|Turns out that this is a barbeque|
|There are a few houses like this one|
|This trellis doesn’t look all that historic|
However, please don’t get me wrong, there are things to see and do in Two Wells: there are two pubs and there is an oval. Okay, that is probably simplifying things a little bit because I am sure that it is a myth that the only things people do in the country is play football and drink beer – Two Wells has a BMX track so there is a third thing that you can do, and there is even a forth thing and that is play lawn bowls.
They even have a couple of cafes which means that beer isn’t the only thing you can drink – you can drink coffee as well (since I really can’t bring myself to drink tea in South Australia any more). Oh, one of the pubs really didn’t appeal to me all that much, but the other pub seemed to not only have a country charm about it, but also had a beer garden that made me feel like I was in a pub in the city.
|This is the good pub|
I’ve noticed that a lot of towns have two pubs, though these days one of those pubs tends to die away due to many of these small towns becoming smaller and smaller as people move to the city. The other pub in Two Wells had a sign telling us that it was closed (at least on Sunday) and pointing to this pub, which looks like it has been given a significant makeover. However, I suspect that there is also a sort of friendly rivalry between the patrons of both pubs, though having never lived in a country town I cannot say for sure.
One of the things that I’ve noticed, especially with these towns that exist on the fringes of the city, is that there seems to be some wariness with many of the city people coming up here. As the city fringes continue to expand and swallow up these smaller towns – especially with the younger generation looking for a cheap place to buy a house but not be too far from work – these towns slowly become urbanised. In a way two different cultures tend to emerge between the younger city people and the older, and generally rougher, country people.
|Just a random building in Two Wells|
I noticed this particularly when I visited Whittlesea, a town just outside of Melbourne. I went up there with my housemate to simply have a look around and when we went into the pub one of the patrons came outside, with her knitting, and after asking us a few questions, just sat there looking at us. In many ways the people in the country really don’t like change – they have seen little change occur in their towns, and feel threatened as the city gets closer and closer. They like their familiar faces and their small community, but as the city gets closer strangers begin to arrive, and some of these strangers look a lot different to what they are used to seeing.
This is what is happening with Whittlesea, and it is what is going to happen in Two Wells. Mind you, some people welcome this change as it will breathe new life into the community, but others are threatened (such as is mentioned in the article that I have linked – the owner of the small supermarket worries that a large supermarket chain will open its doors that will affect her monopoly).
Finally, there was still something that really caught my eye because it was so unexpected and out of the ordinary: the huge Leopard Tank sitting in the middle of the park.
|It was certainly worth coming up here to see this|