|The Murrumbidgee River in high Flow|
As we started so we finished with a river system in flood many areas of our trip had it highest rain fall for many years. The tour of the Murrumbidgee Valley open us to a view of the diversity of this rich area Farming Horticulture Viticulture and Tourism. We drove pass dry land farms massive irrigation channels Historic houses plus visited a Zoo that was breeding may endangered spices of wild animals and a fish hatchery and watched the milking of eggs from endangered fish to reintroduce them to the river system.
We Traveled From Wagga to Tumut for church back to Wagga for church and forum then headed out to then down stream to Balranaled. staying at Narrandera for 2 nights Coleambally UCA Lunch 1 nights touring round farms and a forum at bowling Club ,Griffith 2 nights , Hay 2 nights visiting Lockhart Darlington point Zoo, Gunbar for church M/T onto Hillston and a tour of district farms +lunch we also had lunch at Coolaman UCA gave us lunch on way home do you see a trend drive eat drive eat it was light lunches (right). For me a many others on the bus we all felt the warmth of the small churches was awesome not just the food but the welcome . Also the local businesses were happy for our use of their service from food shops coffee shops motels local papers too. Visiting the different farmers and tourist (museum/old homes) they too gave us a good picture of life in their district over the years some face both church and local volunteers this is common in most Small Country towns a sense of mission or community is there a difference as they are known as members of the church in the town seeing them in a dual roll is a good message, same as a group like us touring to hear the voices in the bush . Our role is to bring it back and tell their story to our City sisters and brothers the high and a lows for them.
Hillston UCA congregation and tour group .
|out the front Gunbar church|
|View from the front street|
|Setting up Forum at Colly Bowling Club|
I like to thank all the congregations who looked after us as we past through often late due to our busy program and Coffee stops as always this is too big for one post so will leave you with a view from a look out just out of Lockhart Galore Hill this gave us a great view of the country across the Valley check our "Face book" page for more Pictures of this trip plus "Insights" is doing a story in next month be a good read
I am hopefully off to Quombone for the Quombone Camp Oven Cook Off this weekend planed for June but rain stopped play. Pray for farmers hit by flood now after 3-4 years of drought crop under water and stock dying from being bogged and other complaints Thank you for your prayers and support till next time.