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We just finished our recent holiday. We had a really great time. We stayed in a cabin by the Murray River in Moama. It was a really lovely experience to stay by the river and right next to Horseshoe Lagoon. We woke up this morning and had the privilege of seeing a couple of kookaburras perched in a branch right in front of our front door.

Aiden loves kookaburras and we took a couple of videos. This is a video that Aiden (8 years old) shot, edited and uploaded to YouTube. Enjoy.

I also took a short video and took a couple of photos. The video is a little short as the battery ran out on my camera. Aiden enthusiastically edited together a couple of my photos and the video in this great little video.

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Recently we visited Echuca in northern Victoria on holidays. We had a really great time. We stayed right by the river in Moama. The highlight of our time was undoubtedly a ride on the Paddle-steamer “Emmylou”. I’ll recount the story as I recorded in my journal…


Thursday 9th July 2015

We got up and got going. We had breakfast and headed off at 9:15am.

We walked off to the bridge over the Murray and to the Echuca Port. It was quite a cold day and we arrived just before 10am. We were hoping to go on a paddle-steamer ride. We were wanting to go on the Canberra, but it wasn’t running until 11:30am so the woman put us on the EmmyLou. The Emmylou ran at 10am and was normally more expensive but she charged the same price as the Canberra (a saving of some $30 or so). The EmmyLou was regarded as “the prettiest” paddlesteamer on the Murray, so it was a bit of a bonus.

We raced down to the paddlesteamer. We were the last aboard and they cast off straight away. We then had a paddlesteamer ride on the Emmylou.

It was a fantastic experience. We went up to the top deck and watched. We went down the river and past the Echuca Port and the other paddlesteamers. We went under the bridge and along the wide expanse of water.

We saw our cabin [where we were staying] from the paddlesteamer. We even got to go up to the drivers cabin where we saw the big steering wheel. The kids really enjoyed going up.

The ride was going by quickly, we turned around. I went downstairs with Aoife and we saw the steam engine and the paddle wheels. We enjoyed sitting watching the water under the boat and watching the scenery pass by. It was a really pleasant experience.

We soon returned to the port and we’d had a great time. Even Aiden who was convinced he would be bored, had a really great time.

Emmylou Family in front of the Emmylou IMG_8522 IMG_8520 IMG_8518 IMG_8497 IMG_8495

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Our family is on holidays. We’ve had a great trip so far, visiting the snow and presently we’re seeing¬†family in Geurie (near Dubbo). Di and I managed to get away for a couple of nights without kids across to Gulgong (about an hours drive away). Gulgong is a very historic and interesting little town. It features a lot of 19th century buildings and a Henry Lawson museum. We visited the chief attraction in the town – the Gulgong Pioneers Museum.

It was an interesting experience. I thought it would be worth sharing our reflections on the place. I thought one of the ways I could do that was through my journal. It was certainly a memorable experience. So here it goes…

Thursday 2nd July 2015 (4226 days married)

We had a slow morning. We set off to the Gulgong Pioneers Museum. It was one of the main “attractions” of Gulgong.

So we went down and spent two hours wandering around the masses of stuff. There were some genuinely interesting and potentially valuable things there but there was also just junk.

There were broken old radios and gramophones and old video recorders and projectors from the 1970’s and 1980’s including a Commodore 64 – not quite sure how that fitted into a ‘Pioneers’ museum.

There was a bowls trophy from 1982/83. There was a ‘Royals’ section which included pictures of Charles and Diana and a book of their royal tour of 1983 and a picture cut from the Woman’s Weekly of Kate Middleton and Prince William. This was in the same room as a chair that belonged to Sir Henry Parkes – something of real historical value.

There were other things of little value, an Esky that my parents owned, a bicentennial coin but the thing that took the cake was a bum bag from the Sydney Olympics! I got the feeling that some people were doing a clear-out of their homes and just put whatever old junk they had in the museum.

The museum had no real narrative or story and assumed that history was just putting lots of old things in a room. There was one room full of old pictures of people – but we had no idea who they were. There were scores of these portraits but they were included in the museum presumably because they were old.

There were a couple of highlights, a bunch of old photographs of the town of Gulgong in the 1870’s. They were fascinating.

I also enjoyed looking at a Cobb & Co stagecoach – it was quite impressive.

There was also a WWII section with a really interesting page from the paper in 1939 [when war was declared], yet it was spoiled because someone had stuck a sticker explaining what it was onto the newspaper itself!!!

Anyway, it was an interesting 2 hours as we looked around. There was a lot of stuff there. Our comment on the visitors book was ‘extensive’.

We then left and walked down the main street of Gulgong.


So there were my reflections. It pretty much summed up the museum. I’d recommend it to anyone going through Gulgong, but be prepared for something a bit more than a ‘Pioneers’ museum.

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