Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Blue Mountains and Mt Tomah Part 1

When we were in Sydney a short time ago we confessed to each other that we had never been to the Blue Mountains. So we hired a car and off for the day.

In our wanderings we happened upon the Mt Tomah cool climate Botanical Gardens. Couldn't have been better if I'd planned it and Ian, being as wonderful as ever, didn't mind the stroll around to stretch his legs.

Below: The rose garden with Lutyens seat.
Below: Various plantings

Below: More garden beds....these are fascinating to me but perhaps don't hold everyones' attention

Below: Even more garden beds ...I love the raised stone beds and would love to have a go at this one day.

Below: More beds with fairy fishing wands in the foreground.

The Blue Mountains and Mt Tomah Part 2

Below: Beautiful wooden garden seat around a lovely old tree and yes the lawns were this green.

Below: Lawns and Conifers...gorgeous

Below: one of the spectacular views in the Blue Mountains

Below: This is a familiar photo view of the Blue Mountains but of course wonderful in the flesh so to speak

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's Been on the Menu 27

Below: An afternoon spent wandering around Melbourne's shops, saw my need for a coffee.
At Roost in Glenferrie Road East Malvern.
Below: Dinner at Wild Fish Restaurant. Stuffed and rolled chicken breast with a camembert cheese sauce.

Below: Dinner out for B's farewell from work. A Middle Eastern banquet dinner. These were lamb meat patties with garlic yoghurt.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sydney Botanical Gardens

The Sydney Botanical Gardens were within walking distance from where we stayed in Sydney and I thoroughly enjoyed strolling around them.

Below: Yellow Cannas (thinks..must get some of these)
Below: The herb garden..plenty of Queen Annes Lace always a delight

Below: Bromeliads lush and lovely

Below: One of the Birdbaths

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's Been on the Menu No 26

I know it's well out of date but I finally got with the Christmas photos so I thought you might like to see our Christmas Table setting with Iceberg roses from the garden. The following food photos are the entree/nibbles we had before the Christmas lunch but unfortunately there are no photos of the actual Turkey meal.

Below: Spanish White fish (not anchovies) my favourite tapas. They are pickled and taste vinegary.

Below: Oysters with wasabi and cranberry jelly
Below: Duck pancakes with hoisin sauce and cranberry sauce.

Where are we?

Callignee is situated in the foothills of the Strezlecki 's in Gippsland, Victoria.