Autumn in the Mountains – Part 1

Back in May, I spent a few days in the Blue Mountains. I based myself in Blackhealth, and stayed at this cute cottage on the Shipley Plateau.

Tricklebeck Cottage

On my first full day I did a circuit walk around the plateau. It started with a walk through the tall gum trees.

Shipley Plateau Walk

I’m always fascinated by scribbly gum trunks.

Shipley Plateau Walk

The vista soon opened out to a view of the fruit orchards and the Megalong Valley beyond.

Shipley Plateau Walk

Victorian Trip Round-Up and In Memoriam

From Mansfield, we headed on home, taking the scenic route through the Alps via the little town of Corryong, home to the real ‘Man from Snowy River’, Jack Riley.

Man from Snowy River

It was 35C that day – not very alpine weather! We spent the night in Tumut and got home the next day.

I had sketched regularly during the trip, and here are some of them.

Alice Barker House pond


Delatite Winery

This was to be the last car holiday we’d make with our dear beagle, Bridie. She passed away in mid-August after a short illness. We were glad that she got to travel all the way to Victoria – she loved a drive and a sniff!

Going Home

Rest in peace, old girl.

Enjoying the view