Sunday, 24 April 2016

Dragging along to the dragline ...

We enjoyed Maldon so much three weeks ago that we returned today, to continue exploring.  First stop was to refuel Elmer at the neat footpath bowsers!

From there we headed to the Union Hill open cut mine.

"Between 1988 and 1992, the open cut mine yielded 55,000ozs of gold after 1 million tonnes of rock were processed at the treatment works."

Impressive, eh?!

Although we'd stretched our legs and snacked en route to Maldon, Vaughan was obviously in need of more sustenance and we continued to Porcupine Flat, to picnic beside the dredge and dragline.

We carry all kinds of stuff in Elmer, cos you never know what may come in handy.  Along with binoculars, we also have two mini microscopes.

They are good for viewing small bugs and today were used to examine some rock specimens.

We relaxed in the sunshine, while watching white browed babblers hopping in the undergrowth and welcome swallows flit about near the front of the dredge.

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