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ON FROM ARDLETHAN TO ASHBOURNE

April 24, 2014

This was the sunset in the water after rain here at Ardlethan.
Beautiful morning so heading down to Narrandera, a beautiful town with trees everywhere.

Driving along now it is obvious there has not been as much rain through here. All sheep, some cattle and still grain. At Conargo we emptied the cassette then over to Deniliquin. Still just driving with no stops down to Barham then up the north side of the Murray to Swan Hill.

Should have crossed the river at Barham over to Kerang & would not have come to this dirt road but as we had been on it before knew it was not a bad road, then we crossed the Murray into Swan Hill.

Now into vineyards everywhere as well as orchards.

Just up from Swan Hill was the small town of Nyah, where we have stopped 3 times before. It is a Harness Club as well as beautiful sports ground. We arrived on Sunday with the place packed because of football. They have also halved the camping area for travellers. This is a spot where you can stay for a week, a donation box, dump point, toilets and potable water.

Nyah grounds. The vans over the other side are on the banks of the Murray rv.
Monday 14th.
To-day we intend getting to Mannum for the night and also to visit Bundaberg friends who have their house boat moored there.

We are on the Mallee Freeway heading towards the SA border.

Murrayville is the last little town before the SA border and they have a tiny caravan park with amenity block & laundry for $9/night. Last time we were there the washing machine was $2.

Now in SA with a very blurred photo.

Heading straight up to Loxton now to visit more friends on their farm.
On the way up there were hundreds of Gazania daiseys along the roadside. There were many many colors.

We are really into the vineyards now, as well as citrus orchards and apples. A lot of crops were wiped out this crop with a severs hailstorm & what grapes were left were not worth picking. This is the life of a primary producer.

All the road names around here are named after war veterans.

We met up with another couple from Brisbane & had an informal BBQ with John & Faye who hade cut short their trip away just to come home to see us- feeling rather special.

The roses in the garden are in full bloom as well.

In the morning we said goodbye to Sue & Basil who were heading over to Kerang for Easter with the CF group. After thanks to our hosts again we headed west towards Swan Reach on the Murray then south towards Mannum to meet up with Bundaberg friends.
Had a couple of stops to view the Murray from lookouts south of Swan Reach. Rather impressive especially if there were paddle steamers on the water.

A couple of ks down the road we came to another lookout.

We were now travelling basically along the Murray until we reached Purnong where we took that ferry over to the other side.

Once over the river we could get a view of some of the cliffs. Purnong appears to be a spot with holiday homes right on the water front- do not know about in flood time!

Continuing along this side of the river as far as Mannum where we caught up with Margery & Jack who are in their van & also have their boat moored just up river.
Marg & I went food shopping while Bruce & Jack took our van back over the river to the camp spot opposite the Murray Princess. We were fortunate enough to get the same spot as a few years ago, right at the end & away from other campers. Lots of water birds around .

There are 2 size ferries which cross the river here.

We were fortunate to see the Murray Princess start up the river.

Tuesday 15.4.14
We left here by 9am to get down to Ashbourne where we were meeting up with good friends whom we had not seen since trip last year. Down through Murray Bridge, Strathalbyn then Ashbourne where we were met by Catriana & Chuck, Dot & George & their friends Lyn & Bob. Dot had organised for us to spend a few days in this little country town beside the hall.

Just one of the many derelict buildings in SA. Below is what one could call a big hedge. It is in Strathalbyn & about 4” deep.

The only unfortunate thing here is that the mobile reception is limited even though can get out on the internet. Wednesday was a day of doing”nothing” except read and catching up with photos.
Friday afternoon Dot & George told us that they had to go into Adelaide to deliver some dog food! We all believed them. Anyway they arrived back about 5pm & we were made to stand looking the other way as they had bought us a present, which they said they were going to do.
We turned around to find 2 very good mutual friends from WA, who we spent a few days with last year. They had just got off the Ghan so Dot had organised weeks ago to bring them out to see us all. What a wonderful surprise. Phyl in Dot’s poncho & Ron in Bruce’s old jacket .

As it was Good Friday it was good to cook some extra fish for them for dinner. They flew back to Perth the next day.
On Saturday we went into the Meadows market, 14 ks up the road. Got pies for lunch and a beautiful homemade Rhubarb & Apple pie. Would have loved to buy an Alpaca beanie but they were a little too expensive so shall make do with my oldie. The avenue of trees are Golden Ash

This is the old local pub where we went for lunch on Tuesday. Typical pub meal, large & very well priced. Easter Sunday we decided to do some 4WDriving up the range to have a look at the sights. After going around in circles up the top we eventually found the correct road to see the ocean down towards Goolwa. the countryside is ALL hills around here with sheep being minded by Alpaccas, beautiful dairy cattle, dozens of spots to build a dam for water & very old homes in amongst new style homes.

Every home has a winter wood supply like this.

After what we thought would be about 30 mins we eventually arrived back 3 hours later, me starting to feel rather car sick as the corners were continual as well as being hilly even on top of the hill.

Decided to wander around the area to have a look. The old post office is now a private home.
The sign shows the age of the church but we cannot work out the reason for the bell on the side of the tree!

All for now so shall continue later on.

[lookouts along the Murray Rv,Mannum,Murray
Princess,Ashbourne,]

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  1. Firefly permalink

    Beautiful scenery, loved the paddle boats 🙂

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