Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blue Mountains

We recently spent a couple of days in the Blue Mountains with the Bramahs, my Rotary host counsellor and his family. They'd invited us to the family holiday house several times and we were finally able to take them up on the offer. While it rained much of the time, it was pleasantly cool and refreshing and we ate lots of good food and drank lots of terrific wine (a 25 year old Hunter Valley chardonnay for example) amongst good company.

Sunset at Sublime Point

The Blue Mountains are so named because as the eucalypt forests release their oils, the range takes on a blueish tinge.

At the Three Sisters in the fog

Another visit to the Three Sisters the next day, this time with the sun shining.

Back in Canberra, summer has truly arrived. It has been unseasonably cool and rainy for the last month or so and we've been loving it! The dams (Canberra's potable water supply) are filling up and as you drive through the country side you see lush green paddocks instead of brown parched land. The farmers are happy, my garden is happy and my temperate senses are happy! Yesterday and today have been 34 degrees however (94 F) so it's about to start getting uncomfortable for my Minnesota blood!

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