|Had a fun day exploring Bendigo today. Weather was very cold but no rain so we just rugged up warmly. First stop was at Jayco to buy a new jockey wheel. Then we drove into town and bought a ticket for the 'talking tram' which is a hop on, hop off tourist tram that has recordings to give you a bit of history of the town as you travel around. The buildings are amazing - something we have found in all the towns we have currently been in that were founded on gold. We did the full trip to start with then on the return we jumped off at Charing Cross right in the centre of town. We then walked through the park up to the Golden Dragon Chinese Museum. The Chinese played a big part in the founding of Bendigo enticed over here by the rich findings in the gold fields. The Museum houses some amazing artifacts with the 2 highlights being the 'dragons'. First there is Loong - the world's oldest Imperial Dragon who arrived in Bendigo in 1892 and went into retirement in 1970. The second is Sun Loong the worlds longest Imperial Dragon who stretches his legs every year for the Bendigo Easter Fair Procession. We also had a wander in the Classical Chinese Gardens and the Kuan Yin Temple - both very beautiful and peaceful.
We then wandered into town again and explored Pall Mall, walked past the first Myer store, and checked out the amazing Sacred Heart Cathedral. We then caught the tram back to the station to pick up the car and headed out to the Bendigo Woollen Mills. My mum buys all her wool from here - buying it by mail and having it posted back to her in Perth. The jumper she knitted me while I was in Hobart was made from Bendigo wool so the wool travelled from Bendigo to Perth, then as a jumper from Perth to Hobart and now it was back in Bendigo again!! I could not resist buying some wool so bought just enough to knit a couple of scarves and I also bought a pattern and picked out the wool for the next jumper I will get Mum to knit me!!
Next stop was the Bendigo Pottery where our timing worked out well as a potter was just starting a demonstration for a large tour group making egg cups. It was great being able to watch how he turned a lump of clay into something useful in less than 2 minutes.
Back to the van to put the new jockey wheel on - I feel much happier now that we have it :)