Today dawned bright and beautiful.
Blue, blue skies. Not a cloud to be seen
and temperatures around the very mild 22+C.
So Tony gave himself a day off and we set off for Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland north of Brisbane.
The highway to the Sunshine Coast is lined with pine plantations.
These trees apparently thrive in the poor sandy soil found here.
The trees are destined for paper mills, I believe.
The lovely little town of Maleny has become a mecca for those looking for a slower, back to basics sort of life.
People who like to grow their own vegies, raise chooks, sheep and alpacas, spin their own fleeces and sometimes produce lovely garments from them, make cheese, bread, jams, chutneys,
all manner of baked goods
as well as artists and craftsmen of all sorts.
There are galleries
and clothing shops
where you can browse
and sometimes find a treasure - old or new
This painting caught my eye in the window of a gallery.
Want a closer look?
(Sorry about the reflections from the glass in the window)
A little over the top?
even for sheep lovers !!
We made our way down the street until we came to a little cafe where we sampled a roast veggie stack for lunch.
(Sorry, forgot the photo !!)
Our last stop before setting off for home was to take in the view.
Maleny is situated on the Blackall Range - part of the Great Dividing Range that runs all the way down the east coast - so it has fantastic views.
In one direction it looks out over the Glasshouse Mountains.
These mountains are volcanic in origin.
Ancient volcanoes with only the centre plug remaining.
Can you see Brisbane city on the horizon?( click on the photo for a larger view )
Captain Cook named these mountains.
He could see them from the sea as he sailed past in 1770.
He thought they looked like glasshouses.
( perhaps the sun was in his eyes or glinting off them ???)
In the other direction you can see the coast - the Sunshine Coast we call it.
It is a series of lovely surf beaches.
A tourist mecca for southerners fleeing from the winter chill of Sydney and Melbourne at this time of year.
The buildings you can see are the holiday apartments spread out along the many beaches for miles.
Then it was time to turn for home to try to beat the afternoon peak hour traffic.
A very pleasant day.