Saturday, July 7, 2012

Goolawah Community

The winter weather came in on us earlier than we anticipated, this forced us to abandon our planned journey up stream along the Murray River at Robinvale. We  will return to the 'Murray' at a later time when the season is more comfortable for travel. The decision was made to seek better weather on the eastern coast. With this in mind we planned a 5 day journey across NSW ending at the residence of our dear friends, Roger, Belinda and Glen, at Goolawah Community, arriving there on the 20th June.

We made one night stop-overs at Goolgowi Rest Area, Tommingley South Rest Area, Terramungamine Reserve and Bendemeer Rodeo Grounds. The last stop-over will be etched into our minds for some time as we woke to -4 deg C temperature. Had the gas heater going and stayed inside until about 9 AM. Then we had to get on with our travel.

Roger, Belinda and Glen allowed us to stay with them for 16 days. During this period we were able to experience life in the Community and also be of some limited help with the daily chores on the 'block'. In the final days of our stay at Goolawah Community many of the residents got together on a Wednesday night to watch Match 3 of National Rugby League "State of Origin" on a live TV broadcast. Queensland (The Maroons) played this series decider match against NSW (The Blues). Glen, Judy and I were the only Maroons supporters in a den of Blues supporters. Fortunately the Maroons won the match and the Series, for the seventh year in succession. We couldn't gloat to the Goolawah Blues supporters as they vacated the TV room at match end.

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