We had a busy time on the second week of October.
This was the second week of the school holidays, but more importantly, the week leading up to the Bathurst 1000 car race, which draws a crowd of about 200,000 visitors to the town.
The proceedings start on the Wednesday with a street parade of the car transporter trucks followed by the drivers in open top cars. The drivers then have a signing session in the park. I was able to take an early lunch break to have a look see.
The trucks are seriously big and super shiny. It highlights what a massive industry motor racing is.
Craig Lownes was very popular, this being the Holden driver's final year of full time racing. He went on to win the race, which was a very popular outcome.
I just enjoyed seeing all the Corvette Stingrays. There were other cars, but these were my favourites. I've never seen so many together before.
On the Saturday, we hopped in the car and headed over to Mudgee to see the Sculptures in the Garden display. We visited for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so jumped at the chance to visit again. Here is a sample of what we saw.
There was a great variety of styles and it was good to see that several pieces had been sold. The day is a fundraiser for the Guide Dogs, which is an added bonus.
On the way home we were reminded that the drought is still holding its grip when we came across this mob of cattle on the road.
After the glorious weather on Saturday it was a little more wintery on the Sunday of the Great Race. Most importantly we had to watch the start of the race on the TV. Joey was quite settled. He is a great fan of sport on the TV, always gravitating to a lap.
We always hope for a bit of rain during the race to make it interesting. It did rain in the early afternoon and the commentators were referring to the "Drought breaking rain" that was being received here. I think it was quite an exaggeration, as I popped out the front of our house and took a photo looking across to Mt Panorama. If you can look closely, you will see that there is a shower raining on the Mount, but nowhere else. That is what I call an isolated shower! We didn't get a drop.
We only watched a tiny bit of the race. I spent the day in the sewing room getting my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks completed, but they can have their own post.