Lesgold?s Road Trip

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The drain was then channeled into a dam to collect the water. Very clever people to even think this way. I did some rough calculations and the sums really surprised me. For every 1mm of rainfall, about 780000 litres of water would drain into the dam. The dam is still used to this day for irrigation purposes. Picked up supplies just outside of Perth and started the trip north. The holiday can now start after travelling 4000 km across the country.

That's incredible!  You know, I was just learning about water management recently in the online homesteading school my family is part of, and the instructor, Joel Salatin, was speaking about how much just collecting runoff in a pond can provide water for an area.  He was saying how pioneers in Australia were the ones who really perfected these methods of water catching and management (he mentioned the work of a particular man, whose name I can't remember now).  Really neat to be able to see some pictures of that engineering to reinforce what we were learning!  :happy:

--- Quote from: Lesgold on May 15, 2023, 08:40:12 pm ---The holiday can now start after travelling 4000 km across the country.

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So did you guys just cross the whole country and now you are going to sight-see at a leisurely pace on your way back?  That's a good idea, I don't think I would have thought to do that way. 

Ben Framed:
Thanks for posting this 'good stuff' Les. Keep 'em' coming.


Hi Reagan,

Not really. We drove across the country from east to west and our holiday started a couple of days ago when we started heading north. We were getting quite close to the west coast when we started to see some interesting plants. The first one is called cockies tongue and is will flower through the winter months supplying nectar to many native birds and bees. The second photo is of an acorn banksia flower. I have never seen them before. They also produce nectar for bees through the winter months. Can?t wait to sample some of the local honey.

Love the water management thing.  Seems I recall that this is kinda the way they supplied water to Petra in ancient times.  Channeled the water from the bit of rain in the hills to cisterns below. 

One of the few things I remember from that long ago trip to Perth is that there was a park there.  It had a lot of really neat plants.  Runs in my mind that it was named something like Kings Park.  40 years ago... :grin:


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