Sunday was wet with persistant on and off drizzles. The journey along Western Freeway was quick and quiet, but the picturesque scenes around Anthony’s Cutting looked bleak. The hills and the rocky walls  were covered with fine mist. The area around Pykes Creek Reservoir was thickly shrouded by fog.

After driving a little bit over two hours from Melbourne, we arrived at the sleepy city of Ararat. Nestled in between mountain ranges, this neat little town is around 205 km west of Melbourne. It is a fertile grazing land with approximate population of 8200 people.

Our friends Mr and Mrs J. took us for lunch at the local RSL restaurant and the rest of the afternoon was spent in their home for coffee and cakes. The fine on and off drizzles continued, but we had a chance to take few photographs. Mrs. TJ is an Asiatic lily enthusiast, most plants in her back yard garden are Asiatic lilies. We missed the blooming display of beautiful colouful lilies. She said there were more than 500 flowers in late spring and early summer.

It was a nice little drive and it was really good to catch up with old friends. These photos were taken around her backyard garden.

PS. I wish that they could see and read this blog, but unfortunately they are not familiar with computer and don’t have a computer at home.