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with a few pots ****  * ** formed the furniture - a pot with filled with green with a  wick in it gave us, with the blazing fire, a good light.
While others I was led to believe though it was not cold, or damp, & one might be not without fear of taking cold - don't know what it may be in some parts of this Cont'nt but if ******* out one night I should not expect to more  ******  ***** -  it is frequently bitterly cold, & always a very heavy dew
We gave these letters some music’’ songs, I plenty of dancing-. We could have all the  M******, Brandy we could stow away- & one of the 'Chaps' made us a f***** of tea for use on our  journey a**** -some of them very strongly advised me to stop at Kyneton { a place about 9mi les dist.} for the R**** which didn't come, after the Monday & Friday following. * as an inducement that one of the Public **** were in want of a *********  that there was but one in the place ** I could they were certain obtain at least £** to £ **  for my  and creditable piece of work too -  work - under other circumstances I

should have { I believe} tried it = R**** & myself drank thegood health of all our friends at home, **** all a merry Xmas and happy New Year -  but it was not beverage I never did drink 

It was no joke to get your Xmas dinner in the 
rancid butter did just think of you all then but had to walk on quick as we had  a hard days work before us must finish my long letter love to all goodbye.
We started at sunrise again went from *****. Made Kyneton in the forenoon - it is a street or ***** formed of ***** houses - Butchers & Bakers the principal shops - There is one, I may say very large *****  ***** Hotel - about 5 mile from Kyneton we halted to get a bit of dinner. it was at a tent situated in the middle of a large plain where they cooked a beef steak pie or 2 every day about dinner time at 3/6 per head includ' a cup of coffee - this compared with all other ******** had and was reasonable - We did make a dinner there - towards evening we reached a gully{ a small valley between two steep high hills} into which we turned, intending to camp there for the night, we halted there for about an hour, but being anxious to get on our way but by dint of much persuasion prevailed upon the carter to go on for a few miles further - on we went again along ranges if hills **** mountains  **** road in many parts **** over lofty extensive hills covered in many parts by which is commonly termed the bush { We stopped at last at a place called Saw-pit Valley near *** the name of Columbine Diggings - it being very late and quite dark we could not find our tent - Some of us went foraging for water while others made a large fire & boiled coffee!

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