Morning tea stop was at Nomans Lake Hall where we read 100 years was celebrated in 2012. Lakes Road was an interesting drive with a few lakes hiding amongst the trees. We stopped at the back of Taarblin Lake where the boats are launched. This side was picturesque with lots of bird life and many ducks.
We then travelled many back roads past Dongolocking Reserve and came across an unusual sculpture by a dam where we, of course, stopped and took a look.
The farmer came along of course and he knew many of our group; Angwins. The comment made that they needed to re dress the man on the motor bike but a good landmark for their farm entrance a bit further up the road.
Eventually we arrived in Dumbleyung. Amazing what this small community have done around the replica of the Bluebird and the story of Donald Campbell. The recycled metal art tractor and train by Bob Bray is such a feature of the area and, lucky for us, tour organiser Jim had organised us to go to Bob’s place on the edge of town to see his sports people made out of star pickets. So many different sports were featured. Bob also does a lot with bridal creeper but he was doing it the hard way,so we were able to tell him about the rust recipe we learnt last year. He was so grateful to know there was an easier way than spraying chemicals.
Bob has also been involved with the Nippering Cemetery and has helped to identify many of the unmarked graves.
We then ventured to Nippering on our way to Lake Dumbleyung. By the time we got there, the sea breeze was in and the weather turned very cold, however, it was great to see the lake with so much water in it. It is the biggest natural lake in WA at 52 square kilometres. We visited the Yacht Club but not one in sight and then visited Pussy Cat Hill lookout which is a great vantage point. We then headed for the Big Ram in Wagin to see his huge ear tag and have a cuppa before dispersing and heading home.
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