Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wyangala Dam and Darbys

The closest body of water to us is Wyangala Dam. It is 36 kms from our town and despite being a dam for irrigation, it is also part of the state recreational park. People swim, canoe, water ski and wake board in it. The dam is very low at the moment at only about 30% capacity. However, this is actually an improvement from the last 2 summers where it was at 12 and 8%.

The hills of Aussie countryside as we drive the road to the Dam

The little town of Darbys Falls we have to drive through to get to the dam. Famous to me for the town where a public(person on a pension or social security-we see them at no cost to them) patient who attended our surgery murdered someone the day after I extracted a tooth from him. It was black humour but I was teased about it for the week afterwards. Totally coincidental of course! No one else has gone on to do the same thing *phew*

A small cute note about country life. A patient rang up once who lived I think it was this lil town and needed a course of antibiotics. She was old and couldn't drive so we racked out brains and a lady who happened to be standing at reception said her son could pass it to the bus driver going along that route and if she could wait at the bus stop, the driver would pass it to her that afternoon. Thats a small community helping each other out. This is special and unique to a country practice :)

Blurb at lookout point outside the dam

See how far away the water is? Last year it was twice as far and old dead trees were sticking out of the water.
The Old Dam Wall almost covered. The new dam wall is behind it and about 2 and a half times the height.

It was a nice Sunday drive out there. We knew we might not ever come back as there will be more things to see and do close to Bathurst so it was a kind of farewell and a small tick off the list of things to do before we moved.


At 12:39 AM, Blogger Shauny said...

hi there! i found your blog a couple of months ago and have been really enjoying it. i live in scotland, but i was born in bathurst but grew up in cowra. so it has been quite surreal to read about such familiar places on a blog! i never thought i'd see the day. i hope you are enjoying the wonders of kendal street and the mighty lachlan, etc etc. all the best to ya!

(have you eaten at Neila? i visited again in October and it was quite fabby)

At 3:38 AM, Blogger RON said...

we keep forgetting the seasons are reversed in Oz. hey, photos of a dam is something rarely anyone posts but for some reason pictures of a dam or it's lake is very intriguing in its own way.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger milgwimper said...


Quite lovely pictures, and here in California a while back we had the same problem with the dams being so low. I love the pictures. Small town life is different, but nice in a lot of respects. I will have to show DH the pictures I am sure he will get a kick out of your post.


At 7:16 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Hi Shauna ! Thank you for stopping by. I am hoping to post more pics of main st (Kendal St), Aussie country town life and the famous pub grub we can get here too. Feel free to visit anytime you feel homesick :)

Yes Neila has wonderful food and I love how they use local produce, as well as concocting such interesting flavours. Where in Scotland do you live? Are your family still in Cowra or Bathurst?

Hey Ron !
I think I posted pictures of the Dam because its probably the biggest body of water for a hundred miles. While the sheep and cows are pretty, I do miss the beach. You are lucky being close to beautiful landscapes wherever you are in Hawaii.

Dear Milly,
:) glad you like my piccys and I found this cool (and free!) program that lets you put your blogname on your picsas well as resizing and also in batches if you like. Give me a mail if your interested in d/l it.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Clare Eats said...

Hi Rach
I am glad that the water is higher up, but I am even more glad that you will be an hour closer to Sydney! YAY!!!!!!

At 7:16 PM, Blogger milgwimper said...

I love the photos, and I will try to take some around town here this weekend and post them. :) I will be e-mailing you soon!

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Sue Crane said...

cHi Rachel,

The dam is looking a lot more moist than the last time we were there. Nice to see photos of it. J's granddad used to go fishing there.

Shauna - scary, I think my husband knows you. We went to Neila about a year or two ago - it was grand! We had the most amazing icecream cake. Yum.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger KirkK said...

Hi Rachel - That shot of the street somehow reminds me of Lana'i, the little Island where my Dad was born - used to have, and I think still does have a population of 1500.

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

Hi sue !
I think I tried that ice cream cake thing. Anna who is the chef said the official name was bombe alaska. The most interesting thing about Anna is that she taught herself to cook ! She was born in Australia but both her parents were from mainland china. She is co-owners of Neila with Jerry, her partner who is from europe somewhere. Anyway, its cool to have a restaurant awarded with one chefs hat by the Sydney morning herald good food guide 4 years in a row, considering we are only a small town!

Hi Clare!
Thanks for stopping by again. Speaking of Neila, you and Casey haven't gotten to try it have you? You only have about 3 months left !! :)

Hey Kirk ! I think Darbys only has a population of 300. I also neglected to mention that there were a few goats grazing by the side of the road tethered to a pole and a couple of chickens were running around as well. :)


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