This was the view into the Grampians at Hall’s Gap last Thursday. It was damp but beautiful weather after nine years of relatively dry weather. Hard to believe climates can vary so much in a relatively short distance. Afterall it is only about 2 degrees of the earth’s circumference between point A and point B.
Should you ever decide to take a train ride from Melbourne to Warrnambool your journey will end here at Warrnambool railway station.
Warrnambool is literally the end of the line, as the railway, like many other services to regional/country areas has been reduced due to funding. There are three rail services, to and from Warrnambool, each day with V/Line buses to take you on to towns no longer served by a direct rail link.
Many small railway services to country areas ceased back in the sixties. Back in the sixties our local rail line was closed down as it was, along with many others, deemed unsafe. Unsafe, or unprofitable? Lack of maintenance on these lines for many years helped the decision to close. All produce that formerly travelled by rail is now hauled by trucks which are increasing in size, and speed, each year.
In that era we also saw some postal services replaced by a system which decreed that mail posted at point A was sent to point B, sometimes hundreds of kilometres away, where it was sorted and then transported back to point A for distribution to the person for whom it was intended. It is probably a world-wide phenomenon which can only be rationalised by management/red tape.
Warrnambool is a comfortable three and a half hour train journey from Melbourne. If you think there is not much city around the station, you would be partially correct. To the left of the photo is the coast and the city is to the right.
These photos were taken from Cannon Hill. Driving your car off Cannon Hill will take you directly up,
Today, Friday February 7, I had to undertake a five hundred kilometre round trip to Western Victoria.
About noon I happened to look up into the southern sky and saw this cloud formation. Usually a precursor of windy weather, which was exactly the weather conditions forecast on the evening news, for Sunday.
It is five years today since the Black Saturday fires which took the lives of neatly two hundred Victorians. The state, unfortunately, is going to experience similar conditions this weekend, as it did five years ago. Let’s pray that there are no fires and that weak cool change forecast for Sunday morning is a bit more than ‘weak’.
I had an unexpected visitor call in a few mornings ago.
Not sure if he was trying to tell me something but he was directly above my chair.
No way MGW was going to come near me……… !!
It was a surprise to see him. Before we moved to a drier climate we would normally associate his presence with the onset of rain within a few days….no matter what the weather forecast predicted. We will just have to wait and see!
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