We (BJ and I) just came back from the Scenic Rim, Boonah Shire, where we spent time exploring the exquisite and rich natural heritage of the area. We stayed at a delightful cottage in Coleyville, Rose Cottage.
On our first day we headed to Spicers Gap and arrived at the Main Range National Park (part of the World Heritage Sites Gondwana Rainforests of Australia). We were led up a steep country gravel winding road (in our conventional two wheel vehicle) to arrive at the Governor’s Chair. It is called the “Governor’s Chair” as it was named after Governor-General Sir Charles Fitzroy in 1854. Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen, paid regular visits to enjoy what has been called the “incomparable panorama”. The bird life was prolific. Bellbirds rang in our ears which were a change to hearing the phone at the office in my working life, or the sound of the mobile phone. Even though our focus was on the exhilarating scenery and the sounds of the forest, I did have to check my mobile to see how much signal I had in case of an emergency. Yes, the signal was fine! We had lunch in the picnic area alone without another human being in sight for the whole journey. This is one of the advantages of being able to explore the countryside while others are at work! The rest of our time at the Scenic Rim was spent exploring and enjoying the unrivalled scenery of this corner of Queensland. One of my favourite spots was looking out at the vista from Green Hills Road.
One of the highlights of our visit was catching up with my long time friend (40 + years) Heather. We visited her at the farm and had drinks at dusk in the Summer House. What a great way to end the day which was enhanced by connecting again in our busy lives on a perfect autumn evening.
Before long we found ourselves back home at “Misty Springs”. Our initial joy of being home was short lived as I dropped BJ’s camera on the concrete when unpacking the car. He had carefully placed it in the boot where he thought it would be safe! After the distress (putting it mildly) that the camera was broken with all our holiday photos what were we to do but to “remain calm” and check our contents insurance to see if the camera was covered. After we recovered from the camera shock we had no recourse but to continue unpacking. Soon after our disappointment turned to joy again as the camera was working as though it had never been dropped! Once again peace is restored and we loved being home which is well captured in the comment “where we love is home, home that our feet may leave but not our hearts” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Writer, 1809-1894). Home sweet home and time for tea!