Picket Fence Fancy Road Trip

Mr Picket Fence, the Picket Fence Children and I have  just returned from a weeks holiday to Dubbo. We are lucky enough to have a set of parents in Dubbo NSW  and an Aunt and Uncle on a Farm an hour and a half further in a place called Mendooran. Think outback NSW , Banjo Patterson, dust ,cattle and shearing sheds. We split the road trip over several days. About 10,000 green bottles sitting on the wall, lots of laughter, a number of antique shops, an equal number of country Bakeries, two motels and about 500 toilet stops later , we had the perfect holiday / escape for our coastal family. I will show you what I bought in another post, but for now, here's some photo's to give you an indication of how much fun we had.....Jump off now if you don't love, sheds, dust , sheep, frost and windmills ...this is my idea of heaven.
 One of the Picket Fence Uncles was confused as to my fascination with his rusted out vehicles... Now this is industrial art at it's very best.
 Bonding :)
  Treasure !
  See how much wider the sky is in Mendooran !
 Worlds coldest garage sale !!!!
 Windmills everywhere.
 Wellington Caves , NSW. One of my favourite places we explored with the children.
 We stopped at Cockington Green in Canberra, a minature village,cute ,English , a little kitsch and absolutely brilliant. I might add that the roses here are exquisite , a must to visit in Summer.
Ahem...yes...we did stop here :)
 More beautiful Rust.
Charley the Sheep.
 Picked crates full of Oranges..
 Love is being carried home when your legs get too weary to carry you further xx
  Beautiful old train station in Wellington NSW.
 Iron Lacework everywhere.
 Oh I could go on and on and on about the architecture these buildings display.
 Imagine inside this beauty !
 A Car show made Mr Picket Fence smile... for hours .....  x
 Country cafe at Canowindra
 We stopped at Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre , fun and educational, Mr Picket Fence and I enjoyed it as much as the children.
 Western Plains Zoo 
A wonderful time was had, and it was lovely to catch up with the ones we love. A whole lot of the best kind of family memories were made! Can't wait to reveal my op shop and antique store bounty next week  Stay tuned :)


  1. WOW, can't wait to see your bounty :). Such nice photos, the house is beautiful.

  2. really lovely country shots! i bet you found some great op shops.

  3. Hi Ava, welcome back. Looks like you had a wonderful little holiday "down on the farm"
    Wonderful pics, I love that old homestead and the shearing shed and I must ask, is that stained glass in the cafe original...it's just so lovely...Garden of Roses...awwww x

  4. Sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm in the USA. Your trip looks wonderful, I loved the 5th photo of the little one with the hat and his hands in his pockets walking down the road - so sweet! Ciao, bella! xxoo

  5. Hello Ava:
    Very clearly you all had a wonderfully happy time on your holiday. You obviously packed an enormous amount of activity into your time away and did so many different things.

    The model English village seemed very curious and yes, like you, we should have been very tempted by the garage sales and antique shops. As for the corrugated tin shed...great, we love it!

  6. It looks and sounds like a great holiday, love the photos! I am curious to see what you managed to buy at the antique store :)

  7. Great memories in those photos - looks like a great break! The model village reminds me of one we used to go to when I was a child. I keep meaning to take my own daughter there (even though she's a teenager now!)

  8. You sure did pack in a lot for a few days. I love the photo of the old house. I used to play in the yard of one very similar when I as a kid, it was like a secret garden. Can't wait to see what you found.

    I love the Wellington caves and the zoo, it is definitely a trip we need to make with the kids.

    Can't wait to see what you found. Tam x

  9. Oh, sounds like you had a fabulous time!
    I love that old house- would love to live there!
    I remember going to Cockington Green on a year 10 excursion to Canberra many many years ago!
    Love Western Plains Zoo!

  10. great post.
    I like your stuf.

    greatingss end you Conny

  11. Namaste Ava! Wow - life though your lens is beautiful. Thanks for inviting me over. I will be back - I am very inspired.