We’ve been exploring a little further afield this week. Have you been to Evercreach State Forest? we went on Monday for a picnic. It’s about 35km from Fingal … look for the sign posted turnoff in the town centre and just follow the road. There are a couple of short walks, including one to a magnificent stand of white gums (eucalyptus viminalus) it’s a lovely picnic spot and dogs on leads are welcome. We even think we spotted some flecks of gold in the river and we watched a flame robin while we ate our lunch.
Our next adventure took us to Mathinna Falls, 4wd road access unfortunately but what a magic place…. Wendy was thrilled to spot a couple of native orchids, Heather loved the bright green growth on the ferns and the dogs just enjoyed a paddle. To get there follow the signs to Mathinna via the Evercreach Rd and look out for the sign which says Mathinna Falls… once again it’s state forest so the dogs get to join in the fun and there is a convenient picnic table for those people who are unable to go exploring without a thermos of coffee.
We got a bit of a taste for waterfalls so our next adventure took us to the Grey Mare’s Tail Falls lookout at the top of St Marys Pass. About 5 minutes drive from the centre of town there is off street parking and a pretty good path to the Lookout, Wendy thought it would be fine for a stroller but not suitable for a wheel chair… it’s a pretty easy 10 minutes to the lookout and what a view; across the valley to the highway in one direction and to the waterfall the other way. Once again lots of lovely flowers, including a native violet and some man ferns, on view.
If stunning views are your thing then go up to South Sister, once again only a few minutes from St Marys town centre up Gardeners Creek Road (past the hospital), it’s a fairly rapid increase in elevation, with the corners to match but WOW the view from the top… out to the coast in one direction and across the valley and township in the other.
It’s a cool wet morning here in St Marys after several beautiful days early last week. Everyone’s gardens are springing to life… our bulbs are in bloom and our roses are shooting, the fruit trees have been covered in blossom and the bees have been buzzing … we do love Spring.
Today is knitting day … a group of us meet at the Purple Possum on Monday afternoon for coffee, chat and knitting. Today we have some news to share… our good mate Bill Chugg has given us a list of all those who were born in this part of the state who signed up for WW1… 334 of the Valley’s young men… so now the poppy knitters have a real focus.
We’ve been going to the Possum to knit on Mondays for a couple of weeks and it’s great fun…. we’ve been knitting a lace shawl and some socks… you would think it was cold in St Marys but they are actually destined to be gifts.
However we have just joined in a very special project called 5000 Poppies.
So far we have made three poppies as a special remembrance of 3 Great Uncles who lost their lives in World War 11.
Wow what a night the presentations were. the winners in the various categories are all fantastic local businesses up and down the Coast and it was great to see the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival and the Bay of Fires Art Price acknowledged as significant events.
For us the most exciting thing of all was that our very own Purple Possum Whole Foods and Cafe won the award for best food and wine in the region. Well done Elaine and Dolly, we love your coffee and fruit loaf. It is fantastic to see a small local business do so well, there are some pretty significant tourist operations in this region but we do love the Possum and clearly so did the panel of judges.
Next time you travel thru St Marys make sure you stop for a cuppa, a light meal or to purchase your groceries. If it happens to be a Monday afternoon stay and join our little knitting circle… we are the rowdy ones in the back corner so we aren’t hard to spot and we are happy to have anyone join us. What is more if you cannot knit we are very happy to give you a quick lesson.
We have posted a few photos just in case you have never visited the Possum.
Not only is it American Independence Day today but it’s also the night that the East Coast Tourism Awards are to be announced. Wendy is off to the Black Tie event at White Sands this evening with the party from The Purple Possum. It should be fun and we will let you know the winners tomorrow. Oh and before we forget Mt Elephant Fudge and Ice-creamery is open again after Lizzie’s winter break.
If Australian pottery doesn’t quite tickle your fancy how about lovely glass. Kim at Secondhand Rose in the Main Street of St Marys has some beautiful pieces… carnival glass, amber wear, some lovely ruby glass and even some depression glass kitchenalia….. to say nothing of a lovely glass float bowl… it’s nearly camellia time after all. I know Wendy has a couple of pieces of the depression glass on layby and I have a very bad feeling more might its way to the old school house. Kim has a pretty keen eye for quality and much of her glassware is sourced locally so it comes with a bit of a story too.
Today’s walk took us to visit Rita, not only does she run Gone Rustic Gallery and Studio but also Pilgrim Collectables. Just now there are some lovely pieces of Australian pottery, including a rather nice tea set and a most unusual vase. B’ix is getting a little concerned about the tea set… Wendy spent quite a lot of time looking at it very closely but really… how many tea sets does a one person house hold actually need?