Just back from a couple of days in the Forbes region of western New South Wales, where there has been no significant rain for around eight years. Forbes, the town, is about 360 kilometres west of Sydney. We went out there in search of French connections - 19th century French sawmillers, vintners and a writer - references for my partner Jane's next French language text book. We found those histories and we also found a beautiful region, waiting for some rain.

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