Week 1 November 2009:

Off on a visit to our children this week. Firstly we stayed at Gosford north of Sydney. On the way down the New England Highway we were impressed by the bounteous blooming of the Jacarandas. They were at their flowering peak with great drifts of blue-purple flowers. For a native of South America they are very much at home in the Australian landscape.

Whilst in Gosford we visited the local Officeworks store and purchased a Lapramp. This is a plastic ramp that goes under our laptop and raises it at an angle. This helps to ventilate the laptop and puts the keyboard at angle that makes for more efficient typing. We find that the Lapramp is a very useful piece of equipment and would recommend the unit to anyone who uses a laptop. They cost about $25.

We visited the Wildflower Place Nursery on the Central Coast and picked out some plants that made up one of our birthday presents.

We had a family get-together at Patonga, a small village on the coast. This is a very pleasant spot and we had a very enjoyable time there. The road to Patonga passes through Brisbane Waters National Park with its beautiful, bewildering range of native plants that grow on the Hawkesbury Sandstone.

We also visited Strickland State Forest which is another area of great plant diversity. Probably the most interesting species was Grevillea oldei. This small, spreading shrub has bright red flowers and is rare because of its limited distribution.

Bouddi National Park was another reserve that we visited. This is a coastal Park with a long walk along the coast. Plenty of plants to be seen and some interesting wind and water eroded sandstone formations.

Towards to end of the week we travelled to Westmead near Parramatta and caught up with our other daughter and son.

Whist there we all travelled to southern Sydney and viewed the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. From Bondi south to Bronte Beach, sculptures are displayed along a coastal walk. There were about 100 sculptures, of all shapes and sizes, placed along the walk. Another great time was had by all.

New on the Site: Grevillea oldei


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