Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas to all my friends.  We have spent the day out at our bush block and I am now checking out the new iPhone Santa gave me. 

I hope you have all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cork forest.

The arboretum has 94 forest, most of which are very new, but the Cork plantation is 100 years old.  It as set up by Walter Burley Griffin when the city was built.  I've known about it but not seen it before so was fascinated to see it.  They got specialists out from Portugal to harvest the cork.  

And that's the end this trip, will see you next around Christmas time I guess.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

National Bonsai Collection

The National Bonsai Collection is out at the Arboretum too.  While the lady seems fascinated by the little tree, I was amazed at the tiny forests and bonsai of native trees.

Monday, November 23, 2015

National Arboretum

One afternoon we went for a walk around the botanic gardens which has a great display of native plants but I didn't take any photos.  On another we visited the National Arboretum.  I haven't been here before .. it's quite new, officially opened in February 2013.

Had afternoon tea of course!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Floriade 3

 A spot of sculpture and people watching at Floriade.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Floriade 2

 I could show heaps and heaps of tulips but I will resist.  Water is always nice in a garden.

Friday, November 20, 2015


It was the last weekend of Floriade and the truth is there were still plenty of flowers to be seen, I just rather liked this shot of decaying beauty.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Fergie

This one is a Fergie (former Royal), now a restaurant in Gundaroo (35 kms from Canberra).  I remember back in the 70's that they used to run boozy bus tours from Canberra to Gundaroo Pub.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Dalton Royal Hotel

I love Royal Hotel hunting, not because they are much in themselves but it is such a great excuse to go to little places that are off the track.  I can't imagine any other reason for visiting the small town of Dalton.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Next one

The next stop was the pretty little town of Adelong and the next Royal Hotel of the tour.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Tumut, perfect timing for lunch.  Warm sunny weather and wisteria in bloom.  Yummy.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Royal Tumut

Of course the purpose of the tour was to pick up Royal.  This is the first of four, the Royal Hotel at Tumut.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

More nice country

We drive past farms and pine forests.  Soon to arrive at Tumut.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wee Jasper

We're rolling into Wee Jasper I like visiting here because of the lovely countryside and it has such an evocative name, but there's not much here, a closed General Store, a school and a church just about does it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Hey the earth is showing its veins around here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


If you stop on the other side of the bridge you use the style to climb over the fence and head down to the water.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I love the old bridges with girders that you find all over New South Wales.  That's the Murrumbidgee River we are about to cross.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Spring green

Spring green pasture is pretty enough but with a backdrop of blue … perfect.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Royal Tour

It's been a while but I am back again.  In mid October we spent a week in Canberra and headed out of town on a day trip in search of Royals Hotels.    It's pretty country, especially with the exotic trees sprouting soft new spring growth.

Come along for the ride to see what we find.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Home again

Well not exactly home but on very familiar turf and getting closer to home.  This is Mudgee where the vineyards were still winter bare.

That's the end of this trip.  Not sure how long it will be before the next one.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The plains

We pass through the lush Liverpool Plains farming country before turning to Mudgee and how.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Two more Royals

Royal Hotel Boggabri

Royal Hotel Tambar Springs

We went via Boggabri so I could pick up the Royal, the one a Tambar Springs was a surprise.
Four Royals on this trip, not bad at all.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


It's goodbye to this lovely spot and onto our journey home via a different route to pick up a couple of new Royals which I will show you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sawn Rocks

Isn't this magical!  Down below in the creek bed there are tumble down organ pipes and markings on the creek bed where other pipes have been worn down by glaciers or something.  I didn't know this place existed and am enchanted by it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Flower spotting

Doing a bit of flower spotting on the walk out to the Sawn Rocks.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Those mountains are Mount Kaputar National Park.  We are on our way out there, passing by canola fields, to see what the Sawn Rocks are all about.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Nearly spring

It's nearly spring and some of the wildflowers are doing their thing.  We were not towing the van so I could ask the driver to stop to let me take closer look.  I was surprised to find the fields of white flowers were paper daisies.