Sunday, 3 June 2018

Continuing On Our Holiday

Time to get back to our recent trip away. We were last at Gulargambone.

I mentioned that there was an influx of artists to the town in early April.  Well, they have painted the town's walls.  There are several sites, but here are just a few. They are hoping that there could be more paintings done next year.

The side of the supermarket.

The bus shelter.  Every surface of this had quirky paintings by the famous John Murray.

The toilet block was very colourful too.  

The main feature however is the water tower.  It is titled "Lucky Dip".  There are getting to be quite a few water towers and silos painted up.  They are really becoming a tourist attraction in their own rights.  There has even been a range of postage stamps recently issued featuring some of the silos.  We hope to see many on our travels around the place in time.

There was also an interesting sculpture entitled "Ghosts of Bullocks Past" which was only enveiled earlier this year. It was created by an artist from Coonamble, just up the road.

We travelled through Coonamble and their water tower was painted last year by John Murray. That's one silo and two water towers down, many more to go.

Of course you can't go through this part of the world without catching up with Chookyblue.

The further north we travelled the more wide open spaces we saw.  Rain is desperately needed out this way.

After a picnic lunch in a park at Walgett we continued north.  Do you notice something in the above photo?  Yes, there are lots of emus, which are always fun to see on our travels, but  more importantly, green grass!!!  We couldn't believe it.  There was even water lying in paddocks. Apparently a relatively narrow strip received storms with good rain. Doesn't it make a difference.  It wasn't too long before we were back to the drought affected areas.

The next feature we came across was "Stanley the Emu" made from old VW Beetles.

Which heralded the fact that we were about to arrive at Lightning Ridge, our destination for three nights.

More soon.


Chookyblue...... said...

The art works look great......great to catch up quickly..... .

Michelle Ridgway said...

The art looks wonderful! Love it! Enjoy the "Ridge"....such a quirky place x

Fiona said...

so lovely seeing those different art works...

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice what beautiful sites and paintings you got to see,it looks like a lovely place hope we get to visit it one day,thankyou for sharing my friend xx

Anthea said...

Having the artists work their magic is such a good idea Janice... great pics of it all.
We have some great art like that in our little city too... & interestingly, no one has been stupid enough to 'vandalise' over the top of them.

Jenny said...

It'a always fun to see such delightful painting and sculptures while travelling around. And great to meet up with quilty blogging friends too.

Jenny said...

There may not be much rain in the west but there are many talented artists and sculptures bringing some hope into the lives of those in drought.

O'faigh said...

Enjoyed your post Janice, good to see the paddocks are green. We just travelled Yorke and Eyre Peninsula, they badly need rain.