I don’t often get to go back to Coonamble. I love the whole process of driving there.
- Push through vineyards & onto the Golden Highway.
- Cruise over the rolling, verdant hill country.
- Push through the sparse national forests around Mendooran. (and on this occasion make a detour into Dubbo, but we wont talk about that because it spoils the romance).
- Gilgandra is the turning point…. “Cooee Country.” The lands starts to flatten out, the grass moves from green, to brown, to a yellowy grey.
- Gulargambone. It’s a great name for a town & it means I’m almost there.
- Sometimes… driving into Coonamble, this time, driving to my Aunt & Uncle’s place, Willow Downs.
I wont bang on about Maurny & Herbie, because I know they’ll read this, suffice to say, we had an awesome time staying with them, and it was a real highlight for the kids.
There were lots of things that were fun about our visit. Getting to meet the dogs, feed the chooks, see the sheep & feed the cows….. al of which scared the heck out of Gumnut! My personal highlight, however, was waking up a little before dawn, looking out over the massive plain toward the Warrumbungles, and watching the sunrise. The pictures don’t capture the majesty!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/timgoldsmith/8559684704/” title=”Untitled by tfabas, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8559684704_d5524bece6.jpg” width=”500″ height=”169″ alt=”Untitled”></a> (click on the pic & see a larger version for full effect)
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/timgoldsmith/8558562347/” title=”IMG_7180 by tfabas, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8558562347_930fbb2538.jpg” width=”500″ height=”333″ alt=”IMG_7180″></a>(a cage was required to get Gumnut to warm up to “Rusty”)
Friday morning we had to get the obligatory family picture (we don’t have enough of them) and one with our wonderful hosts!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/timgoldsmith/8558562119/” title=”IMG_7230 by tfabas, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8107/8558562119_0127df9fe4.jpg” width=”333″ height=”500″ alt=”IMG_7230″></a> (Thanks Maurny & Herbie)
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And then it was off to the Wedding.
It’s lovely to play a part in your own cousin’t wedding, and once you get through the struggle of getting the local minister’s permission, the local bishop’s permission, your bishop’s permission & then your boss’s permission to take the time off, it’s also a lot of fun!
Pumpkin & Gumnut got special clothes, and loved seeing special drinks & food.
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Joey & Catherine looked wonderful! One interesting little highlight was having Joey’s dog, Edward, deliver the rings…
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Needless to say, I got my obligatory self-take with the happy couple.
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And also some lovely family pics.
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That night we went & stayed at Urungie, Uncle Stevie’s place (Stevie is also a wonderful host. I need to be clear, lest Aunty Barb reads this, that he was ever-attentive, and thoughtful in his hosting!) and then it was a long drive off the plains, through the hills, and back for a brief overnight stay at my parent’s place in the Hunter.
I wish I had more photos, but you just get caught up with stuff, especially with 4 little kids. It was a truly wonderful holiday though…