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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Bearii lovely Easter

Friday morning we hit the road and converged with every other Melbournian, their dog and trailer on the Hume Freeway and crawled at 30 km/hr for what seemed like an eternity.

We were off to Bearii (a 3 hour drive north) to spend a chill-out Easter with close friends who have a holiday home on a few acres close to the Murray River.

Don't you just love some of the place names along the way (and not so along the way - I even pulled out the Melways to find a few more goodies)? ... Puckapunyal ... Tallygaroopna ... Numurkah ... Poowong ... Koonoomoo ... Naringaningalook ... and the list goes on. I can't help but try and wrap my tongue around some of the more tricky ones - my attempts are a little better now we've been living here for a few years but it was a bit of a struggle at first.

We had one very happy Sophie with us, who spent the entire four days sniffing, exploring and running with her two best doggie friends - Jessie and Scamp.

We also visited the Cactus Country in Strathmerton which transported you into another time and place. Some of the cactii are 50 years old and even though they are not flowering at the moment it was still a very worthwhile visit ... and a definite "must do a return visit" during the flowering season.

There were the quintessential cactus images ...

... the 'Land of the Trifid' cactii
A giant asparagus??
This is a huge Ponytail!

... the ones that reminded me of other things

Mr Sock Monkey

A skein of wool
 ... and ones that just had lovely symmetry (some of my favourites)

I couldn't resist bringing a little piece of the Cactus Garden home, that I will do my best not to over water!!


Nikki said...

Ahem.... I grew up in Strathmerton and went to school in Numurkah. Who'd have thought that it could be a holiday destination!!!?

(There were no cacti gardens there then).

Vireya said...

I have the same problem with a lot of NZ place names - wouldn't have a clue how to pronounce them!

Looks like a great weekend - that cactus place is amazing, but a bit too far for a day trip.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm, not sure about those Aussie names though Poowong would have caused great laughter to the kids when they were young!!! I can just hear them. Cactus plants are great .. now I know what Tippystail will look like when he really gets cracking underneath .. Go Tippy Go. Sophie looks as though she had a wonderful holiday .. and I love the purse. Very nice .... The Matriach.

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