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#TreeSquare 29: Prime Minister Avenue in Lake Wendouree Park

My goal for this month for #Tree Squares was to start at home in Prescott, AZ and spiral away, highlighting trees farther and farther away from my home. Australia and Greece are as far away as I ever got from home. I have no pictures digitized from Greece, but trees are ubiquitous in Australia, so no worries for me.

Becky’s only rule to participate in #TreeSquares is that at least one of your pictures must be square, and, of course, be at least tangentially related to the topic of trees.

Australia Trip #20 Lake Wendouree in Ballarat

My three week tour of Australia began when I landed at the Brisbane Airport and Carol and her husband picked me up and took me around Brisbane. The next morning Carol and I flew to Melbourne where we spent nearly five days.

The next portion of the trip begins with Carol’s sister-in-law, Mandy meeting us at the train station in Ballarat, the home of the Australian Gold Rush. She whisked us off to Lake Wendouree for lunch at Pipers and a leisurely trip around Prime Minister Avenue, the Botanical Gardens and the Memorial to the Soldiers. Australians are very respectful to their military and honor them visibly in every town.

Pipers at Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree and the famous black swans.
Prime Minister Avenue This unique collection of bronze busts represents the Prime Ministers of Australia. The Prime Minister is the leader of the Australian Federal Government. The avenue began with a bequest from colonel R.A. Crouch federal politicians, soldier and arts patron (and is now maintained by the City of Ballarat. The bronze busts are arranged in order of the Prime Ministers first term of office.

Before we went to the Botanical Gardens, and the Memorial, Carol, Mandy, and her daughter Katie wanted to introduce me to the Prime Ministers residing on Prime Minister Avenue. The lane continued a long distance with beautiful huge trees lining both sides of the wide path.

It was hot and we had all just eaten a large lunch. We did not dally much for pictures. Mine are not taken because of the Prime Minister’s importance or accomplishments, but because of their place in line relative to when I got tired.

Prime Minister Avenue

The Avenue continued a long ways and the trees far out weighed the visitors that day in terms of size and number.

Prime Minister Avenue

This is a tiny prequel to PPAC coming up on Friday. No Prime Ministers are harmed either in this post nor will they be present in the post to come.

Hope you all have a good rest of the week. I have to run. The day’s Prescott monsoon has vociferously threatened my computing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Oh my goodness, Ballarat. One of my besties lived on the shores of the lake – although when I last visited the lake was almost empty…

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        • I had a very unusual vacation. We traveled for about a week and a half. The last part of the trip was staying her her home, making short day trips, meeting friends, blogging and doing regular Australia things. I didn’t have a car, and had no desire to rent one and go off on my own. So I had plenty of time to rest, too. I told Carol it was like entertaining her mother-in-law. I didn’t require too much, but I was just there. I can never repay them for treating me just like family and putting up with me for such a long time. I had never stayed with anyone that long before, nor have I since. But it was a long trip and I was by myself. Most unique and amazing trip ever.

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    • It is a great place to visit. We could have spent many more days there and never run out of things to explore. Fun times and delicious pumpkins. I have pictures of those delectable treats for other posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I took at least six pictures of the pavlova. I’ve used those treats in several posts.

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    • It was a wonderful walk. I didn’t remember much about the prime ministers themselves, but the entire park is gorgeous. What impressed me is how respectful people are of their leaders and their soldiers even if they don’t agree with the leaders.

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  2. Thank you for this virtual tour in Australia, Marsha. Although I’ve been to Australia 2x before, both trips were quite short (one was for work) and I’m desperate to get back there again. Next time for hopefully a bit longer!

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