Remember this scary spider?
Well today was the day we took him off to Hawkesbury District Council so he could be sent off to Australian Reptile Park and milked for venom. The venom is then used to make anti-venom.
The council's building is in a quaint little town called Windsor, which was settled in the late 1700s during the time of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's. Hence it is known as a Macquarie town.
On the banks of the Hawkesbury River, it was a vital settlement in the early days providing much needed locally produced food because food supplies from the mother country could not be relied on to arrive on time, or at all.
Architecturally it is important too, many of the buildings were designed by Francis Greenway. (A significant early architect who was an ex-convict).
Windsor also boasts Australia's oldest hotel, The Macquarie Arms.
After dropping off the spider, (where council staff ensured the spider was well secured. Mr Honey Pie had to place a damp cotton ball into the jar and I'm sure some of the staff thought it would LEAP out of the jar but it didn't) we did a bit of sight-seeing and had a light lunch in the mall.
Then we visited Mr Honey Pie's sister who works in Windsor.
Australia's oldest hotel, the Macquarie Arms
Shops on the main street.
This little pier, on the Hawkesbury River at Windsor, was under water last week.
Back in the sixties this river used to flood regularly with most of the houses along The Terrace becoming inundated.
Then it started rain!
So we drove home.