Sunday 19 May 2019. Today the Handels enjoyed an interesting ramble around the ruins of North British Mine, an old mining site two or so kilometres south of the attractive town of Maldon, “Australia’s first notable town” (whatever that means). Maldon certainly is old and it is notable. At intervals across the weekend the Victorian Goldfields Railway heritage steam train pulls in from Castlemaine and crowds descend upon the town, admiring the 19th-century architecture and patronising the artisanal shops and cafes. This is a journey that we ourselves have had the pleasure of undertaking. On another occasion we picnicked on the summit of Mount Tarrengower, just behind the town to the west. That was a splendid day out too.