Nanneella's Olivia Mitchell has created a giant Rudolph the Red-Nosed Hay-Deer, which is putting smiles of drivers using Echuca-Nanneella Rd.By Kathleen Tonini
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Hay-Deer has been delighting drivers along the Echuca-Nanneella Rd for the past week.
The festive creation of Nanneella’s Olivia Mitchell was made using one large hay bale and three custom-made mini hay bales.
He has been spray painted to give him his colour and markings and stockings on hangers made his ears and tail.
His crowning glory is his antlers, made from carefully chosen branches.
Ms Mitchell searched in vain for a red nose, but had to instead settle for some plastic red flowers for his nose.
Rudolph also has some solar-powered Christmas lights on his back for some night-time glamour.
Ms Mitchell said this was the first year she had made a hay-bale reindeer to spread Christmas cheer, though she had previously made a pig and a smaller Santa and an elf.
‘‘It’s been a bit of a giggle,’’ Ms Mitchell said.
She has been encouraging neighbours to similarly embrace the Christmas spirit and get creative with decorations and displays.
Happily grazing in the front paddock, Rudolph is protected by an electric fence to prevent his escape.
‘‘He’s a happy-looking dude,’’ she said.
Ms Mitchell is not sure whether she will continue the tradition next year.
‘‘He might have a friend next year, ’’ she said.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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