Week 4 June 2006: The early part of the week was spent in Mittagong. We visited a local nursery and purchased 25 tubes. Included in this purchase were Acacias, Banksias, Eucalypts and Casuarinas.
We helped our son fix mesh to one wall of his house. He is going to espalier citrus plants against the wall.
Mid-week we travelled to our youngest daughter’s place near Parramatta in western Sydney. Once again we travelled by the M7 Motorway and once again saved time and petrol.
We had a family outing to Bicentennial Park closer to, but also in western Sydney. This is an interesting 100 hectare area with picnic areas, paths, cycleways and large areas of protected mangroves.
We spent a few days with our daughter and her family then headed off to our other daughter’s place at Gosford on the Central Coast, north of Sydney.
We were involved in more bushwalking during this visit. A day was spent walking in Bouddi National Park. This beautiful coastal Park is situated south-east of Gosford.
From Gosford we travelled home with a stop at the Muswellbrook Forestry Nursery. This time we purchased about 60 plants, mostly tube stock, including Acacias and some Western Australian Eucalypts.
We made another stop about 25 kilometres south of Tamworth. Many years ago a range of Eucalypts were planted along the New England Highway in this area. Over 20 years ago we collected fruits from one of these trees. It was a Eucalyptus leucoxylon and this specimen is still surviving and thriving. The plant is about three metres tall and has bright red flowers. We thought that progeny from this plant should be included in the Yallaroo gardens so we collected more fruit.
We arrived home at the end of the week after a very pleasant time visiting our children and their families.

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