Such is Life
Here we go again. This time off down to north east Victoria.
Why does one go to north east Victoria? You may well ask. One of the attractions down there is nearby the town of Glenrowan, the famous Bailey’s vineyards. They produce some big red wines and also a great old vintage port. Very tasty.
But, Glenrowan is also famous for the Ned Kelly siege. And that is why we are going to north east Victoria. It is the home district of the late 1800s bushranger Ned Kelly. Allthego thought it was worth a trip to delve into the story of his life. Homealone was enthusiastic too for this adventure. We are also dropping into Canberra to visit her siblings for the annual Christmas get together and the now traditional secret Santa ceremony, which has become like a version of pass the parcel. More on this at the time of the event which is ten days or so off.
We left Brisbane on time today at a little after 10am. There had been some enthusiasm to get away a bit earlier, but why rush. We have made our way to Inglewood, about 100 km west of Warwick and a similar distance east of Goondiwindi. There is a free camp here on the outskirts of town beside a creek which is very pleasant and it is a regular stopping place for us on journeys south. Bit of traffic passes but you get used to the noise.
Much has been written about Ned Kelly. He morphs between folk hero and villain, depending on the observer. Where does the truth lie is a constant question. Fact and fiction are blurred by the passing of time and rose coloured glasses. We are off to see the towns and sites he, his associates and adversaries have made part of history. Maybe we will learn something of this Australian icon!
When he was about to be hung in Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880 it has long been reported that he said the famous words “Such is Life”. There is actually some doubt about this. But who cares it’s a great line!
So our next stop south will be somewhere to the south of Coonabarabran.