Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blandowski: Echuca, Shepparton, Benalla

One wakes up in a hotel room with the light fanging in across the ceiling. Let's have some breakfast in the sun, David, and then hit the Murray.

Ah, thar she flows. Somewhere close was the junction of the Murray and Campaspe Rivers, but I couldn't find it before the time came to be on the road in order to get to the Shepparton Library. We had a great time there, particularly with the two classes from Izik College. Below, David. And no, I haven't been showing pictures of the kids because if you take a photo that shows a child's face you need to have their permission. And I didn't.

In fact, I don't have David's permission. Must talk to him about that. But I think the thumbs up indicate a 'yes'.

After finishing up at the library (and boy oh boy, does the Gallery around the corner have a good cafe? Yes, it does) we drive up the road and have a wander along the Goulburn. I see a fox.

The following day is yesterday, and we hurtle through rain to get to Benalla Art Gallery, where we are visited by a couple of groups of students from Benalla East Primary, who are great - really lively!

Okay, so clearly there's people without whom this whole 'Art of Scientific Observation' tour would never have happened, and a couple of them turn up at Benalla. No pressure. (This better be good) One is Vera Gin, from Scienceworks, who arrives with Michelle Saunders, also from Scienceworks. Vera and Sarah Edwards applied for the initial funding for the tour, from Questacon, in Canberra. Also turning up at Benalla was Geoff Crane, from Questacon!

He takes the photo below, of me in Wilhelm mode:

Finishing up, we load the gear into Puggle, the Discovery Program van, as rain continues to plash into Lake Benalla.

And onto the trolleys.

And onto David. (Hey Bernard, care to lend a hand here?)

The evening's biodiversity talk takes place at this very lovely hotel:

And is delivered by Ray Thomas, of The Regent Honeyeater Project, and he speaks to us about his incredible habitat regeneration work which has involved planting - with much farmer and volunteer generosity- stands of box-ironbark, yellow box and white box trees, whose nectar the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater loves.

Above, from left: David, Geof, Vera, Ray, Michelle and Rob, from the commitee of the Regent Honeyeater project - he's a farmer upon whose land some of the planting has been done.

A lovely night - and great food!

As David and I prepare to return to 'The Top of the Town' motel for the night, a question occurs to us:


1 comment:

John Retallick said...

I wouldn't say MAD. I'd say ecentric!