My Visual Diary 2021: Victorian Mallee Roadtrip - January

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In Donald, far to the south of Sea Lake, we visited the old-fashioned butcher shop, where I had a crack at some candid photos of the man serving, and the butcher out beyond:

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...and bought some exceptional porterhouse steaks for our tea:

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...followed up with some street photos of interesting-looking young folks:

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...and a good-looking civic building:

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Looks like Donald is an interesting place and suspect those three are part of the show.
Love the butchers shop scenes. A rarety these days.

Sheering sheds.
Agree, needs promoting, but I can add little
 
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The world's smallest registered mountain, Mount Wycheproof, stands a mere 148 metres above sea level, and only 43 metres above the surrounding plain, so it couldn't even be said that it towers above Wycheproof township! A good-looking Mallee town, north-west of Charlton, Wycheproof features a railway line running along the middle of its wide main street (named Broadway).

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Great series - would make a worthwhile photo book.
This is great very well done! I agree it would make a great book!
Thanks for your kind comments. A few years ago I sat down to put together a book of the year's photos using Blurb (my preferred photo book company, which I've used quite a few times), and told myself I was going to do it every year. I picked up that book recently, flipped through it, and wondered whatever happened that that grand plan! Alas, it went the way of most New Year resolutions, and seems too big a task to resume.
 
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Driving northeast towards Quambatook, we drove past this sight, which I asked to turn around for:

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We then resumed our trip, detouring via Tittybong (we only found a farm bearing that name, but it was probably a locality), and arrived in Quambatook, where nothing much was open or happening.

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The township of Boort, south of Quambatook, came as a very pleasant surprise: we had been driving through fairly uninspiring countryside, and on approaching the town from the north noted that the lake was quite dry; however, once we drove along the main street we could see down to a second lake which was full and busy with speed boats.

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Of greater interest to us was the architecture, and these two in particular caught my eye:

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A day passed in which I didn't touch my camera, but on the final day, outward bound from Geelong (a few hours' journey from where I last posted at Boort), I wanted to take a look at something which I'd only glimpsed the day before.

Feast your eyes upon the former Protestant Asylum and Common School overlooking Fyansford, to the west of Geelong:

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In the 1930s it ceased operating in this capacity when purchased by Geelong Cement, and was turned over for leisure activities. In 2019 it was auctioned to a buyer who, I have read, plans to convert it to a residence. Alongside the main building sits the common school:

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And alongside that is the still-used Geelong Cement lawn bowls club, as neat as a pin!

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The Western District Volcanic Plains cover more than 10 per cent of the state, and are the third largest of their kind in the world, which makes for an interesting landscape. Following the Hamilton Highway west, we stopped for a break at Mortlake, set at the foot of Mount Shadwell (below, shot on the fly).

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The pavilion and lake walk at Tea Tree Lake park in Mortlake made a pleasant place to stretch in the shade of grand, deciduous specimen trees.

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This little rubber duck was all dressed up with nowhere to go. Thank you all for coming on another road trip with me!

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