The town has some impressive and beautifully restored buildings from a by-gone era that are well worth investigating and inspecting.
|The Town Hall: It is believed that the town hall was built around 1896. It was used for a variety of functions, including funerals of prominent people, soirées, plays, wedding receptions and film shows.|
|Scholtz/Greef Building: The erf was first registered in 1873. The first building, owned by F.W. Baker in 1889, burnt down and the present building was built at a later date.|
|The church was not built during the lifetime of the Grays but between 1876 and 1881 and is the oldest church in Willowmore. This white-wshed church was probably the last of the churches built to a Sophy Gray plan|
For me the most extraordinary feature is the way the blue gum trees, planted probably in the late 1800’s, have been cut and how these 130 - odd year old trees send out new growth in this very arid and dry place. Came accross at least 10 of them in the caravan park behind the town hall that had been cut the week before. Only their huge stems and awful looking stumps left trying to reach out to the blue sky. I did have an urge to go out and hug each one of them for the trauma caused, whether it is because they have become too big or because they use too much underground water and are now classed as an alien species.
|Sheep/lamb guarding a gate .... or welcoming to enter ....|
|Eighty year old resident of the town wishing me well on my journey|
Back to Sophie’s for an ice cream with chocolate sauce and blueberries before I took the road home, my mind full of new impressions.