A country drive brought us to historic Leyburn on the Darling Downs, home to the Sprints (racing car races), Shane Webcke’s Royal Hotel, free creek-side camping for grey nomads, and some lovely little cottages opposite the pub (try Facebook).
What caught our eye on entering town was a delightful Anglican church, St Augustine’s
and this impressively tilted dunny…
Not the public toilets of Leyburn
We went on to Pratten, and saw this quaint hut in a back street.
On a recent trip to far north Queensland, we walked on the beach near the Town of 1770…
…and strolled by the bay…
We admired the shells at Swamp Bay near Airlie Beach…
…and the seaweed at Stingray Bay in the Daintree…
On the Bump Track near Mt Malloy, leaves settled in the creek between stepping stones:
Lily pads at Mareeba wetlands concealed a shallow depth:
And the microbats at Paronella Park dozed in a cluster…
Filed under Nature, Travel
My father’s health is failing, and my parents’ much loved garden in country south-east Queensland has not received so much attention of late. Nonetheless, there is plenty flowering, putting on a show for Spring. The birds love it – including red-winged parrots and lorikeets.
Recent early morning cycles have taken me past glorious jacarandas and silky oaks in flower, a sombre graveyard, and a duck in need of support.
On a recent trip to ‘sunny’ Melbourne, we visited Brighton Beach, listened to Mark Seymour in Federation Square and took in some sights. We didn’t JUST go shopping!
Many countries have troublesome wildlife, and although most of the pests in urban Australia aren’t up there with rampaging elephants, we can get our knickers in a twist over the scrub turkey (Alectura lathami) digging up our gardens.
Note the large vicious claws – they are efficient beyond belief in garden destruction
And the reason is this:
Yeah, this is someone’s garden and I’m darn proud of this mound
These critters are on the increase, but are protected.
So, this past weekend we dared to plant some new bromeliads. Crazy maybe, but we had a plan.
Scrub turkey heaven
And the ‘after’ shot…
Yes, very attractive, and secured with tent pegs
Game on, turkeys!!