|Biographical Non-Fiction posted July 22, 2015||Chapters:||...38 39 -40- 41...|
Another adventure down memory lane
A chapter in the book Our Trip Book.
2011- Part 1.Temora - Barmedman
Another family history and catching up with old friends kinda story this time.
11th March – Friday – We got up and dressed to leave at 9.40 a.m. I took the first drive to Exeter, just before Marulan. We stopped at McDonald’s for a break and discovered they were doing renovations. They had a disabled sign on the "Parent Room" door for the toilets.
When we got in there, the toilet was in a cubicle minus rails and lack of proper access to get the wheelchair in the doorway. Geoff had to help me the hard way. I had to hang onto the big multi-toilet roll casing for some support, but we managed. Geoff complained to the staff and they said the disabled loo is in the renovation area which we couldn’t use. The work had supposedly been planned for 4 months and it only started 2 weeks prior to our visit. We were most discouraged.
We had some lunch, Geoff took over driving along the Freeway to the Yass area, it was cold and wet. We took the turnoff to Bowning and drove through the small town. We nearly ended up back on the Freeway, which we did not want. Geoff made a u-turn and I spotted a Café up the road called “Rollon In" Café. It was a very old place and wheelchair friendly according to the brochure.
As it was raining a bit at this time, I decided to wait in the car while Geoff went in to get coffee, cake and some directions to Temora. He came back to the car, we ate and got off on our way again.
A fellow told us to go up the road onto Red Hill Road, then left and about 5 kilometres a sharp corner T-intersection, to the right onto Burley Griffin Way. Continuing through to Binalong and Harden, then we stopped at Wallendbeen, in a park with disabled restrooms. We proceeded on to Stockinbingal, Springdale then Temora. We arrived in the town, after 5 hours and 16 minutes, and 422 kilometres drive, including the break at Bowning. We checked in to our motel at 3.50 p.m.
The “Koreela Park Motor Inn” was a very nice, fairly new, 6-7 years old and our room - No. 8., was a disabled unit. Their motto, “This is the best motel”, was quite appropriate. There were a lot of bugs in this town. Big crickets and/or locusts.
Once we got settled in the motel, Geoff rang Lisa and Ken (Lisa was formerly my Occupational Therapist from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Organization.* Ken, her husband, was the Pastor in the Temora Presbyterian Church. They came around to our room for a visit and stayed for about an hour. After they left, we ordered Pizza for tea.
12th March – Saturday – We went to the Information Centre/ Rural Museum. They had a Special Display and Market Day on, and there were a lot of people there.
We left mid-morning to drive out to Barmedman, 37 kilometres, and a half an hour drive. We had to go through a little town called Reefton, with only a few houses, not much at all. We came to Barmedman and we stopped at the town's name sign, so I could take some photos of Geoff leaning on the sign. Geoff’s father was born there and the family lived in the town for a number of years. We drove into the small, almost ghost - town, with a total population of 214.
We drove around some streets, stopped outside the local Primary School and there was a fellow sitting on a seat, resting. He was the maintenance man of the school. He and Geoff had a chat, and he gave Geoff the 1885-1985 Centenary Book of the school. It had some photos of Geoff’s father and his siblings in it.
We went back into town and stopped at Barmedman Hotel to get a "counter lunch" for both of us. We ordered Steak, chips and salad, it was really tasty. I liked the way they did the salad, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicums, pears, mayonnaise, cucumber, beetroot, Yum!
While we were at the pub and during lunch, a fellow came in and ordered his lunch. Geoff started chatting him up about the area. His name was Ron who was a truck driver, he was able to give Geoff some useful information on the history of the town and school and so on. One thing he mentioned was the old hospital that was originally in the town. Not there, anymore. We presumed Geoff's dad and uncles and aunts were probably born in that, by then demolished, hospital.
We got back into the car and stopped at the "Craft and Newsagent" shop to get postcards and souvenirs. I wanted to have a look at Deboos Street, to see where Moore’s house was. There was no house; it had been burnt down, according to family legend, for insurance in the 1930’s depression time.
We left Barmedman mid-afternoon to drive back to Temora for the night. Seeing we had a big lunch, we just had hot tea and toast for the evening meal.
13th March – Sunday – We had to get up at 6 a.m. to get ready for 9 a.m. Church Service at St. Andrews Presbyterian. We mentioned meeting Lisa, my former Occupational Therapist, and her husband Ken, the Pastor of the church, earlier. The Church was on the corner of Loftus and Deboos Street, Temora. The service was very nice, Ken preached on Ephesians 3.
We stayed back for a cuppa and before we left there, Lisa took me to the restroom. A long way down the back of the church property, it was a bit of a walk; Lisa pushed me in my wheelchair. It was a very old set up - one toilet with a big step into it. We had a little trouble getting me into it, but we managed. I’m glad it wasn’t raining!
We left there after about 11 a.m. and we headed off to Cootamundra to see Pastor Graeme Masters, and Margaret, his wife. We met them years ago at Highlands Baptist Church, Mittagong. He was Pastoring in Cootamundra, at that time but we missed the service, of course, having been in the Temora church, that morning.
They told us to meet them at the “Paragon Café” next to Woolworths. We got there and they were running late. We had lunch around 1 p.m. and we all chatted for 90 minutes. We headed back to Temora for a rest. Geoff had a sleep.
We were invited to Lisa and Ken’s place for tea, which was lovely. She had her parents there as well for the weekend. It was good to see her again. She had done a lot for us in the past, including all the planning and measurements and so on for my power chair, which we had left at home on this trip.
After a lovely meal, we drove back to our motel for the night.
14th March – Monday – Our 24th Wedding Anniversary – We went to the Aviation Museum that morning. It was pricy. You got to see a short documentary movie and a showroom but the other things were upstairs, which we couldn’t see, being inaccessible. We were a bit disappointed in that. Having paid a lot of money for the tour, we didn’t see much.
We bought some drink, something to eat for morning tea and had it in the car. After which we went over to see Temora High School for information on Geoff's father. From there, we went to see Lake Centenary and the Railway Station which is not being used. Eventually back to our motel for lunch and rest.
We went out to the RSL Club for our 24th Wedding Anniversary. Thick Pumpkin Soup with bread for Entrée, and Roast Lamb and Vegetables was the choice for the main course. Tasty and filling. The Club was only a block away so we walked there and back with Geoff pushing me in the wheelchair.
15th March – Tuesday - We had motel breakfast for a change. It was raining, that day. After breakfast, we went to have a look at Deboos Street, Temora, where the combined Primary and High School was. Geoff wanted to ask staff about some information re his Dad. This school was built in the 1800s and possibly where Geoff’s father went and boarded.
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