Monday, September 21, 2009

Another Ag n Chat Trip

10 of us intrepid Ag n Chatters headed off last week for an overnight trip to the Snowy mountains. We are all active partners in our farming enterprises so it's nice to get away with the girls sometimes! Here we are, minus Cathie who is taking the photo, at Batlow.

Our first stop was at the Agrivest Apple Orchard and Fruit Packing Facility. Here are the workers packing the apples after they've been through a wash, wax, sort and sticker process.

Our next stop was the Pioneer Women's Hut at Tumbarumba. What a great collection of household items from years gone by. Beautiful antique quilts, clothing and needlework from Australia's past.

Paddy's River Falls in all their late afternoon glory.

Our quaint accommodation at McPherson's Plains Alpine Retreat.

The following day we had an exciting 4WD experience where we saw lots of beautiful brumbies. Here are just a few of the photo's I took.

After a few hours of 4WD'ing, we finally made it to Tumut 3 Powerstation (part of the Snowy Hydro Scheme) at Talbingo to discover that the road was closed due to maintenance at the plant. Our only alternative was to turn around and go back the way we came. Nobody was looking forward to the return trip when the Snowy workers obviously felt sorry for a bunch of women and removed a crane to let us pass. We were very appreciative!!

Our last sightseeing stop was to view Rusconi's Marble Masterpiece at Gundagai. It took Mr Rusconi 28 years to make and construct (finished in 1938) and has over 20,000 pieces of turned marble - amazing!

My camera batteries died, so I didn't get a photo of our last stop which was a very late lunch at Gundagai Wines in the old Nargoon Woolshed but if you're ever in the Gundagai area I can highly recommend a visit.
We all had a great time and did lots of talking and laughing which is what our little ag n chat group is all about!!

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