Tuesday, 23 July 2013

the first bursting of brilliance ..

by Simone McPherson
After a long week of drenching cattle and preg testing our first calvers, we packed our bags and we were off to Brisbane for a two day break.

Our woodcutter looked after Maxi and Lily .....


........ while we said goodbye to Pedro and Porky Girl.

The morning started off fairly clear then ......


........as we started to climb the range, getting closer to civilization it became overcast and drizzly.

Of course there is always some sort of road works going on, no matter what, 


with plenty of traffic banked up too – so onward we go.

Then after four and a half hours we finally arrive at our destination – New Farm in Brisbane.  

MACADAMIA TREES LINE THE RIVER FRONT
And not to waste any precious time, we’re off - down to the Brisbane River..... 


BEAUTIFUL OLD JACARANDA TREES ARE ABUNDANT

AND THE CITYSCAPE AS A BACKDROP TO THE PARK
 ........to explore a little bit before the sun disappears after another day.

Early the next morning - even though it was threating more drizzle – we thought we would jump on the ‘City Cat’ to view Brisbane from the Brisbane River, how exciting.



We bought a two hour ticket and we were off and on the ‘City Cat’ – standing at the bow we watched the cityscape unfold before us as we went down river.  
  

MANGROVES GROWING ALONG THE CITY WALK

Then we decided to disembark on a stop that was close to the Botanical Gardens.

We wandered through the Botanical Gardens .......


........and then stopped for coffee and Tapas ......


........before heading off again to catch the ‘City Cat’ at another stop.  




I really love the shapes and lines of the Cityscape – I think they are beautiful in structure and contour though the day was rather Grey, but do you know? they were wonderful tones of Grey …..



Then before we knew it our two days where up and it was time to head home again.   

And as we headed south again all we could see were ‘Black’ stormy clouds. 
  
Now, to many this would spell disappointment .....

.....not to us, this meant rain and by the looks of it ‘lots and lots’ of rain.


And an hour before reaching home it’s still raining – YIPPEE.

.......Ah! Home at last!

The next morning all I could hear was the ‘Roaring’ of the creeks as the water gushed through all the gullies and the down the banks into the creeks below – just wonderful.  I could not resist the temptation so I organised the dogs and we walked down to our closest creek gully to investigate.

Maxi and Lily could not wait and by the time I caught up with them down at the creek they were already enjoying all that water.
We wandered up the creek to find waterfall after .....


.........waterfall of cappuccino coloured water.  And then something brilliant and yellow caught my eye!  

RED LEAF WATTLE - acacia rubida

RED LEAF WATTLE - acacia rubida
Our first bursting of Wattle and it is the Red Leaf Wattle - acacia rubida - which we have growing here on this Property, not sure on it's name.  

I found some Knife-leaf Wattle - acacia cultriformis - though still not quite there – I’m estimating maybe four to five days till the first bursting of brilliance! ………..