Tuesday, February 07, 2006

1st Picnic in 2006

The theme of last weekend was "something green, something high, something refreshing."

Instead of spending our saturday doing housework or at the hardware shop, we thought we'd head up the mountains. Specifically, Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It is about 62km from Brisbane but the ride is slightly over an hour because of the terraine. Nonetheless, it is definitely "something green, something high, something refreshing".

The mountain hosts a myriad of galleries and displays of arts and craft, in addition to many nurseries and restaurants. It also has some of the Gold Coast's many wineries.

Found a shady spot at Witches Falls to enjoy our picnic

During lunch, we realised that we had run out of coffee at home. Surely, there would be a coffee plantation up here in the mountains. We then had a look at the map which was on the side of the road and VIOLA! There was one.

We stopped by bought a 250g of organic arabian beans and also had the most refreshing iced coffee!

Walked off our lunch at Gallery Walk
This is a favourite spot of mine. Gallery Walk has clusters of galleries and craft shops provies a wealth of diverse art and craft from Fine Art to frivolous, there is something for everyone. Here are two of my favourite shops:

German Cukoo Clock Nest
Largest varietyof Grandfather & Cuckoo clocks, wall clocks and mantle clocks.

Fudge Heaven
Over 40 varieties of mouth watering fresh fudge made right there on the premises with real cream and butter. They even have an ADULTS ONLY range of fudge made with real alcohol.

A lovely spot for a day of relaxation and fantastic excuse to get away from housework anf of course, the hardware shop!


At 3:09 PM, Blogger serene said...

hi honey,
the picnic and little trip looked marvellous.. so envious of the life outside of Singapore - see how beautiful short getaways can get... ours is really across the border, and into more city-soft-of-life, which absolutely dulls me. I so look forward to the day when I can "drive 1.5 hrs to a lovely mountain or vineyard and take the arvo off!"

And I'm so sorry to hear about your laptop! How awfully devastating it must have (and still!)... I totally understand about the loss of pictures and all that stuff... I fear that every day!!!

Anyway, just think about your picnic, and if you really need some cheering up.... take another drive, I'm sure it does wonders :)


At 12:36 AM, Anonymous simmetra said...

Juz wondering - so how did u get these pixs in the end if lappy disappeared? *puzzled*

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Magdalene said...

Serene - yes, you are right about short getaways esp. picturesques ones which are not crowded! Thanks for your sympathy re the "demise" of my beloved laptop.

Myra - did this blog on Tues when I was working from home on the desktop and the pics were fresh from my digital camera.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Sue said...

The pictures of green plants and sunglasses just makes me more 'sunsick', a direct translation of a Norwegian saying which means you want sun! I am looking forward to that trip to we are going to take!


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