Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Friday, October 22, 2010


One of the reasons for going to the coast last weekend was to attend  reunion of some staff members of the school where I taught in the early 90's, when it was a small semi rural school and there were only 5 teachers. The secretary then was Ann, she arranged the little party at her rented holiday apartment in Rainbow Bay. We all took along some food.

Bill baked these cheese and spinach pielets.

Others bought lots of yummy food and these desserts.

Ann and George did well to accommodate us all in a small unit. We gorged ourselves on food and stories. 

It was great to see everyone all looking a wee bit older but all less frazzled except maybe the beautiful, young Lisa, who is the only one not retired. Here we have The principal (far right), teachers, admin staff, teacher aide and spouses. 

We stayed on that night as we had another function in the area the next day. It was very windy and rainy during the night but the next morning was fine and we went for a walk to NSW.
We are near the border of QLD and NSW looking south to the mouth of the Tweed River. Our friend Colin often refers to QLD as "north of the Tweed". The brown silted water coming from the river is due to the many rainy days we have been having.

Ann is in NSW, Bill has a leg in both states and George is in QLD. They are inside the border monument.

We walked down to the Tweed River where there were many fishermen.

Looking up river towards Mt Warning. It is about 9k away and is 1,156 m /3,793ft high. It is where the sun first hits Australia of a morning. It is the core of a huge volcano which was twice as high and 80k across. It was active 23 million years ago. The weathered caldera is one of the oldest and biggest in the world. You can see in the map the rim of the volcano is now a scenic rim of mountain ranges that surround Mt Warning (A marker). This area is mostly National Park and world heritage. It is full of beautiful rainforests and mountain scenery. One day I will take you there and find some waterfalls for Betsy and George. We used to go often when we were strong, young, hikers but we tend to slacken off now,which I know we shouldn't.

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  1. Those pielets look yummy!
    If I ever hit the lottery, I would love to see your side of the world :)
    ☼ Sunny

  2. Hah! I know it as 'wandering jew'. I agree that it is hard to eradicate. But all my plants are in pots, and hence contained.

    One the midnight hour has struck, have a look at Sydney Eye. You know who is on it!

    Like your new avatar ...

  3. On that little map, I can see O'Reilly's where I am going for New Years.

  4. A great post Diane and lovely people to spend time together. Looks like another beautiful part of Australia.

  5. What a lovely way to spend a few days Diane - It looks really lovely. And so do the pies! xxx

  6. Another wonderful adventure and those pielets look amazing!!

  7. Oh yum, those tarts look so delicious. I love visiting your world through your blog. I agree with Sunny: if my ship ever comes in, I'd visit your country. Have a good weekend. Jo

  8. Yummy pielets, Bill!! Diane, the pictures are really pretty, thanks for the tour. Looks like you had a great reunion! Aren't they fun? I had one two weeks ago with my nursing classmates..great time of "do you remember when..."!!

    Hope you are feeling much better by now.


  9. How nice such a meeting ! Unfortunately I don't know where my ex collegues ended up. Nice landscape too !
    Today it was "cold" only 30°C ! If you see the moon it's big today think of me, I am seeing it too !e

  10. Hi Diane
    Lots and yummy food and friends - how nice. What sunny days you have there :). Happy weekend, Ev

  11. Those little tartlets are easy to make if anyone wants the recipe.

  12. Hi Diane! Looking a bit older... That's what happens when you allow time to pass... ;)

    Sorry for the absence: out one week, busy on return and then caught by the flu... ;)
    Blogtrotter Two is still in Algiers... Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    PS: Bill may send the recipe; I'll add the Chateauneuf... ;)

  13. You sure have fun down in Aussie country....