On Monday, P. and I picked up Franz the Corolla, packed him and headed for Blackwood. We were suprised by the autumnal colours, both in the town and at the Garden of St Erth nearby. We enjoyed the beautiful gardens (if a little soggy underfoot) and had a cheese plate at their cafe, followed by less healthy chips at the town pub while waiting to check in to our cottage. It was a very comfy one-bedroom place with a very well equipped kitchen (though the oven was a bit mystifying). On Tuesday morning, we went into the Wombat State Forest to see our old kombi camping spot at Nolan's Creek. There was a lone man camping there in the 'new' rotunda but apart from that it was much as it was. We then went through Bullarto to Trentham Falls, gushing from the heavy rain overnight, then into Trentham for morning coffee and cake and a glance at their Anzac march. We bought a meat pie for dinner having established that the Blackwood pub wasn't really a goer. We then went in search of lunch, but most things were closed, as was the Greendale Pub till 2pm, so we went to Ballan where we got a very reasonable lunch plus ANOTHER Anzac March. We escaped just in time to get home for an arvo. nap. The pie was good for dinner. This morning, we awoke to the ducks and kangas, plus numerous birds and parrots. A quick trip back to town, then in the evening, we went off to the Recital Centre for Zoe and Joey (Zoe Black on violin, Joe Chindamo on piano) performing American works by John Adams, Ives and Copland. It was a warm and intimate performance in the Salon, which deserved a larger audience.