Hawksbury Artist's Trail - Sunday 28 February
Four cars and eight people met at McGraths Hill Macas. We had a late start expecting hot weather and it was HOT. Present were John and Carol in their modern, Arthur and his brother Doug in the Gazelle, Vern and Cheryl in their Hunter and Sue and myself in Hillda.
Leaving Macas we took the flood free road to Windsor and stopped at the historic St Matthews Anglican Church built under Gov. Macquarie’s instruction commencing in 1817 and in use by 1821. We then drove to the other end of town to the court house, another Macquarie building and then down to Tebbut’s Observatory - 1845. We stopped here for a while enjoying the view across the farmland to the river and the water ski park and facilities. Then, back into the cars, and on to Freemans Reach where we visited the site of the painting Grose Farm by Alfred Clint. Next stop the Terrace and Streeton Lookout, where we saw the Purple Noon’s Transparent Might - by Arthur Streeton - 1896 and a spectacular view over Windsor, Richmond and the surrounding valley.
Into the cars again, along the Terrace and down to North Richmond into the valley where we visited the site of The Corner of the Paddock – by Julian Ashton – 1888 and Springtime – by Charles Conder – 1888.
Then was on to our last stop – Pughs Lagoon – where we see Pughs Lagoon Richmond also by Conder. Here we claimed a shelter in the park and Vern and I drove into Richmond to buy eight serves of the best fish and chips in Sydney. Back to the park, everyone enjoyed their meal and we chatted till it was too dark to see, said our good byes, and left after a very enjoyable run.
Thanks to Kim and Sue for the report and to Arthur for the photographs,