As always there was lots happening in his garden (next post) and, since the dogs and I missed our Sunday morning visit to the beach, I decided to extend our country weekend with a drive through the Tweed Valley on the way home.
We left the main highway to detour through the town of Murwillumbah - always a popular day trip when I was growing up - taking the scenic option and emerging at Currumbin, only a couple of kilometres from where we lived. The surrounding countryside was as beautiful as ever.
|Mount Warning dominates much of the Tweed Valley. It is the eroded plug of an ancient volcano that formed most of the surrounding mountains and hinterland.|
Nearby Cape Byron is the most easterly point in Australia, and because of its proximity, Mount Warning is the first place on mainland Australia to be touched by the sun's rays at dawn each morning.
|The groves on the hill are part of a macadamia nut farm and the tiny yellow daisies in the foreground are Fireweed, a serious weed that is poisonous to livestock.|
|It has been unseasonally wet the past few weeks, so the fields are a vivid green.|
|The Tweed River, near Stokers Siding|
|Distant view of Mount Warning, named by Captain James Cook because it was visible from the sea close to some dangerous reefs.|
|The conifer on the left is a Hoop Pine. They are native to the area, and their distinctive silhouette makes them a real favourite of mine.|
|Blue mountains across the sugar cane fields|
|I have loved this house just outside Murwillumbah since I was a child. It is called Lisnagar and was built in 1902. It is still in the hands of the original family, the Twohills.|
|The best of both worlds, autumn colour and palms.|
There are some great produce stands on the roadside near Tomewin, and I was able to supplement my supply of home-grown avocados and passionfruit from Tony with some bananas and paw paw (and I'm still kicking myself that I didn't snap up some custard apples while I was at it!)