Tuesday, 29 April 2014

review our Easter break

What I did on my Easter break (in reverse order):

Stanthorpe has too many wineries on offer. We chose Ballandean and Symphony Hill and enjoyed wine tastings at both. Fortunately there was no RBT on the road this morning as there had been on the 2 previous mornings at 1000am. 

To balance the wine, we had further tastings at this establishment. It was most impressive and offered all sorts of shopping opportunities. Chili, jams, chutneys, oils, fudge kitchen goods.

We gave Stanthorpe's Tourist Visitor Centre 10/10 ; clean loos, a cafe with a deck and noice view, and helpful ladies to point you in the right direction.

The town of Tingha had its main store open over the Easter weekend. Thank goodness, cos I really needed a sunhat.

We did encounter some beasts on the road, but were more worried about the roos.

On the road to Inverell

Dangar Gorge, 25 kms from Armidale. No water for the waterfall though.

Armidale orphanage that is now converted into luxury appartments. 

Bluff rock with first showing of Autumn leaves.

Lunch at Wallangarra Railway station; on the border of Queensland and New South Wales.
We joined the nursing home bus group in the now restaurant and museum historic building.

Cunningham's Gap ahead. Gateway through the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs and the New England tableland.

We had a lovely time.

The End (or The Beginning)

Friday, 25 April 2014

talk about Texas

We're a bit fond of drives in the country. (Driving Myles crazy)

After visiting Paul's family in Armidale over Easter, we decided to take some 'roads less travelled' in getting home to Brisbane.

Excitement as we enter Texas, Queensland

Amazing what you find on the side of the road.

Cotton blown in from the fields. It's all over the place.

..... and as Anzac Day approached, a memorable Memorial Hall.

My best cowpoke stance in front of the gorgeous Art Deco Hall

Apparently they're kind to Bikies as well..... unlike the forced legislation for the rest of Queensland.
So supportive
We're only sorry now that we forgot to take a photo of the Historic Rabbit Processing Plant.
You would really have enjoyed seeing that.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

explore UQ a little more

It's always important to look up on a walk. Amazing what you see.

I knew these gargoyles were attached at Great Court at UQ, but hadn't noticed them for years.

I believe they are modelled on notorious scholars from the University.

Some lovely stone carvings as well.

I really must leave my desk for lunch more often.

Monday, 7 April 2014

went to the UQ Art Museum

As I work at UQ (University of Queensland) I tend to get engrossed in work and forget the opportunties available to me.
Yesterday though, I made it in to the UQ art museum. The exhibitions here are always worthwhile visiting.
On at the moment is a large exhibition of Danie Mellor's work. An indigenous artist who works as a sculptor, painter, mosaic artist, visual artist. 
Here's a sample.

In the corner you can see the pipe organ that is well known in musical circles and thrilled us when played for our graduations, when this building was Mayne Hall.

Just gorgeous. I recommend a visit.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

see a series developing

Interesting how similar things appeal over and over.

Well ok, the last 2 are posed. Cute hey?