblue...... said...

oh it is so true it was like we were longtime friends.......you're just as lovely as I "imagined"..........pleased you enjoyed the trip to the farm........didn't want you to leave.........rally driver hey.......lol.........did I have you worried..........
we don't usually have water laying round like this but it is SOOOOO wet at the moment......very odd........more rain forecast........travel safe and I hope you get to stop in on the way home...........l the little chooks would love to challenge DH again......
now how to plan my trip to Adelaide.........i will be there.....I have lots of bog friends in Adelaide.........

Chookyblue...... said...

oh and I see you have a photo of the hippo in the warrumbungles

thanks heaps for the goodies you left.......

Kris said...

Loving these photo heavy posts! Glad you and chookyblue had such a great time! Loooove Coonabarabran. (Not sure if I spelt that right. Blogger has no idea either!!!) Keep us updated!

Karen said...

Hi Leanne, your photos are divine. You always capture the moment or view perfectly.

Amanda said...

Wow Leanne some great photo's there. Snapfish will love you on your return.

Maree: said...

So Glad you got the chance to see our part of the country & to spend it with Chookyblue would have been Great for you Both...we have friends out there who are Chooky's neighbours so to speak...I have only been out there the once but DH goes out every year for a week of farming etc with the Boy's...
Armidale is Lovely hope you Enjoyed that too....Great Pics.
cheers

Maree: said...

So Glad you got the chance to see our part of the country & to spend it with Chookyblue would have been Great for you Both...we have friends out there who are Chooky's neighbours so to speak...I have only been out there the once but DH goes out every year for a week of farming etc with the Boy's...
Armidale is Lovely hope you Enjoyed that too....Great Pics.
cheers

Roseanne said...

I just love the water fall. Look like you are having a lovely time.

Anonymous said...

Kerry here nice photos