After the departure of Jackie and Chris we took advantage of having my 9 seat Kombi in the area and took off on a day trip. On the way, we passed these in the front yard on a side street. What? A couple of gnomes not good enough?
The assembled masses loaded into the bus ( I christened it Paul's POP tour, Pensioners On Parade, Suzie objected to being lumped into that group)
We ended up at a place called Morpeth, Kathy never actually got out of the first shop we stopped at for morning tea that was also an antique centre, except to eat Lunch at the pub.
The town of Morpeth was initially created through the private actions of Lieutenant E.C.Close, who selected a property of 1,000 hectares and developed it as a river port from 1831-1841. The lieutenant built his house, known as Closebourne, on the property. A two-storey Georgian home made of sandstone, the house became an episcopal residence from 1848-1912, which eventually became the nucleus of St John's Theological College on Morpeth Road.
The river port grew steadily throughout the 1830s; St James's Church, Tank Street, was built from 1837 to 1840. It was partly designed by John Horbury Hunt and now has a Local Government Heritage listing. A major merchant at this time was James Taylor, who built a bond store circa 1850, located near the bridge and now heritage-listed. The town continued to expand. Morpeth Court House was built circa 1861 in a Greek Revival style; the police station followed in 1879. The construction of the Great Northern Railway in 1857, bypassing Morpeth, meant that Newcastle developed as the regional port. Morpeth became less significant commercially, but still survived as a township with its own history and heritage.
We adjourned to the Pub for lunch that had an Asian flavour to it with an Australian twist if required.
Rick went the Aussie burger route.
Phil and Ruth went the Fish and Chips while the rest of us enjoyed a very tasty Asian meal that was surprisingly good and enjoyed by all.
We detoured to Maitland for an Ice cream stop on the way back and were surprised by the number of old buildings around so will return here another day for a good walk around (did I say that?). Some of the buildings Kathy snapped out the window.
Boat has been playing up a bit over the weekend, Anchor chain counter has failed and Drinks fridge stopped working. So after a quick prioritization of jobs got fridge fixed yesterday and will chase up parts for chain counter today. After all that work yesterday we ended up back at the Bowling club for a quiet drink with a dozen or so like minded individuals.
PS I won another meat tray. Just saying.