We had mentioned to our daughter that we were going to drive to the mountain opposite to check out the crevice where the Wedgetail Eagle nests. Being school holidays, Nicole's always looking for something different to keep 9 year old Bailey amused; the two older boys are happy to just laze around these days. They came up for only two days as Bailey had to get back home for his footy practice.
It was a freezing day, 3°C, so we rugged up and took our walking sticks. It was only a ten minute drive but when we got there, it had started to rain and, to our surprise, there wasn't a track going in. So I'm afraid Nana was a spoil-sport and said I'd sit in the car but I also added that I didn't think it a good idea to push through the undergrowth, particularly as the weather was going to get worse and we'd left our mobile phones at home.
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Our house in the distance -
it is directly under the
house furthest left
Well, we had a very disappointed boy on board, so we drove on a bit further and showed him the old gold diggings (I didn't take a photo there) and on to the river to watch the trout spawning.
This is the river below the Pondage gates. As it is not irrigation season and the Pondage has been drained for maintenance; the river flow is at its lowest. The barrier across the water is to stop the spawning trout from entering the Pondage and also to stop trout in the Pondage escaping into the river.
The Pondage drained
for maintenance on the gates -
fish find their way
into the old river bed
The Pondage full
(photo taken in Spring)
We headed home to show Bailey his first live frog. We couldn't believe it but Grand-dad found him some in the woodpile.
The next day we took him fishing and he
caught his first fish on a fly he'd tied himself.