The Lue General Store
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Don Hobbs, Preserving History
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John Wooldrick, My Mudgee beginnings
Local Character: Don Hobbs, At Home P.8
Local bushman, history guru and horseman, Donny Hobbs, lives high in the mountains at the back of Mudgee. His land is a Wildlife Refuge, the gate decorated with skulls of various animals, enough to make anyone nervous about who lives there. For Don, however, His home is his castle, as indicated by the sign tacked to a tree, Tudor Hills.
Far into the mountains, Don has built his home nestled into the hills, mostly out of recycled materials and housing a myriad of old historical collectables, or just old unwanted old fashioned items, according to your own convictions.
But to Don, these items are items of beauty, character and history, and very worthy of keeping and making use of if possible.
Every item has a story, and every story seems to be the story of the Mudgee region, a story told in historic items that without Don, would have been discarded and buried in the tip many years before.
Items like this old butter churner at right, or this hand wringer hanging on the old cement tubs below, these things are the remnants of yesteryear.
And just to round off the old fashioned walk through yesteryear, these pictures of Don’s beautiful white tumbling pigeons really send us pining for the nostalgia of years gone by.
These pigeons use their feathery feet as rudders to turn in the air. They love to do air actrobatics.
Don loves to raise these birds and watch their display high in the mountains of Mudgee.
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