Today we went back to Bendigo. He had a meeting to attend and I had the car.
The weather was much better and I managed to take 148 photos in about 1 hour. This collage shows some of the features of the area surrounding the Dragon Museum.
Bendigo was settled during the gold rush and many Chinese made their home here and there are many parts of Bendigo that reflect these early influences. It is an interesting blend of the old and modern and eastern and western wherever you go. Much of the old mine workings are also preserved and the civic buildings reflect the wealth of the area.
After taking the photos I called in at a shop I glimpsed on our way in. Art House is a treasure trove for anyone interested in colour and creativity.
I bought home brochures and colour charts for future reference.
Of course I didn't leave without spending some money. I bought some new pencils and crayons and some "dry medium" pumice to experiment with.
There were some other books and goodies that I will show you another time.
Next door to the art supply shop is an op shop - you can imagine how delighted I was.
I found this interesting implement but have no idea what it is for.
Any answers would be welcome.
This pretty piece of lace was too good to leave behind.
And then just as I was starting to enjoy myself it was time to buy some lunch and coffee for our drive home.
I will put some other pics of the buildings and gardens in future posts.
It really was a lovely day out: about 5 hours driving for 2 hours sightseeing but we enjoy traveling together and it means we spend most of the day together.