We visited Canberra last weekend as a surprise for our younger daughter’s birthday. While we were there we had a family day out at one of the historical properties in the Australian Capital Territory. There are not many historical properties as the ACT has a very short history in the scheme of things as Canberra was built as a planned city for the capital of the country.
The place we visited was Lanyon Homestead.
The homestead is now on the edge of the outer suburbs of Canberra. You are literally one minute in the suburbs then round the corner in the countryside. When we used to live in Canberra it was a fairly long trip from our suburb out to Lanyon and we were in one of the outer suburbs. That was many years ago and Canberra has grown considerably since then.
It was lovely to revisit Lanyon as we used to take our children there. Now there is a cafe in one of the outbuildings
and the homestead is manned by staff who will give guided tours if asked. We had gone to have a birthday lunch at the cafe as well as doing a tour of the estate.
Some ratherr large pumpkins
the “modern” bedroom
One aspect that we remembered that is no longer there was the Sidney Nolan Gallery. The gallery had been there for 27 years but in 2007 it was decided that the gallery was no longer suitable for such a valuable collection. This is rather sad as the collection was housed in a rural setting at the request of the artist. Now the collection is housed in the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
On a recent trip to Canberra we saw the original long paddock in action. I am not sure if “the long paddock” is a term used in other countries but in Australia it is the colloquial term for the stock routes that cross Australia – open stretches of unfenced land that anyone can use to move stock for feed in times of drought.
The farmers are doing it pretty tough here at the moment as we have had a very dry Autumn. The farmers can make use of the feed along the side of the road as the paddocks are pretty bare. It was a really nostalgic view of the countryside to see the riders on horseback and the cattle dogs keeping the herd in order. We saw herds on the way up to Canberra and on the way back.
I had no idea that there were rules to be followed on the stock routes, eg the stock must travel 10km per day to prevent overgrazing by one mob, and I didn’t know that the routes could be identified by the wider roadsides. It is worth checking out the link to the detailed information.
I obviously wasn’t concentrating on what I was doing.
I was out for my usual early morning walk and I had a bit of a mishap. I tripped on a tree root and fell forward. I was on a downhill slope. I put my hands out to save myself and in doing so I have damaged my humerus, which I might say is not at all funny.
I have broken a bit off the top end of the bone but it is still quite close to the bone so doesn’t require surgery just a long period of waiting for it to heal.
I was lucky I wasn’t too far from home as I was walking in the Metung Bushland Reserve and once I had calmed myself down I was able to walk back home.
I will now certainly be restricted in what I can do for a few weeks as it was my right arm that was damaged.
Enforced relaxation. Lots of reading and when I start my walks again I will stick to footpaths for a little while.