The pelican visit in the previous post helped and ten days later, a drive out into the countryside had me back on an even keel. The purpose of the visit was to participate in the Scenic Rim's Eat Local Festival to showcase the delicious array of food and wine that is produced in the hinterland surrounding Brisbane and the Gold Coast - farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, pop-up cafes and other free or low cost activities. Having been away, we were too late to book for many of the events but decided to take the drive anyway.
The contrast between Europe and Australia really hit home and yes, I love where I live.
An ancient land but so young in history.
There are very few schools older than 150 years.
As Dorothea Mackellar wrote in a 'Sunburnt Country' - a land of sweeping plains.
And far horizons.
Ragged mountain ranges
Droughts and flooding rain.
Meals on wheels delivery. We had to wait for the load of hay to be driven across the road into the field and witnessed the cattle galloping down the hillside to eat their fill.
The source of the Albert River.
The Albert's flooding in March 2017 caused unbelievable devastation.
Christmas Creek in a parallel valley.
Irrigation to the rescue for the pasture of this large milking herd.
Eat Local venue - farm tour and lunch.
Outside the cafe.
On our way home from Christmas Creek, we were waved down by this 8 or 9 year old country lad, selling pumpkins, bush lemons and lemon curd tartlets. Sadly we were only his 2nd customer for the day. [midday] His gorgeous 4 year old sister came running down from the house to assist. Just delightful to see.
A collection of mailboxes spotted.
The owner of the cafe painted these steps to add some colour to her bush view. Family members had not been encouraging. We think it was a terrific idea.
A drive into the countryside always lifts my spirits. I must remember to do it more often.
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