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Weekend Wanderings – A Quick Visit to Nagambie

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Remember the other day, how it was my birthday, but I was sick and had to cancel a planned day out with a friend?  Well, she called me on Thursday night to ask if I were feeling better, and would I like to go the following day, which was yesterday.  I was feeling a great deal better, actually totally over the gastro that I had and ready for my day trip.  So we set off for Nagambie, a relatively small town about an hour and half from Melbourne.  It is north of Melbourne and off the Hume Freeway.

nagambie-20140110-6297Sometimes when I go to places I don’t get a lot of choice about time or type of day for taking photos.  Ideally you wouldn’t go to a place and take photos in the middle of the day, or on a day that is over 30ºC, but when you have a friend that says I want to take you out for the day, well, you can’t say no.  I thought, I am going and I am going to take some photos.  She was keen to show me around the main street, so I took photos of that.

nagambie-20140110-6292One of the things the town is very proud of is that the racing horse Black Caviar was born there, and since she has went on to be the fastest horse in the world for a time, though now retired, the town have erected a statue in her honour.  I was told about the statue before I went, and expected it to be of a horse just standing there, I had no idea it would be anything like this.  I think it is fantastic and well worth taking a look at.

The statue that hasn’t been without its own controversy.

nagambie-20140110-6291Where the statue sits, there was a Church, then in 2003 a truck went through it, I don’t know the exact details, but there is a photo of it.  The Church was pulled down and many locals were angry that the statue was erected on the same spot as the Church.

nagambie-20140110-6300Of course there is a lot more to see in the town besides the statue.  We were shown around the Mechanics Institute by a lovely woman that volunteers at the Op shop in the front of it.

nagambie-20140110-6313I guess in most towns there are going to be things to see, and little details that the locals probably don’t even think about.  Things left from the past, that the present hasn’t destroyed yet.  I love the old signs.

We had lunch there in one of the pubs, then headed out of town to a small property.  Part of the reason for going up there was to see my friends new house.  They have recently purchased a place for her and her family to spend weekends.

nagambie-20140110-6327  This is the driveway, and it is like this everywhere.  That isn’t the house up there, but they like to tell people it is.  I didn’t really take any photos of the house, but did take a few of what is around it.  Lots of trees, and possibly lots of snakes.  We walked around a bit, well we stomped around and didn’t see any, thank goodness.  It was a lovely spot.  Very dry, though, which is a little scary.

I have many more photos to show you and will put them in a gallery.  Nagambie is a lovely town and they do have a website, Nagambie Lakes.  I haven’t done a lot of research on the town, but I know I have missed things and would definitely like to go back again, but perhaps when it isn’t so hot.

Photography information, well, I hand held everything.  I had my aperture set on around f/11.  The ISO was on 250, mainly because I was bracketing shots.  I find when it is so bright it is good to bracket, so I can choose between camera correct and  underexposed, and mostly did choose the latter.  I was using the Nikon D800 with the 24-70mm lens.  All images have been further processed in Photoshop, but only in camera raw, and nothing extra has been done to them.  All basic editing.

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  1. You still managed to take a lot of photos. LOL :)

    January 11, 2014
  2. Glad you got out!

    January 11, 2014
  3. Great stuff! Happy belated birthday!

    January 11, 2014
  4. I did enjoy these. They should have kept the church impaled by a truck as a tourist attraction, and put the statue somewhere else. Did they replace the church, I wonder?
    Did that tree think your camera was a gun? :)

    January 11, 2014
    • Now that would have been a great tourist attraction, LOL. No they didn’t replace the Church, as far as I know. They could have done that easily, and I think it upset many in the town that they put the statue where the Church was.
      Took me a few seconds to work out what tree you were talking about, the grass tree, funny. Thanks Colonialist.

      January 11, 2014
      • Gambling the new religion – I can imagine it gave some people serious sense of humour failure.

        January 11, 2014
      • I think you are absolutely right. ;)

        January 11, 2014
  5. I haven’t been to Nagambie in years.. Great reminder of the place.. Thanks Leanne :)

    January 11, 2014
    • You’re welcome Livonne, it is a lovely town, though I wouldn’t go on a hot day. Thanks

      January 11, 2014
  6. Thanks for introducing us to Nagambie, Leanne. Sorry you were sick on your birthday. That has happened to me before, too. I’m glad your friend rescheduled.

    January 11, 2014
    • You are welcome Nia. Yes being sick on my birthday was not good, but oh well. Thank you.

      January 11, 2014
  7. I learnt an interesting piece of history today. So glad to know where Black Caviar was born. The photos are beautiful.

    January 11, 2014
  8. Jen #

    This is a nice little tour of the town, Leanne. I’m actually a big fan of horse racing; it’s fun to see the statue of Black Caviar. Now we have her first foals to look forward to. In the States, most of our equine statues tend to be solid bronze—seeing the colour of her silks was really quite a change from what we are accustomed to here!

    The old coffee shop and entrance to the Mechanic’s Institute are so neat-looking—and the old entryway and other shopfronts. That sort of thing intrigues me, too. Glad you are feeling better and were able to get out!

    January 11, 2014
    • Glad you enjoyed the tour Jen. Yes, many foals to come I am sure. I have to admit that many of our statues are the same, and I was completely shocked to see this one, I really like it.
      Thank you Jen, I love these sorts of things too. I am feeling better and it is great.

      January 11, 2014
  9. So sad the truck destroyed the church, but why put a horse on it? Great photos of small town Australia. :)

    January 11, 2014
    • I have no idea John, a lot people thought the same. Thank you.

      January 11, 2014
  10. Such an unusual name for a town. Do you know the origins of the name Leanne?

    January 11, 2014
    • Many towns here have names that are Aboriginal, so it might have something to do with that, I did read something about water, the name having something to do with water.

      January 11, 2014
  11. The old hall made me smile – so indicative of many others around the country. :)

    January 11, 2014
    • I thought exactly the same Suz, they are all different but also very similar. :)

      January 11, 2014
  12. Terrific photos. It’s always nice to visit ‘foreign’ places through your blog.

    January 11, 2014
  13. leecleland #

    Just love the old Bushells signs, they were everywhere in my youth. It does look very dry down in Vic. and happy belated birthday, Leanne.

    January 11, 2014
    • I remember them too, and Lan Choo Tea, is that what it was called? It is very very dry down here Lee, driving along the Hume yesterday and all you see is brown, not good. Hopefully we won’t get too many fires. Thank you so much.

      January 11, 2014
  14. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    I like the window best but really, all of them. The laundromat is catchy! :)

    January 11, 2014
    • I thought the Laundromat was fun, haha. Thank you Jackie.

      January 11, 2014
  15. Excellent shots!!!

    January 12, 2014
  16. It’s a sad event but a pretty unique photo of the truck through the Church – very attention grabbing! Shame they didn’t rebuild the Church – but it’s a great statue …

    January 12, 2014
    • I agree Noeline, is a shame and I think many of the locals felt the same way. I quite like the statue too, thank you.

      January 12, 2014
  17. A beautiful little place Leanne and you’ve captured it so well! Thanks for sharing hon. :D *hugs*

    January 12, 2014
  18. Black Caviar’s win record is amazing. Then I had a look at her pedigree and it all made sense: she’s got great Canadian bloodlines from the famous Northern Dancer!

    January 12, 2014
  19. That was quite a spectacular crash from the picture notice Leanne … I can imagine Black Caviar is well photographed – it’s an impressive statue .
    Everywhere looks very quiet, and hot !
    How nice you could enjoy a post birthday lunch :-)

    January 12, 2014
    • It was rather spectacular. I love the statue, not at all what I expected.
      It was hot, though not as hot as it is going to be this week.
      It was a lovely day, it is always a lovely day when you spend it with friends. Thanks Poppytump.

      January 12, 2014
  20. An interesting post, and lovely photos.

    January 14, 2014
  21. Haha we were there on Thursday on our way to Shepparton for the weekend, That statue was new to me as it’s been a while since I was there, but I remember the story of the truck in the church.

    January 14, 2014
    • I missed you by a day, haha. I hadn’t seen the statue before either, I really like it thought. I must admit, I don’t remember the truck through the Church, it is a nice town, and I am sure there is lots more to explore than just the main street. Thanks.

      January 15, 2014
      • We’ve never explored past that spot of green grass by the lake. The little bakery on the corner is our nourishment centre on our way through to Shep! Should take more time to look around.

        January 15, 2014
      • I know what you mean, I go through so many places on the way to my mums, but I only ever see the main streets, I am sure many of them have lots of nice things to see.

        January 15, 2014
      • Time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak!!

        January 15, 2014
      • Absolutely.
        I hope you are managing to stay cool in this heat.

        January 15, 2014
      • Thanks you too ;)

        January 15, 2014
  22. I’ve not been keeping up with Blogging lately Leanne (as you may have noticed) so Happy Birthday!!

    January 19, 2014
    • I have noticed you haven’t been around, I hope that means you are getting lots of your own work done. Thank you.

      January 19, 2014
  23. thanx for sharing these with us.

    January 29, 2014

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