Friday, August 18, 2017


The town of Maldon is a delightful place. It was designated as Australia's first notable town in 1966 and is a great place to visit to see a very large collection of well preserved 19th century buildings in a small place. The 2011 census put the population at 1,432 but it was not always so small.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


In the town of Newstead are all sorts of cool buildings. The first one we came upon was this tiny church.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Newstead Cemetery

We are settled in in Castlemaine with our house sit and looking about for things to do. Of course we are starting looking about for cemeteries. The first on our list is in Newstead.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ballarat CBD

Naturally, before we left Ballarat, we had to visit the city center. Although we've never watched the show, we're told that the Doctor Blake Mysteries (available in the US on Netflix) is filmed largely along Lydiard Street to take advantage of many fine Victorian buildings that remain from the gold rush days. It seemed fun to visit and get some images for our friends who know this show so everyone can see what it really looks like.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ballarat Old Cemetery

After a restful evening in Ballarat, we decided to see a bit of town before we left. Naturally, our first stop was the Old Cemetery.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lake Wendouree

After our drive about northern Tasmania, we boarded the ferry and had a quiet evening crossing the Bass Strait. This time, however, there was some stormy weather in the middle somewhere and we were awakened to some moderate tossing and turning. When I woke up to make a visit to the men's room, I found that I had to hold onto things to walk the 1 meter to reach the necessary.

By the time we landed in Melbourne, it was a calm mostly sunny morning. We drove north and west to Ballarat for our first night in Victoria. Since it is only about an hour and a half from Melbourne to Ballarat, we had time to kill in the afternoon so we went to Lake Wendouree to have a look about. Here, we got a well posed photo of a Black Swan.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Greens Beach

On the northern shore of Tasmania is a place called Greens Beach. It faces the Bass Strait that separates Tasmania from the mainland and sits where the Tamar River empties into the sea.