Triennial road trip

So we had this fantastic idea to head to the Australian Print Triennial, in Mildura on the mighty Murray River.

We broke up our trip at Natimuk, staying at my partner’s aunt’s place. She’s in her eighties still gardening, tending her peppercorn trees and researching her Scottish heritage. I wowed her with an instant answer via google of what a clan pin’s inscription meant.

Squinting at “SAPIENTER SI SINCERE” I quickly found it is the Davidson clan’s motto which translates as “wisely if sincerely”.

A wee Scottish pin

Mike was chuffed to be shown a picture of himself as a boy with trowel in hand laying concrete under the Hill’s Hoist with his uncle. We ran outside and sure enough his initials were still there.

In the morning I strolled into town to have a look around. It was a very warm Tuesday morning, already hitting 29°C at 10am. I spied some wattlebirds among the bottle brushes. Have a listen!

and some yarn bombed gum trees

The drive to Manildra was pretty uneventful with the exception of spectacular silo art spread around next to railway lines.

Great stuff. Just after Bangerang and Warracknabeal (birthplace of Nick Cave) is Brim. Here the silos were painted by Guido Van Helten in 2015. This massive work eventually led to the Silo Art Trail and will remain an iconic tribute to the farming communities of the Wimmera and Mallee region.

Brimming with creativity

I wasn’t prepared for just how breathtaking these murals are.

Hot tip: If you head up here to view silo art please take the time to enjoy morning tea at local cafés etc. Too often there’s convoys of Subaru Foresters plastered in RRR and PBS stickers, full of artful instagrammers, who jump out, snap away and drive back to Melbourne with nary a thought about how their disposable income could help the locals.


Melbourne streetscape artist Rone took on the The Lascelles 30 metre high silos. Out of the 48 residents who live here Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, community minded, fourth generation farmers, were the two individuals he chose to immortalise on the GrainCorp silos.