Thursday, September 30, 2010

Australia Fair!

We're here in Brisbane and the flags were raised for our arrival!  After a rapturous welcome from daughter and grandsons at the  airport it was home to their house for a rest and a cup of tea. 

As usual my daughter's tiny town garden was filled with beautiful plants.

We were introduced to the new addition to the family.  Miss Molly is the sweetest cavoodle with silky soft fur, melting eyes and the most affectionate temperament.

The feline members of the family were on hand to renew acquaintance, far more affectionate than on the previous visit, due without doubt to the fact that they now have to compete with Molly.

Meet Thomas ...

... and Jack.

On Thursday we loaded up the car and set off for the Glass House Mountains.  Kieran was delighted to be on his way ...

... and Molly wasn't going to take any chances on being left behind.

"'When James Cook sailed past in 1770 he noted that the cluster of mountains on the south-east Queensland hinterland resembled the glass houses in Yorkshire and named them the Glass House Mountains.  He was referring to large conical furnaces used to make glass, not glasshouses where plants are grown.  Smoke from
fires lit by Aboriginals looked like the smoke from the furnace fires."  *

Checking out a little history of the mountains.

The boys discovered the playground when we stopped at the Information Centre. Shoes were discarded forthwith.

Happiness is a ride on a "flying fox"' (in South Africa called a "foefy slide"')

Who knew that swinging required such fierce determination?

In the meantime I discovered just how fascinating and photogenic eucalyptus trees can be.

First sighting of Mt Coonorin

"The volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains rise majestically above the countryside north of Brisbane like giant stone sentinels, their great age contrasting with precise rows of nearby pine plantations that have replaced native forests.  The mountains are the remnant cores of volcanoes that spewed out lava to form the surrounding ranges 25 million years ago.  Once liquid rock, today they are ancient, solid symbols of a past era" *

Mt Beerwah

More about the mountains tomorrow!

* Steve Parrish - South-East Queensland - A Discovery Guide



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