1st August, 2016.
There are a number of interesting walks and drives that can be taken from Mullewa and we chose to do two of them that day. But first Erich was out early for his “oil pulling” walk.
It has been his habit for the past two years to take a tablespoon of raw virgin coconut oil and swish it around his mouth for about 15 minutes before spitting it out. He first learned of this “technique” at the Gympie markets from a Swiss woman who sells coconut oil and books explaining the benefits of oil pulling. He feels that it has helped the arthritis in his wrists and hands and he no longer has bleeding gums when he cleans his teeth. More information about oil pulling can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling So if you happen to meet Erich early one morning and you say “hello”, the reason he just waves and does not reply, is because he has a mouth full of oil!
A few early morning wildflower pictures.
A pretty Wattle.
Lovely Geraldton Wax.
Interesting hinge on a church door.
A Tree Martin.
We decided to take the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Walk in town before going for a drive. Monsignor Hawes was a Catholic Priest and Architect who was responsible for the design of many of the notable Catholic churches in this region. More information about Monsignor Hawes can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hawes
The walk is just 600 metres each way, starting beside the Visitor Centre and finishing at the very distinctive church, said by some to be his most impressive work.
There are a number of interpretive plaques along the walk and this interesting structure.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mullewa.
Interestingly, there was a War Memorial in the grounds of the church which did not have photographic representation on the Monument Australia website. Erich was happy to send some of these photos to the Webmaster who remarked that it is a fabulous monument that he didn’t know about and is now one of his favourites.
Sadly we chose a day when the Church wasn’t open so could not see the inside.
On the way to our first stop on the Northern Loop, we stopped at a rest area to look for a cache. It was a quick find for Erich, as I took the long way around to get to it.
At the Tenindewa Stockyards.
As it happened, there was another cache to be found there.
Crossing the railway line to have a look at what appeared to be the old railway station, we came across a lady planting “flowers” in the ground.
Chatting with her, we found out about the upcoming Art Drive Mid West competition being conducted by the Geraldton City Council. She was preparing her exhibition piece which was to represent a field of wildflowers. She was just in the early stages of working out how to place the “flowers” when we arrived. The pieces were made from cut up aluminium cans that she found on her morning walks around Geraldton. She pointed out another art piece representing a Banksia bush. We later found out that the sculpture of the wagon wheels with the wildflower writing pictured above is also a competition entry. More detail can be found at www.cgg.wa.gov.au/play/what-s-on/artdrive.aspx Over the coming days we were to come across more artdrive entries and were sorry that we were a week too early to experience the drive in its entirety.
Further down the road we came across another lady putting together her exhibit. This one involved some heavy machinery to put the old pillars from a local bridge into position and to dump the fine gravel to be shaped into the form of a wildflower. The lady told us she owned a pub somewhere near Geraldton and that the thousands of bottle tops had been collected there and a competition held to guess the number. A local sporting club was appointed to count the tops with the competition entry fees being donated to the club.
Next stop on the drive was at the site of the old Tenindewa School. Nothing remains of the school but there is a very good display of photographs from years ago.
It was just a short walk to the Stepping Stones Across the Lake.
Driving on to Wolya Well we found a lovely campsite next to a waterhole where a caravan and a camper had set up for a stay, so we didn’t linger to disturb their peace.
The canola fields are beautifully in flower and their yellow colour contrasts starkly with the colour of the golden Wattles.
Bindoo Glacier Beds
There were a few more stops on the Northern Loop that were not especially interesting hence no photos but the stop at The Waterfalls directly north of Mullewa was worthy and there was a cache there!
Some wildflower shots from the drive.
The last stop was at the Pioneer Cemetery where we saw two graves that had been built by Monsignor Hawes as tribute to the two children buried there – one was his altar boy who drowned and the other was the young daughter of the local mid-wife.