What To Do On A Chilly Day In Winton

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Where I stayed
Carpark Gregory Hotel
What I did
Waltzing Matilda Centre

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, May 24, 2013

    We are making the Hotel Gregory base camp for the next couple of days, that will give us time to visit the Matilda Centre and also track down the dinosaur stampede in Larks Quarry approximately 110k's out of Winton.  But first off we are going to spend a few hours in the Matilda Centre and learn a little more about our heritage.

 Bloody Hell the sun is hardly up, there's a wind factor of minus 1, and out in the car park is our lovely cabaret star Helen, only now she is wearing her car parking attendant outfit and before I've downed my second cup of coffee she's already guided in 3 early morning travellers.  The woman is a legend.  For the next 3 months she will be in sole control of the parking lot and earn her keep drumming up business for the Hotel Gregory and drumming up a little bit of business on the side for herself promoting and selling her self produced CD's, of which she has many.
 The Matilda Centre is a credit to it's creators, just like the Drovers Hall of Fame it really does transport you back in time and give you a real sense of how our ancestors forged a life for themselves in such an unforgiving land.  
 As for the song Waltzing Matilda, it has always held a special place in my heart.  I lived almost 30 yrs abroad and whenever that song was played, it never failed to bring me to tears, it meant home to me, it meant Australia.  I can fully understand how the young men who volunteered to fight for their country abroad in two world wars, most of them from country towns just like Winton, felt when they sang Waltzing Matilda, it was a song that bonded them like no other song could do.
 Christina Mcpherson first heard the tune performed as a marching song.  Her re-arrangement and Banjo Pattersons words are what has become the most recorded song in history over 500 recordings have been listed  
 To-night Fred and I have cooked a roast pork in the campoven.  To accompany that we have made apple sauce, stuffing, and pork crackling to kill for.   Mrs Sellers has done the roast vegetables.  Porklicious, well done everyone. 
 Almost forgot to mention after lunch we biked over to take a look at the musical fence, great day out for the tone deaf, you can bang away to your hearts content on all sorts of scrap metal.  You are invited to try your hand at playing Waltzing Matilda on the wire fence.  The idea is that you hold the wire down with one hand and with your other hand holding a piece of pipe hit the wire in the numbered spots as shown on the sheet music in front of you.  The only problem is the sheet music is  slightly above the wire fence and completely out of your line of vision.  Don't get me wrong, I know my musical limitations (sometimes) but quite frankly to have one eye on the music and one eye on the fence would require you to have a very disturbing eye deformity, as the old saying goes when referring to some one who was a little cross-eyed, they had one eye on the chimney and one eye on the pot.
 I was about to try my hand for the second time at playing Waltzing Matilda on the musical fence when I was put off by a little old lady wearing very very very pink leggings who started belting the wire fence with a length of lead pipe.  How rude!  Whilst I'd been engrossed in trying to memorise the sequence of numbers, a mini van had pulled up, and out got some old peeps from the local Twilight Home for the Bewildered, rude Mrs very pink leggings being one of them.  They stayed about 10 minutes hit the shit out of everything then left, must have been time for afternoon tea.So endeth another interesting day, tomorrow we go in search of dinosaurs.  
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matron sue and bri on

Where are you??? not too out back we hope. Not deliverance country? x x

curryinahurry on

Don't worry Matron, haven't seen anyone playing a banjo yet

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