Illawarra_eye.JPG (24807 bytes)Week 1 April 2008: Rain = 8mm

This week marks the 13th anniversary of our retirement from the Botany Department of the University of New England. Certainly we have no regrets about retiring. Our passion for the environment in general and native plants in particular provides scope for plenty of satisfying projects, activities and writing.

Hakea cycloptera burst into bloom this week. White flowers are covering the branches of this small species.

We set off early this week and travelled to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Our son is renovating his house and garden and we will be helping.

For most of the week we were involved in planting, painting and constructing kitchen cupboards.

We planted many Cut-leaf Daisies (Brachyscome multifida) along his front fence. We propagated cuttings of this attractive daisy.

We did have some time off. One afternoon we visited the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk. This is a new tourist attraction on the Southern Highlands, south of Sydney. The walk consists of a 500 metre raised steel walkway that is above tree top height (about 25 metres above ground level). The walkway leads to a tower that is 45 metres high. Along the walkway and on the tower there are spectacular views of Lake Illawarra, Wollongong and the ocean (see image). Entry is adults $19, seniors $17 and a special rate for families. There is also a café on site.

On the weekend we travelled to Sydney and visited other members of the family.


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