On Monday morning we set off on our way home. There are several ways to get to the Central Coast from Moree and we chose to go via Narrabri and Coolah, as we had not been to Coolah before and it sounded like a good idea.
Most of the country towns in NSW have nice little rest areas for drivers to stop. Lots are by the river through the town. Narrabri was no exception. This was the lovely stop by the Namoi River, where it was a pleasure to get out and stretch the legs.
And here is the Namoi river itself. Very peaceful.
There was a stand of bull rushes growing by the river. They were so pretty with their fluffy, feathery seeds gently swaying in the breeze.
The next section, from Narrabri to Coonabarabran, was dead boring. 110km of straight road, through the Piliga Scrub with scrubby vegetation on both sides of the road. Nothing interesting to distract you as you are driving. Although we did see an emu in this section, there was no wildlife visible along the whole route, other than the road kill. That is really something I noticed on this trip - just how much road kill is around. I find that very distressing. It has been so dry that the animals are out and about searching for food and water, and end up on the roads.
We stopped for lunch in Coonabarabran, and I decided to support the local economy. I found Hi Fi Fabrics just off the main road, and what is a girl to do, but wander in with wallet at the ready?? LOL. The shop was in a cavernous building, built around the late 1890s I should think, thick walls, and freezing cold when I went in! But I bet it is a relief to walk into that store in summer time.
I bought two pieces of novelty fabric - Spiderman and Star Wars. I have earmarked those for laundry bags for Aussie Heroes. Things like that seem to be very popular with the troops.
And a panel of galloping horses. Also earmarked for Aussie Heroes, but a quilt this time.
Now for a funny. In Australia there is a saying "beyond the Black Stump", which basically means way out beyond all civilisation. On the way into Coolah, we came across this sign, which cracked me up.
Just a bit further on, there is a rest area called the Black Stump Rest Area. Apparently this area is claiming the rights to the coining of the phrase, because of a document which shows land boundaries declared by Governor Darling in 1826, called the Nineteen Counties. These were in the areas where settlers were permitted to take up land. This boundary line passes through the centre of a property known as ‘Black Stump Run’. The local Aboriginal name for the area is ‘Weetalibah-Wallangan’, meaning, ‘the place where the fire went out and left a burnt stump’. So now I can claim to have been "beyond the Black Stump"!