How Green are the Valleys
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23Trip End Mar 08, 2013
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The hills and valleys of New South Wales are very green - like their counterparts in old South Wales I guess. We know why it's green in old South Wales – lots and lots of rain. Well, guess what? I think it’s the same here in the New bit! We’ve certainly had a fairish amount since we arrived and today is an absolute classic – non- stop rain since yesterday afternoon and still going. Did you know that Sydney averaged only slightly less rainfall than London in 2012?
The countryside changed as we reached East Gippsland, SE Victoria, and got progressively more lush. Dairy farming, cream and butter are the order of the day and each of the herds of Fresians had a little gaggle of Jerseys or Guernseys in amongst them for extra creaminess. We wandered up the Turquoise Coast where the sea really is turquoise
We didn’t venture far inland until we turned left at Batemans Bay and headed up to Canberra. The road was a bit of a surprise – very steep and windy. We had forgotten about the Great Dividing Range hadn’t we? We camped quite close to the city and drove in to see the sites. It’s an unusual city being 'purpose built’. In the late C19/ early C20 Melbourne was the largest city, Sydney was the oldest but the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne was so great neither would agree to the other becoming the Australian Capital. So a compromise was reached and Melbourne became the temporary capital while a place was found to create a new capital somewhere between them. Canberra was a small town near the NSW/Victoria border. An international competition was held to select a design for the layout of the capital city and an American, Walter Burley Griffin, was chosen. It’s an interesting design – the city is split either side of a lake- Lake Burley Griffin
And now we are in Sydney. We arrived last weekend for a family party, which was originally going to be a Barbie but the weather put a stop to that. It was an excellent party anyway and Matilda is officially 3! We put the van on Gumtree and had a reply within hours, which was rather a shock. It appears we have sold it and will be homeless early next week – great news but…
So we will soon be home to the green valleys of Somerset and rather cooler temperatures than we’ve become accustomed to. Miffy has very mixed feelings about this.