Pleasant Breakfasts ! what nicer ? Hard to leave the Lucky Strike and the friendly Proprietors,Wendy and Robert Zimmerman follower, Gary, in Clunes..Beautiful artworks there too by one Mark Payne..We left however to check out Malden, Vic. nearby’ish. Thought we were headed for the proverbial “one dead horse town” .. but no !.. Easter Fair !, in an extraordinarily picturesque place that was chokkers with visitors .. all eating pies everywhere we looked .. And an old Bloke who had left the [lace at 12 years of age and was revisiting. On every other corner he was there again for my willing ear.. taking me back some 60 odd years to the halcyon days of his boyhood there .. what a treat !.. We, Rosie and I that is, had a look in at the Art show … Some fine work there of Janet Tresdale transported me to a family beach holiday.. beautiful gesture and tension with an underlying story to ponder… wish I had a photo..(or better yet, owned the painting). Also a very good print Gallery in the town next time you are there ! That evening we headed back to Hepburn Springs for dinner in a most romantic restaurant belonging to blacksmith, Stephen Viola of Dorrigo fame’s Mother Maria !! Brilliant evening.. Charmed ! .. “Lucini’s”, Tasty-as meal and bottle of red .. then back through the night to Clunes and onto Bendigo the next morning where we wound up witnessing the Bendigo Easter Parade, a BIG DEAL in the Bendigo calendar ! Everybody in it an a whack of great Dragons and fireworks! (Crackers in a can style) .. the whole town and district there to line the streets .. Even a little vignette bronze sculpture in the street on the pavement at one spot.. a deck-chair, wodden crate , baloon, drum and stool. (Ghosts of parades past? poignant with the present placemarked folding chairs all around it. Also had a gander (as opposed to Google) at the big Bendigo Easter Art show .. There are so many who turn their talents to painting ! Many hundreds of paintings in the old Town Hall .. Dare I say it , I am just about “arted out” , sitting here, back in West Wyalong headed North, in the Ace caravan park this evening, the setting sun, trucks in the distance rolling on the Newell highway, with the prospect of a train passing just close by tonight ! But wait ! The Latrobe Uni Gallery had an Exhibition of sculptural works by Trefor Prest !.. Wow ! Strange mechano-anatomic mainly metal and some wood..sailing-sky-vessels in old new-made copper, bronze, steel(?) structures.. Intrigue ! Google him for a gander ! On the way here to West Wyalong we were traveling along a part of the “Long Paddock” .. Passed mobs of horses, cattle and sheep.. amazing to see the amount of trash thrown, from cars, that has been exposed by the grazing. I was counting about one piece per 350mm or around 10inches !..YOBS !! .. so over the length of a car there would be enough to fill a Yob’s hat and cram it over their ears?