Day Three ... Melbourne

Melbourne Travel Blog

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As planned Mimi and Liz did sightseeing … taking in a lookout tower and an animal event. We may need to

have them add more as to what they experienced. Lori and Deb went to “An Aussie Homestead Experience” for the day. They took a tour bus for a little over an hour to a working ranch called Coliban Park, near Metcalfe. Duncan & Jess Barber run this ranch along with Duncan’s mom. There’s been a 12 year drought here in this area which has greatly affected this 11,000 acre ranch with 20,000 sheep and 150 cattle. They also have a number of “pests” on the land … namely about 1,500 kangaroos, which graze on the grass that the sheep need. The bigger pests though are foxes, says Duncan, which kill approximately 20% of their lambs each year.

The Barbers bought this property back in 1931 and have a lovely English style country home (if you’ve seen Pride and Prejudice, that’s close to what the home looks like on the outside). We enjoyed
“Billy” tea and lovely little cakes and scones with cream and jam in their dining room. We were able to see a sheep shearing demonstration, learn how wool is graded/classified, and see his sheep dogs (they were Kelties) in action as they rounded up the sheep for the shearing. We then took the bus to a farther field on their ranch and Duncan scared up several dozen kangaroos that we got to see “in the wild” as they raced past our bus about 100 yards away! When we got back to the homestead they served us a wonderful home cooked meal of lamb chops, beef, lamb sausages, grilled vegetables, and an amazing array of desserts (baked meringue with whipped cream and fruit, fruit tarts, home-churned ice cream, apple cake, and trifle).
There was also a good selection of Aussie wines and beer. On our way out, we stopped to plant a tree with Duncan and Jess.

Once back at the ship, Lori got to step outside the port area and meet up with her niece, Hannah, and have a really great visit. Hannah’s attending a YWAM Discipleship Training Seminar there until May when she ships out to Cambodia and Thailand to do some ministry there with her team.

All of us just, except for Deb, just barely got back to the ship by the 6:45 pm deadline. It kept things interesting, I guess you could say! And we won't mention the near death experience of Liz's while in the city with Mimi, ... only to say it involved an oncoming tram.

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Lori with niece, Hannah
Lori with niece, Hannah
Our first formal dinner night!
Our first "formal dinner" night!
photo by: jendara