I have been given a new piece of software designed for authors, to test and review on a blog, ahead of its official beta launch. I'm looking forward to this. I don't want to say too much about it as yet, but, I'll be busy laying out a historical fiction novel in it.
Another sit down gardening session in the winter sunshine today planting iris, pansies, and shallots, and dreaming of painting flowers. Loving the above ground garden Reg Shell made me a year ago.
This old map of Shepparton would be a collector's item these days, as the city and extended Shepparton shopping complexes extend for kilometres. I drove through the city and out to the far side of it to the garden centres and bought myself some short stemmed standard roses for my upright garden beds.
The long hours of sunshine makes Shepparton an ideal climate for rose growing. These are varieties I grow and paint.
Shepparton Shire (1879-1994), an area of 924 sq km, was east of Shepparton City and the Goulburn River in northern Victoria.
In its first form, the shire was a vast area severed from the even more vast Echuca Shire in 1879. As closer settlement and local irrigation schemes came into being, the first Shepparton shire was subdivided as follows. The creation of these shires went side by side with the creation of water and irrigation trusts:
Water and Irrigation Trusts
1882 Shire of Shepparton Waterworks Trust
1884 Separate shires of ‘Shepparton’ and ‘South Shepparton’
‘Shepparton’ named Numurkah Shire
‘South Shepparton’ named Shepparton
(Numurkah Shire included Numurkah and Nathalia)
Rodney Shire severed from Shepparton shire
1889 Rodney Irrigation Trust
1892 Numurkah Waterworks Trust
Lots of Rose Flower Paintings Planned
My Flower Carpet® Roses
Arial view of Shepparton 1937