Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Wisk and Pin 2 of 3 -- Store

While I waited for my order I browsed around the Wisk and Pin store which has an eclectic mix of local produce, handmade items, gourmet jams, tea and lots of other utensils and gifts.

The teapot cosy -- are they really back in vogue?
The pumpkins -- they are a popular vegetable in Australia while I understand that in other parts of the world they are only fed to animals.
The creamer on the the middle shelf -- the shape of an old cream bottle, I like it.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Wisk and Pin 1 of 3 -- Afternoon Tea

And now for a change from my usual nature walks/drives to my other favourite pastime. One of the joys of living in the mountains are the plethora of cafes catering for tourists and people like me who like the cosy atmosphere on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

So let me introduce you to the Wisk and Pin a great little place in the Old Post Office at Medlow Bath. The Bread and Butter pudding was yum.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Going home

Today CDP Bloggers are blogging in support of the people of Iran. We hope and pray that those who have been apprehended can return home soon, and that the people of Iran get the freedom of their choosing.

After the storm watch we decided it was time to go home. We cherish the ability to do so unimpeded.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Stormy skies

It's always blowy out at Mount Hay but with a winter storm brewing the rain drops pierced like ice needles. We snuggled in the car to watch the changing light display.

Friday, 26 June 2009


Mount Hay has the most amazing diversity of flowers. It seems that the harsher the conditions the harder nature works. In spring time there are dozens and dozens of tiny flowers. At this time of year things are leaner but there were still some to be found. The autumn banksias above and the Mountain Devil (Lambertia Formosa) below. After a while the weather got quite devilish too ... I'll show you that tomorrow.

Thursday, 25 June 2009


Drumstick plants (Ipsopogon anemonifolius) are common on the Mount Hay heath. At this time of year it's easy to see why they have this name. Here is what they look like in spring.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009


Banksias are designed to open their pods during fire for new seed to generate. Click here to see.

These ended up as mere skeletons today.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Then and now

The fires were in late 2006. In January 2007 new growth was already beginning to stir from the earth. In October 2007 is was beginning to establish and today is now quite lush but still has a way to go.

Monday, 22 June 2009


In January 2007 we visited out here soon after bush fires had swept through the area. I find it interesting to compare then to now to see how the bush is recovering.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

360 degrees

At the of Mount Hay road there is this wilderness every way you turn. Dramatic views are commonplace in this part of the world but here it's very special because it seems so wild, wind-swept and far from civilisation. Not a building to be seen anywhere, other than the tall towers of the great city of Sydney (100 kms away) tiny on the far horizon.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

What else?

While I was taking the photo of the wattle I looked around to see what else might be in flower and found this Styphelia tuboflora on the other side of the road.

Tomorrow I'll show you what's at the end of this track.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Wattle time

Winter is not traditionally a time when there are lots of flowers but there are always a hardy few. A notable exception are the low growing wattles which are dotted throughout the forest floor. A cheerful addition to cold winter days.

I love wattles (see here, here, here and here) and for some reason like seeing into their fluffy balls in macro.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Drive to Mount Hay

We are off on another drive along 20kms or so of dirt track. We are heading off in the opposite direction to our last trip -- this time to Mount Hay. As usual, there's lot's of forest to pass through on the way.

Monday, 1 June 2009

The sister's feet

Anyone who is familiar with the Blue Mountains will know the Three Sister's rock formation is our icon image. Pondering on today's theme of feet I wondered what the Three Sister's feet looked like and dug back through my images to find out.

The image below is the one you will see on postcards, we don't usually bother with what is at the foot of the rocks.

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Words to walk with:
I was scratching my head to recall any poems about feet then remembered this one.
Lines and Squares by A.A. Milne
"Whenever I walk in a London street,
I'm ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, "Bears,
Just look how I'm walking in all the squares!"

And the little bears growl to each other, "He's mine,
As soon as he's silly and steps on a line."
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It's ever so portant how you walk.
And it's ever so jolly to call out, "Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!"