At the entrance to the showgrounds at Gilgandra there's a water tower (filled from an artesian bore), and the last bottle tree seen south of Mitchell. The spacious well-treed showgrounds provided an excellent place to exercise our two German shepherds.
At Parkes, we stopped for coffee at the radio telescope, the location of the famous Australian film 'The Dish'. I wonder how many of you have seen this excellent film?
Before leaving The Dish Cafe, I visited their immaculate toilet block. Even this has a scientific flavour. Each cubicle has a fact about astronomy attached to the inside of the door. You get educated as you sit!
Tomorrow I'll show you a famous apple tree and the most exotic of all eucalypts -- and more.
We've just heard that Mitchell has had 130 mm (5 inches) of rain since we left on Thursday. Also, that the Maranoa River is running. How exciting.
The umbilical cord connecting me to Mitchell is stretched tight!