Friday, October 21, 2011

Coolgardie, Moorine Rock & Kellerberrin WA

Coolgardie Post Office
It is a little hard to recap the last few days since leaving the rally but again my Internet connection let me down so I has to retain some data in my grey matter until we had a better reception.  We left Kalgoorlie on Tuesday and first port of call was to historical Coolgardie, another old Gold Mining Town, once very prosperous but now steeped in history.
The old site of the National Bank
  Lunch was at a cafe in the main part of town, a visit to the sign museum, the old Post Office and "The Camel Man", the latter being a lovely shop run by Jayne and touts beautiful western wear made from Moleskin and also features Camel Leather, all made on the premises, in fact they held a fashion parade at the rally which we all enjoyed.
 Wardens Court Building
 We pulled in for the night behind the Moorine Rock Hotel, a huge flat parking area which could house several Motor Homes, tonight we numbered four as Kerry and Carol, Barry and Leslie from our CMCA chapter along with my brother Colin and SIL Beryl joined us for the night.
Moorine Rock Hotel (Please stop by)
  Available were nice hot clean showers and toilets and there were extra toilets over at the community Hall.  The Moorine Rock Hotel has new managers, Janice and her husband and we all availed ourselves of a lovely cooked meal in the Dining Room.
Parked at the back of Hotel
 The meals were huge and beautifully cooked, amazing since they would have to be prepared to have guests of 20 or sometimes only two. We enjoyed the meal so much we stayed for sweets and rocked up the next morning for breakfast.  We parted from Beryl and Colin at Westonia as they had some reminiscing to do as Beryl once lived in the area.  We continued on to Kellerberrin where we stayed for a few days with another brother Graeme and his lovely wife Sue, Colin and Beryl rejoined us in the afternoon.  The property we were on consisted of Stables and horse paddocks, and it was rather pleasant to look out the window to be greeted by a friendly pony or two.  The family are kept busy working the horses and tending the chooks but we all managed to spend a couple of very pleasant days together.  Talking to Graeme, I was able to get more of an insight into my father's earlier years as he shared his memories with me.  I also visited Mum and Dad at the cemetery.  We travelled about 68klms today to the Meckering Memorial Park and a beautiful aroma wafts in the windows from the memorial rose garden adjacent to the Motor Home and we listen to the sounds of the birds in the bush.

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