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Sofala - Trip 2

We made our way back to the Turon Gold-Fields with some great images and good information on the history of the nearby regions... This was more of a break for Rena and I although I was keen to do a little fossicking this time around for artifacts. I personally find it hard to believe there's any gold left in the region but locals claim to find it from time to time. This time we hit the ground running on the way back to Sydney and found ourselves tired and blistered from all the hard work. I was earlier stung by angry wasps at just between Wattle Flat & Sofala and was later fooled into digging for a bad target inside the entrance to a gold mine in the city of Portland ....a Mine which was used (and dug) in the late 1800s. We arrived home safe and well and poor Mauii was happy to see us come through the door. There were two days that were so harsh that even I thought I might not make it back... and had Power Of Attorney signed over to Rena along with a Legal Will... just in case! I thought this might be a hard slug and I was right. Read down to the bottom of this page and you will find a more detailed account of our second trip to the Gold Fields of New South Wales. For anyone looking for accommodation in the region of Sofala or even Wattle Flat, feel free to contact Rodney at the following location -

Ryder Homestead
Wattle Flat NSW Australia
(02) 6337 7171
www.ryderhome.com.au
Heavy Cloud in the Blue Mountains
Heavy Cloud in the Blue Mountains
Bejewelled Christmas Beetle
Bejewelled Christmas Beetle
Quartz Debris Layer on Roadside
Quartz Debris Layer on Roadside
Quartz Debris Closeup
Quartz Debris Closeup
Wattle Flat Cafe
Wattle Flat Cafe
Quartz Vein beside PickAxe
Quartz Vein beside PickAxe
Wallaby Watching
Wallaby Watching
Rodney's Telescope
Rodney's Telescope
Rodney Look for a Galaxy
Rodney Look for a Galaxy
Rodney, Rena and Telescope
Rodney, Rena and Telescope
View at Night - Stars were Bright
View at Night - Stars were Bright
Blue Gum Cabin - Interior
Blue Gum Cabin - Interior
Tools of the Day
Tools of the Day
Blue Gum Cabin - Front
Blue Gum Cabin - Front
Blue Gum Cabin - Rear
Blue Gum Cabin - Rear
Wasp Nest Hidden
Wasp Nest Hidden
Wasps after the Attack
Wasps after the Attack
Wasps really do Sting!
Wasps really do Sting!
The Hard Clay Dig - Day 2
The Hard Clay Dig - Day 2
Cicada Nymph Shell
Cicada Nymph Shell
Flat Bushland - Crown Land
Flat Bushland - Crown Land
Nuggety Hill
Nuggety Hill
Upper Turon Hills
Upper Turon Hills
Freeloader
Freeloader
Old Gold Digs on Upper Turon River
Old Gold Digs on Upper Turon River
Upper Turon - Private Farmland
Upper Turon - Private Farmland
Lovely Weather!
Lovely Weather!
Sofala Lunch Break
Sofala Lunch Break
Restaurant Menu
Restaurant Menu
Rena enjoys a Break
Rena enjoys a Break
Local with her Gold (found her child playing with it)
Local with her Gold (found her child playing with it)
Water Skinks
Water Skinks
The Dangerous Drive
The Dangerous Drive
Wasps ...or Native Bees
Wasps ...or Native Bees
Interesting Hives
Interesting Hives
Marco Detecting a Target
Marco Detecting a Target
The Riverbed
The Riverbed
Rena's Butterfly
Rena's Butterfly
Old Road from 1850s
Old Road from 1850s
The Tree with Nuggets
The Tree with Nuggets
Three small Gold Nuggets
Three small Gold Nuggets
Nugget 1 - Closeup
Nugget 1 - Closeup
Nugget 2 - Closeup
Nugget 2 - Closeup
STINKY Tortoise rescued (our second!)
STINKY Tortoise rescued (our second!)
Leaving the township of Peel
Leaving the township of Peel
Lone Tree
Lone Tree
Into Bathurst for Dinner
Into Bathurst for Dinner
My Shoes... New and Used
My Shoes... New and Used
Massive Moth
Massive Moth
Into the State Forest!
Into the State Forest!
State Forrest Controlled Burn
State Forrest Controlled Burn
Spider Hiding
Spider Hiding
Mystery Beetle
Mystery Beetle
Rena Spies a Tiny Flower
Rena Spies a Tiny Flower
Rena's Grasshopper
Rena's Grasshopper
Sawfly Grubs
Sawfly Grubs
On Route to the Tennis Courts
On Route to the "Tennis Courts
The Tennis Courts
The "Tennis Courts"
Portland
Portland
A few Flies - Plenty more around!
A few Flies - Plenty more around!
Small Scorpion
Small Scorpion
Road to Sandstone Hill
Road to Sandstone Hill
Victoria Pass
Victoria Pass
Measuring and Cleaning Nuggets
Measuring and Cleaning Nuggets
Native Gold Nuggets
Native Gold Nuggets
X-Terra Nugget Haul so far.
X-Terra Nugget Haul so far.
Electrolytic Cleaning Of Artifacts
Electrolytic Cleaning Of Artifacts
Electrolysis Process
Electrolysis Process
Artifacts and Shell Cartridges
Artifacts and Shell Cartridges
Ultrasonic Cleaning Of Sovereign
Ultrasonic Cleaning Of Sovereign
Electrol.jpg
Electrol.jpg
Native Gold Nuggets with Gold Sovereign
Native Gold Nuggets with Gold Sovereign
1884 Gold Sovereign - Young Queen Victoria
1884 Gold Sovereign - Young Queen Victoria
1884 Gold Sovereign - Front
1884 Gold Sovereign - Front
British Farthing - 1853
British Farthing - 1853
Targets - Dug Up
Targets - Dug Up
Sovereign & Nuggets
Sovereign & Nuggets
Nuggets Only
Nuggets Only
Coin And Nuggets - Topview
Coin And Nuggets - Topview
SmeltingSlag.jpg
SmeltingSlag.jpg