Did you know…..

….it comes in all shapes and sizes and forms?

Well that’s what we discovered when we got to Deniliquin – which is just a quick (less than an hours) drive up the Cobb Hwy from Echuca.

I’ve got short legs so drew the short straw and sat in the back with another short legged lady while the two ‘fellas’ led the way in the front.  Not my favourite place to be because I like to see where we’re going,  I’m not keen on looking at things sideways or peering through the middle of the front seat passengers but we can’t have our own way all the time  (can I 😊😊)

Rainy days are not the best days for ‘sightseeing’ so as we drove past a visitor Information centre with signage for a cafe on the door we all nodded to each other and mouthed the word Coffee!   As well as the Information place and the cafe the building also housed the Peppin Heritage Centre .  The Peppin family were early settlers to the local area who specialised in sheep farming, developing the Peppin Merino breed that is associated with wool production in nearly all the Australian states.

Peppin Merino rams

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It was agreed that we couldn’t just sit there in the car complaining discussing the much needed precipitation,  we were out for the day  so while the rain tumbled poured down outside we’d have a wander through the little museum, learn lots about early times, sheep breeding (and hard life in the middle 1800s) on the stations around the Riverina, then,  rather than venture out into the cold, wet, windy day to look at the outside displays (yes I know, we’re fair weather tourists) have coffee and cake under the same roof.

When the rain moved on and the skies cleared, – it was time to move on ourselves 😊

Back in the car, aimlessly driving round, and there it was!

When we were up this way last April we looked at some painted grain silos in Rochester just south of Echuca – do you remember the Silo Art I showed you?

Well it appears rural art comes in all shapes and sizes…..and forms!

Deniliquin now has a newly painted WATER TOWER!  Painted by renowned  street/mural artist  Cam Scales!

I’ve lightened this up considerably – the sky wasn’t that blue, the clouds were a lot darker, it was about to rain again so I didn’t even look at the other side lol  But I did get this one picture featuring two kookaburras to remember it by😊

https://www.camscale.com.au/murals

https://www.visitthemurray.com.au/places-to-go/central/deni/things-to-do/arts-culture/water-tower-mural

Joining in with a weekly meme called Monday Murals.

Sami (COLOURFULWORLD) is the host and if you would like to see more – follow this link.

28 thoughts on “Did you know…..

    1. EC….thank you for that. You pointed out my error! I was trying to get over the point that rural (street) art was now being displayed on other surfaces than silos. I forgot to put in the word FORM – water tower.

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  1. sometimes weather shows you another side, as it for you – a museum about sheep that also included a break for coffee and cake…you probably wouldn’t have stopped if the weather was delightfully sunny and dry…yes I remember your silo photos….and this is another keeper.

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    1. You have to go with the flow don’t you Cathy. And yes we’d have been non the wiser about those things if the sun had been shining.
      We did see a lot more silos on another (dry) day Cathy and the more I see of them the more I want to see. I can see a new hobby on the horizon- hunt the painted…..whatever’s lol

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    1. Well it’s now officially Summer here Germaine- somehow I think it’s going to be one of those ‘different ones’. Lovely to see you- and yes the photo is a happy one.

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    2. Good street art is good in all sizes. I love that you have so much of it, and such nice pieces, too. In my place street art is mostly tagging and painted letters (don’t remember the correct word for this), and only seldom real pictures like these.

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      1. i think you’re talking about graffiti Charlotte. Strange words and symbols painted without permission – a lot of the street art/ mural painters began as graffiti artists and now they are given permission to paint.

        The painted silo trend began as a way to attract visitors to little country places that were ‘dying’ for one reason or another. Visitors often bring money with them, buy something at the local shop, a meal of a drink in the pub or cafe. Spread the word about what they saw.

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    1. It’s the size I’m fascinated by Tom. The sheer guts and determination of the artists who are willing to climb onto those cherry pickers and stay up there for hours on end creating. And being able to envisage the colourful end result as well is a skill I admire.

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  2. A wonderful old picture of Merino. Back when I spun wool, Merino was a coveted and scarce find. Scarce because local mills were not equipped to card Merino, and hand carding is extremely difficult, due to the fine mill of the wool.

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  3. I’m not really familiar with all the ins and outs of spinning Joanne. I do remember many years ago (when it was all the rage) trying very unsuccessfully. The result was the knobbliest skeins in the class!
    Do sheep growers not raise Merinos in your country? Rainy day again today, so maybe I’ll have a look as see what Mr G can tell me.

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  4. I love the artwork across our country
    It’s always a lovely surprise when travelling to see some

    The weather here today is cold and wet
    I’ve even got the heating on
    Hopefully soon we can start to moan about the heat

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  5. What a wonderful find Cathy. We also have a few silos painted in country WA, but I have not yet travelled to those areas.
    The kookaburras just reminded me of the live one I saw yesterday in Kings Park, our botanic gardens.
    Thanks for participating.

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  6. Oh! The art work on the silo is magnificent! How wonderful it is!

    I hate sitting in the back seat of a car…and, fortunately, haven’t done so for many, many years. I used to always get motion sick, if and when I did. I imagine similar would occur now.

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    1. Hello Lee, lovely to see you.
      Aren’t we creatures of habit – ones who don’t like it when our routines are disturbed.
      The water towers were quite stunning to look at, it was as if I could hear that Kooka laughing at me as I stood in the drizzle taking his photo

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    1. That is quite sad, the fact your zoo has just one kookaburra. They need another close by so they can call to each other. No wonder he doesn’t ‘laugh’ no stimulation.
      It’s quite something to hear a lot of them together.

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    1. I must look out for more unusual/different ‘painted things’. Haven’t seen any barns – most farmers here have huge great metal sheds that only they or the family get to see. Usually sited way off the road.
      Murals have certainly come a long way from covering brick walls 😊

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