This will be a trip to Townsville and Magnetic Island for 7 days.
Townsville and Magnetic Island
Day 1 Departure - Nambour Station 8pm
Day 2 18th May 2013 Explore Townsville and visit Castle Hill
Day 3 19th May 2013 Cotters Markets, Perc tucker Museum and Castling Street Heritage Centre
Day 4 20th May Tour of Magnetic Island
Day 5 Museum of Tropical North Qld and Heritage Range Tour including Heritage Tea Gardens
Day 6 22nd May 2013 Army Museum of North Queensland
Day 7 23rd May 2013 Arrive Home Nambour Station 7
Have a wonderful tour all you lucky travellers. Pat
When: Tuesday 16th July 2013
Where: Caloundra RSL Club - Christmas in July lunch
Pick Ups: Commencing at 9am from Buderim Garden Village, Hibiscus, Wirreanda, Buderim War Memorial Hall, Woolworths
Cost: $30:00 person Free bus if we get 40.
Includes: Morning Tea, lunch (baked ham and rost turkey, roast veges, cranberry sauce etc and plum pudding and custard. Afters bon bons, lollies and mints
Sednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September, overnight in Toowoomba. Cost$230:00 per head. ROOM FOR A FEW MORE.
Thank you to Peter for another wonderful day trip to the Redcliffe area. We enjoyed morning tea in Pelican Park, a tour guide who showed us and told us some of the history of Redcliffe, a lovely open garden which was also a b and b and wedding venue, a garden nursery where many members purchased plants, lunch at the Yacht Club overlooking a great marina, a visit to the BG's Memorial Avenue in Redcliffe and finally a walk around the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens. All of us were very tired at night, especially Ken Evans, who also started off the day at the Edna Walling Memorial Garden for his roster day. Thank to to Ken for still turning up to Edna Walling in the morning. You are a great member of our club!!!
Story by Merle Hayes
Photos by Peta Beattie (2012)
During November 17 members of our Garden Club had the pleasure of a marvellous journey to Vietnam.
We began our adventure, flying firstly to Saigon (now renamed Ho Chi Minh City) a bustling city of some 10 million people and around 8 million motor bikes!
Even before landing, one could look down on the patchwork of colour of the Mekong Delta where nature and human ingenuity meet to create the marvellous terraced rice fields of Vietnam. It was exciting exploring the numerous shops and markets and bargaining for goods of all kinds. I recall an hilarious evening watching Ken being driven in a rickshaw at great speed amidst a sea of motor bikes, only for the driver to become completely lost and we had to find our own way back to our Hotel. (not en easy task when, due to the language barrier one cannot ask directions.)
On one of our several bus journeys, we visited the Cao Dai Holy See Temple, then on to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, where more than 200 kms of tunnels were build by the Communist Guerrillas. The camouflage of the tunnels was truly amazing.
From Saigon, we flew to DaLat, a beautiful city in the Central highlands with a cooler climate of lush green forests and waterfalls and where almost anything could be grown. The Markets were full of vegies of all kinds, as well as orchids, jade vines and other flowers too numerous to mention. During the French occupation of Vietnam, DaLat became the capital and they endowed the city with wonderful architecture. We stayed in one of these beautiful old hotel with French doors opening onto a patio with fantastic views over the city and beyond.
From there we journeyed on to Nha Trang, Danang, Hoi An, then to Hue where we visited sheltered workshops where, due to the sad outcome of Agent Orage, thousands of disabled people are now employed doing marble carvings and exquisite silk embroidery. Our final major city was Hanoi, a more modern city situated on the Red River, with a central Lake surrounded by parkland where every morning hundreds of people go to do Tai Chi before work. We did not partake in this venure, however some were more adventurous, joining in swimmking, snorkelling and even para gliding!!
Next Stop - Halong Bay. The highlight of our adventure was Halong Bay which has been granted World Heritage Staus, not only for its geological uniqueness, but for the picturesque beauty of its emerald green water and over 3,000 islands of towering limestone mountains. We were ferried out to our waiting ship then taken in sam-pans around these beautiful mountains in the sea and on return to the ship, enjoyed a good meal and real fun night on board, then back to Hanoi for our flights home via K.L.
Congratulation must go once again to Peter for his wonderful organization and care for us
What a delightful day Peter organised for us. Our first stop was the new garden of one of our former members, Erica, who lives at Mooloolah. She has developed a very lovely cottage garden in such a short time. We loved walking through her property. Thank you Erica for having us at your place.
Our second port of call on our Mystery Tour was to Stephen Flood's beautiful garden in the Mooloolah Valley. Stephen gave us a talk on growing Bromiliads and we all went home with some lovely plants from his lovely garden and also some great ideas on growing them succussfully.
We then went to an Anthurium Nursery where Thea gave us lots of ideas on breaking up Anthuriums and their propagation and care. This was an interesting and fun experience.
After a delicious lunch at the Beerwah Tavern we all went to Australia Zoo Animal hospital which we all agreed was an amazing facility up here on the Sunshine Coast. Thank you to Peter for a lovely day. See more pictures of our wonderful October Bus Trip on the photo page.
SEE MORE PHOTOS ON THE PHOTO PAGE
Thank you Peter for another delightful day at the Caloundra RSL for the Christmas in July Coach Trip for 2012. We enjoyed the lunch, the dancing and particularly the impressive War Museum at the RSL Club. A lot of the memorabilia in the collection was from a local Buderim identity Mr. Spears, who donated all of his wonderful private collection. We were entertained by 1/2 of Wikkity Wak and the music encouraged lots of line dancing as well as many of our members getting up and shaking a leg. See the full collection of photos on our photo page.
We began the day with a trip to the new sporting complex at the Sunshine Coast University. We saw the Hall of Fame, the new atheletics section with nets for the Shot puts and Javalin, and the large olympic swimming pool as well as the multi purpose hall and gymnasium which are also used by the students from Chancellor Park State College.
Hall of Fame
We then continued our trip to the wonderful garden of Del and Richard Whittaker, who talked about developing their garden and showed us around their beautiful property in Buderim, not far from Matthew Flinders College.
The rare Woolemii Pine at the front of the property.
Next stop was the Community Garden which is looked after by our own Bob. Bob talked about this wonderful garden which is on council land, and how he negotiates with the counsel to do the plantings for the community. He does much of the work himself.
Ken, one of the visitors to the Community Garden.
After a lovely lunch at the Palmwoods Hotel, we saw our last garden at Eumundi at the home of Cheryl Boyd. Our members were delighted with the lovely bush garden and entranced with the red garden, full of Anthuriums and the white garden surrounding the pool. Cheryl had lit a bush fire for us and the atmosphere was delightful.
One of our members enjoys the bush fire at the property.
A full set of photos will be shown at one of our future club meetings and more can be seen on the photo page or movies on the movie page of the website.
Thank you to Peter for organising a wonderful day.
St. Peter's Cathedral was designed by the architect Horbury Hunt in 1875. On Saturday we visited the stalls at the Parish Centre and some of us purchased books, jams, crafts and jewellery. We also enjoyed visiting the church where the flowers were arranged by the ladies of St. Peter's Altar Guild.
* over 14,000 litlres of rainwater storage
* over 70 fruit and nut trees
* 101 pumpkins in our first year
80 kg of spuds two years running
The hedges are heritage listed. The disused tennis court is slowly being transformed to part lawn with a grand entry from the top end.
Our coach captain, Geoff at 93 Brown Street, Armidale
When Spring arrived, after we arrived seven years ago, we had to make many changtes, seeking out what would grow, to make the garden our own.
The house was built in 1890 by Edmond Lonsdale, who also designed the Armidale Railway Station.
We have an underground water tank, built in the 1930's which holds about 30,000 litres of water.
We hope everyone who visits our garden will enjoy it and find something that appeals to them.
Our aim has been to develop an easy care garden to enjoy and not become a slave to it.
As the trees we have planted have developed both inside and outside the yard grow, we hope we are in the process of achieving this.
It could be said that our garden is a "garden in progress" as it is just ten years since we started it.
Hidden behind a high hedge, our garden always comes as something of a surprise to visitors. Ours is a largely shaded garden. As the garden has developed we have endeavoured to layer the planting to provide variety throughout the garden. Working in the garden over the years has been a labour of love. Along the way we established sitting areas and ensured we made time to stop and enjoy the results of our efforts as we worked.
A quiet corner of A Secret Garden
Ours is not a landscaped garden, about 3/4 is a mixture of native, exotic and parklike areas.
Mown paddocks with uneven surfaces mean that comfortable working shoes are in order. We hope you enjoy our tranquil meandering garden.
We also have an Australian Native Plant Stall.
Sue and Helen enjoy Araluen
Our garden beds were created so that we could easily mow around them.
On the steep slope at the back of our yard we built the wall garden to create colour and we planted the hedge to create some privacy.
We have a dam on the Northern side of the house, which over the years has provided us with some intesting water birds and as our garden grows we see more varieties of birds coming to visit.
Rita doing some "close up's" in the front garden
I moved to my new home in September 2006. It was a house sitting on a bare plot in the middle of a paddock!! the ha-ha wall was built after the gravel was extracted for the road construction.
To me, the greatest achievement has been the covering of the ha-ha with Lomandra and grevillias.
My garden is a one person effort to provide an interesting setting for my home and a pleasant environment in which to live and as in all gardens, it is an ongoing project.
Pat and Thelma enjoy a cuppa at Maraweeney
The garden is just maturing at its current age of 19 years old. It features formal and informal areas and is divided from its larger context by various hedge plantings. The architecture of the formal areas was designed by my late husband and with God's inspiration I have had the role of interior designer, adding the decor to Jeff's structural ideas with planting and features.
I have a very keen interest in design and have designed a mixed style in different areas. When visiting our garden, some of the things to look for are the new rock garden, the rose bed, an English Box hedge, the vegetable patch and a large white gum with a nest that a pair of Kookaburras have bred in twice each year.
Double Delight A well earned rest
Our children have grown up with many changes in the garden, the biggest being the change from a deserted bare paddock where they would feed the lambs at the front door, to a beautiful grassed, shaded and fenced playground where many happy hours are spent. We all have a favourite place and we hope you can get a little feel of the happiness this garden brings.