Friday, November 13, 2009

My parents did it in Deni*

The last couple of days haven't been quite so hot. It's been pleasantly warm with a nice sea breeze when I've left work to walk home. Tonight as I neared home, the sun had that really nice warm, hazy summery glow about it.

As I walked home along the river, it reminded me of lying on my towel on the sandy beach of the Edward River when I was a kid, with the sun glinting off the water as it sank behind the gum trees on the other side of the river....which makes me think of the town where I was born - Deniliquin, in southern NSW.

Here's some photos (not all my own). Just because.

Me (when I had long hair - November 2007, this was) sitting in the Simpson Band Rotunda in the Waring Gardens. It's named after my mother's family, particularly my grandfather, who was a fixture in the Deniliquin Town Band for most of his life.

Deni is the self-proclaimed Ute Capital of the World and home to the Ute on the Pole (ute = utility vehicle). Every year it hosts the Deni Ute Muster at which they attempt to break the world record for the most utes in one place. Yes, it's a bogan's paradise.

The Edward River, I think in better times. It was badly affected by the drought when I last visited in November 2007.

The lagoon in the Waring Gardens, a pretty park right opposite the main street.

It's been just over two years since I visited. I'm feeling the urge to go back. I only lived in Deni for five years (although I've visited family many times since) but it will always have a place in my heart. My family has history there. My grandparents are all buried there. Anyone up for a road trip?

Oh - the asterisk in my heading refers to the town's former slogan "Do it in Deni". Yes, really. I think it's a shame they abandoned it. *shakes fist* Curse you political correctness! Oh well. I'll always have this fridge magnet.


a work in progress said...

has it really been that long since you visited? wow...time flies...

Frisky Librarian said...

Yes, hard to believe, but it's been two years. And you probably recall that I visited with you-know-who, which kind of annoys me because when I go back it will probably make me think of him.

Julian said...

Did someone say road trip? :) I've never driven across the border.

chrome3d said...

The photo with the car on the pole was strange and fascinating. You had some kind of text under it but I must admit that I couldn´t understand any of it! Ute, bogan... it was all twilight zone for me!:-)