Week 1 October 2008: Rain = 45 mm
At the beginning of the week we travelled from Westmead to Gosford, north of Sydney, and spent a few days with one of our daughters and her family.
This is a significant week as we celebrate two wedding anniversaries and our grandsonís birthday. We were married on the same day as our daughter just that the ceremonies were 28 years apart.
The first day at Gosford we visited Patonga, a small village on the coast. We had a picnic and a pleasant walk along the beach.
The second day we visited Girrakool an area in Brisbane Waters National Park. We spent a few hours bushwalking through the beautiful sandstone flora. There were plenty of plants in flower including Boronias, Darwinias, Croweas, Hakeas and numerous native peas. During the walk we took about 70 photographs. Many of these will appear on the site in the fullness of time.
We had lunch in a picnic area at Somersbyís Falls also in Brisbane Waters National Park. There were many semi-tame Brush Turkeys around the picnic area and we even made the acquaintance of a friendly Grey Thrush (see image).
In the middle of the week we drove home. On the way we stopped at the Sate Forest Nursery at Muswellbrook. Some plants were purchased including a number of tall Wattles including Acacia dealbata and Acacia longifolia.
We had lots of rain towards the end of the week with our house tank overflowing.
Some of our edible exotics have begun to sprout. Raspberries and blueberries have produced leaves and buds.
Some struck cuttings were potted on including Grevillea willisii. Our Prostantheras (native Mint Bushes) have begun to burst into bloom.
On the last day of the week we travelled to Armidale and spoke to a University of the Third Age history group. We spoke about the various careers we have had during our working life.