Oh No …… it’s raining and we have to leave Rutherglen to
head to Mum’s very favourite Festival. It’s called the Man from Snowy River
Festival and it is held every year at Corryong, Victoria, a small country town.
It is a real country festival. There is a lot of bush poetry and country music,
together with rodeos, all sorts of horse competitions, sheep dog and cattle dog
trials, dog jumping, whip cracking competitions …. you name it … they do it.
They also do a re-enactment of the Man from Snowy River ride which is the
highlight of the whole festival. The Man from Snowy River is probably one of
the most famous of all Australian poems and is all about a bloke who rides
through extremely dangerous conditions to capture a colt that escaped and joined some wild bush horses. It
is by Banjo Paterson and it is well worth the read. Mum loves Banjo’s poems. The forecast for the
4 days of the festival is not good. Rain, rain and more rain. We are still
going but Mum and Dad reckon it will be an ordeal with me in tow. I hate to get
wet ….. I won’t do ‘pwivacy pwease’ until I’m busting and I’m just a general
pain in the butt. Hmmmmmmmph!! I’m not THAT
bad! Anyway we headed off and it was a really lovely trip even with the rain.
It’s very cosy in the car and I was happy. It isn’t all that far from
Rutherglen. Only about 150 klms. Crikey it was a pretty trip. Beautiful green
rolling hills dotted with sheep, cattle and horses. There were a few goat farms
and at one stage we saw buffalo. Only a few … but buffalo … that’s something
you don’t see too often around here. There are some farms in the Northern Territory
(Crocodile Dundee territory) but not so much anywhere else. Outback Queensland might have a few too.
|Not such a good photo .... but that's one of the sheep farms. |
|A cattle farm .... a WET cattle farm!|
|These blokes were EVERYWHERE!!!! Big, big flocks them. Sulphar crested cockatoos!|
|So pretty to watch them take off!!|
We arrived at Corryong and had a look around
the town. Funny but it rained all the way there but stopped once we hit town. We
had a good walk around the town and had a good look at the entertainment
and horse activity areas. Crikey … what a mess!! It was soooooooooooo wet. You
needed gum boots AND Mum and Dad don’t
own gum boots. Matter of fact they don’t own boots. Well they do but they don’t
have them with them. Are THEIR feet
ever going to get wet???? You betcha!!!!!
CRIKEY! What about me?? I HATE
getting my feet wet …. unless it’s hot and there’s a beach involved. It’s cold here … well if you call 18C cold
and I do. Nothing stops Mum though
so we walked all over the place and I got to get up real close and personal
with some more horses and heaps of farm dogs. The only dogs to be seen are
kelpies, border collies, blue and red
heelers and mini fox terriers. They’re
none to friendly either. Just cause
they have a job to do they think they are better than anyone else. Well I’ve
got a job to do too. I’ve got to look after Mum and Dad. I’m not going to be
bossed around by a few working dogs. You’d think the mini foxies don’t do much
work but they do. They are the farm rat catchers. Apparently they are better at
it than cats. Sorry Travis, Maurice and
all my new pussy cat friends but that’s not what I say … it’s what the farmers
say. I reckon it’s just that the farmers’ wives spoil the pussy cats and they
don’t really have to work too hard for a feed. I know all my new mates would do
a REAL good job of rat catching.
Better than any old mini foxie, aye?? No, Mr JF Sir they’re mini foxies NOT JRT’s!
|This bloke knew how to dress!|
|These blokes too!!|
|This would have been a great shot if she had a schooner of beer in her hand instead of hot chippies, aye?|
|"I'm tough, Mate .... no fancy lead for me .... a hunk of rope's all I need ... don't need no fancy dumb coat either"!!|
|Yeah .... It's MUD!!|
|This bloke says it all, aye??|
After our walk around we headed off to check out our
accommodation. It’s a bit out of
Corryong in a REALLY small place
called Cudgewa. There's NO internet coverage at Corryong or Cudgewa so I'll off the air for a while. Not much happens at Cudgewa. There’s only a pub and one shop
that sells everything but it’s not open very often. We found our little
house. It’s called Elmstead
cottage. CRIKEY!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT … it is soooooooooo
good. Not at all luxurious. Pretty basic really but very clean and Mum
and Dad reckon the bed is good and there’s a VERY comfy lounge for us all to snuggle on. BUT … here’s the good
bit. It’s on a BIG farm and we can go wherever we like. Pleeeeeeeeaaase stop raining!!!!!! I need a run.
The cottage is owned by a Dutch couple and they have 3, mad as cut snake, farm dogs who gave me
a hell of a time when we first arrived. Wouldn’t leave me alone and one of them
(his name’s King …. That’s not what I called him) just kept trying to hump me all the time. There’s also a very polite King Charles
spaniel Sheila, two cats and two ducks who wander around the yard all the
time. Dad took me to meet the cats and
the ducks. I’ve never been up close and personal with ducks before. I was good
with the cats. I actually got to kiss one of them. That’s a first for me. I’ve
never got that close to a cat before. I was good too but Dad’s not too sure
about me with the ducks. Don’t think I’m
going to be allowed off lead in the house yard, aye??
|This is the farm house .... Elmstead cottage is behind the trees on the right. We did look out over that paddock. The tree didn't stop our view. It was kinda to the side.|
After checking the place out we went down to
the little pub and Dad got talking to the publican and a group of old farmers
while Mum and I had a good old yarn with a lovely farmer’s wife who was staying
at the pub. Her husband was away on a cattle muster and had been gone for a few
weeks. He was due to arrive at Corryong within the next few days and she had
driven down to meet him. Crikey she was a sweetheart. She’d talk the ears off a
crop of wheat though … she just went on and on and on. It was all interesting
however. Your Mom would have loved her Zoe …. At one stage she actually went to
her car and bought back a scarf, that she had knitted, to show Mum. Too funny …
Mum and Dad had dinner at the pub. All
home made by the publicans wife and very nice too, so they said. I wouldn’t
know ….. I didn’t get any …. Not even a taste ….. hmmmmmmph!! NO ICECREAM either!!!!!! Double Hmmmmmmpppph!! Back to Elmstead cottage for a good nights
sleep. Crikey I hope the rain stops for the festival tomorrow. The re-enactment
was supposed to be on tomorrow but with so much rain expected overnight,
tonight, they have put it off until Sunday (two days time) hoping that it
will have cleared by then. We’ll have to
wait and see, aye??
More later ….
Wanna run … Love, Charlie.
There was movement at the station now that Charlie's come to town......ReplyDelete
Too bad about all that rain. Any other time, it would have been drought! Maybe you guys are being drought busters....might be some money in it. Just sayin'.
XXXOOO Bella & Roxy
Too funny Bella and Roxie! Movement at the station now that I'm in town ..... hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!Delete
Funny we were in drought at home before we left and as soon as we left it rained and it's pretty much rained on and off everywhere we have gone. Maybe we are drought busters .... don't want money for it though but an icecream would go down well.
I'd kill a mousie or a rat if I'd get da chance - dey stay outside though and I'm an inside kitty. And I don't blame ya bout hating rain - I hate gettin wet too!ReplyDelete
Yeah .... you'd kill 'em dead Travis. You'd be a great hunter. Not in the rain though, aye?Delete
Sounds like you are having a great vacation. I hope it stops raining for awhile.ReplyDelete
We are having a great time, Jelly ..... even with the rain!!Delete
Who you gonna call?? Drought Busters!! bol!ReplyDelete
Bison? In Australia? Next you'll be seeing longhorns or sumthin'! Reckon seein' buffalo down under is kinda like us seein' roos or emus!
And hey, I believe it about the terriers and da rat killin'-- I's got several rat kills to my credit myself! They sneaks into da backyard in da summertime to try to drink outta da pool... 2 shakes and they's history!!
Hope it stops rainin'-- I feels your pain cuz I hates wet weather, too. What can I say, I was born in a drought...
Crikey Finley .... just two shakes, aye?? At least it's quick for those rat blokes. Those pussy cats play around with their prey for a while, aye?Delete
You're right we don't usually see buffalo in Australia. It was just 2 buffalo and they were on a farm not wild ones. We saw deer the other day too Finley. I'll tell you all about that in my blog when I get round to that part of the trip.
Yeah, I's killed rats, skwerrils, mousies. All dat Travis or Maurice has ever killed are bugs and lizards.ReplyDelete
AND Zombies, Whitley??????Delete
Wow! Whut a great time! Oh yeah, Mommy perked up when yu started tellin 'bout sheep an goats and farmy type stuff.ReplyDelete
She's gotta know sumfin. Whut do they do with the goats? Are they fur milkin or eatin?
Did yu get to see any of the workin dogs, well, work? Those Kelpies are cool how they run on top o' the sheepies backs.
Keep the adventures comin!
Crikey Zoe .... my Mum LOVES goats. She's goat mad. If we lived on anything other than a suburban block she'd have a goat. Unfortunately these days they are farming them to eat but Mum likes to think that they are just for milking and cheese and stuff. Head in the sand, my Mum!!Delete
Yeah we did get to see some of the dogs work. They are amazing but don't tell any of them that. They have VERY big heads and are VERY bossy!!
Argh, Mommy is makin be put this in.Delete
Has yur Mum ever had a goatie? Mommy says they are really fun aminuls. She's had several. One 'specially, she wishes she hadn't sold.
She had milk goats an nobuddy likes to drink the milk! Bol! So she made cheese instead.
My Mum grew up with a goat called (naturally) Billie. She got head butted by him more times than she cared to remember but she loved him anyway. She thinks goats are the best animals. Hmmmmmmph! She hates to think that people eat them but she hates their milk too and doesn't even like their cheese. She does love cheese from cows though. My Mum thinks they are fun animals too.Delete
Don't tell yur Mum, but my pawrents had a milk cow, afore my time here. Mommy says she leart to make cheese-es that axfurly tasted good.Delete
Cows are cool too, jus much bigger than the goaties. They may get a Dexter when we move to our farm when Daddy retires.
Those cow's sure have big, messy poops, aye?? Bet you can't wait for Daddy to retire. Will it be soon??Delete
Our Dad would love that - he absolutely adores the Man From Snowy River...in fact the dweeb brother of mine is named after the horse in the movie - DennyReplyDelete
It sure is a great festival. Well .... without the MUD!!Delete
Mom saw the movie "The Man From Snowy River"! Loving the pictures but I'm sure the rain is getting a little taxing for you! Mom said sent the 18 degree weather up here, today it was a balmy -3 C. Looking forward to your next stop on your tour!ReplyDelete
Balmy, Buddy ..... REALLY????? I think I'd rather have rain.Delete
*Sigh* now Mom has the Man From Snowy River playing and quoting lines.ReplyDelete
*Sigh* Mom really wants to see the sights you see so much.
Crikey .... Mistykin .... would you believe Mum has NEVER seen the movie and she loves the poem. Looks like she'll have to do something about that, aye?? She does know ALL the words though and it is a big poem so I suppose that's something.Delete
My peeps know about, but have not seen that movie either! BOL!ReplyDelete
Goats?? Not fur growlmy thanks you furry much...our past neighbors had some, always getting loose,ad then they had...well relations and soon there were wee ones...and they asked growlmy to help? What?She doesn't know anything about goats having kids. So she called a friend who got goat milk fur her son, and that lady knew of a lady to come and help...phew!
Then the neighbors we have now had a pair of bigger goats,and they too were too smart fur their own good, and always got loose, and came to our yard,and tried to get into our cars and through the gates if we would need to leave the yard...Yikes! Once one of them tried to follow growlmy and me on my stroll!
Then only good thing about goats from my point of view is the candy they donated through our fence!
I hope you get some sunshine one of these days!
Love your pictures, esp the one of the gentleman strolling ...no umbrella??