第299天- Werribee Mansion & The Man From Snowy River
Date: 20090516 Sat.
Location: Werribee, Victoria
Event: 體驗19世紀之Werribee Mansion與 The Man From Snowy River.
My first stop is Lori’s parents’ house where we dropped Ash.
On the way there, Lori has kept pointing out the scenery it used to be and those related to her childhood.
There is still large territory belongs to Lori’s parents.
Lori’s parents look healthy and active and humorous
They showed me their “unusual pets” which are big turtle and blue-tongue lizard.
The head of the lizard is triangle and is just like the snake.
I still hold him in my arm and looked at his blue-tongue stretch out and in again and again.
After that, Lori dropped me in Werribee Mansion (Werribee宅第) because she and Libby were going to visit a friend.
The mansion was from 1880s when it belonged to private property but now belongs to Victoria government.
In the mansion, it still keeps the beautifully restored rooms with dedicated exhibitions.
Not only the mansion, but farm, a lake, some sculpture walk, and some restaurants are all here together called Werribee Park.
It took me 4 hours to explore them and I don’t think it was enough.
I was lucky because it stopped to rain just after I bought the ticket ($13.5).
圖/ the gatelodge
The most interesting part was the fitting room.
All the guest are able to try on the 19 century garments and take photos as suverniors.
So I did it as well.
The tourist and the staffs were very nice and help me take photos.
圖'/ the dining room
圖/ the bedroom
圖/ Me in 19 century garment
I took lots of photos here.
However, the black hole on my camera was getting worse.
There are always black spot on the photos.
My camera is about time to retired now.
圖/ the mansion
圖/ Where they park their horse-draw carts.
圖/ the farm (where the workers stayed)
PS. More photos of Mansion are in the album
After mansion, Lori, Libby, Sanjay and me went to some shopping center to have lunch.
It was quiet a simple lunch that we made a sandwich with bread and half chicken in coles.
I was like a servant or Mary from Philippines who had to push the baby stroller, carry all the bags, and follow them as the last one in the queue.
I felt weird but that’s what I was supposed to do since I am a helper at Lori’s.
On our way home, Lori drove to the different way to show me the scenery nearby.
She drove me to the small hill and climbed up the tower where
we could have good view there to see all the farm and the beautiful sunset.
However, the cloudy sky wouldn’t let me to see the beautiful sunset.
It was almost 6:00 when we got home.
I rushed to start prepare horses’ food.
It was getting dark so I couldn’t see well in the dark hut.
I was kind of scared so I speeded up.
It is always very dark here when the night comes since there are not any lights on the road.
It was a clear sky tonight. I could see the South Cross again.
About later, we watched movie “The man from the snowy river” together.
It was a 1982 movie based on a poem “The Man from Snowy River” which is one of Australia's most famous poems written by one of Australia's most famous poets, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson.
It was a movie about horses, brave man, love, and so on.
The movie was shot in the mountains in Victoria and had many beautiful scenery in the film.
It is not too boring to watch.
One of the scenes is about the brave man pasture cattle by a horse in the mountain.
Lori told me after movie that it has exited for a hundred years and some people still do it now in the mountains.
The mountains in the movie were open for cattleman to cattle until 5 years ago.
The government forbids such activities due to the factors of environments.
All the cattlemen and those horsemen rode their horses directly to the government in the Melbourne central city to protest.
One of the horses is Addie, which is her horse now
That’s an interesting story to me.
That’s my day today.